Overall 2013 was a very good year for me getting stuff done. From about March of 2013 I felt like I moved from one major project to another with no time to rest and recover before the next project started. While it has been nice to get so many things done last year I feel just worn out from everything. So I’m going to try and take a things a little easier and not get so many things going at once in 2014.
My goal for this week is not to do anything to ambitious and take a bit of a vacation of trying to prepare or get self-reliant. Honestly, it is a lot harder than it sounds because this has become a way of life. From what I have read at other blogs I was not alone in feeling there would not be enough time to get fully prepared when I started this little adventure. The stress, worry and minor panic attacks I went through were fairly normal compare to what other prepper/survivalist seem to feel. It helped a lot to know I wasn’t alone in my feeling and suffering from massive paranoia, though I can’t say all of those feelings were very helpful. Except providing a lot of motivation for my efforts.
I learned a very important lesson in 2013 about how much I could control (myself) and what I couldn’t control, I could take some actions that could protect myself from the actions of others. For example the Gov. shutdown and the threat of not sending out SS disability or VA checks. I can’t control that but I can pay small bills ahead, be out of debt and have some cash on hand to pay bills.
So for the moth of January 2014 I will only do a few very low energy things. I have to cut wood and maintain the house but other than a new cash saving trick for myself I’m planing to wait till Feb. before start any new projects. I have a list of 2014 goals there are none that are time critical that must happen in January.
That “cash on hand” has been tough for me to do but just like I started out with three days of the basics then moved on to three weeks, then onto three months. I need to do the same with cash. I’m going to try a modified method of savings that incorperates the weekly savings plan and a little twist from Dave Ramsey’s envelope method. I will same both the weeks of both Jan. and Dec. at the same time, so for the month of January I will save a total of $10.00 for weeks 1-4 and $202.00 for weeks 49-52 of Dec. so the envelope total at the end of Jan. should total $212.00. For the Feb. envelope weeks 5-8 I will save a total of $26.00 for Feb. and and $186.00 for weeks 45-48 for a total of 212.00 again. Yeah, I’m playing a little mind game with myself, but in about six months I could theoretically save over $1200.00. If nothing comes up that I need to use this “emergency cash” I can start on next year early or if a month uses up some of my savings I can just fill the envelope with the smaller numbered weeks worth of cash and make up the bigger weeks after the crisis has passed.
What I’m doing may sound kind of like some stupid trick. One thing I learned in the Army is “If it is stupid and it works. It ain’t stupid”