Welcome to Three Questions with Van Heerling. This is where you get to meet authors, actors, painters and anyone else that is bent toward the arts, but on a more personal level.
Today I welcome Jane Carroll author of Bertha Size Your Life!
VH: If you could go back in time to when you were seven years old, what wisdom or advice would you pass on to yourself?
JC: Don’t pass notes during Grammar Class. Pay attention. Unlike Algebra, you’re going to need this stuff one day. Honestly, I find punctuation to be the most challenging part of writing. In fact, I’ve been in comma therapy for years now with a professional editor who says I am not making progress.
VH: It sounds like we may have the same editor.
What is the number one lie you tell yourself? How is that working out?
JC: The biggest lie that I have told myself is that I’m not enough. On the one hand it worked just fine for years—after all I believed it. On the other hand—it held me back all those years as well. The truth is, I am enough just like everyone else is. There’s no such thing as not being enough.
VH: Well said.
After a difficult day what do you do to recuperate? Does it work?
JC: I drink a glass of scotch and do yard work in the nude. No, not really. I don’t like scotch or yard work and I don’t think my neighbors would enjoy seeing me disrobed. It just sounded more interesting than the things that I actually do like going to the gym or for a bike ride, Reiki, taking a nap, talking to a friend, writing, and usually going to bed early. It must work…I’m still here.
VH: Thank you Jane.
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, she's always up to something. Bertha delights in standing on her soapbox while dispensing down-home wisdom and perky advice, explaining The 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.
Jane Carroll, Author of Amazon Bestselling Bertha-Size Your Life, is a Life Coach, 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.
"For me, writing is a joyful torture or sorts." ~vh~
“In this life, seek your own answers, and quote yourself for a change.” ~vh~
The muse has tapped my shoulder and my ear is turned toward her lips. I am waiting for her whisper. ~vh~
"The funny thing about life: more often than not it’s laughing at you rather than you laughing at it." ~vh~
"At some point there is a moment when you should give up. I’m here to tell you that today is not that day." ~vh~
“If you are afraid of the truth, never ask a young child a question.” ~vh~
“The frailty of life is most evident at its last breath.” vh
“Prove not to the world but to yourself that you are above your current circumstance.” ~vh~
"Don't be wishful when it comes to your dreams. Take aggressive action in your pursuit of them. Start now with a single step, no matter how insignificant it may feel." ~vh~
"Nothing is more powerful than an unwavering, unapologetic decision to BE." ~vh~
"Strive to be the light in an ever-darkening world. SHINE!" ~vh~
"Think big and then think small. That’s where the details live." ~vh~