Yeah, I’ve never been a huge fan of them, but I do enjoy the idea of getting a chance to start over. A chance to take a step back and reevaluate.
A chance to work out a plan.
Like my mom told me a while back, “You’re a Type A in a Type O body.”
I’m okay with this statement because it’s absolutely true!
Type O’s are known to go with the flow the majority of the time, and while my blood type is O–which does explain my “Labrador” personality–there’s just something about making plans and organizing that brings out the [O]CD in me. *See what I did there?
What I’m trying to say is that resolutions aren’t my complete jam because I don’t personally enjoy making big plans and tearing myself apart when I fail to make those over-the-top plans work out.
Instead, I enjoy mapping out a plan I know is possible and encouraging myself that I’m not failing on those days I can’t get to it.
The goal in the end isn’t worth my mental health being torn apart.
And so I made a plan earlier this month.
I bought a new bullet journal–one of the big ones!– on clearance and a new set of colorful pens to really make it fun, and I planned out a few adulting goals I’d like to achieve this year and within the next decade.
Goals involving money, writing, reading, and prepping.
I bought a dry-erase calendar to map out my blog posts in order to help me stay on track.
But what I’d really like to talk about is how I involved prepping as I worked out my “resolutions.”
A Prepared Prepper
Because prepping has become a normal part of my life, including prepper-ish goals with my resolutions for this year came easily.
First of all, I included pepper books into my TBR pile. And by pile, I mean I selected only a handful of books I’ve been meaning to read the past couple of years and haven’t had a chance. 7 novels, 2 novel research books, 3 business books, 1 spiritual growth book, and 4 prepper books to help me grow in my knowledge of this world.
Secondly, I created a new emergency fund for purchasing prepper items without taking out of my grocery bill or savings.
I’m making a list of items I’ve been meaning to get like a solar powered generator or a Berkey or proper storage racks. I’ll save up for each item and get them as I’m able.
Sure, this sounds like a no-brainer but in all honesty, I may be good at budgeting and paying my bills but I’m not the best at saving. This is an area in my life I so desperately need to fix.
The prepper lifestyle has been gradually showing me the importance of saving and stocking up for when emergencies happen. This not only includes food and water, but also money.
Having an emergency stash of cash for if you ever needed to bug out quickly or something happens to your cards really makes all the difference.
Lastly, I’m really sitting down and working on what I truly need to stock up on. Planning out materials to buy like batteries or fleshing out my Bug-Out Bag, or how much food and water I need to actually store in my apartment (without bugging my roommate, of course).
Don’t Stop There!
Besides making out physical plans, I’ve also put into consideration various skills I’ve been wanting to learn.
Skills like gardening, bread making, and cooking from scratch.
I also have weapon and self-defense skills I’d like to learn/practice. Just because I have some practice throwing axes or I used to take Taekwondo over a decade ago doesn’t mean I’m not rusty.
None of these skills happen overnight which is why I’m making plans to learn and practice. I’ve been meaning to learn all of these skills and now is the time to make it happen.
What About You?
Have you written down your resolutions yet? Are yours more elaborate than mine?
Or do you like to take each day as they come?
If you’re into making plans and you want to grow in the prepper world, I highly suggest finding ways to incorporate the prepper lifestyle into your goals.
Also, if you happen to be new to the prepper world, this is the perfect time for you! A great place to start is at the beginning.
It’s a new year and the month is only half over. There’s still time!
I’d like to share a couple of resources I found that have been super helpful!
- Backdoor Survival: “1 Year of Prepping: A Month-by-Month Breakdown”
- Classy Clutter: “Build Your Food Storage for as little as $5 a week!”
- Thirty Handmade Days: “1 Year Food Storage Challenge”
- A Year of Prepping
*So this one needs you to sign up for a free trial but there’s a Pinterest image that you could print. It’s small but still readable and I’ve appreciated having this monthly breakdown. Just ignore the earthquake focus.
Hope this all helps you as you work out your plans.
I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see what this year brings!
Until next time,
“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. A plan backed by action [becomes reality].”― Greg Reid
*My personal change to the end of the quote because that’s how I thought it actually ended and I like it more.