Be Empowered! Eat Chocolate with Breakfast

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Author Jan Bethancourt wanted to "mother, not smother" her daughter when she went away to college. Because of major health challenges with fibromyalgia and degenerative disc, her daughter was feeling less confident. Bethancourt prayed, "Help me know what to say so that she will recognize her worth." Her prayers were answered in the form of short inspirational sayings that she e-mailed her daughter each week. Bethancourt uses chocolate as a metaphor for confidence, courage, and compassion. Chocolate-covered wisdom nourishes the spirit and helps women recognize their gifts, identify their goals, and trust their abilities. For many years, as a child, the author was told that she couldn't eat her chocolate Easter bunny before breakfast. Insight came many years later when she realized that when you are old enough, you can decide to eat chocolate with breakfast. An awareness dawned—"I am empowered!" It is a message all women need to embrace.

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Jan Bethancourt is an author, motivational speaker, and the illustrator of this book. Having a passion for art from the age of four, she studied art throughout her school years and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She studied fine arts extensively at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Her next book will be titled, Be Empowered! Take Chocolate for Your Journey.

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Be Empowered! Eat Chocolate with Breakfast is chocked full of pearls of wisdom and inspiration! Jan Bethancourt's insights about living joyfully reverberate through her heartfelt illustrations. Through her creative approach to handling the stresses of everyday life she has offered a refreshingly simple approach to reframing the complicated. This is pure food for the soul. Read it with a mug of hot chocolate! --Jane Mahoney, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Director of Nursing Practice and Research, The Menninger Clinic, Houston, TX

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