Posted on December 23, 2016
20 Questions with Adrienne Ford
20 Questions with Adrienne Ford
I’ve known Adrienne for all of maybe a month. We met at an event she was hosting, dedicated to helping women nurture their natural beauty. And speaking of natural beauty, Adrienne personifies that inside and out. She and I clicked instantly over our mutual appreciation for and understanding of self-care and seeing the true beauty in the tribes of women we surround ourselves with.
Adrienne has an immense wealth of life experience, experience she uses to apply to her personal philosophy. A self-proclaimed “sensitive soul,” Adrienne’s life shifted from professional modelling to a journey of wellness, empowerment, healing, and making healthy choices to live well on her own terms. She is dedicated to encouraging other women to do the same and it’s for that reason I really admire her. I was eager to have her jump in the 20 Questions hot seat, so without further ado…
1. What are you really excited about these days?
Self-care! I love exploring how we can feel good, while taking care of ourselves. It is fascinating how diverse this topic is.
2. What was the last photo you snapped with your phone?
(Speaking of self-care) Sunday night, roaring fire, me wrapped in a duvet, sipping tea, while my boyfriend reads Pablo Neruda.
3. You’re probably used to life in the spotlight to some degree, but making yourself accessible through social media opens the door to admiration but also criticism. How do you handle criticism?
There is a difference between (constructive) criticism, and a person that sows discord to upset or hurt. Constructive criticism usually comes from those we confide in, and can be useful. People that are out there to spread emotional distress only behave this way because of their own unhappiness. I try to see their behaviour through a compassionate lens and do not engage.
4. Your life has taken off on a different trajectory in recent years, so what was the catalyst for the shift?
Change normally comes from an “awakening,” also known as a serious of unfortunate events. For me, life had provided several difficult situations, and in this, I was forced to evaluate my choices. My career, the place I call home, and my relationship fell apart at the same time. I knew I wanted a better life, and instead of feeling sorry for myself in this situation, I decided to start making better decisions. Looking back, it was a true blessing in disguise.
5. What’s something you aspire to that might surprise people?
I aspire to host amazing dinner parties, filled with invigorating, thought-provoking conversation. This might surprise people, because in large groups, I typically embrace my introverted self.
6. The Breakfast Club featured a rebel, a princess, a brainiac, an outcast, and a jock. Who were you in high school?
I definitely felt like an outcast on occasion. I wanted to be the princess, but alas, I was the jock.
7. If I gave you a $50,000 business loan to expand the scope of something you’re currently doing, what would it be?
I would make beautiful videos, all over the place, educating people on self-care. It would be a channel dedicated to women feeling happy, healthy, and beautiful! It would be a one-stop shop with all the experts in wellness. I would do interviews, DIYs, how-tos, products reviews, hot-spot spas, and all the latest trends in living well.
8. If I dropped you off at the airport with a ticket to anywhere, where are you headed?
If it was literally today, Bali, to play with the monkeys. If it was in the summer, Paris.
9. What was your all-time favourite jam in the ‘80s and ‘90s?
Def Leppard’s “Hysteria.”
10. If I was a highly skilled bartender, what drink would you ask me to make for you right now?
I would sit down at the Ritz Carlton, in Paris, and order a French 75.
11. It’s now 2:00 a.m. and I’ve made you half a dozen of those drinks. What’s your guilty pleasure food fix?
I have been having a secret love affair with poutine and Sriracha.
12. What do you do to cheer yourself up when you need it?
It would either be yoga and music at home. Or go out to shop and have dinner with my sister.
13. What’s the biggest misconception people have about you in real life?
A lot of stereotypes comes with being a model, or looking like one. People think models don’t have problems, or feel bad about themselves. That, or I am unapproachable. When, really, I am a huge nerd that is silly, awkward, shy, and sensitive.
14. If you could star as any character in the remake of any movie, which famous role would you reprise?
Princess Andromeda in the 1981 movie Clash Of The Titans. I love Greek mythology.
15. If you could learn a new skill, language, or hobby, what would it be?
I would love to take a poetry course or pottery class.
16. Who are you most proud of?
Anyone that embraces self-improvement. It is a difficult road that can feel ugly and lonely at times… but it means that person is listening to their heart.
17. Who is (or was) the single most influential person in your life?
Can I spin this question a little? I have been blessed with many great mentors and teachers. However, perhaps what has been the most profound, yet unconventional, is not so much the people of positive influence, but those that were of negative influence. The ones that tested me, hurt me, or “did me wrong.” In each one of these situations was a powerful lesson. I learned how to trust myself, take better care of myself and/or my business, or simply how to say NO when something doesn’t feel right.
I think when we really embody this learning, and see life (and the people in our life), as our school, we can empower ourselves to learn, grow, and expand. When we look at difficult times as an opportunity to thrive, we can be our own influential person. Life, and all its experiences, can be a beautiful gift to help us along the way.
18. I’m throwing a dinner party next weekend. You’re invited and can bring three others with you (dead or alive). Who should I set the table for?
My boyfriend as my date. I would love to listen to American psychologist John B. Watson talk about behaviourism. I love this approach to understanding human nature. I would also love to see Oprah there. That woman has transformed her own life and the lives of many others.
19. What’s the one question you wish someone would ask you?
Would you like to be a dog mom?
20. Would you like to be a dog mom?
Yes, I would like one Golden Retriever puppy/baby immediately!
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All photos are provided courtesy of Adrienne Ford.