Wellness Working is my business name for an Independent Nikken Distributorship. As we say in the business, Nikken is a Research & Development company with products. They are headquartered in Irvine CA and are in almost 40 countries around the world. They are based on technologies you wear and sleep on for energy and balance. In addition, there are whole-food, organically grown nutritionals, EccoCert certified skincare and products you can use to create a Wellness Home. You can view these products on a very interactive and comprehensive website. Beverly can be seen at Healthfairs in the area, Wellness Previews that are free and open to the public, or will bring products to your home for demonstrations. All these products are sold directly to the customer through a distributor and drop shipped to your home. Beverly Kennedy may be reached at (607) 738-5156, through email at bkennedy@WellnessWorking.com, and on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. You may also visit the website at www.WellnessWorking.com
How long have you been in business and what has been the evolution of that?
I created Wellness Working in 1995. I had a blended family of 5 and we were having our second child together. My husband was building a new business and I was at home with the kids. It was a very stressful time. A very dear friend came to me and asked me to look at a business opportunity. It took her 3 months to get me to consider just looking. I finally asked her what this was about and she said MAGNETS. Then she said this was network marketing. I had experience with this business model in the past and vowed I would NEVER consider this again. However, that was a time when the technology had not caught up with the business model. We did some strength testing and had really interesting results. I decided to give this a try.
Rather than purchase some product to try, I invested what I considered a minimal amount of money into a distributorship and some shoe insoles. The first couple weeks, I experienced burning in my feet. Once I examined a reflexology chart for the feet, I realized they were burning in the same areas where the sinuses are located. I had severe sinus infections at the time. I could not go outside for more than 20 minutes without experiencing full blown “hot lava” running down the back of my throat. It was awful. When my sinus infections went away, my feet stopped hurting. A few days later my feet began to burn again and within a couple days, the symptoms of a new sinus infection began.
About 3 weeks after first putting the insoles in my shoes, the kids had a day off from school. We had 3 pre-teens, a 2 year old and I was pregnant. I was relaxing in my slippers and thought I would lose my mind so off to the mall we went. By the time I put my shoes on and got to the van, my stress level was almost non-existent. I thought that if this is what this technology was doing for me, I was ‘all in’. I purchased a sleep system and have shared the business ever since.
What intrigues you most about this business?
I have always been fascinated with manufacturing and technology. My background is in Instructional Design – creating training programs. I have focused on business and industry. It’s like magic to me how basic elements are manipulated and combined to make things. When I became involved in this business, I began to study the technologies and how they affected the biology of our bodies. Putting them in products we could wear and sleep on was brilliant. I call it the ‘lazy man’s wellness’. You just wear them. It couldn’t get any simpler. Over the years, the company has introduced many more product categories. They have a commitment to being the best in the world at what they do and I truly admire that. Just when I think they can’t get any better, they do. That creates loyalty and a confidence in what I am supporting.
What are your greatest achievements?
I believe I have an optimistic attitude. I have had many challenges throughout my life. Always seeing the brighter side of each experience is a big achievement.
Persevering through adversity is also a pattern of behavior I have nurtured.
What have been your greatest stumbling blocks?
Listening to the pessimists and people trying to tell me it can’t be done. Those are my biggest failures. However, when you look at it, nothing is a failure. It is all a learning experience that teaches me big lessons and what not to do in the future.
If you could have a Do Over, is there anything you would want to change?
Not really. I could say I would want to make life easier for me and better for my kids, but we all experienced life together. It has made us who we are today – warts and all.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Happier. More content with my life.