We Are Premier – Jenny Briggs

At our January Regional Rallies, 3 Diamond Designer Jenny Briggs from Topeka, KS, was recognized as our Number One Sponsor in the Nation.  Sponsoring 13 new Jewelers between June 18, 2013 through December 13, 2013.  We asked her to share a bit of her Premier story …

A few weeks ago, I was watching ESPN with my husband Ty when a story about a NBA player came on.  In middle school, this young man tragically went blind in one eye.  Even through this trial, he desired to play basketball when he grew up.  But h ow was he going to accomplish this dream with such a handicap?  His mom gave him some good advice: “You have two choices: you can take this situation and use it as an excuse or you can use it as part of your story.”  This statement hit home for me.  Coincidentally, the Home Office contacted me the next day and asked me to submit a blog entry and share part of my Premier story with the Premier Family.  I knew immediately that I could use my struggles as part of my story in hopes that this would bring hope to at least one person.

My Premier journey started in January 2010. 

I attended a Jewelry Show to support my friend who had just started the business.  I was that guest with absolutely39C no fashion sense, praying I would not have to get up in front of the others.  BUT, I was also that guest who left that night interested in Premier.  Back then, I honestly didn’t have plans to do the “jewelry gig” for more than a year.  I had joined only to be able to continue to stay home with our son Cooper until Ty got that next big promotion.  Soon, we were expecting our daughter Claire.

About six months after my start date, my life flipped upside down.

One morning, Cooper and I were running errands.  Suddenly, I felt as though I was going to pass out.  I quickly pulled off the road and called my husband who drove an hour to pick us up.  After a long doctor’s visit, we came to the conclusion that I experienced an anxiety attack.  How incredibly embarrassing?  Have you ever heard of anyone talk about such a thing?  I sure hadn’t, so I decided not to tell anyone!

For months my amazing husband drove me to and from my Jewelry Shows because my anxiety had paralyzed me.  I felt as if I had no hope.  And that is such a scary and lonely place to be.  My Renewal was coming up, but I had already decided that I would leave Premier.  My anxiety had completely taken over my life.  I just couldn’t do it!

Our beautiful daughter Claire was born in December 2010.  Within a few weeks, close friends and family helped me see that I was suffering from post-partum depression.  During that time, I remember holding Claire and just crying all day long while two-year-old Cooper ran in circles screaming.  I just didn’t know what to do.  I had no idea who I was anymore.

Looking back I can see God had His hands in every situation.

The New Year arrived and with it, my Renewal deadline.  Although I voted against it, my husband renewed my contract.  He informed me that Premier had been helping pay our bills and we desperately needed the money.  We were living on breadcrumbs.  He had kept it from me, protecting me, knowing that with my current state of mind, I wouldn’t be able to handle it.  After a very dry season and holding only one show in over four months, I decided to drive an hour to Manhattan, Kansas for training with Senior Leader Kelly Musgrove.  I am so glad I went.  Kelly shared about how Premier helped her family get out of a huge financial burden; it was the first time I really felt like Premier could help us do that too.

ty and jennyI knew I had to face my fear. 

It had been almost eight months since my anxiety attack and this would be the very first time I would be driving a long distance.  I made it to training fine and was feeling really good about myself.  But while we were inside, it snowed … alot.  It was still snowing when I started to head home, making visibility terrifying.  It only took about ten minutes for me to go into panic mode.  In tears, I prayed for the first time in a long time that God would take control of the wheel of my life and show me the path He wanted me on.  I was exhausted from trying to control things that were out of my control.

Just a minute later, this truck pulled in front of me.  It had reflective tape all over the back of it; I had never seen so much tape on a vehicle.  By focusing on that tape and knowing God was in control, I followed it for 45 miles and almost all the way home, anxiety-attack free.

Even though I had been encouraged, I still wasn’t convinced Premier was for me.

We were really struggling financially.  The only hope we had to pay our taxes was this Jewelry Show this perfect stranger had booked 9 months before.  It was coming up.  I confess, I had not Hostess Coached her or supported her in any way prior to now.  But, by faith, we held the show.  God was in control and He blessed us by giving us more than we needed to cover our taxes.

We were grateful, but I still questioned if Premier was for me?  That is, until the next day when I heard the song “Something Beautiful” by Needtobreathe.  I cried listening.  My “Something Beautiful” from God was Premier!  And even though I had been trying to avoid it for almost a year, it was part of His plan for my family.  Premier was going to be a priority in my life.  I was going to make it happen, work my business to its fullest potential and share our wonderful opportunity with others!

I got serious!  

In April 2011, I began filling my calendar and sharing Premier like never before.  I refused to let the enemy paralyze me with anxiety.  I was facing my fears with faith again; this time, it was the fear of failure!  And God has blessed my faith and hard work.  In the past three years, I have personally sponsored 50 Jewelers and met some of my best friends through this business.

God blesses us and provides abundantly using Premier every month. 

I am beyond passionate about what this business can do for others, and I believe it’s selfish not to shPhoto Jan 29, 10 04 39 PMare it.  My hope is that our story will inspire someone out there who may feel like they have no hope to face their fears.  In God … we can have hope.  Premier is an amazing opportunity that can give hope to the hopeless.  Never in a million years did I see Premier being more than just a hobby for me, but God definitely had another plan.  May He ALWAYS have all the GLORY!!!

30 thoughts on “We Are Premier – Jenny Briggs

  1. Love it! Jenny has helped my business so much over the last six months and she doesn’t even know who I am! I love that this business is one that desires to see success in each other and not just hoard it for ourselves.

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  2. Thank you for sharing your story with us. It is such an encouragement–and maybe the “kick in the pants” that I need. God has been so faithful to us this past year and I need to step out on faith again. He brought me into this business to succeed, not be paralyzed by fear. Praise the Lord for the glory He receives through your story 🙂

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  3. Jenny thank you so much for this testimony, I really needed this! I am definitely struggling with “fear ” I’m so glad that Premier is such a blessing without it, we would not be connected!
    Praise God for you and Premier

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  4. Incredible testimony! I am so happy you didn’t give up. Premier is such a huge blessing to so many and we just need to shout it from the roof tops!

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  5. Jennifer, what an encouraging story! I am so blessed by this. I often go through seriously tough times of doubting myself and it is so nice to hear that other people go through the same things too. Thank you for sharing!

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  6. wow what an encouragement !!! thank you soooo much for sharing , this is just what i needed to hear !!! thank you so much and God Bless !!!!!!

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  7. I sure can relate to Jenny’s story… Working Premier is what I LOVE to do!! It fufills so many needs for our family… and I meet the most incredible people along the way!! Our company strives to “enrich every life we touch” and at the same time we as “jewelry ladies” are enriched beyond what we ever expected!! Thank you for sharing your story Jenny!

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  8. I love hearing everyone’s story and yours is very inspiring. 🙂 I still don’t if Premier is right for me, but I hope one day it will all fall into place. Thank you!

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  9. You said you hoped this inspired someone, well it did. Me! I am coming up on my first renewal. I have only had 3 shows this year. Part of it is as I started premier I changed jobs (part was I had trouble getting good solid bookings.) were I was making almost double what I made at my previous job. I was happy and doing well. I had already decided to be a jeweler so I said I would do it for a year, now I am struggling financially again. I am single and living alone, yes I could get a roommate and that would help but I know it is not the time for me to do so. I struggle with anxiety, had a major attack at work the other day, when I realized that my money did not make ends meet. As I sit here I still wonder if I should stick with Premier, I do not even know if I will have the money to pay for my renewal and struggle with the fact that I have a hard time getting good solid bookings. As I read your blog I realized Premier is what I need and it is for me. I know God called me to Premier for a reason and I have made some wonderful friends and gotten so much closer to a very dear friend. I am going to let last year be part of my story I will rise above my first year struggles and I will become very successful. Thanks for sharing your story and how you overcame your struggles.

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  10. I know everyone has already said this, but thank you so much for your story. I too have suffered from anxiety in the past and I allowed it to cripple me. I first noticed the signs after my second daughter was born. That daughtetr is 17 now and I’ve learned to cope with my anxiety. And yes, Premier has been a saving grace in our lives.
    Thank you again.

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  11. Thanks for sharing! This past fall I have suffered for the first time from anxiety attacks….It felt like I was going to die and then like I must be going insane. I really appreciate this story at this time in my life….. It is always nice to know you’re not alone 🙂

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  12. This was fabulous and I’m so thankful you shared it!!! You bring hope to MANY, and proof positive that with God all things are possible, and His plans prevail!

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  13. Hey Jenny! I am sooo happy that I got to sit next to you and your hubby at the Leadership Retreat at Haven a few weeks back! What an amazing story. Thank you so much for being willing to open yourself up and to share something that I know many jewelers can relate to. You are wonderful!

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  14. Girl, awesome testimony!!! I just LOVED getting to know you more at the Leadership Retreat! You are a bright light, a city on a hill, for all the world to see! Don’t EVER forget that!! See you soon! 🙂

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