Thursday, December 29, 2011

Self-Reliance, The Best New Year's Resolution

If your New Year's resolution this year is to "Save Money," consider altering that thinking into a resolution of being "More Self-Reliant."  After all, nothing says being frugal like Doing It Yourself.

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I recently came across this fantastic article about "50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do" over at Marc and Angel Hack Life.   Now, I consider myself to be pretty self-reliant, but I found that there were quite a few things on the list that I have no clue how to do myself - like Changing a TireJump-starting a Car, or Remembering People's Names (I'm terrible at that!).

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There are tons of resources embedded in the list that will point you in the right direction if you were wanting to, say, Learn CPR, Speak a Second Language, Handle a Job InterviewSelect Good Produce or Start a Fire Without Matches.

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I think I'm going to be frequenting this list as well as the Marc & Angel Hack Life blog as a check on myself when I'm feeling like I have a handle on everything...there's always more to learn and ways to be better!  It's kind of like the BIG List of Ideas That Motivates Me that I check in on when I'm feeling that Frugal Frump!  

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So, next time you find yourself wanting to call in the "professionals,"  take a moment to consider a way to do it yourself.  Like my husband always says, "I can't break it any worse than it already is!"  Right??

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Leave a comment below and share what kinds of Life Skills you think are vital to Self-Reliance and what your New Year's Resolutions are!

8 comments:

  1. Oh I'm horrible with names and I'm still trying to remember an old friends name. I ran into her the other day and said I would add her to FB.. omg still haven't done it! I'm officially following your blog. Thanks for the post and I would love to be self reliant for 2012!!

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  2. I think roughing it in the wilderness and learning how to survive.. I also think learning how to change A tire is on my list of things to do... I love this post... really love it!!!

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  3. Since my hubby works 24-hr shifts, I have to do a lot of stuff on my own. I love it! It makes me feel so powerful and able! I still have more to learn, but I'm getting there!

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  4. I think that basic sewing skills are a must for being self-reliant. You can save money and time by being able to make clothing repairs and you can repurpose fabrics for new uses.

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  5. I think two skills that can make a huge difference is knowing how to garden and then preserving food. This can help cut your food budget.

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  6. I am horrible with names too but I try to associate something with a name and that has helped some what. I mostly get brain farts. I love your blog and I am joining right this second. I'm also going over to the Marc & Angel Hack blog to check it out! Happy New Year! ~Ames

    Oh, and I think everyone should know how to grow food.

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  7. Interest to read. Thanks For Update. Pls Update More news Letterhead Design

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  8. #1 live on a budget.

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