Happy July everyone! June was a ridiculously busy month at our house so it’s literally been over a month since my last post. Here’s a quick recap.
I turned 31…not really a big deal. Just another year. However, I have titled it my “Offspring Birthday.” If you remember the song “Pretty Fly for a White Guy” by Offspring, there’s a part that says. “He’s gettin a tattoo yeah he’s getting it done. He asked for a thirteen but they drew a thirty-one.”…corny I know. It just popped into my head one day and I ran with it.
Speaking of running. I completed the first, and most likely last, 50 mile race of my life. My good friend Alex Woody convinced/coerced me into doing it with him. To his credit, he hung back with me until about mile 32 before he took off. I finished in 12 hours and 34 minutes. To me, the only important part of that sentence is the first two words. I finished. Coming into the race, I was only running 2-3 times a week and my longest training run was 16 miles. My second longest training run was about 5 sooooo…. yeah. Finishing was an accomplishment in and of itself. I don’t know where I’m going next as far as training. However, I do know that for the rest of my life, I can now say that I completed a 50 mile race.
Anya also had a birthday in June. She is an insanely active baby. This is probably a survival skill given to her because of her older brothers. She is at least as energetic, if not more so, than either of the boys. Our house is never quiet and still. Until Joshua’s next birthday, we currently have a one year old, a two year old, and a three year old. It’s fun, exhausting, frustrating, and amazing all at the same time.
Work-wise, HSA Denison Elementary is sadly closed down for good now. It’s been really hard for me. I’ve spent the last six years pouring myself into that school and that student body. It really hurts to leave. However, I am staying with the same company, Concept Schools, and transferring to one of our schools on the east side of Cleveland. I am excited and nervous at the same time for the opportunity there.
I also got an Instagram. One of the literary agents to whom I sent my books wrote back to me saying that he loved them but that I didn’t have a strong enough online platform for him to represent me. One of the ways of building that online platform is through Instagram. You can follow me at @erik_steidl if you feel like it. Actually please do. Also, if you’re reading this blog and haven’t actually followed the blog yet, please do that as well. There should be a link it the lower right corner of your screen. It will then ask you for an email address and send you a confirmation email. Sometimes it goes to Spam though. It is still a huge dream of mine to become a published author of children’s books. I’ve been working really hard with editing, networking, and doing consultations to accomplish this.
Well, that’s basically a recap of where we are in life right now. We hope and pray that your lives are amazing and blessed.