Rural Womens Magazine
Interview with Jen Corcoran: very successful businesswoman, ambassador for youth, Permaculture designer, philanthropist, wife and mum.
I am sitting in a courtyard with the morning sun filtering in and the hum of bees going to work around me. This area seems to have such serenity, such an aura of peace that is somewhat alluring given that I have just driven 2 hours from Brisbane. I have arrived early to interview Jen Corcoran who lives on an organic permaculture farm, off grid with her husband Chris and their 4 kids. Jen greeted me at the door with a mug of organic coffee grown here, and some vegan muffins, despite the fact that I have arrived 30 minutes early. Like most Mums, her mornings can be hectic she tells me, would I mind waiting 10 minutes until the kids are off on the school bus and then we can sit and chat? Sitting in this courtyard I feel weirdly protected from the world, like I am in a secret place that the world hasn’t found yet.
As I admire the amazing amounts of plant life, Jen comes out with a huge smile. Liz, she says, so nice to finally meet you after our conversations on the phone. Thanks for coming all this way just to chat to me.
Considering all that Jen has accomplished in the past 2 years, I was expecting a no nonsense, stressed, highly competitive businesswoman. Yet, here she is, warmly greeting me like I am an old friend, inviting me into her home and life so she can explain to me ‘how everyone can live the life of their dreams’.
Here is how the interview went.
L: So Jen, I called you to ask for an interview when I read about the amazing work you have been doing with teenagers but we will get to that later. Can I just say this house is so peaceful?
J: Thanks Liz. Chris and I wanted to create a home that really felt like home, like a sanctuary from the outside world, you know. We built it with straw bales and earth/lime render. The polished earthen floors are one of my favourite features and they feel so fabulous with bare feet in the summer. We set out to build a compound, rather than one big house building. So we have 2 large rectangle buildings. The first one serves as a living/kitchen and dining area and the second one is the bedroom wing. We have two guest huts and as the kids grow older we are adding a hut for each of them. We are totally self sufficient here. We collect our own water and energy, we have composting toilets and put our grey water to good use. The design of our farm means that we grow more food than we need all year round so we always have some food to give away. In fact I just harvested 4 big pumpkins, would you like to take one with you? They make fabulous soup.
L: Thanks, I will. So Jen, you seem to juggle quite a few balls. You have your own business which is turning over more than $500,000 pa. You have this farm that you and Chris maintain and nurture. There is the work you do with teenagers, and then of course there is your Sunrider business. How on earth do you manage to fit everything in? I guess you are lucky to be one of those people who are naturally healthy and fit?
J: Oh Liz, I don’t know if there actually are people who are naturally healthy and fit without making that choice for themselves. Would you believe me if I told you only 14 months ago I weighed 132kg?
L: Um, to be honest, no. Are you serious?
J: Sure am. I’ll show you a photo here on my phone. I find it hard to believe myself sometimes. I was morbidly obese, borderline diabetic and taking medication for depression. Now I weigh 65kgs, am in great health and have found out that I love running. Who would have thought eh?
L: Wow. How did you make such a huge change in such a short amount of time? I mean, you don’t even have really saggy skin! Are we talking surgery? You are literally glowing with health, is this a secret you are willing to share with our readers?
J: Absolutely I am happy to share. It is no secret; I am happy to tell anyone interested how I turned things around. You see, I had been overweight for the majority of my life. Four pregnancies and postnatal depression saw me go from about 80kg to 132kg. Everything was a struggle from doing up my shoes to any physical activity really. So by 2015 I had been at my heaviest for 5 years. I had tried many times to lose weight but had limited short-lived success.
Then two things happened. I started using Sunrider Health products regularly and I did the Master Key Master Mind Alliance course with Mark J and his team. It was a 26-week course with daily requirements designed to show me how to guide my subconscious mind to help me achieve my goals instead of sabotaging me. You see, I wanted to lose weight, I wanted to feel good again but I would keep making choices that had the opposite effect. I know a lot of other women who struggle with their health and weight as well. In fact, I have a couple of friends with whom we would talk about how we must be screwed up in the head to keep eating rubbish food when we knew we didn’t like the result.
Turns out, we aren’t screwed up at all. Most of us just don’t know how to train our subconscious. This was such a light bulb moment for me during the MKMMA. I could now actually train my subconscious to help me. What a breakthrough. After all those years of trying and failing, I finally had the information that I needed so badly. Once I spent the time to learn the lessons that were on offer, the world was my oyster. Making healthy food choices was no longer a struggle nor even a conscious thought process. I would just naturally reach for fresh whole foods; I had no desire for chocolate or processed food.
L: You mentioned Sunrider. I wanted to ask you about that as well, I have read that you are one of their top earners in Australia. I hadn’t heard of them before my research for this interview. From what I understand they are quite a big company in America?
J: Sunrider is a very large company with a fantastic profile in America. Drs Chen started it over 30 years ago. The exciting news for Australia is we are now growing incredibly fast here. Instead of spending big money on building a public profile, they pay their independent business owners really well.
L: That is what you do?
J: It is one of the things I am most proud of actually. The integrity and transparency of Sunrider appealed to me straight away. Basically I get paid for showing people how to feel better. It truly is that simple. I love that the business model is very clean and simple. I can confidently recommend the business to my loved ones, as I know it can be the path to amazing health and financial freedom if they chose to follow it.
L: Without being rude or putting you on the spot, what kind of money are you talking about?
J: Like most things in life you get back what you put in. There are some distributors that only just make enough to buy a coffee or two a week! At the other end there are business owners like me who decided to take this opportunity seriously and now earn over $80,000 each month. The sky is the limit. Unlike some others in direct marketing businesses, I am not interested in building a huge team. I am only interested in building a team full of positive people who are prepared to follow the steps and do the work to get the results. No pressure selling ever, no cold calling. It is simply about using the products and sharing my story. As a result of skills I have learnt along the way, my team far outperforms all the others in Australia, even though we are far from the biggest. That is because we are all committed to following the basics on a daily basis and therefore we get results. It really is that simple once you know a few tricks.