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20 Easy And Amazingly Tasty Dessert Recipes

20 Easy And Amazingly Tasty Dessert Recipes

In each of us lies a hidden sweet tooth that may be a remnant of our initial eating patterns (our early ancestors were gatherers and all instincts would point towards fruit because it is a high-calorie, high-carbohydrate food source), or may simply show our culinary evolution.

Whichever the case is, most of us eagerly await for the dessert when attending a meal. And who can’t relate to that? The idea of crème brûlée melting in your mouth, or some crunchy cookies fresh out of the oven is enough to make one’s mouth watery. Here are a few dessert recipes that are both easy to prepare and delicious.

1. Autumn Cheesecake

Everyone loves cheesecake. The texture, the fine taste, the unique blend of flavors. There is something extremely homely and welcoming about a piece of cheesecake with whipped cream.

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    Ingredients

    • 1 Cup Graham Cracker crumbs
    • ½ Cup finely chopped pecans
    • 3 Tbsp white sugar
    • ½ Tsp ground cinnamon
    • ¼ cup unsalted butter (melted)
    • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
    • ½ cup white sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • ½ Tsp vanilla extract
    • 4 cups apples (peeled, cored, sliced)
    • 1/3 cup white sugar
    • ½ Tsp ground cinnamon
    • ¼ cup chopped pecans

    Directions:

    In a preheated oven (175 degrees C) bake the cracker crumbs, the 1/3 cup chopped pecans, 3 Tbsp sugar, ½ TSP cinnamon and the butter as the bottom layer. While this is baking in the oven, mix the cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl, then add this to the baked bottom layer. Lastly, mix 1/3 cup sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon, then toss this composition over the sliced apples and add this to the cream cheese layer. Sprinkle with chopped pecans. Bake for 60 minutes. Done!

    Source: Autumn Cheescake

    2. Creme Caramel

    This is an extremely easy desert to prepare that requires only ingredients found in your fridge and is simple and fun to prepare.

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      Ingredients

      • 1 ¼ cups caster sugar
      • 300 ml thickened cream
      • 1 ½ cups milk
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 6 eggs

      Directions:

      As always, start preheating your oven while you combine ¾ cup sugar and 1 cup cold water in a saucepan and cook over low heat. After the water has evaporated, cook at maximum heat for 5-7 minutes until golden. Pour the mixture into desert forms. The cream, milk and vanilla come together in a saucepan and are cooked while stirring. End by mixing the eggs and sugar in a bowl until smooth and adding it to the desert forms. Bake and cool in the fridge.

      Source: Creme Caramel

      3. Jello Dessert

      This fine looking piece of cuisine will surely please the most demanding of guests, and will look interesting enough to even try this Christmas.

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        Ingredients

        • 2 cups crushed pretzels
        • ¾ cup melted butter
        • 2 tablespoons sugar

        Filling:

        • 8 ounces of cream cheese
        • 1 cup of sugar
        • 1 cartoon frozen whipped topping, thawed

        Topping:

        • 3 ounces each of strawberry gelatin
        • 2 cups boiling water
        • 1/2 cup cold water

        Directions:

        Mix the pretzels, butter and sugar in a large bowl. Put the dough in an ungreased baking pan, and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. After it is cool, beat cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Stir in the whipped topping and spread over the pretzel crust. Once you are done, refrigerate until cool. The topping can be made in a small bowl. Dissolve the gelatin in boiling water, add cool water and chill partially. Pour over the filling with care and refrigerate the dessert for 4-5 hours.

        Source: Prezel Jello Desser Recipe

        4. Mini Cheesecakes

        In all fairness, we have already gone through cheesecakes, but there is simply no justice done where this dessert is concerned.

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          Ingredients

          • Vegetable oil spray
          • 24 plain chocolate wafer cookies
          • 3 tablespoon(s)unsalted butter,melted
          • 8 ounce(s)cream cheeseat room temperature
          • 1/4cup(s)sugar
          • 2/3cup(s)romage blanc (6 ounces),at room temperature
          • 2 large eggs
          • 2 teaspoon(s)pure vanilla extract
          • 1/4cup(s)seedless raspberry preserves

          Directions:

          Place 12 muffin forms in the preheated oven, where you add the chocolate cookies and butter mixed and bake for five minutes. Beat the cream cheese, sugar and white cheese, eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth. Pour this mix in the muffin forms and bake until jiggly. Spread rasberry preserves on your mini cheese cakes and you’re set.

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          Source: Mini Cheese Cakes

          5. Lemon Layered Dessert

          Simple, delicious, and fast.

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            Ingredients:

            • 15 lemon cookies, crushed
            • 21 ounce can blueberry pie filling
            • 8 ounce frozen whipped topping
            • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
            • 6 ounce frozen lemonade concentrate

            Directions:

            In parfait glasses, sprinkle the crushed cookies, then add die pie filling, whipped topping and lemonade with condensed milk. Repeat layers until ready. Chill and serve.

            Source: Lemon layered dessert

            6. Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

            With layer upon layer of chocolate, this will certainly be a treat, especially for the little ones. It is actually one of the easiest dessert recipes around.
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              Ingredients

              • 240 ml Water
              • 125 g unsalted butter
              • 35 g cocoa
              • 300 g plain flour
              • 1 Tsp baking soda
              • 440 g caster sugar
              • 2 eggs
              • 125 g buttermilk
              • 1 Tsp pure vanilla extract

              Filling:

              • 100 g unsalted butter
              • 500 g cream cheese
              • 320 g icing sugar
              • 50 g cocoa

              Directions

              Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C and prepare 2 cake tins by greasing them and lining them with parchment paper. Melt together the water, butter and cocoa in a pan. Combine the flour, bicarbonate and sugar, then add the cocoa mixture and whisk. Add the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract and whisk until smooth. Divide the composition for the 2 cake tins and bake them in the preheated oven. Allow to cool.

              Mix together the cream cheese and butter until creamy smooth. Add cocoa and icing sugar into the mix and beat until the mixture is fluffy.

              Assemble the cake by slicing the cooled cakes horizontally and adding the filling in between each layer. Enjoy.

              Source: Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

              7. Strawberry Shortcake

              Shortcakes are excellent deserts, refreshing, not too sweet and absolutely satisfying in every way. Here is an easy recipe that will knock your shoes off.

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                Ingredients

                Fruit layer and topping:

                • 8 cups strawberries
                • 6 Tbsp sugar
                • 2 cups whipped cream

                Shortcakes

                • 2 cups white flour
                • 5 tbsp sugar
                • 1 tbsp baking powder
                • ½ tsp salt
                • 8 tbsp unsalted butter
                • 1 egg beaten
                • ½ cup whole milk
                • 1 egg white

                Directions

                Crush 3 cups of strawberries in a bowl until they resemble a puree, while slicing the remainder of the strawberries and mixing them all up with the sugar. Let them macerate for a while. Preheat your oven. Combine the flour with 3 tbsp of sugar, the baking powder and the salt and mix together. Mix the butter in with the flour, then add the beaten egg and the milk. Combine all the ingredients, then prepare a dough (making sure not to overwork it) and cut 6 round dough biscuits. Place them on parchment paper and brush them with beaten egg whites.

                Sprinkle the remaining sugar over them and bake until brown. Prepare the whipped cream, then assemble your shortcakes by cutting your cooked biscuits into halves, then adding a portion of the sugar strawberries and whipped cream in between the two halves. Decorate with strawberries if desired and you’re done.

                Source: Strawberry Shortcake

                8. Angel Cake

                This is an extremely moist, light, fluffy cake that is also diet friendly- what more could the ladies wish for?

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                  Ingredients

                  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
                  • 1 cup flour
                  • 1 ½ cup egg whites (12)
                  • 1 ½ tsp cream of tartar
                  • 1 cup granulated sugar
                  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
                  • ½ tsp almond extract
                  • a pinch of salt

                  Directions

                  Preheat your oven and place the rack in the lowest position possible. Start by mixing your flour and powdered sugar, then mix the egg whites with the cream of tartar separately until foamy. Then add the granulated sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract and the salt. Continue mixing the ingredients until a meringue forms, then sprinkle the sugar-flour mixture on top until completely incorporated. Put the mixture into a cake pan and bake for 30 minutes, turn the cake upside down and let it cool completely.

                  Loosen the sides with a knife, remove from pan and decorate to your heart’s desire.

                  Source: Angel Cake

                  9. Cherry Coconut Macaroons

                  This tasty desert is extremely easy to make, and a perfect choice for a cool afternoon. It is also healthy and suitable for diabetics.

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                    Ingredients:

                    • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
                    • 1 teaspoon almond extract
                    • 2-1/4 cups grated coconut
                    • 1/3 cups sugar substite
                    • 2 large white eggs

                    Directions:

                    Start by preheating the oven, and then batter together the egg whites and tartar cream until stiff peaks start to form. Add the sugar substitute (you can add more, according to your taste), the almond extract, and finally, the grated coconut. After the mixture becomes stiff, with a teaspoon make cookies on a tray. Add a cooking sheet beforehand and bake for 20 minutes. All done! Enjoy.

                    Source: Cherry Coconut Macaroons

                    10. Strawberry Angel Food

                    Number 10 on our list of dessert recipes is the Angel Food dessert. This recipe has received a lot of positive reviews, and this can only mean one thing: it’s fast and extremely tasty. It will only take you 15 minutes to prepare, and the strawberries mixed with sweetened cream cheese will definitely be a delight for the senses.

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                      Ingredients:

                      • one 10 inch angel food cake
                      • 1 container of frozen whipped topping
                      • 2 packages of softened cream chese
                      • 1 cup white sugar-flour
                      • fresh strawberries
                      • 1 jar of strawberry glaze

                      Directions:

                      Start by crumbling the cake into 9×13 inch dish. Prepare the cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl, until it becomes light and fluffy. With your hands spread the cream cheese over the cake. Next you will have to combine strawberries and glaze until everything is covered. Put in the freezer for a few minutes/hours to chill.

                      Source: Strawberry Angel Dessert

                      11. Caramel Crunch Ice-Cream

                      The caramel crunch ice-cream is the easiest, most delicious ice-cream recipe you could find. It’s the ideal choice for a warm summer day.

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                        Ingredients:

                        • 1 litre low-fat vanila caramel swirl ice-cream
                        • 125gr chopped butternut snap biscuits
                        • half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon
                        • chopped dry roasted pecans
                        • wafle cones for serving

                        Directions:

                        Put the ice-cream in a bowl to soften up. Once it is soft enough, add the biscuit crumbs, cinamon and pecans. Place back in the ice-cream container and freeze for a few hours. Serve in scoops and add some syrup if you like.

                        SourceCaramel Crunch Ice-cream

                        12. Hummingbird Pudding Cake

                        The hummingbird pudding cake is filled with wonderful fruits like pineapple and banana, and its creamy cheese frosting works perfectly with the pecans. It is advisable to use deep yellow, ripe bananas.

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                          Ingredients

                          For Cake

                          • 2 large eggs
                          • 1 cup (7 ounces) firmly packed light brown sugar
                          • 1/2 teaspoon salt
                          • 1 large ripe banana, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
                          • 1/2 cup canola oil
                          • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
                          • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can crushed pineapple in syrup
                          • 1 1/4 cup (6 1/4 ounces) all purpose flour
                          • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
                          • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
                          • 2/3 cup pecan halves, chopped, plus extra for garnish

                          For Cream Cheese Frosting:

                          • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
                          • 1/3 cup (1 1/3 ounces) plus 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
                          • 1 tablespoon dark rum (or milk)

                          Directions:

                          Granted, it requires a few extra ingredients, but it only takes 15 minutes to prepare, so it is super easy. For the cake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-by-9 inch baking pan and prepare the eggs, sugar, salt and banana in a large bowl. Stir until completely combined, then add he pineapple juice.

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                          Once you are done, also add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and chopped pecans to the bowl, and whisk until completely combined. Transfer the mixture to wire rack to cool off , after baking for 35 minutes. The cream frosting can be done in another bowl, by stiring cream cheese with sugar. Add some rum or milk, and spread over cooled cake.

                          SourceHummingbird Pudding Cake

                          13. One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

                          Sometimes we feel the need to eat something delicious, luckily for us there are countless dessert recipes around to enjoy, but we simply don’t have time to waste preparing them, and we all know that home made treats are better than the ones we can find in stores. Here’s how you can make the One-Bowl chocolate cake:

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                            Ingredients:

                            • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
                            • 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
                            • 1 ½ cups of sugar, and 1 ½ teaspoons of bakind soda
                            • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
                            • ¾ teaspoon salt
                            • 2 large eggs
                            • ¾ cup buttermilk
                            • ¾ cup warm water
                            • 3 tablespoons saf flour oil
                            • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
                            • chocolate frosting

                            Directions:

                            Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and prepare the cake pans with butter (2 inches deep). After you butter the pans, dust them with cocoa. Put flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cocoa in the mixer, and beat until fully combined. Add eggs, buttermilk, water, oil and vanilla and prepare until the mixture is smooth. Divide the content between two pans, bake for 35 minutes and let it cool. Add chocolate frosting on one of the cooled layers, add the second layer, and use frosting for the finishing touches.

                            SourceOne-Bowl Chocolate Cake

                            14. Quick Brownies

                            This is undoubtedly the easiest, fastest, and tastiest brownie recipe ever. I love brownies, and there are many people who share my opinion.

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                              Ingredients:

                              • 2 cups of white sugar-flour
                              • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
                              • ½ teaspoon salt and baking powder
                              • ½ cup walnut halves
                              • 1 cup of buttermilk and 4 eggs
                              • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
                              • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

                              Directions:

                              Melt the butter and then mix all of the ingredients together in the following order: sugar → butter → cocoa powder → vanilla extract → eggs → flour → baking powder → salt → walnut halves. Bake the mixture in a greased pan at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Done!

                              Source: AllRecipes.com

                              15. No-Bake Cookie Bars

                              Number 15 is an amazing recipe that takes a little under 30 minutes to finish. The whole idea is not to bake anything, so it’s really fast. We recommend using Oreo cookies for this dessert.

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                                Ingredients

                                • 2 ½ cups of crushed vanilla sandwich cookies (or Oreo cookies)
                                • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
                                • 10 oz chopped white chocolate (or black chocolate)
                                • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
                                • ½ cup mini chocolate chips for decoration

                                Directions:

                                Add foil to a baking dish, and spray it with cooking spray. Crush the cookies in a food processor or manually, and combine with chopped chocolate and sweetened condensed milk. Melt everything together by stirring frequently. In a separate bowl stir cookie crumbs with melted chocolate mixture until everything is completely mixed. Wait two minute then add ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Put everything in a pan, sprinkle mini chocolate chips, and let it chill for 30 minutes.

                                Source: No Bake Cookies

                                16. Basic Crepes

                                This Basic Crepes recipe can be made from ingredients that regular people have lying around in their house, it only takes 30 minutes to complete, and it tastes delicious. It is one of the most versatile dessert recipes because you can combine it with any type of filling.

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                                  Ingredients:

                                  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
                                  • ½ cups of water
                                  • ¼ teaspoon salt
                                  • 2 tablespoons melted buttermilk
                                  • 2 eggs
                                  • ½ cups of milk

                                  Directions:

                                  Whisk together the flour, and the eggs. Gradually add milk and water, while stirring continuously. Next add the salt and butter, and beat until smooth. Heat the pan a bit, and scoop the batter onto the griddle. Tilt the pan with a circular motion for better coverage. Cook the crepes for 2 minutes until the bottom becomes light brown. Let it cool off, and serve with fruit, jam, or finetti.

                                  Source: AllRecipes.com

                                  17. White Chocolate and Raspberry Sundae

                                  I can feel my senses heighten at the mere site of the Raspbery Sundae. This super easy recipe is a great choice for after meal, or a healthy solution for your little ones.

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                                    Ingredients:

                                    • 1 liter vanila ice cream
                                    • chocolate Tim Tam white biscuits
                                    • 2/3 cup caster sugar-flour
                                    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
                                    • 300g packet frozen raspberries
                                    • white chocolate curls

                                    Directions:

                                    Put the ice-cream in a large bowl, and let it soten for 10 minutes. Don’t let it melt. Next fold biscuits through the ice-cream and spoon the mixture into a 7cm-deep. Freeze over night until firm.

                                    18. Easy Pudding Cookies

                                    What’s the best secret to a perfect party at home? Tasty deserts of course. But this time you won’t have to cook all afternoon in order to create the perfect deserts, because you can make pudding cookies really fast and easy.

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                                      Ingredients:

                                      • 1 cup of butter
                                      • 1 cup packed brown sugar-flour
                                      • 1 pkg. JELL-O Chocolate instant pudding
                                      • 2 eggs
                                      • 1 teaspoon baking soda
                                      • 2 cups of flour
                                      • 1-1/2 pkg. BAKER’S White chocolate, chopped

                                      Directions

                                      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl (until fluffy). Add dry pudding, and whisk until fully blended. Add the eggs and baking soda, then sprinkle flour gradually. Last but not least, add the chocolate to the mix. In a pan with baking sheets add tablespoons of dough, and bake for 12 minutes.

                                      Source: Easy Pudding Cookies

                                      19. Berry Berry Cool Pie

                                      This dessert is extremely refreshing and tasty. It only takes five minutes to prepare, but it must be cooled in the freezer for approximately five hours.

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                                        Ingredients:

                                        • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (make sure it is sweetened)
                                        • ½ cup lemon juice
                                        • 2 cups of assorted fresh berries
                                        • 1 tub of frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed
                                        • 1 Pie crust

                                        Directions:

                                        In a bowl add the condensed milk and lemon juice. Stir in the berries, and fold in whipped topping. Spread the crust and leave it to freeze for five hours until firm. Serve after the dessert stays for 30 minutes at temperature room, and garnish for an extra artistic effect.

                                        Source: Berry Berry Cool Pie

                                        20. Fruit and Almond Tart

                                        Fruits are really healthy, and so are almonds, and somebody has kindly created the most delicious recipe with both. It takes 25 minutes to prepare, and an hour to chill.

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                                          Ingredients:

                                          • 1 ½ cups of Multi-Grain crackers, crushed
                                          • ¼ cup granulated sugar
                                          • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
                                          • ¼ cups of butter, melted
                                          • 12 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
                                          • 1/3 cups of firmly packed brown sugar-flour
                                          • ¼ cups milk
                                          • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
                                          • ½ cup finely chopped almonds (toasted)
                                          • 3 cups of strawberries, seedless grapes, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, oranges etc.
                                          • ¼ cup red currant jelly, melted

                                          Directions:

                                          In a bowl, mix the multi-grain crackers, granulated sugar and cinnamon. Next you have to add the butter and mix until combine. Add the dough to a 9 ½ – 10 inch tart pan with a removable button and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350-400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cool completely. Separately, beat cream cheese with brown sugar, milk and almond extract until fluffy.

                                          Add the almonds. This mixture will be put on top of the cooled dough. The last step is to top with fruit and drizzle jelly. Put in the freezer for one hour, and serve.

                                          Source: SnackPicks

                                          I hope you liked our tasty and simple recipes, and we hope you enjoy them on a wonderful afternoon with your family or friends.

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                                          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                          The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                          Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                          your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                            Why You Need a Vision

                                            Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                            How to Create Your Life Vision

                                            Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                            What Do You Want?

                                            The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                            It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                            Some tips to guide you:

                                            • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                            • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                            • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                            • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                            • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                            Some questions to start your exploration:

                                            • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                            • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                            • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                            • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                            • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                            • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                            • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                            • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                            • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                            • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                            • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                            It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                            What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                            Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                            A few prompts to get you started:

                                            • What will you have accomplished already?
                                            • How will you feel about yourself?
                                            • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                            • What does your ideal day look like?
                                            • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                            • What would you be doing?
                                            • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                            • How are you dressed?
                                            • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                            • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                            • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                            It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                            Plan Backwards

                                            It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                            • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                            • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                            • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                            • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                            • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                            • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                            • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                            • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                            • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                            Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                            It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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