Challenge Yourself! Use Preparedness Challenges to Become More Self-Reliant

Mom with a PREP | Do you need to challenge yourself to take the next step on your preparedness journey? Check out this article for the challenges and monthly checklists to get you going!

Are you ready to begin your preparedness journey but don’t know where to start? Do you find that you get sidetracked on your preparedness journey when you don’t really know where to go next?

How You Can Use Challenges to Help You

Challenges and checklists are great ways to get yourself from step one to the 2nd floor in a hurry. They give you a measured sense of accomplishment, lay your tasks out in front of you so that it is not so ovewhelming, and give you goals to look ahead to as your next steps.

While September is National Preparedness Month, and you’ll find loads of challenges geared around it, there’s no need to wait until then to get started!

Where to Find Good Challenges and Monthly/Weekly Goal Lists

I wanted to share a list of challenges and monthly goals/lists that you can reference that can help you become more self-reliant. Explore and investigate them all to find which one might be best suited for your particular needs!


Be Prepared Summer Challenge @

National Preparedness Month Challenge @

LDS Stake Preparedness Challenges — this is a great list of challenges by individual stakes of the LDS church that you might find helpful in organizing yourself.

7 Day Challenge @ Food Storage Made Easy

Preparedness Photo Challenge with Food Storage and


National Preparedness Month

30 Days 30 Ways Challenge – This will be an interactive game (starts Sept 1) put on by the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency  to help raise awareness for being PREPared. 

30 Days of Preparedness 2014 Campaign by the Prepared Bloggers @

30 Days to Preparedness 2014 – a blog co-operative by the Prepared Bloggers that starts on Sept. 1. This will be an amazing series that puts together a full 30 days of information and challenges to get you prepared, from the basics to the more advanced.

September is National Preparedness Month - join in with and other agencies and blogs and learn to be more prepared for your family! #NatlPrep #30days30ways #beprepared30 Days of Preparedness 2015 – the Prepared Bloggers are at it again! More ways to focus your life on becoming more prepared for life’s everyday emergencies and becoming more self-reliant. 



Babystep Checklist @ Food Storage Made Easy  (This is where I got my start. It comes as viewable online and as weekly email reminders of where to go next. You can take it in small bites or in one large feast)

Emergency Preparedness Checklist @ the American Red Cross

52 Weeks to Preparedness @ Ready-Nutrition

Twelve Months of Prepping @ Backdoor Survival

CREATE YOUR OWN CHECKLIST from Survive Hive's Emergency Kit Checklist @


Share your thoughts – do you have sites that you love that give you great challenges to accomplish or have checklists that you’ve found particularly helpful?



Mom with a PREP | Do you need to challenge yourself to take the next step on your preparedness journey? Check out this article for the challenges and monthly checklists to get you going!

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Katy Willis is a writer, lifelong homesteader, and master herbalist, master gardener, and canine nutritionist. Katy is a preparedness expert and modern homesteader practicing everyday preparedness, sustainability, and a holistic lifestyle.

She knows how important it is to be prepared for whatever life throws at you, because you just never know what's coming. And preparedness helps you give your family the best chance to thrive in any situation.

Katy is passionate about living naturally, growing food, keeping livestock, foraging, and making and using herbal remedies. Katy is an experienced herbalist and a member of the CMA (Complementary Medical Association).

Her preparedness skills go beyond just being "ready", she's ready to survive the initial disaster, and thrive afterward, too. She grows 100% organic food on roughly 15 acres and raises goats, chickens, and ducks. She also lovingly tends her orchard, where she grows many different fruit trees. And, because she likes to know exactly what she's feeding her family, she's a seasoned from-scratch cook and gluten-free baker.

Katy teaches foraging and environmental education classes, too, including self-sufficient living, modern homesteading, seed saving, and organic vegetable gardening.

Katy helps others learn forgotten skills, including basic survival skills and self-reliance.

She's been published on sites such as MSN, Angi, Home Advisor, Family Handyman, Wealth of Geeks, Readers Digest, and more.

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