Climate change, hyperinflation, shortages and pandemics are sources of stress these days. Don't fret, there are changes we can make to thrive during these stressful times and prepare for an uncertain future!
2021 has proved to have many unique challenges. We're facing a world that has moved past the initial infections of the pandemic, and transitioned to a world changed forever, and still facing new variants, rules and laws everyday. We're seeing our lives change everyday, and experiencing feelings of more to come. It's hard to grasp the thought of preparing for the unknown.
These days, we're seeing many transition to a more natural, clean, eco-friendly, self-sustaining lives, and their health is improving by adopting simpler every-day routines. After all, we are natural beings ourselves. From the dirt we come!
It can be hard to make lifestyle changes, but setting goals and taking baby steps, making those small changes, can help you move in the right direction.
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In my opinion, you can't go wrong with starting a stockpile of food and household goods, nor can you go wrong with starting a stockpile of medication/first aid supplies. These make great insurance, especially for sudden lockdowns, hyperinflation and shortages. You won't go without should you find your local stores empty(or closed.)
I prefer to buy food with containers I can reuse, like glass spaghetti sauce jars, metal coffee cans and glass spice jars. Once I learn how to make or grow the product, myself, I can then reuse the jar for my homemade spices and dry-goods!
Switching to reusable products is a great move for preparedness's sake(and the environment!) Reducing your waste = less bills, a greater sense of self-sufficiency and less trash ending up in the landfills
Some of my favorite reusable products are:
I'm also a believer in starting a compost pile/bin. You can turn your household scraps into a nutritious soil for your garden.
This compost bin is discreet and can be placed at the edge of the yard, out of sight, out of mind.
Did you know that you can start a garden, even if you live in an apartment? I did it, with my black thumb, and you can, too! I have repurposed my coffee cans(even the plastic ones) into seed storage. I place the packets in and cover with rice.
There are some things you won't be able to grow/create at home, unless you live in a very centralized location. Sugar, pepper, salt and coffee are examples of these. Although, from my understanding, it's not impossible(just very difficult) to grow coffee beans in tropical/warm/humid climates. Technically, you could also grow a peppercorn plant, but again, these are difficult plants to grow and keep alive(but if you have, I'd love to hear about your experiences!)
Of course, sugar can be harvested from sugar cane, or made from sugar beets(sort of) and salt can be harvested from the ocean, but for a large chunk of U.S. without access to these, a stockpile comes in handy.
I use this website to buy things in bulk. They don't require minimums on most of their items, and that's where I like to buy my large bulk quantities from. Dollar Tree also has amazing deals on bulk items(every individual item is $1, so if you buy a case of 12, it's $12 with a 1 case limit.)
Rice and beans are excellent purchases, as they are cheap, can be stored long-term and used for many, many different purposes. Don't purchase what you/your family doesn't eat, as you don't want to be facing a crisis and eating spirit-lowering meals in the process. Moral is important!
But, of course, a garden is the ultimate way to grow fresh, organic, pesticide-free food. Becoming fully involved in your food's seed to table process is empowering. You know 100% where your food is coming from, how it was grown and processed.
Don't forget, you can still visit your local parks for some foraging, a valuable skillset to finding free, healthy food.
Many(including us!) are working our way to becoming a step more self-sufficient, by living completely independent of the city grid. Meaning, we produce our own power, food, water and resources. We're not 100% there, yet, but if you've been following our journey you know that's the goal we are working toward.
Skills are invaluable. Even having some instructional books on hand are valuable. Education is power. Growing plants, hunting, butchering, animal husbandry, foraging and creating are skills our ancestors thrived on before the fairly new invention of the technology we have, today.
Lockdowns drove many to their homes, in the midst of one of the most stressful times we have seen. There's only so much T.V. out there, and many turned to new hobbies for entertainment. Picking one new skill to learn per week can help you to build a base of knowledge. Even learning some intro-skills are better than learning nothing at all.
Some fun hobbies that can turn into useful skills include:
Wine Making- This is next on my list. It seems like so much fun, but check your local laws. It may be illegal where you live.
Cheese Making- Farmer's cheese is super simple and easy to make. It's similar to a ricotta and yummy on toast or bagels. It only takes a few hours to make and it sits in the fridge overnight and can be made from what you already have in your kitchen.
Jam/Jelly/Preserves- There are so many great recipes out there, it just depends on your tastes. Apple Butter is my absolute favorite.
Butter Making- Don't worry, you don't need a churn, or a cow/goat, for that matter. You can buy whipping cream in most grocery stores. It's pretty easy, but can be a little messy. You can use a blender, mixer or even a mason jar to make your butter.
Dehydrating- I'm not sure if this falls under the hobby category, but I have so much fun dehydrating. There's so much that can be made from organic, grass-fed, yummy beef jerky, dried fruits, custom spices and so much more.
YouTube is a great way to learn some useful skills(and new hobbies!) Crocheting/knitting, woodworking, sewing, embroidery, even cheese making are all useful trade(and fun hobbies, as well!)
A little preparation, whether it be starting a stockpile, learning a new skill or making a small change for the better, is hope for a brighter future. The ways of this world are new and unlike any we've seen for decades, but preparing and facing uncertainty can give us a new look on life and hope for our future.
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