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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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Empowering Words from Great Leaders

HPU 2This weekend Thomas and I were treated to the National Speakers Association/Carolinas Chapter being held at High Point University.  My friend, Nido Qubein was the host and speaker for the morning session.  Our association was again given more great information in the afternoon session by Pete Weissman.  Pete  is a speechwriter to Senators and several CEOs.  It was a wonderful honor to hear both Nido and Pete.  They both gave us empowering words from great leaders. As the chapter president, I was delighted with this fantastic opportunity to learn from these two wonderful leaders who nurture leaders.

Nido started the day with some amazing thoughts. Nido challenged us to isolate what makes us distinctive. He also said that, “rendered values define us.”  Are we living our words in our actions and deeds?  Are we intentionally congruent with day-today living?

Posted in leadership, life lessons, Uncategorized by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Life Lessons from the Rat at Disney World

It was truly a magical moment. With days of happy faces, Mickey Mouse treats, and children topped with hats resembling Disney characters, we saw a rat. We were standing in the middle of Epcot's Italy when all of a sudden a rat  made a surprise appearance.  I was reminded of some timeless  life lessons from the rat at Disney World.

It was truly a magical moment. With days of happy faces, Mickey Mouse treats, and children topped with hats resembling Disney characters, we saw a rat. We were standing in the middle of Epcot’s Italy when all of a sudden a rat  made a surprise appearance.  I was reminded of some timeless  life lessons from the rat at Disney World.

We had just left Alice in Wonderland and were approaching Mary Poppins. We were all captivated with memories of our childhood icons.  Thomas must have starred at Mary Poppins for five minutes.  I told him he looked like a stalker.  He said, “I was trying to figure out why she doesn’t sweat.” Even with his left brain thinking, Thomas, like the rest of us, was in a magical mode.

Posted in attitude, change, determination, Disney World, faith, fun, funny, humor, laughter, leadership, life lessons, memories, Mickey Mouse, motivation, relationships, stress by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

A Lesson from Aunt Naomi’s Pig; Never Give Up

Years ago, we had a pig in the community of Harmony that became a pest. Ironically, this pig was making our community everything but harmonious. The pig came out of nowhere and had been living in our yards for a month or so. It rotated from home to home; I guess you could say it is a homeless pig. One day my mother-in-law, who is basically a kind and gentle person, threw a rock at it. Twice it was hit by a car and reported dead, but the pig was still alive. I learned a valuable lesson from Aunt Naomi's Pig: Never Give up.Years ago, we had a pig in the community of Harmony that became a pest. Ironically, this pig was making our community everything but harmonious.  The pig came out of nowhere and had been living in our yards for a month or so.  It rotated from home to home; I guess you could say it was a homeless pig.  One day my mother-in-law, who is basically a kind and gentle person, threw a rock at it. Twice it was  hit by a car and reported dead, but the pig was still alive. I learned a valuable lesson from Aunt Naomi’s Pig: never give up.

We discovered  the pig belongs to one of the farm workers named Hamp. Unfortunately he was unable to catch it due to a strange accident.  It seems he was intoxicated and sat on the lighted kerosene heater thinking it was the toilet.  That just hurts even to think about.

Posted in attitude, country, determination, laughter, leadership, teachings, Uncategorized by Jane Jenkins Herlong.