Ed­i­tor’s Note

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Ask those who know me best, and they’ll tell you I’m a crea­ture of habit. Each morn­ing, be­fore I even get out of bed, I spend ten quiet min­utes check­ing my e-mail, read­ing head­lines on the CNN app and scrolling through In­sta­gram. I go to the gro­cery store roughly three times a week to buy the same four items: bread, Greek yo­gurt, straw­ber­ries and Gold­fish. (Have I men­tioned I have three kids un­der the age of eight?) And ev­ery night be­fore I go to bed, I use a le­gal pad to write a brand new to-do list for the next day. When I get some­thing done, I cross it off the list with a black pen. Then, I high­light the same item in yel­low. Ev­ery. Sin­gle. Time.

So, when I tell peo­ple that I’ve worked for the same com­pany, writ­ing for the same mag­a­zines since grad­u­at­ing from col­lege, it doesn’t come as a sur­prise. But truth­fully, there’s noth­ing rou­tine about my job. On any given day, I can go from re­search­ing story ideas, to as­sign­ing photo shoots and in­ter­view­ing home­own­ers and in­dus­try ex­perts. Some days I’m a man­ager, some days I’m a fi­nan­cial plan­ner, and some days — my fa­vorite days — I’m just a writer, writ­ing about the homes I’ve come to know and love.

Which is why the de­ci­sion to step down as ed­i­tor has been such a hard one. That’s right; af­ter five years as ed­i­tor-in-chief and more than a decade writ­ing for the mag­a­zine, this will be my last of­fi­cial is­sue of Tim­ber Home Liv­ing. My trusted col­league Donna Peak will take over my edi­to­rial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties while con­tin­u­ing to lead the Log

Home Liv­ing team. Trust me when I say that no one knows the world of log and tim­ber homes like Donna does. She un­der­stands the nu­ances of cus­tom home con­struc­tion, knows the peo­ple and the in­dus­try, and will bring new fea­tures and fresh ideas to the mag­a­zine. You’re in good hands.

While I’m ex­cited about the fu­ture, I’ll sorely miss work­ing at Tim­ber Home Liv­ing, par­tic­u­larly the unique mo­ments when I got to step out of my of­fice and meet you, the read­ers and dream­ers that drive this mag­a­zine. Whether at a home show or at the Beartooth Mar­ket in Red Lodge, Mon­tana (yes, that re­ally hap­pened), I’m al­ways blown away by your knowl­edge and en­thu­si­asm for this cus­tom-home style. It’s that pas­sion that made me fall in love with tim­ber homes, too.

So, while the big­gest part of my ev­ery­day rou­tine is com­ing to an end, I hope you keep turn­ing to the pages of Tim­ber Home Liv­ing for the in­spi­ra­tion and in­for­ma­tion you’ll need on the path to­ward your dream home. It’s been a plea­sure be­ing on this jour­ney with you. Thanks for let­ting me be a part of it.

SARA BROWN, Ed­i­tor

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