The Self-Initiative Project
Guns Are Not The Answer To Your Personal Safety

Guns Are Not The Answer To Your Personal Safety

February 28, 2021

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 35, Guns Are Not The Answer To Your Personal Safety

Think a gun or some tool is going to make you safe?

We take a few minutes to discuss these honest facts and more:

  • If guns went away tomorrow, you would still have the right and the ability to defend yourself.
  • If you have a gun, you are not just magically safe, even if you feel safer with it.
  • And owning a gun does not absolve your of all your other personal safety responsibilities.

Join us as we talk about some of the fallacies out there about owning guns; and how to be better prepared with or without a tool, like a firearm.

Sit back. Relax. And listen.

Safety While Hiking and Camping

Safety While Hiking and Camping

October 28, 2020

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 31, Safety While Hiking and Camping

The woods and the mountains are the places I find my Zen. Camping is something I have always enjoyed doing, including the occasional hike or backpacking trip. Spending time outdoors can be spiritually relaxing.

There are several aspects to being safer while hiking and camping too; and this episode we talk about several of them. We cover topics from the importance of carrying a basic trauma kit to handling blades of various types to why it is important we stay on the trails to the potential impacts if we do not keep our distance from the wildlife. We also talk about the importance of practicing situational awareness, listening to our intuition, and even proper fire management.

There are even some crazy stories in the mix as well.

Sit back. Relax. And listen.

How to Make Your Trauma Kit(s)

How to Make Your Trauma Kit(s)

October 29, 2018

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 7, How to Make Your Trauma Kit(s)

This episode we talk about the differences between blowout and boo-boo bags and what you should have in your trauma kit.

You do not have to be a doctor or nurse to provide basic help should the need arise; but you do need to have some basic gear and knowledge to render that aide. You never know when you could be first on the scene or when you or a loved one need help and fast...  the moment when you need to become your own first-responder. We talk about how to make your own basic trauma kit(s) with a focus on severe bleeding.

You should have both first-aid as well as trauma kits on hand, and know the differences as well as how AND when to use what is inside of each.

We will hopefully get you pointed in the right direction.

Sit back. Relax. Listen.

Stop the Bleed

Stop the Bleed

July 21, 2018

The Self-Initiative Project, Podcast 3, Stop the Bleed

Gina Solomon, BSN, RN, CCRN TCRN, Trauma Program Manager, Trauma Services of Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, GA joins us to talk about Stop the Bleed (, a program designed to train civilians on the basics of how to stop severe bleeding.

Gina and I talk about the ABC's of Bleeding, including the use of tourniquets, and the effort to get more people trained in what to do in case of severe bleeding and hemorrhaging. Severe bleeding is the #1 cause of preventable deaths.

Active shooter scenarios and combat are not the only situations where severe bleeding could be an issue. Car wrecks, sport accidents, backpacking, the gun range, and even incidents that might occur in your backyard (think chainsaw) could create incidents where one might have to deal with severe bleeding. Reality causes us to be our own first-responders in a number of situations. Listen and learn what you need to know to be your own.

Thanks for listening.


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