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Time to Re-Evaluate

Without any doubt, we will now have to be flexible and reflect on “where to from here” after this virus is defeated.  Our lives will change just as the world is changing and needing to deal with the enormous challenges this virus has given us. Yes, it’s scary as it’s an unknown but like every other challenge in our lives, we take it one bite at a time. There is great power when people pull together as a community and support each other. 

Some of the swirling questions in your head will be:-

  • How do I cope with these challenging changes that are happening now?
  • Do I need to examine my career and is there a change needed?
  • Will my career be needed going forward or will it be remodelled?
  • How do I protect my family going forward?
  • What are the main concerns emerging from this virus?
  • What are my obstacles and how do I overcome them?

There are two parts to this challenge, one part you can control and one part out of your control.  Both needing positive, assertive approaches.  Don’t be afraid to face the issues because once you acknowledge them you can begin to formulate your specific positive actions and bring out that “out of the box thinking” and actions.  You will feel better preparing for the future instead of loathing it.

World Governments have got an enormous challenge battling this virus and also the ensuing financial collapse that is happening.  How to keep the economy alive in readiness for recovery.  That is their challenge.  Ours is to also battle this virus and manage our financial stability until we can emerge out of the crisis.  So how do we do that?  Here is my take on it and some of the things I have put in place”-

  • If you are still getting paid and still able to pay your bills then do so.
  • If not, arrange terms with your bank/landlord, they have been given specific guidelines from Government at what they can and cannot do.
  • Get the family settled into a new routine, making it a “just for now positive approach”.
  • Learn to cook more economically as there are thousands of recipes online to help you.
  • Start to assess your job and skill set and ask yourself “is this still going to be needed going forward” or do I need to adjust with my employer what it will look like after the crisis.
  • Do I need to consider a different career to secure a better future moving forward?
  • If so what does that look like and what do I need to do?
  • You now have the time to update your resume and prepare a list of options.
  • Families will need to take the governments assistance to help through this time but start to think about what next?

There will be some jobs that will go but many more that will be needed.  I read today about a Project Manager who cannot secure anything at this time but is working nights at a supermarket.  It keeps things going and once the economy enters recovery, his skill set is such that he can adjust to several new ideas and roles. Our blue-collar workers will be needed to assist with basics in the community to rebuild a day to day life again.  Just as our essential workers are doing now.  So what else can we do to assist rather than sit and wait?  Here are some of my ideas and it would be great to hear yours:-

  • People in well-paid roles can offer to take a salary reduction of 10%+ to assist companies to retain staff to the end of the year.
  • Contractors that have had excellent hourly rates can consider fixed-term rates for the rest of the year.
  • Retired/semi-retired people can offer their services to small business for free to help them get back on their feet or volunteer for Council community roles.
  • Coaches and Mentors can do webinars to assist people with coping skills and a basic strategy in moving forward and how not to fear the unknown.
  • If everyone who can, gives a little we will gain a lot back, but sitting and expecting the government to be the “be-all and end-all” to this enormous task is just unrealistic. 
  • When the time allows, Volunteer, to help small business get back on their feet.

At all costs maintain that positive Can-Do attitude as it manifests much better results.  Are there things to moan and whine about? Absolutely!  But what does it achieve?  

There are some serious issues I feel we need in addressing this virus.  CHINA!  

  • Is it time to ringfence China and reduce our dependency on Chinese money?  
  • What can New Zealand bring back to its shores to create a more independent future?
  • Can our Farmers re-think their strategy and start to produce more homegrown?  If so what do they need to do that?
  • Could our wealthy investors start to back more homegrown projects instead of risking the stock market?
  • Why is the government allowing a toxic 5G network to be implemented and ignoring the risks? Do they care?

Just a few of the things floating around in my head after I have vacuumed for the umpteenth time, spent 2 hours on Facebook, written some blogs, ate too much chocolate, facetime all colleagues and friends and pretended to be Jane Fonda on the lounge floor!!

We have a great opportunity to emerge bigger and better but it requires flexible thinking, positive action and community spirit.  When I last took a look, Kiwi’s had this in abundance!! So let’s get to it!!  Love and light to you all.

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The CoronaVirus

Fact or Fear?

What? Where? Why?  Did this virus gets released into the community and spread the way it has?  The following is only my opinion based on why I question these things when the dots don’t join up and there are a lot of dots not joining up.

  1. Why are labs developing these viruses and how do they get released?
  2. If you develop a virus then why not develop a vaccine?
  3. Why do governments assume the public is stupid and fall for the BS that gets released such as this came from bats or a seafood stall in Wuhan?
  4. More people die from the flu each year yet this is being labelled a pandemic when in most countries there are less than 30 deaths (at time of writing this blog).  That’s if you believe the numbers.
  5. More people die on a daily basis from fentanyl and opioid overdoses than this, so why the scaremongering?
  6. How did Iran get it so badly when fewer people travel there than the USA.
  7. Why is it getting labelled a pandemic when there are less than 10 deaths in most countries?
  8. What if they were trying to bring down the economy and blame it on Trump to prevent him from winning the election, would that make sense?

Simple, control.  How do you control the people and collapse the economy?  FEAR!!  Is this a trial run to see how the public reacts?  Who knows what the real answers are? I believe this is pure scaremongering and it’s deliberate. All designed to bring down the economy and gain more control. 

I have a Mother with COPD so of course I am concerned as she would struggle to survive just as she does every year with the flu or a lung infection.  I believe in taking precautions and increasing personal hygiene and prepping for a crisis.  The crisis is the knock-on effect of this type of scaremongering. Most of which the Media are responsible for…..nearly every post contains different numbers.  

It is never a waste of time having extra food, water and cash in readiness for any crisis whether it’s an earthquake or a global economic disaster, or a “pandemic”.  Download the freebie lists so you can be prepared and organised controlled way.  Take responsibility for your safety, health and security because I would never rely on a system that lies, misleads or even develops this type of BS in the first place.  It’s the economic effect that makes things scarier than the virus.  Look at how the stock market has responded in every country and would you trust the central banking system?  Hell no!! I have spoken to four banks about Bail-In’s and they do not know what I’m talking about… my blog on “should you do the Gold and Silver Run”.

Let’s see how quickly China suddenly has a vaccine once its achieved the collapse of the economy and the USD………Conspiracy?  Who knows but I am hearing more and more people questioning this than believing it……..  

Food will increase in price as there are millions of tons of it rotting in ports.  Once the price is increased it won’t come down, it never does.  Fuel will go up even though the oil price has dropped.  House prices will tumble. Most of this you cannot control but you can be ready. Just prepare in an organised, non-panic way and you will ride out this round of global BS….

Maybe we need to Ask these Questions as well –

Take care of each other and do your research, share information and look after the vulnerable!!…..happy prepping.

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Safety and The Single Girl

The Story

After experiencing a burglary at Christmas 2018, being a single female, was debilitating, to say the least. Three men broke into my home via my garage and stole more than you could imagine in a few minutes. I quickly had to scratch upon the home and personal safety and security. I had a security door, floodlights, window braces and an alarm, so where had it gone wrong, enabling these mongrels to break into my garage.  

My car was in the garage and I was awake in bed at the time.  I heard the noise but thought it was a neighbour arriving home.  It was only when they tried ripping out the gun safe from the wall did I realise it was in my garage.   I ran down the stairs and they heard me and off they drove.  Not before they had stolen all my expensive tools, toolbox, raided the car and the garage remote.

How could this happen?  I had all the right things in place.  Thankfully, a local security company and the police came to my assistance and that’s when I began to learn the sheer gall of these people.  Although my back door was a security door they still found a way of jigging the lock to get in.  I had windows all around the garage and they could see what I had “on offer”. I knew they had “cased” the house previously as all the security lights around the house had been pushed upwards so they wouldn’t come on.  They knew I was home!

It is terrifying being on your own and coping with three men that broke in!

The Damage

  • They stole more than $3,000 worth of tools
  • Taken the car manual
  • Taken the garage remote (it was in the car)
  • Taken more than $2,000 worth of garden tools – all Stihl
  • Ripped the gun safe from the wall (but didn’t manage to take it)
  • And numerous other items


  • How did they get so much so quickly?
  • When did they case my house?
  • How did they get into a security door?
  • Why take the car manual?
  • Why take the garage remote?
  • Did they know I had guns (I had not told anyone except my boss and one friend)
  • How did they get so much so fast?
  • Would they have hurt me?
  • Would they have got into the house?
  • Would they come back!!

What I learned and want to pass on

Thanks to some great security people, they went through it all step by step to highlight how this had happened.  Usually, someone comes during the day with a “delivery”.  They walk around the house and take a look for a spot to “leave the delivery”, checking your security.  I even had security stickers on the windows!  They could see in the garage windows, assessed what and where their “treasure” was.  The upturning of the spotlights and where they were placed. The positioning of their car for a quick getaway. These were professionals, not young looters stumbling on an opportunity. 

Although I had an alarm, it was not partitioned for different parts of the house so I didn’t have it on when I was in bed. I had brackets on the windows but not all.  The security specialist showed me how they had jigged the security lock on the back door and that the new locks actually go into the framework and brickwork for more strength. He showed me how the gun safe had been pulled from the wall even though I had it drilled into the floor.  How leaving my car unlocked (as most people do) had given them additional treasure and that the manual and garage remote were taken so they could come back and take the car.  PANIC!

The resulting sleepless nights, listening to every sound and getting up to check outside was proving to be debilitating, so here are some tips that they taught me that I hope will help you and what they implemented in my home did not cost a fortune either.

Tips and Tricks

  • Put padlocks on each side of the garage door just above the track wheel so the door wont go up even with the remote
  • Tape your red string emergency door lever to its bracket so you can un-tape if you need to use it, but they cant hook it over the top of garage door (see links for these tips)
  • I put a better lock on the back door
  • Blinds are now up at the garage windows
  • Lock your car even though it’s in your garage, keeping the car inaccessible and your belongings inside. (some people even leave their keys in the car)
  • Leave a light on and vary the rooms
  • I had all windows fitted with brackets so I could have them open but they can’t get in
  • The alarm was reprogrammed so the bottom part of the house and garage are on all night
  • Tell a trusted neighbour when you’re out
  • Have an alarm monitoring company
  • Have a “beware of the dog sticker”
  • The gun safe was refitted with bolts in the walls and floor that are a minimum of 75mm and no spaces for hands to grab the safe
  • I also have personal safety defence items that I can use 
  • Where possible have a dog
  • A driveway alarm has been installed along with camera
  • Night LCD camera’s has been strategically placed outside
  • Have a spotlight that is out of reach – on the roof
  • Have a video doorbell at your door
  • Have a combination entry lock on your door

It sounds a lot but if your do the main items first that will make it a “too hard” attempt as they need to get in and out fast.  Always, as a single female think of your personal security and what to do to defend yourself.  Using my gun would have broken the law so that’s a no no (unless you’re in the USA), but other items would not.  See the links for ideas. 

The Insurance claim

Now this section will not surprise you at all!!  Yep you guessed it, the hoops you now need to jump through to make your claim.  Three days after the burglary I was assigned a case manager whose opening statement was “you sat in bed whilst your house was being burgled”!!  Needless to say after reporting this to a supervisor and how I was going to put it on social media that night, I was immediately assigned a  new “manager”.  I was given a spreadsheet that you couldn’t read, to complete along with cost, receipts and photos of the items.  So I ask you, how many people can find the receipts or have taken photos of all your tools? What if you had moved countries as I had?  The nightmare begins…….

Rule No 1

  • Do not tolerate any BS designed to make your claim null and void.  Record all conversations on your phone and tell them you are doing so.

Rule No 2

  • Today, take photos of all the items in your garage and your house, it will take thirty minutes. Do close-ups of the make.

Rule No 3

  • Have a receipt pouch that all receipts get put into

Rule no 4

  • Where possible mark your items with a bit of paint this makes resale more difficult

Rule No 5

  • Make sure of the price as insurance companies DO NOT refund you the original price, they refund the price THEY can buy it for!!!  Check this with your insurance company before taking out the insurance. 

Rule No 6

  • Write down the makes of items and where you bought it if you don’t have receipts. A closeup photo is good

Rule No 7

  • Always report to the police, a claim needs a Police case number otherwise you probably won’t be refunded

The Police

The police were there in about 4 minutes because I had a gun on the premises. They were supportive and kind and took down the details.  Forensics only took prints from the gun safe and nothing else!!

They did not ask who had been to the property or investigate whether I suspected anyone at all.  The reason is this:- they cannot prosecute without proof, fingerprints, full clear facial photo or camera recording, full photo of a number plate. In other words, little chance of catching them.  You are also limited to what you can do in your own home to protect yourself.  I do have empathy for the police as their hands are tied in getting people into court and the mongrel thieves know this.

Ladies, learn self-defence!

So, in conclusion, my lovely community, don’t lose sleep, take action!  If you want a safe get specialist advice as most safes can be broken into in a minute.  See Youtube video on this.  Be safe lovely people!!  (check our products page for some of the items discussed).

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Should You Do The Gold And Silver Run

Another big question for those of you in the community that may have a retirement fund, savings, or still earning a reasonable salary.  Maybe you look at the stock market with trepidation, and quite rightly so when you see how the last few days have brought massive falls due to the coronavirus threat. However, this correction is long overdue. World debt is absolutely unbelievable and off the charts.

However, as we know the world is changing very fast and part of our preparation for that change is taking steps we may not have considered before to secure what little we have.  The central banking system is on a precipice, constantly trying to manipulate the market and ensuring that we will pay the cost when the big adjustment comes. The all-powerful banks.  What is the alternative?  Apart from Crypto (and the banks refuse to cooperate with you if you choose to take this road), gold and silver are the other alternatives. 

Before you can make that type of decision, you need to educate yourself on the precious metals, its history and why the major countries around the world are now stockpiling gold.  One of the best guys I have studied with is Mike Maloney of It’s pure straightforward education and then you can decide.  See below for a link to his YouTube site that also has several other videos for you to watch.

Another expert in this area is Jim Rickards.  Take a look at Jim’s information at The Daily Reckoning, Australia.

Silver is a lot easier for people to purchase as it is approximately 80% cheaper than gold, yet still a very valuable commodity.  So if the Gold market is getting a little out of reach then consider silver, it’s worth having alternatives to fiat currency which in essence has no value.

Here are some reality questions to ask yourselves:-

  1. What happens when the banks close down the business due to a global financial collapse (just as they did in Greece)?
  2. What if the banks run out of liquidity and they impose the “bail-in” option?  
  3. Why have all the major banks altered their policies to give them bail-in access?
  4. Do you know the bail-in terms of your bank?
  5. What if…..when) the coronavirus collapses the global shipping and the Chinese economy collapses due to all the shutdowns? 
  6. What if you are limited to a daily amount such as $100pd by your bank?

If you don’t understand bail-in then go to the Reserve Bank link and read on what it means and the power the banks have, links are here:-

Go to the top right of the page and search for Bail-in.  Historically, such as the last financial collapse, the government bailed -OUT the banks.  This time it will be you!!

Having something in your control, valuable (increasingly so), that you can touch and keep is well worth consideration.  We are in very precarious times and we do everything on the internet.  Banks are now reducing the availability of cash, heading towards a cashless society.  This means the only alternative is digital transacting and total control.  Once you deposit your money into the bank, you have technically “loaned” it to them, it is no longer a saving mechanism and it does not belong to you until they agree to give it back to you.  On a normal day by day basis this works and life goes on…….but what if……or should I say WHEN!!

If you can afford it, do it.  Just like storing food and water.  This insurance policy is like all other insurance policies, we hope we never need them but thankful if we do………

Download Mike Maloney’s free book on Gold and Silver, it’s a very easy worthwhile read even if it’s just for the history.  It’s fascinating just how the USA has manipulated currency for so long.  Now add in China!!

The largest gold bullion storage at the moment is Russia.  Next is China and of course Saudi Arabia…….WHY…………

So to finish, my prepping community, ask, educate, read and make wise decisions that are best for you and your family…..

Happy Prepping…..