My name is Elaine Johnston and I am the founder of The Prodigal Daughter.
Here is a little bit about me 🙂
I originally found my love for writing when my parents gifted me a journal for my 8th birthday. Ever since then, I have kept every single journal I’ve written in over the last 17 years. However, my professional writing career officially began when I was in the 9th grade.
I’ve always had deep thoughts and longed for deep conversations. So, when I was just 15-years-old, I started my very first WordPress site. The topics ranged anywhere from my thoughts on cultural events to my experiences with God. The only “clear” vision I had was that I didn’t want to be the only one wrestling with these thoughts in my head and to share my heart with the world. It was scrappy inconsistent, and convoluted but it was my attempt at sharing my deep thoughts with the world.
Despite weird formatting and not really know what I was doing with plug-ins (I still don’t btw), my 15-year-old self was determined to share my message with the world. But after a couple of years of blogging, I slowly started to feel a shift in my message.
2014 was a pivotal journey for me.
During this year, I graduated High School, started my first job, went through a major breakup, lost who I was, had both of my mentors move out of state, started College, and truly discovered my identity. It was whirlwind to say the least. But there was one constant reminder that kept stirring in my spirit: the story of the prodigal son. Or, rather, The Prodigal Daughter.
It was no coincidence that I probably heard this message 5-10 times that year. And I knew there had to be something to it. I really resonated with the story of walking away from yourself and then coming back to find your true self again.
Simultaneously, the idea of women’s ministry kept stirring in my heart as well. I no longer just desired to be validated and affirmed for my thoughts, I wanted other women to be heard as well. I constantly envisioned myself leading women on stages and Bible studies across the world to lean into their God-given callings in life.
So the summer of 2014, I changed my old blog name (a mixture of my first & middle name.wordpress) to The Prodigal Daughter and started shifting my message to helping women find themselves.
The Prodigal Daughter
But, once again, I still wasn’t sure what my “true” message was. The idea of “women’s ministry” no longer resonated with me but the idea of linking arms with women to chase after their God-given callings still spoke to me. Only this time, there was a different strategy and heart behind the message.
After graduating with my Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2018, I realized there was a need to help empower women. By fully understanding the notion of a healthy mindset and the belief in yourself, we are powerful human beings and can create anything we set our minds to. But I felt as if there was a lack of this belief. Too often I saw women putting their dreams on the backburner and losing their vision for their lives. Too often I saw women not taking their dreams seriously.
So, I decided I was going to do so something about it. If I could help it, no longer would women deny their strengths and chose the “safer” and “easier” paths because society told them to do so. No longer would women allow their circumstances dictate what they truly felt God speaking into their lives. No longer would women deny themselves just to fit the societal stigmas and opinions of others.
In 2019, I decided to start The Prodigal Daughter podcast with a focus on “mindset, meditation, and manifestation”. With this idea in mind, I also created The Prodigal Daughter Community where women can come together and help lift up and empower each other through their endeavors!
I have the fortune of being married to my best friend, Cody, for 3 1/2 years now. We curretnly reside in our Arkansasan home we built together with our Siberian Husky pup, Doppler Radar. We own 3 businesses together, a concessionaire business in our local ballpark, Batter Up, an online apaprel business, Cedar Temple Trade Company, and a podcast production & media company, Reckless Media.
Aside from The Prodigal Daughter, I also co-host The Reckless Pursuit – “a safe place for Christians to ask unsafe questions” alongside my husband, Cody. We also collaborate with our friends over at Too Many Podcasters and are currently gearing up for our online conference, NOMAD 2020. Both Cody and I have a heart for people who want to dive deeper into their spritiaul faith journey as well as those who desire to ask the hard questions.
My latest project:
I’m writing my very first book!
Moving Mountains – Name it. Claim it. Move it.
This book is all about how to break through life’s toughest challenges and how to move the biggest mountains in your life. Life is a spiritual journey and I want to help others (both men & women alike!) walk through their own obstacles anywhere from imposter syndrome to health & trauma, to self-care and relationships. Est. 2021!
When I’m not podcasting, writing, or working on my businesses, you can either find me snuggled up on the couch with a good book and a coffee in hand or out traveling with my husband and husky.
A couple of random facts about me:
- Personality Type: Enneagram Type 4 / INFJ
- Coffee Order: ANY & ALL
- Favorite Color: Orange
- Favorite Season: Autumn
- Favorite Holiday: Halloween
- Favorite TV Show: Doctor Who
- Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby
- Favorite Movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas