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Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder?

Sep 14, 2022

My guest this week is Liz Bell Young, a writer, experience designer and mother of three in Cincinnati.

Author of the memoir, “In the Wide Country of Love” and creator of the Anthropologie-distributed Haven Magazine, Liz is an MFA graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The University of Cincinnati.

She is a contributing author for The Magnolia Journal, Artifact Uprising, Darling Magazine, HERE Magazine, and Procter & Gamble.

Liz’s upcoming book on building havens is represented by Punchline Agency.

4:41 – Liz 101

  • Liz loves 3 dimensional creative experiences and is a full-time freelancer.
  • She drives a van, is very tall and her kids have a turtle.
  • Despite her different interests, she could never shake the desire that she wanted to be a writer.
  • She has a masters in fine arts and creative writing.

10:34 – Creating experiences

  • As a child, she enjoyed creating little worlds and experiences.
  • Getting to combine writing with experiential work has been so energizing to Liz.
  • Liz and her friends designed a camping experience for women.

21:40 – Writing for church

  • Liz became a senior writer at her church and training alongside the church’s designers.
  • When they worked together, their work was so much better.
  • She wrote printed materials, scripts, immersive prayer services.

24:41 – Haven magazine

  • Liz wanted to make something concrete and tangible that could be sold on a shelf.

35:08 – Success stories

  • Liz doesn’t see things as black and white – successes and failures.
  • When something goes wrong or she doesn’t get what she wants, she figured she’d get it the next time.
  • You need to celebrate people, even if they get what you want.

49:28 – Taking off the pressure

  • Try to take the pressure off yourself.
  • Liz has been considering the idea of hospitality with what you have.
  • Love people in simple and thoughtful ways.

53:40 – Get to know you

  • Strangest pet peeve? Water on public bathroom sinks.
  • Favorite TV show as a kid? Felicity


I could never shake this desire that I really wanted to be a writer.

Getting to combine writing with experiential work has been so energizing to me.

Writing can help heal people.

Love people in simple and thoughtful ways.


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