Fern finds joy in providing a safe place for people to be themselves and discover how to thrive in their true identity and purpose.
She has discovered a relationship with God to be all-sufficient and all-satisfying, freeing her to be herself instead of who and what others expect. She finds joy in helping others find freedom from the trap of expectations so they, too, can thrive in who God created them to be.
Growing up as a pastor’s kid in the greater Washington DC metropolitan area, Fern is grateful for parents who exemplified living life on purpose. She was blessed to serve as caretaker for her mother through various illnesses before her death, and for two different friends before their passing. Fern currently lives with her elderly father, Otho Horst, who is thrilled with the Purpose Statement she helped him write and who passionately lives it.
Attending Rosedale Bible College in Ohio in the 1980s led to employment at the college for over a decade. While Fern’s official position was librarian, her office and apartment served as safe havens where students and friends could freely talk and sort through life’s challenges.
Fern graduated from Cedarville University in 1992 with a degree in English/Professional Writing. For over 20 years she has used her writing skills for a website she founded called Purposeful Singleness, and is passionate about encouraging singles and others to not wait for life to happen, but to live purposefully in the here and now. She is expanding her writing to books, starting with her father’s memoirs which she is co-authoring with her niece, Alyssa Reitz.
She is grateful for the many close relationships God has given her in family and friends, including her cousin, Shari, who introduced life coaching to her. The rest, as they say, is history. Fern is now thrilled to be able to connect with clients, providing a safe environment where they can discover and pursue their own life purpose, and be set free to live fulfilling lives!