I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying Jane Carrol’s awesome words of wisdom for awhile now. Every day she has been dropping those little nuggets of positivity and I’ve grown to wait for the next day and what she’ll come up next. However, Jane has not been alone. Oh, no! She has Bertha helping her. Bertha who, you might wonder…well, let Jane tell us all..
Thank you so much for having me and Bertha today. I hope you don’t mind…we brought you a flamingo or two…they’re in the front yard.
Really? What’s up with the flamingos?
Oh…Bertha says that flamingos remind her that anything is possible…so she brought you a few…okay…a small herd…just to remind you of that very fact.
Oh, thank you. I think. Well, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I recently responded to a post on Facebook which asked people to describe their life in six words. My response went like this. “I was. I changed. I am.” And that pretty much sums it up. I have several titles behind my name…RN, BSN, Life Coach, Reiki Master, Speaker, Author, Mother, Grandmother, and Daughter. But, mostly I’m just Jane…a woman who is continually growing and changing…a woman who strives to live in joy and makes it more days than not. Oh…and the woman who shares Bertha’s words with the world. She tells me what to say…I just type for her because she wouldn’t want to chip her nail polish.
What is a Berthaism?
A Berthaism is just wise advice given in Bertha’s funky style.
Sure…these are some of my favorites.
Joys are like stray cats…the more you feed them…the more you get.
A journey of a thousand miles starts with a great pedicure.
When life hands you an ostrich…make a boa!
Get over who you were…and…be who you are!
Life is full of choices…choose the good stuff!
A flamingo a day…keeps depression away!
Why would someone want to read Bertha-Size Your Life!?
Honestly, because everyone wants to feel good. Everyone wants to enjoy life. The whole reason we want anything in life is because we believe the having of it will make us feel good. And that’s what Bertha’s all about. She’s always coming up with zany ways to love the life you’re living until you’re living the life you love. Oh…I think we just did a new Berthaism. “Love the life you’re living until you’re living the life you love.”
Where does Bertha get her inspiration?
Oh, it could come from anywhere. Once when I was having the gutters cleaned, Bertha jumped in and made a comparison between all the gunk in the gutters and the gunk in my mind…you know…negative self-talk…and how you need to keep them both cleaned regularly. I’m doing pretty good with my self-talk…but my gutters…now that’s a different matter!
Is Bertha real?
That’s the $64,000,000 question. Yes, Bertha is real. No, Bertha isn’t a person walking around. You can’t see her but you can hear her. She really doesn’t live in your head. She lives in your heart. Everyone has their own Bertha…they just may not be listening to her or him. It’s called intuition, or guidance…it’s always there…we just have to pay attention. And a great wardrobe just makes it so much more fun.
What’s the most fun thing about writing Bertha?
Dressing her and naming her nail polish. When I grow up I want to name nail polish for OPI…that would be my dream job.
How do you wish you could be more like Bertha?
I wish I could let go more. I used to be more of a free spirit when I was younger but years of being responsible and paying the bills have made me a bit more serious. But…she’s working on me!
Are there more Berthas in the works?
Yes…Becoming Bertha is slated for fall release by Master Koda Select Publishing. And there are some other things in the works. And of course, Bertha makes a regular appearance on my blog.
Jane Carroll RN, BSN, Reiki Master, Certified Coach, Speaker, Blogger, and Best-Selling Author has a passion for combining her healthcare expertise and offbeat sense of humor in promoting emotional well-being and a balanced lifestyle. Her first book, Bertha-Size Your Life! is published by Master Koda Select Publishing and the sequel Becoming Bertha is due out this fall.
Bertha-Size Your Life! Is a book of personal transformation that reads like a series of entertaining and humorous stories. Bertha, a zany redhead, mysteriously appears in the narrator’s life during a walk in the park. Quicker than a man can hand off a baby with a dirty diaper, she has moved into the narrator’s empty nest and the fun begins.
You never know what Bertha will think up next from flying a hot air balloon to singing to her begonia, it’s always something. She delights in standing on her soapbox while dispensing down-home wisdom and perky advice, explaining Law of Attraction in a refreshing, humor-filled, practical way that has the reader going aha! instead of humph.
Throw in a conniving nemesis, an antagonistic cat, lime green spandex and high-heels and you’ve got a book that’s sure to tickle your funny bone and leave you wearing your thinking cap as you read and reread each vignette.
I know now you all are wondering where to get this amazing book 🙂 Well, I’ve made it easy for you. Just click here or any image in this post and it will take you straight to Amazon!