Episode 148: Melissa: Melissa & Doug Toys, Mental Wellness, and Unlocking Your Full Potential

Melissa Bernstein, Founder of Melissa and Doug Toys

Melissa Bernstein, co-founder of Melissa & Doug toy company and LifeLifes, joins the 1 Girl Revolution Podcast this week to share her inspiring life story and to talk about her incredible work with Melissa & Doug and LifeLines. Melissa is an entrepreneur, creative, author, wife and mother of 6 children. Melissa is the co-founder of the wildly successful toy company Melissa & Doug, through which Melissa has spent the last 30 years helping children discover themselves, their passions, and their purpose through open-ended play. In 2020, after her own personal journey of self-discovery and acceptance, Melissa founded Lifelines, an online community that helps individuals find purpose, meaning, and self-acceptance. 

Through Melissa & Doug toys, Melissa has used creativity to help children find their passions, purpose, and discover their gifts and talents. Through Lifelines, Melissa is utilizing the same creativity and passion to reinvent well-being products and experiences to help adults strengthen their resilience, find their purpose and passions, and unlock their full potential. 

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Melissa’s inspiring journey through life;
  • How Melissa and Doug met, fell in love and started a life together;
  • The story behind Melissa & Doug, how Melissa and Doug came up with the idea for the innovative toy company, and more about their incredibly successful business;
  • About Melissa’s journey with depression and her journey to self-discovery and acceptance; 
  • How Melissa channeled her own life experiences to help others now through LifeLines;
  • And so much more. 

For more information on LifeLines, please visit the LifeLines website

For more information on Melissa & Doug, please visit the toy company website.

Purchase Melissa’s book here – LifeLines: ​​An Inspirational Journey from Profound Darkness to Radiant Light

Follow Melissa on Instagram

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Episode 216: St. Francis Ministries and St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf in Uganda – Rannah

This week on The 1 Girl Revolution Podcast we welcome our friend Rannah to the show, founder of St. Francis Ministries + the St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf in Uganda. You may be familiar with Rannah and her work because we’ve covered her through the years, but this is a powerful, inspiring, and in-depth look into how Rannah decided to go to Uganda and how St. Francis Ministries and the St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf in Uganda came to be. 

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