Ep. 15: Making the Most of Unexpected Changes (Featuring MY MOM!)

I had no idea the changes that would happen between the time I recorded this episode with my mom in early March to when it was released two weeks later. COVID-19 was barely on my mind—I was just surprised when I couldn’t buy toilet paper that week at Walmart. And here we are now, practicing social distancing, and some of us in isolation.

Life has changed and most of us have a lot of adapting to do. This interview is more applicable than ever.

In this interview, my mom, Julie Barnes, shares her journeys with fibromyalgia, several months of almost continuous vertigo due to a hormone issue, and most recently, Interstitial Cystitis (IC) or “Painful Bladder Syndrome.” While she has struggled with fibromyalgia for several years, the vertigo and later IC kept her mostly at home, and sometimes bedridden. She had to leave the job she loved, and later the church assignment she loved, and find new ways to find joy and fulfillment in her new circumstances.

Me and my Mom <3

During the interview, my mom mentions a charity she sews for, Teeny Tears. It’s a great resource if anyone who is looking for a service opportunity or if anyone works at a hospital or funeral home and would like to request items. (From their website: “Teeny Tears is a service organization that provides tiny flannel diapers, mini blankets, and no-sew stockinette hats at no charge to hospitals, funeral homes, and bereavement support organizations for families that have suffered the loss of a preemie or micropreemie child through stillbirth or NICU loss. Serving the bereavement community since November of 2011, we currently provide clothing to more than 2,500 hospitals worldwide.”)

My family with my mom’s parents, Christmas 2019

My mom is also very spiritual, and is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of her favorite religious books is Making It Through the Middle by Emily Freeman. (I agree, it’s very uplifting!)

My family, December 2019

I love my mom so much, and I’m so glad I get to share her with you today! Feel free to connect with me and her on the Looks Like Wandering Instagram page.

Thanks so much, mama! And thank you to everyone for listening!

Home Tour: Living Room, Part 2!

Remember my living room tour in January, shortly after moving in? SO MUCH has changed! I was missing two things in this room that, after spending several weeks checking Facebook Marketplace, thrift stores, etc. I realized would probably just have to wait. Those things were 1. a couch (specifically, ideally, a grey couch), and 2. something for the opposite wall. For weeks, there was nothing on the wall across from the sitting area, except my router sitting on the floor.

And then I found it: THE COUCH.

I got an incredible deal on this couch on Facebook Marketplace, and while it’s used and I had to clean it up just a bit, it is perfect for ME.

The art above the couch was just a photo I took on my phone while driving out of Minersville, Utah a few weeks back. I changed up the settings in Adobe Illustrator to print it on multiple pages, printed it at home, and hung it up with masking tape. It cost nothing, and I LOVE IT.

The bookcase used to be vertical where the lamp is now, but I turned it back to horizontal and put it against the wall opposite the couch. The wall was still pretty empty as I don’t have a TV yet, so I DIY’d up some prints from Parabo Press* and hung them up.

Aside from the bookshelf that I bought a couple years back, I don’t think anything in this room cost over $40. I either already had the items, or I took my time finding them. I listed some of my sources in my first post, but just to recap / expound:

Blanket basket: HomeGoods
Blankets: if it’s a quilt, I made it myself a few years back
Lamp: vintage, from my late Great Grandma Mary
Beige pillows: vintage, from my late Great Grandma Mary
Floral pillowcase: made with fabric from Harmony in Provo, UT
Scandinavian inspired pillow: Ikea
Blue glass on bookshelf: vintage, from my late Great Grandma Mary
Pots with plants: inherited from my late Grandma Judy W.
Yellow chairs: vintage, Facebook Marketplace
Couch: used, Facebook Marketplace
Coffee table: used, Facebook Marketplace
Wood: from my wood guy, Devin Stratton in Orem, UT
Ceramic plate on bookshelf: from Busy Bee Pottery in Beaver, UT
Wood prints: by Light & Ink, Provo, UT
Mt. Timpanogos art print: by Annie Blake, Provo, UT
Beeswax candles: from Farm & Hive

And as I mentioned previously, the photos were printed through Parabo Press. I love their products and have used them for years. If you want to try them out, please consider using my referral code DDJRHF for $10 off your first order. If you do, I also get $10 off my next order, which is a pretty sweet deal for both of us!

I’m so glad this room has come together like it has. I would say it’s my favorite room, but I think that keeps changing. I’m just very grateful for this space to call my own.

Ep. 14: From Stay-at-Home Mom to Podcaster

Today we’re talking to Jenny Furse who, along with her husband Joe, hosts the Of Progress and Purpose Podcast! Jenny shares her journey from student to working mom to stay-at-home mom to podcaster. She also shares some of the values that she and Joe share on their podcast. Jenny is a light, and I’m so grateful for the chance to share her with you!

Hear more from Jenny on the Of Progress and Purpose podcast:

Listen on Anchor.FM

Thanks so much, Jenny!

Ep. 12: From Copywriter to Dream Pop Vocalist

Kendall Sallay-Milotz and I have known each other since MIDDLE SCHOOL, so you know this episode is going to be great! There’s too much love and history there to not be great!

Kendall plays in the dream pop band Starover Blue (website / Bandcamp / Instagram). In this interview, she shares about her path as a musician, from choir member to lead vocalist of a band. She shares how she balances a full time job that she loves, as well as pursuing her passion for music. She shares the value of sacrifice and hard work.

Here are some photos of the band, but also of me singing with Kendall/Starover Blue, because those are some of my most favorite memories ever.

Photo by Gary Barnes, Holocene Portland, January 2020
Photo by Gary Barnes, Holocene Portland, January 2020
Photo by Gary Barnes, Doug Fir, Portland
Album Release, September 2019 (I’m on the right!)

And some throwbacks… 😉

2007, San Diego
2007, San Diego (Photo by my cousin Morgan Miller, I believe!)
2006, Les Miserables in High School. Kendall and I sang in the Pirates of Penzance, Beauty and the Beast, and Les Mis together.

I have always been SO proud of Kendall. I think we both cry when we listen to each other’s recordings. When we sing together, it’s hard to tell my voice from her’s because we’ve literally been singing together for half our lives. My friendship with Kendall has been one of the greatest of my life. I’m just so happy to share her with you today.

P.S. Some of my favorite songs on their latest album Ordinary Magic are A B Y, Anemone, and The Howl Makes No Sound!

P.P.S. Every year, Kendall, Dirk and I record a cover of a song. Here’s one of those:

Thanks so much, Kendall! <3

Ep. 11: I’m organizing an event!

As I’ve met with business owners in Beaver County over the last few weeks, I started to see a need: women business owners—many of whom run their businesses out of their homes—want to connect with other women business owners, and they want opportunities to learn. I kept having this thought that I can create a space for this for them, and I try to never ignore a reoccurring though, so here we are! If you are a woman business owner in Beaver County (or the surrounding areas), OR a potential/hopeful/future business owner, you are invited to this free event on March 18 in Beaver.

Most of the evening will be just chatting and getting to know each other. We’ll also have a speaker or two sharing about different selling platforms and doing a brief Q&A (if this event is successful, I’m lightly planning to do more of them, with different topics covered each time). We will share tools and resources to help you fill any gaps you notice in your business. And, if that wasn’t enough already, I’m planning on having refreshments!

RSVP on the Facebook event, and be sure to tell your friends! See ya soon!