Guns: Self-Defense in the Real World

First of all; the right to defend yourself is not a gift from your Government, it is the absolute right of every living thing and our most basic instinct. Protecting one’s right to life is as elementary as you can get yet millions of Americans have been brainwashed by the Government, State run Education and of course a radicalized left wing media to think that you don’t have that right, hogwash. If you don’t want a gun, don’t buy one! I find it ironic how Hollywood actors get rich playing ‘good guys with guns’ then come out and tell us how bad guns are and how we need to ‘get them off the street.’ Gun grabbing politicians have grand plans on how to take them from law abiding citizens, but I’ve yet to see their plans on how to take them away from criminals. Guns in the hands of responsible people do save lives; allow me to share a personal story. Continue reading “Guns: Self-Defense in the Real World”

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Fear of taking that next step – the journey continues

The dream of quitting your job, selling everything and living a simple life on the beach, deep in the woods, or high in the mountains is something millions have fantasized about, but few ever actually do. My wife and I made this leap of faith nearly 10 years ago with mixed results. It went something like this… Continue reading “Fear of taking that next step – the journey continues”

Were you prepared for Christmas?

Well, it’s Christmas Eve which means basically no one is thinking about, or preparing for, anything other than Christmas. So where will you find yourself 2 days from now? Tired? Disappointed? Broke? All of the above? Christmas happens the same time every year, but so many folks rush out at the last minute to buy something for someone they forgot, or something, anything, budget be damned! If this sounds like you, then you were not prepared!

Parents will spend an average of $271 per child this Christmas and average planned spending per household to exceed $900. Remember, only 29% of Americans have more than $1000 saved and 21% have no savings at all. It’s too late to do anything about it now, but will you find yourself in the same place next year? Will you be one of the 14 million Americans still be paying for this Christmas next year? Christmas can be a fun time of year, but we all have this preconceived idea of what it should be like and kill ourselves to try to duplicate that image in our head often just to wind up exhausted and depressed; time to break the cycle.

So for Christmas 2017 try this: save for it! If you get paid every other week, save just $35 per pay check towards Christmas and you’ll have $910 CASH to buy gifts worry free. No stress, no mess, no debt.

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst!

Happy prepping!

Has the election changed your preps?

I’m hearing a lot of rumblings that the election of Donald Trump has sent the preparedness industry into a tail spin as well as having a devastating effect on gun sales. I can certainly understand why many who fear for the future might feel we’ve just stepped back from the edge a bit, but I wouldn’t slow those preps just yet!

Yes, many of us feel that the Election of President Trump may slow our economic demise as well as deal with some other obvious social and foreign policy issues that have plagued us for nearly a decade; however…he’s just one man. Let me remind you of the economic situation we face as we quickly approach a national debt of $20 Trillion not to mention Trillions more in unfunded mandates. Think about this for a moment, if Trump could manage to not only balance the books, but build say a $50 Billion a year budget surplus it would still take us over 429 years to pay off the national debt. Read that again, 429 years. One 4 year term, or even 8 years can not ‘fix’ the problem. I certainly hope for all our sakes that he can indeed turn the ship back in the right direction, but we aren’t out of the woods yet.

If you have slowed your preps, may I suggest reading a past article on some of the reasons preppers are preppers; What type of event or events are you preparing for?

As I’ve said in the past, my wife and I are lifestyle preppers and as such we continue to prepare for any and all possible disruptions of ‘normal life’ regardless of who resides in the White House.

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Happy prepping!

Breaking a bad habit!

We all have some habits, some are good, some are bad and some might be really, really bad.  Habits and routines become automatic as we often do them without really thinking about them. You may turn on the TV whenever you walk in the door from work, or you may open Facebook on your phone every time you sit at your desk; you are conscious of doing it but you do it without thinking. During a recent power outage, I noticed that I continued to flip light switches every time I entered a room. I knew the power was out, heck I was carrying a lantern, but my brain still told me to flip that switch – every time. Habit.

Now habits aren’t always a bad thing; exercise before work, saving money from every check, etc. can make you healthy and prosperous, but bad habits can have the opposite effect. Buying scratch off lottery tickets, smoking, excessive drinking, or illicit drug use can put you in the poor house or worse. Most bad habits have been developed as a response to stress or boredom. Habits take a long time to form, and can take a long time to break. Habits have triggers and the key to breaking a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit. You have to change your life, your situation, or your surroundings in some way that removes or replaces your habit and removes what triggers it. Not an easy task.

We smoke. Yes, my wife and I both have the nasty habit of smoking and we’re determined to quit. We have quit dozens of time before as most smokers have, but never for more than a couple of months. One study suggested that two thirds of people who smoke want to quit and about half will try, but only 6% of those will succeed. It’s tough!

Several articles I’ve read on the subject suggest trying to break a habit, whatever it may be, while on vacation. This does seem logical because during a vacation (or stay-cation) you’re out of your normal routines. You don’t necessarily sleep at the same time, get up at the same time, leave for work, eat meals at the same time or same place – you are doing fewer things out of habit. They also suggest making it conscious thought – whenever you do whatever it is you are trying to stop doing – think about what you are doing and why you’re doing it. We have been doing this lately in our effort to quit smoking and you’d be amazed at how often you really didn’t think about it consciously, you just did it and I just did.

Set a target date and reward system.  Many of us are very goal oriented and having a specific target can help us focus on what we hope to accomplish.  Having some sort of reward for good behavior can not only help you quit your bad habit, but develop a new healthy one. What if instead of spending money on lottery tickets and Starbucks, you save that money for a nice date night once a week with your sweetie. Maybe instead of scrolling through Facebook you spend that time studying a new skill you want to learn; whatever your habit or situation, find a suitable replace and reward plan to get you to your goal and a happier you.

We have set a target date of January 8th. We will be on vacation and have 8 days to get through the cravings and craziness before having to go back to work. We have set a specific lifestyle goal to help motivate us and are mentally preparing ourselves each day by asking the question why each time we light up, and making plans to change other routines that are triggers for us. Whatever habit you want to break, whatever it is that might be holding you back – take steps today to improve your life forever!

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Happy Prepping!

No paycheck? Financial Collapse?

Just over a week till Christmas and something’s wrong…no deposit…no paycheck…no money! Ah! This actually just happened to me and not exactly what anyone would need to happen so close to the holidays. I started thinking, if this had been just a few years ago I would have been screwed. I would have been screaming at the HR department and trying to figure out how I was going to pay for all that ‘stuff’ I needed to buy. What would I have done? What would you do? If that did happen to you, how long could you continue on without that paycheck? Every issue that arises can yield a life lesson, this is one of those.

Fortunately for me the situation has been fixed and I’ll get over to the bank and drop off the ‘hard copy’ check on Monday, but what can be learned here? Take a moment to honestly assess your financial situation. What if there wasn’t going to be another paycheck for a while, a loss of income, are you really prepared for that? Your food preps (if you’re prepping) can certainly keep you fed, but what about money for utilities, insurance, rent/mortgage, gas for the car? How long can you survive without income?

Financial collapse is something many Americans fear and work to prepare for, but personal financial collapse is a far more likely scenario for most Americans. Millions of us live waaay too close to the edge, many surviving paycheck to paycheck, literally a disaster waiting to happen. About 4 million people will go into debt for the first time to pay for Christmas this year, while millions more still haven’t paid for last Christmas. Up to your eyeballs in debt is ‘normal,’ don’t be normal!

With Christmas just a week away I seriously doubt any of you will make any kind of real change right now, but maybe your New Years resolution should be to finally get you finances in order. Being a prepper means being prepared for anything, so don’t ignore the most obvious. I always say that prepping is like money in the bank, well so is ‘money in the bank.’

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst! Happy prepping and Merry Christmas to you all!