I have been a coach potato for a very long time. In November 2015 I started on a fitness journey. I have been staying with it and am now down 48.5 pounds! I am very proud of the changes I am making and I am committed to continue on this journey. I am NOT just on a diet. I am trying to live a more healthy life and have a lot of work to do still.
I am a member of The Gym now and have a personal trainer. She is teaching me what do to in the gym, proper form and guiding me with a meal plan.
I decided to separate my fitness into a separate site. This new site is geared towards my fitness journey and I would like to have others contribute their journeys also. If you are interesting in participating or just following my journey please check it out.
Like I said, I am a Yinzer.
So, I would like to ask you to check out YinzersGetFit.com and let’s change our lives together!
One of the biggest accomplishments I have is being a father. I am blessed to have three great examples of father’s that I call Dad. I am also blessed to know many wonderful men that are both family and friends that have stood up to be a man and be a father.
Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person.
Being a father is much more than having children, being a father is being there for your children. Being there for all children and trying your hardest to set a good example and be a good role model. Being a Dad is the hardest job that I have and one that I take very seriously and will do anything for. A Dad is not always related by blood, but by LOVE.
Happy Father’s Day to my wonderful Dads and to each and every one of you who step up and doing your job as a Dad.
I have been using Evernote for a long time. I have my notes available on all of my devices. I even take pictures of hand written notes and add them to Evernote.
Today though, I want to talk about how I use Evernote for blogging. I have tried several ways but found that using Evernote for my blogging is the most efficient for me.
The workflow that I use is not difficult, it makes use of tags and saved searches in Evernote.
As I am sure many of you do, I get all kinds of ideas about blog posts, some never see the light of day and others turn into a published post. Some I have other people involved with and need to collaborate on. I tried using WordPress (my blogging platform of choice) but found it lacking. I installed a plugin called Drafts for Friends and it was useful. It let me share via a link a draft post and get feedback, but didn’t let people edit. I have created accounts for people but some just don’t want to work within WordPress, they may not be tech people who just want to contribute using an easy system for editing, proofing or providing feedback. This lead me to start using Evernote for my blogging. I do NOT publish my notes from Evernote, this is a manual workflow that provides a way of having people contribute and collaborate on a post and also for helping me brainstorm and dive deeper into ideas I for my blogs.
I have a notebook, not a shared notebook called “Web Sites”. This notebook has notes related to my sites, all sites. I have structure in this notebook and other relevant information. Like I said this is NOT a shared notebook.
I make use of Evernote tags by using the following tags:
Site Name (Rainaldi.org in this case)
When I have an idea for a post I create a note in the Web Sites notebook and tag it with the site name and “idea”. This is usually just that, an idea that needs more thinking. It might be a phrase, a picture or event another post that I used Evernote Clipper to send to this notebook. Something I want to respond to or reference. I can do this from any of the Evernote applications that are available, Web Clipper like I said, Phone app, Web App or Windows Client.
I have a saved search that searches within the “Web Sites” notebook for notes tagged with ideas. This will present a list of only those notes. I have a shortcut saved for this search so I can look at these notes very easily. You can see how I built the saved search and that I am define the search to look inside the “Web Sites” notebook for notes tagged with “draft” and NOT having the tag “ideas”.
I create a note with the idea, add “ideas” and the site name as tags. When I am ready to start writing the post I pull up the note and start writing, I don’t worry about graphics or images. I just focus on the content that I want in the post. I will add images, graphics and links to the note, but not in any order. At the very end of the note I put a collection of these assets so I can reference and use them.
I then will add the “draft” tag to the note an my saved search will make it easy to find so I can refer and edit it as time permits. I can also send a shared link to someone for them to review and contribute to this post if needed. I use Evernote Chat to talk about the post.
I share just the note to the people I wish. They may or may NOT have an Evernote account. I encourage them to have an Evernote account and most do.
Once I have the post ready I log into my site and copy the text from the note. I paste the note into WordPress as “text” and click on the “Copy as Text” icon in the toolbar. I have found issues with formatting when I just paste the text into WordPress. I like to use WordPress for my formatting as that is the destination and I can make use of the WordPress tools and preview to make sure the post looks as I wish.
I also like to have all of the meta data for the post listed in Evernote. WordPress tags are just listed as a comma separated list, Categories are listed and the feature image is just noted. I have the title in the note so I can refine that as well.
Once I published the post on my blog, I add the tag “published” and remove the tag draft. This will clear up the saved search, I can also just add the filter to the saved search to remove notes with the “published” tag.
Currently, I am looking at a few templates from fellow Evernote Community Leaders that I like and will be incorporating those templates into my workflow. I follow up with a post once I have that in place.
Yesterday at dinner after leaving the cemetery my 12 year old wanted to read something that she wrote about Amber. The picture is of the two of them when younger.
Below are are words and the video of her speaking.
Amber was a big part of everyone lives, You may tell yourself while your in grief I can’t picture life without her, well the answer is do you have to ? Amber never left you she just turned to somewhere else.She is still with us. She was here on Christmas and with everyone. Today she joined us, not only did she join us , she showed signs . She probably loved that she got to dance with everyone. She stayed still for the picture. Amber is here with us everyday. And something everyone probably didn’t notice she showed she is here eating with us. She made the balloons show that. The balloons reached out to everyone. A special moment that I saw Amber do I saw the balloons reach out to aunt nina as a hug . There are amazing moments each and everyone of us had with Amber that you will always remember .
It has been one year since we lost her. One year full of tears. One year of missed talks and time together.
I think about Amber every day. I always have a very special relationship and loved spending time with her so much. We would have very deep talks about so many subjects. She would teach me about her feelings and I would share mine. Amber was more than a niece or Goddaughter to me. Amber was part of me.
Amber was loved by so many people. She was a big part of so many lives. Seeing her brought a smile to my face even when times where tough.
Today, as I think about Amber and the deep love I and so many others have for her. I just want to see her again, but that is not possible.
Now, we try to remember the good times and the joy that she brought to our lives. She was a beautiful person inside and out. I think of the free soul that Amber was. I think of the song “Dancing in the Sky“. I believe that she is dancing in the sky now, she is dancing in the clouds and with all of the loved ones that have passed.
I was love to take pictures and videos. This video is from Amber’s 23rd birthday, taking her to eat and be sung to. I have many videos but just haven’t been ready to go through them yet…
I will.. She is always in OUR HEARTS!
In her short life she touched so many people and made so many connections. Connections and building relationships is what life is about.
i woke up today thinking 1 yr today my daughter left my appt. to go somewhere .i wanted her to go for wings with me that night .She decided to go get well from her addiction .She left saying i love you mommy .and i had a smile on my face not knowing they were here last words . I am going today stay strong and remember good times .i want amber to look down at me and say I’m proud of ya mommy she will always be in my heart (6/1/2016):
From Mom F(6/1/2016) :
I remember that last week. Amber was struggling and really wanted to get it!!! I am blessed to have had so may years and time with Amber. I am even more glad and blessed to have seen Amber and her mon reunite so closely the last 4 months. What a blessing God gave us all time with Amber . I love you Janine. Your post just brought me to tears. Pap Pap Bob is also feeling such a big hole in his heart. Amber always respected her Pap and looked up to him. Her uncle Lou , Rhonda and the girls were like mentors too. They stepped in when the going got tough for Grandma (Nana) Thanks Lou Jr. for all the help. Also Thanks to Pap Pap Rainaldi . & Grandma Cathy When Amber was very young he took her to give (Nana) a break. Oh how I appreciated the help. We had such a beautiful and loving relationship with Our Amber, I am sure Amber is looking down and saying. Wow!!! I’m at peace. Also thanks to all her close relationships Amber had. She love everyone. May you all find peace.
Also Amber’s dad did the best he could. And Grandma Jan and pop pop. Always tried to help. Thanks (6/1/2016)
Amber – My Child, Grandchild – It has been a year since your earthly journey ended. There is seldom a day that I don’t have a thought about you or find something that reminds me of you. Some of those little projects you made while growing up are still on or in my work bench along with several pictures from different ages. I often see signs that remind me of you like the bright pink feather that appeared out of nowhere when I was tearing the old kitchen apart. It seems at times that you are watching over me now. I have a lot of good memories of you from an infant through a young adult that I will hold onto forever. I thank God for giving you to me as a child, trusting me to help you grow, and letting me have those years with you. You will forever be a part of me. Amber – I love and miss you. (6/1/2016)
one year ago today God decided He wanted more laughter & dancing in heaven. He took my granddaughter Amber Mersing into His kingdom, we only had her for 24 years but she put so much joy & happiness into my life. i think of her every day thankful for all the joy she brought into my life. i miss her every day & wish i had her back. i miss you & you will always be with me. until we meet again love you pappy (6/2/2016)
I ask you all, please remember that tomorrow is not guaranteed. Remember to tell people you love them and more importantly SHOW them your love.