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About Marlene Bertrand
Marlene C. Bertrand is a prolific writer who writes non-fiction articles for an online magazine and has taken an interest in writing books in the short story fiction genre. Marlene is also an editor for writers who want to become published authors. In addition to writing, Marlene has turned her love of reading books into a part-time career and is a voice actor who does commercials and voiceovers for national corporations and has narrated 24 audiobooks to date. Marlene also spends a lot of time in the garden where she has learned to grow fruits and vegetables that help sustain her simple, country lifestyle.
Losing a job is distressing. Not being able to find a replacement job can be devastating and there is no comfort in knowing the number of people who share in your job loss position. The possibility of poverty becomes a “real” alternative and managing the transition is your only solution.
This is a memoir. It is a true story that recalls the journey of Marlene Bertrand, a woman who once owned a small business, who once earned a six-figure income and lived the lifestyle of the American Dream. But, then in the year 2008 a new presidential regime was voted in. This new Commander-in-Chief charged in and changed the way of the world, making decisions without regard for the citizens who would be affected. These presidential decisions wrought havoc on the economy; consequently, these decisions destroyed the very lifestyle to which Marlene had become accustomed.
After losing her job due to “Right-Sizing,” Marlene was unable to find gainful employment and rapidly went from living an upper-middle class lifestyle to living in poverty. It wasn’t easy, but Marlene is a positive thinker. When life gives her lemons, she makes lemonade. After making some adjustments in her mindset and behavior she is now living a simple life, sharing her struggles and solutions to help others transition to living a simple, yet sustainable lifestyle.
Marlene not only talks about living with less income, she is living with less income. In “From Riches to Rags to Right-Sized Living,” Marlene shows you how to live with less money, yet still live a more abundant lifestyle.
Following the verses is a compelling story of friendship. Please read as I share how friends came to my rescue, giving me warmth and shelter in a storm.