I have both a “repair kit” and a survival kit. The repair kit I made on my own, and the items I generally just have them loosely in my bags mini pockets, or in my stuff sacs. Some of these items I was even able to pick up from the local dollar store.
The survival kit I purchased is made by Gerber. It’s actually from their Bear Grylls line. Now I’ve seen his show…and I never plan to do what he does, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. I got the ultimate kit which has probably more than I’ll ever need but I work at a company that sells hiking equipment so I’m able to purchase at a discount.
This one I put a lot of thought into, and designed my self (with the help of 1001 free fonts). I know some will wonder why and maybe even be disappointed that I did it.
So Here’s the story:
I’ve been struggling with anxiety for my whole life. I’m not ashamed of it, but I don’t talk about it a lot either. I often have anxiety attacks where my mind takes over and I begin to shake uncontrollably. It’s scary, and not fun. Since the start of 2014 I’ve had more attacks than I’ve had probably in the last 5 years. There’s no explanation, they come when I least expect it, and I never really know what causes it because there’s a multitude of things and situations that I think about. Though I’ve had more so far this year than ever before, none have begun to compare to the worst ones I’ve had. That’s because I’ve started something new. I recite verses OUT LOUD that remind me that God is in control and I need to let Him take control in that moment.
My favorites to recite:
1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your cares upon him for he cares for you.
Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in The Lord with all your heart.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.
My tattoo is on my arm when I can easily see it and says “Be Still.”
Psalm 46:10 – “Be Still and know that I Am God.”
Psalm 46:10 reminds me (literally) to BE STILL. To mentally tell my body to stop. To surrender whatever thoughts are running through my mind to Him because HE IS GOD! And nothing I am worried or anxious about can change that!
I won’t lie, I’m a little scared of fire, it’s hot and burns. I hate those lighters you have to use your thumb for and I really hate matches. But in the wilderness a fire, or the means to make one can be very essential. I have 3 means.
One came in my survival kit (which you’ll hear about in the next Hiking Essentials post) a torch and waterproof matches.
I have a slight obsession with the show Carrie Diaries. And I’m even more obsessed with her purse in season one. So obsessed that there were several nights when I’m pretty sure there were some intense dreams about it. So I decided to take the inspiration and some nail polish and have a little fun of my own.