I’m Adrian the Owner of Help for New Bloggers. I started this site because I am passionate about helping people manage their technology. It’s my sweet spot and I know it isn’t as fun for most people. So I have a lot of different ways that I can help you out and let you get on with the tasks you really love.
Here’s a bit of a back story about me and my somewhat unusual path to success:
I worked full-time in the Corporate Finance world for 40 years, most of it at Wells Fargo. But I also am a serial entrepreneur/Jill of all Trades so I ran a string of side businesses during that timeframe and also while raising our 3 boys. So I am extraordinarily organized and motivated to succeed.
Corporate life finally got old for me, so I decided to step away and become a full-time blogger and freelancer. So much more fun – I love having the freedom to plan my days and choose my projects and I have wonderful clients – much nicer than my Corporate bosses!
I like variety, so I do a little of everything – I build websites, do social media work, help people set up newsletters, and coach both new bloggers and new virtual assistants to success. I’m happiest when I’m coaching or otherwise helping bloggers, coaches and business owners to be successful.
But just a few months after I retired, I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Then a few months later – pandemic! Quite a roller coaster for my first official year in business. But shockingly, it all worked out. Even though I was sometimes working from a hospital bed (3 surgeries during 2020!), I still managed to DOUBLE my business thanks to a dear friend and business associate who referred a whole portfolio of great clients to me!
Now, I am fully recovered and I run the business with the help of my assistant, my 74-year-old sister Karla. Personally, I think it is hilarious that a couple of “over the hill” gals like us can manage an Internet-based business. We’re not much for stereotypes and we’re both workaholic, out-of-the-box thinkers at any age.
Never give up
and never underestimate yourself! You can cuss and moan the whole time, but KEEP GOING.
Try new things
Try ALL the things! Say YES when something new comes up. You never know which one is going to work out for you. And for the love of Pete – if you’re unhappy in your job, your marriage, or your life in general, make another choice! You aren’t a tree – pick up and MOVE. Happiness might be just around the corner. That’s what worked for me!
You CAN change
Going from a lifetime spent as an employee to a business owner was a bit of a bumpy transition for me. But I learned and I changed and now these life is AWESOME for me. You’re never too old to make a major pivot and try something new. Even if you fall on your face, you’ll learn something.
Don’t believe the stereotypes
Older women can’t manage computers – ha! You have a serious illness, so you can’t do the things you want to. You don’t have a degree or a certificate or whatever – SO WHAT? (Here’s a secret – I don’t either. I’m just a High School Graduate, but I’ve managed to do amazing things anyway because I decided to DO THEM.) You don’t have enough money to do things – find some. It’s out there. There’s money around every corner if you know where to look for it.
All these excuses are BULLSHIT. For every challenge you have (and I know they are REAL challenges) – other people have found a way to push through them. This means you can too!
Say YES to travel
Travel is my #1 priority these days and I’ve got a ton of posts on my lifestyle site Adrian’s Crazy Life for helping you find great travel options that are semi-affordable. Cancer and the pandemic taught me that life is too short to pass up awesome opportunities to really ENJOY your one and only life.
Welcome to Help for New Bloggers! Here’s a list of services, courses, and resources that you might find helpful.
You can reach me at:
(Take yer pick!)