Wisdom Wednesdays – Only Smiles are for Free

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Happy National Cheesecake Day!!! – Bacon and Pecan Chesecake Recipe

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Ingredients 
1 1/2 pounds cream cheese
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2tsp vanilla
1 pound Kunzler thick sliced bacon
1/2 cup chopped pecans
4 shortbread cookies
2 egg whites
4 tablespoon brown sugar
melted chocolate for drizzling

Directions

  • Crust – Put 1/2 of the pecans in a food processor and pulse 6 times. Add shortbread cookies and pulse until crumbly. Add 1/2 bacon and pulse. Press into the bottom of a 9 inch spring-form pan.
  • Topping – Chop pecans finely, mix with leftover bacon and put on parchment paper. Whip egg whites until frothy, add brown sugar and pour over top of the bacon / pecan mixture. Bake in 250 degree oven for 10 minutes, allow to cool.
  • Cake – Beat cream cheese with 1 cup sugar until mixed. Add the eggs, vanilla and lemon juice and beat until smooth. Pour over crust and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until set. Chill in refrigerator. After cool, crumble topping over cheesecake and drizzle with chocolate.

Credit: Kunzler

The Truth Hurts – Enuff Z’Nuff

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Leader of the Pack – Don’t listen to the Naysayers – Rules of Success (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

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Weekend Inspiration – Success is no accident… (Beauty in Strength – Crossfit Women)

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CrossFit can change how a woman both defines beauty and feels about her body, as Rita Benavidez, Jackie Perez, Erin Cianciolo and Andrea Ager discuss in this video.
Once thinking beauty was a picture of a waify woman on a magazine, Benavidez feels differently now. “My perception of beauty has changed over the past few years,” Benavidez says. “True beauty … is strength and fitness, and confidence in yourself.”

Perez was originally motivated by trying to be skinny. “That wasn’t getting me anywhere,” she says. “With CrossFit, I set goals. I want to deadlift 225, I’m going to hit that faster than I’m going to look in the mirror and like what I see.” Ager says putting in the work is key to getting what you want. “I think that hard work and the way that your body looks go so hand-in-hand,” she says. “Once you do get a body that you want, you’re very proud of it … you’re proud of what your body can do.”

Through CrossFit, these women are confident, stronger and fitter. They are mothers, tomboys, coaches. They are CrossFit athletes.

Blogging 101- Day Four: Identify Your Audience by Tessa Can Do It (BLW Contributor)

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A little Haiku I wrote for the occasion: by Teresa Dean Smeigh 2015

Tigger or Eeyore,

Never know who it will be,

In control each day.

Today’s Assignment: publish a post you’d like your ideal audience member to read, and include a new-to-you element in it.

To my children,

I know our lives haven’t gone as you wished. Early in your lives you found out your mother had BiPolar Disorder. A mental disorder that you were too young to understand at that time. I didn’t even understand it at first. I was just a young child when it surfaced.

I lived this way all my life and it was a lot milder so you weren’t subjected to a lot of craziness you didn’t understand. I thank God that he waited until you were old enough before things started getting really messy and your understanding and help was needed.

I know you needed a mom who was there for you through thick and thin and I did my best to be that person. It wasn’t easy. I had to put aside the feelings inside of me, my dear children, in order to help you grow up and into productive adults. Unlike your mother who suffers constantly from Bipolar Disorder.

I feel that I wasted my life because I couldn’t cope with a regular life. I didn’t go for my dreams, too scared. I didn’t make you my priorities like some moms because I was taking care of myself. I was falling apart little by little.

I do my best to attend family get togethers even if I am not feeling up to it and would rather isolate in my bedroom. I love that you guys try to get me out of the house and into doing something with you and my well-loved grandchildren. Believe me I love you all even if sometimes it doesn’t seem that way since I am nurturing myself.

I know some of you do not understand mental health, but I also know that you love me and wouldn’t leave me to struggle alone if I needed up. You guys are there for me when needed.

And I want to make you a promise. I promise to never, ever try to take my life again. I saw the terrible hurt and pain in your faces and the tears and I can’t do that to you. I promise to seek help if ever I feel that way again.

Thank you very much for being my beloved children, I love each and everyone of you.

Love, Your Mom (Teresa E Dean)

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The War God and his Dark Side by Imperfect Girl (BLW Contributor)

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You see me there
Starring in vain,
Looking at the stars,
Asking for the War God.

The reason she was asking for her God was to pray and hear him say: don’t you worry, child, your day will come. It will be fantastic and dark, as the nights here are.

‘I’ll ask you once again, why? Why do I have to be in charge? How can I stop him from leaving my side?’

Then, he replied: ‘You can’t you sweet child of mine. He will die and then reborn with a stronger mind and soul. He will then take your hand into his arms and love you till the end of time’.

‘But I don’t want him to deny, I can’t stand him going to the ground and I definitely don’t want him to visit the dark side’ she replied.

(Her fallen angel):

‘Baby, I am here but, why can’t you hear? Why are you slowly dying, why is the War God almost crying? I am here, I’ve always been, looking up at you smiling but, lately babe, you’ve been crying. Let me tell you something, my sweet dear darling, me and you can only dream about us laying. We can never speak again, cos I’ve hurt you back then and I could never ever see you again’…

‘Good night my baby, tell my little angel: daddy is there for her, and not a stranger’.

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Thankful Thursdays – It’s not that bad

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How to Live a Happy Life in 7 Simple Steps by Psychochromatic Inception (BLW Contributor)

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  • Turn off your TV, unplug and give it to charity, if possible

Seriously if you only turn it off, you’ll have the tendency to grab the remote control and flick through the programs, that is why you have to unplu it also. After spending half of our life in front of the magical box that tells us how to behave, how to live, what to eat, we get addicted, so the only way to get rid of this addiction is to unplug it and give it away. You’ll feel the freedom within seconds.

  • Learn to disconnect

Have you seen the Buddhist monks, how serene they look like? That is because they disconnect, spending half of their day in meditation and enjoying their own presence. Since you are not a Buddhist monk, try to disconnect for at least one hour a day. Go for a walk in the nature, listen to the birds singing or play with your pet.

  • Make peace with yourself

I know it’s a tough task sometimes, but you have to do it in order to be happy. Nobody is perfect, we are not all Victoria Secret’s models and we don’t even want to be. A world of perfect people would be boring. Give up on comparing yourself to what you read or see on the magical box. We are unique and everyone is special in their own way.

  • Make peace with your past

If you want to be happy you have to do it, as harder as it might seem. Cut all the chords, burn all the bridges and learn to fly.

  • Let go of negative thoughts

All this negativity makes you weak and hopeless. All those dreadful thoughts that darken our souls and minds are like a luggage that sometimes you forget you carry, but it gets so heavy at times that you have to stop and catch your breath. There’s no joy in carrying a heavy luggage thoughout your life. So each time a negative thought comes into your mind look at it, face it and embrace it. Only by embracing it, you’ll let it go.

  • Do something for your soul as often as you can 

Do what makes you happy and comfortable. If you love to read books, what are you waiting for? If you like to write, draw, exercise, listen to music, take time to do them, as you only have one life in this body so you have to live it to the full.

  • Dare to be different

From time to time, you have do something out of ordinary. Sing on the streets, dance in the rain, die your hair blue, just do something daring. You’ll feel brave and free.

So here they are, the 7 small steps you have to follow to live a happy and healthy life. Hope they are going to help you in the future. Till next time, take care and live like Heaven’s on Earth.

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