We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Erin Olson a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
Erin, looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. What’s been the most meaningful project you’ve worked on?
I write and podcast from the heart and feel like every book and podcast episode are Holy Spirit led. Each one is meaningful in its own way because my intent in every project is to draw people closer to Jesus because He is the only one who has all of the answers. I see myself as a vessel, and my podcasting and writing are a means to equip and encourage people to do what God calls each one of them to do.
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
There has never been a point in my life that I would not have identified as being a Christian, but I didn’t really know what being a true Christ follower actually meant until my mid-30’s. I was a housewife at the time with three children under the age of 6 years old. My life was filled with fear for some reason and Jesus met me in that fear and completely filled me with peace. It was shortly after that salvation encounter that I knew He had plans for me to use my voice not only within the walls of my home as I raised my children, but also outside those walls as well. I launched my ministry, Sandalfeet Ministries in January 2012 and released my first blog January 23, 2012. I’ve since published four books, written numerous blogs and articles, had a radio show, spoke at conferences, and launched a new podcast, The Depot Podcast with Erin Olson November 2020. My purpose in doing what I do is to equip believers through biblical teaching, encourage them in the journeys, and send people out into their worlds (their homes, their businesses, their workplaces, their schools, and their neighborhoods) to love God and love others.
Do you think there is something that non-creatives might struggle to understand about your journey as a creative? Maybe you can shed some light?
The biggest part of this journey for me that I didn’t realize would be such a big part is the time alone it takes to produce content. It can feel very isolating at times because you have to be in your own head for so long. It can be exhausting even if it looks like from the outside you aren’t doing much of anything.
Learning and unlearning are both critical parts of growth – can you share a story of a time when you had to unlearn a lesson?
Being a Christian writer is much different than being a secular writer. It’s much harder to write if you aren’t in step with the Holy Spirit. You can’t just put words on a paper and speak on a podcast if you haven’t put in the work and made sure you are aligned with the Holy Spirit. It’s dangerous and not a good representation of Christians.