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The List!

Here it is…My List….Dreams brought to reality…Dreams yet to be lived…

…Bring it On!

My list initially started with these 3 ‘Dreams’…

1) My MAJOR Lifelong Life Dream: Race around a race track, in a V8 Supercar

In the Beast with Steve Johnson…about to Live my dream…AWESOME!!!

DONE! August 23rd, 2011. BEST day of my life!   The day my mind literally WOKE UP, and this crazy awesome adventure I am now on, commenced!  (Racing around Qld Raceway, co-piloting Steve (Jnr) Johnson’s #17 Beast, from Dick Johnson Racing…INSANE!) Being brought up with my family involved in motor racing – it is in my blood, to do this. I ‘missed out’ because of my disability..but I did it, I RACED…MY way!

…after I got out of the V8 Supercar (my #1 Life Dream)…I now knew that I could do absolutely ANYTHING I wanted to in life…so my List grew from just the first three above…to now, an evergrowing list of awesome Dreams I KNOW I will be able to achieve in my life!

2) Life Dream: Interacting with a dolphin

DONE! March 2010 – AMAZING to be able to interact, touch, and play with a beautiful, peaceful but oh-so-cheeky dolphin!

Video: My Interaction with a Dolphin

Waterfight with Tyson…hehe…cheeky!

3) Life Dream: Jet-skiing
September 7, 2013 – AMAZING experience..not only did I get to ride the jetski…I got to drive it myself too!🙂

Water...speed...adrenaline...driving the jetski myself - AMAZING experience!

Water…speed…adrenaline…driving the jetski myself – AMAZING experience!


 I decided to add 3 ’to strive for, physically’ things to my ‘List’ and tick off ‘#79. Undertake a physical challenge and connect it to raising money for charity’, by  hosting a Fundraising Event  in November, 2012 on the Sunshine Coast Qld, to combine my 3 Fitness Goals listed below, and to raise funds for SBH Qld (Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Qld) – It was an incredibly MAGICAL time, ticking these Goals off my List, and ‘giving back’ to this AMAZING charity who have supported myself and many other children, adults and families, in so many ways!1. Slowdancing
2. Walking down the beach, hand in hand with ‘a guy/my guy’
3. Climb a mountain

All three of these Fitness Goals were achieved by getting up on my feet, out of my wheelchair, to bring these Dreams to life.  I thought, you know what…maybe I CAN do these things, after all (with a lot of support and assistance from others). Who knows, they may just end up happening! If I strive for them, and they just end up being ‘out of reach’ physically….hey, at least I know that I’ve given them a RED HOT GO!!  And, after an intense 9 month physical training program (and a lot of mind challenges faced)… I NAILED them!!😀

9 months of extensive training and organising - ABSOLUTELY worth it!

9 months of intensive training and organising – without a doubt one of the most intense challenges I have ever set for myself – ABSOLUTELY worth it!

Thank you so much to the generosity of the human spirit (through physical/emotional, or financial support), not only were my Fitness Goals achieved in the most amazing way….but there was $3,725 raised for charity.

Video/Blog/Photos of this incredible time in my life, are on this Page… 

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ onto more Dreams/Fun Stuff…

4. Be in the Studio Audience of a TV show – Done (with the added bonus of being ‘on the Couch’, with the ‘The Circle’ girls and guest hosts)
5. Drive around the iconic Bathurst racetrack
6. Visit accessible track at Mossman Gorge (North Qld)
7. Spend the night in a Haunted House
8. Sand-tabogganing down sand dunes
9. Get up to mischief with Hamish & Andy
10. Ride a camel
11. Grow a successful edible garden, without killing it! – *Done, but then it died off :( (vegies are ‘seasonal’, right?)…am in the process of bringing it back to life*🙂
12. Food fight in a restaurant/public place (and raising money for charity at the same time!)
13. Be an extra on a TV show/movie – Done (Neighbours scene) – with plans to do more ‘extra’ work, again
14. Find a waterhole/waterfalls that I am able to access in my wheelchair
15. Volunteer in a ‘premmie ward’ at a hospital for a day
16. Go Whale Watching
17. Box with giant/fun boxing gloves
18. Hop on a plane, fly somewhere..stay overnight..then turn around and fly back – Done
19. Go on a cable car
20. Explore the South Island, NZ
21. Advance my photography skills (I’m have fun experimenting in various ways, with this one!)
22. Visit a historical castle in England/Scotland
23. Attend a formal ‘black tie’/ball/red carpet event (not a wedding)
24. Go to a Monster Truck event
25. Meet a ‘Big Cat’ (Tiger, Lion, Panther etc)
26. Mascot for a Day
27. Take part in a Hug Patrol – Done (and have enjoyed participating in more – theyre awesome!)
28. Go backstage at a major event/rock concert/show
29. Observe marine life in their natural environment (the ocean) from a boat
30. Go on a cruise
31. Take a trip on the Tilt Train
32. Watch the V8 Supercars Bathurst 1000 Race live, from Mt Panorama
33. Face to face with a crocodile
34. Inspire others through motivational speaking, sharing my journey with them, also disability awareness etc(Done, and am doing more…and loving it!)
35. Quadbiking – Done
36. Glamour Photo Shoot – Done (twice)
37. Go on a SBH Qld Personal Development Retreat – Done (twice)
38. Go on a Womens Personal Development Retreat- Done
39. Meet the team from Sunrise – Done
40. Own a punching bag to box at home with – Done
41. Ride in a Classic car – 1969 left-hand drive Mustang – Done
42. Had a snake wrapped around me – Done

43. Watch a Cirque de Soleil performance life – Done
44. Use an exercise bike, using my own ‘power’ – Done
45. Day Spa – Done
46. Use a treadmill – Done (for a few seconds, but ‘done’ lol)
47. Fed an elephant – Done
48. Helicopter ride – Done
49. Stay in a hotel in the city, on my own – Done
50. Solo train journey (changing my train fear) – Done
51. Go to a Comedy Festival – Done
52. Rescue an animal – Done
53. White water rafting – Done
54. Ride in an army tank with actual officers – Done
55. Abseiling (assisted/being carried down) – Done
56. Snowball fight/tabogganing down a snowy mountain – Done
57. Create my dream bedroom – Done
58. Hire a Limo for myself and friends, and cruise the Coast on sunset – Done
59. Canoeing – Done
60. Drive a boat – Done
61. Be a tourist in my local area, staying in a local hotel on my own and enjoying ‘being away’ – Done
64. Go on a Moon Walk – keep having ‘false starts’ with this one – something always happens to make me miss out, each month…grrrr…haha…
65. Lawnmower racing
66. Take my Ford out onto a racetrack, to see what shes REALLY capable of!
67. Track down a racer who has handcontrols in his racecar – Done
68. Do a ‘Photo a Day’ Challenge
69. Donate to someone/a family overseas to help improve their quality of life – Done
70. Work/Volunteer with a childrens and/or animals organisation
71. Trip to Alaska
72. Attend a William Whitecloud workshop – (Author of “The Magician’s Way” a book which has inspired me SO much!) – Done
73. Do a tour through Bowdens Own car collection
74. DJR (Dick Johnson Racing) Workshop Tour
75.  DJR Team Mates night
76. Watch the Dick Johnson Racing/Jim Beam Racing V8 Supercar (and of course Steve Johnson & the gorgeous #17 beast) team race live, at Qld Raceway
77. Give ‘Disabled Surfing’ a go – Done (and signed up to go to future DSA Events)
78. Get a Life Drawing done
79. Undertake a physical challenge and connect it to raising money for charity – *Fundraising Event held on 2nd November 2012, to combine my 3 Fitness Goals listed above, and raising funds for SBH Qld (Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Qld) – Fitness Goals smashed, over $3000 raised – yeeewww!*🙂
80. Go camping on my own – either in a tent, or ‘glamping’
81. Go on a ‘photography roadtrip’ – grabbing the camera, get in the car, and just let the road take me where it will
82. Ride on the back of a motorcycle – Done
83. Watch a live major NBL basketball game – Done
84. Visit Phillip Island to view the Penguin Parade
85. Race in a Rallycar (have passengered in a ‘mock/setup’ car through a forest – would love to be in the real thing!)
86. Snorkelling
87. Write a message in the sand while Im walking on it, and watch the waves wash it away
88. Abseiling – myself (not being carried down)
89. Model for a day, strutting down a catwalk – DONE
90. Swimming with sharks
91. Break a World Record (as part of the crowd)
92. Have more TV experiences (LOVED my experience with Neighbours/The Circle…and also behind the scenes at Shannons Legends of Motorsport up at Bowdens) – either behind the scenes, or on air – love the creative and fun aspect of it all!
93. Dance in the rain
94. Get lost in a maze
95. Be serenaded to
96. Share a ‘standup hug’ with the tallest basketball player in Australia (I’m 4ft 7…lol)
97. Be a weather girl
98. Help others ‘tick’ something off their List (ongoing – am enjoying this aspect of my journey!)
99. Create something artistic/creative for my home – mosiacs, ceramics etc
100. Be in a Flash Mob
101. Visit a dairy farm and milk a cow
102. Graveyard at Night
103. Do something that is only ever possible to do once, in a lifetime. (so, literally a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience).
104. Attend some kind of Spiritual Festival/Ceremony
105. Do something spinechillingly confronting
106. Go on a Wildlife safari
107. Handfeed a baby elephant
108. Get a tattoo
109. Be at the top of a major Bridge (Sydney Harbour Bridge, Story Bridge in Brisbane etc) – do a fly-over in a helicopter perhaps? 
110. Hug a tree
111. Speed Dating
112. Stay silent for an entire week (and not shut myself at home while doing it!)
113. Kiteboarding
114. Plant a tree (local conservation project – ongoing)
115. Write a Book – have created a ‘Photo Book’ of my epic 2012…writing a book ‘my way’😉
116. Volunteer in an orphanage overseas (Cambodia), with disabled children
117. Get back on a horse, and get over my fear from being bucked off (twice!) when I was younger
118. ‘Give back’ by doing something ‘concrete/material/physical’ for someone/a group of people, supporting them directly, not, from afar – (have had opportunities to do this, which I am loving – wont cross this off as Done as I plan to do more!)🙂
119. Hotlap with Grant Denyer
120. Milk a snake of its venom (or at least, be right next to the person doing it)
121. Box/train in an actual boxing ring
122. Box a speedball
123. Swim in the ocean independently
124. Winery Tour
125. Hug a Policeman – a huge thank you to ‘Constable Stud’…lol..
126. Ride on a Tram
127. Go down South to see and photograph the Autumn colours of nature
128. Photo with a Boy in Blue – DONE!
129. Break a World Record (individual)
130. Go for a wander along the beach by myself
132. Parasailing
‎133. Cooking lesson with Matt Golinski
134.  Shoot a ”Glock” weapon (what the police force use) – have shot 3 bullseyes with a 357 revolver…a Glock would be AWESOME!
135.  Hotlap with Steve Gealy
136. Gain more confidence in longer distance driving by myself
137.  Behind the wheel of a racecar, on a track
138. Go for a flight in a seaplane, taking off/landing on, the water
139. Be a passenger in a car with a stunt driver
140. Ski-ing down a ski slope on a ski-chair
141. 3D movie on the big screen
142. Stand-up Paddleboarding (‘in my own way’…maybe sitting down on the board?)
143. Go to a SuperTruck event
144. Some awesome Drifting/a Burnout as a passenger, in a V8 Supercar/other high-powered car
145. Get a team together and do a fun run/part-marathon type event, (walking on crutches – part walk/part chair), to raise money for charity
– Achieved the 2km distance in the Sunshine Coast Marathon in 2014, raising $2,167 for SBH Qld in the process – THANK YOU to everyone involved in supporting me to achieve this incredible Dream! :) 

146. Have a go at hitting a baseball with a bat – with no hand/eye co-ordination, this could be interesting! lol..
147. Eat Chicken Feet
148. Do a radio ‘gig’
149. Be a guest host/panellist on radio – any time of the day/night
150. Visit the snow in Canada
151.  Learn to Meditate
152.  See the Milky Way
153.  Recreate the ‘running up the stairs’ scene from the Rocky movie…’in my own way’
154.  Circus Performer
155.  Boot Camp
156.  Go to the ScienCentre in Brisbane
157.  Japanese Bath House
158.  Volunteer at a Christmas Breakfast/Lunch for the Homeless/Needy
198.  Farmstay
160.  Passenger in with Ken Block
161.  Attempt to climb an Indoor Rock Wall
162.  Attend an outdoor Music Festival
163. Be in a TV commercial
164. Ride in a hovercraft
165. Stormchasing
166. Poker Run in aid of charity
167. Gokarting
168. Crack a Whip
169. Mystery Flight/Trip (complete with blindfold on, to keep the mystery alive until literally the last minute!)
170. Take part in a Variety Bash
171. Wave the chequered flag at the finish of a motor race
172. Throw an 80s party/fundraiser
173. Hip Hop Class/Dancing
174. Watch/capture the sunrise at least once a month, for a year – (started Jan 2013 – amazing experience!)🙂
175. Ride in a Monster Truck
176. Zipline
177. Perfect a 3 minute plank (without a break)
178. Become involved in a turtle care project/watch a ‘baby turtle dash’ down to the ocean, after hatching
179. Walk around a sports/athletic track at a Stadium
180. Undertake a ‘Tough Mudder’-type outdoor physical challenge
181. Have a motorcycle jump/fly over me in a stunt show
182. Demolish a wall of a house/building…’House Rules’ style
183. Fire Twirling
184. Micro-volunteering
185. Swim in an ocean pool (sea water pool right beside the ocean)
186. Be taken round a racetrack as a passenger in a classic big ol’ beasty racecar (Touring Car Masters era etc)
187. Hot Air Balloon Flight
188. A night on Richard Bransons Makepeace Island
189. Ride a horse along the beach
190. Human Slingshot
191. Belly Dancing
192. Jetpack/Flyboard experience
193. Romantic Gondola ride
194. Sound Therapy
195. Charity Car Show
196. Ride a Rickshaw
197. Paintball
198. Tall Ships
199. ‘Hillclimb’ up/down sand-dunes/race along the beach, in a car (as a passenger)
200. Hotlap around Mt Panorama, Bathurst
201. Meet a street artist
202. Plate-smashing (Greek-style)
203. Find a colourful, vibrant ‘sea of flowers’ (huge field of brightly coloured columns of flowers) to photograph
204. Backhoe Boarding (aka
205. Flight Simulator
206. Write down something I am grateful for, every day for a month.
207. Variety Santa Fun Run
208. See Coloured Sands in their natural environment
209. Get up to the top of Mount Coolum
210. Find more ways to be creative in my day/life
211. Jetboat adrenaline/adventure ride
212. Sunset cruise on a yacht/catamaran
213. “Ive been everywhere, man – NZ version” – go to every town named in the song
214. Glowstick/Neon Run
215. Swimming in the ocean beside a boat/yacht
216. Ride in a Firetruck
217. Be at a motor racetrack under lights
218. Be in a racecar on snow!
219. Be surrounded by butterflies..have one on me
220. Trapeze Artist for the Day
221.  Luge
222. Roller/Iceskating (using a frame or some sort of support)
223. Go to ‘Spookers’ Horror theme park
224. Messy/Paint Twister
225. Camp/tent overnight on an open plain/desert etc
226. Experience a 7D Cinema
227. Snorkel/Swim with humpback whales
228. Go to the airport, pick a destination off the flight board, and get on that plane
229. See a turtle in the ocean/its natural habitat
230. Drive down to Dick Johnson Racing Team Mates Night one year, myself
231. Corporate box at a sporting/other Event
232. Cat Cuddle Café (or similar cat-cuddle experience)
233. Offroad bushbashing (V8 buggy-style)
234. 4WD-ing, across rivers, up hills etc
235. Sit/lay down on a climbing ledge/bench, over the edge of a cliff
236. Bathurst at Bowdens
237. Bubble photography
238. Sumo wrestling (inflatable suits)
239. Balloon Twisting
240. Hotlap with Chris Bowden
241. Ride in a double decker bus
242. Physical Tyre Challenge
243. Stadium Truck Hotlap
244. Escape Room experience
245. Play in a Ball Pit
246. Visit the Caribbean
247. Watch a butterfly come out of its cocoon
248. Ride in motorcycle sidecar
249. Flight in a luxury private jet
250. Swim/snorkel at an ocean Reef
251. Animal Encounter at Qld Zoo
252. Fly an aircraft/helicopter
253. Sleep in a treehouse
254. Getaway at a Health Spa/Retreat weekend
255. Passenger in with Dick Johnson
256. Attend an Ice Hockey game
257. Explore forests, go off the beaten track – ‘Shinrin-yoku’ (Forest-bathing)
258. Dance on a Train
259. Dance on a (flat) Travelator
260. Wakeboarding
261. Experience the Northern Lights, or Aurora Australis
262. Outrigging
263. Witness a magical sandcastle being built
264. Mystery Island
265. Meet a Quokka….the ‘happiest animal on earth’ (I’ve now ‘observed’ a Quokka…but he was asleep – will go back and revisit him one day soon – hopefully awake next time!)
266. Visit Edgars Mission Animal Sanctuary
267. Camp/tent overnight on an open plain/desert etc
268. The Kangaroo Sanctuary Alice Springs
269. Stand/sit on the top step of a Podium and spray champagne

People I’d love to meet:
1. John Stephenson (the man behind ‘Junior’ the replica #17 Jim Beam Racing Beast)
2. Bob Irwin
3. Dalai Lama
4. Ita Buttrose
5. Ellen Degeneres
6. The ‘Happiness Ninja’
7. ‘Ford Racing Alf’ – finally got to meet the furry little alien!…hehe….
8. Jon Stevens (ex-Noiseworks)
9. Sebastian Terry (another bucket-lister)  – Met 
10. Chrissie Swan
11. Judge Judy
12. The ‘Hogster’ – Hogs Breath Café mascot
13. Glenn Seton
14. Dick Johnson Racing/Jim Beam Racing photographer
15. Allan Pease
16. Mark Visser
17. Matt Golinski –(a surprise meeting was organized – I had NO idea!)
18. Craig Lowndes
19. Mark “Larko” Larkham
20. John ‘JB’ Bowe
21. Jim Richards
22. Golden Gaytime ‘Chief’ Jesse James McElroy
23. Roger Penske
24. Marcos Ambrose
25. Danny Green
26. The ‘Happiness Ninja’
27. Bruce and Denise Morcombe
28. Alex Flynn
29. Matt Mingay (and go for a drift out on the track with him)
30. George “Hollywood” Elliott
31.  Barry  from The Living Room – and get some decorating advice
32. Captain Risky

Two things that Chasing my Dreams has also brought to my life, personally….
62. Create my Dream Life – Creating it!
63. Finding my Inner Peace – Found it!

ANY suggestions, or contacts/offers of support to get me towards these Goals, would be MUCH appreciated!
Feel free to join the Chasing my Dreams community on Facebook – lets share our Goals and Dreams together, and Make it Happen!

~Keep chasing those Dreams/items on your Bucket List…they WILL change your life!!~y Ch



Comments on: "The List!" (8)

  1. Liz Ramsay said:

    Was an absolute pleaure to meet you today at the gym. This is a very inspiring list. Made me stop & realise what I take for granted. At this stage I am planning on being at Coolum surf club on the morning of your climd (benifits of starting work at 1.30pm on Fridays).

    • Hi Liz!🙂 It was lovely to meet and chat with you today too, I really enjoyed it – thank you for your positive feedback, I really appreciated it…its part of what keeps me going, as I know Im doing a ‘good thing’. Keep up with what youre doing, its great!🙂

      Id love to keep in touch – lets inspire each other towards that part-Marathon next year, hey? Its No. #145 on my List!🙂 Hope to see you at my Climb (thank you for saying you’re planning to be there)…if you’re not able to make it, yes lets keep in touch!🙂

  2. Stephanie said:

    Hi Tania,

    Steph here from Whale One. Just got your card you left for me. Hope you had an amazing time with the Whales! This time of year is so amazing and we have so many incredible close encounters. Your bucket list is SO INSPIRING! It makes me want to create a list of my own and quit uni and do amazing things every day for the rest of my life.
    I want to keep checking your list and see which thing you will accomplish next.
    Stay well and keep in touch🙂 Happy days!
    Steph, Whale One

    • Hi Steph! Thank you SO much for helping me towards ticking Whale Watching off my bucketlist – it was truly one of the most special experiences of my life, to see those magnificent creatures up so close to us in the boat, coasting alongside us, playing next to us….and experiencing a magnificent breach on my side of the boat, was just breath-taking. To also have dolphins cruising alongside us on the way back in..just made it extra special, I just love dolphins, and marine creatures, so much! I didn’t want to come back in and get off the boat! haha.

      I think your job is amazing in itself…working in that marine environment, and getting to be out with the whales (or even just on the water) when you go out, would be incredible. Im not advocating quitting Uni haha…but as long as you are doing in life what you truly want to do, and ‘making your heart sing’, that is whats important. If you set up a bucketlist of your own (which I highly encourage, of course! haha) – feel free to share it with me!
      Take care…hope to catch up with you sometime!🙂

  3. Rachel Whiteside said:

    Loved meeting you at the Waitangi day celebrations. I would love to come spend a night in a haunted house with you. Would be alot of fun.
    You have so many great dreams to chase and I wish you all the best. Would love to see you again. X look me up on FB

    • Hi Rachel!🙂 It was brilliant meeting and chatting with you at the celebrations too…I love what you’re doing with your little business – and the wrist bands I bought from you are awesome!🙂 Haha yes I would love to stay in a haunted house/property one night – this one’s proving quite elusive though, I don’t want to do an organised ‘Ghost Tour’…I’d love to find somewhere we can (legally!) stay the entire night, and see if anything happens, or ‘visits’ us! haha. Take care…be great to connect back up again one day soon!

  4. Kacee Murray said:

    Hi tania, I just happened to pick up the take 5 magazine today as my doctor wanted to Re-admit me to hospital I’m a mum to a 18month old girl with Spina bifida myleomeningocele & hydrocephalus iv just read your article and I just want to say you are as imply amazing an such an inspiration I know this is a big ask but I would really really love to meet you an for you to meet my little girl her name is Ella I’m in literal tears of joy reading your article I hope my little girl has your determination when she’s older

    • Hi Kacee!🙂 Thank you so much for your lovely message, and for contacting me! I hope little Ella is doing well…if theres one thing that’s a common trait with everyone I know with spina bifida & hydrocephus….it’s determination! haha😉

      I would love to meet you & Ella!…its not a big ask at all depending on where you are of course, Im sure something can be arranged. I’ll send you an email. Lets see what we can do about arranging to meet up!

      I hope you are doing OK, given that your doctor wanted to re-admit you. I look forward to hopefully catching up with you and your little one, one day!🙂
      Take care

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