Leaving Footprints on the Sand of Time

SurvivalWoman SurvivalWoman  |  Updated: September 5, 2020
Leaving Footprints on the Sand of Time

At Backdoor Survival, we have come a long way since 2010.  Back in the day, the term “prepper” was a new-fangled term for “survivalist” and the movement, as I like to call it, was just beginning to come out of the closet.  Since then we have seen the coming and going of the end of the Mayan calendar, Fukushima, and too many natural disasters and terrorist events to name.

What a wild ride this has been!

That said, in every journey there comes a time when it is necessary to step back, re-evaluate, and then move forward again with renewed spirit and energy.  This is especially true with blogging. You research, you write, and you educate.  Then you pause, think about the next step, and start all over again.

During my last “stop and think about it” break, I came to the conclusion that it was time to take Backdoor Survival to the next level.  It was time to dig deeper into the basics while at the same time expanding the content so that the requirements of more advanced prepper’s were met.  It was time to bring in to a team.

Leaving Footprints in the Sands of Time | Backdoor Survival

Today I am stepping down from Backdoor Survival as I turn the leadership over to a new team led by Ewen Finser and his colleagues at Owl Mountain.  Going forward, they will be managing the site and be bringing you so much more than I could even think about doing on my own.  It is all good, I promise.

The Next Step for Gaye

For years I have counseled you to live a strategic life. Now it is my turn to follow my own advice and work less and enjoy more.  As I posted on my Facebook page, this week I stepped up to retirement.  Can you imagine?

Seriously though, my initial plan to get my garden going and organize my preps.  After that, the sky is the limit as I embrace a joyful life.  Okay, truth be told I plan to occasionally write about wellness, happiness, and comfort over at my Strategic Living site, just not on a full-time basis.

To say I am excited is an understatement.

The Final Word

Footprints on the sand of time is a phrase from a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, describing the mark that great individuals leave on history.  I am not implying that I was great, but I do hope that in some small way I have made a difference in your life.

In my last “Final Word”, let me simply say that although I may not personally be here to coach you on a daily basis,  I will still be here in spirit, wishing the best as you prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

May God bless.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!


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63 Responses to “Leaving Footprints on the Sand of Time”

  1. all the best to you and your little family! and heartfelt thanks for the wisdom and humor of the last few years. you have done a great deal to humanize the prepping process and to expand women’s role in it.

  2. Thank you so much for being a mentor and an example to me. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. No one has earned this more than you, my sweet friend.

    I know I speak for many of us when I say how much you’ll be missed but how much good fortune we wish you.

    Lots of love,

  3. Gosh darn it Gaye, you have been one of the few voices of reason out there. You will truly be missed! I wish you well!

  4. You will be missed. I have truly enjoyed your blog. I really only recently discovered it this year. I like your voice. I like the way you suggest enjoying life along the way. I like your essential oil recipes. I don’t believe you were into fear-mongering. Just simply preparing while enjoying life. And that enjoying life, is why I completely understand why you must leave now. However, you will be missed.

  5. You will be missed but I can understand your need and desire to ‘retire’ at this time. Take time to enjoy every day and your family and friends.

  6. I have been here since your first post! George Use wrote about you starting a site so I hopped on over to check it out. Glad I did as yours turned out to be the only prepped blog that I read. You never went the “doom and gloom” route and just gave good and practical advice. I thank you for that and wish you the best of luck in all your endeavors!

  7. The sun will keep rising in the east, though, right? Sad to see you go, Gaye, you have been a rock and a fount of knowledge for me and many in my circle to whom I’ve referenced your site and so much of your advice. You’ve taught me so much and for that I thank you. Best wishes on your beckoning future.

  8. So grateful to you for your wisdom, humor, generosity, experiences, willingness to share yourself with others…the list could go on and on. I will miss you but understand it’s time for a new chapter in your life. Thank you so much for everything. Best wishes for your future, may it be bright and joyful! God bless you.

  9. Yours was the only blog that doesn’t harp CONSTANTLY on weaponry, didn’t get political, and gave information with grace and humor. I hope that those taking over share your vision. I have deleted all other prepper newsletters and blogs to date.
    I hope you check in from time to time Gaye. Good luck with retirement and thank you so very much for the gift of your time and energy.

    • I second all that Phyllis said. Your unique perspective will be sorely missed, but I wish you all the best in your new adventure of retirement. Enjoy the gardening and savor your time.

  10. wow… I guess it wasn’t a total shock, but I must tell you… it felt like a sucker punch to the gut reading that you were stopping as of today. I truly will miss your thinking and way of presenting this way of life… I truly will miss YOU, Gaye. I hope you get many more acknowledgements like this one today and over the week as people read your goodbye message. And I hope that someday our paths will cross, as I live in AZ too. There is a sweet little store called Preparing Wisely in Mesa that puts on prepper-related classes on Tuesday nights. Perhaps you could share your wisdom and experience with us every now and then… it’s a great little group of folks. God bless you on this new leg of your journey!

  11. Gaye,
    Ah, Darn will miss waking up with you in the morning over a cup of coffee. 🙂 However just knowing your ‘ok’ and taking the next step in life brings joy to my heart.

    Enjoy and please remember us in fondness as I/we remember you and your Hubby!! You have taught me many things over the years. Have saved many of your recipes and suggestions. They will live on forever in cyber space.

    Good Luck and Godspeed…Marti 🙂

  12. So sad to learn that you are leaving your website. Just recently found you on Prepper Website . Your article on the Arthritis formula salve was a real find.. Have to tell you my husband thinks this is wonderful!

    Hope you thoroughly enjoy your retirement and remember to stop and smell the roses!

  13. My wife and I really enjoyed your blog. My wife loved most seeing a woman’s perspective since a lot of males miss a few of the things you touched upon. You will me missed. Good luck in all that you do.

  14. I admit to being sorry to see you go but I’m sure the team you are turning things over to was well chosen. Have a wonderful “retirement” — I tried that once.

  15. Your site is the best! I’ve loved your practicality, especially your reviews of products that you actually used. Most prepper sites recommend products, but they usually don’t seem to have used them. So I’ll really miss you, but as someone who is also past that “certain age,” I empathize with your need to slow down a bit, recoup your energy, and enjoy where you’re at right now. MANY thanks for all you’ve done!

    P.S. Being a full-time RVer, I have often been to the Mogollon Rim area where you now live. When I’m in the area again, is there any way to contact you for a possible visit?

  16. Congratulations on the Retirement, you will be sorely missed, I have enjoyed being a follower! Lord be with you and bless you with abundance!
    – Keep Looking UP

  17. I’ve really enjoyed your articles over the years and so appreciated all your hard work in posting them and organizing the generous giveaways. I’ll miss your wisdom and posts and hope you have a ball in your retirement!

  18. Thank you for all of the essential oil info. I began with Eo’s by making your salve, etc. You will be missed, but retirement is heavenly. You will enjoy. Hugs to your little family.

  19. As one of the few newsletters I read faithfully, I will miss your calm, positive words of advice. Thanks for hanging in there and giving us all reasonable, useful advice. I’ll miss ‘listening’ to you and I wish you peace, joy, and cookies.

  20. Awwwww, I have to to tell you I’m REALLY disappointed, Gaye. You bring something to the table that has drawn me here more than to any other site. I just want you to know that you have done such an outstanding service for SO many, and you’ve really, really blessed us! I can’t possibly begrudge you a blessed, well deserved retirement! Be well and enjoy!

  21. The selfish part of me wants to say “NO, don’t go!”, but you deserve the time you have more than earned in the wisdom you have shared. You were the one who made me realize that I needed to get off my fanny and start to make preparations for any kind of disaster. I am so grateful for that! See you on your Strategic Living site. Happiness!

  22. Nooooo! Ok, I had to get that out.

    Gaye, you’ve always been my go-to when I needed to know the truth about anything prepping. Thank you for having being one of the very few islands of truth left.

    I have to believe you wouldn’t have left your site’s hard-won reputation of honesty & integrity to any person or group that wouldn’t carry on with the same moral compass.

    Tho I’m sorry to see you go I understand the need to retire and simply live. I hope that this next phase of your life is everything for which you are looking.

    Take very good care. JM

  23. So glad for you–so sad for me and all the rest of us that see your site as a reasoned, seasoned voice in the “doom and gloom” prepper world. I retired 2 years ago and I know you will be enjoying life!!!

  24. Gaye, you’ve always been the voice of reason in the prepper community – thank you. Many blessings on your retirement.

  25. Be blessed in your retirement, Gaye. I will miss you and your reasonable approach. Thank you for all of the wisdom I learned from you.

  26. I’ve been a fan for a couple of years now and I especially loved that you were a “normal” gal, living life in a “normal” way and still managed to prep in a reasonable manner! Thank you for all in inspiration! Hope you have a blast and your garden grows green !

  27. You are going to be very missed, Gaye, although you certainly deserve to have some extra time in your own life to slow down and pursue favorite interests. Thank you for all that you have done for us and all of the practical knowledge you have shared. You are the one who got me interested in this and I thank you for that. 🙂

    I hope you have a wonderful retirement.

  28. You were the first prepper blog I started following a few years ago. Time sure does pass. I understand the retirement thingy but will hope that you get bored and come back soon. Won’t be the same. Wishing you the best!

  29. Gaye, I’ve been following you for about 3 years now and it’s been a great journey. No matter how well intentioned the folks at Owl Mountain are about continuing your work, it will not be the same. Good luck on your future endeavors.

  30. Knowing I’ll be reading less from you leaves a sadness that is far outweighed by my joy for you, Gaye. You have been such a blessing to many; may God bless you in every facet of your life.

  31. I will so miss your insights, your reviews, and your leadership in the movement. Like a previous reader mentioned, I too have referenced your sight often to other prepper friends. I’ve enjoyed your calm and reasonable approach to prepping. I’ve learned a lot from you, and feel like we are friends, even though we have never met. Thank you so much and best wishes in your next adventure.

  32. I will miss you here Gaye. Yours is the only blog I continued to follow all these years. I can understand wanting to retire & go on to new things. At age 68, I will be retiring in June. There are other things I want to try. So I wish you the best times ahead.

  33. This is not something for which I have prepared but as with all preps, it’s the unexpected that ends up bringing you up short.

    Thank you for the things you’ve introduced me to (like Lifestraws, battery chargers/testers, solar charging panels, and aluminum foil Faraday cages, and the solar light I won in one of your giveaways). Thanks for the time you’ve spent trying to nudze us into better prepping and for sharing your successes and shortcomings.

    I wish you the best in your new adventures. The Backdoor will not seem nearly as inviting without you.

  34. I think I must have found Backdoor Survival in its infancy. I had been feeling the need to be self sufficient for a long time and you, with your level headed approach to preparedness, was a good fit for me. You helped me understand there was no standard I had to meet except my own. I always loved your ‘just do the best you can’ approach. I corresponded with you a couple of times and it felt like we were neighbors instead of across the continent from each other. I wish you and all of us forward thinkers Godspeed.

  35. Oh my! I can’t tell you how much you will be missed. I learned so many things on this truly different website. There does come come a time when you have to step back and enjoy life and turn over the reins. But oh, how you will be missed for your refreshing perspective. Best of luck!

  36. Gaye, thanks so much for a wonderful site! I am optimistic that the new team will keep up the positive approach since you chose them to take your message to the next level. Best of luck in your ‘retirement’!!!

  37. Thanks for all you have done for us. Enjoy your retirement. I look forward to learning from your successors.


  38. Wow! Gaye you will definitely be missed. I always looked forward to reading your blog and learning so much from you. From an aging tank commander and combat veteran it seems appropriate this Memorial Day to say “thank you for your service”. I salute you!

  39. Gaye, I just read this – your farewell message.
    I feel sad for myself and your other followers, but happy for you. I know you were putting a lot of time and energy into this blog, and you deserve this time to regroup and find joy in the little things. Your vision for this blog was unique in the field and you did it well. I appreciated your positive voice and woman’s perspective. THANK YOU! You will be missed by many and we will watch for your articles on the new BDS.
    Christina Hollerman Ubry

  40. Gaye, I’m almost speechless! THANK YOU so much for all you have provided so many of us. May God bless you in your retirement.

  41. I will miss you and your site. But all of us know when it’s time to leave something behind and move on even if we don’t get that opportunity to move on. I’m happy that you’ve found a way to do it. I’m so glad I came across this site. It’s what got me prepping in the first place and I’ve learned so much. I’ve enjoyed learning about essential oils so much. I use them almost daily for something and I have a large stash built up. So much more to do. Thank you for sharing everything you know with all of us and teaching us how to be prepared. A wonderful and prepared life to you!

  42. Ditto to everything everyone else has posted! I will miss you terribly but you gave us your all and you deserve to move forward and enjoy life. We still have all of your articles to refer back to and make copious notes if not already done. Enjoy more free time and remember we all learned a lot along the way from this website from you and each other. Best of luck to you and Hubby and Tucker the dog!

  43. Gaye, I wish you well on your new journey. Thank you for all the wonderful blogs and the great knowledge you brought forth. Thanks for offering the books and special things for us. I have won several and I was thrilled receiving these. The knowledge and friendship you provided was very special. Best wishes for you and your family, enjoy everyday.

  44. Your journey has inspire me over the years, my friend! You’ve always encouraged me in my writing and in life. You’re influence has shaped many in our community, Gaye! Thank you for all your hard work and common sense. Enjoy your next step forward!
    ~ Todd

  45. You are going to be so missed, Gaye. You set a very high standard in this niche, one that was sorely needed. Have a wonderful and blessed future.

  46. Hi Everyone! This has been a crazy busy week as I learn to settle into my new life. I do want to let you know that I have read each of your comments and plan to continue to do so. Admittedly, some of what you have said has brought tears to my eyes. Who knew?

    It is a strange and almost surreal feeling to post as a “reader” here on Backdoor Survival. That said, I plan to pop in from time to time. Be well and be safe, okay?


  47. As life progresses, so there will be time when we must change directions a bit. Best wishes as you do so. BTW: I’m learning how to use a boomerang. I found out they don’t need ammo, so you can’t run out. They also come back even after doing damage. 😉 Life does give us challenges to keep us sharp.

  48. Gaye, I’m sad that you are leaving this blog. I very much appreciate all that you have done, especially in researching products and recommending what you find to be best in many different categories. I also appreciate you not trying to scare the wits out of me with “dooms day” scenario in order to maybe make a buck. Your steady day to day & week to week prepping guidance has been very encouraging and helpful in my progress. Thank you and best wishes to you.

  49. Sweet Gaye,
    I think I have been with you from the beginning and will miss your always excellent guidance and great ideas. I wish for you every Blessing in your new and deserved more relaxed life. You have certainly earned it! Yes, you have left “footprints in the sand of time” and we wave good bye sadly.
    You will be very missed.
    God Bless,

  50. Gaye,
    You will be very much missed. Your blog was the first about Survival that I’ve read and definitely my most favorite. You inspired me to stop and think about things in a different perspective and to begin my journey of learning to be more self-reliant. I’ve learned so many things from you and have tremendously enjoyed reading your blogs. Thank you so much for being you and I hope that you enjoy this next phase of your life as you truly do deserve it!! God bless you and your family!!

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