At our January Regional Rallies, Designer Kelly Pardue was recognized as our Number One Retailer in the Nation. Retailing $63,531.80 between June 18, 2013 through December 13, 2013. We asked her to share a bit of her Premier story …
Growing up, I always wanted to be a “professional” . . . I wasn’t sure exactly which profession, but I knew I wanted to be an established provider for my family and respected in the vocation I chose. After high school, I went straight into Nursing School, but after 3 years, I had to leave school due to some family health obligations. Shortly thereafter, I got married. I continued working at Capital One in marketing and analysis, hoping to fulfill my dream of being a “professional,” but after a long and trying period of extended bed rest during the pregnancy of our first child, I lost my job. I wanted to stay home with my baby so I cleaned houses. After our second child blessed my life, my marriage ended abruptly. I spent the next 3½ years in makeup sales at Dillard’s and away from my children. Unexpectedly, I met a wonderful man, Stephen, who I would marry. He loved me and my two sons beyond my greatest dreams. He has been an amazing husband and second father. We had our last boy together, and I began working as a professional makeup artist at Nordstrom. Following my varying degrees of work experience, I was dubbed the “Jack of All Trades” and “Odds & Ends Girl” by my friends and family.
An opportunity arose to be trained in cellular sales – yet another opportunity to be a “professional.” I traveled to Florida for training but suffered a devastating experience. Within days of returning home, I popped-in at the end of my neighbor’s Premier Jewelry Show and met Jewelry Lady Daune Zook. Instantly, I felt a connection, like she was my long-lost sister. Unbeknownst to me, a few months earlier, Daune had noticed me at our children’s elementary school and felt God’s nudging to tell me about this business. As we had never met, she promptly told Him “No way!” Well, I started my Premier business only a few weeks after that Jewelry Show in January of 2012.
In the past two years, I have really grown as a person, in my faith and in my business. I’ve gone from nervously banging my head on the chandelier at my first Jewelry Show to a polished speaker in front of others. By being a part of the Premier Family, my faith has strengthened and I am closer to God, as well as, becoming a more positive person. I have learned the importance of goal setting and how essential it is to establish them from a long and short-term perspective. For example, for my business, I determine what I plan to earn between January and June and then work to accomplish those goals in the months between.
Never in a million years did I expect my “professional” resume to include “Jewelry Lady.” Even though I was an outgoing child and loved trying on my mom’s jewelry, this opportunity had to find me. Reflecting over the past two years, I can clearly see that God orchestrated every step of my work experience to prepare me to be a Jeweler. As a nursing student, I learned to care for others and feel compassion. As a marketing and analysis administrative assistant, I learned business sense and strategy. Through makeup sales and artistry, I learned the value of making women feel beautiful and confident. Each lost opportunity incited the desire to start my own business and cultivated the skills to be a successful Jewelry Lady. Without even knowing it, I had become a “professional” . . . for a company that feeds my faith, rewards my efforts and blesses my family.