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When one door closes …

“When certain people walk away from you, and certain opportunities close their doors on you, there is no need to hold on to them. If they close you out, take it as a direct indication that these people, circumstances, or opportunities are not part of the next chapter in your life. It’s a hint that your growth requires someone different or something more, and life is simply making room.” ~Marc & Angel Hack Life

I’ve faced a lot of closed doors, having worked in journalism for more than 35 years. It’s the nature of this ever-evolving business. (Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to work in a field or a job in which “security” is a given and things don’t change much.) I’ve mourned the folding of several favorite magazines that regularly published my work, and spent time searching for other markets. I’ve also collected rejection notices when my ideas weren’t a good fit.

Closed doors and road blocks helped me develop resilience. And even the dry spells provided much-needed periods of introspection and growth, leading me to where I am today — still doing the work I love. How about you? What doors opened for you after others closed? ~Cindy La Ferle

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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