Jen Waldref
Jen sums up her life in six words: Writing words. Reading books. Raising boys. She is the former speechwriter for Washington Governor Jay Inslee, and an award-winning freelance writer who has published numerous articles online and in print, on topics ranging from politics to feminism to parenting. Whether it’s soaring rhetoric or spare prose, Jen is drawn to the emotional impact and power of the written word. She lives in Olympia, Washington, with her husband and three sons.

Stacy Scheel Hirsch

Stacy is a personal development coach, wellness practitioner, writer, teacher and group meditation facilitator. Through her signature projects—Life Takes Practice, and Live Wide Awake Lifestyle Coaching—Stacy helps people cultivate greater personal intimacy and live more resilient, skillful lives. Rigorous study, deep curiosity, and a lifelong dedication to wellness feed Stacy’s work. For twenty years, she has been a student of meditation and mindfulness practices but her greatest teacher was a three-year struggle with chronic fatigue and depression. Stacy lives in Olympia, Washington, with her husband and daughter.