Your First Time Here?

Welcome to My Pleasant Places! Not sure where to get started? You might want to visit the About page to learn the premise of the blog and a little about the author. After that, you might enjoy the Start Here page to check out some of the most popular posts and get a feel for what is written about and valued at MPP. Finally, if you’re looking for help and encouragement in changing some aspect of your life, you’ll definitely want to read the posts on the 30-Day Challenge page.

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Again, welcome to My Pleasant Places. I’m glad you’re here! :)

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Building Momentum in Personal Growth and Development (Part 2)

1408328329_full.jpegPersonal development is a process. It is not instantaneous; it takes time. Also, it is multifaceted. We can be very developed in one area of life and be near-atrophied in another. Wholeness would not look like that, however. A whole person is developing in all areas of life. And I have discovered–from personal experience–that growth and development in one area of life flows into other areas, even without me necessarily being conscious of it.

For instance, Continue reading

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Building Momentum in Personal Growth and Development (Part 1)

One of Newton’s laws of physics (a subject I know ZERO about–except for this law) states that a body at rest will stay at rest until an external force acts upon it, and that a body in motion will remain in motion until acted on by an external force.

In the context of this blog, I want to talk about that law as it pertains to personal growth and development. Continue reading

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Honey, I Shrunk My Work!

Parkinson’s “law” states that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” That means if I have an hour to write and post this article to my blog, it will take me an hour. However, if I don’t have to actually have it up till tomorrow, then I really have a day. I may begin the article now, but according to Parkinson’s Law, I’ll most likely not finish it in one sitting. Instead, I may come back to it a time or two today and again tomorrow before actually–finally–publishing it on the blog.

Yesterday my internet went down mid-day. I had not yet written or posted anything Continue reading

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A Simple and Practical System for Studying the Bible

I have mentioned in previous posts about a system I have for reading through Psalms and Proverbs regularly. That system has been so helpful for me through the years, that I want to share it here on My Pleasant Places.

The system is very simple. It is Continue reading

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New Endings

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”   

  Maria Robinson 

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Fun Friday: The Problem With Social Media

Earlier this week, I posted The Deception of Social Media after reading Good-bye Social Media – I Need A Break From Our Relationship on another blog. The issues related to social media are clearly unique to our day and time. As my friend, Cindy, commented in response to my post, “I’ve begun seeing social media as just a tool- and any tool can be used for good or evil. It’s up to the person holding the tool.” How true; right?

In the past few months, the following video has made the social media circuits (kind of funny, huh? a video denouncing the ‘evils’ of social media which mostly gets its message out on social media). I think it is powerful! The first time that I watched it, I missed out on some of the message because I wasn’t really paying attention to the video, but only to the words (interpretation: I was multi-tasking). I encourage you to watch as you listen. You’ll be touched.

Oh, and after you watch it, why don’t you post your favorite line in the comments or on MyPleasantPlaces Facebook page. Don’t worry about being exact. Just the general message will do.

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Know Yourself… Do you?

At least a couple of My Pleasant Places readers have committed to a 30-day challenge that involves journaling. I am a believer in journaling, though I can’t say that I journal every day. I generally journal when I have some specific issue I am trying to dig through. But I also journal the details of my life—what I did, who I was with, how I felt—when I have the time. For me, journaling is mostly a matter of documenting my journey and/or figuring things out.

Earlier this year, I read a post by Gretchen Rubin at The Happiness Project. First of all, the title, Want to Know Yourself Better?… caught my eye. Continue reading

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