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My name is Jessie, and I am a 17 year old girl who suffers from Depression and Anxiety. My doctor told me that I needed to find a hobby that made me feel good, and the thing that makes me feel good is helping other people feel better. My dad and I came up with an idea to make something that people could take with them every day to provide them emotional support and remind them that they are never alone. We went to Hobby Lobby, found some rocks and an engraver, and MY ROCK AND I got started.
On 5/24/2019, we launched a Kickstarter Campaign to help us grow and provide more rocks to people who need them. The campaign was a great success and was fully funded in just over a day, but we want to do even more!!! We have a special offer only available for a limited time where for every rock you purchase, we will donate one to an organization that will ensure that it gets into the hands of someone who needs it.
We engrave each one by hand (my dad and sister help me), and do semi colons (for Depression and Self Harm), roses (for Self Image), dot dot dot (as a reminder to just keep going), and whatever else comes to mind. Some of the engravings are hard to see depending on the color of the rock, but if you hold it in your fingers and rub your thumb over it, you and feel the ridges and cuts. It’s really soothing.
We focus on small rocks for people to put in their pocket, purse or backpack to remind themselves that they are good. The engravings aren’t really artistic, and every single one of them is flawed in some way… just like me. And probably just like you. But that’s ok. We are all perfectly imperfect.
For every rock we sell, we donate one to a worthy cause. In the past three months, we have been able to make and donate over 2,000 rocks to non-profit organizations like The National Alliance on Mental Illness, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Texas Children’s Hospital, The Joy Bus, and Find Your Anchor Box. If you haven’t heard of these charities, you should check them out! We also do everything we can to support local hospitals and mental health organizations.
Every one of us has a reason to carry a rock. Find the right rock for your reason, and take a little piece of me (and the things it reminds you of) with you where ever you go.
All we ask is that you follow MyRockAndI on your favorite social media platform, and spread the word by posting a selfie with your rock and posting #MyRockAndI are (fill in whatever you are doing right then). When you smile, laugh or even have a hard day, just put it out there. Someone else is probably going through the exact same thing, and it will lift them up knowing that they are not the only one.
Oh… how do you get a rock? Ask someone who has one where they got theirs, or click on SHOP above to get your very own.