Teela Hart

Surviving Domestic Violence


I’ve Not Been Freshly Pressed X 2

Not Featured On Freshly Pressed X2

Not Featured On Freshly Pressed X2


I would like to thank Rachel Carrera for nominating me for the “Not Freshly Pressed Award”.  This is my second nomination and I am very proud and honored to have received it.  Rachel is an awesome blogger and I do hope you do go and check her out.  I am more honored to have received it from a fellow blogger than from the staff of WordPress to tell you the truth.

Don Charisma made the “Not Freshly Pressed Badge”.  He is an amazing blogger and an awesome photographer.  Please go by and pay him a visit.  He is a true asset to our community.

At one point, I would have said that I care a great deal about getting freshly pressed, however, since my own growth and the growth of my blog I feel less and less that my desire to be “Freshly Pressed” is necessary.  I have come to discover that my main goal is to reach those I can in order to interact as much as possible with those who have suffered many kinds of trauma and hopefully be an encouragement.  I don’t need to be “Freshly Pressed” to do that.  All I need is my story and my time.

I usually have more story than time, but I do the best I can with what I have.

Here are the rules for accepting the award:


1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the “I’m NOT Featured on Freshly Pressed Award”.
2. Write a blog post and tell us the blog(s) you have chosen (there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required) and “present” the blog(s) with their award.
3. Include in your blog post a paragraph about why you’d like to be on WordPress’ Freshly Pressed OR a paragraph on why you couldn’t care less about Freshly Pressed. Up to you …
4. Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them. (Please don’t alter the instructions or the badge!)
5. Come over and say hello to the originator of the “The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award” via this link: http://DonCharisma.org/2014/01/01/the-im-not-featured-on-freshly-pressed-award
6. And as a winner of the award- please add a link back to the blog that presented you with this award, and then PROUDLY display the award on your blog.
7. If you ever do get officially “Freshly Pressed” then take down this award badge and display the official “Freshly Pressed” badge instead.

My nominees are:

Ellie sofia

Anna at My Eclectic Existence

Head Games and PTSD

The Pensive Poet

Behind The Mask of Abuse


Versatile Blogger and Very Inspiring Blogger

Versatile Blogger

Versatile Blog

I was nominated a while back by belsbror for the Versatile Blogger Award as well as the Very Inspiring Award.  If you have never read his blog you should go check him out.  His blog is awesome.

I am very honored and at a loss for words.  I want to thank those who read my blog and I pray that the words I share will in some way help others to be aware of the damaging effects of Domestic Violence and most of all I hope they help others to see they are not alone.  They have a voice and are free to share it.  I will listen.  I promise.

My nominees for both awards are:






Very Inspiring Award

Very Inspiring Award


Quintet of Radiance

Picking up the Pieces  authored by Amy Thompson also found on twitter @AMarie nominated me for the “Quintet of Radiance award.  Amy is an unmovable advocate and support for domestic violence victims and survivors.  I am truly honored.  If you haven’t met her already please go by and pay her a visit.  You will be welcomed with opened arms.  Chances are, she has already found you.

According to the rules for accepting the award.  I must choose a word that describes me using the Alphabet.  A challenge for sure.















O-Open-Minded  (daughter says sometimes 😉  )


Q-Quirky  (says my daughter 😉  )


S-Strait Forward




W-Witty  (my daughter chose this one; I obliged)

X-Xtra-Special (made that one up   🙂   )

Y-Young’un (according to Lance)


My nominees are:



Unload and Unwind

The Phoenix Again

The power of silence

Lady with a truck

My life a day journey

Finding my inner courage


Liebster Award

Being recently nominated for the Liebster Award by Jenni over at Unload and Unwind on Friday left me feeling very humbled and fortunate.  Thank you so much Jenni. You have to go by and give Jennni a visit and read about Jim, who gives her a funny run for her money.  I think we had a cat like Jim.

I read a lot of blogs every day, most of which are related to Domestic Violence, however, I also read a wide variety of other blogs in order to maintain what’s left of my sanity. I thoroughly enjoy everything from poetry, to humor, drama, photography, fashion, current events and so on. I even follow a gamer’s blog and I am not a gamer, although I did thrive on Pac man and Galaga in my earlier days.

Through a little research, I discovered that the Liebster Award is a blogger award given by bloggers to bloggers in order to broaden the blogging community. There are a few rules we are asked to follow in order for the process to work. So…here goes.

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you  * Thank you Jenni. *

2. Answer the 11 questions given to you

3. Nominate 11 other blogs with less than 500 followers

4. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer

5. Tag your nominees & post a comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them

I received the following questions:

  1. Whom do you write for?

    I write for victims and survivors of domestic violence, my children and I.

  2. If the internet went down would you continue to write?

    I would shed fountains of tears, but I would write anyway.

  3. Do you feel having an audience is important for you and your blog?

    Absolutely, without an audience, I could neither receive, nor give support to so many in or recovering from domestic violence who need it. In addition, I would not be able to inform others of a growing, stigmatized, widely ignored pandemic in our world today.

  4. Are you finished designing your blog?

    Not by a long shot.

  5. Would you advertise more if you could?

    Yes, I would. A bigger audience means more are reached and our voices grow louder making it difficult for domestic violence to remain behind the veil of silence.

  6. Have you ever told a lie on your blog?

    No. However, the names used are fictional in order to protect my family.

  7. What type of blogs do you like?

    I mentioned them in the beginning of my post, but my favorites would have to be humor, photography and poetry.

  8. Name 10, famous figures dead or alive you would invite to a dinner party if you could.

    I would love to name 10 celebrities; however, celebrity in my world is a relative term. It would take a great deal of thought and research to find 10 men/women of great influence and proven integrity in order to effect any change in the societal structure in which we live and our views about domestic violence. Unfortunately, it is still largely a man’s world (don’t be upset ladies), and it would take influential men at very local levels at every juncture to effect that change. This is just my opinion.

  9. Are you proud of your blog or is it a secret?

    I am very proud of the fact that I have discovered a secret way to give a voice to the domestic violence my children and I have suffered. I hope it has been and will continue to be a support to others as well.

  10. Do you think blogging awards are motivating or depressing?

    Blogging awards; they make the blogging world go ’round.

  11. Name one person who has made a significant impact on your life.

    My abuser.

    Finally; 11 questions. I am proposing the same questions to you that Jenni proposed to me. I think they are great questions and I could in no way improve on them.

    1. Who do you write for?
    2. If the internet went down would you still continue to write?
    3. Does having an audience feel important to you and for your blog?
    4. Are you finished designing your blog?
    5. Would you advertise more if you could?
    6. Have you ever told a lie on your blog?
    7. What type of blogs do you like?
    8. If you could have a dinner party with 10 famous figures dead or alive who would they be?
    9. Are you proud of your blog or is it a secret?
    10. Do you think blogging awards are motivating or depressing?
    11. Name one person who has made a significant impact on your life.

My Nominees Are:












Sunshine award


I Accept your nomination.


1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2. List 10 facts about you!
3. Nominate 10 other blogs for this award.
4. Announce the nominations to the nominees.

Thank you Alienora!  I feel woefully inadequate to receive any sort of award, however, I am more than pleased that my words have touched your heart. You are a true wordsmith and I enjoy all of your posts.  I am honored and humbled by the nomination.

alienorajt.wordpress.com has been a faithful follower of my blog and for that I am truly grateful!


I think far too much

I love to read, especially blogs, and other ‘stuff’ too.

I love my children and spending time with them.

I take great joy in sharing my experiences with others.

I have developed a great romance with blogging.

I hate shopping for groceries.

Solitude is, at times, my greatest friend.

The blogging community has given me a sense of belonging in a world that makes little sense.

I am shy, believe it or not.

I am a big fan of humor.

I am nominating the following for the Sunshine Award:

Avalancheof the soul

Kim Saeed

Michael Ginford

Helen Bonnick



David Kanigan

Christian Mihai

Neil Newton

Lizzi Newton

Fighting the Abuse

I nominated you all for the simple reason that your words have spoken to me in so many ways.

It would be an honor for me if you would consider making a guest post on my blog.