ReeJade Richmond Interview
Who are you?
My name is ReeJade Richmond. I am Strong, Empowered and Classy.
What do you do?
I am an Entrepreneur. I am the Founder of Search for Her Existence, LLC., (S.H.E.) located in Detroit, MI; established on January 1, 2013. S.H.E. is a profit LLC focused on helping women discover their GREATNESS through support tools such as: Motivational Speaking, Wellness and Nutrition Coaching, and Business Resources.
Prior to founding S.H.E., I attended Albany State University (Albany, GA) with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology (2008) and attended The Thomas M. Cooley Law School (Auburn Hills, MI) with a Juris Doctor, concentration in International Law.
What are you passionate about?
Passion tends to refer to any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling; a strong desire; and love. When I think about passion, these are the terms and definitions that come to mind.
Since I was a child, I have always had the desire to help people. Whether it was to assist with their homework, let them borrow clothes and money, or just lending a listener. I am that person that will give a person on the street my last $20.00 bill in my purse.
I never have to second guess myself when helping people. It gives me peace of mind and a “high”. When I help someone, no matter how big or small it is, I get that emotional “high” —like I just conquered the world. I enjoy seeing people smile when a small act of kindness has been shown.
Strength refers to the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor; mental power, force; moral power, firmness, courage; power by reason of influence, authority, resources, numbers, etc. What makes you strong? Tell us how it strengthens you.
I believe the adversity I faced through my youth and young adulthood has given me the strength and wisdom to deal with my future.
At a very young age my parents divorced. My mother thereafter began using drugs to cope. She never recovered from that relationship. Therefore, she would take her anger and frustration out on me. As a child, I didn’t understand. I did not understand that the words that she stated to me, would begin to affect my thinking of myself.
For example, she would call me fat . My family members gave me a nickname called “Miss Piggy”. So as a teen and much of my early adulthood I have struggled with my image. I really believed in my head I was fat. But in actuality, I was not.
At the age of 14 years old. I almost died. The doctor’s did not know what was wrong with me. They later discovered that I have Lupus. Lupus is a autoimmune chronic illness that affects your immune system and organs. It simply attacks itself.
From that experience my father got custody over me. He moved me from Dayton, OH to Marietta, GA at the age of 15. In my last two years of high school my perspective on things changed. I was placed in a better environment where I saw myself not being another “baby mama” statistic or substance abuser.
I worked hard and studied hard. Upon graduating high school, I got accepted to Albany State University on a full scholarship.
In essence, determination and ambition is what has kept me going. The negative comments from others just fueled my enthusiasm for success. When I have flashbacks of my past, that is my reality check that I need to keep moving forward and to stop looking back.
Empowerment refers to increasing the spiritual, political, social, educational, gender, or economic strength of individuals and communities. Where does your sense of empowerment derive from?
My power and source of substance comes from none other, but the true living God. I was not raised in the church nor are my family members church enthusiasts. However, through the personal circumstances that I dealt with growing up, not one person could help.I began seeking out help. I went to therapy and talked with several close friends but they weren’t able to assist me through what I was going through. Then the book, Eat, Pray, & Love, came out. I read it and even watched the movie. So I began seeking out spiritual guidance. I have studied with Jehovah’s Witnesses , Seventh Day Adventist, Episcopal, Baptist, and etc. The list goes on. But, then I went through a rough time again. I prayed and then I found a Pastor online. At the time I thought he was a therapist, but turns out he was a Pastor too. I began attending the church and joined. Since I started attending this church I have felt covered and protected. Whatever I need, it has been spoken into existence. I am just waiting to receive, ad I have received several things that I asked for. Therefore, I believe God’s word is true if you actively seek him and follow his word. Through this spiritual empowerment I was able to bring S.H.E. into fruition. For years I thought about starting S.H.E. but I was too afraid. I was worried about how I would get clients , medical insurance, what would other people think; that I went to law school and now operating my own business, etc. Now, I do not care what other people think. As long as I got God on my side , I cannot fail.
Classy refers to being elegant, stylish; having or reflecting high standards of personal behavior; admirably skillful and graceful. How important is it to maintain a sense of class in your life or field?
At all times, I try to make sure that my speech and decorum are appropriate. I have learned that people are always watching you. Whether you know it or not, people watch how you carry yourself and how you conduct your business and personal matters. How you conduct yourself when you think people are not watching is a true reflection of your character and what lies within your heart. I teach these principles in my S.H.E. seminar workshops. Again, S.H.E. is focused on helping women discover their GREATNESS. You cannot discover or tap into that GREATNESS if you are not mentally and physically fit. Therefore, your attitude is a reflection of how you will carry yourself. If you are depressed, people will notice it. If your are happy, people will notice that too. We all go through different circumstances. We have been placed on this earth to help other people–not to persecute them or compete with them. We have to make the decision to be role models for our future generations. If they see that we are exhibiting a certain type of behavior, the younger generation will emulate it and think that is okay.
Life is truly a journey. Are you proud of where and who you are right now? Why?
Yes!! I am truly happy where I am. I am not saying it’s perfect but I am less stressed. My health is better and, most importantly, I get my “happy high” everyday when I am helping my clients or presenting at a S.H.E. workshop seminar. No more anxiety or tightness in my chest when I wake up in the morning. And besides, who would not want to be their own boss? Also, being able to be featured on this site was a blessing in itself. I thought it would be a lot harder to get featured. We humbly thank Jane Thang Productions, LLC, for giving us the opportunity to share our story.
If you had the opportunity to speak for the masses, what would you say?
“Do what you love now, and the money will come later.” Do not spend your life chasing educational degrees or money. Prosperity cannot be found in these things. Search deep within yourself to find what you are passionate about. Degrees and money will not give you the same sense of fulfillment as doing something that your heart desires. If you humble yourself to be servants to other people, blessings and prosperity will come. I have found that when I stopped going with the flow of the “masses” , I became more prosperous . I now have peace of mind, wealth, and time to give to my loved ones. Now that, is my HEAVEN.
Thank you for visiting www.janethangproductions.com. Be on the look out for more sources of inspiration from The Strong, Empowered, & Classy Project each week! We praise God for the words of wisdom shared by ReeJade in her empowering story with us. Take heed of her testimony which is the most powerful story anyone could ever share! We hope that you will walk away feeling as inspired as we have after reading this amazing story. Please don’t forget to share ReeJade’s perspective of strength, empowerment, and class with your family and friends! Glory to God!
-Always Remember to Stay Inspired! – @MsJaneThang
@MsJaneThang is actually Kristen Hayman, the founder of Jane Thang Productions, LLC. She is a Strong, Empowered & Classy young woman that writes poetry and stories that speak to the heart.