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Speaking Engagement … An Evening of Laugher and Tears

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I was the speaker for Covenant Care Services, a Christian adoption agency for middle Georgia.  My dream speaking engagement is sharing my humor and singing with just this type of group.  These women have hearts of gold as they educate young women about adoption. The leadership team led by Former First Lady of Georgia Mary Perdue and former Chair Sandra Neal were amazing.  It touched my heart to be in the presence of great women of God who serve these precious babies, anxious birth moms, and excited adoptive parents. Covenant Care Services provides post-adoption counseling for any birth mom who has chosen to make an adoption plan for her baby as well as post-abortion counseling. It is a wonderful ministry!  Thirty-thousand dollars was raised that evening and the five hundred women who attended were lovely.

I always share some humor at the opening of my speech.

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Women Need Girlfriends

“Don't forget your sisters,” she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. “They'll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them.  Remember that 'sisters' means ALL the women.... your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives, too. You'll need other women. Women always do.”A young wife sat on a sofa on a hot humid day, drinking iced tea and visiting with her mother. As they talked about life, about marriage, about the responsibilities of life and the obligations of adulthood, the mother clinked the ice cubes in her glass thoughtfully and turned a clear, sober glance upon her daughter…

“Don’t forget your sisters,” she advised, swirling the tea leaves to the bottom of her glass. “They’ll be more important as you get older. No matter how much you love your husband, no matter how much you love the children you may have, you are still going to need sisters. Remember to go places with them now and then; do things with them.  Remember that ‘sisters’ means ALL the women…. your girlfriends, your daughters, and all your other women relatives, too. You’ll need other women. Women always do.”

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Change-Why We Do Not Like it

We are mostly creatures of habit and change is not in our genre. But change will come along and try our souls. It starts at a young age when us adolescent girls get a couple of physical “wake up” calls. In my book, dedicated to the fight again breast cancer, “What Ta-Tas Teach Us”  (Free download from Amazon) I share my first life-lesson when my body began to change and there are reasons why we do not like change.

It was the first of two talks.  The first was a two hour marathon about becoming a woman.  I was in shock listening to what was fixin’ to happen.  My mother became so frustrated that she told me if this monthly event did not happen, I would “go crazy.” The ultimate “zero I.Q. moment” was after two hours of THE TALK, my exhausted mother asked, “Do you understand?” “Yes,” I replied.  “Do you have any questions?”  “Yes.” I said.  “When does Daddy do this?”  In her best controlled voice her answer was, “Daddy DOES NOT do this.  He shaves.

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How to be a Successful Woman

Tattoo-the BESTEST

This is so simple and yet so profound….and true.

Successful women know the secret:  sometimes you wear “tattoos.” Sometimes you wear pearls.  Successful women know how, when and where to wear both.

 

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Now…get to work and make it happen.

About Jane- Humorist, Amazon “Best-Selling” author and professional singer, Jane Jenkins Herlong, CSP finds the funny in dysfunction while entertaining with her comedy and singing heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and Pandora.  Jane helps audiences confront negativity with grace and humor to increase performance and productivity as she did overcoming being labeled Dyslexic and other challenges. From the tomato fields of Johns Island, South Carolina to a Miss America runway and beyond, Jane’s funny original, Southern stories and award-winning singing helps audiences learn life-skills and the healing power of laughter when dealing with stressful issues thrown at their field of dreams. You will love this farm-girl’s Southern-style recipe for balancing your own personal journey with a sense of humor, hope and heaping helping of folksy wisdom. Along with entertaining audiences from coast to coast, Jane has performed at the legendary Radio City Music Hall sharing the stage with well-known personalities such as; Colin Powell, Rudolph Giuliana, Charles Stanley and the late Charlton Heston.  Not bad for a Lowcountry farm girl!  As a humorist, author, parody writer and recording artist, Jane’s products and digital downloads are featured Amazon and iTunes.

Posted in humor, successful women, women by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

A Girlfriend is a Genuine Pearl in Our Life

You know the drill; our husbands are so tired of hearing our rant about this and that. What do we do when we need someone to listen and help us deal?   Call a girlfriend. A girlfriend is a genuine pearl in our life.  I love these special women because they accept me and celebrate my uniqueness. As a humorist speaker my girlfriends are also a source for my inspirational presentations.  I will never forget the year after I lost my mother and my girlfriends took me on a trip to the beach for my birthday.  It was like a giant hug from amazing women. I remember shopping and all of them went to Ann Taylor but I was drawn to a shop called, Dixie Diva. I am like a raven when it comes to being attracted to bling.  My point is that we celebrate each other’s uniqueness.

Posted in friends, support, women by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Miss Sally Hanckel Empowered Us

These words were just shared with me by my dear friend, Leize Willis. Leize called and in-between sobs told me that our wonderful mentor and straight-shooting friend, had passed away. Anyone reading this blog knew Miss Sally Hanckel, you understand.  Miss Sally helped both Leize and me through the dark pearls I mention in my book, “Bury Me With My Pearls.”  #pearlsbook  Miss Sally gave me the courage to do the “next right thing.”  Leize and I loved her so much:  Miss Sally Hanckel empowered us.These words were just shared with me by my dear friend, Leize Willis. Leize called and told me that our wonderful mentor and straight-shooting friend, had passed away. If anyone reading this blog knew Miss Sally Hanckel, you understand. Miss Sally helped both Leize and me through the “dark pearls” I mention in my book, “Bury Me With My Pearls.” #pearlsbook Miss Sally gave me the courage to do the “next right thing.” Leize and I loved her so much: Miss Sally Hanckel empowered us.
A friend of mine commented on my book and said, “I have watched Jane deal with terrible challenges and she has faced them with incredible courage, faith and amazing grace.” I credit Miss Sally Hanckel, my earthly cheerleader for helping me develop courage, faith and grace. I just loved her.

A few years ago, I wrote an article for our newspaper about Miss Sally. Here is an excerpt:

Posted in Uncategorized, women by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Funny Stuff that Makes Us Laugh Out Loud

I am radar for humor. I just love to laugh out loud and a good story. So let me take you to fashion week in our county: the Spring event at the Ponderosa Country Club. In my new book, “Bury Me with My Pearls” I have a section entitled, “The Precious Pearls of Laughter.” Another way to say it in Pearl language is our irregular pearls called humor. #pearlsbook

I took my New York friend to Fashon week in our country-the Ponderosa Country Club. In my new book, “Bury Me with My Pearls” I have a section entitled, “The Precious Pearls of Laughter.” #pearlsbook

I am radar for humor.  I just love a good laugh and a good story. In my new book, “Bury Me with My Pearls” I have a section entitled, “The Precious Pearls of Laughter.”  Another way to say it in Pearl language is irregular pearls or funny stuff that makes us laugh out loud.

I have a New York friend that moved to “tiny town” as she calls it. Linda is a genuine New Yorker who has lovely taste in clothing; always complimented with her pearls. Being a lady of style and taste, I decided to tote her to our version of high society.  Linda has been involved in Fashion Week at Byrant Park…the ultimate fashion event in New York City.  Our version in “tiny town” is the Spring fashion show at the Ponderosa.  Just for the record, the show was not Western themed; nothing like that.

Posted in humor, Southern, women by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Friends Who are our Pearls- Naomi Rhode

Some people we just meet and there are some who had us at HELLO.  That is how I feel about my buddy, Naomi Rhode.  I decided to highlight some “pearls” in my life and a jewel of a friend is Naomi Rhode.Some people we just meet and there are some people who become our friends who had us at HELLO.  That is how I feel about my buddy, Naomi Rhode.  I decided to highlight some  friends who are“pearls” in my life and one is Naomi Rhode. I asked Naomi to write a testimonial for my new book, “Bury Me With My Pearls” and this is what she sent to me: “Get a glass of Iced “Sweet Tea” (unless you are from the North) and get ready to laugh from the first page to the last!  But, subtly, subtly, you will get the impact of how truly amazing, ‘good people’, influence ‘truly amazing good people’!!  You may even decide to be buried with your pearls on!!  Jane, congratulations!  This is a precious book, to take ‘your heart’ home to influence mine!!” I was truly touched by Naomi’s words.  She and her husband Jim are the kind of folks you can truly rely on.  They deeply care about others and it shows in their actions. Not only is Naomi a beautiful woman, she has great style. We LOVE the same clothes.  We both are attracted to things that sparkle….just like crows!  Give us dark clothes with some fun bling. At our National Speakers’ meeting we give each other a “heads up” on what a certain vendor is selling.  It makes me feel like a fashion queen when Naomi picks clothes out for me and vice-versa. Naomi and I have also shared some dark issues we have both had to deal with. This is the reason I asked her to write a testimonial for my book.  I know she understands what my book is about.  Naomi and I both love humor and we both love the teachings of our Christian faith. Many may look at Naomi and think she does not have a care or a problem. No, Naomi has traveled some difficult paths and is open with her faith and perseverance to help others dealing with issues beyond their control. Naomi shares from the abundance of her caring heart. Naomi is a rare jewel to be treasured for a lifetime. The first chapter of my book talks about Aspiring to Inspire before you Expire. Hang around with the people who love you and who are honest with you….then become that kind of person.  That is what life is all about…..adding to our strand of pearls we wear called life and in the process of becoming your best, be able to pass it on to others. I hope you enjoy reading the first few pages of “Bury Me With My Pearls” …click here: http://www.janeherlong.com/wp-content/uploads/BuryMeWithMyPearls-JaneHerlong-Chapter1.pdf #pearlbook Please share these first few pages with others!!!

Posted in relationships, Uncategorized, women 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.

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.