At 35, Taya Dunn Johnson’s husband died suddenly, leaving her alone with their son, a three year-old non-verbal boy living with autism. Her writing and social media played an essential and integral role in her healing. Over the last seven years, she has encouraged people to use life challenges to redefine themselves, dream big, and find their purpose. Taya is a writer, speaker, panelist, storytelling coach, and workshop facilitator. She has been published in the anthology, Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now, as well as online at Upworthy, xoJane, Young, Widowed and Dating, Black and Married with Kids, The Midlife Mixtape, along with many others.