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Annya’s Story – Special education helps people of all abilities bloom!

Meet our BEAUTIFUL model, Annya!

Annya is the daughter of Founder Nancy Bogart. She is part of a dedicated home office team comprised of individuals with special needs, who play an essential role in creating our products and filling orders. Chances are if you order a Joyful Jordan Box, Annya, with her ray of sunshine personality, joyfully packaged it just for you.

Annya was born in Russia and adopted at age 4.5 when many children had early education and experiences. When Annya entered school, it was quickly discovered she was different than her brother Ben who is 2 weeks younger than she is. Annya had a learning disability and ADHA that would follow her through her school career and working career.

Annya’s environment, genetics, and lack of nutrition and resources did not slow her down. She has always wanted to be like other kids and worked hard. She was the chatty kid in school and was the hit of the special education classrooms, where she was surrounded by kids with mental and physical disabilities. She treated everyone like they were her best friend and never shied away from helping them be the best they could be.

When Annya was little she was visiting with a little boy with Downs Syndrome and his mother shared she loved how Annya treated him like he was any other kid. Annya promptly replied, what is Downs Syndrom? She said how do you know?

In high school, Annya decided she wanted to be a para-professional and help children. She as the classroom helper, and bus helper slowly realized the unofficial dream to help others with disabilities by reading, laughing, and helping “teens be teens” as she likes to say.

Annya went to Camp Barnabus a camp for teens to adults with special needs as a camper one year and quickly decided she was not the camper but a camp counselor role called a missionary partner designed to help a camper one-on-one even with feeding tubes and blind campers. Annya has served 7 years now as a partner.

Annya was accepted to a special program at Missouri State University Bear Power program for young adults with disabilities to get her certification in special education and actually live on campus and go to classes with other college students. Much to her parent’s hesitation and true Annya style, she said she was ready. Annya graduated with flying colors in May 2022.

Annya works at Jordan Essentials with the 25% adult special abilities workforce as a team member and inspiration. She volunteers on the weekend with her boyfriend at their church kids program.

Annya is an example of how special education helps people of all abilities bloom into amazing parts of our society and is the inspiration for Jordan Essentials hiring people with different abilities creating an adaptive workplace environment and working with agencies to place people with special needs.

Annya is truly a joyful light to all who meet her and a spark of inspiration that all who have a dream can reach.

Boooo…the facts about breast cancer are not fun. The topic hits close to home for many of us. When we stop for a moment and look around, we see our loved ones—our best friends, sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, daughters, and even our daughters’ friends. The statistics are sobering, with one in eight women in the United States projected to develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is personal, and it’s time to get personal about it.

During October, a month dedicated to breast cancer awareness, we encourage you to get to know your “Boo Bees.” Knowing the Booo not-so-fun facts about Breast Cancer can help us Bee active in taking preventative steps

One of the first steps towards breast cancer prevention is being informed about what you put both into and onto your body. While we all understand the importance of maintaining a healthy diet for overall well-being, it’s equally crucial to scrutinize the products we apply to our skin daily. One simple switch you can make this month is to eliminate harmful ingredients from your daily deodorant routine.

Numerous studies have revealed that certain ingredients like aluminum, parabens, and sulfates may pose risks in the deodorants and antiperspirants we use.

Aluminum, commonly found in many popular deodorants and antiperspirants, works by clogging pores to block sweat, along with the associated odor. However, this unnatural process interrupts the body’s natural ability to sweat and detoxify.

Parabens, included as preservatives, are effective at preventing fungal and bacterial growth in products. Unfortunately, they’ve also been known to mimic estrogen in the body’s cells.

Sulfates, salts used to remove oil and dirt while reducing moisture, can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions due to their drying properties.

The concerning aspect of these ingredients is that they can be absorbed through the skin, potentially increasing health risks, including kidney and liver issues, Alzheimer’s disease, and breast cancer in both men and women.

Jordan Essentials’ deodorants offer a solution by freeing you from these toxins and allowing your body to function as it should—without the unpleasant odor. Our deodorants utilize plant-based science to effectively control odor, minimize wetness, leave your skin smelling clean and fresh, and apply smoothly.

When transitioning to a natural deodorant, you may need to detoxify your underarms for the best results:

  1. Start by cleansing your underarms with our Activated Charcoal Bar Soap, which helps draw out impurities.
  2. Fight odor-causing bacteria by spritzing your pits with our powerful essential oil blend, “Spritz Your Pits.” Allow it to dry thoroughly.
  3. Apply just a few swipes of Jordan Essentials’ Deodorant in your preferred scent. A little goes a long way.

Breast cancer awareness starts with knowing your “Boo Bees” and taking proactive steps to reduce your risk. By choosing natural, toxin-free products like Jordan Essentials’ deodorants, you’re not only protecting yourself but also supporting your body’s natural functions. Empower yourself and your loved ones with knowledge and action this October and beyond.

During the month of October, Jordan Essentials is committed to doing our part. A portion of the proceeds from every purchase of our Black Raspberry Vanilla Deodorant will be used to gift pampering products to women in our Jordan Community who are battling all types of cancer now or who underwent treatment in 2023.

 Help us make in a difference this October.

In an impromptu and heartfelt conversation between two long-time friends, Nancy Bogart and Gretchen Huijskens, the collaboration project between their companies, Jordan Essentials and Trades of Hope, was born. With their shared passion for empowering women both locally and globally, these two direct sales company founders have come together to create something beautiful and impactful. Discover details of their exciting collaboration project, “Renewed Hope,” just in time for the holiday season.

Nancy, Founder of Jordan Essentials, and Gretchen, Founder of Trades of Hope, friendship spans over a decade and quickly solidified as they shared similar goals and values. Their two companies are based on the same business model of direct sales which allows individuals the opportunity to sell products and make an income. Both are super passionate about helping women here at home and around the world. Both are adoptive parents of kids from foreign countries, and this shared experience brought them even closer. Both are committed to making a positive impact in their communities and for women.

Jordan Essentials is all about bringing joy to the world through body care and wellness products powered by beneficial Magnesium simple essential oils and natural botanicals. Nestled in the heartland of America, they meticulously pick out ingredients and craft them with care to make sure their products deliver on the promise of being safe, non-toxic, and providing results. They also proudly employ individuals with special needs, valuing their vital role in both creating these products and filling orders.

Trades of Hope creates opportunities for women in improvised regions of the world to use their skills to create products such as jewerly, handbags, and accessories. Every purchase supports a woman leading her family out of poverty. The company is committed to Fair Trade, a set of principles designed to ensure that products are produced without harming individuals or the environment, paying fair wages, creating safe work environments, with no child labor, and with transparency of funds. The goal is to lift people up!

“Renewed Hope” is the collaboration project where Jordan Essentials and Trades of Hope have joined forces to make an impact in the lives of women here in the USA and globally. The result…the Renewed Hope Bracelet Set. The set includes a terracotta beaded bracelet, lovingly crafted by women in Haiti transitioning from impoverished situations, and the Renew Essential Oil Blend designed to promote relaxation and stress relief. You can apply just a few drops of this blend directly onto the beads. The terracotta absorbs the oils creating a diffusor of this special blend that goes everywhere you do.

Nancy and Gretchen’s collaboration doesn’t stop with the products. In October, Jordan Essentials is contributing a portion of the proceeds to gift pampering products to women in their consultant community who are battling cancer now or who underwent treatment in 2023. Trades of Hope is contributing to an emergency women’s health fund in Haiti, creating a significant impact on women’s lives worldwide.

The collaboration between Jordan Essentials and Trades of Hope represents a powerful union of two direct sales companies with a shared commitment to making a difference in the world. Through the “Renewed Hope” project, these companies are not only offering beautiful products but also fostering positive change by supporting women and their communities. As you embark on your holiday shopping journey, consider the impact your purchases can have and support these meaningful initiatives that empower women globally.
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