We had the good fortune of connecting with ADRIANNE BUCHANAN and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi ADRIANNE, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Bohemian BAP is a wellness community created to provide support, encouragement, and mindfulness tools that promote emotional and mental wellness for women of color; specifically, women of Faith. In 2018 after being the “Strong Friend” for the majority of my life, I experienced an emotional breakdown. I ended a long-term relationship, I was barely showing up for work, and I had fallen off the eating disorder wagon. My life was a whirlwind of chaos. I could feel that something major had shifted within me. Something I could no longer brush off. Depression and anxiety had consumed me. Without access to the mental health needed, I focused on what I could control. Myself. I started to change the things that were making me unhappy. Being strongly against using medication as a method of treatment, I began researching holistic ways to manage my symptoms. As a woman of Faith, many of the alternative practices I researched were discouraged amongst the Christian community. I prayerfully and intentionally began to incorporate practices that spoke to me. Intention-setting, meditation, yoga, and breathwork are my favorites. Therapy helped get to the root of it all, uncovering years of childhood trauma. (I’m working on a series of books about the trauma.) I started writing the first drafts of my first published work, Awakening Vibes Soulbook: Bohemian Bap’s Guide to Unleashing Your Power. What was initially created as a self-reflective, interactive journal for me, became a permanent reminder of the inner-work I had done. Unable to find a book publisher, I launched my parent company, Pretty Brown Ink, in December 2018. I focused on my passion, writing, and reaffirmed my passion for helping African American girls overcome emotional trauma. Pretty Brown Ink, was formed to give voice to independent African American writers and creators. My desire is for women and girls of color to have all the tools they need in order to live a fulfilling, peace-filled life. With everything I do, the plight of the African American is never far from my mind.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an African American woman and trauma survivor with over twenty years of Corporate Finance experience. If you know anything about Corporate Finance, then you know it is a high-stress career. For an African American woman, it can be even more so. I’m proud to say I successfully navigated a predominately white-male world and remained true to myself. Everything I create is about overcoming trauma. I think one of the things that set us apart is that we are heavy on researching best practices in SEL (Social Emotional Learning). Overcoming trauma can be a challenge and Bohemian BAP(Black American Princess) is a judgment-free community. At the start of my journey, I’d have post-it notes of affirmations on my bathroom window. It wasn’t until I found myself out and in a high-stress situation that the idea for my signature product, Bag of Vibes, came to mind. Bag of Vibes is an intention deck that offers daily intentions that help you in living a more mindful, positive, and purposeful life. We’re currently working on Pretty on the Inside, a SEL curriculum designed for middle/high school girls. Its main focus is to teach them how to effectively manage their emotions. The journey to healing and self-discovery is unique to all who choose to walk that path. If there was one rule I would say, “Be Gentle to Yourself”.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love Atlanta! Having attended CAU my freshman year I became pretty familiar and now my mom lives there. I’m big into finding spots off the beaten path. I’d take them hiking for sure. Palisades West Trail is a good choice. Food is never an issue when you’re in the A. Here are my top choices: South City Kitchen(Midtown), Red Pepper Taqueria(Buckhead), Twisted Soul Cookhouse, Slutty Vegan, and of course, Varsity!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to give a huge thank you to my parents. What I’ve grown to understand is that they did the very best they could with the tools they had. I appreciate the sacrifices in order to ensure that my brother and I became independent, strong, responsible adults. And, of course, God, for loving me when I was unlovable.
Product photos: Bohemian Bap customers My photos: Aimiende Negbenebor Sela