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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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A Daily Constitutional

Have you ever heard the term, “daily constitutional”? I only hear it in old movies or television shows, and unexplainably, it always brings a smile to my face. Not a smile as in, “That makes me happy,” but a smile as in, “That’s weird.” I recently pinpointed my unexplainable amusement. For some unknown reason, I had associated the term with “bathroom time.” That’s all the explanation I’m going to give. You can let your imagination do the rest.

I came across the phrase again when recently Continue reading

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Another Way to “Document Your Journey”

My sister recently posted her “personal manifesto” on her Facebook page. It included all kinds of one-liners like “Forgive,” “Read lots,” “Get outside,” etc., etc., etc. I liked it so much that I wanted to copy it.

Unfortunately, she couldn’t remember where she got the template (I didn’t only like what it said, I liked how it looked), so I did a little searching around on the web, Continue reading

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Finale of My 30-day Challenge

Today officially concludes my 30-day “post to My Pleasant Places” challenge. I have been fairly consistent about offering updates, but for the record, I posted every 25 out of 30 days. This is not nearly as good as my first posting challenge in 2012 when I didn’t miss a single day. However, I am still happy with the challenge as it broke a long chain of not posting, and I did have some extenuating challenges to deal with.

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As Goes Monday…

MondayDespite the bad rap that Mondays get, I really have a strong appreciation for this day of the week. As the title hints, I believe “As goes Monday, so goes the rest of the week.” Therefore, I am pretty much a fanatic about making sure I start the week strong every Monday.

It is my experience that if I go for a run on Monday, I am more likely to work out the remaining days of the week. If I am productive on Monday, I will be more productive the rest of the week, as well. Conversely, if Monday is chaotic and unproductive, well, that’s a very bad omen that signals Continue reading

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Fun Friday: Dancing Queen

I smiled all through this video. Apparently, others did, too, because the video went viral a year or so ago, and the lady who is caught on tape was invited to be part of a performance in a London musical. Does she make you smile?

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Who Am I?

Today I want to share a “poem” that I read a few years back that really rings true to me.

I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half of the things you do you might just as well turn over to me and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.

I am easily managed – you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically. I am the servant of all great individuals and, alas, of all failures, as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures.

I am not a machine, though I work with the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a human. You may run me for profit or run me for ruin – it makes no difference to me.

Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you.

Who am I?

I am Habit.

Were you able to guess “who am I?” before you read the answer at the end? Do you agree with the description, the power of habit? What are some habits that have been your greatest helpers? What are some habits that have been your heaviest burdens? Did you purposefully build either (the helpers or the burdens), or did they just “happen”? Please share in the comments below.

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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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