Interested in starting your own journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Kjersten Berard, Founder of Rewired & Real Foundation, located in Eau Claire, WI, USA.
What's your organization, and who are your members?
The Rewired & Real Foundation is on a mission to bring awareness and funding to mental health and kindness tools, programs, and initiatives that create a ripple of positive impact in communities around the globe! Our customers can be any business, organization, family, or individual that wishes to help make a positive ripple of impact within communities across the globe.
Tell us about yourself
I am a mom to three wonderful sons and two stepsons. When my boys went to school, I was lost; I realized I had no idea who I was, what I truly wanted, or what made ME happy. I was alarmed! I then found myself on a journey to transform and REWIRE myself to live MY REAL authentic, and impactful life. I wanted to share with my kids and the world how very important it is to be yourself, be real, and be kind to yourself, and from there, you can improve your own mental well-being and spread impact and kindness to others. We all have the tools we need hidden within ourselves! It is time to unlock your potential, discover yourself, and create a ripple of impact!
What's your biggest accomplishment as an organization?
The Rewired & Real Treasure Boxes that were just launched include everything we encompass for ALL age groups (seniors to preschoolers! Each box is filled with an age-appropriate wellness bundle which includes games, gadgets, activities, monthly kindness activities for the community, kind hero awards to encourage kindness, resources for your mental well-being, and fun reusable worksheets. Everything inside the Treasure Box is meant to get you connected with yourself and others, be mindful and kind and improve your overall well-being.
We can all agree that too much time is spent on cell phones and electronic devices, leaving less and less time for mindful activities and overall social/emotional well-being. This has a strain on mental health, and the statistics around this issue are alarming. Rewired & Real Treasure Boxes are meant to help in a variety of ways:
- Improve social-emotional skills
- Ease stress, anxiety, and depression
- Increase gratitude, mindfulness, and self-awareness
- Spread kindness
- Promote positive thinking
- Inform the community about available resources and access to care
To learn how it works, visit our website, which details the need for Treasure Boxes and Wellness Bundles!
Sponsor a Treasure Box for a favorite organization or purchase for your business. Impact can happen anywhere. Think waiting rooms, breakrooms, schools, restaurants, hotels, clubs, and organizations! Each Treasure Box is fully customizable, and all materials within each box are approved by licensed counselors, therapists, and parents. The value of each Treasure Box far exceeds the monetary value, which is our personal promise from R&R.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being an organization?
Keep pushing forward and not allowing fear to stop you. You must believe in yourself and your mission more than any failure or fear. We will all have roadblocks and things that come up; allow those roadblocks/failures to guide you, not derail you. Believe in oneself!
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow an organization today?
Visualize where you are going and believe you are already there. Look at detours, failures, and roadblocks as your friend, showing you new insight and helping you get to your vision. Never stop believing in yourself! Wake up each day and go to bed each night with a heart filled with gratitude!
Where can people find you and your group?
If you like what you've read here and have your own story as a solo or small business entrepreneur that you'd like to share, then please answer these interview questions. We'd love to feature your journey on these pages.
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