#041 – What Is Your Backup Plan?

#041 – What Is Your Backup Plan?

Today’s podcast if FULL of practical tips for backing up your life if the worst happens!

What if you get hit by a bus?

What if your phone stops working?

What if your laptop falls out of the car and stops working right? (Don’t ask me how I know this happens.)

Do you have backup plan?

Today I posted over at For the Family about how my youngest son got me to thinking about the whole “if I get hit by a bus” thing. It is a fact, that the question of a six year old can stop you in your tracks.

Earlier this month I podcasted about how my blog/website was hacked and what it taught me. Then I posted about how I got “hacked” when I ran my marathon.

I’ve run into more people this past week who have had their social media accounts hacked.

I see the theme in living color people.

Apparently being hacked, virtually or physically, is a real concern.

Bottom line people?  We all need to have a backup plan.

Today’s podcast is a bit of me “geeking out” and sharing some tips for how to backup YOUR LIFE.

Whether it’s your phone, your computer, your personal information, or your end-of-life action plan, we should all make plans for what happens if and when things don’t quite go as we planned.


Backup Plan

The takeaway from today?

You will be hacked in life.

Your phone will break.

Your computer will die.

Your social media may be hacked.

You may die before you plan to.

Be prepared.

Some of us are so afraid of bad things happening in our lives, that we don’t do what it takes to be prepared.

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Join me for today’s chat by clicking  “play” at the top of this post or via iTunes or Stitcher.


Highlights from Today’s Episode:

“What is Your Backup Plan” 

  • Backup your hardware
  • Preserve your memories
  • You will die. Have a plan that will make it easier for your loved ones.
  • If your “Plan A” doesn’t pan out, have a “Plan B”.


Quick Links

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  3. Want to read my book? Check out Kingdom Woman!
  4. Need a will?  Try Quicken Willmaker
  5. Interested in cloud backup for your computer?  Try Carbonite or Backblaze.
  6. Need to backup your blog?  Try Vaultpress.
  7. Quotes from today’s podcast {Click to Tweet}
    1. Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. – Carl Sandburg
    2. If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over? – John Wooden
    3. I am prepared to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. – Winston Churchill
    4. No matter how prepared you think you are for the death of a loved one, it still comes as a shock, and it still hurts very deeply. – Billy Graham
    5. I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best. – Benjamin Disraeli
    6. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. –  Mark Twain


Let’s Talk!

After you’ve listened to the podcast, I’d love to continue the conversation. Be sure and leave a comment or ask a question!

  • Do you have a will?
  • Do you use an external hard drive for your backup or cloud storage?
  • How do you keep important information accessible for those you love?
  • What do you do to preserve your family memories/photos?

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  1. Myriam January 26, 2015 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Totally enjoyed listening to this podcast for many reasons and I work in I.T and do know the importance of backing up your data but do I practice it? oh no. But I will take time to do so.
    Will, death none of that. Time to talk with hubby because we have 3 kiddos. Convicting but well needed podcast.
    Thank you Chrystal!

  2. Barbara February 10, 2015 at 9:50 am - Reply

    •Here’s my story to give some extra reasons on the importance of a will and more details of what I found should be included. Remember if you have more than one child, as they age into becoming adults, you need to update your will. Unfortunately, my brother choose to keep conflict stirred with me and IF I or my family were to be with my mother on those special times when families gather (Christmas, birthdays, etc.) he would refuse to attend, all under the pretense it was my fault. He forced my aging, sick mother to have to make a choice on which of her 2 children she would be with on those dates. There are a lot of other examples of his antics, but the point is keep your wills updated. My mother thought she had taken the necessary steps to have me in complete control of her will by changing me to the executor of her will from my brother and me co-executors. She in had to face in her last years of life that my brother, a very successful businessman, was not a very good family man. She knew she could trust me to carry out all of her wishes she had made clear to the entire family. The big problem came where she simply stated in the will that everything was to be split 50-50 of her material items. Sounds very fair. Except she had told all of us who she wanted to have certain items from her life that were in her home, just as both sets of grandparents had done, other relatives before and we had always honor those wishes. My brother choose to NOT honor that tradition or my mother’s words. He demanded that to the penny he be proven he got 50% value of everything in her home. Including a set of handmade china that my mother had given our daughter on her 21st birthday while she was still in college, which he witnessed my mother proudly gifting or presenting it to her… It was still stored in her house, hence he claimed it was in her possession and I pay him ½ the value of the china. I could have fought all of this in court. The amount of money was not the issue for me, the precious items that my children, his son, my husband and I loved with years of memories placed much more value than any $$$. It cost the estate a lot of money to be paid to appraisers, lawyers and other unnecessary 3rd party people all because of the demand to prove he got 50% of HIS part of the value of money. For me, it wasn’t worth degrading my mother’s memory or showing my nephew that I was going to try to not carry myself with dignity and class. I did my best to show grace, divide the property between all 3 grandchildren equally. My mother never thought that she would be penalizing me just because I had 2 children and 1 husband and my brother had 1 child and 4 wives.
    • Points to Take
    • As you and your children age update your will
    • Be specific with how you want personal items distributed
    • Be specific with all properties, land, etc.
    • If there is strife between your adult children-It is not wise to give them something jointly. If they are not getting along while you are living odds are they won’t when you die.
    • God bless you-Be wise, be fair, but be sure to protect what you want to be done exactly as you wish, not with just your words but written in a legal document. Do it for those you love.

  3. michelle February 12, 2015 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    I just found your Facebook and blog in the middle of the night this week (God’s timing) and I have emailed all my best friends about you .
    I enjoy your podcast because its like sitting down with a great friend .
    Thank you so much for your ministry .

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