In the three months before my dad passed away I found myself several times needing to take off quickly from my home in Normal, IL to be with my parents in Indianapolis, IN. Dad was taken to the hospital in an ambulance several times and I needed to be there to help my mom quickly. During that time I learned the value of being ready for that possibility and I was so prepared that I could usually leave within 15 minutes of a phone call.

My friend Kathi Lipp’s book Ready for Anything: Preparing Your Heart and Home for Any Crisis Big or Small wasn’t out yet, but I was living out the principles and found them an essential part of managing that season of life.

I’m also all about always being ready for company (keeping snacks on hand), being ready for an unexpected expense (emergency fund), being ready to help a neighbor or friend in crisis (having freezer meals ready to share), being ready to drop what I’m doing to help a friend in need with a phone call or unexpected lunch (having enough “white space” in my days to accommodate needs and not feel like “needs” are an interruption).

Being prepared isn’t thinking about life negatively, but instead recognizing that unexpected stuff in life will happen and being ready to respond.

Kathi’s idea for this book started with a house fire they experienced. In this podcast episode she shares wisdom she learned from that experience and dozens of others where she found her ability to manage and respond to unexpected situations came down to being ready for anything. She gives practical steps for being proactive rather than reactive.

I LOVED this conversation and I believe you will too!

These are strategies we all need to learn and know about so make sure you take some time to tune into this unique podcast episode! You can listen to it wherever you listen to podcasts or here on the blog:

Resources Mentioned in Today’s Episode

Kathi Lipp’s Ready for Anything
Clutter Free Academy
One Way You Might Want To Use Your Stimulus Money blog post

About Kathi Lipp

Kathi Lipp is the podcast host of the Clutter Free Academy, and the bestselling author of The Husband Project, Clutter Free and Ready for Anything. She and her husband, Roger, live in the mountains of northern California and run the Red House Writing Retreats. Using humor and wisdom, Kathi offers hope paired with practical steps to women looking to live with meaning.

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