Embracing a Decade of Success: Chosen Pen’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
Certified life coach, author, speaker and servant leader.
Coach Alphonso Short‘s experience includes over 36 years of Federal Service in addition to 30 years of working with our youth by way of volunteerism. Whether serving as an AAU Basketball coach, serving on the board of various nonprofits that served youth, or coordinating youth programs himself, He has been recognized and awarded for his service and impact on the community.
As an author, his literary works include a monthly article, Men At Work, published in ARRAY Magazine, that spotlights the contributions men are making in their respective communities. In addition to this, he has published two inspirational devotionals, Be Transformed and Sunrise.
In the heart of Fayetteville, North Carolina, on the 15th and 16th of September 2023, something magical transpired. It wasn’t just an event; it was a celebration of a decade of inspiring storytelling, forgiveness, and the limitless potential of the written word. The #ChosenPenTurns10 event, co-powered by the illustrious Forbes Business Council, shone brightly on the world stage, captivating an astounding global reach of 11.3 million throughout the month of September 2023.
This milestone event was a testament to the unyielding dedication of Dr. Norma McLauchlin, the visionary behind Chosen Pen Publishing. A decade ago, she accepted the divine assignment to amplify the voices of others through the written word. Little did she know that her resounding “YES” would sow the seeds of a literary empire with an international reach, rooted right here in Fayetteville, NC.
Unlocking Unique Narrative Potential
The ethos of Chosen Pen Publishing is simple but profound: every author has a story to tell, and every story deserves to be told. It’s a creed that has guided the company’s growth over the last ten years. From fledgling writers with a mere idea to seasoned scribes with rough drafts in hand, Chosen Pen Publishing has been a faithful companion on countless literary journeys.
The #ChosenPenTurns10 event was the apex of this narrative voyage. It featured an awe-inspiring lineup of 13 distinguished speakers, each bringing their unique perspective to the stage. From personal empowerment to the transformative power of forgiveness, these luminaries shared their wisdom, touching the hearts and minds of all in attendance.
One remarkable moment during the event was the panel discussion “Forgiveness Equals Mental Wellness,” masterfully moderated by Coach Alphonso Short. In a world often dominated by grievances, this discussion illuminated the path to healing through forgiveness, a topic of profound significance in today’s society.
Reflecting on Success
Coach Alphonso Short, the eloquent panel moderator, shared his thoughts on the success of the event. Here is a glimpse into his perspective:
What were the key takeaways from the “Forgiveness Equals Mental Wellness” panel, and how do you think they resonate with the audience?
Coach Alphonso Short: The discussion was well received by all in attendance. A few points or takeaways were (1) we have crises in life that cause pain, whether physical or mental, and we must find productive ways to cope; (2) forgiveness of others is necessary; (3) just as important is the forgiveness of oneself and lastly, (4) requesting therapy or counseling is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of strength.
How important is forgiveness in personal growth and overall mental well-being, and how did this panel contribute to raising awareness on this issue?
Coach Alphonso Short: The panelist did an outstanding job of conveying the importance of forgiveness. Whether sharing from a professional view or by way of their own personal journeys, the message was clear. Your wellness in all areas of life is tied to forgiveness.
What did you find most inspiring or surprising about the discussions on forgiveness during the event?
Coach Alphonso Short: Forgiveness is a choice that only you can make. It’s the gift you give yourself.
Chosen Pen’s 10th Anniversary event aimed to unlock unique narrative potential. In what ways do you think the event achieved this goal?
Coach Alphonso Short: The event in its entirety was one of excellence. For many, it was an educational eye-opener, especially when it came to the topic of forgiveness and its connection to all areas of life. The literacy panel revealed the importance of adults, guardians and educators staying on the cusp of the educational needs of our children. It was evident that a holistic approach must be taken when considering literacy advocacy for children as well as adults. The panelist representing women in business made it clear that embracing free enterprise includes making mistakes, seeking guidance from others, learning new skills and perspectives coexists while working to make a profit and a difference.
Can you share a memorable moment or story from the event that exemplifies its impact on the attendees?
Coach Alphonso Short: While all of the personal stories shared during the event were memorable, one story shared by a panelist on the forgiveness panel stood out among the rest. The story of her overcoming insurmountable odds from childhood was not only unbelievable but inspirational. When the trauma you face is inflicted upon you by the very people that you depend on to care for you and nurture you, how can you trust anyone? How do you overcome it? As with most of those who shared their stories, the pain becomes your purpose which leads to the passion of seeing others overcome as well. Her story was powerful and one that many of us who heard it won’t forget.
How do you envision the ripple effect of the event’s discussions on forgiveness and mental wellness in the larger community?
Coach Alphonso Short: The more the topics are shared, many will become more conscious of the subject matter, but become more committed to making an impact within their smaller circle. I hope that everyone who experiences each message finds a way to become part of the solution.
As we reflect on the success of the #ChosenPenTurns10 event, it’s evident that Chosen Pen Publishing is not just a publishing house but a beacon of hope for authors worldwide. Its commitment to storytelling, forgiveness, and empowerment has forged a literary legacy that will continue to shine brightly for years to come.
Stay connected with the inspiring world of Chosen Pen Publishing, follow them on social media @ChosenPenPublishing and visit their website at ChosenPen.com. Here’s to another decade of transformative storytelling and the boundless power of the written word! 📚✨ #ChosenPenTurns10, we can’t wait to see what the future holds!
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