I have the pleasure of having my dear sweet southern friend, Jane Carroll on my blog today. We always have so much fun together. She and Bertha always put me in a fine mood with their positive wisdom! Why don't you get to know her a little bit while I sit back and hang out with the pink flamingos that have continued to live with me after her last Bertha blast! ;-)
Oh by the way, it's a great time to pick up a copy. BERTHA-SIZE YOUR LIFE IS ON SALE FOR 99¢
Hello, I’m Jane Carroll author of Bertha-Size Your Life! I’ve spent most of my life earning a living as a registered nurse but writing, speaking and coaching are my true passions.
I’ve always loved to read and have especially enjoyed reading personal growth books. About ten years ago I decided to write one of my own for women who were going through the empty nest period of life. It was going to be a book of self-discovery exercises entitled, When Little Birds Fly: Feathering Your Empty Nest with Brightly Colored Feathers. Yeah, the book was about as exciting as the title. I won’t go into all the details (they’re in the book) but a quirky character named Bertha took over the book and my life.
Bertha-Size was first released back in 2006 as a paperback…yes, before Kindle was even around. And we had quite the adventure. In fact, I sold my house in order to finance what I thought would be a blossoming career as a writer, complete with an appearance on Oprah. Well it didn’t happen quite like that and I was broke and back to work in a couple of years. I thought my ‘life’ and writing career were over but Bertha had other ideas. She let me wallow in it for a few years before she kicked me in the backside with her highest heels and told me to get back to writing…she wanted to see the world. So I found a new publisher and she started traveling…Bertha-Sizing women all over the globe.
After another transition, Master Koda Select Publishing has just re-released Bertha in the Kindle format. I’m thinking the third time is definitely the charm and I’m very happy to be part of the MKSP family.
Bertha-Size Your Life! Synopsis:
Her kids are grown, her relationship is winding down. For better or worse, she is about to settle into her empty nest, or so she thinks. A chance meeting with a familiar stranger changes all of that and Bertha, a zany redhead, moves in bringing along her own personalized soapbox for impromptu lessons.
With each chapter, the narrator becomes more familiar with Bertha’s quirky wardrobe of colorful capris, tube tops, and high-heeled sandals. She even anticipates the next words of wisdom as Bertha conquers life’s everyday issues in delightfully unique ways.
Although each chapter is designed to entertain, Bertha finds a way of showing us how to embrace life rather than just survive it.
Reading Bertha-Size Your Life was almost as important as when I was a kid and read The Little Train That Could. The same message is there: Change your way of thinking and change will come. It is a much needed reminder to think positive and to wipe those unkind messages out of our minds. I am often guilty of spending too much time with the negative voices in my head. It is a learned trait and is something I have molded and perfected throughout the years.
This book deals with a woman going through an empty nest syndrome but it could apply to all of us. We all need to step outside ourselves to find a way to make our lives better.
I am so glad this book was written because it makes you STOP and THINK about how much those voices are weighing us down. This was a very sweet book and an enjoyable read.
Alabamian Jane Carroll, Author of Bertha-Size Your Life, is a Life Coach, Speaker, Blogger, Registered Nurse, Reiki Master, Mother, Grandmother, and long-time student of life. She has seen the focus of her over 30 year nursing career change from illness to wellness to wholeness, a philosophy that permeates everything she does.
Jane gives a face, a wardrobe, and a flare to inspirational humor. Her writing weaves a rich tapestry of humor, inspiration, insight, southern roots, and friendship for readers in the empty nest period of life.
While she enjoys all aspects of her life, writing is her passion and she is currently working on Bertha’s latest adventures.
Joys are like stray cats…the more you feed them…the more you get! ~Bertha
When life hands you an ostrich…make a boa! ~Bertha
Life is full of choices…choose the good stuff! ~Bertha
A journey of a thousand miles…starts with a great pedicure! ~Bertha
There’s more to life than struggling! ~Bertha
Everything you need is where you are! ~Bertha
The least you can do is nothing…everything else is gravy! ~Bertha
Get over who you were and be who you are! ~Bertha
You gotta love the life you’re living until you’re living the life you love! ~Bertha