Ep. 8: Allie Goes to a Conference!

Salt Lake City, UT

In this episode, I share about my 3 favorite presentations at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit last weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah:

Author Patrick Lencioni’s presentation about “The Ideal Team Player” (also, his book of the same name).

A presentation about “Igniting a Career Design” hosted by leaders at Adobe. They shared about the Japanese concept of “Ikigai” and shared this graphic:

And my favorite presentation, “How Diversity Leads to Innovation,” by Trisha Price, Chief Product Officer at nCino. (Takeaways: “Culture is NOT perks,” hire for attitude/train for skills, and don’t judge a team by it’s failures).

Trisha Price presenting at Silicon Slopes Tech Summit

A huge thanks to Carine Clark and Southern Utah University for helping me get to Silicon Slopes Tech Summit this year!

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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.

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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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