Today we’d like to introduce you to Shanda Fulbright.
Shanda, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
As I sat looking out the dingy window of my 5th grade classroom, I felt imprisoned by my own choices. Have you ever thought to yourself, “I was made for more?” That’s the thought that crossed my mind.
I’m a teacher at heart but I felt compelled to take what I know beyond the classroom and an audience of thirty-two students. Don’t get me wrong; I love teaching kids. But, I also love the challenge of being a thought leader in a world where disagreeing with others is frowned upon.
I really felt God calling me out of the four walls of the classroom, but where would I begin? What would I do to satisfy the desire to make a bigger difference; to use the gift of teaching in a way that gave me purpose each day?
I decided to start a blog. I wrote a 1200 word essay and held my finger over the “send” button. The push of the button was like entering another world. What was on the other side? I wasn’t sure. But as soon as I sent the words into the blogosphere I knew I was launching out into the deep.
A year later, the blog led me to start a podcast called Her Faith Inspires, where I share and meet with others all over the world. It is one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done because I have married my teaching skills with application of truth, and sometimes that leads to controversial topics.
It’s been a wild ride and I’ve since pressed the “send” button more than 700 times on things I hope will challenge and encourage others to find their purpose in this life. After all, that’s how we thrive in a world where we can live abundantly.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
One of the hardest decisions I had to make was leaving the classroom. If you’re a teacher at heart, the classroom and the students always seem to beckon you. What I do: podcasting, writing and speaking, do not cultivate the same kind of relationships I had with my students. That’s hard for a teacher.
When you branch out on your own, one of the most nagging and haunting questions that seem to be on repeat in the mind is, “What if no one buys my books?” or, “What if no one listens to the podcast?” There’s always the fear that no one will show up.
But one of the things I tell myself is that it doesn’t matter. The effort I give to one thousand is the same effort I give to one. When you’re a creator of content, it’s a form of art that is not dependent on others in order to create, and it’s also not dependent on numbers in order to produce your best.
With that in mind, I’ve also had publishers turn my books down. But, I believe entrepreneurs and thought leaders are doers. The endurance to continue doesn’t fluctuate with the number of yes’s and no’s. It can’t. It has to be something you determine in your heart at the start of your journey.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Her Faith Inspires – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My business is a non-profit. Everything I provide on my website is completely free. I try and earn donations through speaking engagements and bible study sales through Amazon.
My mission is to equip women (and men too), to live a life of purpose. I share biblical truths to everyday situations in life. I provide tools such as my Her Faith Inspires podcast, devotionals, and videos on my YouTube channel to empower, uplift and encourage others that God has more for them, and they don’t have to look out their dingy windows and wonder if there’s purpose beyond the walls that surround them.
I don’t compromise truth for likability. I treat my listeners as friends and I tell the truth packaged with a healing balm. I’m not worried about being politically correct in order to spare someone the key to the truth that will set them free.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I hope to expand my team and employ others who can help me get materials in the hands of my listeners. My goal is to hit 10,000 downloads on my podcast this year and continue to provide quality content that empowers my listeners to grow and live abundantly.
My goal is to mentor others who want to expand their reach and their influence, and to attract other mentors with the heart to do the same. Many people have a heart to share with others, but lack the tools and confidence to start. I strongly feel like we need to help other out and share what we know so they can be successful.
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