June 2020 Updates: Podcast, Postcards, T-Shirts, Yoga, and a Newsletter!

A lot has happened since I last posted. As I shared on Instagram, I no longer felt interested in posting about career paths or anything related to business when COVID-19 happened. And it seemed like most of you guys were feeling the same—in an Instagram poll that I did toward the beginning of social distancing, most people said that they were worried about emotional strain more than anything else. While I was already moving in that direction anyway, COVID confirmed it. The latest two episodes of the podcast were call in episodes. My hope was/is that with these episodes, those who are social distancing can feel less alone in their experiences, both the good and the bad. That we could all feel a sense of community. Here are those episodes, if you haven’t already listened to them:

I’ve surprisingly been doing okay. I struggled through a very deep depression earlier this year, and I think that helped me be ready for the several weeks of being alone during COVID. I was experiencing, and have been experiencing, many highs and lows as many others are, but I feel like I was prepared, and I’m grateful for that. (I never would have thought that I’d be this grateful already for that terribly low season earlier this year.)

A lot of things are in the works, as my focus has been changing with Looks Like Wandering. The podcast is still happening. I have people lined up to interview, but haven’t done that yet. I apologize. I’m trying to balance quite a few things right now, and I haven’t done great with that one.

We have been doing a campaign on Instagram: use the hashtag #lookslikefindingjoy to share the daily joys you are creating in your home, and I’ll send you a pack of 3 Finding Joy postcards, beautifully designed by Alexis of @figuringslowly. Full details here. Once you’ve shared the hashtag the required 5 times, please DM me and I’ll send you your postcards!

I’ve also designed a couple t-shirts, with the help of my dear friend Heidi. They are currently in production and I’m taking pre-orders for them now. More info about those here. (*Note: If you’ve done the #lookslikefindingjoy giveaway, your pack of postcards also came with a 10% discount code for the shop. You can add that to the existing pre-order discount).

I am also excited to share that I’ll be teaching yoga again, this time over on Patreon. I want to give a little background on this. I am a 200-hour certified yoga instructor, and used to teach regularly up in Utah County. I really enjoyed it, but was barely making any money doing it, and missed practicing yoga just for myself. I grew more in debt as I continuously did not ask to be paid what I was worth as an instructor.

I really care about providing value, and I truly believe I am doing that with this. Yes, it costs money, but in exchange, I will be sharing short yoga videos every weekday, consistently. That is the baseline, and I intend to add more value in any way I can. And I do still have free yoga videos online: a few years back, I filmed a whole beginner’s yoga series on Udemy, and recently set that as a free course. While my teaching style has changed a bit since then, it’s still there as a free resource.

My Patreon is entitled “5 Minute Yoga with Allie.” Every weekday, I will be sharing 5-10 minute yoga videos as a jump start for your day, as a way to wind down at night, as a warm up or cool down for other physical activity, or really anything. It is me showing up for you consistently. I promise, it will be worth the investment. And if it’s not, simply cancel your subscription anytime. I know my efforts are worth being compensated, though, and I feel really good about that exchange.

I do want to give one more thought on this, a little behind the scenes of this project. I’m planning to record all of the videos ahead of time, then post them each day. I’m still figuring out some mental health issues, and if I did have to record or teach live each day, there are days when I simply wouldn’t be able to show up for you. Some days I need to step back, and that is totally okay. Pre-recording these videos is beneficial to both you and I.

Lastly, I am starting a newsletter for Looks Like Wandering. When you subscribe (on the sidebar on the website) you will also be able to download “The Wandering Guide,” a list of journaling prompts to help you consider your next step forward in any area of your life. If you follow Looks Like Wandering and want to make sure you get the first updates, special deals, etc., join the newsletter. I won’t send things out often, but when I do, you’ll be the first to know—and it won’t get lost in an algorithm.

Thanks for sticking around, friends! I’m excited about everything I’m working on, and I’m so glad that you’re part of this community.

Allie Barnes