So what shall I do with @Just_Matt_?

No straight lines make up my life; And all my roads have bends; There's no clear-cut beginnings; And so far no dead-ends. Harry Chapin, All My Life's a Circle

One year ago today, I received an email from the HR Director, asking if I wouldn’t mind stopping by her office for a little “chat.” I knew what that meant. It was early Tuesday morning and very few people had arrived in the office yet. I knew exactly what that meant.

Less than an hour later, I was walking out to my car to get a box so I could gather up my belongings. It wasn’t a surprise, really. It had happened to a lot of people in recent weeks. In fact, I was starting to see a bit of a pattern. But it still left me a little disoriented.

I had just been fired.

I can say all I want about how this was a blessing in disguise and that I’m better off now than I was then. Those statements are true. And I probably said those exact things to people that day. Because I believed them. But this was still a rather significant change in direction for our family. And can I just say that this couldn’t have come at a more inopportune time?

A week before this event, we moved into a new rental.

A week before that, we had purchased a new (to us) van.

Two days after I was fired, Christy’s teaching job lost funding.

The day after that was the one-year anniversary of Dave’s passing.

Emotionally? I don’t know if there could’ve been a worse time for this to happen. There was all this excitement about new things like the adoption and the van. That excitement was mixed with sorrow and uncertainty as we didn’t exactly know where this road was going to take us. It’s kind of tough to know what’s happening next when both family members lose their jobs in the same week.

Of course, there never really is a good time to get canned. Is there?

Anyway, I promise I’m in a better place. Of course, I miss some of my former teammates. But I really do love my new jobs. And pretty much everything about my life is in a better place. A much better place.  So I’m not really carrying any emotional baggage like I did back when we moved to Greenwood.

Back when I was guest-posting and doing other digital promotion for my former employer, I had created a second twitter account. Y’all already know about @mattdantodd. Right? And y’all are already following me. Right? If you aren’t, you can go ahead and click on over there and do that. I’ll wait.

I promise. I’m waiting.

Done?

Good.

You might have known about @mattdantodd. But I’ll bet you didn’t know about @Just_Matt_. Well, now you do. And I’m looking for some input about what to do with this account. You see, @Just_Matt_ has kind of lost his way. I’d love to help him find his way back on track. There’s no need for him to end at a dead end. Is there?

So on this, the one year anniversary of my life taking an unexpected turn, I’d like to know what you think I should do with @Just_Matt_. Should I primarily promote this blog through him? I kind of do that already through my main twitter account. I’m really not sure what to do with him at the moment. But I’m open to suggestions. Actually, this is me begging for suggestions.

What should I do with this twitter account?

I could try to bribe you by saying the winning suggestion will get some awesome prize. But I really don’t have an awesome prize to give away. All of our extra money is tied up in adoption expenses right now. Remember?

I’ll figure something out. In the meantime, I’d love to hear your suggestions!

Oh, and that quote at the top of this post? Here’s the rest of the song. I think it’s kind of fitting for today. Don’t you?

Things Observed Along the Way

When the rug was pulled out from under our family a little more than 6 months ago, my biggest worry was how this was going to impact the kids. It didn’t rattle my faith in God. It didn’t really shake my trust in the Church. I’ve dealt with much greater crises of faith and I was confident we were going to land on our feet. Don’t get me wrong. There was a lot of hurt and we felt betrayed. But I knew (and continue to know) that God is bigger than all of that. He has moved mountains time and time again. And this? This has been a tiny molehill. He continues to write our story and it’s my prayer that He will shine brightly through every letter used to tell that story. Continue reading “Things Observed Along the Way”

Thank You, Twitter!

A few years ago, I announced that Twitter is my friend. And why not? It was because of Twitter that Aiden and I received personalized autographs from one Coach Tom Crean.

Since then, Twitter has opened up many doors for me. I’ve been able to interact with people all over the world. I even learned about major news events (like the killing of bin Laden) before they were announced via the cable news networks. And I’ve gotten some pretty cool free stuff thanks to sites like Klout. And even though I was slightly disappointed that I wasn’t picked to participate in the #Social46 at the Super Bowl, it’s been amazing to see how that tool has helped make our fine city look even finer with their ability to connect visitors with important information (once the brouhaha about who was “in” and who was “out” finally died a death that was much too slow in my opinion). And I got over my disappointment in about 5.3 seconds.

I’ve also had the opportunity to do some pretty cool things, yet I had to pass them up for one reason or another. It was Twitter that gave me the opportunity to watch the last-ever landing of a Space Shuttle (still kicking myself for passing on that one). I also won two free tickets to the ChaCha New Year’s Eve party in Indianapolis. I hear it was the hottest party in the region. At least, that’s what the organizers and promoters said.  Had to pass on that, too, because of a variety of reasons.

But my appreciation for Twitter has been taken to a much deeper level during this, the first month of 2012. A few weeks ago, I read a tweet from someone I’ve been following for several years. Because of that tweet, I sent in an application.

Because of that tweet, I have a new job.

Because of that tweet, my first day as a team member of an Indianapolis-based SEO company is a week from today!

Social media gets all kinds of criticism. Some of it is warranted (like when CBS “broke” that Joe Paterno had died…even though he hadn’t…yet). Some of it is from people who just don’t get it. But there’s some pretty redemptive qualities to social media. It helped save a man’s soul. It also helped get me a job.

Thank you, Twitter. A few years ago, I declared you my “friend.” I should probably announce that you’re my new BFF now, huh? I’m looking forward to what other magic you might surprise me with in the coming year(s).