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Meet Ashley Barnhart of Adult Struggles Podcast in Addison

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Barnhart.

Ashley, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My close friends and I have always joked that there should have been a class in high school to teach us real life skills. Rather than spending time studying chemistry or calculus, why not learn how to budget, enroll in a 401(k), or buy a home? I wanted to create a resource for people in their 20’s, 30’s, and beyond, that would teach those important skills and help them overcome everyday “adulting” obstacles. After taking a course to get the show up and running, the Adult Struggles Podcast was born! The weekly show now features various guests as they share their expertise to help listeners self-improve.

Has it been a smooth road?
It can definitely be difficult keeping up with the constant workflow of a podcast – conceptualizing episodes, finding guests, scheduling interviews, editing audio, publishing, and promoting the show. I try to get things done as efficiently as possible, for example hiring an editor so I can hand off my recorded audio and creating my templates for social graphics that I can repurpose every week.

Tell us more about your work.
The Adult Struggles Podcast is a unique self-improvement/self-help resources because it varies in topic each week. The wonderful thing about the variety is that there will always be something you’ve gone through and can empathize with, you’re going through currently and the episode makes you feel like you aren’t alone, or you know someone that’s going through it and you want to know how to support them.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Podcasts have been around for a LONG time, but have taken years to became mainstream. We are finally getting to a point where listening to podcasts is the new norm, whether it’s on your commute to work, while you’re cleaning the house, or to pass the hours during a road trip. After attending the Podcast Movement in August 2019, it was clear that podcasts are still in the growth phase and will continue to blow up over the next several years. I am excited to see what the future holds for podcasting.

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