The Aha!NOW Chat with Adrienne Smith

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interview with Adrienne Smith on Aha!NOW chat

Aha!NOW is all about giving, helping, improving, sharing your problems, and bringing happiness to life. To facilitate the aim of the blog, I’m adding a new feature, The Aha!NOW Chat.

This monthly interview series will bring to you famous blogging personalities, popular personal development gurus, and other expert personalities so you can take life lessons from them.

Who can be a more inspiring blogger to start this series with than the ‘Engagement Superstar’, Adrienne Smith herself?

She’s a popular blogger at AdrienneSmith.Net and like me, she believes in giving and helping people.

Some time back, I had asked her for an interview and despite being super busy, she didn’t turn my request down.

I’m glad I’d the privilege to interview Adrienne and ask her the questions that you all probably wanted to know – all about herself and her life, besides the blogging talk.

Without further ado, here’s the my chat with Adrienne Smith… with all the Aha! Moments!!

Before you start reading, I’d like to tell you that it’s a long chat, so you might want to fetch your coffee or your drink, take out time and enjoy this tête-à-tête. 🙂

Interview with Adrienne Smith

interview photo of Adrienne Smith

Q1. Welcome to Aha!NOW! It’s a pleasure to have you over. First, tell me how did blogging find a place in your life plan?

A:  I want to start by saying how excited I am that you’ve decided to create this interview series and I appreciate the opportunity to be included.  What an honor to be asked and I hope your readers enjoy learning a little more about me.

To answer your question, blogging was never on my radar.  It was about four years ago and I was doing affiliate marketing.  I was writing a lot of articles at that time and using a lot of the Web 2.0 free platforms, including Blogger, to promote products.  It was working really well.

My AdrienneSmith.net domain name was a static website at that time because I was taught that we needed to brand ourselves.  We were encouraged though to have a self-hosted WordPress blog because the search engines seemed to love them more.  I then moved my information over to WordPress and continued writing about affiliate marketing.

Q2. What makes your blog different from the rest? Who is/was your idol, and why do you call yourself a business developer?

A:  In my mind, I don’t really believe that my blog is any different than anyone else’s.  I know so many bloggers that share the same type of information that I do.  However, I do seem to have a knack for making people feel very comfortable and at home when they stop by.

I’ve always been a big people person as well as someone who loves to help others.  Because of that, I take it a step further, actually reach out to my audience, and strike up conversations.  I even ask for a phone number in my opt-in form so that I can call them and say hello.  You don’t see many people doing that.

I don’t really have an idol.  When I got started, I was just going off whatever product I had purchased at that time.  The person that I learned the most from though and I feel really has made a difference for me and my blog, is Alex Jeffries.

As far as me calling myself a business developer, that came about back when I was doing network marketing.  We were encouraged to share a title that would entice people instead of scare them off, since most people ran when they heard you did network marketing.   Since we were helping people learn how to build their businesses, they recommended us using that particular title.  The name just kind of stuck with me and I’ve never taken the time to change it.

Q3. If you hadn’t started your blog, what would you’ve done after you had to leave your corporate job in 2007.

A:  After leaving corporate America in January of 2007, I actually tried my hand at something else before I came online.  I was looking for something that made me happy, and where I could feel that I was truly helping someone make a difference.  Unfortunately, that didn’t work out because I found that people didn’t appreciate you there any more than they did in my old position.

I came online in March of 2007 with no sense of direction, no clue about what to do or who to even listen to.  I knew nothing about the Internet except how to search for something on Google and do email.  Half of the things I did I still couldn’t explain to you today what they even were.  I eventually learned though about affiliate marketing around 2008, and because of that, my blog took root in June of 2009.

I do believe though that no matter what, I would have found my place online doing something.  I’m just thankful that I am where I am today.

Q4. Blogging, like the corporate jobs, is stressful. What are your tips for everybody on work-life balance? How can we best avoid stress in our busy lives? How do you take care of your health?

A:  Each year stress claims the lives of over 110 million people.  Back in September of 2000, my best friend at that time lost her husband to stress.  He was 43 years old, they had a five-year-old son and she had a 15-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.  I watched what his passing did to them all and her son had to grow up with no father figure.

His passing taught me to stop worrying about things that are out of our control.  Is it easy to do?  Absolutely not, but that’s where a lot of self-development can come into play.  One of the things that helped me the most was reading Eckhart Tolle’s book “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose”.  It taught me how to live in the present moment and to concentrate more on what I’m doing right this minute.

I’m by no means perfect but I have learned to just not stress out about things.  Just breathe and know that it will all work itself out the way it should.  I also live alone and have no family obligations like most people, so I have more time to spend on work if needed.

As far as my health is concerned, I watch what I eat, I mostly just drink water although I recently started drinking some flavored green tea, and I walk every day.  I also remain very positive and I know that has a lot to do with it.

Q5. Back to blogging – how did you achieve success online? What’s your secret formula?

A:  There’s a secret formula?  Man, I’d love to get my hands on that.

By success if you mean making money online and being able to work at home full-time and support myself, then yeah, I guess I am successful in that respect.

My experience isn’t really much different than others, but the way it started for me was I bought a $37 eBook about how to promote affiliate products online.  It was following a seven-day plan and she laid out every single thing you needed to do.

I read the entire eBook, which was not many pages and then I went back to the beginning and started doing what she laid out on day one.  Now in her book and like most people will tell you, don’t expect to make anything overnight because it takes time for your content to be seen by the right people who are interested in what you offer.

On day three though, I made my first sale.  I was ecstatic and somewhat confused because I just started this course and I wasn’t supposed to make any money yet remember!  Two days later on day five I made two more sales.  Not only did I make a profit, but enough to pay for the course so I was hooked.

I just continued to improve upon what I was taught to do and when those tactics quit working or Google changed something up, I would research other ways to promote my products and move forward from there.  As I built my reputation on my main blog, people purchased products from me because they trust my opinion.  Besides doing affiliate marketing, a little over a year ago I incorporated consulting into that mix.

Just be consistent with the right action steps and you will see results, but learn from someone who is doing what you want to do and getting the same results.

Q6. You’re always so full of energy and enthusiasm. What inspires and moves you?

A:  I love life and I appreciate every moment that I’m here.  Most people know my story, but I grew up with my Dad fighting way too many health issues.  He had cancer for 42 of the 45 years I had him and after three of his cancer surgeries, we were told he wouldn’t make it.  My Dad loved life and everyone loved him.  To watch him go through all he did to just live a full life was inspiring.

He taught me to appreciate every single day we’re here because like my friend’s husband I mentioned above, life can be taken from you at any given moment.

I start my day by thanking God for allowing me another day.  I’m in good health, I have a loving family, I have a four legged child that loves me unconditionally, I have a roof over my head, I have wonderful relationships and I’m able to work at home.  How can that not inspire you!

Q7. You’ve mentioned on your blog that you were kind of a rebellious teenager. What tips would you give to parents to handle such children?

A:  I respected my parents but I felt they were way too strict, which is why I did some things they would have never approved of.  I didn’t understand at that time that they were just concerned for my safety. So I think instead of hearing all the time “because I said so” and actually telling me why these rules were so strict for me but not for my younger brother, I might not have done some of the things that I did.

I feel for the parents today because back when my Mom said no, she meant it.  If I back talked her I was instantly grounded and trust me, there was no leeway with my Mom.  If she told me to jump, I just did.  I grew up in a different era with no technology, I was not introduced to drugs and I didn’t hang around with what most would call the bad kids.  You just didn’t disrespect your parents.  I think that a lot of the parents today let their kids run the house instead of the other way around.  I have no right really to give advice on this subject, since I’ve never been a parent myself.  I just know what I see and it’s kind of sad.

Q8. How much of your experience in corporate America has helped you in blogging?

A:  I think I can honestly say none.  Over the years, I learned that I had a way with words.  I’ve just been able to phrase things in a way that have impressed others, and I have absolutely no idea where that came from because it was not learned in school or corporate America.

blog image of Adrienne

Q9. You do not have any Ads on your blog, neither many affiliate banners. How do you make money blogging?

A:  I specifically use my blog for building relationships.  Because my readers have come to like and trust me, they do purchase affiliate products that I promote on my blog in my sidebar and on my “Resource” page.  I never promote anything that I don’t stand behind 100%.

I also get a lot of emails from people asking my opinion about certain products I might use or do I have any suggestions for them.  They want to go through my affiliate links because they trust me.

I also mentioned that I do consulting, but I also have a service where I’ll install a WordPress blog for people who don’t have the time.  I’ve been hired to fix plugins that aren’t set up correctly, add widgets in their sidebars because it’s too confusing, or add their opt-in box to their blogs.  I have a “Hire Adrienne” page on my blog that has all of my information.

With the release of my product later this year, I intend to add that to what I offer as well.

Q10. Where did you learn about relationship building? Share a few tips that every blogger should consider about building relationships.

A:  I didn’t learn relationship building from anyone.  I’ve always been a big people person and can walk up to anyone anywhere and start a conversation.  I love meeting people and learning more about them, so when I started blogging, I just was being myself.

Once people started commenting on my blog, I would ask them more questions and in my newsletter, I also talk about myself some so that my subscribers feel like they know me.  Because of that, they’ll email me and the conversations continue.

The biggest tip I have and you’ll notice on my blog, is to ask for their phone number on your opt-in box.  The reason it is so huge is that no one does it.  I’ve had people argue with me that I’m an idiot for doing that because they won’t leave it.  That’s fine because they don’t have to, but what I do is I pick up the phone and call them.  All I do is introduce myself, let them know I’m a real live person and ask them if there is anything at all I can help them with right this very moment, no strings attached.

99.9% of them have been thrilled and shocked that I took the time to call.  The best thing about that is they appreciate it and feel like they know me because we actually talked on the phone, and I didn’t want anything from them.  That will help build relationships with your subscribers better than anything else I could ever suggest.

I learned this tip a couple years ago from a top marketer, who said if you don’t call your prospects, I will.  That really hit home with me so that’s when I started, and it’s definitely paid off.

Q11. What is your daily routine like? How are you able to manage it all?

A:  Some days I certainly don’t feel like I’m managing it all.  Most of the time I feel like I’m behind – because I want to do it all and there aren’t enough hours in the day.  Because I do live alone and don’t have to manage a family like most, I can stay on the computer as long as I want. The problem with that is I get burnt out just like anyone else, and although I love blogging and I love what I do, sometimes I just need a break.

My day isn’t always the same.  While I do my best to get up early each morning, sometimes I don’t quite make it because I do stay up late.  The way I view this is if I can get everything done that I need sometime during my day, then I’m good.  On the mornings, I post, though I am at my desk and ready to go at 8:00 am CST.

My posts go live on Monday’s and Thursday mornings, and as you have recently learned after guest posting for me, the day that post goes live can be crazy busy.  I love to respond to comments as soon as I can and although it’s not a necessity, it’s what I enjoy doing.  So, those days are usually set aside for responding to comments.

Three to four times a day I check in on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and see what’s on my stream as well as respond to anything addressed specifically to me.

I don’t necessarily write posts on a specific day but I have found myself more often than not writing them the day before I publish them.  On a rare occasion, I’ll have them written early but at the time that I’m responding to this particular question, I already have my next four written.

I have a few other sites for my affiliate promotions, so I make sure to check in on them often.

I have my consulting so the times vary for those appointments.

Each day, I do my best to put some time aside to go through whatever training I have at the time, and to work on my product.

Commenting on other blogs is the most time consuming and with each new week, I seem to have more and more on my list.  I sporadically will try to sneak those in between everything else I have on my list.  Oftentimes that’s how I’m spending my evenings trying to visit blogs I haven’t had a chance to get to or I’ll do them on the weekends.

Q12. How do you bring traffic to your blog? What tips would you like to share with our readers here?

A:  My favorite way is commenting on blogs.  This can be very time consuming as you very well know, but a great way to get traffic to your blog.  When I was getting started doing this I commented on five blogs a day, five days a week, so by the end of the week I had visited 25 different blogs.  Over time, people will start getting curious about who you are because they’ll start to see you everywhere, and then they’ve eventually stop by your blog.  This is how my blog got on people’s radar.

My second favorite source is Triberr.  Not only will you get your content shared by others, but you can also meet a lot of other bloggers in this community.

My other methods are interacting with people on the social media sites and once again, building those relationships.

Q13. Very few bloggers continue their blogging journey for as long as you have, and keep progressing each year. What important lessons did you learn that you’d want to share with the new and old bloggers?

A:  The most important lesson I’ve learned from this experience is to be consistent.  Nothing happens overnight nor will it even happen within the first 30 days.  I use to do what I felt comfortable doing and even though I was consistent, I wasn’t getting the results because I was afraid to step outside my own comfort zone.

You have to be open to possibly doing things you might never have imagined.  Take blogging for instance.  I never imagined my blog would be where it is today.

I decided to go with what I knew felt right to me and if people liked it great, if they didn’t that was okay too.  I continued to educate myself, do things that were uncomfortable, be consistent in those actions and believe that I could do this.

When I started blogging, no one interacted on my blog for over a year and a half.  Once I put myself out there and got in front of enough people over a period of time, people started to get curious about who I was and then they started dropping by.

Whether you’re brand new and need some advice or have been here awhile like I was and still having no luck, all you have to do is learn the right action steps to take for you, and you will be surprised at what can happen.

Q14. What are your views about life? Do you believe in self-improvement? How can a person evolve?

A:  Life is precious and should never be taken for granted.  If you have a grateful heart, wonderful things will come your way.  Know that we’re not promised life, so enjoy every second you’re here and always tell the people, who mean so much to you, how you feel.  I’ve seen so many people, who live their life with regrets for the words that were left unsaid.

We should never stop learning and growing as individuals.  Most of my online friends know that I’m over 50 years old.  I didn’t even come online to try my hand at building a business until I was 49.  I learned a lot about myself during my early years online so you should never stop trying to improve you, your thoughts, or even your life.  As I mentioned above, I had a lot of work to do on myself and I’m so blessed that I was open to it.  Had it not been for personal development I wouldn’t be where I am today.

We’re never put on this earth knowing everything and just like my experience coming online, I never thought that I wouldn’t be working in corporate America.  Had I not been open enough to doing something different, I would have never evolved into the person I am today and that’s a much more satisfied one too.

Q15. I know you live alone and prefer it that way. But how do you cope with the life’s down times? What keeps you motivated?

A:  I have my moments just like anyone else.  As you know, I lost my best friend last July three days before my birthday, and anyone who has lost a loved one knows how hard it is to deal with his or her loss.

I’ve been really really down, I’ve had my crying fits, I’ve yelled and cursed and gone through all of the emotions grieving takes us through.  I think for anything that may happen we all just need to let it out, deal with whatever we need to deal with at that moment, and then move on.

As I’ve mentioned numerous times in this interview that we can’t continue to stress out over things that are out of our control.  The what if’s and why him questions are going to go unanswered.  The important thing is we’re here on this earth and we obviously have a lot more living to do.

I stay motivated because I know I’m truly blessed.  I look at the unfortunate, the guy that begs down on the street corner, and I know that life doesn’t have to be this way for me.  I’m here for a reason, and I’m excited to see what that’s going to be.  That alone motivates me to wake up each new day with a positive attitude and a big old smile on my face, and eager to see what awaits me.

Q16. You’re working so hard now for your product that will be released later this year. What is your end goal? What do you hope to accomplish in this year?

A:  That’s a good question and I’ve thought about it a lot.  Right now, my main goal is to finish my product and see how well it’s received in the marketplace.  I would then like to put myself in front of enough of the right people in order to make an impression.  I love my loyal readers and I love helping them but I want to do more.  At this time, I’m not really sure what that more could be, but I’m open.

I have a few more things that I would like to put in the mix this year for me, a few more projects to add to my money making ventures and see how they pans out.  I love doing consulting because I know I’m helping those that need a little more direction, and I love helping people with their blogs.  I’d always like to see that part of my business expand.

Q17. Do you think blogging has a future? Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? How different would blogging be then?

A:  I would hope that blogging would have a future but I can’t honestly say.  With as many blogs that are being created each and every day I would assume that it would still be going strong five years from now.

As far as where I see myself in five years – that will honestly depend on the direction that my life takes.  I know what I want to accomplish this year and if I achieve what I want to then I hope that will help me excel in other areas.  I know as we all get busier and our businesses expand, we have to cut back on some things.  I love blogging and I hope that’s not one of the areas, but I’ll just have to wait and see.

Q18. If you were given a second chance, would you have blogged differently? Whatever is your answer, please give the reasons?

A:  When I first started my blog back in June of 2009 I wish I would have bypassed writing about affiliate marketing and started by writing what I was learning at the time.

On the other hand, because I did start off in a whole other niche, I learned a lot of things about blogging along the way that I would not have known back then.   I’ve always said that had I done it that way from the beginning, I would be much further along and I might have been but I also might not be where I am today, and able to help as many people because of it.  Who knows!

Q19. Everybody recognizes you as a blogger, but you studied personal development too. How much difference does PD make to a person, and what development tips would you like to give to my blog readers?

A:  Oh my gosh! I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for personal development.

I’m a very positive person; I’ve been like that most of my life.  Being positive though and having confidence in yourself to excel in an area you know nothing about are two different things.  I had to learn that about myself and I struggled a lot in the beginning.

I would tell myself that I knew I could do this, I knew I was worthy, I knew, I knew, I knew.  At the same time, you’re not getting the desired results so you start second guessing yourself and those old thoughts start to surface.  The saying of “what you think about you bring about” is 100% true.

Until you learn that about yourself and learn how to handle those types of thoughts, you’re not going to have the success you crave so badly.

Personal development is about learning who you are as a person, how to handle things when they arise and even how to treat people.  It’s about how to control those unwanted thought and how to truly believe in yourself.  It’s a part of life and I encourage everyone to explore it more.  As I always tell my friends, I’ll always be a work in progress.

Q20. Let’s get back to the present. What is the best thing you like about my blog, Aha!NOW?

A:  I love how detailed your posts are no matter what topic you cover.  It’s like you leave nothing to chance and really dive into the meat of whatever you’re sharing at the moment.  It’s pretty obvious that others love that as well because of the interaction you receive on each post as well as the social shares.

I can tell that we’re a lot alike, and I love that you have such a giving heart as well.  I connect with you so much because you blog for a lot of the same reasons I do, and that’s to help people learn and grow.  Whatever advice you can give you’re more than open to that, and I think that’s one of the things I admire about you the most.

Thank you.

You can connect with Adrienne on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.

Thank you Adrienne for your time and the inspiring talk that I’m sure every blogger will appreciate. You’re really wonderful and there’s so much to learn from you. You’ve the best wishes from the Aha!NOW blog community and myself for all your future endeavors.

Isn’t she just amazing? Next month, The Aha!NOW Chat will feature another inspiring personality to tell you all about his or her life experiences so you too can take a leaf from their life book. 🙂

Over to You –

What did you learn from the life and experiences of Adrienne Smith? What are the qualities of Adrienne that you like most and what tips do you find useful? Share in the comments.



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  1. Ravi Kumar

    August 6, 2014 at 10:34 am

    A great interview Harleena. Adrienne and her blog is really doing well. I have been following her blog for last 6-7 months.

    From this interview, i learned few more things so thanks again for publishing this interview.

    Have a great day.

    Regards
    Ravi

    • Adrienne

      August 6, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Thank you Ravi and that’s nice to hear you’ve been following me for awhile now. Hope I’ve been able to help you in some way and glad you’ve learned a few things about be here.

      If I can help in any way just give me a shout okay and enjoy your week.

      ~Adrienne

  2. Ravi Chahar

    April 30, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    In the field of blogging we all know about the success of Adrienne. She is such a talented person. I love to visit her blog like yours. I always wanted to know what are her views about life? How does she take blogging, her passion or just a hobby? After reading her interview, it’s amazing to know that we can get success if we have determined for our work.
    Truly saying that people like Adrienne who has achieved her goal with her hard work can make anything possible.
    I totally agree with Adrienne’s answer about the future of blogging. Blogs are growing day by day, we can’t say anything about the upcoming time.

    Thanks for this motivating interview. Hope to read more like this.

    ~Ravi

    • Adrienne

      August 5, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Hi Ravi,

      I apologize for not responding to this comment. For some reason I wasn’t notified that you had stopped by this post so hope you’ll forgive me.

      Glad you enjoyed my interview and learned a few more things about me. I do believe that anyone who puts their mind to something and is willing to do the work can achieve what they set out to. I take blogging very seriously although I have an absolute blast doing it. I’m sure you know that feeling, it’s great to learn so much and meet so many amazing people too.

      Thank you again for your comment and I hope you’re having a wonderful week. I’ll be sure to stop by your blog soon.

      ~Adrienne

      • Ravi Chahar

        August 6, 2014 at 4:51 pm

        Hi Adrienne,

        There is nothing to feel sorry.
        I can understand. It happens. Just relax.;)

        And I must thank you for replying to my comment even after so many days. The main thing is that you took action when my comment had your glance.
        I will wait for you to welcome you at my blog.:)

        Have a blast this weekend.:)

        ~Ravi

        • Adrienne

          August 6, 2014 at 6:53 pm

          You are so kind Ravi, thank you.

          You have a great week.

          ~Adrienne

  3. Mitch Mitchell

    March 9, 2014 at 7:34 am

    See, the reason I’m usually behind on commenting on many blogs is so that everyone else can be taken care of and I get to talk unimpeded. lol

    Great interview and I like how it went along. Once again I learned a few more things about Adrienne that I didn’t know that I thought I did, especially all the personal development stuff; totally new.

    And of course blogging will always be around, and we’ll always have Adrienne; yay! 😉

    • Adrienne

      March 9, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      Hey Mitch,

      Well it’s always good to hear from you Mitch and I know you’ve been so busy traveling lately. Not sure how you get everything done my friend.

      We’ve had conversations about personal development before but it’s been a number of years ago now. I guess there are so many different areas to cover right.

      Glad you enjoyed my interview and it was fun. Thanks for commenting, I so appreciate that. Yay for blogging! 😉

      ~Adrienne

  4. Sherman Smith

    March 1, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Hey Harleena,

    What a great interview, and I do have to say the read was quick. You know what that means? I enjoyed it completely! You showed how transparent and open Adrienne is and from what I got from it, Adrienne was saying it’s OK to be yourself. You’ll have more success if you do this. Thanks for sharing a great interview with Adrienne who I’ve been following for almost a year now!

    • Adrienne

      March 2, 2014 at 5:19 am

      Hey Sherman,

      Thank you for taking the time to read my interview and glad you thought it was quick! Haven’t heard that one before.

      Yep, you got that message just fine. Just be yourself darn it and you’ll find people will definitely connect with you so much more.

      Thanks again and hope you’re enjoying your weekend.

      ~Adrienne

  5. Sheryl Kurland

    February 27, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    It took me awhile to get over here to read this great interview. I feel like I’ve known Adrienne for years, even though we’ve never met in person. Warm, honest & candid. Good pick, Harleena, for your first interview.

    • Adrienne

      February 27, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      Why thank you so very much Sheryl, what a nice thing to say. That’s the power of picking up that phone isn’t it! We just make a quicker connection that way. Glad you enjoyed the interview and thank you for your wonderful comment. It’s greatly appreciated.

      ~Adrienne

  6. Remi Badozi

    February 14, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    I have no idea how I got here….but I’m sure glad I did!! What an awesome interview. Adrienne, thank you so much for sharing yourself with this community. I am so inspired by what you do and the manner in which you do it – judging by some of the comments that I’ve read here, you are indeed a relationship building expert and can’t wait to learn more from you!

    I’ve also just taken a glimpse at your blog and I can’t believe you said “…. I don’t really believe that my blog is any different than anyone else’s.” Well, it is! It is packed with wealth of information like no other.

    Harleena, thank you for such a beautiful platform you’ve created here.

    Blessings to you all.

    Remi

    PS: I love your smile, Adrienne!! 😀

    • Adrienne

      February 14, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      Hi Remi,

      I don’t know how you stumbled over here either but it’s always great to meet someone new and I’m so glad you enjoyed my interview. I was so honored to be Harleena’s first one and she really got me good with these questions now. Yeah, I’ve gotten rather good at building relationships and teaching others how this can be done.

      I know but when you look around the blogosphere and check out other people’s blogs that write about the blogging niche you’re going to find a wealth of information too. There are just a heck of a lot of us out there but I’m thrilled when people want to learn from me because I’ve done the majority of what I talk about while other times I’m learning right along with you and doing it too.

      Thank you Remi for your wonderful comment and I so appreciate you taking the time to read this long post. You have a beautiful day and Happy Valentine’s Day oh and thank you for the compliment. 🙂

      ~Adrienne

    • Harleena Singh

      February 18, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      Welcome to my blog Remi!

      I think it’s great that your’e here, and I too am glad you did – good to meet new people, sin’t it? 🙂

      Oh yes…Adrienne is one inspirational person and her blog is full of goodies for everyone- you just need to reach out and connect with her.

      Thanks for stopping by, and I do hope you keep visiting us as well 🙂

  7. Arelis Cintron

    February 13, 2014 at 2:39 am

    You ladies are both wonderful. Adrienne I had no idea about half of what you do! You’re story is encouraging and real. Most people are always looking for the thing that will get them success the fastest but it does take work and to know which direction you want to go in. Most of us are taught to go to school and get a good job but what if we could support ourselves without involving corporate America? Thank you so much for doing this interview!

    • Adrienne

      February 13, 2014 at 9:32 am

      Thank you Arelis and that’s what I was taught. I always thought I would be in corporate America but silly me saw the movie “The Secret” in December of 2006 and decided not only did I want more but I could do more. Once our company downsized and I was let go that’s when I knew that was a sign.

      Boy what a rude awakening that was for me but although it’s been tough I don’t regret it at all. I’d do it all over again because I’ve learned so much and I love what I do now.

      Thanks for your comment Arelis and great to see you. I so appreciate what you shared.

      ~Adrienne

  8. Erik Emanuelli

    February 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I had the good fortune to already meet online Adrienne and I think there is a lot to learn from her.
    She is a real person, honest and very hard worker.

    One of the things I admire is her ability to forge strong relationships and be very positive (you can see her wonderful smile in her photos – I think it is partly due to her path of personal development).

    I believe that with a similar background and a daily work as well, she never has to worry about a google update or how blogs will end in the future.
    I think she will have more and more success!

    Thanks Harleena for sharing this very interesting interview.
    Have a fantastic week you both. 🙂

    • Adrienne

      February 10, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      Hey Erik,

      Great to see you here and thank you so much for the comment.

      I’m glad we met earlier on and had some chats as well. I appreciate the confidence you have in me and my blog and hopefully you’re right, I won’t have to worry about Google or the fate of blogs in the future. I think when you’ve built up something that can help others learn what works then you have a winning combination for sure.

      Thank you again for your wonderful comment and I hope you’re doing well these days. Take care and see you around.

      ~Adrienne

  9. Olili Bob

    February 9, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Hi Queen,
    I must say It is good to see madam Adrienne here, I must say she has sure revealed alot in this interview. Am happy to hear about these sides of her and I know it has inspired alot of people including me. Madam Adrienne is someone is respect alot because she is very unique.

    Lovely Interview.

    • Adrienne

      February 10, 2014 at 12:59 am

      Hi Bob,

      Thank you for your kind words, they are greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your comment and I wish you well.

      ~Adrienne

    • Harleena Singh

      February 18, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      Hi Bob,

      Ah…I am no Queen, though I love the way you address me like that each time 🙂

      Glad you liked the interview, and yes, there is no one quite like her. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  10. Angela McCall

    February 8, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Harleena & Adrienne,

    Wow…did you say this is gonna be a long one? I started popping popcorn and hot dogs coz you said it was gonna be a long one! I fed my puppy and I was laying here in bed reading Adrienne’s interview.

    20 Questions might sound pretty long but since I was pretty relaxed here and treat this almost like a movie theatre, I enjoy every bit of the interview. And boy, those questions were tough and Adrienne did a great job answering them all.

    Kudos to both of you!!!!! <3

    I know a lot about you, Adrienne, and the way Harleena stretched all these questions to cover almost everything in your life…family, friends, work, God…Wow!! The only thing that Harleena didn't ask which I wish she did was, what would happen to your online business if you die, who would you give the password of your computer to? I know I shouldn't even bring this up but death is part of life and THIS is the question I always ask myself.

    Did you know that if anything happens to me either by death, coma, or whatever, my husband and 2 daughters doesn't even know that I have made several close friends online and NO ONE doesn't know my password? So, they'll remain clueless on who I interact with. *wink*

    If say I have been writing a novel and want to publish it someday, if it remained unpublished, at least I would like one of them to get access to it, but so far no one knows my password. And so my daily prayer, if this is my last day God, I want to be able to talk to someone in the family who I can trust, just give me those moments.

    I like your way Adrienne, live your life at the moment. And perhaps even live your life as if it is your last. Thank you very much for such a great interview and for sharing yourself so openly to us!!! 🙂

    Have a lovely weekend to you both.

    xoxo
    Angela

    • Adrienne

      February 9, 2014 at 1:09 am

      Hey Angela,

      Yeah, it was a long one and of course you know me I’m kind of long winded myself.

      Really, that’s what you’d want to know about me? Who would have access to my stuff? Okay then since you asked, I made my will over 14 years ago and included in that is all my contact information. I continue updating it because I didn’t come online until six years ago and I continue doing different things. My brother is my executor so he would have access to everything. It will be up to him to decide what he wants to do with my business but in the years to come I might actually bring someone on or leave it to someone in particular. For the time being though this is how I have all of that set up my friend. I’ve been prepared for years now.

      Thank you for your comment Angela and for taking the time to watch my mini movie! 😉 You’re the best.

      ~Adrienne

      • Angela McCall

        February 9, 2014 at 10:34 am

        You are one smart lady, Adrienne. I think I should do the same. How much did it cost you to make a will? Or do you have a software that you can recommend to do such will?

        Angela

        • Adrienne

          February 10, 2014 at 12:58 am

          I did the will myself Angela. In the state of Texas you don’t need a lawyer to draw one up if you don’t have a lot of complicated things in your estate.

          All you need to do is draft something up yourself and have it notarized with two witnesses. It was that simple to do. I also have a living will and a power of attorney. See, it’s all taken care of and I just attached a sheet with all my information about how to access my online accounts as well as how to contact my friends. My brother has a copy in his safety deposit box and I have one in mine.

    • Harleena Singh

      February 18, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Hi Angela,

      Lol…so sorry for the length, but knowing me, you knew it wouldn’t be a short one! 🙂

      I enjoyed the way you read through the post with your popcorn, hot dog, and pup around! Yes, I wanted to cover everything about life, family, friends, work – something we might not find in other places. But look at you and the brilliant question about the will you put across, which Adrienne replied so well – I wouldn’t have thought of that one for sure. But yes, all my passwords are safe with my better half, so I don’t have to worry about that bit.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and adding more value to the post. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

  11. Tanya

    February 8, 2014 at 5:49 am

    What a great interview, Adrienne and Harleena!

    I have not joined triberr yet but I hear lots of great things about it. I need to investigate it further. I love your positive attitude, Adrienne as I really try to surround myself with positive and compassionate people. You truly practice what you preach and are a great inspiration to me. I am generally a positive person but sometimes I let life get to me too easily. A good reminder to not give stress so much power. As they say, we cannot control what happens to us but we can control our response. Have a lovely weekend, ladies!

    • Adrienne

      February 9, 2014 at 1:03 am

      Hey Tanya,

      Ah, Triberr is awesome and you’ll meet a lot of other bloggers in your niche as well or you can reach out to some of them in your niche and get them on your tribe. Help share each other’s content and support each other. It’s a wonderful community.

      I do my best Tanya but I’m only human and I have my own moments too. Just like yesterday I was so frustrated and mad so I had my moment and then just let it go. Holding on to that does not do me any good and I have to know that everything will work itself out the way it should. I just do my part and move on.

      People don’t understand that stress does kill. When you worry about things all the time it will eat you up from the inside out, literally, just like it did my ex-best friend’s husband. Dang he was a great guy too.

      You are exactly right Tanya, we cannot control what happens to us but we can control our response to it. Just breath, take a step back and if you believe in God then know he’s there for you and will help you through it and we will get through it.

      Thanks for your comment and great to see you. I appreciate you checking out my interview.

      ~Adrienne

    • Harleena Singh

      February 18, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Hi Tanya,

      Glad you liked the interview 🙂

      Oh yes…just as Adrienne mentioned, you’d love Triberr once you join it for the number of new contacts you make and also the variety of blogs you get to read, if you have the time of course.

      I know what you mean, Tanya, but being positive is the only way we can get our way about this world.

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

  12. Raena Lynn

    February 6, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Hi Harleena and Adrienne,

    This is an excellent interview and it’s awesome to give Adrienne the spotlight! Adrienne, you’ve got to be kidding to say, “In my mind, I don’t really believe that my blog is any different than anyone else’s.” Your blog is one of the most unique and inspiring blogs I’ve ever seen. You are a bright light for so many people online and everything you do shines through your blog. I don’t know anyone else who engages with their readers as effectively as you and it shows! When I think of attraction marketing, you are the model. The secret is, if anyone wants to know, is you REALLY CARE about people! You are a people person and I don’t think you realize the influence you’ve had on so many people, including me. I thank you for your positive outlook of life.

    You are so authentic and candid about what you have been through, but your time has come. I believe you will have incredible success with the launch of your product. We are all waiting in anticipation.

    Again, thank you for everything you do for others and some of the friends I care about. I know I have been out of the loop a bit these past few months, but I am very grateful to have you as a friend and my heart is still with you. It is a pleasure to support you. Hang on for a fantastic year!

    Raena Lynn

    • Adrienne

      February 6, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Hi Raena,

      Ah, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and check out my interview. I so appreciate that young lady because I know how busy you are.

      LOL!!! Yeah, I really don’t Raena because the way I see it there are so many people online today that share the same type of information. We’re all different in our presentation but that’s what I was thinking when I said that.

      I so appreciate you saying that and you’re right, until people tell me I really just sit over here behind my computer doing my thing. We oftentimes don’t realize the type of impact we’ve had on others until people approach us or they want to interview us like Harleena did. Things like that but I so thank you for sharing that. I’m blushing if you must know the truth.

      Thank you Raena for saying that and I know that you’ve been focusing on building your business outside of blogging but I’m so thrilled for you that you’re having the type of success that you are. As you know and I’ve told you that you’re someone I looked up to so I’m also honored to know you as well and now be able to call you a friend.

      I appreciate once again you taking the time to stop by, thank you so much.

      You have a wonderful rest of your week and an awesome month okay!

      ~Adrienne

    • Harleena Singh

      February 18, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Welcome to my blog Raena!

      Sorry been a little late in replying, but it’s surely good to have you over, and I’m glad you enjoyed Adrienne’s interview. I think she deserves all the spotlight for the wonderful person that she is – touching our lives in more way that one.

      Thanks for stopping by and for sharing the post too – much appreciated 🙂

  13. Barbara Charles

    February 6, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Hi Harleena and Adrienne,

    Great interview Harleena and you interviewed the perfect person for your first in your new monthly series.

    Of course, I know much of Adrienne’s story and for myself have always aspired to be like her. A hard act to follow as some people, like Adrienne, just got it going on.

    Thank your for having share her story again with us. Each time I learn something new. Adrienne – you are truly phenomenal as a person, as a friend and as a blogger. You are truly blessed and in all things it shows.

    Continued wealth, peace and happiness in your journey.
    Barbara

    • Adrienne

      February 6, 2014 at 8:43 am

      Hey Barbara,

      Why thank you Barbara, that’s so kind of you to say.

      I appreciate your comment and I’m so glad we met online. This is what building relationships is all about and I consider you one of my closest friends now.

      I think we all still have a heck of a lot to tell but talking about ourselves a lot sometimes isn’t the best route to go but if something I share will help someone else then it was worth the time. You are too sweet for saying that and I thank you so very much.

      To your continued wealth, peace and happiness as well young lady.

      ~Adrienne

    • Harleena Singh

      February 18, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      Hi Barbara,

      Thank you for liking the interview 🙂

      I agree with you there- the perfect choice, isn’t she? I think we learn and are inspired from her a great deal, but tough to become like her – she is THE only one of her kind.

      Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice week ahead 🙂

  14. Sue Price

    February 6, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Hi Harleena and Adrienne

    Wow what an interview. I love the questions Harleena and Adrienne you did a great job of answering them 🙂

    I think I knew most things about you Adrienne but many people would have gotten to know you a little more because of the great questions.

    I want to pick up on Q8 and if your corporate experience helped you in blogging. You said no but I so often think because you were an exec assistant at a high level you would have learned to be super organized and consistent. That is one thing I so admire about you in your blogging. Maybe you were like that before those jobs but I am sure some of your skills there are assisting you now. Unlike me who always had someone to organize me 🙂

    A great interview thank you Adrienne and Harleena.

    Sue

    • Adrienne

      February 6, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Hi Sue,

      I agree, Harleena did a great job with these questions and although it was long I really enjoyed responding to these.

      I was always super organized and consistent before I ever entered the work force Sue. There are some things people have that come naturally and those happen to be some of those qualities I brought with me. In all honesty, I was actually hired for most of my positions because of my organizational skills and how I was with people and not for how good I actually was at the position. All of my family oftentimes wonder where the heck that even came from because they sure aren’t like that. LOL!!!

      Thank you Sue for your comment, I so appreciate you taking the time to stop by. Hope you’re enjoying your week.

      ~Adrienne

    • Harleena Singh

      February 18, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Hi Sue,

      Glad you enjoyed the interview, and yes, Adrienne surely took out her precious time to answer ALL the questions, for which I remain ever so grateful to her 🙂

      Thanks for your kind visit. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

  15. Jodi

    February 6, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Harleena! it took me forever to make it here, but I am so glad I did. This is exactly what I am starting to move toward in my business and I did not know about Adrienne and look forward to learning from her in the future!

    • Adrienne

      February 6, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Hi Jodi,

      Thank you for checking out my interview and hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about me. Please stop by any time and just say Hi. Love to meet new faces.

      Thank you again and enjoy the rest of your week.

      ~Adrienne

    • Harleena Singh

      February 18, 2014 at 6:36 pm

      Hi Jodi,

      I sure am glad you finally made it. Ah…I am SO glad you’re introduced to Adrienne now – one person you shouldn’t miss out in the Blogosphere – lots in store to learn from her 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

  16. Sylviane Nuccio

    February 5, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Hi Harleena and Adrienne,

    Wow, for some strange reasons I haven’t seen that post posted anywhere and it’s only because I cam here purposely that I’m find it.

    Excellent interview where those who don’t know Adrienne yet can learn more about her, and those who know her a bit more can still learn something new.

    Like you, Adrienne, if I had to do it again, I would have by-passed affiliate marketing, but at the same time I guess we’ve learn lots about it.

    For that matter I would also have by-passed on Network Marketing as well.

    I enjoyed this and hope you both have a great day!

    • Adrienne

      February 6, 2014 at 3:15 am

      Hey Sylviane,

      I can’t believe you haven’t seen this post around. I guess I’m not doing a very good job of promoting it so let’s see what I can’t do about that. LOL!!! I appreciate you stopping by though, thank you so much.

      I hear what you’re saying and although I still do somewhat okay with affiliate marketing had it not been for that I wouldn’t have learned what I did. I would definitely have bypassed network marketing altogether though. I thought it was the best place for me but I just couldn’t bring myself to approach people the way I was being taught so I’m done with it.

      Thank you for your comment and again stopping by.

      ~Adrienne

    • Harleena Singh

      February 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      Hi Sylviane,

      Sorry to hear that, but it was up on the usual social media sites, wonder why you didn’t see it – at least I always promote it as you already know 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and your kind words – glad you enjoyed Adrienne’s interview as well 🙂

  17. Amit Kumar

    February 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    wow,
    It’s really amazing to see a great conversions of Harleena mam and Adrienne mam. Thank you so much Harleena mam for sharing this interview post with us. she is really one of the most famous blogging personalities and all bloggers like to know more about her. thanks again 🙂

    • Adrienne

      February 6, 2014 at 3:10 am

      Ah, I’m so very flattered Amit and thank you so very much for your kind words. I don’t know about being famous but I’m glad a few people have recognized me around the web. Makes you know this trip has been so worth it.

      Thank you again for your comment.

      ~Adrienne

    • Harleena Singh

      February 18, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      Hi Amit,

      Glad you liked the little chit-chat on this interview 🙂

      Yes indeed, she IS an amazing blogger and a wonderful person that everyone should reach out and connect with.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  18. Kumar Chandan

    February 5, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Hi, Harleena mam,

    Well, first of all congratulations for this wonderful feature at your blog. 🙂
    It simply provides us great opportunity to know about great personalities around web.

    Adrienne is an amazing lady. She has done outstanding work in relation building and affiliate marketing. She said, she never promotes anything that she doesn’t stand behind 100%. I like her honesty. This is the quality what makes her different.

    I learned copious things through this chat like hard work and commitment can turn our life beautiful and happy.

    Thank You very much for bringing inside story of Adrienne before us.
    Have a great week. 🙂

    • Adrienne

      February 6, 2014 at 3:09 am

      Hi Kumar,

      I appreciate you stopping by and reading my interview. I think Harleena did a wonderful job with the questions and I’m honored to be her first guest. I appreciate what you shared so thank you for that.

      Good to see you again and hope you’re doing well.

      ~Adrienne

    • Harleena Singh

      February 18, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Hi Kumar,

      Thank you for saying that, and I’m glad you liked the interview too 🙂

      Yes, we get to know of wonderful people like her through such interviews, and a little more too. Glad you learned more things about her from this one.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views 🙂

  19. Donna Merrill

    February 4, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Harleena,

    What a great interview with one of my favorite people, Adrienne Smith!

    I just loved reading through all those Questions and Answers. Adrienne, you are a natural when it comes to making relationships with people. And yes, asking for phone numbers is very important these days!

    We can try to engage with others, but when we get a phone call from a person we know like and trust, it certainly leaves a great impression. I think its the backbone of your business. You are not just out there, you get involved with others and people sure do appreciate that.

    What I admire Adrienne is your consistency. I know that on Monday and Thursday there will be a blog post from you. Then I look forward for your “question of the day” on Facebook. I’ve seen many people try to do that, but you are a natural at it and get many responses. That only proves you have a great following besides your blog.

    But at the end of the day, it all comes down to gratefulness. Your sincerity of being grateful for all you have shines through everything. I think that is one of the most important thing one can have when doing “attraction marketing.”

    I know so many people who just love following you! And I’m one of them girl. I loved the way you answered all these questions with honesty and integrity.

    -Donna

    • Adrienne

      February 4, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      Hey Donna,

      Ah, you’re one of my favorite people too! 😉

      I have to agree with you on that one Donna, that phone call really can make or break it. 99.9% of them appreciate the heck out of it while I have had 1% that told me I was out of line. Just goes to show you how many people online still just don’t get it and I feel for them, really.

      I’m the reliable one Donna, I’m very consistent with pretty much everything actually. Even my offline stuff, I have my routine but I think that’s what helps me stay on track. It’s the stuff we do consistently over time that become a habit and when it comes to what we’re doing online I think it’s really important to have that type of schedule myself.

      Isn’t it kind of funny how being grateful really should be people’s number one thing yet so many don’t let that part of them shine through! I wonder why that is because I’ve met so many people who “say” they’re grateful for things but I don’t sense that from them. You’re right though, it can really help you with attraction marketing.

      I definitely appreciate that Donna, thank you so much and I’m one of those that follows you too! Thank you so much for stopping by and I’m glad you enjoyed the interview.

      ~Adrienne

    • Harleena Singh

      February 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm

      Hi Donna,

      I ditto your words, and you too are one of my favorites 🙂

      Sorry for the time it might have taken you to go through all the questions, but knowing me, I’m sure you’d have expected these many! And Adrienne patiently answered to all of them so well. Oh yes…a natural indeed, and a good one at that. I think she’s got her charming way of reaching out and touching lives, and that makes an instant connection in peoples lives.

      There’s so much to learn from her – yes her timely posts, no matter what, unless of course there are hosting issues, there is bound to be a post on those days, with a set time too. She truly is a shining star, isn’t she?

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. 🙂

  20. Corina Ramos

    February 4, 2014 at 3:20 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I love how you dubbed her the “Engagement Superstar”….that’s exactly what she is.

    I think her down-home and at-ease vibe she gives out has to do with her being from Houston. Of course, I’m a little bias because that’s where I’m from too :).

    Harleena you asked the perfect questions and Adrienne thank you for sharing so much about yourself…I didn’t think of you as a rebellious teen :).

    I think you’re an awesome person. I always say I want to be like you with a smiley face but I really do mean it. You’re definitely a strong influencer and I learn so much from you.

    You’re a genuine person Ms. Adrienne…the real deal. I’m so glad we’ve connected and become online friends :).

    I wish you every success in the world girl!

    • Adrienne

      February 4, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      Hi Cori,

      Why thank you for that but I actually won a contest back in 2011 that Danny Iny had on his blog and they were naming the Engagement Superstar. I was very surprised and shocked but it’s definitely been an honor. The title has stuck ever since. 😉

      I’m actually from Baytown but Houston is close enough! I did escape that small town over 20 years ago to find my home in the big city. I think it’s that Texas coming out in us girl!

      I thought Harleena did a wonderful job as well Cori and yeah, there is still a lot of stuff people don’t know about me. I guess I let that one slip one day on Facebook while chatting and leave it to Harleena to catch it. LOL!!!

      Thank you so very much Cori, I’m truly touched. Awwwwww

      I appreciate that and I’m glad we connected too. It’s great having good friends while we all go through this process and it’s really cool when they live in the same town too. Who would have guessed right!

      Thank you Cori and you have a wonderful week.

      ~Adrienne

      • Corina Ramos

        February 11, 2014 at 6:21 am

        Wow then we are closer than I thought. I’m right of Pasadena and we’re getting ready to move out by Seabrook. 🙂

        I have a cousin who lives in Baytown, too. Sure is a small world 🙂

        I can see my Texas and sometimes Tex-Mex accent all over my comments and posts, lol :).

        It started off a busy day but finally catching up. Have a great night Adrienne and stay warm girl 🙂

        • Adrienne

          February 11, 2014 at 8:20 am

          Where are you headed from Seabrook Cori? I’ve been in the Galleria area for the past 24 years. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to Seabrook and Clear Lake. Love that area but was stuck growing up in Baytown. One of my best friends lives in Crosby so I’m sure you know where that is too.

          Yeah, mine too but that’s who we are and proud of it girl. I tell ya, you and I are going to have to meet soon. Love to sit down and visit with you. That will be a fun time.

          Thanks for sharing that and you have a good night. I’m fixing to get off here too. Talk to you soon.

          ~Adrienne

    • Harleena Singh

      February 18, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Corina,

      That’s true! She’s rightfully called that and earned her name I’d say 🙂

      Glad you liked the questions, which did take me time to formulate because I wanted them to be different from the usual ones asked and something that would be inspire others, just as she does.

      Thanks for your lovely comment, and have a great week ahead 🙂




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The Aha!NOW Chat with Adrienne Smith

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