When I first started Backdoor Survival in 2010, my goal was two-fold First, I wanted to share my angst and concern about our deteriorating economy and its impact on ordinary, middle-class folks such as myself. And second, I wanted to become a Prepper of the highest order and to share what I was learning (and am still learning) along the way.
Six years later, I believe I have succeeded.
Those of you that have been around for awhile know that I speak my mind and sometimes I rant. That said, I have a few things to pass on.
First, Backdoor Survival is now and will always be free. You might say that this is my way to giving back to our human community. I do my best to share what I know in the areas of self-sufficiency, prepping, food storage, cooking, health, freedom and more. Needless to say, this blog has become my passion and although I no longer work in the 9-5 world, writing and maintaining this website has become a full-time avocation.
Second, I will never tell you what to do, just offer my opinion. It is your responsibility to choose your own path and to make the decisions that are right for you and your family. From time to time I may offer opinions that you may disagree with. That’s perfectly okay and I respect that. Disagreeing demonstrates that you are a thinking person, and I have the utmost respect for that.
Third, you will never ever find ripped-off content or ripped-off photos on Backdoor Survival. I do not want to dwell on this but having been on the ripped-off side of the equation, I will never do that to someone else. That said, I welcome others to post an excerpt of my material as long as a link back to my original article is included.
Fourth, I mean it. This site is now and will always be free. No donations requested nor accepted. Of course, I do appreciate the commissions I earn from some of the links on my site, including Amazon, Spark Naturals, and Emergency Essentials. The purchases you make do not cost a penny more than you would pay elsewhere and the earnings pay for my overhead and other costs with a bit left over to enjoy life.
About me personally?
I grew up and attended school in the Greater Seattle area. After spending many years as an executive in the software industry, I started a specialized accounting practice offering contract CFO work to emerging high tech and service industries. Awhile back I abandoned city life and moved to a serenely beautiful rural area on on San Juan Island in NW Washington State.
These days I call Arizona home and am actively pursuing the purchase of a mountain retreat along the Mogollon Rim.
As you may have noticed, I am a bit of a glamourista but hope you do not hold that against. me. My bug out bag includes makeup and other items to make me look and feel good if SHTF. Please do not criticize this choice that I have made.
I have been married to Shelly Ayon (aka the Survival Husband) since 1975. We met on a blind date and were engaged two days later. Tucker the Awesome Wonder Dog is an important member of my family as is my brother Steve and his family, including Karen, Zachary, Allison, and Andy.
I am blessed in many ways but mostly I am blessed by the readers who stop by regularly to read what I have to say.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Feel free to contact me anytime by clicking here. Due to the heavy volume of email that I receive, I may not be able to personally respond but I do read everything and appreciate your thoughts, comments and whatever else you wish to share.
Thank you again for your loyalty to Backdoor Survival!
. . . Gaye Levy
PS: Still curious? Read “Why Backdoor Survival?” for even more information.