About Me

MY STORY SO FAR…

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My Story

How It All Started with Y2K  

Let’s rewind to 1999 when Y2K hysteria was in full swing. As a new mom of a toddler and a baby on the way, preparedness suddenly felt much more urgent. With my husband working overnight, it was just me staying up late watching the New Year’s Eve ball drop on TV, wondering if the lights would go out.  

My background is in microbiology and oncology research, so I tend to approach preparedness with careful analysis – but also know firsthand how suddenly disaster can strike. My graduate research projects taught me valuable critical thinking skills that I apply to emergency readiness.

Over the years, I began learning traditional homesteading skills – canning, making cheese and yogurt, sprouting seeds for fresh greens even in winter. As a city girl with limited outdoor space, I got creative packing self-sufficiency into our house, while juggling the endless demands of young kids, a job, and everyday life. 

With every storm, job change, and surprise, flexibility, and adaptation became second nature. I’ve learned preparedness isn’t linear – it’s about constantly evolving as new challenges emerge. Most importantly, it taught me skills trump stuff, and community is vital when crisis strikes.  

Pandemic Lessons in Resilience  

When COVID-19 hit, facing empty grocery shelves and supply shortages, my years of practice kicked in as I cooked for my family using my food storage. Thankfully, I had set aside extra toilet paper! But it drove home how essential continuous learning, creative problem solving, and strong community ties are during disasters – lessons reinforced when an ice storm knocked out our power.  

Struggling without electricity or heat drove home how much we rely on infrastructure we take for granted. It fueled my motivation to expand my preparedness efforts – from plans to install solar panels to always having alternative power and ways to cook food.

Embarking on Our Homestead Dreams

Now I’m embarking on a new chapter, chasing homestead dreams on an acre lot in a rural county. Between work and driving the kids to activities, finding time is a constant juggle. But I can’t wait to get my hands dirty growing wholesome food, preserving the harvest, and finding simpler ways to live sustainably off the land. I hope to share tidbits of wisdom I pick up along the way.   

I’m working on rehabbing our soil to garden, building a greenhouse, and preparing to raise chickens and bees. It’s amazing to see how even a small patch can yield abundance if you work in rhythm with nature. Of course, there’s always more to learn, but homestead life continues to teach me that simplicity, resourcefulness, and community underpin true resilience.

Share Your Stories & Let’s Connect!   

While I don’t have all the answers, through this blog I hope to spark an ongoing discussion about modern homesteading and self-reliance strategies that work within busy modern lives. By sharing ideas and experiences – from favorite recipes to energy solutions – I believe we can strengthen this community.  

So whether you’re a seasoned homesteader or just starting out, I welcome you to join me on this journey. Let’s navigate life’s twists and turns together, share our stories, and learn to thrive despite whatever comes our way. I can’t wait to hear from you! 

Looking forward to connecting,

Kaylene

Let’s Do It Together

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