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Real Girls F.A.R.T.

Achea Redd is a preacher’s kid from Columbus, a real-life NBA wife to all-star, Olympian Michael Redd, and a mom to two kids.

By nature, Redd is very curious and creative. That curiosity always led her to create something interesting, but usually outside the box, which was typically frowned upon, she recalls. “I colored ‘outside the lines’ a lot,” Redd shares, adding, “I’ve always been willing to have discussions that were controversial, difficult, and to some inappropriate.” 

Fortunately, Redd didn’t let a fear of being inappropriate stop her from pursuing her passion through Real Girls F.A.R.T. 

Initially the phrase “real girls fart” was an inside joke between Redd and her husband, but it didn’t come to life until a little under a year ago in the form of a blog.

“I used the blog to discuss my struggle through being diagnosed with GAD (generalized anxiety disorder/depression), my failed attempts at trying to be this person that I WAS NEVER meant to be (aka “Miss Perfect), and dealing with all of this stuff on top of trying be a wife, an NBA wife at that, and a mom,” Redd recalls.

“And I literally went to bed a blogger and woke up an entrepreneur,” Redd says.

She describes how Real Girls F.A.R.T., or RGF, is different or has a different feel to it because it’s a movement for women to listen and learn from other women, apply what they’ve learned to pull themselves out, then rescue others. It has a humanitarian pay it forward vibe to it, Redd says.

“Sometimes mental health organizations have a support group kind of feel. Don’t get me wrong that’s fine, but a part of my recovery was to get well and do something,” Redd explains, adding that a call to action is very empowering to those who have felt powerless due to mental health issues and past trauma.

“There’s also an obligation to remove the stigma from these types of illnesses and start having the conversations openly,” she says. “chances are we either know someone or are that someone who’s dealt with anxiety, etc. Once you own your story and let it all out, you realize that your diagnosis doesn’t define you, it’s just a part of you and on the other side is someone who is fearless, authentic, rescuer, trailblazer.” 

For Redd, the most exciting and rewarding thing is to experience the mission and message resonating with women of all races and ages. “I took a risk at looking foolish because of the name and it’s actually helping someone,” she says. “What was once an inside joke, is now a real movement that I get to be a part of.” 

“To me that’s true success no matter how well known RGF is or I am. It’s all about the people that are being impacted by the brand and my stories and they’re REAL stories,” she says. “I’ve gone through a lot, but without it I wouldn’t be here.”

Currently, Redd’s accepting invitations to speak in the community or write for publications as it pertains to the topics covered in this piece and in her blog posts. She’ll also be releasing Vol. 1 of the Real Girls Mindful Coloring Book November and launching a Real Girl’s podcast,  “Keeping it Real with Keys,” in December (Keys is short for Achea). Plus, she’ll be writing the first Real Girl’s book, which will hopefully be released in Summer 2018.  

Learn more about Redd and Real Girls F.A.R.T. by visiting online at www.realgirlsfart.com. Follow along on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, plus Twitter: @RealGirlsFart_ and Instagram: @realgirlsfart
 

*Photography by Alissa Marie Ohashi

 

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