Common Myths About Prepping Part 2

There are lots of misconceptions about being a prepared citizen or ‘preppers’ as we’re often referred to. I would like to take a little time over the next week or two to address a few of those. Hope you enjoy  Continue reading “Common Myths About Prepping Part 2”

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The Next Step in the Journey

It’s a bit surreal to think of how far we’ve come on this journey to a more self sustaining life. Our goal of leaving the rat race, to live a simpler more fulfilling life, has been a long and difficult one. Now, more than 10 years since the journey began, we are about to take the next step. When I awake Saturday morning, I will no longer have an alarm to set, or work schedule to adhere to. No, the 60 hour work weeks will be over, something that is hard to wrap my head around. Wish us luck, we’ll keep you posted!

“So often times it happens, that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key.”

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

Happy prepping!

Outside the Comfort Zone – The Journey Continues

Often very little growth is accomplished inside our comfort zone. Sure you can hone a skill, or slowly improve your place in life through hard work, but most often our ability to learn is challenged when we step into the unknown. Our journey to a more independent life started over 10 years ago, progress mixed with a few stumbles along the way has led us here and it’s time to take that next step. I admit we’re a bit behind schedule as fear has given us pause at times – questioning ourselves – are we really ready? Well, one way to find out! The pantry is stuffed full, money in the bank, gardens ready to plant, solar power back up in place, here we go! The 14 day countdown is on, wish us luck!

Where it started: Fear of taking that next step – the journey continues

28 Day Countdown – Fear of Taking the Plunge

28 Days and 14 hours as of this writing until I take that next step, leaving the 60 hour a week job for solitude in the mountains. It’s been a 10 year journey with mixed results, but we think we’re ready, but there is always fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of bad decisions, fear of losing that safety net. Hope for a better life, hope for living a healthier life, and hope of finally fulfilling that dream. Spring is always a time of new beginnings as nature emerges from its hibernation, we hope the same will be true for us. We have improved our situation a great deal since we first moved to the mountains.

  • ·                       Retirement funds rebuilt
  • ·                       More cash in the bank
  • ·                       Debt is gone
  • ·                       2 new paid for cars
  • ·                       New, more efficient appliances
  • ·                       Improved security
  • ·                       Reduced costs of living
  • ·                       Large stash of food, water, etc.
  • ·                       Growing and saving more of our own food
  • ·                       Added solar power to our preps

I’m sure there are things we are missing, something we’ve overlooked, but here we go! We pray for guidance.

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

Happy prepping!

Why we’re not Doomsday Preppers

I imagine most people have at least heard of the show Doomsday Preppers, and I will be the first to admit that I do enjoy it, but I am not one of them. I watch the show for entertainment and sometimes pick up and idea or two, but our motivations are different.  The Doomsday folks seem to constantly be living in fear, sorry, to me that’s not living. Please don’t get me wrong, I am not knocking them; I don’t have a crystal ball and for all I know they could be right. Natural and man made disasters can and do happen all the time. See What type of events or events are you preparing for? But I am a prepper for the same reason I have car insurance; just in case. I do not fear a car accident every time I get in to my car, but I do have insurance. Prepping is like having insurance or saving for retirement – it’s just common sense. Being well prepared should give you peace of mind – we can’t prevent world events, we can only prepare for the most likely events.

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

Happy prepping!

Why be Normal?

“If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take gets us closer to the wrong place.” – Stephen Covey

Normal is running non-stop through life. Normal is working hard, paying bills and still piling up debt. Normal is buying things you don’t need because we think we’re supposed to. Normal is taking selfies for Facebook to impress people you don’t know and hope they click the ‘Like’ button. Normal is grabbing a Starbucks on the way to a job you hate, grabbing fast food for lunch, ordering takeout for dinner and watching some mindless TV before bed; stop-rinse-repeat. Normal is working too much, spending too much, sleeping too little, eating poorly and dying too young. If any of this sounds like you then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your situation. Trust me; the 70 year old working at Taco Bell isn’t there because he loves Chalupas, he’s there because he still has bills to pay. Is this really the life you want? Maybe you wonder how in the heck did I get here? You expected life to be a certain way and yet you’ve done what everyone else has done and forgotten why you do it. Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t work hard, what I am saying is that maybe your hard work isn’t getting you all it could. Focus on what you want. Set goals, real goals, and focus your efforts on getting there.

Being normal is being broke and stressed out; look around and ask yourself if this is where you want to be 5 years from now. Life is about more than just working to buy things you don’t need, spending money you don’t have just to appear normal – the heck with normal!

One day over 10 years ago we came to the realization that we were ‘normal.’ We began a journey to change that: here’s our story Fear of taking that next step – the journey continues

What will yours be?

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.

Happy prepping.