Great bump dude.
Well. Kind of a messy topic for me I guess, because it's been a pretty rough year - between a new job and some deep family issues, I haven't had time to pursue a lot of the things that I wanted to, especially in the great outdoors.
But I can say that I did do one thing right, and that was attending one of Kelly McCann's courses. I can't even begin to say how much of an affect that had on me as far as personal, home, and work security - it's literally too much to list here, but I can say that now I'm looking at much more of the entire picture, as opposed to just the physical violence part. My understanding of situational awareness has gone up ten-fold after this.
The most obvious change that resulted, however, is my incorporation of a day's worth of combatives work into my training. I'm still boxing twice a week but I'm not competing, so that third day - which is sandwiched in between the two days of lifting - can be better used otherwise. Starting to work elbows and knees and ax hands and bareknuckle boxing into things has changed my perspective a little, and prepared me for what I know could happen at any time.
So in other words, I'm stronger, a better boxer, and I'm better at hitting without gloves. And I'm kinda mean. So I got that as covered as I can have it at this point.
As far as weapons ... well, I don't have the time or money to shoot all the time, but I go when I can, and even if that only amounts to once or twice a year, it's better than nothing. Since 2013 I've probably gone twice, and that's probably twice more than in the previous year, so what little progress I'm making there is progress nonetheless. I hope to do more in the coming year.
As for a lot of the other disaster related stuff, I don't worry much about it. Shit's not gonna collapse - if it didn't during Sandy's two to three week power outage, it's not going to now. Generally I stop short of bullshit crazy prepper stuff. I go backpacking a lot, I go hiking a lot, and I spend a lot of time outdoors, so when it comes down to saving my skin in that situation ... I'll live through whatever there is.
One plus - finally got a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Huge fucking improvement for me, especially considering the snow we've been getting the last couple years. It gives me like +10 disaster points. I'm pretty good with keeping a kit in there with the stuff I need to live or stay warm if some serious shit happened, or I got caught out in a blizzard, but I'm always trying to improve on that.
Actually it's time to work on that one.