Today I Will... blackboard in Cafe Jas alley way

INITIATIVE: Sharron Keating, creator, Mat Keating, Cafe Jas, Wendy Mitchell, Business Horsham and Mandy Kirsopp, Horsham Rural City Council.

INITIATIVE: Sharron Keating, creator, Mat Keating, Cafe Jas, Wendy Mitchell, Business Horsham and Mandy Kirsopp, Horsham Rural City Council.

A CHALK board encouraging people to commit to doing something for themselves and others has popped up in Horsham.

Cafe Jas owner Sharron Keating established the ‘Today I Will…’ board, which is on the alley wall next to the cafe in Horsham.

The board allows people to write what they are going to do for themselves or other people each day. 

The initiative is part of a central business district revitalisation strategy.

Mrs Keating said she came up with the idea four years ago while watching a TED Talk by Candy Chang. 

“She came up with an idea which was called ‘Before I Die...’,” she said. 

“She had a beautiful talk about the reason why she wanted to do this blackboard, and encouraged people to write things they would like to do before they died.

“From that, I didn’t want to exactly copy her idea, but I wanted to have some sort of a board where people could write their intentions, and that’s how I came up with ‘Today I Will...” 

Mrs Keating spent the weekend baking as part of her board commitment. She made her mother a lamb shank pie and baked cookies for friends.

She said doing things for others was where true fulfillment came from. 

“It doesn’t come from materialistic things or buying things – we can really fall into those traps where we think we can make ourselves happy with things,” she said. 

“This is a way you can connect and add value to people.”