Where are you headed?
I am not one to make new year's resolutions. I've never really have been. I think I made one in my entire adult life; and it's been many, many years ago. And, guess what?!? I failed it. Like in the first month. I'm not saying anything bad about making resolutions because they do work for many people (maybe?). I am saying they don't work for me. It's like by making a resolution I automatically set myself up for failure. I don't know about you, but I don't like it when I fail.
So, instead of making resolutions, I set goals. One might ask, "isn't that the same thing?". Well, actually, it's not. According to Google Dictionary, resolution means: "the action of solving a problem, dispute, or contentious matter.". And, goal means: "the object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.". I think people actually set goals under the guise of making new year's resolutions. But, that's just my thought.
Now that we've gotten that mess straightened out (lol) do you have any goals for this new year? Have you thought about what you really want to accomplish this year? Do your goals seem reachable, or are they far-fetched? It's okay to have both, so be honest with yourself here. Having far-fetched goals only mean that it will take longer to achieve them. It's okay to break the goals down into achievable steps. Just like a football team reaching their goal, sometimes it takes more steps and a little extra creativity and thought. Sometimes you are pushed further back (away from your goal) and you need to toughen up and move forward once again. It may take a while, and you may have to jump over a few hurdles along the way, but you can get there!
My first major goal for this year is to have my Bug Out Bag (BOB) completely updated, organized, and ready to go. I've recently purchased some new and updated items to achieve this. Now, I just need to find the time and motivation to get it done. I actually have plenty of time on my hands to accomplish this goal, but I need to get the time and motivation lined up with one another in order to move forward! The sooner I reach this goal, the better. This will include making some "stuff bags" to put items into in order for my BOB to be more organized (which I will share a how-to on them with you). I have this innate tendency to procrastinate (sit on the sideline) when I know I need to get something done. That will be my biggest offensive struggle. But, with a few pushes I should be able to break the line and reach this goal.
My second major goal is to build up our long term food storage (LTFS) supply. This goal will include making more homemade MREs (see my article on homemade MREs HERE.) as well as meals-in-a-bag. This one is my far-fetched goal. I want to have enough food stored up for my family to last for one year. I may only make it to the 50 yard line (half way) with this one this year. But, I know that going into the game. That is my goal, to make it at least half way. In order to do that, I will have to find places other than my home to store it because I don't have very much storage room at all. That will be my biggest hurdle.
However, not having enough room isn't necessarily a bad thing. From what I've read on other prepper websites it's a good idea not to keep your food all in one place. Especially if your friends and neighbors (or enemies if you have any) know you are a prepper. That's something I never really thought about before starting this blog and going social with my prepping. But, now I'm kind of thankful I don't have the room to store up a lot of food! In fact, not having enough room did hold me back on reaching my goals for quite a while. Now that I know I should not keep it all in one place (house, land, or other dwelling) I know that I can add more!
Those are my two main goals, at least as far as my personal prepping goes, for this year. I have a few goals for my blog site and my other social media (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc.). Which of course include writing more blog articles and trying to come up with an actual schedule for posting them. Such as, on a certain day or days of the week so that it becomes a more regular routine. As it is, the articles usually just come to me and aren't on any set schedule or routine to do so.
Also, I want to produce more videos for YouTube, but not all focused on dehydrating. I have to overcome some fears of my own to achieve that; such as a camera/video picture phobia. Some of the things I am working on and deciding on are meals-in-a-bag, sharing my BOB contents and how I organized them, and me learning some bushcraft skills. The last one should be hilarious! :)
As far as social media, I want to build up our Facebook group to the point that others become actively involved and share their own prepping ideas, struggles, fears, etc. with one another. I want us all to have a place we can go to and be encouraged and teach each other.
And, I want to reach many, many more people using all of the Christian Prepper Gal social media and this blog site. I don't do this for self gratification, but to reach out and help others in their prepping as well as hopefully open some eyes to the need for prepping. If you have any ideas on ways that this could be accomplished, please feel free to share them with me.
My last goal, which seems to be a perpetual one, is that I get in better physical shape. I've had this goal for years, and I pray that this is the year I finally reach that goal line! It is important to me more so this year than any other. Not because I want to impress anyone, but because I want to be truly ready. I've put a lot of work into being prepared both physically and mentally, as well as spiritually for whatever happens in the days ahead. I know that it would be easier to survive a SHTF situation if I was in better physical shape. This year, more than any recent years, I have the tools available to me to make that happen.
That's all I can think of at the moment. I don't write down my goals on paper or using electronics. I keep them in my heart. So, if I think of any more I will update this blog with them. If you would like, you can leave a comment below with your goals for this year; prepping or otherwise. I enjoy and encourage interaction here.
It is my prayer that you will set prepping goals for yourself and your family (if applicable) this year. That you will not give up, but rather realize that sometimes reaching our goals takes time, determination, strength, and motivation. If something happens to push you back a few yards, just take a deep breath get in your stance and plow on through. You can do it!
One last thing before I go. I want to thank each and every one of you who have chosen to take this journey with me; who have read my articles and watched my videos this past year. I am so thankful for your support. Know that you are in my prayers.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God Bless!