Hello Friends, my name is Haven Gilker! I am the writer behind The Art of Encouragement. I created this blog with one very specific plan… to create a community of people who are ACTIVELY fighting depression and finding joy! I graduated from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelors degree in Recreational Therapy and a minor in Psychology. Now I’m pursuing a masters in social work from the The University of Oklahoma. My interests change with each season of life I find myself in, and I think this is normal and healthy in a society that wants us to set to one path and stick to it. I’m here to encourage you through whatever season of life you find yourself in, and to let you know finding new passions, hobbies, and lifestyles is not a bad thing!

I created 4 categories to more easily navigate through this blog, and to create areas of focus! The art of Wellness is dedicated to health, nutrition, and fitness! The art of Homesteading is my newest passion and desire for my family! I live in rural Tulsa currently, but my dream is to one day have a full functioning homestead that leads to self dependency and a greater connection to God for myself and my family! The art of Parenting was created because I am a momma who wants to share the things I learn about parenting, and encourage you to follow your own motherly instincts in a world that constantly gives forceful contradicting “advise.” Finally, The art of Encouragement is dedicated toward topics of mental health and faith that I believe will encourage others in knowing that we are not alone and we are loved!

I am so excited to have you here! I encourage you to reach out and to join us on this journey! I appreciate you and wish you joy!

~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ~

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”