Hey, TWNers!!! THANK YOU for joining me for another post from Teen Writers’ Nook. Before we jump into today’s post, I have a few quick announcements. First, I had the honor to write an article for my awesome friend Rayna’s fantabulous magazine!!!! My article was all about my experience writing Heir to His Crown, and you can read it right here. Also, I got to guest post on my awesome friend Kayleigh Idea’s spectacular blog. The post gives you 5 Tips to Writing an ENGAGING Short Story and I highly recommend reading here. And speaking of guest posts, don’t forget to be watching my fabulous friend Victoria’s site on Monday for a guest post from yours truly going live. And one final announcement. My amazing friend, Diamond, is having her annual Camp Happy Heart on her blog and her first of many contest was a short story one. Of course I entered, and I am so honored and thrilled to present to you the winner of that contest, if you click the link right here. Hehehe, yes, I’m not telling you the winner, basically making you go check it out for yourself. I’m nice like that. XD
Phew, that was a lot. Now onto today’s post. I had the honor to interview one of my FABULOUS friends, Brooke Eller. She is the founder of the “I’m Good, Wbu?” podcast, which is pretty awesome if I do say so myself. Read on if you wanna learn more about this awesome podcaster and what she’s been doing with “I’m Good, Wbu?” And if you’re interested in checking it out for yourself, then I recommend going right here. Now, onto the interview!
Hello, Brooke, THANK YOU for joining me today for this interview!!! Welcome to Teen Writers’ Nook!!!! We are SOOO excited to have you!!!!!!! So, can you start off by telling us a little bit about yourself? What do you like, what’s your future plans in life, etc.
Hey! My name is Brooke Eller, and I am a kinda old friend of Issabelle’s (we just recently reconnected!). I’m 17 years old and I love hanging out with my family and my two little doggies, Otis and Mabel! I also LOVE to read, write, and talk to other Gen-Z Christians on my weekly podcast (we’ll get to that later 🙂 ). After I finish high school, I want to major in exercise science and then pursue my Ph.D in occupational therapy so that I can help children that were born with Down’s Syndrome develop their fine-motor skills. I absolutely love people with special needs, so I can’t wait to spend my career helping them out as much as I can! Alongside being an occupational therapist, I hope that I will one day be a mom, and also that I can continue to produce my podcast.
I’m gonna start this off with a fun question first and then move from there!!
1. What’s the last book you read?
Well, considering that the last book I read was not very good (one that I would not recommend either, lol), I’ll give you my current favorite book. It’s called You Are Never Alone by Max Lucado and I COULD NOT RECOMMEND IT ENOUGH!
#2. You started up a really awesome podcast in January (eeeek, SOOO EXCITING!!). What was your motivation for that?
At the beginning of quarantine last year (2020), I was just reading all of these amazing books and observing Scripture for myself for the first time, and it really just started this passion in my soul to talk about mental health, relationships, and other things that aren’t always easy to have conversations about. I spent the rest of 2020 praying and thinking about it, and then in January of this year (2021) I released my podcast called, “‘I’m Good, Wbu?’ with Brooke Eller” to inspire our present (and future!) generations to be vulnerable and go deeper than the surface-level when they’re asked questions such as “how are you?”. Not only that, but I want to inspire other Gen-Z Christians to live for Christ wholeheartedly.
As far as the people that motivated me to start a podcast, I really just have always loved pouring into my friends, and letting my friends pour into me. So I really had a ton of great convos with friends that inspired me to start the pod. I also was blown away with the support from my friends, mentors, and family members—so they’re definitely worth noting!
3. Have you experienced any problems in starting and growing your podcast, I’m Good Wbu? If so, what did you do about it?
YES, ABSOLUTELY! Sometimes it is SO HARD to keep on creating content, which, in my case, led to burnout after like my fourth episode, haha! I just had to learn that it’s okay to rest, so that’s what I ended up doing! I took a break for a few weeks, but now we’re up and running again!
And, as far as trying to grow my podcast, (this sounds so bad, but it’s true) I DON’T. Like, I just don’t really put effort into growing my podcast, other than posting occasionally on my Instagram page (@i.am.good.wbu.podcast). The way I see it is: the people who the Lord wants to listen to it, will listen to it, regardless of if I try to grow it or not. I will definitely try to market it a little more in the future, but as of now, that’s not something I’m pursuing 🙂
4. What’s one thing God has taught you on this journey of beginning I’m Good Wbu?
Man, I’ve learned so many things, but the main thing has been PATIENCE.
I mean idk about you, but we have little to no patience today. Order something? BOOM, free 2-day (or less) shipping on Amazon. Research paper due? BOOM, pull out your phone or computer and find 10 sources in 10 minutes, rather than going to the library and reading 10 books for 10 days.
Being patient is so hard, but I’ve found that it not only benefits you when you’re patient, but it benefits other people as well. I think about John 13:35, and how people will know that we’re followers of Christ because of our love. Well, what is love? “Love is PATIENT, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud” (1 Cor. 13:4). If you’re patient with what God did, is doing, and will do in your life, that has immeasurably more benefits than you could imagine.
My podcast has required so much patience and self discipline, but it’s so rewarding and I wouldn’t change it for anything… because even in the moments where I’m not sure what’s going on, I can be patient because I know that God is with me.
5. Do you have any big ambitions for your podcast?
AHH YES!! I would love to interview some bigger guests one day, such as Annie F. Downs, or Sadie Robertson, or Tim Tebow, or Max Lucado (I will stop before I name a whole list of Christian authors and influencers!!).
I would also LOVE to see growth in my podcast, so that I could potentially pursue it as a full-time job (or as a side-hustle) later in my life!
6. Do you have any future plans for your podcast that you can share?
Interview Annie F. Downs (HAHAHAHAH !!!)
Growth—not just audience growth, but also, I would love to see myself & my listeners grow stronger in our relationship(s) with the Lord.
Have a team that helps me produce episodes weekly
Start “extra” podcast Bible study episodes, and write Bible study books to go along with them (no promises on this one, but it’s something I would love to do!)
I’m just putting something here because I feel like there’s something else, but I can’t remember it lolll !!
7. On the more personal end, has there been anyone in your life that has motivated you to pursue your ideas such as starting this podcast and/or other dreams?
1- My parents
2- My mentor (if you’re reading this, I LOVE YOU EMILYANN!!)
3- My friends
4- Christian influencers on TikTok/Instagram (Elijah Lamb, Katy Paty, Collin Ellis, Emma Teachey, Max Milton, Melina Laree, etc… THEY’RE SUCH AMAZING PEOPLE!)
8. Are there any words of inspiration and encouragement you have for other teens pursuing their dreams?
You are SO VALUABLE, more than you could ever imagine. You are SO LOVED more than you can possibly fathom. You have Someone that literally died to give you life. He sees every single thing you’ve ever done and He still CHOSE to love you immeasurably. Marinate on that.
If you’re struggling mentally, reach out to someone (my email is @firstname.lastname@example.org… SEND ME AN EMAIL IF YOU EVER NEED ANYTHING!!!).
If you want to grow in your faith, make it a daily effort to get to know Him. If you can’t “make enough time” to get into the Word, then constantly be in prayer. Talk to God on your way to practice, or while you’re getting ready, or while you’re waiting in line at checkout. Let Him know that He is a priority in your life. He wants to know you, but are YOU ready to know Him?
(I am talking to myself here, but…) YOUR GRADES DO NOT DEFINE YOU. The world says success is an “A,” but God says “success is KNOWING ME!!” Keep that in mind as you approach this upcoming school year!
Check out my weekly podcast for LOADS of great advice and encouraging words! I would love for you to listen as my guests and I try to push you deeper into your relationship with Christ 🙂
THANK YOU SO SO SO SOOOOOO MUCH, Brooke, for joining me today for this interview!!!!
Thank you so much for having me!
Wow, I hope y’all enjoyed this interview as much as I did!!!!!!! If you did, make sure to let us know in the comment section below. And be sure to check out Brooke’s FANTABULOUS podcast right o’er here!!! So in the comments below, let me know: What was the last book YOU read? Do you enjoy listening to podcasts? Are you interested in checking out Brooke’s podcast? Do you think TWN should have more interviews (if so, feel free to leave suggestions in the comments)? Who already feels inspired just from reading this interview? (*raises hand* meeee!!!!!)
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And be sure to keep an eye on Teen Writers’ Nook as we have some awesome posts coming up this week, AND I’m going to be starting a BRAND NEW SERIES on June 30th!!! You don’t wanna miss it!!! 😉 That’s all for now, TWNers!!! Now I shall leave thee to make thine journey through unknown terrains (*cough* down below) to finish the quest given upon thee (*cough* leaving a comment) XD
Keep on being awesome and never stop writing,