Challenge: Young adults suffer from mental illness after going through unpredicted challenges. They do not know how to cope or where to find inspiration.

Solution: Power to Persevere is a collection of inspiring stories from ordinary people who dug their way out of personal struggles to achieve and exceed their dreams. Peoplearen’t alone when it comes to facing hard times; there are resources available and things they can do to take their power back. 


  • Writer
  • Researcher
  • Design Strategist

Project Duration:

  • January – December 2019


  • Research
  • Prototyping
  • Testing
  • Designing

Software used:

  • Figma
  • Quip
  • Photoshop


First, I created a mood board through a “brain dump” of every mood I wanted the reader to feel as a result of reading the book. I then interviewed 30 young adults to determine times that have been troubling them in their own personal life whether they were facing a battle or watching someone else undergo something traumatic. The themes are below. After this, I then began to create a list of people to interview through primary research and documentaries to watch, podcasts to listen to, and research papers to read in the medical community as secondary research. Throughout my book-writing process, I had a series of ten individuals read the entirety of the book and provide feedback to improve.

Affinity Map

Challenge 1: Make the book interactive.

Challenge 2: Provide real-life stories readers can relate to.

Challenge 3: Integrate quotes from inspiring text.


Mood Board

Reviews + Takeaways

Readers were awe-inspired and felt transformed reading the book. It debuted as an Amazon #1 best-seller.