New Years Resolution MOTIVATION!

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

So we realize today is the LAST day of January, and some of you may have made goals for this year, some of you have already been working hard at those goals, and some of you may have forgotten about the goals you made just a few short weeks ago… so we’re here to HELP!

After all the hard stuff we’ve been posting lately (like canning meat), we’ve been feeling guilty and wanted to do something fun and lighthearted. We decided to do a fun little challenge and give you all some encouragement.

We know that when you write your goals down you’re more likely to achieve those goals. So – here’s your opportunity to force yourself to be a little accountable, to give yourself a better chance at success, and to maybe even win a prize!


Leave a comment below with your goals for this year- No matter how big or small they may be, embrace them and be proud of the little successes you accomplish along the way. We’ll randomly pick 3 people who leave their goals in a comment to win our Food Storage Made Easy eBook Binder! (Winners will be announced on Saturday)

In case you’re still needing some motivation, here are a few goal-making tips!

Share your resolutions now!

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  • Katie

    Three Month Supply!

  • Lindeman Clan11

    I was in a car accident last week that woke me up that I needed to re-think my priorities. God, Husband , Kids and Church and blood family. I’l determined to serve them all with what life I have left. My biggest physical goal is to loose those exr=trs pounds by recording what I eat and increasing my exercise laevel. Mu kids have agreed to do it with me every other day. I’d also like to build a cold storage room in the basement to store all my food and mason jars in. Please pray for me.
    Lia

  • Info

    No more excuses, just do it!

  • Shellie

    My goal was to make my family more self sustainable in any way possible. I really want to start storing more foods (we have about a 3 month supply) and learn to garden and can our food!

  • Cbackitis

    My goal is to make my tiny pantry usable, and to make it easier to buy and keep healthy foods. I am trying to make my entire family healthier, I am doing Weight Watchers, and my pantry needs help! It’s 2 feet across and has about 6 DEEP shelves. Things get lost in there constantly, so I need to get it organized and be able to KEEP it organized. I always find recipes I want to cook that area healthier and either I don’t have an ingredient, or can’t find it!
    My second goal is to get a good stock for hurricane season, which here in Tampa we take very seriously as we are due…

  • Terry S.

    My plan is to is to complete my 3-month food storage using my 30-day meal plan with the new and improved Microsoft Excel spreadsheet; stick to the monthly installment shipments of long-term (12-month) food storage items that I signed up for; put together 90 days’ worth of meals based on the ‘Dinner Is In The Jar’ book; start pressure canning food on a regular basis with one of my friends as soon as her kitchen remodel is finished; buy a Big Berkey water filtration unit, a hand-operated Wonder Mill Jr, a Solar Oven, put together four 72-hour kits, a car kit, and store lots of water. How do I plan to afford all of this, you ask? By dedicating 30 percent of our regular grocery budget to short-term food supply acquisition, cancelling our land line and using the money saved toward long-term food storage purchased in monthly installments, by letting go of and selling all of the valuable excess stuff that we have stored in our basement, and by starting a home based business on the side to earn extra money that will be dedicated to the acquisition of the balance of our long-term food storage.

  • Terry S.

    My plan is to is to complete my 3-month food storage using my 30-day meal plan with the new and improved Microsoft Excel spreadsheet; stick to the monthly installment shipments of long-term (12-month) food storage items that I signed up for; put together 90 days’ worth of meals based on the ‘Dinner Is In The Jar’ book; start pressure canning food on a regular basis with one of my friends as soon as her kitchen remodel is finished; buy a Big Berkey water filtration unit, a hand-operated Wonder Mill Jr, a Solar Oven, put together four 72-hour kits, a car kit, and store lots of water. How do I plan to afford all of this, you ask? By dedicating 30 percent of our regular grocery budget to short-term food supply acquisition, cancelling our land line and using the money saved toward long-term food storage purchased in monthly installments, by letting go of and selling all of the valuable excess stuff that we have stored in our basement, and by starting a home based business on the side to earn extra money that will be dedicated to the acquisition of the balance of our long-term food storage.

  • Chayasgirl

    My goals for this year are to build up my food storage to last for a minimum of three months. Reading this website it all makes so much more sense…I also want to ensure I have a way to purify water as I don’t have much space for water storage.

  • Hearthandhome

    My goals for this year are to organize the pantry so I know for sure I have food for three weeks as well as to organize my garden better to take advantage of the space and to store/process the foods (we lost a lot last year due to disorganization). We also would like to obtain water storage to replace the many gallons of water we currently keep.

  • JenR

    Our goals this year are:
    1. Use stored foods in regular meals at least twice a week.
    2. Get our 72 hour kits updated (whoa… how old is that Tylenol? and add two more for our children.
    3. Rotate and add to get my food stores back up to a 1 year level.
    4. Get that Pressure Canner back out of storage and start canning again! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the motivation to start canning again. It seemed so overwhelming to think about canning meat, but I’m ready now!

  • Markmandyglover

    my goals this year is to
    1. get our cars equipted with adequate supplies
    2. get our 72 hour kits together
    3. get inventory on food storage and buy shelving.

  • Cassi

    One of our big goals for this year was to get a pressure canner and be canning maniacs! My husband bought me the canner as a surprise last week, just looking for my first project now. We are also in need of more involved 72-hour kits and car kits for our family.

  • Brenda Morea

    My goal is to become a 1 income family (we have had 2 incomes for years) so I can come home and spend time with my son, Joey. He just turned 20 and has Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. We plan to grow much of our own food and store it to help afford this goal. I plan on getting a grinder, a juicer, lots of canning supplies, as well as some storage containers and shelves. I will be looking for some of these things at yard sales and looking online for used items. I also plan to get better organized with everything including my food storage! Organization is definately my weakest area! It does not come natural to me. I also plan to get as far out of debt as possible.

  • Emily H

    My goals this year are:
    1. Finish my year’s supply plan
    2. Inventory everything we already have
    3. Make a purchase plan to get started
    4. Purchase a dehydrator and a wonder mill

  • I’m lost at the lake

    Goals:
    1. Reorganize and inventory food stock
    2. Figure out storage solutions
    3. Buy a grinder, mill and use wheat and corn.
    We moved INTO a 40 foot camper and everything is a mess. Thanks goodness we have our food stock, it’s what we’re living on right now. This sure lets me know areas I need to add to.

  • Mybridgy

    I resolve to make an invantory of supplies with location designations and goal for each item so that I have an easy tally, updated want list, and know where everything is for easy access in a hurry. Rotation record keeping helps establish quantities needed for a given time period as well as refinement of needs to include seldom used but essential items.

  • My goal is to have 2 car kits, 3 months of food/water storage, and cash

  • My Goal this year is to find 30 recipes that are made from food storage that my family loves! I want food storage recipes to become a normal part of our lives. Another goal I have is to not go shopping from August – October. I think this will better show me what we really use and what we really need to store. Thanks for all the inspiration and information you provide! I will be blogging about it at http://www.cityfarmin.blogspot.com.

  • Mine is to increase my food storage on very little money… I can only manage about $10 extra every month right now.

  • Stacia

    My goal is to start grinding my own wheat and corn and starting using the food I have stored. I also need to fill the water barrels I have.

  • Pattie F.

    My biggest goal is to finsh my 3 month food supply. Almost done with that! Then on to having a 6 month supply!

  • Obrienm240

    *Really need to figure out water storage.
    *Make a college ready 72 hour kit for my Goddaugter for fall.
    *Get important papers revised.

  • Kendra

    *Refills my food storage buckets by this month.
    * Go through my family 72 hour backpack again to make sure its update by end of this month.
    * Start storaging up water for 2 adult and 2 kids for this year.
    *This week, I want to do lot more homemade meals from food storage from what I have right now.

  • Carol Petty Allison

    Goals for Food Storage

    _Complete our stock of 3 month supply for 2 adults, plus 1 disabled adult – to include food, water, prescription meds and all hygiene products necessary
    _USE the food storage app, and ROTATE my foods more routinely
    _label shelving for easy retrieval by family members
    _can a few new types of items
    _get 72-hour backpacks filled, also one w/all vital info for all 3 of us, especially the disabled FAM member.
    _

    Other goals are:
    .Fill myself w/spiritual food from the Bible!
    .Make relationships a priority!
    .Have a thankful attitude, wearing a smile

  • Gretchen B

    I’m new to food storage, so my New Year’s Resolutions are:

    1. Get a supply of water set up beyond what I have.
    2. Get a 3-month supply of food ASAP.
    3. Get a way to cook food if there is no electricity.

    All of this while on a budget!

  • Barbara

    My New Years Resolutions are:
    1. Do a meal planning worksheet every week so I don’t have to go back-and forth to the grocery store.
    2. Keep a gratitude journal.
    3. Complete our 2 year supply of shelf-stable food, grain, and water.

  • Mommytron

    I have to make 3 get “up and go” packs for my kids (5, 6, 7 1/2 years old). And how do we transport water if we had to? Thankfully we live in Michigan, there is a lot of it around. First order of business; increase water stored, do an inventory of what we have and add what we might need.

  • Mommytron

    I have to make 3 get “up and go” packs for my kids (5, 6, 7 1/2 years old). And how do we transport water if we had to? Thankfully we live in Michigan, there is a lot of it around. First order of business; increase water stored, do an inventory of what we have and add what we might need.

  • Shellee

    Downsize to a more manageable and reasonable amount of “stuff”.

  • Peaches649

    My goal is to get ORGANIZED. Just feeling the need to get started and to do it quickly. Am realizing how much I can save on cost of food if done correctly because I can then take advantage of things on sale.

    • Peaches649

      Had to smile to myself after reading the other posts. Don’t think I elaborated enough. πŸ™‚ Great ideas though to add to my list of things I want to get accomplished. Thank you all for sharing.

    • Peaches649

      Had to smile to myself after reading the other posts. Don’t think I elaborated enough. πŸ™‚ Great ideas though to add to my list of things I want to get accomplished. Thank you all for sharing.

  • Susan A Mccall

    My goal is to learn how to use my new pressure canner/cooker and try canning chicken!

  • Lorie

    get a GOOD dehydrator, try raising chickens, try growing new things in the garden, eat healthier, plant some grape vines and rasp. bushes….that’s just the prep goals!

  • FSMErock

    1-organize our food storage
    2-learn 2 new dances
    3-take a vacation – more than 3 hours away from home

  • Anna

    I have set several New Years Resolutions.
    I would like to exercise 3 times a week, Read my scriptures daily, Pick up a hobby (Sewing I hope), Finish some projects that I have started a long time ago, and lastly, get some food storage as well as some emergency kits together.
    Slowly I have been doing most of these. I hope that at the end of the year I can say that I accomplished all of my new year resolutions.

  • Margo

    I live on a fixed income, and getting prepared (for whatever!) has become my first priority. In the last few months, I’ve started a compost barrel, reduced my personal debt by about 35%, started building a stock of personal care products (family and friends are always willing to help out with food, but when I had to ask for help buying toothpaste. . .well, I got some really strange looks!), started 72 hour kits for my daughter and me, and started making lists of foods to store.

    My short term goals are to have our kits done by the end of February, have a one year supply of personal care products by the end of March, and have my lists for a three month food supply also done by the end of March. These goals should be easy to complete on time or maybe even ahead of schedule.

    While this can seem like a daunting task (even preparing for one or two people), getting started and keeping at it is what is important. Little accomplishments (like an extra bar of soap) can add up fast. SOME preparation is better than NO preparation!

  • Margo

    I live on a fixed income, and getting prepared (for whatever!) has become my first priority. In the last few months, I’ve started a compost barrel, reduced my personal debt by about 35%, started building a stock of personal care products (family and friends are always willing to help out with food, but when I had to ask for help buying toothpaste. . .well, I got some really strange looks!), started 72 hour kits for my daughter and me, and started making lists of foods to store.

    My short term goals are to have our kits done by the end of February, have a one year supply of personal care products by the end of March, and have my lists for a three month food supply also done by the end of March. These goals should be easy to complete on time or maybe even ahead of schedule.

    While this can seem like a daunting task (even preparing for one or two people), getting started and keeping at it is what is important. Little accomplishments (like an extra bar of soap) can add up fast. SOME preparation is better than NO preparation!

  • Rbonner

    I have a lot of personal goals, but these are the top food storage/preparedness goals

    1) Buy a grain mill (hopefully within a month or so)
    2) Install a woodburning stove
    3) Add a 4th raised bed
    4) Convert spare bedroom into food storage room
    5) Be adept enough with grains and the mill to be able to completely skip the bread isle in the grocery store.
    6) Preserve as much meat and produce as I possibly can

    Last but certainly not least… spread the Be Prepared message to all who will listen.

    • Rbonner

      oops… aisle, not isle. πŸ™

  • Deanna from Indiana

    My goals are to continue to build and use my food storage. I am really proud of how far I’v come in 1.5 yrs. I have mastered canning chicken and will tackle beef and venison this fall. I plan on keeping the dehydrator going full speed this summer for more dryed tomatoes and other veggies. I want to expand my use of milled wheat flour in healthy family recipes. I plan to expand my emergency preparedness supply of water and equipment (stove top coffee perculator for sure!)
    By being sucessful and vigulent with the above I will be able to provide for my family and other loved ones.

  • Melody

    I am a stay home mother of 3 little ones and I have never thought twice about food storage or not being able to go to the grocery store. I buy my food a week or two at a time. The last few months I have had this overwhelming need to get prepared. My goals for the next year:
    1.Turn my basement into a pantry.
    2.Stock up and purchase at least a six month supply for my family.
    3.Learn how to can. I am so excited to try the hamburger meat and chicken (that would save so much time).
    4.We just bought a home in the country where I have plenty of room for a large garden which I intend to can.
    5.Finish my 72 hour kits.
    6. Finish our chicken coop that we just started.
    I have so much I want to do this year and I really feel as though it needs to be done now. I know that everyone says to take things slow but I feel like I have personally waited so late to start that I have to get busy! It’s going to be an exciting year!

  • Beth

    I have followed your blog and survivalblog.com for over a year and have been prepping like mad but I need to organize my stuff so I know what I have on hand and what is lacking- My goal is to utilize the storage on hand pages you made for us to use! We are also trying to buy a small farm to get more self sufficient.

  • Joyfullyjuliec

    So how do you dehydrate the veggies?

    • Joyfullyjuliec

      My goals for this year are:

      1. Label my in kitchen food storage baskets and complete inventory of same.
      2. Research Mylar bags and make a decision.
      3. Make up mixes for baking, soups, spice blends, etc using book I just purchased.
      4. Add recipes from the book using the mixes to my kitchen recipe binder.
      5. Install grow light under aquarium in family room then plant greens.
      6. Develop 21 day menu rotation using more natural and healthy ingredients and make sure we are stocked up with all the ingredients needed to prepare these for three months.
      7. Exercise a minimum of three times per week which means 156 days in 2011 and keep a countdown of that on myfitnesspal.
      8. Stop watching any E! Type television shows.
      9. Get calendar and bill payment plan fully implemented.
      10. Complete ds religious ed for sixth grade by April 30.

      7. Consume a green smoothie a day.

    • Joyfullyjuliec

      I have no idea how this entry got posted to my name, please feel free to delete it

  • Daniellelee1979

    I need to start a food storage! I don’t even know were to begin tho πŸ™

  • Alie Vermeer

    My resolution was to start on my 3 month supply but as we are working very hard to get out of debt my husband thought we’d wait, but after we talked things over I got a budget of $15.– a month not much but better then nothing, I bought some seeds to plant some tomatoes and some green beans in my garden box!
    thanks to all your work with the baby steps etc..
    Alie from the Netherlands

  • Alie Vermeer

    My resolution was to start on my 3 month supply but as we are working very hard to get out of debt my husband thought we’d wait, but after we talked things over I got a budget of $15.– a month not much but better then nothing, I bought some seeds to plant some tomatoes and some green beans in my garden box!
    thanks to all your work with the baby steps etc..
    Alie from the Netherlands

  • Alie Vermeer

    My resolution was to start on my 3 month supply but as we are working very hard to get out of debt my husband thought we’d wait, but after we talked things over I got a budget of $15.– a month not much but better then nothing, I bought some seeds to plant some tomatoes and some green beans in my garden box!
    thanks to all your work with the baby steps etc..
    Alie from the Netherlands

  • RobinT

    Can ground beef (I’m doing fine with chicken but keep putting off the ground beef for some reason); continue learning how to use alternative grains (non-wheat); learn to use back-up power; finish gathering my important documents; convert more of my favorite recipes into shelf-stable versions

  • Lasriorita

    My new year’s goal is to update and complete my 72-hour kit. And work on my 3-month supply.

  • Chris

    I have several goals for the year but mostly to log every shelf stable food that I use or bring home each month to see my actual averages. Then also to organize my pantry (which will require new shelves shortly) Also to find more cheap meals that my kids will eat. Wishing everyone success in their own goals!!!

  • Chris

    I have several goals for the year but mostly to log every shelf stable food that I use or bring home each month to see my actual averages. Then also to organize my pantry (which will require new shelves shortly) Also to find more cheap meals that my kids will eat. Wishing everyone success in their own goals!!!

  • Amy Brown

    My goal this year is to get a full year supply of food for 1 person.

  • I am new to all of this so first of all I am organizing and then trying to create a space in the little space that I have to be able to have extra food storage. We have alot of work to do but I am excited about gettign started, just not really sure where to begin πŸ™‚

  • TK

    Gather our 3 month supply.
    Pressure can beef.
    Grow and can tomatoes. (bad harvest last year)

  • I have my goal all printed out and always staring at me on my wall. Its there to remind me everyday that I should work hard to achieve it.

  • Mariah

    I plan to get organized, work on my 1-yr supply, buy a wheat grinder and learn to rotate through my food storage.

  • Karen Doyle

    1. Lose the last 15 lbs of baby weight gain. 2. Learn to garden organically (not easy here in Florida – too many bugs, too much heat in summer) 3. Get my 3 month supply

  • Sbarlow

    My goal is to learn how to sprout, so that we will always have crunchy greens.

  • Shauna

    I want to learn how to use my new pressure canner.

  • Vmfisher

    My goal is to organize my food storage room.

  • Jona

    My goal for 2011 is to better organize my pantry to make more room. And I also want to start making, and using menus. Thanks for the goal making tips.

  • Goal #1) Finish assmebling our 72 hr kits (just picked up the last few items!)
    Goal #2) Go 6 weeks without going to the grocery store (we did 2 last time).
    Goal #3) Learn how to catch a live chicken (I have a small morbid fear of birds so no laughing)
    Goal #4) Learn how to can butter

  • Mary Demand

    My Goals
    Finish 72 Hour kit, Buy Shelves and start my water and 3 month supply.

  • Shannon Liska

    I have a goal this year to learn to use my wheat, beans and such in fun and exciting ways. I also am learning to make bread this year! I received a new WonderMill for christmas and I can’t wait to start!

  • My goal is to work on my food storage three months at a time. I need to inventory what we already have on hand. I want learn how to use coupons better. I have seen amazing story about using coupons, and I want to learn how to use them myself.

  • Tootsierollo012000

    a major goal I have is to learn to grow herbs and make use of them for medicinal purposes. I have ordered some books and I am now begining to read them. I plan on learning one medicinal recipe and making it every month for the rest of the year. (I have a feeling I will do more than one.)

  • Jenna

    My goal is to have a solid 3 month supply in place with a plan and written inventory which I can use to rotate and replace! I’d also like to be able to set aside a set amount of money each week to accumulate stock – need to work on non-food storage items for sure.

  • Spydercoll

    I am making room for more food storage by getting rid of excess junk. By the end of the year I will have updated my 72 hr kit. bugetet every month to add to food storage, and saved and bought a new wheat grinder.

  • Angel

    I have a couple of goals in food storage. I want to comple my re-inventory so I can see where I need to add. I want to eat more from my pantry and avoid wasting anything.
    I WILL complete my 72 hr kits and set up my emergency buckets, color coded and ready to leave if I do. My key life goals are to procrastinate less and simplify.

  • Jen

    Make 72 hour kits, make better homemade bread, get three month supply

  • Susan B.

    My goal is to get my family use to eating the food storage that we have. The time will come when all we can eat is what we have in our home. I want my family to be accustomed to the food storage we have. Considering the fact that I’m not much of a cook, I’m grateful for the chance to learn how to cook from scratch and how to cook from shelf stable foods as I collect recipes from Food Storage Made Easy and one of your sister sites, Everyday Food Storage. Thanks for all the ideas and for the motivation to keep to my goal. I appreciate it more than you know.

  • Megan

    Make 72 hr kits
    start cooking with my food storage more so I know how to use it
    store more water
    learn how to wet can
    grow a better garden to store for winter

  • Blanche

    Well I’m brand new to this entire process and so for goals……..
    -have an organized space for storage and not a chaotic mess that makes me just shut the pantry/closet doors and ignore things!
    -have a plan for actually using our storage.
    -making good things that my family will eat with our storage items…..don’t want hubby or the kids to run away when they know I’m cooking out of our storage!
    -water water water………this is the biggie for us and I’m sorely lacking in this department!!

  • Morgan

    Goals:
    To hug and kiss my baby girl as much as I can
    Be a better wife
    Get into a Nursing Program
    Go on a fun vacation (Cheap and fun)
    Do something spontaneous (because I plan way too much…I plan to be spontaneous, Ironic?)

  • AmberW

    My resolution is to organize my home. Vague, and lofty, and will keep me busy all year!!

  • Westerndancer710

    I have a lot of goals for this year!
    1) Lose 70 pounds, not with fad diets, but with exercise and live style change (on my way, lost 7 this month!)
    2) Do the “Love Dare” to my husband to strengthen our relationship, without him knowing!
    3) Finish Dave Ramsey’s book Total Money Makeover and be debt free by the end of the year
    4) Start an herb garden, and try a garden in the yard (again, learn something new everytime)
    I think that is all. I know it’s a lot but they are all things I really want, and so far, I’ve made great progress on all of the, and plan to continue!

  • Carrie

    I am going to grow pumpkins for haloween

  • Carrie

    I am going to grow pumpkins for haloween

  • Sandydell

    My goal is to learn how to use what we have in our food storage so that when/if an emergency should rear it’s ugly head we are truly prepared! πŸ™‚

  • Jademann_2000

    I’m going to get my garden in and replace a bad roof.Get the case lot stuff organized and add some more storage shelves.