Why I Started Prepping…And Why Eating Squirrel is NOT a Solid Prepping Plan
Every prepper has a story.
I’ve had this blog since 2009 and what’s amazing is up until now, I’ve never shared mine. It goes like this:
During my early twenties I was big into wilderness survival. I’d received some fantastic training from some of the top instructors in our nation and really had a passion for practicing and perfecting the skills I was taught. I don’t claim to be an expert by any means but I certainly felt (and still feel) that on my own I would make it out in the bush with nothing but the clothes on my back and (ideally) a knife in my hand.
Although I was well aware of the concept of prepping, I never worried about it or thought I needed to do anything like food storage since I figured, if there ever was a time that things went south I could always just run to the woods and survive on my own.
Fast forward a few years…
I get married and have a kid (yes, that’s her to the left there. She’s beautiful isn’t she? :)).
In that moment my priorities changed.
It suddenly dawned on me that it just wasn’t practical to “run off in the woods” anymore. And it wasn’t realistic for my wife and I to be living out of a leaf hut feeding my new daughter a freshly-caught squirrel with a side of cattail and acorn bread (despite one of our first dates spent gutting, skinning and quartering a deer. Look at those lovebirds there…aren’t we a sweet couple? lol).
So that sent me off on my journey to becoming a “prepper”.
And man, was I overwhelmed!!
There was SO MUCH INFORMATION out there in the form of blogs, books, YouTube videos and forums that I didn’t know how to begin or where to start.
On top of that, as a young father barely starting my career I just didn’t have the resources to buy those freeze-dried, made-for-you, multiple-thousand-dollar food storage supply kits (let alone a remote, fully-stocked retreat up in the mountains somewhere).
I needed to learn how to prepare with the limited funds and resources I had at that time.
It wasn’t until after a long time of digging and reading and consuming articles, forum entries, and book after book that I finally got to the point where I figured out what I needed and where I should to begin.
So slowly but surely I built on my food storage and preps with only $25 extra a month to the point where we are now with enough supplies to last us for a year (and I’m still prepping ;)).
As I was learning and prepping, to show others what I was doing and to help others on their journey I also started this blog. Since then it has become one of the go-to blogs on preparedness with close to 10,000 subscribers as of this writing (I’m SO grateful by the way for all your support).
But even after creating this blog, I would still get the same questions from people time and time again…
- Where do I begin?
- What should I be focusing on for preps?
- What types of disasters and events should I be focusing on preparing for?
- What do I do if I don’t have much money?
- Or much space?
- What if I live in the city and don’t have a bug-out location, how do I prepare?
Questions like these kept coming and I’d try to answer them as best I could with emails and blog posts but blogging didn’t seem to be the answer.
I started the blog with the intention of sharing my journey as well as helping others get better prepared but despite that I still felt many people were not making much progress or worse, were still just as confused as I was when I began.
The biggest drawback to what’s out there now is that since forums, YouTube videos, and blogs are made up of random topics, there is no real DIRECTION in how to begin, what to do, and what steps to take.
There’s nothing wrong with those media — they are fantastic resources. But for someone who doesn’t have a ton of time to decipher what is most important, or wants to know where to begin, or even someone more experienced that wants to know what else they need to take it to the next level, it’s not ideal.
It was then that I realized that blogging, YouTube, forums, or even a book was not what was needed.
Given this need, I decided to come up with something I call Prepper Academy.
And if you aren’t already, this WILL get you prepared.
It uses a process of guided modules and courses in combination with a rich, multi-media experience – to give exact direction and to drive learning.
I’ll be talking in detail about this in the next article in a couple of days (I think I’ve taken enough of your time today) so look out for my email and if you haven’t yet, be sure to subscribe below to get these updates.
Now it’s your turn, so WHAT’s YOUR STORY?
I’d love to hear how and why you began prepping so please let us all know in the comments below!!
Until then, stay safe guys!
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