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I am so excited! This next month I will be joining a dynamic group of bloggers in the May 2018 ~ Self Reliance Challenge! 31 Days To A More Self Reliant Life

Join us as we challenge ourselves to live a more self reliant lifestyle for the entire month of May!

AnnMarie – 15 Acre Homestead

Kathi – Oak Hill Homestead

Robin – A Life in the Wild

Candy – Candy’s Farm House Pantry

Farmgal – Just another Day on the Farm

Ashley – Practical Self Reliance

ShawnaLee – Homegrown Self Reliance

Frank – My Green Terra

Maria – Maria Zannini

Lisa Lynn – The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

Nancy – Nancy On The Homefront (that’s me!)

 

What exactly does it mean to be self-reliant? According to Webster it means “having the resources to be able to survive without outside assistance.” When we are truly self-reliant, we can use the blessings and abilities God has given us to care for our families and ourselves and find solutions to our own problems.http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/self-reliance-challenge

 

When we think of our grown children becoming self-reliant and we think of them being able to support themselves, pay their own bills and manage their money. When I think of my husband and I becoming more self-reliant I tend to think of self-reliant living. The ability to survive when times get tough. Sometimes we want to become self reliant and sometimes we have to. It is good to have a sense of being self-reliant before you are forced into it due to difficult circumstances.

 

Things can rapidly change in our world, you may have a good job today and be unemployed tomorrow. You can survive a flood or a terrible storm but then find yourself cut off from civilization because the roads are destroyed.self-reliant

 

There are several steps you can take to make sure that you are just a little more self-reliant than you have been. It won’t happen overnight but with a little preparation you will be ready for what ever lies ahead.self-reliant

 

The first thing is to get out of debt. This should be your number one priority. Being in debt costs you money. Taking care of your debt will give you an important sense of freedom. Money that was going to pay off your debt can be used for other things.

 

Learn new skills. Learn to grow a garden or bake bread. Take up sewing or knitting. These are skills you can use to help out the family and you might even be able to make a little money. I bake three loaves of bread at once, one to enjoy and two for the freezer!self-reliant

 

Learn to preserve garden harvest, whether you have your own garden or are buying from a local farm market. You can have such a wonderful sense of security having a full pantry.self-reliant

 

Most important, have a plan. Spend a few minutes thinking about what would happen in a financial crisis, national emergency or weather related emergency. Make lists of what you would need, plan on what steps you would take. You may not need to think about a national emergency but being prepared for your next hurricane or winter storm is always a good idea. Better to be prepared and be able to help your neighbors than be expecting help from others. As we move into the month of May I will be sharing posts on ways to save money, starting your garden, preserving your harvest and cooking from scratch. If you are interested in joining us on our journey please click HERE for more information.

9 comments on “Being Self Reliant – The Self Reliance Challenge

Lisa Lynn on May 1, 2018 11:09 am

Great tips for getting started, Nancy! I’m looking forward to reading about your self reliance projects this month!

Nancy Wolff on May 1, 2018 3:33 pm

Lisa,
Great way to start the month of May!

Rev Penny Dean on May 1, 2018 2:37 pm

I am so happy to see you secured your website. I love your articles.

Nancy Wolff on May 1, 2018 3:32 pm

Thank you Rev Penny Dean!

Frank - MyGreenTerra on May 1, 2018 4:22 pm

Hi Nancy, I enjoyed reading about your participation in the self reliant challenge for May! I look forward to reading your updates!

Nancy Wolff on May 2, 2018 12:30 am

Frank,
Thanks for stopping by, good luck with the challenge!

Maria Zannini on May 2, 2018 12:52 am

I love your pantry, Nancy!

Hurricane Rita brought home the message of self reliance. We went 21 days without power or water. It was rough, but lesson learned on where we needed to beef up.

Although it was a terrible and destructive hurricane, it brought out the best–and sometimes the worst in people. I learned from both.

Nancy Wolff on May 2, 2018 11:58 am

Maria,
I love my pantry too! Wanted one all my life! We learned so many lessons from Hurricane Irene! Days without power, roads washed out etc. Plus a full house of company!

AnnMarie on May 3, 2018 5:50 am

I love all your posts and I am looking forward to reading your posts each week during this Self-Reliance challenge! Best of luck!

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