So, it’s been a busy, busy past two weeks here in my little world. I have made a few changes in my life. Sometimes change can be scary. Other times it can be exciting and wonderful, a new adventure to figure out while you go. I have always welcomed change in many aspects of my life: hair color, hair length, make up styles, clothing, purses (Hello, Miche, for making that simple for me), experiences. I don’t like negative change (who does, really?), so I don’t welcome things like losing a job, losing a loved one, losing anything really. I like to focus on blessings in my life, and I see change as one of those from time to time. My latest change was a good one, and one I do not regret. It was the right move.
Not too long ago, someone commented on my blog asking me about Premier Designs and where their money goes when it comes to anti-gay candidates or organizations. I think in the age of the Chik Fil A showdown, transparency in this regard is important. Sure, businesses have a right not to tell people these things, of course. They don’t HAVE to tell us if they are privately owned and don’t want to. Got it. But when people are spending their money with companies, they have the right to know where the money goes. It is only then that they can make the decision to continue to support the business, or take their money elsewhere. It just makes sense to me. I don’t see how transparency can be a bad thing (unless the company is doing some things that some may deem to be offensive or shady, in which case I can see why it could be bad for them. Again, they should have to tell us this anyway.). We demand transparency (and sometimes don’t get it) from elected officials, and we should demand it from companies we support with our dollars. A dollar is a vote in many, many ways. This discussion and question led me to really evaluate where my life (and all that comes with) was going with Premier Designs. After some time in prayer, and with my own conscience, I decided to no longer be a jewelry lady. It was not a very hard decision; it was simply one I knew I had to make. Since making this decision, I have sold almost everything I had to other jewelry ladies who are rockin’ their business and taking them to the top. Me? I can’t do it any longer.
DISCLAIMER: Premier Designs is the top company to go with in Direct Sales, period. You will not find another company that is more generous with its resources, its time, its quality of product, anything. Premier Designs treats their jewelers, customers, hostesses, and all they contact like GOLD. I am serious. I will support my friends in their businesses. I will go to shows, send them referrals and rock their business out like no other. I love the company. They stand up for their beliefs, and I respect that as it is their right. I love that about them; they are passionate about who they are and what they stand for. When they say they hold traditional beliefs, they mean it. Love it. I respect them like no other, and I hope that others do the same. This is not to create any friction or negativity toward the company. I am just telling my story. Period. I love Premier Designs, and will continue to respect them for as long as my friends stay with them. Love. Premier Designs brought me back to Jesus, and will forever be my Amazing Grace story to tell. You can’t argue with love like that.
So, if it’s so wonderful, why am I leaving? Well, as much as I respect them and the fact that they stand up for their beliefs, I also stand up for mine. Their beliefs and mine on certain things just don’t seem to feel like they meet anywhere. I have felt this way for a while now, but I ignored it because I didn’t want to NOT like the company. I didn’t want to NOT be a jewelry lady. It was fun! I got to wear jewelry, eat brownies, make friends, and make money! Who hates that!? NO one. That’s who. But there comes a time when you have to do something that you may not want to do because you know in your heart that you have to do it. It didn’t feel right. I was representing a company that just didn’t feel right because of their stance on major things in my life. And some people say that you can’t quit supporting everything because they don’t agree with you. And you know what? I don’t agree with that. I support those who support my beliefs and what I value. It was no longer about me being my own boss and living a glam bling life. It was about me representing something that I truly didn’t believe in. The jewelry and quality I believe in. However, the jewelry was just a tool for something that didn’t feel right anymore. And when something doesn’t feel right, it’s time to let it go.
I support standing up for what you believe in. I do. And even if it isn’t what I believe in, I respect your beliefs and your right to tell me your beliefs. We don’t have to agree to get along.
But when it comes down to it, if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. And I stand firmly in my belief that everyone deserves equal rights, regardless of who they love. (DISCLAIMER: In no way does it say outright that Premier Designs does not support equality, but I think it’s a probable conclusion to draw when looking at their beliefs and values when labelled as “traditional Biblical beliefs.” It was the feeling in my gut, not something that anyone had to tell me outright.) And I stand by my liberal ideals for social justice and change. I stand for freedom of and FROM religion. And I don’t believe that we Christians have a mission to convert countries and people who don’t want converted because we say they should be. Christian missions are great if they go to countries that WANT to become Christian because it is in their hearts. They are not great when the reason for conversion is to get material things out of the goodness of Christians’ hearts. And sometimes it’s hard to discern between the two. When it felt to me like an evangelical parade of conservative values and “bringing the country back to its fine moral roots” and “putting Jesus back in the schools,” I just have to hit the high road. I don’t agree with what they preach. And I haven’t. And it is time to own that. The greatest thing about this country is that we can all choose. We can all decide. We can all vote and elect, protest and protect, live and love, support or not. I love this country because of that.
Premier Designs is the best in direct sales. Number one. I will refer people to them and support my local jewelry ladies. I don’t blame them, nor shame them. It took one innocent reader (who I believe was sent to me by Google and Jesus) to make me reevaluate my position with them. It isn’t the company’s fault. They do what they do because they believe in it. And that is a BEAUTIFUL thing! I just also have to do what I do because I believe in it. It is me doing what is right for me.
They are watching me. All. The. Time.
That, my friends, is social responsibility. <3