I first heard her on the radio, on OnBeing with Krista Tippett, where I leaned about her TED talks on shame and vulnerability. Those two twenty minute videos sparked a revolution within me. I dug into Brené Brown's work with a voraciousness; she tapped a hunger in me I didn't even know existed. Her work describes what it means to live wholeheartedly, a desire I hold deeply. The path to this, she says, involves a ton of self-reflection and internal honesty and owning your own story. These are not things that come easily. But they are the key to living a connected, meaningful life. I often refer to her as St. Brené–her principles have encouraged me to agree with the truth of who God says I am and what I'm made for. In every way, she's helped me dig in deeper with Jesus and my life as His follower. Her work oriented me to the practice of gratitude, or living out the Christian principle of giving thanks in all circumstances (1 Thes 5:18). While it's so unlikely I will ever meet her, I count her as one of my life's great teachers and I am so grateful.