Meet Hanha Hobson
Hanha is the Founder and writer behind Transparency Blog. She is super passionate about encouraging women to uncover their identity in Christ! She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—Go Heels!—and she is pursuing plans to become a physician in the future. A few fun facts? She’s addicted to Grey’s Anatomy, has a special place in her heart for tacos, and podcasts are her present obsession. In her spare time, she daydreams about places she can travel and loves connecting with friends on Instagram. Come say hi!
1. What was the inspiration behind starting your business/organization?
I started writing when I got into college in 2012, and when I say writing, I signed into a google account and used it as an expressive means to write prayers and talk to God. I would literally throw on some worship music and just write, or should I say complain?! Haha (freshman year was rough!) But it wasn’t until I saw a friend share a post from her own blog that I thought about the idea. Initially, I fought insecurities like, “What if no one reads it? What if my friends judge me? And how will mine be different since everyone and their mom is blogging nowadays?” You can read more about that here, but somehow I did it, and it took about 2 years to take that leap of faith only to quit blogging for two more years.
But in 2017, I made it one of my personal goals to get back into blogging, be more consistent, and write solely about faith topics to give Jesus all the glory that He righteously deserves. I chose the name Transparency because I want to be transparent about my life in order to share the lessons that God is teaching me and encourage other believers to pursue Christ with their whole heart. It is my prayer to remind them that they are deeply loved, that they are important, and that someone cares about them. I want them to know that they aren’t alone on this journey, and that there is a community for them if they ever find themselves needing one.
2. What products or services does your business provide and who benefits from it?
As of right now, my products only include devotionals books. I wrote Jesus is Bae, a 31-day interactive devotional that will help women who feel lost in their walk with God, who are trying to figure out who Jesus is, or have no idea how to get back to a place where they can study the Bible consistently. It’s a resource that will help them encounter God’s love fully and discover what it means to be in a relationship with Him - whether that’s the first time or the 3rd, 9th, or 15th time. I do plan on publishing more devotional books, selling courses, and a membership community in the near future, but the people who benefit from my products are those who are looking to grow in their relationship with God, and uncover their identity in Christ.
3. Where is your business located?
I currently live in Raleigh, NC but my business is virtual! So I could really be anywhere running this blog :)
4. What are some of the marketing techniques that you’ve taken to bring awareness and visibility to your brand?
I think social media, email marketing, and collaborations are three important techniques. I’ve used it to bring visibility to my brand. When it comes to building an online brand, these are so important because your audience is primarily online. I think there are a lot of business gurus who talk about social media and email marketing so I don’t need to add more to that, but I think collaborations are a huge too! This is how you can be put in front of different audiences. Offer to write guest posts, ask to be a guest on someone’s podcast, or find a way to do a project together whether that’s going live on Instagram, hosting an event, or selling a course together. You know what they say: teamwork makes the dream work!
5. What motivates you to keep going?
I’m motivated by all the people who are in need of a Savior. I think about the people who are reading my blog and finding themselves uplifted because of it. Receiving emails from women who say that they needed to hear what I said or women who ask questions about how to mature in Christ – these moments help me understand how important my work is. It holds me accountable to keep going! Blogging serves a larger purpose than for myself and the time it takes to help others draw closer to Christ is worth the time, investment, and sacrifice.
6. Have you come across any roadblocks in your path to success? If so, how did you overcome them?
My biggest challenge has been honestly overcoming myself. God has taught me so much about my identity and what it means to root that identity in Christ! For example, I didn’t realize that shame or rejection was a huge part of my story. I really struggled with self-love and even accepting Christ’s love. I would compare myself to other bloggers and I would feel overwhelmed when I felt like I couldn’t live up to the expectations I set for myself. I was scared that I would never be good enough or significant. But as I began to spend more consistent and quality time with God, and when I took the time to meditate on His Word and get it on the inside of my heart, I’ve grown so much! It’s one of the main reasons why I started #TheConfessionsProejct because I want to help others declare God's promises over their lives!
7. What are some of your favorite resources or tools that you like to use for your business?
I like to use software like Asana to track projects and the time needed to complete them - this helps me get them all outside of my head. I also love to use Canva because it’s an easy way for me to create graphics. Instagram because duh, lol. And then I also like to use an email marketing software. I currently use Mailerlite, but I know there are a ton of other options that are popular. But I think a great life hack I am intentional about when it comes to blogging is scheduling "off days." By that, I mean I purposefully do not schedule any meetings or events. They're reserved for make-up days because more times than not, we always have something that comes up or we're behind on our to-do list. By scheduling these makeup days, it gives me room to breathe!
8. Any upcoming events, projects, or services that we should look out for?
Yes, 3 things! I’m publishing another devotional book that’s scheduled to be released this fall so that’s super exciting. I also plan on launching a membership community this summer. It will be designed around helping women build genuine connections with one another and having honest conversations about how we can uncover our identity in Christ and be more confident in the women God has created us to be. It will involve virtual workshops, interviews with special guests, a Facebook group and more!
And lastly, I’m planning another T-Time event, and that’s scheduled to be Friday, September 21! Everyone should stay tuned for that. It’s going to be SO fun!
9. Is it safe to say that you are living in your purpose?
I believe God has me exactly where I am supposed to be and I am doing exactly what He wants me to do be doing. This doesn’t mean that I’m where I want to be, but I’m beginning to learn more and more that purpose is not a destination, but a journey. People always reference Jeremiah 29:11 to talk about the future, but we can still look at that verse within the context of the past. The verse says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” That means that 3 months ago, the hope and future God was referring to is exactly where I am right now. And where I am is the plans He intended to prosper me. There’s something I need to learn in this season, and I have definitely been learning a lot! So short answer? Yes, I think it’s safe to say I’m living in
10. Any great reads (articles or books) that you would like to recommend to our audience?
For one, the Bible! LOL But a really good book I recently read is called Stay the Path by Bobbie Houston! I’m not huge on self-help or Christian non-fiction books but this one was SUPERB. I can’t speak enough about it. I’d also recommend the following:
Becoming a Prayer Warrior by Elizabeth Alves
The One Thing by Gary Keller
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
And then I have a TON of recommendations when it comes to novels so definitely hit me up if you want that list :)
11. What does success mean to you?
Success to me means living the life that God has called me to, and doing it with boldness and power. Practically, it means having the flexibility, time, and resources I need to do the things that I enjoy and spend time with the people I care about. Lastly, success means leaving a lasting legacy that influences and helps others. It’s creating a life that reflects generosity and service.
12. What advice can you give to aspiring entrepreneurs who would like to turn their dreams into realities?
Trust God and do it! Ask God for His guidance, and if you feel like He is leading you to do it, then do it. What God has for you is for you, and there is nothing that will get in the way of that! I mean what’s the worst that can happen? You fail and then God leads you to where you’re supposed to go? Stop being afraid! You weren’t designed to live in fear - you can do ALL things through Christ who gives you strength! EVERYTHING in life happens for a reason. God is the master orchestrator and He makes ALL things work together for your good. Your failures and challenges will only help you achieve the better plan that He has for you. And if you are trying to pursue a dream, walk boldly in it. God’s got you!
13. Where can our audience find you?
People can find me blogging over at www.cleartranspareny.com or if they want to connect more, I’m always hanging on Instagram at @transparencyblog or Facebook at Transparency Blog. Or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interview by: Leading with Lee Magazine