A little while back I tried the cloud based note keeping service called Evernote.  It was ok.  I would save some things and go back to it from time to time.  It was…well…fine.

I think my lack luster relationship with it was that I was using it at the time before a smartphone, before a tablet/other connected devices.  So basically it was just like my browser’s bookmarks.

About a month ago I tried it again.  I read up on the “best practices” and some creative uses for Evernote and then jumped in.  I am loving it.  Some of the things I am using it for are:

  • Jotting down ideas about sermons
  • capturing websites, articles and other things for leadership development
  • I can forward important project emails to it.
  • draft blog post ideas
  • record audio as notes with searchable tags.
  • take pictures of receipts (which i always lose) for later on.
  • ….the list goes on

People describe this service as a second brain.  It is but it doesn’t forget, hence the elephant logo.  However this is not to say that I will now not forget.

Give it a shot and enjoy 🙂


About a week ago I thought my laptop was dying.  Every time I powered it up to get started working the battery was dead.  I have a spare and swapped out the battery thinking that was the problem and the same thing happened with the second battery.  I the morning it woudl be out of juice.  I was dreading having to look into getting a new machine.  Ok, truth be told I would love the looking but just not the price tag.

Then one night while writing some thank out notes I realized that my “sleeping” laptop would suddenly turn on after being asleep for about 15 minutes.  Then it would stay on until the battery was exhausted.  This would happen when i woudl throw the computer in my messenger bag and leave to go to work too.

After some digging I found that the dongle that my wireless mouse was emitting a signal that would wake up the laptop, even when I wasn’t using the mouse.  So I disabled the function that woudl wake the computer upon the movement or click of the mouse.  I thought that woudl have done it but the problem persisted.  Then I read that the wireless adapter not only assigned a signature for a mouse but a keyboard too even though i didn’t use a wireless keyboard.  So I had to disable the same function but for the the keyboard.

I tell this story to ask a question.  Do you ever feel drained for unknown reasons?  Do you feel like you have to power down because you are exhausted?

What might be draining your battery and you hadn’t thought to diagnose the problem?  It might be not getting enough sleep or it might be a relationship that is eating away at you.

What are you going to do to disable the things that are draining your power or stealing your joy?  Make a list or try something to help you retain that charge you have because you have too much to do to let other things or people drain you unduly.

Cozy coffeehouse

After a great workout at the gym I am at my second office and it is beautiful. The windows seem frosted with condensation, there is no one here and the smell and sounds of a coffee shop are intoxicating. It is going to be a great day.

Salt N Light Rally

Tonight we had a chance to hang out with the crew from Salt N Light Youth Ministry and it was awesome.  Not only was the rally great, but I was able to do it with Katie at New Hope and see all of that crew too.  Stephen Gallaher was my youth ministry professor in seminary and the leader of SNL.  It was really a blessing to be ministered to by him and to see a UMC clergy member so infatuated with God and in love with what he is going.  Their ministry is awesome and if you ever have the chance to go to a rally or event of theirs you need to go.

A final aside was that when we were loading up the trailer, it was a downpour of rain.  So it felt a bit like Faithpoint on Sundays packing up the stuff to go into the truck.  Great Night