Choosing The Right Path

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Have you ever realized that you were on the wrong path, or that the one which used to inspire and fulfill you, no longer seemed relevant in your life? Were you tempted to make a big change, or did you play it safe and stay put?

A few years back I came to such a devastating realization. It wasn’t long after that, when an unexpected request came knocking on my door. A voice from deep inside me was saying if I did not honor my authentic self and risk failure, I might never have another opportunity to follow my bliss where ever it took me. “Go ahead,” it seemed to say. “Put your heart in it and just do it.”

In 2009 I took a leap of faith and changed my career path to that of a freelance writer. I began doing the work I love, using my writing skills to help people pen their memoir or turn their non-fiction material into a completed book manuscript and successfully have it published. Since I began this journey, one of my co-authored books earned the runner-up position, and two were recognized as Outstanding in their categories, enough to win Nationally Recognized Gold and Silver Book Awards. Wow! Not only have I received joyful recognition for my work, but I also helped others to achieve their literary goals and dreams. I am looking forward with gratitude and excitement as I continue on the path of the writer’s life and helping other writers for as long as I possibly can.

In the opening days of 2016 my client and co-author, Digene Farrar, surprised me with a wonderful message of her acknowledgement:

NABE – Fall 2015 – Award Announcement

Pinnacle Book Achievement

For the past 33 years NABE
The National Association of Book Entrepreneurs,
presents some of the finest books published by their members.
Scroll below to check out the latest Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winners.

Not My Secret to Keep: A Memoir of Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse

by Digene Farrar with Cynthia Hurn

Not My Secret_

Winner of the Fall 2015
NABE Gold Award for
Pinnacle Book Achievement
Genre: Memoir


What a great way to welcome in the New Year – watching Digene do the Happy Dance!

Congratulations, Digene. You certainly earned it!


Filed under Announcements, biographical, Editorial, Non-Fiction, Uncategorized

4 responses to “Choosing The Right Path

  1. This is inspiring. Last year too I decided to take a step and pursue screenwriting though it is the least respected aspect of the film making process in my country, if not in the world. I have fallen in moments where I wanted to give up, but writing is all I have. Thanks for sharing your story. All the best in your future endeavors. 🙂

    • Judith, thank you so much for your comment. I applaud your courage and persistence in a profession that demands perfection but with little reward. You say that writing is all you have, and I understand those sentiments, but I’d like to suggest that you have much more, and have proven you are willing to share it, just as you shared with me here. You have compassion, wisdom, and humility. These are precious treasures that no money can buy. They have to be earned the hard way and are given to those who maintain an attitude not based on fear, but on universal love.
      I believe all of us are story-tellers; some only tell stories to themselves and chain them inside their mind while others release them to the world, as you and I do. We carry the keys to portals of freedom, creative invention, and so many other treasures.
      You have all around you so much fuel to stoke the fires of your screen plays, and this makes you a prosperous person indeed – never short of fuel. But something tells me you know this already. Blessings, fellow scribbler. And may the universe reward you ten times over.

  2. Good job, Cindy. Love, Fred

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