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 absolutely 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.
I 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 share 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!!!