My Activity Tracking
My personal challenge .... Gratitude in Action 2022!
I can’t believe that this is my 10th year of undertaking a Gratitude in Action Challenge. What amazing causes we have collectively supported and what awesome adventures I have had ‘in action’ over each of those years.
So many of you were amazing supporters and sharers of gratitude last year when I raised a whopping $4,385 for the Council on the Ageing (COTA) when I jumped in and went swimming with the sharks in honour of my wonderful grandfather, my Poppa, who left us at the young age of 99 years a year to the day from my swim. He would be super chuffed to know of your generous support to shine a light on and raise money for opportunities to engage with our older Australians!
As usual, I waited for a message from the universe as to what action I should undertake for my challenge and who I should support.
Sadly, 2022 has been a personally tough year for me, as it has for many close to me. Over the last few months, a number of family and close friends have left this world. Through cancer, shockingly unexpected circumstances and tragically, the extreme decision to take their own lives. This loss has really impacted me and more than ever caused me to think about life and what is important. When I boil it down the answer has been very simple ... it’s the people in my life and what they mean to me and what I mean to them.
Whether someone is experiencing tragedy, the challenges of mental ill-health, a rough patch or even just having a tough day, what really makes a difference is knowing and having people around you who love you and who check in to see if you are ok. And if you aren’t, knowing that they are there for you can make all the difference. It certainly has for me these last months!
So, it seemed the universe had already set me on a path when I had the thought of supporting a cause that encouraged everyone to reach out and check in with each other. At the same time, I felt a sense and urge to challenge myself in the spiritual and awesome wilderness of outback Australia. So it really didn’t surprise me when I was led to a trek of the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory .... that starts on R U OK Day? for 2022!
So I am setting off on a trek of the wild and beautiful Larapinta Trail west of Alice Springs. Over 6 days I will be tackling part of the iconic Larapinta Trail, the length of which stretches from the old Alice Springs Telegraph Station to the peak of Mount Sonder along the backbone of the West MacDonnell Ranges. Trekking over 70kms, I’ll be discovering the beauty of Central Australia during the day whilst camping out overnight in Red Centre. I’ll even be ascending Mount Sonder, one of the Northern Territory’s highest peaks. Now there’s just one slight kicker in all of this .... R U OK? Day is on 8th September 2022! That means I have only 5 weeks to prepare!! So I’ve dipped back into my 2018 trek to Mount Everest Basecamp (for Dementia Australia) training schedule and I’m straight into it!!
So as I am undertaking my compressed training regime, what can you do to help?
Yet again, this has been such a challenging year for so many and I recognise the power that small actions and small gifts can make. I am looking to raise $1,000 for R U OK? R U OK’s mission is to inspire everyone to meaningfully connect with the people around them and support anyone who is struggling with life. That's a cause I am 100% behind!
Thank you so much again and for being a part of the last 10 years of
adventures. I never underestimate or fail to be overwhelmed by the generosity
and support from all my friends and family … that means YOU!
Here in the red centre …Wednesday 7th Sep So I flew into Alice Springs today and have loved the red centre already. The dry river bed of the Todd River runs right around town so I had to go mid river and take a pic. It’s stunning and I can’t wait to hit the trail tomorrow on R U OK? Day! Thanks for pushing the donations right to the brink of $5000 … amazing! Share
Amazing work team …Thursday 25th Aug
Thank you to my Sponsors
Have a great time Tashie!
Paul And Anita Thomas
Good luck, Natasha.
Good luck Natasha.
Great Goal and great effort, cheers.
Happy hiking Natasha!
Very worthy cause
Laura And Phil
Hi my beautiful friend Tash, you're an inspiration to us all! Good luck on your trek! RU OK is such a great cause and a great way to start a conversation. Also, 8 September is a special day for me too as it's my parents' wedding anniversary in Ireland - they will be 63 years married on that day. Good luck, Tash! Laura xxxx
Best of luck Natasha!! Such a great cause! Supporting you all the way for the journey ahead ✊
Love you Bestie,, how inspirational are you! Have a blast. Lots of love Jony xxxx
Well done Tash!
Thanks Tashi I’m really proud of your generosity of spirit and energy and for giving me the opportunity to support you in making a difference. In memory of the special people we have recently lost, thankyou. Mum XXX
In loving memory of Mitch and Molly xx
All the best Tash - you are amazing! :)
So super proud of you sible. Love you Tam xxxx
What a wonderful idea to celebrate 10 years of giving back to the community and just being a wonderful person. Thank you Natasha for being a great friend.
Great initiative Natasha. Proud of you ❤️
Natasha...you're amazing. What a generous heart you have...10 years of dedicated gratitude. Good luck. As always you will smash it!!!
Good luck my dear friend , so proud of you xx
Natasha you are awesome! And what a great cause - we've all been touched by mental health issues. Jackie xx
Good luck for the challenge Natasha!
Good luck what a great cause and great adventure
All the very best Natasha,
A great cause. I love your commitment Natasha.
Well done Natasha and thank you for your care! XX
Good on you Tash - a super worthy cause this year!
Great cause! The stamina shown in your Gratitude in Action Challenges over the past 9 years will without doubt make the 10th one …….a walk in the park!
So glad you had a great time smashing another Gratitude in Action Natasha! Well done!!!
Good luck Natasha…can’t wait to hear about the trek!
Cielle & Matt Newton
Go Tashy, we love you x
D A Doyle
You are the bravest person I know!!
Good luck Natasha. I'll follow your progress. I know you will do it
Go you! I'm super impressed, you're an inspiration and a remarkable woman.
Supporting you on this amazing journey!
Good Luck Tash!!
Keep up the good work. Thanks Amit
Love you Tashi, thanks for always being an ear to for me! Xx You are a special human
Deborah Helen Keetley
Good luck my dear - I have no doubt you'll nail this one as you do all your challenges.
Fantastic Natasha! I'm up for the next one Natasha - lead time is a bit tight this time around. Ill be with you in spirit, its a beautiful part of the world!! take care, enjoy, have fun x Bec
Very brave of you, Natasha. I admire your strength and resilience. Sandra
A fantastic challenge to undertake Natasha! I look forward to following your journey~!!
Best of luck Natasha - what an amazing experience for a wonderful cause.
Julie Garth (boorman)
Best of luck Tash. Julie x
Susi Du Toit
Well done Natasha - what a fabulous and worthwhile cause. Good luck on the walk - I'm sure you will see some amazing sights. Love, Susi xx
Wishing you a safe trekking