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