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Life is full of opinions. We are born with the ability to think and think about which ones to believe. This applies to age talks as well. The age stereotype has dominated the world and sadly, our minds too. It’s beneficial to know our limitations as we grow older but not as beneficial to impose limitations on ourselves that don’t even exist in the first place. Anne Lorimor, Guinness World Record Holder for the oldest woman to reach the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, has proven that age is not a limitation but an opportunity to do something great. She shares her “3-Steps” to beat age. There’s no such thing as too early or too late in life. Following your purpose is a lifelong journey. You go with it as long as you live. Persistence is the key, as Anne always says. There’s so much you can do if you just keep your end of the bargain.
“Finding something that really matters to you, a cause greater than yourself, and pursuing it, is the thing that will take you where you want to be.” –Anne Lorimor
05:00 Options Opened
07:45 A Record Breaking Summit– Twice
14:06 Climbing with 3 Broken Ribs
17:10 3 Steps to Beat Age
20:50 Teaching the Youth to be Financially Literate
25:35 Persistence Makes a Difference
27:35 Pursue Something Greater than Yourself
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“I believe that regardless of where you are on the age spectrum, you have value and that you were created to do things beyond your wildest imaginations. It’s just a matter of us getting in touch with our passions.” –Arlene Gale
“It’s never too young to start and never too old to learn and grow.” –Anne Lorimor
“When you found your focus, never ever quit.” –Anne Lorimor
“Persistence makes all the difference in the world. –Arlene Gale
“Finding something that really matters to you, a cause greater than yourself, and pursuing it, is the thing that will take you where you want to be.” –Anne Lorimor
“It’s so important to really care about something and then go for it.” –Anne Lorimor
Meet the woman who was able to beat her age. Along with an advancing age, Anne Lorimor advanced at life by climbing Africa’s tallest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro- not once, but twice! Not that she seeks for recognition, instead for attention to why she did what others deemed impossible. Anne lived during the Great Depression when life was at its toughest. The kindness of people around keeps her hope burning and she wanted to pay it forward by continuing her family’s legacy. She has been helping underserved children to have opportunities to better their lives. Her climb up this colossal mountain is a call to humanity to open its eyes and see that they are created to overcome anything if they help one another. Reaching the top is her answer to the children and everyone thinking that they cannot go beyond where life stationed them. Anne believes that following a greater purpose can have an effect more massive than all the mountains put together.
Arlene Gale: Today’s topic is about myths and mindsets around age, and what we can do at specific ages in our lives because some people think or actually will verbalize, I’m too old for, or I’m too young too. And you know, one of the things that I’ve learned and that I’ve tried to teach my children is that, you know, there is no parenting book. The Bible, no other thing that I’ve ever laid eyes on or touched that says you have to X, specific number before you matter. There just isn’t such a thing because I believe that regardless of where you are on the age spectrum, you have value and that you were created to do things beyond your wildest imaginations. It’s just a matter of us getting in touch with our passions, and learning to produce them, and use them in such a way that we are productive and valuable assets to our society. There are things that we can do when we’re young because we have energy, and stamina, and passion, unbridled passion that we might not be able to do in the same way when we’re older. But when we’re older, we replace that with wisdom, and different kind of strengths, and different kinds of passions, and we provide different kinds of deliverables. At least that’s what I find for me, and so, I’m really going to be interested to see how our listeners react and give feedback based on their age and where they are. I get so many people that I hear say, well, I really don’t want to retire because I don’t know what I’ll do and quote retirement, and that’s okay because again, age shouldn’t matter if you’re living your passion, and if you’re doing a job that fulfills that passion, then age doesn’t matter either.
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So, I’ve got a guest on my program today who is a fascinating young lady, who is full of passion, and full of wisdom, and I can’t wait for you to meet her. Her name is Anne Lorimor, and Ann is not your typical great-grandmother, although she is a great grandmother. She doesn’t just sit around in a rocking chair on her front porch watching people and things pass by her. At 85 years young, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Yes, you heard me right, 85 years old, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, which is the highest mountain in Africa, and she was the oldest woman to have made it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. But that climb wasn’t just for self satisfaction or to prove that she could do it, but that climb was to benefit her cause and to feed her passion, which is about empowering disadvantaged children and youth. But as if once wasn’t enough to make the rest of us feel old, and tired, and out of shape. In July this year, Anne Lorimor actually climbed Mount Kilimanjaro again and set a world record for the oldest person to climb the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Again, it’s a monumental achievement in and of itself, but she didn’t do it for herself. She is doing it to gain attention for her cause, which we’re going to talk to her more about. But just real briefly, in 2016, Anne founded the Lorimor ChildEmpowerment Foundation, and they’re doing business as Creating Exciting Futures. And the goal is to show children options to give them the tools to reach their full potential, to reach their summit, so to speak, and then to pay it forward. So each child is encouraged not only to make their own way and meet their potential but to give it back and help others. So she’s creating an amazing legacy here, and her motto is “Giving A Hand Up, Not A Handout.” So please, I’m going to be quiet now and introduce Anne Lorimor, and help her tell us why she’s doing the thing she’s doing. Hi Anne, how are you?
Anne Lorimor: Arlene, it’s good to be here with you.
Arlene Gale: It’s great to have you here. You’re doing some amazing things, and I want to talk, I want to start with what inspired you to start your nonprofit, and tell us a little bit more about how that is going, because that’s the whole reason you’re doing the climbs, right?
Anne Lorimor: Yes. It’s the major reason, I love climbing too. I started the nonprofit because I saw the difference between kids who are given a chance and ones who did not know what was available to them, ones who simply felt this is my life, I’m stuck with it. I don’t want them to feel that way. Remember Henry David Thoreau said: “The majority of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t want to see these kids do that. I want to see them find their passion and then really live it.
Arlene Gale: And that’s awesome. So what kind of things, or services, or connections are you providing these children so they can find a passion?
Anne Lorimor: Well, one of the main things is they don’t know they have options. I belong to an organization that has something called Teen Feast. And it gives a go there and they learn to network, and they learn about brainstorming, and then make connections they’ll have for life, they get a membership, which is an educational, and mentoring organizations, or businesses. And they come away from a week there and they are just new people, I’ve taken 10 people through that program so far and I can do it because I’m a member of the Parent Organization so it’s something I can do. And I just really pleased with the kids that have gone through and what they’ve done.
Arlene Gale: So it’s about also helping them form relationships and connections with people who they might aspire to work in the same industry or the same field, is that correct?
Anne Lorimor: Absolutely. I didn’t know about networking. I know that I could’ve got faster and further in life had I known those things.
Arlene Gale: Yeah. And we don’t know what we don’t know, right? So it takes somebody with a passion like yours to pull the blinders off and help expose us to different things, you know, like music for example, and arts. Is that something that your program helps expose these youngsters to?
Anne Lorimor: Well, one of the things I do is support at Rosie’s House, that’s a Music Academy for children. And these again are low income kids and they have to keep up their end of it, they have to practice every day and it has to be signed off on, and they also have to keep their grades up. And so, I’m just happy to help that organization. I hope that they’ll be sending me people for the short programs again sometimes, and I do support the educational program that the Arizona Opera has, I love that. And yes, I do try to expose them to everything I can and I think that every one of them feels expanded for it.
Arlene Gale: That’s great. So let’s now talk a little bit about your first climb. Where did you get the idea that at 85 years old, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro would be a smart thing to do?
Anne Lorimor: I first heard about Kilimanjaro when I read this knows of Kilimanjaro in high school, and I just, Oh, isn’t that lovely? Isn’t that interesting? What fun, I didn’t put it on my bucket list, but I always thought of it. And then when my niece and nephew said: “We’re going to climb Kilimanjaro.” That was about seven years ago. I said: “Let me go with you.” And I thought they laugh at me, and they didn’t. So along comes a man who’s the oldest person to climb the seven summits. He’s taking people up and I thought, why don’t I do it? And I was going to be fairly old. So I said, it’ll get some attention, I’ll do it for the cause. But then he put it off here and I suddenly realized I was going to be the oldest woman and I said: “I can get some attention for this cause, and I can help these kids.” And so we went through with it, but I didn’t train as well as I did the second time. I just walked with my dog and I didn’t have the proper gear even though I thought I had, a red belt layers, but I didn’t have the proper kinds of layers so I nearly froze to death going up there, and they had to stop. The guides and my nephew helped me in that sort of a human sandwich, got me warmed up. When I got to the top, I didn’t really feel the excitement that everybody thinks I should have felt, I just thought, Oh, I’m here. But so later on I said: “Hey, I did it.” And it began to have some effect.
Arlene Gale: That’s kind of interesting because, you know, from where I’m sitting, you would think that getting to the top of the mountain the first time would be really exciting. So when you stood up there the first time, and I mean, I can only imagine that the views would have been tremendous. So what were you thinking about instead? What distracted you from taking all of that in?
Anne Lorimor: Well, I was terribly cold even though they’d pile clothes on me. One of the people that with me made me the ski pants out of her bag which she wasn’t using, and they put other things on me. But I was cold, and I was exhausted, and I couldn’t take it in. And then I saw the curve of the earth over there, and other things began to come. And when I came down and people started congratulating me and all that sort of thing, I mean: “Hey, I did it. I did it.”
Arlene Gale: Wow. So just to clarify, when you did this first walk, you are 85 and that was a Guinness Book of World Records, right?
Anne Lorimor: We applied it, but we don’t know that we ever made it Arlene–
Arlene Gale: Okay, alright.
Anne Lorimor: –but I lost it in four months, and that’s why the second time.
Arlene Gale: Oh, some other spunky, great grandmother did the climb after you did it the first time at 85, and so you did it this July again. How old were you this July?
Anne Lorimor: I was 89.
Arlene Gale: 89, 89 years old. That’s just amazing and fascinating. So you learned so much the first climate was almost quote unquote, no pun intended, a dress rehearsal, you know? So when you stood at the top at 89 years old, what did you discover? What what did that FEEL like?
Anne Lorimor: I felt very good. I think, I thought that the kids are going to benefit from this. And I had a crew with me, there’s going to be a documentary, and the cinematographer, the sound man, and the producer, director were there with me at the top of the mountain and we all feel good, believe me, we did.
Arlene Gale: Wow. So you had a great support group. How many people did you take up with you?
Anne Lorimor: There were eight of us, and then we had 31 porters, guides, cooks, et cetera. It’s quite a credit proceeding to do that.
Arlene Gale: Wow. So you had quite a troop along with you. So when you’re standing at the top, what do you see? When you look out from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, what do you see? Can you help us see what you saw?
Anne Lorimor: They’re often clouds all around you, and you look and you actually can see the curve of their felt there, I saw it was, during the nighttime and we did some of our hiking at night that last time. The stars were right down around your ears, you just felt if you could reach up and touch them, they’re brighter than I’ve ever seen them anywhere else on earth. And also we could see the Southern Cross, which you can’t see from this hemisphere. So it was exciting to me.
Arlene Gale: Wow. And you could take those things in because they were there when you climbed in at 85 years old, but because of the physical pain, you just didn’t get to enjoy that. So I’m so glad to hear that you got to enjoy this time.
Anne Lorimor: May I add a touch of drama Arlene?
Arlene Gale: Please do.
Anne Lorimor: This time, I actually climbed with three broken ribs.
Arlene Gale: Now, okay, all right. So that’s a great cliffhanger. So we’re going to take a quick break and then come back with Anne Lorimor to talk more about her three broken ribs that she had at the age of 89 years old when she summited Mount Kilimanjaro for the second time. And we’re going to learn more about training and her nonprofit. So don’t go anywhere, we’ll be right back.
So, welcome back everybody. I am talking to my guests today who is Anne Lorimor. She first climbed Mount Kilimanjaro at the age of 85 and repeated this climb successfully at the age of 89, that was just this July. She is also the founder of Lorimor ChildEmpowerment Foundation, or otherwise known as Creating Exciting Futures to show under-served, underprivileged children that they do have options to move forward to success and reaching their full potential. But before we went on break and dropped this bombshell that not only did she climb Mount Kilimanjaro successfully at the age of 89 but she climbed it with, you said three broken ribs?
Anne Lorimor: Exactly.
Arlene Gale: Yikes. How did this happen?
Anne Lorimor: It’s ironic because I’d been so careful not to do anything that would hurt me before I started because I said, you know: “I don’t have time to heal. I have to be well for this climb.” But we had been on Safari before we went on the climb and I went to a tent camp, and it rain not in the only time in a month, and there was a rubber mat, and no rail, and wooden steps. I stepped on the mat and went down, it hurt, but you know, I’ve thought I could stand it, and I didn’t really know the ribs were broken until I came back, I just knew I was hurting terribly. And two nights before we would do to climb, I said to my nephew: “Oh, you know, I’ve got to make this, people are counting on me, but we’ve got to have a miracle.” So I brought — in that tested your oxygen, and I was getting enough, so I said: “Well, I’m going to do it.” Because I was having trouble breathing and everything else. So he said some prayers for me, and the producers said some prayers for me and I said: “I’m going to do it.” And it didn’t hurt, I sat down a lot more than I did the other time. But I had trained a lot more, I’d worked on my core strengths with Scott Marsh of Mind & Body Strengthening, and I really felt in great shape except for that pain. But I did manage to keep breathing when I got back and tested it. I did have the three broken ribs, but I had no pneumonia and they hadn’t punctured anything. So it was quite a feat, but I was really glad I could do it. A lot of people were counting on me.
Arlene Gale: Absolutely. Cause you had been preparing for this climb for how long?
Anne Lorimor: I can keep fit the whole four years. I had planned to go a year before, but then a man climbed, we had a real advantage, I think he lives at over 9,000 feet and he did it with oxygen stuff. I said: “I’m doing it without any aid.” And it was a year ago, I said: “I’ll put it off one more year after that. I’m doing it regardless.” And so I did keep training with my dog, hiking, climbing every day, all the mountains around in some in Mexico, all around Arizona, and even some in Colorado. And then it just happened that we did it.
Arlene Gale: Well, Anne, and to be clear, this climb at 89 years old is in the Guinness Book of World Records?
Anne Lorimor: We’re applying to them.
Arlene Gale: Okay, so you’re applying, but–
Anne Lorimor: And we know that I am the oldest person to have done that. A guide came rushing up to me and said: “You know, you beat me out, my client had done it before.” And he says: “And I would have taken you up when you’re a hundred.”
Arlene Gale: All right, well, cool. Well, yeah, we’re going to be around and we’re going to cheer you on. But that brings up some questions about, you know, this program’s all about myths, and mindsets, and misconceptions. So what would you say to listeners who are quote retirement age about what they can and cannot do regardless of their age? What words of wisdom would you have for them?
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Anne Lorimor: It could give you a several. I’ll start with a little — of mine, where I say: “It’s never too young to start and never too old to learn and grow.” And then I’ll expand a little bit, and I’ll say that, I think for ANYONE, and you all don’t want to do what I do, but what you want to do is keep yourself healthy instead as possible in mind, body and spirit, that helps everything. And secondly, it DEEPLY involved in a cause that’s greater than yourself. I noticed and help disadvantaged kids, yours could be whatever you want it to be. And then the third thing I say is: “When you found your focus, never ever quit.”
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Arlene Gale: Oh, that’s great. So first, step one, find a focus on, I guess a passion. And step two, never quit. You make it sound so easy.
Anne Lorimor: No. Keeping yourself fit is an important factor in doing it, you know, that’s not easy. Some mornings I’d say: “I don’t want to get up.” You get up, you’re going out walking with this dog because it’s not as easy to keep fit when you’re older, and it’s harder to get it back, so it’s necessary to work at it. But I enjoy it, which is, I do think that’s important. Find the kind of exercise you enjoy, and of course it’s always good to have your doctor prove what you’re doing.
Arlene Gale: Well, and let’s talk about, you love to help children to discover their potential and their possibilities. Just kind of give us a look at your childhood. Was that something that you felt in your childhood growing up? Or is that something you discovered later on in life?
Anne Lorimor: Helping people is a three generation thing in my family, actually, I can say four now, because my daughter wants to help all kinds of causes.
Arlene Gale: Awesome.
Anne Lorimor: My grandfather took in five orphans. The orphanage founded that he had an interest in, and he brought them up. And my parents, when I was only nine years old, I helped in the children’s home in school they had, I used to take care of the little babies, and feed them, and diaper them, and all of them, and all the things you do for kids, and I cared about it. Then when I was in college, I worked my own way through. And so I was a nanny for a professor, and I was so impressed with those little kids. I mean, they knew so much, they were just exposed to everything. I read to them every single night, they had a room full of books. And I was in the little kid with the same three year old who would talk to me about Ferrari and Maserati and Lamborghini, I was just so impressed. And then I’d go to visit my mother, and down the street from her, member of their church, there was a mother, twin boys, and a father, they lived in a little tiny house, no bigger than the professor’s living room. I didn’t see a single book in that house, and those little boys, I thought, if somebody got a level displaying tale, somebody’s got to help these kids. So then my program, we do the Teen Feast I told you about. We have another thing where we do something called the Youth Toastmasters because I think that if you can speak in front of a public easily and be comfortable in it, it’ll help you whatever you decide to do. So that’s another one of the programs we have now. And I myself, do volunteer work with something called Family Promise, or they take transitional homeless people who are making it but then, you know, maybe somebody loses a job or there’s catastrophic illness and they’re out in the street. And so, they get a place to stay, we get a time in churches, and we tell them about the resources, they have a phone number, and an address so that they can look for work. I’m happy about the things I’m doing. We also have a program for financial literacy and that needs a lot more development, but I think it’s a very important one.
Arlene Gale: Well, that is a very important one because so many young adults leave home and they don’t know how to balance a checkbook. They don’t know how to budget, you know, they just spend, spend, spend, and then when they need money they turn around and ask for it. And that’s just not the real world. And that gets people in trouble. So that financial literacy is such a basic thing that I think our young adults aren’t getting. But you know, I’ve got a college age son, so I see this more and more that, yeah, if financial literacy is a big deal to teach young adults, young people in general, so good for you. Well, you know–
Anne Lorimor: In an arrangement with a bank where they have a no fee, low balance income, they can start saving and somebody to send a few stinking take each dollar and divide it into his mouth you want to spend and then do that.
Arlene Gale: Right.
Anne Lorimor: And thanked me once telling her: “If you want to pay yourself first, put aside what you want to say, and then the rest of it is what you have to deliver.”
Arlene Gale: Oh, exactly, exactly. And you know, I never gave my children an allowance because I thought, well, nobody’s paying me to do laundry or do dishes. So, you know, we had the understanding that we’re a family team, and you know, everybody pitches in to cook, and do the dishes, and laundry, and dust, and blah blah blah. But we did pay our kids for grades because our philosophy was, you know, going to school is your job and if you do well at your job, you get so much money, if you get straight A’s, you get a performance bonus. So we tried to teach them how to earn the money, but also, you know, we set boundaries and limits on what they were spending. So for example, you know, if you want a hundred dollar pair of tennis shoes, that’s great, go for it. But our budget says that you only get to spend $50 on a pair of tennis shoes. So that meant that they would have to go to their bank account and get the other $50. You know, my philosophy was, you only need about 14 pairs of underwear. And after that, you know, if you want Satin Boxers, or if you want designer this or designer that, go for it, you got your money, I’m all for you spending your money. And all of a sudden they start thinking, well maybe I don’t need more underwear kind of thing. It’s such a valuable important thing to be teaching our children.
Anne Lorimor: And so many of them don’t get it.
Arlene Gale: Right.
Anne Lorimor: And so, that is something I’m really happy, that’s part of my program.
Arlene Gale: Oh, I am too. I think it’s great. And I also did the same philosophy in that, you know, this is the amount of money you earned on your job, 20% goes into savings, and then 10% goes into tithe. And tithing for us didn’t necessarily mean going to the church, it meant, what do you have a passion for? And then you spend that money based on something, or some cause that needs your support. So one year, my seven year old bought, you know, $75 worth of dog food for an animal shelter. You know, then they got into buying a bicycle every Christmas for Toys for Tots, but it was up to them to find that charity that need and really built into them a passion for giving back. And I think those things should go hand in hand. But anyway, we kinda got a little off topic. You want to add anything to the financial part?
Anne Lorimor: Well, I will say that I was a mentor for a little girl, and I got a little bank account started with her, and I put it very simply, I said: “You can’t do this when you’re older, but right now your mother’s supporting you. So here’s my suggestion. When you get a dollar, put a dime in your piggy bank, for your church and your charity. Three dimes, you spend for anything you want. Three dimes, you save for something in the future you might need. And three dimes, you spend for some big thing that you really want.” And she had a bank account and a sub account so she could do that very easily.
Arlene Gale: Wow. That’s so valuable.
Anne Lorimor: And her mother said to me: “Oh, she won’t do it. Her money flows through her fingers.” Several times, she came back to me and told me how she was doing with that, so I think it works.
Arlene Gale: I think that’s a great thing, I really do. So thank you for what you’re doing for your children. Thank you for inspiring us children of all ages (laughs) to get up and do something. But before we leave you, I want to kind of put you on the hot seat. Is that okay?
Anne Lorimor: Okay (laughs).
Arlene Gale: That’s kind of the reaction I get, but I love this part. You know, the whole purpose of Mindset Meets Mastery with Arlene Gale is to talk about the mindsets we have that help and hinder us to become better business people, or better people in general. So the first question I want to ask you is, what is one mindset you had either in the past, or in the future, or in the present rather, a mindset that held you back from achieving the goals you wanted to achieve?
Anne Lorimor: Unfortunately, I sometimes feel that I’m not good enough and that is something that holds you back. I don’t let it stop me, but I know it slows me down, so I lose momentum. You have to start it up again and very persistent. So I do keep on no matter what.
Arlene Gale: Well, and the key is persistent. So even though you will potentially hold a world record for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and you’re kind of struggle with something that the rest of humanity struggles with, I think, and it’s sad but it’s true. But your persistence makes all the difference in the world.
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Anne Lorimor: Well, yes. And I did find out that many, many people also have the same kind of insecurities. They look so secure and, so you know, poised and everything.
Arlene Gale: Absolutely.
Anne Lorimor: A lot of people suffer with the same thing, yes,
Arlene Gale: Absolutely. So the second question I have for you, second hot seat question is, so what is one thing, and you may have answered both of these questions at the same time, but what is one thing, one mindset that has really made a huge difference in your life? It’s helped you along the way.
Anne Lorimor: I was asked a while back to think of things that describe me and I said: “I’m adventuresome, I’m caring, I’m curious, and I’m persistent. And I think all of those things made me what I am, and I’d like to encourage those things in others as well.”
Arlene Gale: Awesome. Well, yes, because persistence, you know, sometimes we let other things outside of who we are and what we are did derail us. So persistence is such a great trait. It’s a great word to write down and put everywhere in your house that we should be PERSISTENT, I love that. So that third question, final question I have for you is, what is one golden nugget, and I’m going to trip you up a little bit other than persistence because that’s a great one you’ve already shared. What is one golden nugget, one action item that you can give listeners coming up behind you and climb their own mountains that you would like to share?
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Anne Lorimor: Oh, say it again. I think that finding something that really matters to you, a cause greater than yourself and pursuing it, is the thing that will take you to where you want to be. And if you don’t have it, nothing else matters. It’s so important to really care about something and then go for it.
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Arlene Gale: Such great wisdom. It’s very inspiring, and you’ve inspired me since I’ve known you and it’s been a few years, and I’ve watched you on this journey, and you know, I know your goal is to help these children, but from my heart to yours, I just want to say that, I think you inspire everybody you meet and I know that the people who are gonna listen to this podcast are going to feel the same way. So please tell the listeners, how can we find you? How can we connect with you? And how can we donate to help support your cause?
Anne Lorimor: If you go to creatingexcitingfutures.org, it tells a lot about the cause. There are testimonials from the kids I’ve helped, it tells a lot about me, and there is a chance to support it any way you want, you can donate, or you can offer to volunteer. I think you’ll find it very exciting, creatingexcitingfutures.org. And there is a Facebook of the same name that you can look at for up to date kinds of things.
Arlene Gale: Do you have a website, or is there anything on Facebook that kind of tracks your climb up Kilimanjaro?
Anne Lorimor: Well, the website is creatingexcitingfutures.org, and I’ll repeat it, creatingexcitingfutures.org. Facebook page, and there are links to the various other social media on that website so you can see a lot of things going on. Facebook has quite a lot of pictures and stories, that kind of thing that you might want to do, I’d be happy for anybody to go. It gives you a chance to learn about the kids and help them–
Arlene Gale: Okay.
Anne Lorimor: –the kid and the great for, the ripple effect you never can tell where it will go.
Arlene Gale: Absolutely. Well great, you’ve made it easier for us to find you, catch up with you, and your adventures, and to also help support your children. So again, I just want to thank my friend and guest today Anne Lorimor, and at 89 years old, she is still moving, and rocking, and rolling, and you have another climb? Or what’s next for you? Can you say?
Anne Lorimor: I’m hoping to go up Machu Picchu next year. And again, it’ll be for the cause. We will celebrate my birthday as well.
Arlene Gale: Oh, wow. That’ll be your 90th birthday?
Anne Lorimor: Right.
Arlene Gale: Oh, wow. Yes. We need to connect, and celebrate, and watch your journey along the way. So again, thank you Anne Lorimor for your time today. It’s such a pleasure to be in your presence and be inspired by you. So, thank you again. And with that, I just want to leave listeners with this thought. “Don’t let the world dictate your story. Be mindful of the stories that you tell yourself about what is or is not possible. Because after all, you get to choose how to write your story in your way every day.”