Introducing myself…

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WHO AM I?  My name is Jessica and I am from Portland, Oregon. My husband Aaron and I have a wonderful life with our french bulldog Guillermo and our cat, Kitty.

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I have partnered with Avon as a Makeup Maven and I am 1 of 60 in the world! I am sharing my knowledge of Avon beauty and show women how to feel more comfortable selling makeup in their successful businesses.

 

My Avon Story: Around 2003,  I started selling Avon. It was mostly just a hobby and helped pay for a gas and some schooling. I was working full-time then and sold mostly to my family, friends and co-workers. Plus, I was able to enjoy purchasing my own beauty items at a HUGE discount!

I enjoyed the sales meetings and trainings that our district manager held and met so many wonderful Avon representatives. I sold on and off for five years but have consistently sold since October 2007.

In 2012, Avon held a Makeup Maven contest and I was chosen to represent Avon has a Makeup Maven! You can read all about that HERE

My Life:
I’m very blessed to have a wonderful family and now wonderful in-laws!

One of the most defining moments in my life was in January of 2009.  My family and I were in an accident where we had a 130 foot tree fall onto our moving vehicle. My Dad and Step-mom Kim were in the driver and passenger seats. I was behind Kim in the second row of the truck.

We were driving about 25-30 mph when the tree slammed down through the pickup, falling diagonally across the cab and smashing it in. My family came to and were able to climb out the drivers side window despite Kim having a broken back.

I actually wasn’t breathing and was trapped under the metal of the truck and the tree.

I was still trapped in the truck when these were taken.
I was still trapped in the truck when these were taken.

Fortunately, the Tualatin Valley Fire Department Chief Paul LeSage was driving on the same road. When the debris cleared, Paul saw that a fallen tree had nearly chopped the pickup truck in half, and downed power lines were popping close by.

Paul heard my father yelling for help and forced open the truck’s back door the best he could. The backseat where I was located was compressed to about 18 inches and Paul adjusted my head and cleared my airway, so I could breathe.

If he let go, I would quit breathing, so he stayed in the truck while the fire department took a chainsaw to the tree and did the jaws of life on the truck. He held that position for 23 minutes.

I don’t remember anything from the accident but remembered a few things while in the hospital and mostly going home. I was in the hospital for almost 2 weeks.

I had 2 fractures in my skull, broke my nose, my cheekbone, 3 ribs and 5 parts of my spine. A few days after the accident, I had spine surgery and they fused my spine T1-T4. After surgery, I was placed in a neck and back brace and had to be in it 24/7 for 3 months.

My step mom Kim was released with a brace similar to mine that she had to wear while her broken spine healed. Thankfully, my mother, my aunt and family friend Kathy took care of me while I was on the mend. You can read about the beginning of my journey at Jessicas-Journey.BlogSpot.com

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I am so blessed to be alive and be able to walk. I do my best to not take life for granted and am thankful for every new day that I am given. Through trial and error and pure determination on my part, I have accomplished getting off all my pain medications.

It’s been a journey since getting my brace off to try back to where I was before the tree had fallen on us. I have consistently gone to physical therapy, chiropractor, acupuncture, received regular massages. I also attended swimming classes, core fitness classes and whatever else I could to strengthen my back and get out of pain.

I am unable to work due to being physically limited but am able to fit Avon in on my good days and love that I can use it to occupy my mind.

Paul LeSage collage
Paul LeSage received TWO awards for saving my life!

 

That’s it! I’m loving life and look forward to sharing with you my knowledge of beauty and business as I continue to recover! God is great and I’m thankful for every day he gives me! Thanks for reading!

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