Working in ministry is a tremendous blessing, but also a tremendous responsibility. The pressure to “have it all together” looms over you like a thick cloud. During my time working at a church, I learned more about this than I planned on. I was given the opportunity to get to know people, especially young people. Mentoring them and helping them discover who they are in Christ led me to the realization that teens and young adults today are more broken than the church realizes. And it’s only getting worse. What they’re really searching for is hidden behind the persona they present on social media. Their desires to be accepted, wanted, and loved are all buried beneath vague statuses, photoshopped pictures, and 140 characters of subtle cries for help. That’s when God gave me The [REAL] 30-Day Challenge. It started with just me, but soon spread like fire. Like most people, I’m a perfectionist, and I operate out of that insecurity to perform in order to be accepted. After releasing the challenge to the rest of the social media world, I soon discovered that I wasn’t alone. That’s the beautiful part about this book and this challenge - the revelation that our imperfections have the power to unite us. I currently live in Pennsylvania with my husband, Andrew. I enjoy writing, leading worship, and getting to know people for who they really are. I believe in authenticity and love documenting stories that have the power to heal, empower, and unite people.