For example, she wants to be a singer and often people request her attendance at networking social’s and workshop’s at the last-minute. As her creative vision is spreading, people ask her to sing regularly and both of us have been caught without business cards when asked “how can I contact you later?”
These occurrences have me thinking that I need to create a checklist of items that I must have with me at all times- My Life Preparedness Kit.
With the facts in mind (poet, playwright, director, actress, consultant for non-profits, youth developer, collaborator, blogger, and activist), I have created a checklist for my life preparedness kit:
- Business casual clothes and shoes to match– If I am ever out and about and need to go to a professional event or meeting, I am ready!!!!!
- Business cards that include my twitter, blog, facebook, and email contacts with an about me section– Although taking out your cell phone or sending your contact card electronically is efficient, the business card can serve as a visual reminder to the individual of you and your skills. I support the green initiative, but not at the risk of a potential client or collaborator forgetting about me.
- Club/ going out clothes with shoes to match– I do not want to have on my sexy dress and be stuck in tennis shoes or something worse…..(probably wouldn’t even be able to get into the club).
- Notebook and pen– Writing and capturing ideas are a huge part of what I do. For some people a cell phone or recorder may work, but for me, the act of writing with pen on paper actually helps my ideas flow best.
- My poetry on CD– Although I do not have a poetry CD, I will. And when I do, I must be prepared to sell my work to my fans or an interested individual.
- A book to read– My goals require me to stay abreast of literary works. Keeping a book with me at all times allows me to catch up on reading when ever in a situation where I am in limbo or waiting.
- Cell phone charger– I often get caught without a charger, especially when using my GPS on the way to say, an interview (Yep, it has happened to me). I find myself spending a lot of time in the car, and therefore, it is extremely important that I can stay connected to the world….and find where I am trying to go.
- Calendar (can be on cell phone) – Scheduling is a part of planning, planning is a part of success, and I plan to succeed.
- One monologue and two poems– Although these are all memorized, I can perform these pieces on request without hesitation.
- Twenty bucks in cash– After going several places without cash, I am convinced that I must always keep at least twenty dollars in cash with me at all times.
I do always keep a first aid kit in my car, therefore I am prepared for natural disasters AND the life I want to live. Are you?
Your Life Preparedness Kit is to be reflective of your goals. Think about tangible and intangibles as part of your kit.
I also encourage people to think about emergency preparedness so below is an article about preparing your disaster kit.