Month: June 2016

Yinzers Get Fit !

I am a Yinzer, born and raised and to the heart! 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 have eating healthy and exercising regularly. I started by walking and progressed from their. 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!...

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Happy Father’s Day

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. Naveen Jain https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/n/naveenjain517107.html?src=t_fathersday 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.      ...

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Using Evernote For Blogging

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...

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Grief – Words of a 12 year old

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 .  ...

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Amber – One Year

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...

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