It’s funny how who you are as a child can give such insight into the adult you’ll one day become.
In particular, I can pinpoint three distinct interests during my childhood that shaped who I became as a woman:
1. I loved hosting tea parties, complete with tiny plastic cups, saucers, and imaginary food, in my bedroom.
2. I loved being mom to my baby dolls.
3. I loved writing.
As I grew up, I focused on writing. After graduating, cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Otterbein University, I used my professional skills to write and edit magazines and newspapers.
If you’re interested in professional credentials, I interned at Release Magazine, Towers Magazine, and Worldwide Challenge magazine (at Cru’s world headquarters), I 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, my editorial responsibilities included anything related to home, family, food, travel, and entertainment. (Basically, only good news!)
I loved writing and editing during the day, but at night I was busy transforming my modest homes into havens.
It didn’t matter if I lived in a one-bedroom apartment or three-bedroom house, I studied how to make houses feel more like homes.
And over the past two decades I worked on turning her homes into havens … for the husband, son and daughter who eventually became part of my family, to the friends and neighbors I’ve welcomed to my family’s table.
As an ISFJ, I’m a born “Nurturer.” I’m also an Enneagram Type 2 — “The Considerate Helper” with servant and hostess tendencies. Perfect for haven creation!
My experience in writing and my passion for haven creation have come together in Home to a Haven. It’s here that I will help you transform your own corner of the world as you transform your home into a haven!