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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.

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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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Laughter Can Save Your Life- Just Ask Carol Burnett

For a good laugh, click here or on the picture below to hear Jane’s funny, true story about a “Hokey-Pokey” moment.

My mother always said, “Find something to laugh about with that problem. It will help you get through tough times.”

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Checking out at Bi-Lo or as I call it, the Johnston Mall, I saw an article that caught my eye in Closer magazine. Writer Louise Barile wrote an article entitled “Laughter Saved My Life.” The theme of the article was how Carol Burnett’s comedic gifts helped her survive many heartbreaking family tragedies.

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Miss Colombia Should be Crowned Miss World Peace of the Universe

The Ariadna Gutierrez Miss World Peace Award. She could have started a war or tug of war between Colombia and the Philippians.

I could not resist sharing this funny photo but the reality is Miss Colombia, Ariadna Gutierrez acted with grace and dignity when the Miss Universe crown was literary removed from her head…ouch!  Ariadna Gutierrez could have reacted like this picture but she chose to be a class act.

Those of us who have competed in pageants and made it all the way to Miss America, Miss USA or Miss Universe, just for a moment, had a moment of wonder. Maybe we really did win and the emcee messed up. I think there should be a new award given in every pageant- The Ariadna Gutierrez Miss World Peace Award. She could have started a war or tug of war between Colombia and the Philippines.

Actually, Ariadna Gutierrez and Steve Harvey gave us two early Christmas gifts. Steve Harvey took responsibility for his mistake; this is very rare in our culture. Also, Ariadna Gutierrez, Miss Columbia is an amazing young woman.  In a post pageant interview she said, “Everything happens for a reason.”

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Do You Celebrate Life’s Moments?

We all have celebrated moments that are unforgettable.  We freeze special times and make sure we will never forget a treasured experience. We celebrate milestones in our lives like marriage and the birth of babies.  

There are also unforgettable moments that are afforded to us through hard work and never giving up on the desires of our hearts.

One of my most celebrated moments was speaking for 20,000 young people (out of 60,000) who attended my presentation at the National Future Farmers of America Convention.  Recently, FFA posted YouTube videos from the convention and I have loved watching amazing footage of hard work and achievement.  I have always heard that attending an FFA National Convention was indescribable and something you must see to believe. Click here to see my FFA presentation. @nationalffa #goffa

If you want to grow in your life, you have to be hungry.

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The Gay Football Kiss

 

I saw my friend Suzie Humphreys on FOX News last night concerning the kiss seen around the world. Suzie and I have shared the stage many times and I always appreciate her good common sense. One of the women on her talk show was okay with the Kiss and the other person was not. Suzie's comment was that we live in a country where we should be able to agree to disagree. I agree; this is the beauty of living in country. I may not like what happened but there is no reason why I, or anyone else who has an different opinion, be afraid to express themselves. The gay football kiss sparked many emotions in us all. I think the larger issue is if you disagree with someone or something, can you operate in high-principled thinking or low functioning reacting?

My Sweet Daddy and Me

I saw my friend Suzie Humphreys on FOX News last night concerning the kiss seen around the world. Suzie and I have shared the stage many times and I always appreciate her good common sense. One of the women on her talk show was okay with The Kiss and the other person was not.  Suzie’s comment was that we live in a country where we should be able to agree to disagree. I agree;  this is the beauty of living in this country.  I may not like what happened but there is no reason why I or anyone else who many agree or disagree, should be afraid to express themselves. The gay football kiss sparked many emotions in us all. I think the larger issue is if you disagree with someone or something, do you operate in  high-principled thinking or low functioning reacting?

Posted in emotions, life lessons, stress by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

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.

Wisdom from IHOP: Never too Old to Have it All

Motivational Message from IHOP

Motivational Message from IHOP

I am getting to the age when age messages bother me. How special when AARP starts to inform you that you are almost 50 and can finally have the coveted AARP card. Ode’ to joy. AND they start informing you months prior to the big event. While eating breakfast the other morning I glanced down and read on my menu the wisdom from IHOP: Never too old to have it all.

IHOP’s definition of “it all” is a sausage, an egg over easy, hash browns, bacon and slab of Spam. Another insult is the age limit for this delicacy is 55+.  What if I am 54? Can I order everything but the slab of Spam? I wondered if they had another section that read, 85+“You are now too old to have it all” accompanied with a picture of prune juice, oatmeal, and a side order of Metamucil.

Posted in aging, humor, life lessons by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Facebook? I’m so Old I Need a Ouija Board to Contact My Friends.

I love listening to the wisdom of my older friends.  There is a wealth of information and insight that only older folks understand.  In my new book, “Bury Me with My Pearls,” I talk about those precious pearls of wisdom.  Here is a good one:  “Facebook? I’m so old I need a Ouija Board to contact my friends.”  I love listening to the wisdom of my older friends. There is a wealth of information and insight that only older folks understand. In my new book, “Bury Me with My Pearls,” I talk about those precious pearls of wisdom. Here is a good one: “Facebook? I’m so old I need a Ouija Board to contact my friends.”

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine……” “Sometimes,” says Roger Rabbit, “the only weapon we have is a laugh.” Amen. I have always heard that tragedy plus time equals comedy. My question is, “Can you find the humor?” No disrespect meant when horrible things happen but humor and levity can be healing. One of my dearest friends pre-maturely lost her husband to cancer. As we watched and waited in the hospital for the inevitable, she looked and me and said, “I just hope he does sit up in bed and yell out the name of his old girlfriend.” I knew, right then, she was going to be ok.

Posted in aging, attitude, Bury Me With My Pearls, Facebook, humor, laughter, life lessons, Southern, stress, teachings, wisdom by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

My Mama and Her “Pearls” of Wisdom

Funny Pearls for Photo Shop

My new book, Bury Me with My Pearls, will be released November 12, 2013. This book is a treasure of humor, memories and spiritual truths in memory of my mother, Eleanor McElveen Jenkins.  My tag line is, You May Die Laughing While Learn how to Live.  This book is my tribute to my Mama and her “pearls” of wisdom.

My mother gave great advice.  I will never forget the lecture she gave me on the eve of my wedding.  Eleanor said, “Take care of your husband.  “For every headache you have, there is a woman out there with an aspirin in her pocketbook.”  And all the men say, AMEN.

My mother was popular.  I took her to a speaking engagement and she was quite the star.  Several audiences members came to me after the speech and wanted their picture made.  I fluffed my hair only to be handed the camera to take a picture of them and my mother.

Posted in attitude, daughters, faith, family, humor, laughter, life lessons, Lowcountry, Mama, mothers, motivation, opinion, women by Jane Jenkins Herlong.