Peach is my new pink!

jennzeinner_2016bBy Jeweler Jenn Zeinner from Florida

 

Since September is National Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month (symbolized by a peach-colored ribbon) and to honor all women fighting cancer, I would like to share my fight with you! Don’t worry, it has a good ending—I am a one-year survivor of uterine cancer!

The pain started right after I gave birth to my daughter, at age 19. Months prior, I had just started my Premier Jewelry business and promoted to Builder. I was focused on promoting to Designer and making a career out this “little jewelry business.” When my pain started to interfere with my daily life and caused interruptions in my business, I sought medical advice. The doctors claimed that it “was just pain related to giving birth.” I believed them; they were the professionals, right?! Well, a year after my daughter was born, the abdominal pain increasingly grew and would occasionally affect my ability to walk.

Despite the fact that my “new normal” was constant pain, I was determined that it was not going to keep me from growing my Premier Business! In fact, I was adamant to become successful and totally prepared to push through anything that tried to get in my way—especially the pain.

Thanks to my earnestness, I was awarded a trip to Premier’s Haven of Hope with my upline. I accepted the invitation with aspirations to receive training and business tips to help my business flourish. But, folks, it turns out that I would actually leave that place with something far greater than I could have ever imagined!

picture1On that wonderful November day, miles from my home, I became the recipient of something that would change my life! I received something that instantly made me feel extremely giddy, grateful, amazing, wonderful, spectacular, joyful, happy, and peaceful—I accepted the gift of JESUS CHRIST into my heart!

That’s right, y’all, Miss Tandy Flynn became my spiritual mama right there at Haven of Hope! When I shared my troubles and my desires for “something more!” She introduced me to the most important “something more” that I could have ever needed. She spoke of the Father and how He so loved me—even though I had never really known His name!

My pain continued and I was grateful for Premier’s no quotas policy because I could not walk, much less show my beautiful jewels! Ultimately I had to take a medical leave of absence from my Premier business as I ventured to find an answer to my pain.

I started with the gynecologist. After exploratory laparoscopic surgery, he said that everything looked good, with the exception of the beginning stages of endometriosis. He reassured me that, while there was no cure for endometriosis, the pain should be drastically reduced as he carefully excised the lesions. You guessed it—I believed him; he was the expert!

In March of 2015, I was in Atlanta, when the worst attack yet nearly took my life. I had just begun eating lunch. After one bite I knew that I would not be finishing the rest of my meal.
I waddled to my hotel room as fast as I could. Once in my room, an insane pain unlike anything I’d ever felt came over my body, causing me to pass out. Once I missed my 2 pm meeting, my supervisor came to  my room and found me unconscious. I was rushed to the nearest Atlanta hospital, where they discovered that a softball-sized cyst on my left ovary had ruptured. It had been growing for over 3 years!picture2

Three days later I received the news that would change my life forever—I had Stage 0 Grade A Endometrial Cancer (meaning that Cancer cells were only found in the surface layer of cells of the endometrium). I can’t begin to describe my feelings! It had taken doctors seven years to determine the cause of my pain. Oh, I was so angry! I was disappointed! I was sad! I would say that, at that moment, I experienced every emotion that exists—all at the same time!

On July 7, 2015, my pain would finally come to an end! Thanks to many of my Premier friends God brought into my life many years earlier, the amazing ladies in my Uterine Cancer Support Group, my soccer family and my Godly church friends, I agreed to undergo a radical hysterectomy—removing both of my ovaries, uterus and cervix.

Oh, our God is so good! By the time I agreed to have surgery, the cancer had grown to my cervix and began to cover my colon! Had I waited even one more day, my colon would have ruptured causing major side effects—including death!

Folks, this cancer is no joke! It does not discriminate! And unless you know the signs, you may not be receiving the proper treatment. Do you want to know a disheartening fact about this whole experience? The doctors admitted to me, after my surgery that I was so young that they never thought to check for cancer!

I pray that my story will inspire you to, not only schedule your wellness exam today, but to encourage the women in your lives to do the same! Make sure you know the signs and symptoms so that you can ensure that you are receiving proper treatment! It is extremely important that you recognize the signs so that you can take hold of your own life and make the doctors check for that cancer, no matter your age!

 

A FOUNDATION

Reflection by Andy Horner

As I walked along the beach recently, I noticed a large tractor drill working hard.  They were building a 10-story condo on sand. They had to drill very deep to hit a solid stable foundation if the building was to endure. It is amazing that the most important aspect of this building would never be seen, but without it, the building would become a disaster.

Much more important is the foundation on which we build our lives. It cannot be on what we own or who we know. It cannot be built on a religion, denomination, church, pastor, friends, or company. Without a solid foundation, our lives can be hopeless. As discouragement, despair and hurts pound our lives, we can begin to crack and disaster sets in.

The word foundation comes from the word “found.” It means to establish on a firm basis for an enduring existence. Is your life built on rock or sand? You can build it on biblical truth, which will endure forever, and the rock, a person named Jesus—the way, the truth and the life. He never changes or leaves us as we go through the storms of life. You can trust God’s word. A strong foundation is not just a need when building, but it is a basic need for a life.

 

But, all those who come and listen and obey me are like a man who builds a house on a strong foundation laid upon underlying rock and when the flood waters rise and break against the house it stands firm. —LUKE 6:48

 

RELATIONSHIPS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

schrock-bethVirginia Designer Beth Schrock had her biggest show ever in June—$3,453—and is happy to share how she did it so you can too!

A big motivation for me to increase my retail recently was to achieve the Get In The Game Champion level and earn that full line of new jewelry! I decided to work like it all depended on me and pray like it all depended on the Lord! I knew that if I didn’t make it, I would have no regrets because I had done all I could.

I had my biggest show ever in June. I finally broke through my highest show retail of $2,000 to have a $3,453 show. It was a personal show, so I worked hard as the Hostess and the Jeweler, but it was worth it.

When all was said and done, I realized that the time I’ve invested in building relationships over the past 13 years in Premier was a major factor in helping me achieve my goal. Here are some other things that have helped me build my business.

1 Give your business to the Lord. Ask Him to be part of it and to bless it. Pray for your show, that it will be a blessing to those who come. I didn’t have very many people actually come to the Personal Show that turned out to be my biggest ever, but I loved on those who did.

2 Set goals. If Premier doesn’t have something you’re working toward, you need to set your own goal to achieve.

3 Personally connect with each person. Call or send personal messages asking them to come to your show or to help you out by placing an order or by scheduling a Jewelry Show. This will be a lot more effective than a blanket Facebook post inviting everyone you know to “attend.”
We need to do what we tell our Hostesses to do!

4  Make sure you are connecting with people outside of your Jewelry Shows. Don’t make everything you do revolve around your business. What I’ve learned over the last 13 years in Premier is that you have to develop relationships with people that are not just about your business.

  • Join a “Girl’s Night Out” group that goes out to dinner once a month.
  • Join other networking groups that meet on a monthly basis, so you are getting to know the people in those groups and developing a relationship with them.

I joined the local Retail Merchant’s Association about 4 years ago and have developed many relationships with other members. Getting involved in the various activities they provide has been truly beneficial for me. Although I’m there for my business, I’ve made lots of friends through the activities.  We don’t just talk about our businesses; we get to know each other on a personal level, too.

5 Share your goals with your friends and ask for help! Those that care about you want to know what is going on in your life and business. If you let them know what you’re trying to achieve, they will be more apt to want to help you.

Many of the orders I received for my personal show were from people with whom I’ve been developing a friendship for a while. I had a few that said, “Beth, I don’t really wear a lot of jewelry, which is why I haven’t purchased from you before. I really want to help you out with your goal, though, so I’m going to do some early Christmas shopping!”  (One of those friends put on one of the necklaces when she got her jewelry and wore it the rest of the night because she liked it so much! Heehee!)

6 Use the Facebook Live feature! Do not act “desperate,” but emphasize how much you are hoping to make your goal and would greatly appreciate their help. Each time I got on FB Live (on my personal page to friends only, not a public page) and shared how far away from my goal I was, I received $200 to $300 in orders within a few hours afterward!

7 Have your own specials! Premier had the most amazing special they’ve ever had in June! I just piggy-backed on it. When the customer spent $150, I paid the $12 fee for each of their pieces up to $75, so they were able to get 2 pieces for FREE! I had a lot of people take me up on that!

8 Give different options for payment. For the orders received via Facebook or email, they can send a check in the mail or drop it off, pay via credit card, have an invoice sent or pay through PayPal®. Make it as easy as possible for them to pay.

9 Be generous! I did a drawing for those that ordered and gave out coupons for free and half-price jewelry. I allowed them to use the coupons on the NEW line.

The Lord laid on my heart to give half of my profit to an organization that was helping feed the flood victims in West Virginia and I shared this with my friends and customers. A few people who had not purchased before now wanted to help me because I was helping others.

I did not “make a lot of money” from my Personal Show, but I earned the FULL LINE for FREE, so I was blessed in other ways! I also found out that I have a lot of people rooting for me and who care about me and my success in my business. It was a very humbling experience to realize how many people “showed up” when I asked for help.

10 Last, but not least, make sure to thank those who have helped you have a successful show. Make sure to thank everyone for helping you achieve your goal! Give a handwritten thank-you card with each person’s order when you deliver or send it.

 

Fall is the best selling season of the year!

a&j-lobby portraitWow, time really is passing us by quickly. I say that all the time, but I really think this year has gone the fastest. We’re already close to the end of summer and heading into fall, our busiest season. I wanted to share with you something Joan wrote in September 2010 about work and how the time ahead can be the best months to impact your business:

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Soon summer will be finished. No more 100 degree days and no more erratic meal schedules for those “professional ball-players.” School is now in session! Do I hear a sigh of relief? Maybe you can see more time for working your business—more telephone calls, more of this or more of that.

We are about to celebrate Labor Day on Monday, September 5. This is a special day set aside to recognize the working people of America—all those who have labored in the past, and those who are laboring in the present. This includes you and me. What is work?
It is God ordained from the beginning:

–  Adam was told to work

–  Moses worked with his flocks

–  David cared for his father’s sheep

–  Peter and Andrew were busy casting a net into the sea

–  Andy and Joan are busy at Premier

In the beginning, God intended that we should work. Work is not easy—work is an opportunity—and I am so glad that I love to work. Aren’t you glad, too, that you are able to work?

I believe this time of year—these four months ahead—can and will be the best time to really grow your business. Traditionally, more business is done during these four months than the previous eight months. These next four months will be a wonderful time to personally show attention to those new Hostesses you will meet. A great time to enrich their lives, and a very special time to meet some of their needs for acceptance. Just think of the hundreds and hundreds of customers out there waiting to be encouraged. What a great time it will be this fall! Four months to tell your Hostesses, upline, sideline and downline they are somebody special—just as you are!

God has surely blessed our company in so many ways. We are having a fantastic year, thanks to all of you, our hardworking Jewelers. We salute you! Andy and I are so thankful to the Lord for all His love and care. Thank you for your hard work in the month of August. Have a wonderful fall season and Count It All Joy!

I love you all very much, Joan

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Joan really cared for you so deeply. Her words are still applicable today. You are our Premier Family and you are such a blessing to us. I echo her—THANK YOU for all you are and all you do for Premier. You are appreciated. You are so special to us.

Serving together,

Andy