Thanks for interviewing Hilary, can you tell us a bit about yourself and background?
Thank you for the interview! I recently published a book, Things Fall Apart, detailing the bad decisions that I made that led to a 5 month stay in prison. However, these bad decisions were very far off from the way that I was raised. I am so fortunate to have the most loving, kind and supportive family, where good values and giving back to the community were emphasized.
You cite some very interesting topics in your book “Things Fall Apart”, a true story, of your downfall and eventual redemption. How did religion play a part in your fall from grace?
Despite having majored in theology in college, I have never been a particularly religious person. However, spirituality was always important and stressed in my life. Yet, after I started my own law practice, I lost site of my spirituality. And, no longer having that understanding of my purpose or meaning in life, nor recognizing the interconnectedness of all life, was one very significant factor in my downfall.
Your story involves you wanting to create a successful adoption and surrogacy law practice, why did the FBI get involved?
I graduated from law school and was pursuing my lifelong passion in adoption and surrogacy. My business grew very quickly and I lost myself- emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I didn’t have control of my life. My passion and ambition for my profession became toxic to me. And, then everything came crashing down. Although I had good intentions, I made some bad decisions by not thinking of the consequences of my decisions. Those decisions eventually led to the FBI knocking on my door.
Without giving too much away, what caused you to want to share your story with the world?
My hope is that by sharing my story I can help prevent others from making poor decisions in their own lives.
Do you recommend your book to others who are struggling with similar issues?
Something that has helped me through the difficult challenges in my life is reading books about others going through similar issues. So, my hope is that my book will help others who are going through challenging times.
Where can we find out more about your work and speaking events?
You can check out my website – www.hilaryneimannetwork.com
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