• Aug 31, 2019

    DONE, Sep 2018 - Aug 2019: I just re-read some of my work that is now published online, and I feel exposed - still scared/worried that I said something stupid or wrong or overly emo. I only achieved this goal through connecting with two ...
  • Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
    Nov 15, 2018

    BHAG: sacred partnership. The brief: Learn how to love without losing myself. For years, I avoided intimacy out of the fear of being trapped in an abusive relationship. Now I am ready to risk it. The stakes are high, but the rewards have...
  • Bloukrans Bridge, Kareedouw, Eastern Cape, South Africa
    Aug 31, 2018

    Done, with Ma Kirsh & Kris: Terrifying-exhilarating. Not sure if I jumped, or fell because my knees turned to jelly. Screams echoed through the valley. My 59yo mother jumped too. The crew was super-professional and friendly at the sa...
  • May 31, 2018

    Why: I want to experience BEING ALIVE without worrying about money - biggest mental step towards financial freedom.  Done, 01 Jun - 31 May 2018: I left my job and spent a year learning and volunteering. I did "work" but I didn't get pai...
  • Tankwa Town, Karoo, South Africa
    Apr 30, 2018

    Done, with former strangers: After two years of dithering, I decided to go six weeks before this event (immediacy). It all came together - ticket, ride, camp, gear. The happy coincidences continued in the Dust. People gifted me incredibl...
  • Lifeline Johannesburg, The Avenue, Johannesburg, South Africa
    Feb 5, 2018

    Done, with Genevieve, Joyce, Janet, etc: It was a long, painful journey - both personally/emotionally and practically. I have sacrificed and tolerated a lot, even changing around my sabbatical plans. Now I can finally call myself a couns...
  • Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
    Jan 30, 2018

    The brief: You don't have to ask so directly - it's fine to say something like "you know, the stars say that if you ask me out in the next five minutes, I'll say yes". So you sort of ask him out by telling him you want to, but leave him ...
  • Dec 20, 2017

    Done, with Dav, Ma & Gulu: I've been messing with my hair for over a year - coloured wildflower shades, then deep red, then shaved half off (enjoyed that!). But the hair was damaged and difficult to maintain. Just before Vipassana, I...
  • Dhamma Pataka Vipassana Meditation Center, Worcester, South Africa
    Dec 17, 2017

    DONE: An intense journey into the depths of the self. It was physically excruiating but emotionally uplifting. I found myself sitting with desire, which was unexpected and humbling. Definitely doing it again. I wouldn't recommend it unle...
  • Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
    Oct 18, 2017

    Done: In 2015, I read the course and dabbled in the exercises. This time I wrote the Pages, went on Dates and practised the tasks for the whole 12 weeks. Something strange happened during this period. I began to prop up my sacrum to ease...
  • Jun 30, 2017

    Done: I travelled from West to East, North to South. I travelled with family and friends, solo with strangers. I travelled from the richest playgrounds (Monte Carlo) to the terrifying edges of war zones (Kashmir, Goma). I travelled from ...
  • Virunga National Park, Bulambo, North-Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Jun 28, 2017

    After a gruelling trek through thick jungle, we were suddenly standing behind a huge silverback gorilla. After he finished his branch of leaves, he moved surprisingly quickly to position himself where he could keep an eye on his mate and...
  • Nyiragongo Volcano, North-Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Jun 26, 2017

    Many times during this 6hr hike, we asked ourselves WHY?! It was a punishing trek up steep and treacherous lava flow paths. After ascending 1.6km in 8km, we were rewarded with a glimpse of creation - a loud, smelly, fiery cauldron of mol...
  • Citrusdal, Western Cape, South Africa
    Mar 6, 2017

    Done: Spiritfest with Xoli and Saffia. Amazing weekend of yoga, dance, mountains and meditation. There was so much to do, but I also allowed myself to just be. I'll have to do the hot springs and hiking next year. I also challenged mysel...
  • Cancer Association of SA - C.A.N.S.A. - National Office, Germiston, Gauteng, South Africa
    Feb 26, 2017

    DONE, with Kris: I was nervous about looking weird without long hair. I considered doing dreadlocks instead. Eventually I worked up the courage to shave off half my hair. I dropped this off at Moyo Shavathon. I hope CANSA updates me on w...
  • Dec 27, 2016

    Done: The Dahab hotel manager suggested snorkelling, but didn't prepare us for the reef's magnificence- both in beauty and size (2nd largest reef in the world). It was a quiet site, by the shore (no boat or scuba gear needed), with a ric...
  • Dec 19, 2016

    The pyramids and tombs were incredible, and that was just the start. Sailing along the Nile was incredibly beautiful except for the awkward toilet situation and my sister getting really sick. Dahab is totally my scene, and I hope to go b...
  • ReUnion Yoga & Meditation, Sir Lowry Road, Cape Town, South Africa
    Nov 26, 2016

    DONE: I feel blessed to have had this experience. I met twenty kindred spirits and together we shared a month of effective yoga, anatomy, philosophy and teaching methods handed down by a true guru. With: Jim Harrington WHY: Yoga has bee...
  • Drakensberg, South Africa
    Sep 16, 2016

    DONE: This one ain't for sissies. Ghee and herbal oils were used in disturbingly creative ways to extract and eliminate fat-soluble toxins. The food was mostly vegan and cooked to mush for optimum digestion. The routine was both relaxing...
  • Namaqualand, Northern Cape, South Africa
    Aug 30, 2016

    DONE: From the Clanwilliam Wildflower Show, to Namaqua National Park's daisy carpet, to Nieuwoudtville's bulbs and quiver trees, to Postberg's blooms amongst granite cliffs - the road less travelled has never been so beautiful. Namaquala...
  • Glamor Hair, Buccleuch, JHB
    Aug 21, 2016

    DONE: Ok so it ended up more orange than purple-pink, but the purpose is served - it is a vivid, unique colour that is not virgin black. Actually black seems boring now! The 5hr salon visit and bleach burns were worth it. I also discover...
  • Mount Kilimanjaro, Rombo, Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
    Jul 4, 2016

    WHY? To understand that I can accomplish massive goals with committed little steps, yet I am also just one tiny part of a huge and beautifully-interdependent universe. Also to raise funds for Earthchild, helping others conquer their own ...
  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
    May 7, 2016

    DONE: Climbed Nursery Ravine and summitted in time to watch a magical sunset over the reservoir. Steep, shady, quick and quiet. With: Billy WHY: This mountain and I have unfinished business! I have hiked many trails around it and on top...
  • Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
    May 1, 2016

    I wanted to wear a permanent reminder of the most important values and lessons in my life. So I booked my tattoo in March... and chickened out. I booked again in May and the appointments got botched. I wondered if this was "a sign". Luck...
  • Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
    Nov 18, 2015

    This was a huge goal, triggered by the pain of seeing my father retrenched when I was 12 years old. I decided then that education would be my best chance at freedom. It was a long journey - school, uni, part-time study and years of work ...
  • Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa
    Jul 26, 2015

    Again, I didn't realise this was a bucketlist item until I had done it. My sister was in a rut of restlessness and despair, so I invited her to a seminar that I thought might help. She didn't want to come. I had to emotionally-blackmail ...
  • Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa
    Jul 25, 2015

    This wasn't a goal until I did it, and realised that this was a bucketlist item. It seemed impossible, or something that only strangely-special people can do. But I did it, together with about 100 other "normal people" that had never wal...
  • Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
    May 8, 2015

    Done! I actually persevered for almost five months, selecting low-GI carbohydrates and completely eliminating refined sugar. (I still ate small portions of natural sugars, like in whole fruit and honey.)  This goal was triggered by my d...
  • Mar 29, 2015

    Done: I participated in a course where they asked us to dress in costume and sing along to a song. I picked "shake it off", got on stage in front of like 200 strangers, and started lip-syncing. The MC stopped the music, told me to sing l...
  • Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
    Feb 28, 2015

    I had not considered this for my bucketlist, until my dietician recommended it to test my food sensitivities. It required six weeks without any red meat, shellfish, gluten, dairy, refined sugar, caffeine or alcohol. Naturally I asked, so...
  • Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa
    Sep 27, 2014

    The arrow represented a lifelong challenge that one could breakthrough it by facing it head-on, using the soft notch at the base of one's neck. It took incredible courage to take that one decisive step forward. When the arrow broke, I wa...
  • Feb 21, 2014

    "Michelin - Three stars: A restaurant worth a special journey, indicating exceptional cuisine where diners eat extremely well, often superbly. Distinctive dishes are precisely executed, using superlative ingredients." Alinea lived up to ...
  • Sep 16, 2012

    We enjoyed the sunshine on the bustling Grand Canal and explored the quiet maze of smaller waterways around this unique city. 
  • Eiffel Tower, Avenue Anatole France, Paris, France
    Sep 6, 2012

    I was suitably impressed when I first looked up at the tallest building in Paris, but it was only as I climbed it that I truly appreciated this amazing structure. I especially enjoyed looking through the iron lattice to admire the radial...
  • Melkbosstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
    Aug 14, 2010

    I was calm, until the actual moment came to literally dive into the sky. I hesitated long enough that the tandem instructor sort of pushed me out of the plane. The first few moments were terrifying because I truly believed that I was goi...
  • Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
    Jul 14, 2007

    I had justified my physical laziness with my academic success, but after gaining 10kg at uni, I realised that I had to start exercising. I decided to run a half marathon. This was major and/or stupid, because I had never run more than 10...
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