Welcome to Profitable Preparedness! My name is Justin Davis and I am a late thirty something guy with an amazing wife and two terrific children. I work in sales for a wholesale food distribution company, and have recently began a new endeavor with my wife Crystal.
For well over a decade I was self employed and helped hundreds of entrepreneurs streamline their businesses, consistently grow their income, and most importantly find balance in life. My work always inspired me, because I loved helping people find true FREEDOM. I love helping people achieve their goals, and witness first hand the tangible impact our time together had on their lives. One of the most precious resources on the planet is time. We all have a finite supply, and I want to make sure that I spend my remaining time creating high quality memories with my family and helping as many people as I can do the same.
I was a boy scout as a young man, which set the stage for me to come up with a preparedness mindset from as far back as I can remember. Although I never considered myself a “prepper”, I must admit that my first awareness of the prepping community came from “Doomsday Preppers”. I never realized there was such a large population of the country that had the same mindset that I did. Honestly, Doomsday Preppers did more to repel me from that stigma than it did to attract me. I recall watching and cringing at points, because some of the episodes were so over the top.
I recall specifically an episode with Rick Austin and Survival Jane highlighting Rick’s “Secret Garden of Preparedness”, and it was eye opening. I was so fascinated with his process that my imagination ran wild.
Fast forward to my last birthday, and I had a bit of a moment of clarity. The only way that I can explain it is that it felt like blinders had been lifted. I have a lot to be thankful for, and I am truly blessed to have a loving wife who is my best friend, and children who are smart, healthy and a genuine pleasure to spend time with. But… Something was missing.
During the moment of clarity, I began to look at the hours that my career consumed and the stress that it created. I realized that I have zero guarantees of a comfortable and affluent “some day” that retirement would bring thanks to a crumbling social security system, non existent pensions and an out of control health insurance cost. I began to worry that all of the sacrifice that I was making regarding my health and quality of time spent with my family could all be in vain.
I was in my car on a normal work day when I stumbled across a podcast from Dale and Lisa Goodwin (www.survivalistprepper.net) discussing personal catastrophes that discussed the impact that a job loss, or significant illness could have on a household. It was the first time I ever listened to a podcast and the content hit me right between the eyes. It was also the first time that I realized that preparedness was not just natural disaster or societal collapse large scale events. A personal catastrophe could be something that simple or a multi day power outage due to an ice storm. I was not prepared.
I have this great family, and I was not doing a very good job of looking out for them or ensuring they would be taken care of if something like that happened to us.
My wife is not a prepper. She tries not to become consumed with politics, but she started getting a similar feeling at the same time. We put a plan in place to pay off debt, save as much money as possible and buy/start a homestead in Colorado in 2022. It takes a lot of time and planning to break out of the 9 to 5 debt fueled rat race and follow our dreams. We know it will not be easy, but we also know that it will be completely worth it.
We are going to document the process through our blogs and podcast all the way through. The good, the bad and the ugly.
My portion of the blog/podcast will focus on the skills that I have acquired over the decades of working with very successful business owners. Specifically, how to identify and analyze business opportunities, how to market and sell, how to navigate the real nuts and bolts of business ownership and how to do all that paying our fair share of taxes but not a red cent more.
I will occasionally discuss money saving ideas, ways to create and utilize a relationship with your local wholesale food distributor and break down what other businesses are doing well or horribly.
My wife has decided to create preparedness content focusing on creating a preparedness mindset for children in a fun and non threatening way. Starting with preparedness from infant to adulthood. She is also studying the benefit of medicinal herbs, and will have some tips and tricks to share in that area as well.
As I mentioned before, my wife is not a prepper and is just coming around to a preparedness mindset. So we need to make sure that any preparedness plans that we implement are balanced and not over the top. I could go extreme, but she keeps me grounded and I feel like our readers will appreciate the lifestyle friendly and freedom oriented strategies.
So, thank you for checking out Profitable Preparedness and we look forward to helping you anyway that we can. And remember, a full set of skills beats a full set of tools anyday.