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! reads like a series of humorous short stories but it is so much more. Bertha, a zany redhead, is always up to something and drags her sidekick along with her while she’s dispensing down-home wisdom and perky advice for finding balance and joy in one’s life. 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.
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
Latest reviews of Bertha-Size Your Life!
I have never read such a wonderful, helpful, funny book in my life. (and I read a lot!!) Bertha explains ways to improve your life in such great easy to understand ways. She makes you scratch your head and say, “That is so true, why didn’t I think of that!”. I think this is a book that should be in every school. Everyone should have to read this book. I’m afraid it would put most psychologist out of business!!! Jane has outdone herself with this book!!! Love it, waiting to read the next one!!!
Bertha is a hoot and the way she presented the Law of Attraction had me giggling and thinking at the same time. This a quick and very entertaining read while giving the reader many lessons to put into action. I’m married with a child at home and on my second reading of this, trying to implement some of the lessons.
This is just what I needed after a three month stretch of too many, too serious reads. Bertha is bright. Bertha is right. She’s my new role model. I don’t have time to write a long review because I’ve got to go buy some chartruese nail polish and a gaggle of flamingos before they’re all sold out.
I found this book to be a very uplifting and a positive read. The stories were so cute! Each one reminded me to be positive and in doing so I will attract the positive. I loved Bertha’s lime green spandex and pink flamingos. Made me giggle! And at the end of the book, I was surprised by the twist. It put a huge smile on my face. I hadn’t a clue. Loved 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.
Jane Carroll, Author of Amazon Bestselling 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. While she enjoys all aspects of her life, writing is her passion and she is currently working on Bertha’s latest adventures.