“Okay, now hold this dead palm tree in front of your face” is one of the many weird things I made Lauren do for this photo shoot. This is my friend. She is strong. She loves the Lord. She is creative and courageous and desires community and unity for all people. She is a food person. She speaks words over people when they’re hurting and to encourage them when they’re strong. Her smile is infectious. She has a beautiful story and a soft heart. Dare I say it, she’s a bad ass woman.