New Year, Same Old Us?


Well, it is officially 2018. Happy New Year!

Most of us view the dawn of a new year as a time to turn over a new leaf. It’s an opportunity to make changes to the way we do things, and hopefully changes for the better. But, when you think about it, most resolutions don’t make it past the first day, or to the end of the first month. In reality, most resolutions fail. Psychologically, this could be because resolutions are false promises that we make to ourselves; trying to be better in the face of the same old issues. There isn’t anything wrong with this, I just think the approach is lacking.

Someone much smarter than me once said, “You do not have to wait until New Years to make life changes” (or something to that effect). It’s true, there is nothing significant about New Years to me, other than having to remember to write the correct date. The power to change lies in each one of us regardless of the date on the calendar. So, rather than making resolutions that I know will not last, I choose to make 2018 a year of small changes for the better. Since I really want to focus on prepping even more this year, here are the changes I am going to try to make:

Pay off one credit card. Like many of us, I have credit card debt. Enough! I am going to pay one credit card off this year, probably not the one with the most debt on it, but hopefully not the lowest either. Note that I did not say I am getting out of debt; that would be impossible right now. However, paying off one credit card gets me that much closer to financial freedom and eases some interest payments.

Create better inventories of my preps. I vow to work on being more organized in my prepping this year. I plan to improve my inventories and label items better. This will help me in saving money on making new purchases and also in g that items do not go to waste because of poor inventory.

Get someone interested in prepping. I am not going to force anyone to listen to me spout rhetoric about prepping, but I do want to get one family member or friend interested in prepping. I am a realist though and realize that this one may not happen, however, if someone is interested, I will give them as much information and help as I can.

Grow more food this year. I have had a garden each year with mixed results. I vow now, in January, to begin planning and plotting my garden for this year. I want to take advantage of the entire growing season and have as bountiful of a harvest as possible.

There you have it, my 2018 plan in a nutshell. It isn’t too fancy but I really feel like these goals have more chance at success than typical run of the mill resolutions. An added benefit is that with all of these written down here, I will be faced with them all year long! How about you? Do you have resolutions or goals? What are they? Do you think you will be successful? Personally I hope you are! So, until next time, take care and keep on preppin!

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