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Day 417

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Sir Winston Churchill

It’s 7: 09 PM on day 417 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth, publish my Disability of the Day feature,  tweet about my Clean Water For All Campaign – no luck – feed myself baked beans on toast for breakfast,  listen to music, go to physiotherapy–my physiotherapist was not impressed at all my lets were so stiff because I only exercised 3/14 days– watch TV, feed myself yoghurt for dinner and brush my teeth once more.

For the past few weeks I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of ways to keep this blog going while I’m in India with my family and yesterday when I met Jenelle Ramsami – a South Africa model who just happens to have a hearing impairment (see her picture and more about her below)– through Ramon Thomas via Twitter I knew that she would be the perfect person – inspiring, determined, confident – to write on this blog – I will be creating a ‘Guest Posts’ page just for her so that there is no confusion as to who is writing – while I was away so today I asked her if she would and she said yes the reason I’m SO excited that she agreed to do it is because she takes the dis right out of disabled by doing everything she does which is what I aim to do every day of my life. Do you see the opportunity in every difficulty or the difficulty in every opportunity?

Determined, intelligent and confident – these are all attributes that make Durban’s Jenelle who is an inspiration to those around her. Despite the fact that Jenelle was diagnosed with hearing loss at the age of 12, this has not stopped her from successfully becoming one of South Africa’s most inspiring up and coming models. In the last two years she has been a finalist in the Miss Deaf South Africa pageant, was awarded the ‘Fresh Look’ title at Miss India South Africa KZN 2010 contest, and recently made the Top 5 and ‘Miss photogenic’ for the Xtreme Models Search competition in February 2011. “I have always believed that modelling is a stepping stone to something greater for me. I want to motivate those who are both ably hearing and hearing impaired,” explains Jenelle. Achieving her goals is definitely not a foreign concept to this budding model. She was the first hearing impaired person in her school to pass her Matric with a merit and distinctions, thus enabling her to attend a mainstream college where she passed a national diploma in Business Management. It was this need to inspire and to show people that being hearing impaired is merely an obstacle that led Jenelle to becoming LifeSound’s newest ambassador & ambassador for House Of Tai Tei Lija (cosmestic)

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If you’ve given to my cause or you can’t give now, please help me by sharing my cause with others. You can tweet about it like my friend Stan Faryna. This is the tweet he uses: @Nisha360 is a brave, smart young woman trying to make a better world for us all. Please help her do an amazing thing. http://bit.ly/hC7vOu

Stan’s very sweet for saying so, but feel free to write what reflects you best.

Thanks to all my friends out there who are helping me make my dream come true: to make a better world for all of us!

Day 416

Common sense is just not common enough anymore – that’s what I learned today :(

It’s 7: 17 PM on day 416 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth,  publish my Disability of the Day feature, tweet about my Clean Water For All Campaign – Michael (@USMMariner) made a donation – what I love about Michael is that he didn’t even know me yet he offered to make a donation and kept his word after he came across my story through a mutual Twitter friend – thank you SO MUCH Michael YOU ARE AWESOME :) – feed myself scrambled eggs, sausages, tomato and toast  for lunch,  exercise for a couple of minutes, watch TV, feed myself rice and curry for dinner and brush my teeth once more.

As you may or may not know the COP17/CMP7 United Nations Climate Change Conference 2011 will be taking place in Durban, South Africa 28 November-9 December and although I think it’s great for the country I can’t help but marvel at the irony of the whole situation – world leaders are coming here to discuss among other things how we can as a collective reduce our carbon footprint while they themselves will be leaving a giant carbon footprint just by attending the conference (if I were a world leader I would ask my counterparts if we could stay in our respective countries and conference via Skype) – having said that I support the intention of this conference and have compiled a list of things we can all do to live a little greener starting from today. Take a look:

Going Green without Going Extreme: 5 Easy Ways You Can Make a Difference in the Environment

1. B.Y.O. Bag

Bring your own cloth or fabric bags when you shop!

If you grocery shop once a week, in five years you’ll have kept about 250 to 1,000 grocery bags out of our landfills. When one ton of plastic bags is reused or recycled, the energy equivalent of 11 barrels of oil is saved! By bringing your own bag to the grocery store, you can save thousands of plastic bags from ending up in landfills, or even worse in ecosystems where they can harm living creatures.

2. B.Y.O. Flatware for a Green Workplace

Plastic silverware might be convenient, but consider this: an office of 100 people can contribute nearly 250 pounds of plastic waste to our landfills each year. Reduce meal-time refuge by bringing your own lunch utensils—and encourage your office to replace plastic forks with their biodegradable counterparts.

3. Cutting Down on Junk Mail

Modernize your life by taking control of your stuff. Monitoring the mail you receive is a great way to cut down your clutter. You’ll have less to dispose of, you’ll feel less overwhelmed, and you’ll take a step towards helping to save our environment.

4. Don’t pollute – Telecommute

Here are just a few ways you can help our environment(and yourself!) by telecommuting:

Working from home lowers gas consumption, which preserves natural resources, reduces polluting emissions such as carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, and lessens polluting road ‘run off.’ (And think of the money and stress that’s saved!)

Cool the globe! Less commuter-related car emissions can help reduce global warming. Carbon dioxide is the major contributor of global warming.

See more clearly: Nitrogen oxides produced by excessive car emissions combine with volatile organic compounds and sunlight to produce ground-level ozone (otherwise known as smog).

Help preserve our food sources – ozone and nitrous oxides contribute to an estimated annual crop yield loss of two to four billion dollars.

Less commuting can equal more green, open spaces. Fewer cars could reduce the demand for new or wider roads, which use up land and natural resources.

Enjoy the silence. Less traffic means less noise pollution.

Become an ‘e-commuter.’ Working from home encourages use of electronic communications like email, intranet sites, and phone – significantly reducing paper use and waste.

Live on a mountain top! If you telecommute full-time, your home base is almost irrelevant – you can live where you decide your quality of life will be highest…and in the long run, this may also help reduce urban sprawl.

Write or research for a living? You’re an ideal telecommuter candidate! Talk to your employer about a flexible schedule that will allow part- or full-time telecommuting.

5. Eat Local

Buy fruits and vegetables from your local farmers market to ensure that only a minimal amount of carbon dioxide is imitated into the atmosphere during its transportation.

(Note: Tips 1-4 are courtesy of earthshare.org)

Are we connecting on Twitter? If not, say hi at http://twitter.com/Nisha360

If you’ve given to my cause or you can’t give now, please help me by sharing my cause with others. You can tweet about it like my friend Stan Faryna. This is the tweet he uses: @Nisha360 is a brave, smart young woman trying to make a better world for us all. Please help her do an amazing thing. http://bit.ly/hC7vOu

Stan’s very sweet for saying so, but feel free to write what reflects you best.

Thanks to all my friends out there who are helping me make my dream come true: to make a better world for all of us!

Day 415

As you grow older your theories change – that’s what I learned today :)

It’s 7: 13 PM on day 415 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth,  tweet about my Clean Water For All Campaign – no luck other than the donation Chrissy (@ChrissyPappas) made yesterday – thanks again Chrissy :)–publish my Disability of the Day feature,  feed myself All-Bran Flakes with banana for brunch,  tweet about my campaign some more–still no luck – watch TV, feed myself a baked bean sandwich and grilled chicken for dinner and brush my teeth once more.

Today I read a tweet to me from Amber-Lee (@girlygrizzly) which said I’m SOOOOO sick, but doin! How are YOU doing? Are we getting closer? Are you happy? I’ve been loving your site lately… and I asked myself am I happy to which the answer was yes because four of the following components two of which – gratitude and giving – were components in my original happiness formula come together six out of seven days:

1. Being present: I never think I wonder what my life would been like if I could walk because it’s pointless it won’t serve me in any way although that doesn’t stop my mother from saying things like if my daughter could walk she could have done so many things in front of me when no one else is around.

2. Having faith: I don’t know the Bible off by heart and I am not perfect but over the last couple of years I have learned not to question God after all He has done more with my life than I could have think about it I can’t even go to the bathroom by myself and yet I wake up every day and try to change the world if that’s not God working through me I don’t know what is.

3. Gratitude: In today world where it’s all about accumulation of money and material objects I have found that it’s not how much we have that matters but rather how much we are grateful for my dad is the perfect example of this he has his family, a job, a house, a car, basically everything you would need to live a great life but since all he can see is what he doesn’t have he might as well not have even the things he has.

4. Giving: Once you see all that you have by being grateful you will naturally want others to have as much or more than you do so you will give and when you do give you will realize that that hole in your heart you’ve been trying to fill with things could only be filled by the joy of giving.

Are we connecting on Twitter? If not, say hi at http://twitter.com/Nisha360

If you’ve given to my cause or you can’t give now, please help me by sharing my cause with others. You can tweet about it like my friend Stan Faryna. This is the tweet he uses: @Nisha360 is a brave, smart young woman trying to make a better world for us all. Please help her do an amazing thing. http://bit.ly/hC7vOu

Stan’s very sweet for saying so, but feel free to write what reflects you best.

Thanks to all my friends out there who are helping me make my dream come true: to make a better world for all of us!

Day 414

When you take the words I can’t out of your vocabulary nothing’s impossible – that’s what I learned today :)

It’s 7: 28 PM on day 414 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth, feed myself All-Bran Flakes with banana for breakfast, publish my Disability of the Day feature, tweet about my Clean Water For All Campaign – no luck – feed myself yoghurt for lunch, watch TV, tweet about my campaign some more– I finally got around to making a donation with the money my mom owed me for typing for her so I’m 87% to my goal I’m so happy :)

Yesterday I was watching an episode of 3 Talk, a popular talk show in South Africa, where they were discussing diabetics and the consequences of it suffice to say I was scared (excuse my language) shitless because although I tested myself a few months ago and everything come out fine – my sugar level was 5 (anything between 4 and 7 is healthy) – I still had two of the three risk factors someone needed to have to get diabetics – I was not physically active and I had a positive family history meaning people in my family had diabetics – so I decided to dance lying down (I probably looked so stupid doing it but hey at least I broke a sweat nobody ever said you had to be standing up to exercise) why am I telling you this you may ask to show that if a person who has Cerebral Palsy can dance you can do ANYTHING. Do you use the words I can’t as a synonym for I don’t want to?

Are we connecting on Twitter? If not, say hi at http://twitter.com/Nisha360

If you’ve given to my cause or you can’t give now, please help me by sharing my cause with others. You can tweet about it like my friend Stan Faryna. This is the tweet he uses: @Nisha360 is a brave, smart young woman trying to make a better world for us all. Please help her do an amazing thing. http://bit.ly/hC7vOu

Stan’s very sweet for saying so, but feel free to write what reflects you best.

Thanks to all my friends out there who are helping me make my dream come true: to make a better world for all of us!

Day 413

Your platform, if you do nothing with it, is useless – that’s what I learned today :(

It’s 7: 13 PM on day 413 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth, prepare and publish my Disability of the Day feature, tweet about my Clean Water For All Campaign – no luck – feed myself  Idli –   a south Indian savory cake popular throughout India – and Sambar – a dish common in South India and Sri Lankan Tamil cuisines, made of toor dal – for breakfast, listen to music, watch TV, listen to more music – I LOVE Galaxies by Owl City (see lyric video below) – feed myself a tomato and pepper salad for lunch,  watch some more TV, feed myself bread, baked beans and grilled chicken  for dinner and brush my teeth once more.

Yesterday I posted i only need $1 078.46 more 2 build a well in India/Africa. Will you help me? http://bit.ly/hC7vOu #Water #HumanRights on somebody’s – I won’t mention whose – Facebook wall and he sent me a message saying Nisha, Please do not post requests for money on my Wall. That is not its purpose. can somebody please tell me what’s the point of having 1 000 Twitter followers or 500 Facebook friends if you’re not going to use it to help people I suppose that’s the problem with people these days no one will help anyone even if it’s at no cost to them. Are you using your platform, whatever it is, to make this world a better place before you kick the bucket?

Are we connecting on Twitter? If not, say hi at http://twitter.com/Nisha360

If you’ve given to my cause or you can’t give now, please help me by sharing my cause with others. You can tweet about it like my friend Stan Faryna. This is the tweet he uses: @Nisha360 is a brave, smart young woman trying to make a better world for us all. Please help her do an amazing thing. http://bit.ly/hC7vOu

Stan’s very sweet for saying so, but feel free to write what reflects you best.

Thanks to all my friends out there who are helping me make my dream come true: to make a better world for all of us!