It’s funny how who you are as a child can give such insight into the adult you’ll one day become.
In particular, Hilary Bernstein can pinpoint three distinct interests during her childhood that shaped who she became as a woman:
1. She loved hosting tea parties, complete with tiny plastic cups, saucers, and imaginary food, in her bedroom.
2. She loved being mom to her baby dolls.
3. She loved writing.
As she grew up, she focused on writing. After graduating, cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Otterbein University, Hilary used her professional skills to write and edit magazines and newspapers. Later, she started blogging at Accidentally Green and No Place Like Home, and was a monthly contributor at The Humbled Homemaker and Keeper of the Home.
If you’re interested in credentials, Hilary interned at Release Magazine, Towers Magazine, and Worldwide Challenge magazine (at Cru’s world headquarters), she was a staff writer at Christian Mission magazine, then transitioned to lifestyle editor at The Gazette, a daily newspaper in Medina, Ohio. At The Gazette, Hilary’s editorial responsibilities included anything related to home, family, food, travel, and entertainment. (Basically, only good news!)
Hilary loved writing and editing during the day, but at night she was busy transforming her modest homes into havens.
It didn’t matter if she lived in a one-bedroom apartment or three-bedroom house, she studied how to make houses feel more like homes. And over the past two decades Hilary worked on turning her homes into havens … for the husband and babies that eventually became part of her family, to the friends and neighbors she’s welcomed to her family table.
As an ISFJ, Hilary’s a born “Nurturer.” She’s also an Enneagram Type 2 — “The Considerate Helper” with servant and hostess tendencies. Perfect for haven creation!
Her experience in writing and her passion for haven creation have come together beautifully in Home to a Haven. It’s here that Hilary will help you transform your own corner of the world as you transform your home into a haven.