Turning 31

Yesterday my coworkers in the Collegiate office surprised me with a little birthday celebration, held a day early since we all are off work today for Good Friday. As we ate our cupcakes (mine gluten-free) I was asked two questions: What were some highlights from the past year, and what were some of my goals for this coming year?

Back when I turned 30 Kathy and I had only been living in Colorado for a couple months. I was still trying to figure out my new job and Kathy was still searching for one. Neither one of us really knew anyone in the state. The townhouse we just leased didn’t quite feel like home yet. And if I was feeling bold and turned off Google Maps I had a tendency to get lost just driving around town.

The whole “we live in Colorado now” thing was still surreal and, at times, stressful and lonely. We knew this would be the case when we decided to move, but it didn’t make it any easier.

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Mostly Armless

For two weeks now I’ve had my right arm in a cast. I suffered a wrist injury back in March that hasn’t wanted to heal on its own. Wearing a splint for roughly 6 weeks produced little improvement. Originally my doctor thought about giving me a cast that would go past my elbow, but instead he opted to immobilize my thumb. So I guess things could be worse, but I don’t always see it that way…

I'm a Monster!

The injury occurred while I was first moving into my new home in Colorado Springs. It turns out that when something you buy has the words “Team Lift” printed on the box you should probably heed the warning.

When I did finally have some x-rays taken I found out that I had done some damage to the ligaments in my wrist. An MRI showed that the damage wasn’t too serious, but bad enough to warrant immobilization for four weeks.

I’ve never had to have a cast for any injury before now. Having one on my right arm is especially aggravating considering my work calls for so much typing. I’ve been using the voice dictation feature built into my Mac and iPhone quite a bit for things like email and blogging, but it’s not much use when I need to write code for a website. With my thumb immobilized I can’t hold a pen either. You should see what my signature looks like right now.

It’s certainly been a humbling injury. At first I tried to keep doing most everything on my own, but soon learned that I was going to need to get better at saying “no” and “help” this month. I’m starting to get used to the limitations, but I still can’t wait to get this thing off!

Turning 30

It seems appropriate that I’m turning thirty this year. I have to smirk as I write that, as if I had a say in the matter. What I mean is since my last birthday I’ve found myself in the midst of one major life event after another. Since turning 29 a year ago Kathy and I got married, we moved from Florida to Colorado, I started a new full-time job with The Navigators, and somewhere in there I launched my own small business. Going from one decade to the next? Yeah, that seems par for the course right now.

With all those recent changes you would think watching the odometer turn over wouldn’t feel all that momentous. Not so. In fact, I’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around this new number. It’s like each January when you have to start writing the new year on everything. It just looks funny at first.

Usually in my annual birthday essay I try to reflect thoughtfully on the big themes of my life from the previous year, but this time I’ve decided to reflect on my twenties as a whole.

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The Ledwiths are Moving to Colorado!

Kathy and I are excited to announce that I have accepted an offer to work for The Navigators full time! Back in August I took a trip to Nav headquarters in Colorado Springs to interview for a new position being put together. In December I accepted an offer to become the Director of Collegiate Communications!

The Navigators sign in Colorado Springs

In this role I will be developing and overseeing the collegiate mission’s web presence and overall web strategy at the national level. It will be a combination of building upon their existing platform and innovating in creative ways. I can’t wait to get started!

The bittersweet part of this news is that Kathy and I will be moving from Tallahassee to Colorado Springs. I’ve spent the last 11 ½ years in this city. Kathy has lived here the past five years, plus another five when growing up. Leaving family and friends behind will be difficult, but we’re also incredibly excited to begin a new adventure.

My first day on the job is February 3, less than one month from now. There’s so much to be done between now and then. Your prayers during this time of preparation and transition are greatly appreciated.