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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.

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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Confronting Negativity with Humor and Grace

POstcard-for-book-give-aways..We all have to deal with negative people, situations and unpleasant events.  We have all been affected by dysfunction.  The question is how do we function in dysfunction?  We have a choice;  act like Jerry Springer or C-Span. I choose to confront negativity with humor and grace .  You may even call it Amazing Grace.

A couple of things come to mind as I write this.  Trying times like these can be as confusing as a buzzard trying to eat an armadillo.  I actually saw this the other day.  Call is what you want- “possum on the half shell” but a couple of buzzards were totally confused on how to dine on the creature.  Armadillos are new to our areas so buzzards are learning about these armed critters. Many times we  are often not equipped to handle confusion and stress. We just want to run away but that only sets up the lesson to return and  be learned later.

Posted in funny, mother, motivation, stress, wisdom by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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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.

Miss America and Social Media Cowards


 I would rather be a product of the Miss America Program and help to make a positive difference in this world that to sit in front of a computer and slam those who do.Last week many commented on the annual Miss America Pageant.  It was held in Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey like it was at its genesis.  As always, the competition consisted of swimwear, gown, some talents (thank God) and interview.  Historically, there is always some controversy and this year was no exception.  The drama was spawned from our own precious Miss South Carolina, Brooke Mosteller who would not hurt a fly.  Brooke introduced herself with words written for her. A firestorm of controversy led to Tweets and other postings on social media that highlighted how uneducated the most educated are about pageant competition. It also prompted me to write about Miss America and social media cowards.

Posted in America, attitude, beauty queens, humor, life lessons, motivation, pageants, women 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.

I Sold Mary Kay…..Great company; Bad Decision for Me

Have you ever made a decision that was not in your best interest?  I made a decision to become a Mary Kay Consultant in a weak moment.  Let me state that this is a wonderful company and I have known many excellent women who have had great careers with Mary Kay Cosmetics. Although Mary Kay is a great company, it was a bad decision for me.Have you ever made a decision that was not in your best interest?  I made a decision to become a Mary Kay Consultant in a weak moment.  Let me state that this is a wonderful company and I have known many excellent women who have had great careers with Mary Kay Cosmetics. Although Mary Kay is a wonderful company, it was a bad decision for me.

I was standing in line at McDonalds pondering my future.  I had a great year as Miss South Carolina and married Thomas only a month after I relinquished my title.  My new home, Johnston was “tee-weensy” (still is).  The only skills I had was singing, applying make-up and beauty queen hand waves.

Posted in attitude, laughter, motivation, women, work by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Remembering “Miss” Shellie’s” Gifts and her Christian Love

Remembering Miss Shellie's GiftMy Harmony church family always hosts bridal showers for our members.  One Sunday afternoon before one of our bridal celebrations, my mind drifted back to the Harmony UMC ladies of yester-year and one dear soul in particular, “Miss” Shellie Matheny.  I love remembering Miss Shellie’s gifts since her present not the most expensive but always the highlight of the church shower. No doubt Miss Shellie’s gifts were her expression of Christian love.

Miss Shellie would always give the most unusual gifts.  We all knew her package.  The large cardboard box was the most obvious of all presents.  Inside the box were several smaller gifts. There could be anything inside; one packet of oatmeal, a package of Lance crackers, a single box of matches, to whatever she thought you might need.  There was one incident when a roll of toilet paper was included.  And always, and I mean always, there would be a Danny Dozit pot cleaner.  Miss Shellie’s gift was a gift of love that was well thought out.

Posted in attitude, family, fun, funny, humor, memories, motivation, relationships by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Just Good Common Sense

My good friend, Virginia Honeycutt  sent me these timeless principles.  I posted on Twitter several quotes and many of you asked me to resend.  Enjoy!

Down-home Principles, Uptown Humor! by Jane Jenkins Herlong

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.

Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Posted in attitude, childhood, family, fun, funny, home, humor, motivation, opinion, Southern, Uncategorized, women, work by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

How to Handle Difficult People

Lessons at the funeral from a rock and a clown nose....

How to Handle Difficult People

There are three things we can count on as we journey through this life:  you will be born, you will die, and in-between those two dates, you will confront difficult people.

I have not been very good at dealing with difficult people so I had to learn how.  For many years I was a peacekeeper. You know this type of person.  This is what they think,  Oh, I know this is wrong but to avoid issues, let’s just play pretty.   Or like my friend says, “Tie some bows on the problem.”  The reality is that being a peacekeeper translates to tying bigger bows as the problem grows.  Oh, by the way, your stress will grow too.

Posted in attitude, motivation, relationships, work by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Gumpa was our Weather Channel

My daddy’s old metal map of the Southeastern United States hangs with the magnets still in place from Hugo’s tract to Charleston some twenty one years ago. It is like a wall monument.

I recall constantly listening to the shrill sounds of the Charleston airport weather updates during tomato and cucumber season. This was our constant companion growing up on a Lowcountry vegetable farm.

The old weather radio is a far cry from the today’s sophisticated weather tracking. I imagine if we had had the Weather Channel back in the day, you may have heard something like this, “In 10 minutes, hail will hit Mr. George Hills’ farm and then the storm will ruin Harold Glover’s tomatoes down on Kiawah Island Parkway.” I think we would have all been half crazy.

Posted in family, humor, Hurricanes, Irene, memories, motivation by Jane Jenkins Herlong.