Attitude ~ an expression of how you see life; yours, and life in general
Life isn't always easy. It is however, a great deal more rewarding, and often easier to navigate, when you
have an appropriate attitude, a genuine relationship with your Creator, and a little "chocolate" with breakfast.
* You are worthy of goodness!
* Every day is trash day somewhere. Leave your garbage by the curb.
Start over~free of all the useless stuff.
* Believe you can do anything and you will accomplish much.
Confidence ~ reliance, trust and belief in one's self.
In 2001 Jan Bethancourt was as a loss as to how to communicate her feelings to her daughter who was in college and dealing with constant pain from spine
surgeries and auto-immune issues. Somewhat tentative at first, Jan discovered that simple, heartfelt sayings, based on observations of life and living and,
were a formula for her messages to her daughter. Her original sayings encouraged an attitude of confidence, courage and compassion. Jan urged her
daughter to believe and embrace the knowledge that she was worthy of goodness. So inspired by her mother's words, Sarah insisted Jan share her sayings
with women everywhere by creating a book.
In 2003, dubbing herself an, "accidental author", Jan had no idea how to actually write and create a printed book. Investing hundreds of hours, she tackled
the project with a fierce passion. Organizing sayings, designing a layout, setting up copy, and researching home printers was all guess work done in a spare
bedroom she had claimed as her studio. Producing illustrations was the only easy part of the project. Jan had been creating art nearly all her life. A
copyright was filed in 2005 for the title, Be Empowered! Eat Chocolate with Breakfast and was granted by the Library of Congress.
* Recognize your gifts, identify your goals, trust your abilities.
* Honor your uniqueness.
Courage ~ meeting the challenges of daily life despite your doubts, your fears, and your anxieties.
Writing a book is something many people dream of, and some attempt. Holding your own words in your hands is a uniquely personal accomplishment.
Publishing a book is a giant step beyond writing it. Because so many women responded in a very positive way to what Jan had written she felt there was a,
'next step' waiting for her.
In a leap of faith, Jan's small company, Janbeth Designs, published a hardback edition of her book in 2009. Be Empowered! Eat Chocolate with Breakfast
was officially a "real" book. The local community thoroughly embraced Jan's book and she was invited to give presentations to women's groups. To learn
more about Jan's presentations go to the speaking page. Speaking
* With every road you walk your feet get wiser.
* You are remembered, not for the questions your are asked, but for the answers you give.
Compassion ~ a willingness to comfort and can be expressed in ways great and small.
Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone, at some time in their life, will face difficulties. When you can share a little kindness with them, you are breathing an
attitude of hope into their day.
On April 3, 2010 Jan learned you must sometimes learn to graciously receive compassion. On that day she and her husband lost their home to a fire.
Although this was a shock and a very difficult situation, it was not tragic. No life was lost, no one was injured. They would rebuild. The difficult part was
feeling of emptiness, lost, and vulnerability. Friends, and even strangers were by their side immediately. Accepting their generous outpouring of kindness s
was, at first, difficult for an independent person like Jan. She soon learned that a helping hand offered in compassion is a priceless gift. She also learned
that help is accepted that gift graciously.
Jan Bethancourt inspires others to recognize that they are empowered by a healthy attitude of confidence, courage and compassion. Her motto, "Your
* With grace, graciousness and gratitude make kindness a habit.
* Friends are there to kiss your skinned knees. Let them. Then two people feel better.
Color and words combine~
Fluid watercolors combine with uncluttered observations of life and living in this book of original saying, to create a calm respite that nourishes body,
mind and spirit. Women of all ages, and all stages of life welcome the author's words as inspiration and encouragement. For Jan Bethancourt,
chocolate is a metaphor for an attitude of confidence, courage, and compassion. Thus the idea that "chocolate" with breakfast is empowering!
~ "Judge, Writer's Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards"
Judges Commentary: Be Empowerd! Eat Chocolate with Breakfast, by Jan Bethancourt, is my kind of book!
It is upbeat, courageous and humorous... The wisdom of this book, its acceptance of what is, comes without any admonition to not fail... As such it is universal
in its appeal to people everywhere who can discover (the) love and appreciation through the author;s words of support. This book is a blessing to all who
read it. I like that knowledge of traditional religion is not necessary to be empowered by it. It reminds us that difficult times faced with courage strengthen
us and allow us to walk through life with a lighter step and heart. The book with its message and watercolors offers comfort and courage to each of us.
Thank you for enriching us.
"Be Empowered! Eat Chocolate with Breakfast is choc-full of pearls of wisdom and inspiration. Through her creative handling of stress of everyday life,
Jan offers a refreshingly simple approach to re-framing the complicated."
Jane Mahoney, PHD., RN, PMHCNS-BS, Director of Nursing Practices and Research
Menninger Clinic, Houston, Texas
"Be Empowered! Eat Chocolate with Breakfast is delightful and delicious...without the calories. Read it
for a renewal of your soul and a reminder of what's important."
Yvonne Lemmon, National Sales Director, Mary Kay, Inc.
Points of interest~
~ Finalist, USA Book News 2009 Best Book award, Self-Help Category
~ Guest Author for the 2010 Literacy Council of Fort Bend 10th Annual Book and Author dinner.
~ Feature interview with news anchor Rachel McNeill - NBC affiliate KPRC- TV, Houston, TX
Note: Look for a new title from Jan Bethancourt in 2015
Be Empowered! Don't Let Life Melt Your Chocolate
New sayings reflecting on meeting, greeting and overcoming life's inevitable challenges.
Be Empowered! Eat Chocolate with Breakfast ISBN-13: 978-0-9815229-2-0
Second edition - 7" x 5" Hardback, 96 Pages, Illustarated
$14.99 Includes shipping and handling
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|Attitude, Confidence, Courage and Compassion
Jan Bethancourt inscribes each book with a brief inspirational message.
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