What Started All of This?
12 years ago, I lost my job.
I was an aspiring business manager, I didn’t make much money, didn’t get any paid time off, and if I’m honest, I was barely making ends meet. On top of that, I was newly married and about to start having children.
Making matters worse, the economy tanked, and my job went “bye-bye”. Did I sit there and cry? Of course not. I went out and got a job doing manual labor – and I was thankful for it. But the family budget was tight.
It started me thinking . . . what if . . .
- What if the entire economy had collapsed, and there were NO jobs?
- What if I had more mouths to feed?
- What if I didn’t have money for groceries and household items?
- What if I had to leave my home because I couldn’t afford it anymore, where would I go?
- What if, what if, what if? (have you ever done that before?)
I can tell you – it sure wasn’t fun to contemplate.
That’s when I decided . . . I was on a quest, for ultimate family preparedness. I figured it might take me a while to get to the point of “ultimate preparedness”, but I was on a quest!
What’s with the name “Positive Trend Preparedness”?
My name’s Chris. And I’m a big believer in having a positive mental attitude.
It’s easy to worry and live one’s life chasing those worries. Maybe your worries are about not enough money, maybe it’s worries of loneliness, maybe it’s the worry of not having the admiration or approval of others.
We ALL have worries.
I can tell you flat out, I did not want my quest for family preparedness to be just another worry I was chasing.
Was I going to spend all my money on preparedness supplies? No . . .. that’s not smart.
Was I going to run off to a secluded property far from friends and family? No way! I like people WAY too much 😊
No – Instead, I wanted to take those worries and flip them on their head . . . I wanted to use my quest for preparedness to be a tool to learn new skills with my family, have fun, laugh, and spend more time together.
So it’s pretty simple isn’t it? Positive Trend Preparedness was born out of a concept – that the process of being more prepared should be a positive experience.
We don’t send our kids to school focusing on all the bad things that could happen if they don’t learn to read and write . . . right? No – we get them an education focusing on all the cool things they can now do.
Family preparedness is no different 😊
Here’s a hypothetical story: This weekend, you go out and buy a camping Firestarter you read about on this website. You and the family practice building a “survival fire”, in which case you roast marshmallows over when you’re done. In fact, just for fun, every now and again you do this, and make a contest out of it.
Now – fast forward 8 years, and your oldest “kid” is now in college. On a 5-hour trip home, their car breaks down. Cell reception is weak at best. Weather is cold and wet. But your “kid” always kept that Firestarter in their emergency car bag …
When help finally arrives, your young adult is safe and warm next to a ROARING fire built from the nearby woods. Who knows, maybe they’ve passed the time thinking about all the burnt marshmallows all of you devoured over the years?
This is Positive Trend Preparedness
So, what can you expect on this site?
We offer lots of content, product reviews, “how to’s”, share interesting stories, and document my family’s preparedness progress.
This a spot for people shares preparedness ideas and their family’s progress toward disaster readiness.
We’re also building and sharing our Ultimate Family Preparedness Plan (check it out), where we create an easy framework for our readers to take and make their own family preparedness plan.
Maybe you’ve been into disaster preparedness for years, but you have a neighbor you’re helping get their family squared away? Feel free to send them here, use the Ultimate Family Preparedness Plan to give them a jump start.
It’s probably evident by now, we’re about helping, community, good vibes, and resilience.
And it seems that we live in “crazy times”.
So, we’re doing our part to offer a hang out spot for those who are maybe worried, to become less worried, for those that need some ideas to snag a few and help their loved be better prepared for the unknown.
You’re awesome for taking the time to stop by and learn more about us.
If you don’t mind – drop us a note through our contact page and let us know what kind of content you’d like to see here, or just say hi.