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The Ta-Ta Song

No doubt, mammograms and taking care of our ta-tas can give us moments that flip us out. Last year when I was having my annual screening, I was told there was “something” there and a diagnostic was needed. I was not afraid until after several more films were examined, a sonogram was suggested. Yep, I about flipped out! Thank the Lord, all was well after several hours of rechecks.

 

My sister had the same experience but she was not as fortunate. She made a decision to stop having mammograms and years later, breast cancer was discovered leading to a double mastectomy. I will say that her attitude was wonderful during her treatment and, thankfully, she did recover.

Don’t neglect your annual mammograms and allow your health to flip-flop into a crisis. My new book, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops” is all about taking care of ourselves both physically, spiritually and emotionally. I decided to write a song to remind women to take care of themselves from “tops” to bottom. Click HERE to watch the Ta-Ta Song in action.

Posted in breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness, encouragement, Southern Humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Even Kitty “Jenks” Has Flip-Flops


“Momma,” said Caroline. I found a sweet kitty in a flower pot in front of Daddy’s office. She is hurt. “Well, Caroline,” I said. “Take her to the Vet.”

Poor, little kitty had a broken leg. After 3 weeks of kitty R&R, she was running, jumping and playing. The once frightened and traumatized kitty is slowly making our home, her home.

We named her Jenks and she is a cutie but she also has “street smarts”. Jenks has no fear and rules in a large way to be such a little kitty. Even Milo, Caroline’s monster kitty runs from Jenks. Yes, her dog, Maggie does, too.

Can we agree that Jenks has had to survive some flip-flops? I think so.

It was an interesting moment when Jenks met our yard dog, Hobie. Hobie is the king of the yard and even follows Thomas to church AND arrives before me.

Posted in attitude, encouragement, inspiration by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Red, Ripe Tomatoes and the Eiffel Tower

MzDOmqgIt is tomato season on Johns Island.  I remember all of those hot summers I picked tomatoes to help my daddy with incidental expenses during my college years.  Here is an excerpt from my book, Bare Feet to High Heels, that reminds me of timeless life-lessons that helped me many years ago and still reminds me of simple success principles.

It’s hard to believe that leaning over picking tomatoes in a hot Johns Island tomato field eventually got me to the top of the Eiffel Tower. A long journey made simple by five principles—truths I must share.

This chapter will not make you laugh; it will make you think. Enjoy a bucket filled with vine-ripened, staked, irrigated, unculled down-home wisdom.

My journey to the top of the Eiffel Tower began in my own backyard. I started a wholesale tomato business that helped me to earn money for college in addition to teaching me timeless success principles. The long, hot hours I spent working in my Daddy’s tomato fields still have an impact on my life.

Posted in challenges, encouragement, inspiration, inspiration by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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A Life Well Lived is Like a Kayak Well Paddled

jpegJust fetch a paddle and get into the kayak; is it really that easy? The answer is, “no.” Add a swift creek tide and you have a challenge on your hands.

Kayaking is all about balance.  It’s about hugging the marsh to escape the currents or pull. Sometimes you paddle backwards when you get into a challenging situation.  There are those times when going with the flow is the way to go.  It’s about timing your journey.

Thomas and I kayaked along Hut Creek last week. I hugged the shore for safety and paddled backwards as I fought the pull of the tide.  We timed our excursions to enjoy God’s blessings and especially loved drifting with the tide.

Posted in encouragement, inspiration, life lessons, living life by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Patti Davis’ Honors Nancy Reagan-Reminder for Parents

Patti Davis, known for her tumultuous relationship with her mother, shared lovely words at Nancy Reagan’s funeral. “I choose to remember my mother framed by the window of a New York hotel room as I told her that I’d been involved in a complicated relationship for two years and had been cruelly tossed aside. I was 19. I felt older and more wounded than any 19 year-old should feel. I needed a mother and I came to mine. Holding out a fragile hope that she would keep me from crumbling beyond recognition. She did. She didn’t judge me. She wasn’t punishing or accusatory. She was tender and understanding and loving.”

These are eloquent words of wisdom. Our children can make life decisions that will cause much pain to themselves and those who love them. Nancy Reagan, in her wisdom, knew about timing. Her child hurt and she knew to hold her daughter and not judge her.

Posted in attitude, encouragement, inspiration, parenting by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Read Your Choice on How to View Life

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I was very taken with this poem on our perspective of life that Thomas shared with me. It is your choice how to view life. You will be inspired by the wisdom in this writing. How do you look at your life?

Today was absolutely the worse day ever.

And don’t try to convince me that

There is something good in every day.

Because when you take a closer look,

This world is a pretty evil place.

Even if

Some goodness does shine through once in a while

Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.

And it’s not true that

It’s all in the mind and heart

Because true happiness can be obtained

Only if one’s surroundings are good

It’s not true that good exist

I am sure you can agree

That

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The Way Forgiveness Works

I wrote my book,The message of forgiveness was taken to a new level at the National Speakers Association Annual Convention last week when I heard Immaculée Ilibagiza’s story.  Immaculée survived the Rwandan Holocaust and through the power of her faith in Jesus Christ, lived to tell her story.Bury Me with my Pearls” from a personal journey using the analogy of a pearl. The book grew out of a chapter about forgiveness entitled, “The Dark Pearl.” Here is an excerpt from the chapter addressing forgiveness:

We all dread those times when a dark pearl is added to our strand of beautiful creamy white pearls. We don’t want to put that particular pearl on our priceless strand, but ironically it can become the most valuable one of all. Its value depends on how we use and display that particular pearl. It can be a treasure or a tragedy. You can allow one lousy choice or childhood incident dictate the rest of your life.You may choose to blame people or circumstances and allow that pearl to identify you.Your dark pearl may be produced by a variety of irritants: the death of a lovedone, betrayal, divorce, unfair treatment, abuse, or financial ruin. Only one out of every ten thousand pearls becomes a dark pearl, so its price is steep. Can you find value in this rare treasure or will you allow it to devalue your life?

Posted in encouragement, faith, inspiration by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Your Mother is Always With You

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Since Mother’s Day is upon us, I wrote this short poem to honor mothers everywhere, and in particular my mother. I miss her every day – her love for me, her laughter and her sense of humor.

Your mother is always with you…she’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street; she is the smell of beach in your fresh laundered socks;

she’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not well. Your mother lives inside your laughter and she’s crystallized in every tear drop.

She’s the place you come from, your first home and she’s the map you follow with every step you take. She’s your first love and your first heartbreak.

And nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not space…not death.

Share this poem with special friends who need encouragement today.

Posted in encouragement, inspiration by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Mother’s Day Tribute of Encouragement and Humor

Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching and one thing I miss about my mother was her gift of encouragement. After my mother died I have said many times that a mother is the last person who will defend you regardless of the circumstances. I have jokingly said if I called her and told her that I had murdered someone her response would be, “Well, Honey I am sure you had a good reason. Would you like to go to lunch?” My mother was very funny, too. Enjoy this Mother’s Day Tribute story about my mother’s sense of humor and her encouragement from my book,“Bury Me with My Pearls.”

I was the queen and rode on the hood…

Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching and one thing I miss about my mother was her gift of encouragement. After my mother died I have said many times that a mother is the last person who will defend you regardless of your circumstances. I have jokingly said if I called her and told her that I had murdered someone her response would be, “Well, Honey, I am sure you had a good reason. Would you like to go to lunch?” My mother was very funny, too. Enjoy this Mother’s Day Tribute story about my mother’s sense of humor and her encouragement from my book,“Bury Me with My Pearls.”

Posted in encouragement, humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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FFA-Passion and Purpose to Make a Difference

Singing at FFA

I wish you had been there … 60,000 outstanding young men and women gathered in Louisville, Kentucky for the 87th Annual Future Farmers of America Convention.  One day, these young people will take over this country. These students are leaders; they are innovative and savvy.  They are thought leaders, excellent communicators and have a passion to make a difference in the world – no kidding! By request, here is the song I sang with FFA convention pics on YouTube, You Can Grow.

It was an honor to give away my book, Bare Feet to High Heels that is a continuation of my message.  You can download it for free; my gift to these wonderful young people. www.janeherlong.com/ffa

When I walked into the coliseum on Wednesday afternoon for the opening session and saw thousands of youth dressed in the traditional dark blue FFA jackets dancing, singing and celebrating in unison their beloved FFA, tears flooded in my eyes. The experience was unforgettable.

Posted in encouragement, leadership, motivation, youth by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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