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Category: LCBD and Me (page 1 of 4)

Unauthorized Transactions

With the proliferation of unauthorized credit card changes over the years, I guess you could say I’ve been relatively lucky. Sure I’ve had my fair share of calls from different financial institutions advising me that their crack team of security specialists have discovered something and therefore I need a new card. And while that’s always been a headache at the time, I’ve always appreciated that added sense of security when it comes to my money.

Unfortunately, today is the day that all changed.

A Collection of Credit Cards

Courtesy of frankleleon

While getting some of my financial house “tidied” this morning, I did my usual check of banking and credit card statements online to ensure I knew where I not only stood money wise, but to ensure that the charges were all legit. That’s right, even though I’d never had an issue, I’ve always tried to stay on top of everything to ensure I was always above water.

And that’s how I found it. Continue reading

From #Funemployment to Fun Employment

When I discovered I was transitioning into the world of funemployment (or #funemployment as I’ve been apt to call it on social media), I set myself a timeline to ensure I gave my soul some time to heal and ensure I didn’t fritter away all my severance before finding the next big thing.


I wanted to travel, and travel I did. I went on a cruise, I rode a train, I spent time in Toronto and I just got back from England. Heck, I’ll be off to Calgary in a couple of weeks too.

I wanted to learn, so I signed up for Hootsuite University to help soothe my passion for social media and diligently set myself forward to better understanding the medium. And I can proudly say that I’m now a Hootsuite Certified Professional. And as I want to further my knowledge of the adult learning function, I’m starting to explore the world of design & development to supplement my understanding of facilitation & delivery.

Yet now it’s time to start that next transition. It’s time to look for that new opportunity. It’s time for me to commit to finding that next great opportunity and transition back into the world of being happily employed. (there’s more to read below)

2014 & LCBD

How did Left Coast By Design fare as a blog in 2014?  Well, the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys (which apparently are a thing) prepared a 2014 annual report for the blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 38 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

My goal for 2015?  At least 72 cable car trips.  Or something like that.

The Diet

Today is the first day of my diet. And so far I think I’ve stuck to the plan.

TFD (The First Drop) logo on fitness bag

Courtesy of PeterJBellis

In my books, all success no matter how small is success nonetheless. Even more so considering some of my previous adventures to get healthy.

Having seen a few of my coworkers meet success, I’ve signed up for the New Lifestyle Diet in hope that the regimented (and portion controlled) plan will help me see a similar transition to better health.

Combining 7 portion controlled meals with a 1 defined “Healthy Meal” (4oz of lean meat & 2c of veggies for dinner), the idea is that by “training” me to distribute healthy meals throughout the day and consider portion size, I’ll be able to better maintain my weight upon completion of the diet. And on top of my new eating habits, I also need to include a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise each day – the recommended exercise for beginners like me is a brisk walk.

Where you all come in is the support I’ll need to get through this. While much of the load will be borne by me, I’m empowering each and every one of you to kick my ass (I don’t swear often, so consider this serious) if it looks like I’m wavering. Help me keep sight of the goal & provide encouragement if need be. Join in on the conversation I’ve started on Twitter (#lyterforce is the official hashtag) & Facebook. Considering this crowd-sourced support!

If you’re doing the same thing, don’t be afraid to ask me for help. Let us share our trials and tribulations as we make an investment in our health and well-being! I’ll keep you honest if you promise to keep me honest.

And maybe we can re-write that book to show that our small successes were in fact one giant amount of success.

It’s life you know.

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