Binky Theodore https://poweredbythree.com/
Tell us about yourself.
I am 49 years old, happily married to my husband for 22 years, and we adopted our foster daughter a little over a year ago. She is now 12 years old. I am a breast cancer survivor of 18 years, and I’ve battled infertility our entire married life. Those two major events prompted the awakening of my faith journey and subsequent autobiography, His Plans My Hope.
What inspired you to create your blog/business?
I received very positive feedback from my book and I have been told I write in such a way that moves and touches people. I am honest and transparent with my point of view, and people seem to relate easily to my story. I feel I have more to offer. It seems I see the world differently than many people. Where there is fear and doubt and frustration, I see clearly a different perspective that offers clarity and hope. I’d like to put that gift to use to benefit others.
What is a typical day in your life?
Assuming you mean before/outside of COVID-19 quarantine, I am first and foremost a wife, mom and homemaker, so my life revolves around what, how and when to feed my family, and getting clothes and dishes cleaned to be used again in very short order. We also have two 90-pound black labs to care for. Secondarily, I work full-time as a secretary for my church. It’s quite an unremarkable daily routine of doing chores, planning meals, and staying available to my husband and daughter for their every need, on top of my routine secretarial work in the office.
How to you stay productive and motivated working virtually?
I am a detail-oriented learner and teacher. I thrive on To Do lists, organization and efficiency. I felt an urgency to complete each daily task of the 30DBC so I would not fall behind. During COVID-19, I haven’t been able to work in my church office, so I had a lot more flexibility to stay focused each day.
How have your friends and family reacted to your project?
I have an amazing support system in my family and my church community. They have been with me through every struggle on my journey, and they lift me up and encourage me every step of the way!
What has been the scariest part of having a blog and how have you overcome it?
I feel an overwhelming sense of responsibility to provide great value to my followers. Nobody wants more emails in their inbox, especially if they provide no value. So my fear is of disappointing them. At this early stage of growing my contact list, most everyone on it has given me so much. I just want to pay them back. I’m not sure if I’ll ever “overcome” that.
What have you gained from your business up until now?
Starting my blog has bolstered my confidence and self-worth. Thanks to you, Monica, and other followers that have commented on my posts, I’m starting to believe more and more that I have a unique gift that’s worth sharing.
What message do you have for students who are starting the challenge now?
It’s worth it! Trust the process and continue moving forward!
How has the 30Day Blog Challenge helped you?
Most of all, the 30DBC has greatly impacted the way I see and understand blogging. I see the value of building a comprehensive website as opposed to a simple list of blog posts. My readers are enjoying the flow and connectivity between my pages and posts, and they’re eager to read more. The 30DBC has also given me the confidence to believe monetizing may be possible in my future, but more importantly, that I can touch souls. That is the greatest gift and I am so grateful to all involved in building this course!