EP 5: FROM DRUG ADDICT TO BESTSELLING CHRISTIAN AUTHOR [PODCAST]

Mark Goodwin's Apocalyptic Fiction

Some men get trapped in the purple haze of life, only to see the light when God himself answers their prayers from the county jail. This week, I share the story of one such man. A man who kicked his drug addiction to become a prepper and bestselling author of post-apocalyptic Christian novels.

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Comfortably Survive Economic Collapse

Survival Tips from the Great Depression

In the years following America’s near economic collapse (Great Recession of 2007-2009), many folks found themselves wondering if far worse times lie ahead. Indeed, an astonishing number of websites, TV shows, books, podcasts and websites (including this one) emerged that focus on preparedness and self-sufficiency.

From zombies to Alaskan homesteaders, the sites and shows are enduring and proving to be very popular. That wouldn’t be the case without a gnawing feeling on the part of the general public that our country may be headed down a troubling path. The polarizing choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump seems to have done nothing to calm these fears.

Even if the doomsday people are correct in their claims that the dollar is about to collapse, the government is about to collapse or an EMP is imminent, it doesn’t mean that times have to be tough for you.

A common misconception is that times in The Great Depression, 80 years ago, were tough for everyone. They weren’t.

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Amazon Recommendations 9/28/16 – Two Must-Have Items for Self-Sufficient Life

Each Monday and Wednesday, I bring you two items from Amazon that I personally use or can recommend based on my experience. I consider them critical for modern homesteading, prepping and living more self-sufficiently. Even if you already have these, they make great presents for your friends and loved ones who aspire to be better prepared.

leatherman surgeThe first item is my Leatherman Surge Multi Tool. Actually, I can’t believe how often I use this. Literally every day.

Most often I use one of the knives, as it has, of course, completely replaced my pocket knife, since it has two blades.

But I find myself using the wire cutter and pliers just as often. You’d expect that on a homestead. But you’d be surprised how handy this thing is for every day stuff—like those impossible to open molded plastic packages that everything gets in. I just whip this out of the pouch on my belt and it’s done.

Of all the items I recommend, few are higher on the list than my Leatherman Surge Multi Tool.

innogearNext up today are these amazing Innogear Solar Landscape Lights. Only the value to a prepared person is NOT for landscaping, but for power outages.

When there are power outages, people usually figure they’ll use candles, flashlights or lanterns for house lights. Two of those methods pose a risk of fire danger at a time when emergency services may be unavailable.

What I love about these is you leave them outside for “normal” landscape duty, and bring them inside to light up the whole house when you have an outage.

I depend on four of these (two packs) to make sure we’re always…lit. Uh…don’t take that the wrong way.

So there you have it. There are lots of tools you need to live a self-sufficient life, but these are the two I recommend today. If you don’t have them, get them.

Amazon Recommendations 9:26:16 – Two Must-Have Items for Self-Sufficient Life

Each Monday and Wednesday, I bring you two items from Amazon that I personally use or can recommend based on my experience. I consider them critical for modern homesteading, prepping and living more self-sufficiently. Even if you already have one, these items make great presents for your friends and loved ones who aspire to be better prepared.

pressure cannerThe first item is the All American 921 Pressure Canner. Actually, I own two All American Pressure Canners…both the 921 and the 930, which is a 30-quart monster.

Both are made of durable, hand-cast aluminum with attractive satin finish and have the All American exclusive “metal-to-metal” sealing system for a steam-tight seal. That means there are no gaskets.

They’re safe, easy to use and will last a long, long time. Put it this way–your kids will be handing them down to THEIR kids.

surefireThe second item today is the Surefire G2X flashlight. I’m not exaggerating when I say I carry this flashlight on my at all times.

Inconvenient?

I suppose, but it’s part of my everyday carry. You never know when you’re going to be stuck in a store, movie theater or other building when you need light. Or if you’ll be stranded at night.

This G2X is so bright that I practice using it as a weapon. A “bad guy” wouldn’t want this bad boy flashed in their eyes, not with it’s concentrated 320 lumens of bright light.

So there you have it. There are lots of tools you need to live a self-sufficient life, but these are the two I recommend today. If you don’t have them, get them.

Ep 4: The City Girl Who Pushed Her Wheelbarrow to the Country [PODCAST]

Jill Winger and Her Life on the Prairie Homestead

Welcome to Episode 4 of Self-Sufficient Life! In this episode, you’ll hear the story of a little girl who pushed her city wheelbarrow to the life in the country she was destined for.

Little kids dream of becoming all kinds of things when they grow up, but usually outgrow their fantasies when they become adults. But every now and then a kid holds on tight and grows up to live her dream.

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Launch Your Farm WordPress Site in Under 15 Minutes

Whether you’re a homesteader, farmer, author or online marketer, the easiest way to build a marketing platform today is still via a blog.  And the best way to have control over your site is to host a WordPress site on Bluehost. That’s what I do and it’s what most leading bloggers and marketers do as well.

In the video below, I show you how to set up your blog in 15 minutes or less. I’ll even show you how to set-up WordPress, choose and customize a theme, set-up custom pages and create your first blog post.

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Ep 3: The Traffic Jam That Sparked a Rural Revolution [PODCAST]

Welcome to Episode 3 of Self-Sufficient Life! In this episode, you’ll hear the story of how a monster traffic jam in Sacramento sparked a rural revolution in Idaho.

Patrice Lewis sat in a monster Sacramento traffic jam and reached her tipping point. Patrice was a project coordinator for an agricultural research firm in Sacramento.Her husband, Don, was a geologist with a geo-engineering firm.

They entered their respective fields because they loved the outdoors.But, as they sat in traffic with the heat waves rising from the asphalt, they realized the truth.They rarely got to be outdoors.

It had begun to gnaw at them. The commute. The flickering fluorescent lights. The cubicles. And the crowds.

They reached the tipping point–and fled. First to Oregon, but later deeper into the wilderness to an Idaho homestead.

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