Lessons from Mt Kilimanjaro – Life, Death and Learning What It Means to Live A Wealthy Life

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My darling Wealth Chef family

 

I must warn you this video is anything but polished. It is raw and rough – actually it’s me that is raw and rough not the video but as I descended Mt Kilimanjaro after reaching the summit during what was possibly the toughest physical, emotional and mental journey I have ever taken, and after hearing about the death of my fellow climber and friend Gugu Zulu I had to stop and share my thoughts with you.

But I’m jumping ahead – the story starts further back…

…About a year ago I started asking myself and others this question:

“What is a Wealthy Life? Once you have a solid financial foundation in place what are the other components and aspects of life that when combined together make up a Wealthy Juicy Life well lived?”

The answer has been coming to me in fascinating ways all year, mostly through experiences and travel rather than intellectual mind mulling, so when I said a BIG YES to climbing Mt Kilimanjaro for The Nelson Mandela Foundation as part of the 2016 Trek4Mandela group to help raise money to keep girls from poor communities in school, I knew I was in for some juicy learning!

I just never imagined quite how much!

As my amazing expedition guide, Sibusiso Vilane said as we departed on our adventure, you don’t conquer mountains nor do they aim to conquer you. The mountain was there before you climbed it, and it will be there after you leave. What you conquer are your own limitations and beliefs about what you are capable of and discover strategies to pull out resources within you that you possibly never imagined you ever had. In this way the mountain is a great teacher. Enabling you to discover what it is you need to learn through experience – the most powerful teacher of all.

Mount Kilimanjaro, stands at 5895 meters (19,340 feet) above sea level in Tanzania and is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.

The climb was extraordinary, the first 4 days being tough due to the altitude, climate and conditions but they were magnificent and beautiful too as I climbed through 4 vegetation zones and connected with amazing people. Facilities are very basic so no washing for 6 days too but since it was damn cold it was a relief to not have to get naked ;).

Ann and Fulu celebrating life way above the clouds

Ann and Fulu celebrating life way above the clouds

Then the summit day arrived and boy – I never imagined how deep I would need to draw on my internal resources to walk just 6km to stand on the top of Africa for 15 mins and then turn around!

But those 6km were up an almost vertical scree strewn side of a volcano at over 19 000 ft (5895m) elevation where each breath felt like a teaspoon of air and in -20 degree centigrade (-4 f) temps not including the wind chill. Those 6km took 9 hours!

During those 9 hours another battle was being fought – this time for a life. Three hours before we left at 11 pm at night to summit a dear friend, fellow climber and a role model to thousands of South Africans – Gugu Zulu – started having serious difficulty breathing and was rushed down the mountain by 6 porters carrying him on a metal stretcher. There is no phone signal that high and no facilities, so in the dark Gugu had to be carried down the mountain for over 30kms. His wife Letshego had been climbing with us too and she ran down that mountain beside him throughout the night. I cannot even begin to imagine her journey that night.

I set off for the summit believing Gugu would be fine as soon as he was at a lower altitude – sadly it wasn’t the case and my 38 year old friend died as they arrived at the base gate at almost the same time I reach Gillman’s point. The first of the three summit points.

I reached Ururu considered the true summit and the highest part of the mountain.

Standing on top of my beloved Africa was incredible and at the same time bizarrely anti-climactic as it really dawned on me that it is actually the journey that is the extraordinary part – not the end.

Ann and Dave at Uluru Peak summiting Mt Kilimanjaro on Nelson Mandela Day.

Ann and Dave at Uluru Peak summiting Mt Kilimanjaro on Nelson Mandela Day.

I can say with absolute certainty that I would never have reached that peak without my guide Pascal. That night I discovered not only what a Guardian Angel is but also why some journeys cannot be done without a guide and what you need to draw on when even your BIG WHY and vision is no longer enough to keep you going. I share these learnings in the video.

It then took a further 7 hours to descend and get to a lower camp for the night, and that was the first time signal got through and news of Gugu dying reached me. What a crazy mix of emotions.

A further 20kms walking the next day to the gate, a night of tears and massive emotion with Gugu’s wife and my fellow climbers and then a return to the most crazy onslaught of media I have ever experienced waiting for us when we landed in South Africa.  That continued to make this a week I will be learning from for a while to come.

I am writing this here to say thank you to you for being part of the Wealth Chef family, for choosing to be an inspiration in the world by living your life to the fullest, for saying yes to your vision and by doing so helping others say yes too, – and mostly a thank you for helping me say yes to life and experiencing what a real wealthy life is.

Please watch the video and excuse the state of my severely frost bitten lips, eyes swollen from dust, sun and tears and hair that hadn’t seen water in a week. Behind the surface of my dishevelled, exhausted and emotional state I think there are some powerful lessons on what it means to live a Wealthy Life, the purpose of setting ourselves challenging goals and why some journeys cannot be taken without a guide.

When you’re done watching I’d love to know in the comments below:

What barriers do you need to remove to get on with living your audacious, juicy, wealthy life and are going to let go of the excuses and say yes to experiencing it all?

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  • Dearest Ann, Your video bears a compelling quality and message that made my heart flutter. A story shared of such joy, tragedy, conquest, humility, love and determination – is utterly moving.

    My goal is to write. I have two books in mind, one came to me only last week and is my love and passion – a hymn of praise to the fields of England. I have no idea how to make it happen. But I have set an intention.

    Thanks so very very much for sharing this and for allowing me to hear the name of Gugu Zulu which I will always remember with love.

  • wendy says:

    Thank you for sharing your most inspiring of experiences and I flow my love to your friend whom has progressed to spirit….i am really in a stalemate in life my goal would be to find a reason to feel passionate….

  • Em says:

    Thank you so much Ann for your honestly and bravery in posting that video. It moved me very deeply in so many ways. I am even more convinced that you are my heaven-sent guide via FFU and I look forward to getting to know you better. I’m so happy to be part of the FFU family. Much love X

  • Nicola says:

    This moved me so much. My why is to help more people in this world in a way thats joyful to me. Thanks so much for allowing us to witness your experience. The absolute and complete power of the strength and vulnerability that you allowed to flow is beyond words. Thank you for being so heartfelt and true. Ive joined FFU with my partner the time is now to be all we can be. Much love Ann.

  • Siki Mdletye says:

    What an amazing set of life lessons I’m drawing from this, thanks for sharing this Ann.
    I went to the same high school as Letshego and although we subsequently lost contact I am deeply moved by the strength she has displayed during this tough time in her life.
    I’m in my car outside work right now and I’m ruminating in your question ‘what is wealth?’…
    For me true wealth would be the ability to truly reflect my priorities in the way I spend my time.

  • Sanet says:

    The most beautiful video I have ever seen, thank you for sharing Ann. Once again I am reminded that there is such a fine line between victory and loss. Truly inspirtional, love the raw beauty! I wish I had the money today to have you as my juicy life guide, one day I will! When you spoke about “we are all so much more than what we give ourselves credit for” I actually started crying. So many people believe in and depend on me, that I often loose sight of what all I do. I’ve been climbing my own Kili with a website created by myself for the past 7 years, often encouraged by family and friends to let it go, to find a real job, because it is silly – well I can’t, I won’t. Sometimes you do something to prove to yourself you can, then that experience turns into your greatest teacher. I’ve learnt so much from knowing nothing about the worldwide web to now. These days my website receive 12,000-15,000 mainly US but also UK, Canadian and Australian visitors per day, over 350,000 visitors per month, yet I still need to find that “something” that will push my passive income on the site to a “wow” and “carefree” level. My Kili is “what” and I must admit that not knowing, sometimes “Killy Me”! I want you to know you inspire me greatly, you fire that part in me up that say, don’t quit JUST before you get there! We deal with heartache and often lots of pain on these journeys, yet it is all about finding our true authentic selves in the end. Congratulations on your amazing journey and my deepest condolences to you, the friends and family of Gugu. I am on a very similar journey of victory (I can feel it!) and great loss during this journey. Much love and many blessings to all of you.

  • phumla says:

    Hi Ann, thank you for sharing this video with us, it is very emotional & has touched me in a different way and yet profound. What has been holding me back from realising my wealthy life for sometime now, is the knowledge of having been reckless with my finances, not thinking things through (i.e consequences of my actions), which then translated in fear of being judged, rejected by my kids and, being laughed at by my friends, and some family members.

    This crippled my thinking, planning and decision making, to a point where, I lacked self-confidence in myself and my abilities, suffering acute anxiety and stress.

    My biggest barriers right now, that I need to remove are , self-doubt, financial embarrassment & fear of looking at my current financial situation. The journey that I have now started, by reading & joining “The Wealth Chef”, (THANKS TO a dear and true friend Dr Xoli Poswa, who has (still does), encouraged me to buy your book and attend the “stock for frocks seminar”.

    I believe that I’m on the road to letting go of my barriers and start living my wealthy life. Thanks to you, your team and Xoli.

  • Claire says:

    Wow! Amazing video – such pain and joy. So sorry to hear of the death of your friend Gugu. I hope that beautiful memories of him sustain you through your grief and whilst you support his wife.
    Thank you for reminding me that I have such abundance in my life, so I can be grateful for that.

  • Estelle says:

    Ann it was deeply moving to hear you sharing this experience in the midst of your ur and your ur fellow climbers pain of losing Gugu. We Salute your u all.

  • Anne says:

    Congratulations Ann for being so authentic, real, vulnerable, and generous in spirit sharing your lessons and wisdom in this expansive, creative, abundant, courgeous way Our heartfelt sorrow for Gugu Zulu, his beautiful wife and family, and the people of South Africa, who have lost a living icon, but have gained an inspiring legacy.

    In the African spirit of “ubuntu” – umuntu, ngamuntu, ngabantu, translated it means:” I am because we are”.

    It was the late Steve Biko who once said: “the great powers of the world have done much to give the world a more industrial and military look, but the gift of Africa has yet to come, and that is to give the world a more human face.”

    Ann you, Gugu, and your fellow s “Trek4Mandela” climber have indeed ‘given the world a more human face”.

    With gratitude

  • Fatima says:

    A truly inspiring, raw from the heart and soul in its’ purest form, as God created us

    some thoughts- to flourish in open loving family times, ties and loving connections, dealing with conflict with loving intention. Be less controlling, allow my family to simply “be”. To simply for myself “BE” without trying to fix everything and everyone else. To fully invest myself in an openhearted forgiving relationship by offering forgiveness of myself and others.

    with love, courage and light always …..

  • Fatima says:

    A truly inspiring, raw from the hear and soul in its’ purest form, as God created us

    some thoughts- to flourish in open loving family times, ties and loving connections, dealing with conflict with loving intention. Be less controlling, allow my family to simply “be”. To simply for myself “BE” without trying to fix everything and everyone else. To fully invest myself in an openhearted forgiving relationship by offering forgiveness of myself and others.

    with love, courage and light always …..

  • Ann Mellor says:

    Dear Ann, So,so sad & condolences on the loss of your friend Gugu Zulu.He knew that it was a difficult task he had set himself.Like you! When I want to stop,think I can’t go on…I take a quick peep behind see how far I have come & tell myself…. it’s longer to go back and there is nothing there because you have left.SO you have to carry on as your friends are waiting for you ahead.
    Congratulations on your successful climb.X

  • Fatima says:

    Hi Ann, my heart felt condolence to you for the demise of your friend Gugu Zulu… Hard work pays you know! Striving for excellence is uppermost for me now..but my major constraint isstable income,though ventured into various business ,ending up on debt and no financial support to move ahead..presently I know I need to act faster now.

  • Tex Hlalele says:

    Thank you for sharing Ann, what an inspiration and the life that Gugu lived will continue to be an inspiration. My goal is to work for myself.

  • Marianne says:

    I also reached the top of Kili years ago. Doing that has always been my personal inspiration when things get tough. If I can get to the top of Kili, I can do anything. I agree with you, Ann. For me it was also the toughest and most gruelling experience ever, during which I had to dig really deep. Well done for getting to the top! For the next few weeks, you will be walking a foot above the ground!

  • Beula says:

    a very poignant video. appreciate seeing the inner you as well as not being all prim and proper. my barriers are exactly the 3 most important questions and fear of the unknown and… a bit of analysis paralysis. i have needed to dig deep for life’s curved balls that have been thrown at me. i have learnt to accept the compliment that i am a strong woman, however i need a guide to help me persist to mount the summit. with all my love.

  • Claire Bazin says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss and for his family and other friends. What a terrible thing to happen on such a well-intentioned and important journey. I too am like Yamie – always going from one paycheck to another, weight going up and down.

    I’m using this summer to redefine my goals and those of my family so we have a coherent set of values and something to aim for all together. Getting out of debt and building for the future is one of them. I can’t afford your Financial University but I can benefit from your tips and I have your book (which I must read).

    You are an inspiring person, Ann, thank you for all that you do and again, I am so sorry for your loss.

    ps I get your updates by email already so thank you for them, they inspire me too. xx

  • Julia says:

    May his soul rest in peace.
    Most of the time we don’t realize how blessed we are. We are constantly in fear and comfortable at our jobs with salary we earn. Too scared to do what we love and we don’t get to live our lives to the fullest.
    I would love to be a life coach and I’m going to stop saying I’ll do it next year or when I have enough money or some excuse.

  • zeniat says:

    So inspired by this video, the will power to keep going. Great lesson for me. Thank you so much for this video;!

  • Elize Roets says:

    Dear Ann, Thank you for showing us your other side – the raw side – no makeup video side… showing us reality, real emotion, true human nature.
    Character is built through adversity. We all have to embrace adversity on various levels in our lives – the trick is to actually embrace and learn and grow.
    Congratulations on sumitting Kili even through all the physical and emotional difficulty. Sincere commiserations for the loss of your friend and his family. Perhaps in his death, he can be an even greater inspiration for having lived fully to the end! I would have been proud to be his little girl, looking back in a few years time…
    Being a fellow South African, this is a true inspiration – unity. We need more guides of your caliber!
    Thank you! and best of luck recuperating and for your next adventure!

  • Mbali says:

    I need to reevaluate my marriage as it has become a drag

  • Lee Randall says:

    Thanks, Ann, for your thoughts and emotions. I was peripherally aware of Gugu Zulu before last week, and have been profoundly moved by his death and the social commentary it has created. I had no idea that you too were part of the Trek4Mandela but am not at all surprised by this. I have always felt that experience, rather than material goods, lies at the basis of a wealthy life, and your teachings have really inspired me to take better charge of my finances and precious time allocation. However, with two kids and a hectic urban lifestyle it’s all too easy to slip back into the daily humdrum of being a [self-employed!] wage slave. Thanks for the concept of just following a guide, a step at a time and focusing on the here and now. I’m juggling my therapy practice with a new journey into social entrepeneurship, inspired by my PhD research with minibus taxi drivers (still in progress), and am setting up an organisation called Road Heroes to tackle road safety issues. The summit feels very far away and your advice is very helpful at this moment.

  • Kat says:

    Ann, I just want to hug you and hug Letshogo. Your heart is so huge. I will dig down deeper every day to honor Gugu Zulu, his spirit and his family, and follow my guide. You are mighty.

  • Sharon says:

    Much love and thanks to you, Ann, and condolences for the loss of the bright light of a man Gugu Zulu. Also, congratulations on reaching the summit as well as new depths of enlightenment. Thank you for the gift of this video that has helped me to have hope in continuing to persevere with my goal of moving to another state where I have yet to have landed a job that would help me do this. If this video remains available, I will watch it again and perhaps again … . Thanks so much for your service!

  • Lesley says:

    Ann- thanks for your honesty and vulnerability. Such an important reminder of the importance and reality of the journey and having the courage to go for it- and that life is finite but we chose how we spend it

  • Olamodesi adelabu says:

    I feel my purpose in life is to love and be of help to others , sometimes I feel I’ve wasted alot of time trying to figure that out, on how I will fulfill my purpose. This video just showed me is not too late to make my dreams come to life, all I need do is to just keep putting effort to actualize my dreams. I can still make it financially . Thanks for sharing this, it really got me emotional.

  • Lucienne says:

    Oh Ann, thank you so so much for this video!
    First of all, I’m so very sorry to hear about your friend Gugu Zulu and all my love goes out to you and his family and friends.

    I am so touched by how genuine you are, how much love, care and warmth pours out of you – you touched my heart and brought me to tears and your words have really hit home this time. And WOW, well done for breaking through your own barriers! I have so much respect for how far you’ve come in your life and I can only imagine how proud you must be of yourself for getting to the top of Kilimanjaro, especially in those conditions! Congratulations!

    My goal is to spend as much time as possible with my partner and our little boy while building a community around a permaculture “oasis” and also helping women enjoy a healthy & beautiful pregnancy and as give birth without fear, which will help bring calmer and more conscious babies/people into our world.

    Again, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us and all the best Ann!
    Lots of Love,
    Lucienne

  • RACHEL says:

    Thank you, Ann for being authentic, having integrity, inspiring and being vulnerable in posting this ‘raw’ video. My deepest sympathy for the loss of your friend. I have just moved home & business location after over 20 years in central London, UK: this was a barrier which I have overcome & will lead to more of a wealthy life on many different levels. The next one is publishing my first book & promoting it i.e. being even more ‘out’ there.

  • Thembeka says:

    Gugu zulu’so passing came as a theft living us shocked and in disbelief.

    Just think how shot life can be.my goal is to create a life that I can be proud of.I would love to travel the world and do what I really love which is modeling.yet my finances does not allow me to live the kind of life that I want.thus my goal is to work hard and buy assets that will generate cash flow as you have mentioned in your Facebook videos.I am so grateful for the knowledge you share with us,life is so precious and it’s a gift.and once it’s gone it’s gone.there are times when I question myself.what is my purpose in life,yet I found the answer to this question that my purpose in life is to discover my gift and use it to inspire others.thanks a lot for sharing your video

  • Margret says:

    My condolences for your loss and thank you for doing this for us. I just learnt that taking things in steps, living in the present and not killing myself on what will happen in the future heals as well as break barriers.

  • Paula says:

    Beautiful Ann! Faith and trust, follow the guide, thank you xx

  • Manare says:

    Thank you Ann for sharing the video. My prayers are with you and Gugu’s family.

  • Kate says:

    Ann, Your commitment, your tenacity, your drive, your enthusiasm, make you a fabulous leader/guide. But now to add to these qualities the very rawness and honesty of appearing ,as you are, in mourning, exhausted, untouched by beautician or hairdresser, truly in the raw, it’s powerful, wonderful and inspiring.

  • Gloria says:

    Thank you so much for thinking of us at this time … I am moved by your strength and tenacity on this journey and of course your dedication to keep going. The concept of a guide is so very very interesting, as some point, I imagine, there has to be a level of trust to let go to the guidance of another… I have tended to rely on myself in life and to trust something of value to another would be a big challenge for me. At nearly 70 and having lived a life of financial struggle I am so happy to not be in debt anymore and to have an emergency fund behind me. I guess this is the point of trust that I have come to. To have a few pounds spare at the end of the month which is a new experience for me, and now to trust that to what seem a gamble… to invest that instead of holding onto it… to trust to invest is a big thing for me … I have a voice that says its too late with too little to invest .. I won’t make it!!
    I am seriously moved by your journey Ann, and my challenge may appear small, but having faced poverty, the next step is a challenge and as I still don’t really understand investing it looks like I would just have to trust and jump. The place I am at now is so so much more abundant than where I was, thanks to you. For me to invest, it would be a act of trust. I dont have much to invest, maybe £50 a month, the challenge is my age, and that money would be a stretch for me. My Big Why is not that big to carry me through as I have all that I need and fortune shines on me in many simple ways for which I am most grateful. I just want to stay healthy and live an independent life. A little more money would be wonderful so I don’t have to work so many hours and that I could take a taxi to visit my grandchildren instead of public transport. The dichotomy is that at some point I would like to retire But at the same time that my work gives me so much joy and purpose that I wouldn’t want to stop?? I have done many wonderful life adventures in this life, and I love the simple pleasures.
    Ann I so look forward to the call this evening to see what you have to say about the two barriers I seem to have.
    Thank you again for you moving video post, so heart felt .. bless you

  • Di Atherton says:

    Dear Ann – you were right it is raw and rough and my tears flowed as you shared so deeply and honestly. The timing was perfect as only today that “little voice” surfaced along with familiar fear about getting out there and making it happen for myself, and you reminded me that we are indeed enough, and that life is too fragile and precious to waste time. What an incredible journey this was, bittersweet and I thank you for sharing with us. You are such an inspiration to me and this video was confirmation from the universe that it is time to take the next step.

  • khurshid says:

    Hello Ann,

    First of all i am deeply sorry about you losing your friend Gugu Zulu which must have been a very difficult time. You have taught me no matter how hard life is, never to give up. I need to strive harder.
    It does not matter how hard or how long the journey is to continue with positive attitude and I shall succeed.
    Thank you for sharing this incredible video.

  • Lucienne says:

    Oh Ann, thank you so so much for this video!
    First of all, I’m so very sorry to hear about your friend Gugu Zulu and all my love goes out to you and his family and friends.

    I am so touched by how genuine you are, how much love, care and warmth pours out of you – you touched my heart and brought me to tears and your words have really hit home this time. And WOW, well done for breaking through your own barriers! I have so much respect for how far you’ve come in your life and I can only imagine how proud you must be of yourself for getting to the top of Kilimanjaro, especially in those conditions! Congratulations!

    My goal is to spend as much time as possible with my partner and our little boy while building a community around a permaculture “oasis” and also helping women enjoy a healthy & beautiful pregnancy and as give birth without fear, which will help bring calmer and more conscious babies/people into our world.

    Again, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us and all the best Ann!
    Lots of Love,
    Lucienne

  • Claude says:

    You are such an inspiration Ann.. May the soul of your friend rest in peace.. This was such an extraordinary adventure for you and for us. The world is a better place having more people like you, making such a huge difference in so many life, allowing people to have huge dreams and making them happen.. We all need support, it is a matter to ask for it and you motivated us to do so.. Don’t give up on your dreams, sort your life and enjoy every second, powerful message Ann. thank you so much..

  • jane says:

    Thank you for sharing, Ann. So sorry for the loss of your friend Gugu. And congratulations for climbing Kilimanjaro. At a time when our Kili is moving home from Zimbabwe to UK and all aspects of our life resemble your scree slope, thank you for inspiring us to keep going forward,

  • Rionach says:

    So beautiful Ann. Your passion and amazing energy shine through so strongly. What i get from this is that getting through each challenge makes us stronger and yet more vulnerable and human. I’ve been experiencing exhaustion recently after achieving a major goal of creating a wonderful new premises for my charity, Citizens Advice, by refurbishing a run down building. And in the middle of moving our 100 strong team (twice!) from office to office, submitting 3 funding bids over 3 weeks and being successful in all of them. Now – after some recovery time – I’m struggling to find the energy to launch a fundraising event that brings my passion for poetry together with my charities’ work – Sponsor a Poem. Like you, I need to dig deep and take it one step at a time. And keep asking for help.
    Much love to you, Rionach

  • Maxine says:

    I am so in awe of what you achieved!! You are an inspiration Ann, and I have so much respect and love for you. I cannot imagine the pain of losing your friend on this adventure and my thoughts are with his wife and family. 👣👣👣👣💕💕💕

  • Deap says:

    The mot moving and most powerful video I have ever seen from you Ann. I hear you, resonate with you and feel all your emotions. I thank you for being the shining beacon that can really touch people’s lives on many levels..keep going you have so much more to offer. Lots of love Ann x

  • Nicky says:

    Thank you so much Ann, with all my heart. Reading how Letshego ran next to her husband, for six hours though the night, was heartbreaking, and I’m in tears watching your video, but my heart feels very open too. So thank you. What am I holding back from most of all? Losing weight. I feel trapped in my body and ashamed of my weight. It’s holding me back in more ways than I have ever dared share or admit to. I feel powerless about it and terrified, it’s my Kilimanjaro. Now it’s out there. Now I’ve admitted that I am circling the base of this mountain. The hope you have given me, and the first step, is to find a guide and get support. Love what you are doing and giving to the world. Thank you xxx

  • dustin quintini says:

    Wow…… mind blowing, hats off to you and your team for facing Kilimanjaro Ann Wilson. sorry for your loss , friend, pure legend Gugu, Very humble being. Always been a fan of his works and contributions in South Africa in the motorsport industry. somewhat this video shows or remind me of an Onion ….taking off the extra layers to see the beauty within… pure at heart.. thanks for being my mentor Ann Wilson. thanks for being you, showing and guiding us to find our true being in itself, to be the change.

  • elizabeth says:

    wow you brought tear to my eyes your amazing god bless

  • Anne Nelson says:

    Thank you Ann for connecting on such an emotional level and giving of yourself, not just words but the experience of those words. For me and probably many others you are my Blue Monkey that I’m following. Some stops and starts along the way but stopping to reconnect with self is always beneficial. You have come down that mountain and your first thought is sharing lessons with us! I love this raw video the best of all! I leave for my challenge in India in ten days time. This video has been just the reminder and encouragement I need. I feel the fear and can even taste it but I’m doing it anyway! Thank you so much for being my guide.
    Anne

  • Bev says:

    I started my day by looking for something to help me meditate on the nature of perseverance.
    This is it. Very spiritual and powerful.
    The power of now, indeed.

  • Sophia says:

    Hello Ann, thanks for sharing your journey. Condolences to the loss of your friend Gugu Zulu. I was touched by your post and it came about at the right time – my friend Synchronicity always comes out at the right time. Thanks for reminding me of the 7 points of intention. To me the question came up “What do I have to do right NOW?”, to connect to my feel-good, part of my wealthy live.

  • Firstly Congratulations at getting to the top! and condolences on the sad loss of Gugu. Thank you for taking the time to make the video and let us know just how you felt – and the fact that you were thinking of inspiring us is just amazing!! The loss of Gugu will be something that we will never get over and our thoughts and our prayers are with his wife an daughter at this time –
    I hope that you will be able to be with us for dinner on monday to share your experiences love Margaret and the WOW Mastermind group

  • Julie says:

    Thank you for your beautiful and moving video Ann. I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful soul and send much love to his family and friends. The video was very timely, I have been a member of FFU for a year and just dipped in and out occasionally…my goal is to embrace this wonderful opportunity and commit to becoming financially free. Xxx

  • Karen says:

    Your most moving/authentic video. Amazing. It’s about having your long term goal and then taking one step at a time to get there. Not thinking about how far you’ve got to go is an excellent idea otherwise it can become overwhelming. Congrats on making it and commiserations on the death of Gugu Zulu :’-(

  • Nangamso says:

    Very inspring Ann. It is with great sadness that Zulu died not only his family and friends feel the loss it is South Africa at large. The journey is all that counts and who you become afterwards. I had problems with my finances that I thought I had in control. It was until I met you and got your book that I decided to be totally debt free. There is no excuse for not paying your debt in full if you can. The journey of working towards it though, it is painful and freeing at the same time. It saves you a lot of money in the end. Now Im embarking on the Financially Free Me road, finding was of injecting cash. Thank you Ann for giving me that urge to vigoriously act towards debt.

  • Thank you so much for sharing your moving experience. It still feels like the tragic news about Gugu Zulu was just one of those internet hoax any moment now someone will reveal the truth nevertheless over the years I have realised the power of leaving in the now has been my most difficult lesson yet. My short term goal is to step out of my own way so that I can achieve all that i’m meant to.

  • Una says:

    Hi Ann, I am so sorry for your loss. I’m sending all my love to you and to all Gugu’s family and friends.
    You said: ‘It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey’. I can feel that this is exactly what I needed to hear.
    I am putting in place and working on different chapter of my wealth freedom story at the same time and it feels great.
    But it has been a few weeks where I haven’t been eager to move on.
    I have put 10 kilos on and I’m not managing to shift this extra weight. Usually, I can get to eat better, concentrate on exercise but this time it won’t go. This has been really bugging me down. Even if I had little victories along the way:
    (1) The summer holiday is already all paid for thanks to my holiday/fun pot. So my son is going to enjoy all the summer clubs and I won’t be struggling to put food on the table.
    (2) I have ran a 10K race raising £145 for Cancer Research
    (3) I have reduced my spending of £2’000 for 2016/17 by applying the wealth chef recipes
    (4) My husband has started to recognise the benefit of the Wealth chef, and has set some targets and created some pots.

    I don’t know yet what is holding me back but I am determined that this week I’m going to push it further, I want to challenge myself to do more than my daily routine which has become a bit too comfortable.
    Thank you again Ann, All my love,
    Una

  • Isobel Gatherer says:

    Oh Ann thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and emotions with us. You are amazing and you help so many of us with your incredible work. I do hope you realise just what a difference you make to our lives.

    I have been following you for some time now and you have helped me so much and continue to do so.

    On the 8 August 2016 having been in debt for so many years I will at last be debt free and starting on my adventure and you are one of the people who have helped me to get there.

    I was feeling overwhelmed today and then I watched your video and now I feel so much better.

    Lots of love to you beautiful lady, even in your rawness you are still beautiful, a beautiful woman with an amazing soul.

    Xxx

  • Such a powerful and touching video Ann. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and emotions with us. Beautifully raw!

  • Ann, thank you for sharing your experience with us. I climbed Kili as my first mountain in 2000, and did it as part of a road trip into Africa. I therefore climbed it in 4 days in jeans, hired gear and with ignorance. Yet, what I became during the experience led me to climb more mountains (now climbed 4 of the 7) and to set the goal of climbing the 7 summits. I’m sorry for the tragedy you experienced, and I thank you for sharing your emotions and thoughts- ones I can totally identify with, yet fail at times to put into words. Last year I was climbing Everest and was at base camp when we were struck by the devastating earthquake and resulting avalanche, which killed 18 people at BC and over 9000 in Nepal, suddenly ending our climb, and starkly reminding me of my mortality. I am working on finding the courage to go back and climb again next year and you’ve just inspired me to focus on that goal. thank you and climb on!

  • Joe says:

    Dear Ann,

    Congratulations on reaching the top of Kilimanjaro! But also my condolences for losing a dear friend. Often we are reminded of just how short life is …. and that it can be even shorter. Life, with all it’s pressures, demands and responsibilities, can be so suffocating … squeezing the very essence out of who we are. The message I received from your your video is that to be financially free would certainly help to live without that suffocation, to live the best version of ourselves, free ourselves to love completely and to give. And that no matter how long we have here, we have a responsibility to do it as best we can … after all, we only get one chance at this life. Thank-you for your message.

  • Pam says:

    Hope my comments aren’t too long! Thank you!!!

  • Marilyn says:

    Such an amazing feat to have accomplished. Congratulations Ann.
    You are an inspiration to us all.

  • Pam says:

    Oh my God!!! I am breathless full of tears with soo many different feelings but mainly gratitude for you and your giving , loving Spirit! Thank you soo very much💗
    I am soo sorry for your loss, to endure thru that must have been difficult if it weren’t for those great words u kept repeating and understanding what in the moment really means!
    While listening to your story about your climb saying we don’t realize what we r truly capable of ,that there is so much more to us than we understand, you made everything real for me, the videos I have been watching all the material I can hardly put down. You have done such a great job I am soo happy you showed up on my FB!!!
    You never know who a person really is that is offering these lessons and now I feel like I really know who you are! A giving , caring., honest sincere person!
    Thank you soo much for sharing and letting us in!!!
    Looking forward to my journey and my life ahead of me to look forward to!
    I will not take the present moment for granted!
    Many Blessings!Pam

  • Adeoye Eunice says:

    Inspiring. Dont give up climbing………. You need a guide… Listen to him…….. Focus on the goal, there might not be another tomorrow. Thanks for sharing the video.

  • Aloma Lourens says:

    I am wondering to myself, after watching you video , what is wealth? Life? money? flashing lifestyle? And I am surprised to see that I have thought of life first! Because while I am alive I CAN still make choices, I Can embrace myself, I CAN make plans and I CAN do something about anything!
    You are an inspiration, and thank you for opening my eyes to look and see the other side.

  • Thank you so much for sharing this Ann. The tears have been streaming down my cheeks. Although we didn’t know Gugu well, my husband and I were first introduced to him many years ago when he was a rookie racing driver. His radiant warmth, breath-taking energy and magnificent smile were utterly unforgettable, and always will be. Your message is beautiful and powerful, thank you.

  • Carmen Isais says:

    What a moving, authentic video. I am sorry for your loss– and grateful for your sharing. xoxo, Carmen

  • Victoria says:

    Woooow, inspirational! Am greatly encouraged and deeply touched in a special way. I just need that grace to enable me move above all barriers.

  • Dear Ann. This clip was meant for me this morning. Tears just flowed as I resonated with everything you shared. Sy yes – I have been tail spinning for a long time with various “legitimate” excuses (yeah right) holding myself back. Listening to you I realised I need a guide/s and to take ACTION – just the next step, then the next, then the next.I tend to analyses, paralyses and do nothing as my thoughts overwhelm me. Whilst listening to you my usual self critical voice ( guilt and shame for not doing what I truly want to do) crept in all the time. .. I realised that this has been one of my most dis-abilitating habits and patterns and now want to be conscious to fill my thoughts with my own “7 words” 🙂 . Thank you for being an inspiration to me over the last year in so many,many ways. Now to find my guide/s and take daily action towards living my flu potential. Will keep you posted. Love Christa

  • Thank you for sharing your deeply emotional and heartfelt experience Ann. Also an amazing and inspirational journey with lots to learn and process in it. To live a wealthy life does not mean a life free of pain and challenges but all the textures and shades of the experiences teach us that we “are enough” to cope with all that comes our way and that difficulties should never stop us from doing the things we know ought to do that allow us to grow into all that we can be. Ultimately death is not death, who we really are goes on. Nothing is wasted ever!

  • Emilia says:

    Condolences on the loss of your friend Gugu Zulu. Such tragedy amidst a purposeful journey; amongst true friends. Thankyou for sharing this most moving experience. I had been to an Indigenous Sacred gathering in October 2015 on Kangaroo Island, South Australia & 2weeks later the Elder of the Ramindjeri Tribe-Karno died suddenly. He held values of The Ancient Ones. Am still processing the overflow of all that.

  • Yamie Zitumane says:

    Wow amazing am soooo inspired. My goal is to strengthen my will power. I have goals and struggle to have that will power to continue when its tough. I want to loose weight and reduce debt. I earn a good salary but am broke 2 days after month end due to debt and I know its not healthy. Your videos are powerful and I am learning a lot. I now need to start doing no matter how tough it is. I am so inspired by your video and climbing Kili and sad moment of losing Gugu and what you all are going through after all of this. Your sacrifices are bigger than than. I am from a village with girls who miss school because of not having sanitary towels and have once tried to get people to donate abd got about 110 packs which were appreciated but I lost the will power to continue. Thank you for this.

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