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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Fun Friday: Nothing Like a Baby’s Smile

I post a variety of cutesey videos on Fun Friday, but this one brings out a very warm emotion. I don’t think you’ll laugh on this one, but I am certain you will smile. As always, I must advise those who are viewing this post in a reader or in their email inbox, you will have to click the link to see the video. I’m sorry for the trouble, but I’m sure you will find it worth a few extra seconds of your time. :)

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How to Hold Yourself Accountable to Personal Change

Have you ever been inspired to make a positive change in your life, made a few plans for how to go about doing it, and then realized weeks later that you had not moved one step closer towards changing? In fact, if you’re like me, you might confess that since your initial burst of inspiration, you’d hardly given it another thought. How do things like that slip so easily off the “radar” of our minds? If our memory is so fragile, if our inspiration is just a “poof”—now you see it, now you don’t—how can we change?

I have experienced this disappointing scenario multiple times. I’ve had lofty ideas of the woman I wanted to become only to get caught up in the busyness of day-to-day life—cleaning, cooking, working, running errands, paying bills, tending to children, etc.—and before I knew it, the woman I envisioned becoming was a mere figment of my imagination.

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Fun Friday: Don’t Take Your Social Cues From Music Videos

I watched this 6-second video over and over, laughing out loud each time. This was definitely a must-share with my blog friends! (By the way, if you are seeing this post in a feeder or receiving it by email, you will have to click the post title/link to actually see the video. Sorry. But make the effort. It’s worth it!)


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Transforming Regret Into Gratitude

My life has been enhanced by a couple of activities that I have written about often here on the blog, but, what you may not know, is that 1) neither activity was a particular passion of mine when I was younger, and 2) both activities almost got derailed by an attitude of regret.  Continue reading

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Fun Friday: Babies and Animals

I post a disproportionate number of animal and/or children videos on my Facebook page. Today is Fun Friday, and I must share one of my “finds” from this week. The child reminds me of myself when getting a comforting neck massage. I always want to shout, “Don’t quit!” when the massage is over. But I suck it up and feign satisfaction. Not this child! He insists on continued gratification! Watch and enjoy the absolute sweetness.

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My New “Secret to Success” in Healthy Eating

Early this year, I wrote about my desire to upgrade my eating habits (See Strategies for Making and Achieving Your Goals This Year). I was on a mission to lower my cholesterol without medications; I was not successful (my doctor says my cholesterol levels are a genetic issue rather than a food issue).

Though I still had plenty of good reasons to want to improve my food choices, I admit that I lost a little of my drive when I was unsuccessful in lowering my cholesterol. Over the next few months, “good eating” see-sawed back and forth with “bad eating.”

One of the issues I deal with in eating healthily is that it requires time in the kitchen–also known as “cooking.” I don’t really mind cooking if I have nothing else to do (that statement is intended to be comical), but usually, it feels like an interruption to a productive day. Of course, when I had children at home, cooking wasn’t optional. But nowadays, with just Steve and I in the house, it’s so much easier to snack on junk food or go out to eat—or both!

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Why Writing Is A Habit Worth Developing

I recently read an article about a guy who had built a 373-day chain of writing—and counting (I’m including the link to that article at the end of this post). I was impressed! My immediate response was,  “I want to do that, too.” And then I asked myself… “Why?”

Why do I want to write daily? Why is that important to me? Is it just another ‘challenge’ to master? Do I have a goal-setting fetish? Life is too short to set petty little goals that don’t really matter. There must be purpose behind them.

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