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Lessons from Rhinestones…Find Your Shine

Six days to go before “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops” is released!

Undercover WOW Woman

 

Check out this early review from Netgalley:

This book is so snarky-funny, but in a gracious way. The author says all of those things that we know, but we don’t talk about. (Well, at least, us Southern girls were taught not to talk about them.) She keeps it real and opens up an honest conversation. This is like sitting down to coffee (maybe with a splash of Kahlua!) with your best girlfriend…

Have you ever felt like a complete flop? Has your life ever flipped? YES is my answer! Now, let’s add rhinestones to those flip-flops. This is why I wrote, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops: Choosing Extravagant Joy in the Midst of Everyday Mess-ups.” This book is my journey; it’s your journey. Most of us struggle with deception, stress, holding on to the past, and those dreaded “middle age” issues. This book will make you laugh while learning life skills to be a better you!

Posted in humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Hurricane Irma Take-A-Ways

Supposedly, animals react during unusual weather.  I did not believe it until my feral-ish kitty ran through our den, jumped up onto the tv cabinet, and began fighting the swirling rains bands of Irma displayed on the television.  If that wasn’t enough, she then turned her attention to Jim Cantore, weather channel icon, and tried to fight him too.  You go, Jenks. I think all who were affected by  Hurricane Irma felt the same way.

That storm just kept flip-flopping! In my book, “Rhinestones on My Flip-flops” to be released in under two weeks, I focus on how life can change and flip so quickly, just like Hurricane Irma. Many “flip-flop stories” are included in my book but also how to sparkle and shine through these times

Posted in faith, funny, Hurricanes by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

My WOW Woman Momma and Hurricane Irma

I am watching Hurricane Irma and could not resist sharing this story about my funny and WOW mother (Woman of Wisdom).

 

My new book, “Rhinetones on my Flip-Flops” to be released on 9/26 is loaded with some of my favorite Southern tales so here is a memory to make you chuckle. Only in the South…

My WOW Woman Momma and Hurricane Irma

Momma was in the Intensive Care Unit recovering from heart surgery. We were only allowed to visit every two hours; I was always anxious to see her every morning. Momma’s doctor, Dr. Schweiger was making his rounds. My sister and I talked him into delivering a container of green peas and whipped potatoes—Momma’s favorite. Bless his heart, he was not thrilled walking into ICU carrying momma’s “breakfast.”

We had already made history at Roper Hospital. Momma missed her hair appointment—the first time in 48 years. You see it was Wednesday.

Posted in family, fun, funny, humor, Hurricanes, Southern Humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Communication Skills and Mishaps

I love writing about the fearless, fabulous, and first lady of pageantry Queen Esther in my new book, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops.” It was a blast reminiscing about pageants and the many hours I spent working on my interview and communication skills while laughing at myself through the mishaps.

Communication Skills and Mishaps

I consider “pageant world’  life on steroids.  Preparing for the Miss America Pageant was a great teacher for the rest of my life since communication is a key element for success. Unlike the other phases of competition, this is one aspect that won’t develop wrinkles or sag with age. Our communication skills improve as time passes. Call it whatever, interview is where I learned the fine art of expression. There are two kinds of skills: dumb and smart.  Here is dumb.

Posted in beauty pageants, beauty queens, funny, humor, laughter, memories by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Undercover WOW Woman – Aunt Naomi

Aunt Naomi – An Undercover WOW Woman

 

You know who they are—the quiet “she-ros” of the church and community. In my new book to be released September 26, Undercover WOW Woman2017, “Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops” I discuss this amazing type of Woman of Wisdom. Pay attention to these “sainted ladies.” They have deep faith and wisdom through their many acts of kindness that are the fundamental pillars of a thriving body of believers.

Too bad Glenn Campbell never lived to hear my rewrite of his song, “Rhinestoned Cowboy” to my parody, “She Wore her Rhinestoned Jesus.” Aunt Naomi’s rhinestones were never worn on the outside of her clothing but on the inside of her heart. She had a gift that kept on giving—that stands tall today as a monument to her faithfulness.

Posted in faith, faithful, Womanhood, women by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Funny Story About a Wal-Mart Greeter- Do you know your Employees?

I love a funny story and here is one I could not resist sharing—a genuine flip-flop in communication.


At a dinner party the other night, the conversation drifted to Wal-Mart greeters since my very bored, post-Ford Motor Credit executive and brother-in-law, Stanley, became a Wal-Mart greeter for a brief period of time. One of our dinner party pals was able to relate to Stanley’s greeter tales. Their story was quite humorous and interesting… a Wal-Mart store manager obviously was unaware of his greeter’s resume. This is a funny story!

The greeter was habitually late but an excellent employee. Out of frustration concerning this gentleman’s tardiness, the Wal-Mart store manager had a one-on-one meeting. “So,” inquired the boss, “were you ever late arriving at your former job?”  “Why, yes,” answered the greeter. “Well, tell me, what comment was made upon your late arrival?”

The greeter replied, “Good Morning, Admiral Jones. Would you like another cup of coffee?”

Posted in funny, funny speaker by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

How to Avoid a Stressful Circus

I heard two zingers concerning adding unnecessary stress to your life. “Not my monkeys; not my circus” and “Not in my hoola-hoop.” Super advice, right?

Stress is a killer and I am not being dramatic. According to a Popular Science article, 30 Percent of U.S. adults say stress strongly impacts their physical health; 33 percent say it strongly impacts their mental health.

How to fight stress is included in my new book, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops; Choosing Extravagant Joy in the Midst of Everyday Mess-ups.” Hummm, we all need a reminder.

How to Avoid a Stressful Circus

A stranger made me laugh during a stressful moment at Wal-Mart. He had a beautiful Siberian Husky on a leash as he strolled through Wal-Mart. I  heard a woman comment to the pet owner, “I can’t believe Wal-Mart allows your dog in the store.” Suddenly a child screamed in a horrible high-pitched tone. The timing was perfect. The gentleman replied with a chuckle, “I guess it is because my dog behaves better than some of the people in this store.” Yep, there was truth in that comment.

Posted in book release, funny, life lessons by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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The Secret to Extragavant Joy

The Secret to Extragavant Joy

My favorite stories to share are always laced with humor. My new book, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops,” is filled with funny original stories that will make you laugh, possibly snort, and experience extravagant joy. Click HERE for pre-order info. Many of the stories in the book remind me of one of my favorite (I can’t help myself) “tails.”


I met Miss Addie at one of my first visits to Harmony United Methodist Church. She was super friendly but there was something about her that made her extra-special. I soon discovered her “secret.”

Posted in Uncategorized by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Little Town of Johnston has Magic Moments

Life offers many magical moments that can be missed. As annoying as it can be, signs requesting “Turn off your cell phone,” can force us to experience more entertainment than expected.

In my new book to be released in September, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops,” I highlight the frustration of Martha who was so busy getting ready for Jesus that she missed listening to his teaching. Her sister, Mary, soaked it in, but Martha was distracted and became a stressed-out, mess-up. Hummmmm, know anyone like this? Guilty.


My daddy loved to sit and visit. He always said that people are the best entertainment. Daddy was not much of a talker, but he was a great observer. Even if the technology was available, there is no way my daddy would stare at a smartphone; he experienced many magical moments even in our little town of Johnston.

Posted in country, growing up, perspective by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda – Excuses and Regretted Words

Recently, I celebrated a birthday.  For some reason, I have been hearing the words: shoulda, woulda, coulda. Maybe I am paying extra attention to these words since I am older and hopefully wiser. I thought it would be interesting to dissect the meaning since these are excuses and regretted words.
WOULDA and COULDA– I think these are excuse words.  Here is an example, “I woulda/coulda BUT__________________.”  Another way to say the same thing with personal accountability is,  “I could have done more.”
SHOULDA- This word is officially added to my list of things never to say. I have a plaque in my house that reads, “Destined to be an old woman with no regrets.”
 SHOULDA is a regret word. I have heard unhappy people use this word often. They can’t fix “it” or try something different because it is too late.
To avoid the SHOULDA moments, look ahead. Ask yourself what life will look like in 20 years. If you see yourself unhappy and full of regrets, change your course.
My mother said something years ago that made me laugh. I told her that some individuals  are encouraged to write a letter to deceased people who still “haunt” them with unresolved issues or regrets. Her response was typical “all Eleanor.”  She paused, looked at me, tilted her head and said, “How do you address the letter, GRAVE?”
This suggestion made no sense to her which explains why she lived to be in her eighties and died peacefully. I witnessed how she handled a heart-breaking event with love, grace and forgiveness.
 So, watch out for the woulda, shoulda, coulda moments in life. Strive to have NO regrets and live with greater self-respect.

Posted in attitude, Southern Humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.