Ep. 7: Personal Trainer to Affirmation Advocate

I felt very strongly that I needed to interview Suzy, and that this episode needed to come out this week. So, this is for you, listeners. I know there’s at least one person who needs to hear from Suzy this week. <3

In this episode, Suzy Jordan, founder of Affirmed Co., shares a bit about her career journey (beginning as a personal trainer)—but more importantly, shares her journey from struggling with severe depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation, to becoming a mental health advocate and business owner. She shares how her hobby for hand-lettering and her own personal healing work inspired her to make a product to help others change their own mindsets through affirmations.

Here are some of the things mentioned in this episode:

The article I wrote last year about suicidal ideation

Suzy’s Big 3: Meditation, Affirmations, Gratitude

@heytiffanyroe ; tiffanyroe.com

Brené Brown (@brenebrown)

@Rachel Hollis (The Hollis Co)

If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, or any other type of low point, please reach out and get help. You are loved and you are worth it. I promise. Stick with us. And as Suzy said in the interview, “I firmly believe that the experiences we go through are not only for our benefit, but are for the benefit of other people as well. We can use our experience to give hope to others.” I wholeheartedly agree.

Suzy has kindly offered listeners 20% off their next order at Affirmed Co. with code “WANDERING”. Thank you so much, Suzy!

You can find Suzy on Instagram @affirmedco, Facebook, and online at affirmedco.com.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/)

Crisis Text Line: Text CONNECT to 741741 in the United States (https://www.crisistextline.org/)

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (http://www.sprc.org/)

For a more complete list of mental health resources, please visit the resource list at the National Network of Depression Centers.

Home Tour: Living Room (So Far)

I didn’t let myself start designing my home until I had signed a contract and paid my deposit. I think a big part of that was not letting myself get my hopes up—if you recall, I’ve spent a decade living with roommates in apartments, so I had a pretty limited space to call my own. When I finally had a place, I starting making Pinterest boards for every room in the house.

The living room board was one that I was most excited about. I found myself swooning over neutral color schemes. I knew exactly the grey couch I wanted to save up for, I knew a couple family heirlooms that would fit well in the space, and in my mind, it all looked so peaceful and perfect.

Screenshots of my living room Pinterest board

Before I even moved in, I found THE MOST AMAZING vintage yellow chairs for a steal of a price (or so I thought) on Facebook Marketplace. I snatched them up, and the gal was even getting rid of a coffee table and gave that to me for free. I had initially hoped to reupholster the chairs with a grey fabric, but the yellow grew on me, despite…

Cat hair.

So. Much. Cat hair.

And dried hairballs.

I spent 2 days scrubbing it out (plus repairing a couple of wobbly legs). Truly, it’s not perfect. There are still stains on it. But they no longer smell like cats, and at least I know that those things are CLEAN. There are still some things I want to do with the chairs (sand down the legs and re-stain them, replace the fabric underneath, and later, someday, reupholster them), but I love them as they are right now.

I ended up suddenly designing my living room around these chairs. This room is bright and bold, and it feels so comfortable. I LOVE this room. I still LOVE my Pinterest board as well, and maybe someday my home will reflect that, but I’m not in a hurry.

I only purchased 3 items in the living room. Everything was repurposed from things I already owned. I’ve spent under $50 (so far) for this room. (Okay, plus about $12 to fix those chairs so far, but doesn’t $50 sound better?)

Here’s the breakdown:

Vintage yellow chairs, $35
Blue Magic Upholstery Cleaner, about $7
Gorilla Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive, about $5

Coffee table, free
Basket, $15 at HomeGoods
Tan pillows, vintage from my family
Lamp, vintage from my family
Fabric on floral pillow from Harmony in Provo
Beeswax candles from Farm & Hive in Payson, UT
Wall art from Light & Ink (purchased years ago at Beehive Bazaar in Provo)
Art prints on the shelf from Hayley Nuenswander and Caitlin Connolly.

So much #shoplocal in here! I love supporting creative friends.

Big disclaimer: This room is not done! This photo is of the half that is. I am still looking for a couple key pieces to put on other walls, but I’m taking my time. I wanted to get this place feeling livable and cozy though, and I love where it’s at so far.

Ep. 6: From Uncertainty to Confidence in Business

When I first announced that I was starting a podcast, Melissa (of Episode 2) messaged me to tell me that I need to meet her friend Chelsea who was ALSO launching a podcast around the same time with a similar theme! That started a friendship that would span through texts, Marco Polo, and hopefully sometime meeting in person. But this gal, let me tell you. Chelsea has a way of making you feel like you’re already old friends, and I LOVE that. She also has an incredible energy and passion, and you’re going to hear that both in this podcast episode, and in her podcast, Confidence in Business.

In this podcast, she shares about how she went from unsure about her career path and unable to find the resources she was looking for, to an advocate for other women wanting to break into business. Here are some of the things that were mentioned in the podcast:

Chelsea and her sweet family! Baby #2 coming soon!!

Before we even start the interview, I talk about how I’m figuring out the best way to schedule my time. I mention that I’m planning to try out block scheduling. I mention episode 56 of the Live Free Creative podcast where host Miranda talks all about block scheduling, so I’ll definitely be relistening to that soon!

In her interview, Chelsea mentions author/podcaster Robin Sharma, and how she used to listen to his YouTube videos. She says the insights he shared changed her life.

You can find Chelsea on Instagram, and her podcast @ConfidenceinBusiness on Instagram, Facebook, and on major podcast platforms.

I’m planning to be on the Confidence in Business podcast soon as well, talking about my path to becoming a podcaster, and the resources I use to do that. So check back for that later!

Thanks so much, Chelsea! And as always, if you like what you hear, please subscribe, leave a review, and share the podcast with a friend! Thanks so much!

Ep. 5: What My Foot Zoner Taught Me About My Life Path

In early December, I moved out of my apartment. Episode 1 was recorded in that apartment. Episodes 2-4 were recorded at my family’s home in California. And finally, episode 5 was recorded in my new house in Southern Utah. In this episode, I share some updates about my recent move and what led me here. I share about a week I had last fall that helped me recognize that I was on the right path, and how a meeting with my foot zoner helped me see that. And just for fun, I kept in some bloopers, even in the first minute. It’s just real life! I got a little laugh out of it.

And as promised, here’s a sneak peek of my living room. I’ll share all the details in a future Allie At Home post (including how I spent LESS THAN $50 for everything + details on the many vintage items in this room). I LOVE IT.

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A Room Can Still Feel Like Home

Restored desk, thrifted chair, Ikea bookshelf.

I have been renting rooms in shared apartments for over a decade. My first place, an old on-campus apartment my first semester in college, lasted only one semester before I moved off-campus. That started a trend for me: I rarely stayed more than 1 or 2 semesters in any one apartment, so I never really settled down. Everything was mismatched. Nothing had a theme. And too many of the items were probably from Target’s cheap dorm room section.

A year after I graduated, my friend Cameron called me out on my lack of interior design skills.

“You can still create a home you love even if you’re just renting a room in an apartment,” he said. I truly had never considered that before.

There are some things I’ve still chosen to stay frugal on while living with roommates—namely kitchen supplies or other items that will be used by multiple people. But things in your personal space? This is your home, and you can absolutely create a space to feel like that.

Things I invested in:
Frames and art
A side table
A lamp, etc.

Things I did not invest in:
Kitchen appliances
TV, and other electronics in common areas

A good shower head
Dishes and utensils
Throw blankets and pillows for the living room
Office/desk supplies
“Smart” technology (Alexa, Google Home, outlets, light bulbs, etc)

The things in my “Don’t Invest” list are things that are in common areas of the home and can be on the more expensive side. For example, I’d never spend more than $10/15 on skillets or pans for a shared kitchen, but I would definitely consider investing in quality kitchenwares in my own home. 

The optional things are things I have no opinion on. Did some of those things get used or broken by my roommates? Yes, but it’s not a big deal. I would personally just not invest too much money on things that are in common areas of a shared home. Whatever I purchase for common areas, I make sure I’m mentally prepared to part with them if they get broken or misplaced.

Want to start putting more intention into your design style, even in a rented room? I’ve really been loving the A Beautiful Mess Podcast, hosted by Emma and Elsie of the A Beautiful Mess blog. Both the website and the podcast have a lot of great insights into interior design, including some DIY projects. I think this is a great place to get started in finding your personal style, and what you want to invest in to reflect that. Here are some of my favorite A Beautiful Mess podcast episodes about design: Episode 2: Forever Homes; Episode 10: How to Decorate Affordable (And Not Just From Target!)

I started adding furniture into the mix in 2018 when I made my first table, then in 2019 when I restored a desk that my great-grandpa had made around the 1950’s (pictured). Because I was living in a basement apartment at the time with a roommate, the table went in a corner of the living room and was used sparingly when I needed extra workspace. The desk went in my room and acted as my office space (pictured). In the background you can see the Ikea bookshelf I used as both a bookshelf and a dresser—there are clothes in the cubes of the shelf. Beside the bookshelf is my bed (not pictured). By this time, after a decade of living in apartments, I finally had a style: a lot of white, green plants, and natural wood—basically, colors to brighten up a dark basement bedroom. While my next apartment won’t be in a basement, I’m still planning to keep everything very light.

My space finally started to feel like home, but it took years. I’m grateful that Cameron started me on the path to designing a space that feels like home and not just a temporary dorm room. What can you add to your space to help it feel more like a home? What’s the right investment for you right now?

Ep. 4: Healthcare Professional Turned Artist

Photos courtesy of Nicole Hock

Nicole Hock of -Osis Earrings is no stranger to health conditions—aside from being a radiologic technologist (“rad tech”), Nicole has Type 1 Diabetes, Hashimoto’s disease, and struggled with an eating disorder for 8 years. Her passion for healthcare and helping others turned to a business when she began creating polymer clay earrings modeled after aspects of different health conditions. I LOVE THIS!

In this episode, we dive deeper into Nicole’s story and what inspired her (despite believing her entire life that she wasn’t particularly creative) to use her creative skills for good.

You can find Nicole and -Osis Earrings on Instagram @osisearrings and on Etsy. A portion of all proceeds from all of her sales are donated to related foundations.

Through the end of January 2020, listeners can use the code WINTER10 for 10% off their order on the -Osis Earrings Etsy page. Thanks so much, Nicole!

Ep. 3: Hollywood Hustle to Suburban #MomLife

Photo courtesy of Emma Walz

My cousin Emma Walz has always been the adventurer in the family. She’s always been learning, creating, and charting her own course. While I was stoked for her to move back to Utah a couple years ago after living in California working as a script supervisor for years, I wasn’t too surprised when she later told me that she felt a bit lost in her new life as a “suburban mom.”

Photo courtesy of Emma Walz (she’s the one in the blue hat!)

I wasn’t worried though—I knew Emma would figure it out, and she did. In this episode of the Looks Like Wandering Podcast, Emma shares about her path to script supervising, and then her shift to motherhood. She shares some great insight to both the career and the lifestyle of those working in the film industry. Maybe most importantly, Emma shares about the mental shifts she’s had to make to truly embrace this season of life.

And surprise! Keep listening for a big reveal of what’s next for Emma!! It sure caught me off guard, and was the best surprise I could have imagined! I’m getting emotional even writing these show notes—but that could also be because I’m still sworn to secrecy until this episode comes out, haha! I’m holding it all in!!

Thanks so much for joining us, Emma! Love you so much!

You can connect with Emma on her Instagram @poemsbymom—her latest creative endeavor! And if you have a non-union script supervising job for Emma and are willing to pay her the BIG BUCKS, hit her up. You never know if she’ll make a quick exception for a really good gig. 😉

Ep 2: Culinary & Pastry Chef Turned Writer

Photo courtesy of Melissa Buckley

I am so ecstatic to share my friend Melissa Buckley with you today! Melissa and I originally met about a decade ago through a mutual friend, but weren’t that tight back then. We reconnected earlier this year when we started admiring each other’s writing projects over social media. We met up twice in the fall of 2019 and will hopefully keep seeing a lot of each other!

Photo courtesy of Melissa Buckley

I had seen glimpses of Melissa’s story unfold over social media, so it was way fun to hear her story from her own words. In this interview, Melissa touches on some key moments in her high school and college years before sharing about her decision to pursue a career in the culinary arts. You’ll hear about her experience in culinary school and later working in top notch kitchens in the Las Vegas area. If you want to get into a similar field of work, you’ll want to hear this interview!

Photo courtesy of Melissa Buckley

These days, Melissa is at home with her sweet twin babies and pursuing a career as a religious non-fiction writer. She shares all about this shift and the joy she finds in this particular creative outlet.

Connect with Melissa:
Instagram: @melissarosebuckley22
Visit her Website

Want to read some of Melissa’s work? Check out her article 9 Simple Ways for Busy Moms to Find Time For Personal Revelation on LDSLiving.com.

Thanks again, Melissa, for being on the show!

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Ep. 1: Intro with Allie

Welcome to the Looks Like Wandering Podcast—a podcast for and about millennials figuring out their education and career paths! It may look like wandering, but it’s very intentional. I’m your host, Allie Barnes.

In this first episode, I tell a bit of my story and how it led to this podcast—from following an impression to leave my job, to 5+ months unemployment, and the conversation that inspired the title to this podcast.

The podcast is launching today, January 1, 2020, with three episodes, so keep listening. If you like what you hear, please subscribe, share the podcast with friends, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Thanks for being here! <3