By Mwati Mwila My name is Mwati Mwila, I am a mentor, author, poet and mental illness advocate. I am just an ordinary girl who loves to write stories and poems, loves listening to music and traveling. My story is not that different from most, except I have what I like to call my alter […]

Owner & Founder

By Paulette Zimmerman In November 2019, my family opened 1Rider Cycle Studio in Issaquah. We’re the only boutique cycle studio in the surrounding area (covering Snoqualmie, Issaquah, Sammamish & East Bellevue). Our closest competitors are big-house gyms and well-established brand names like SoulCycle, Flywheel or franchises like Cycle Bar. We’re a bit of an underdog, […]

How to live a richer life

By Tama Smith   Tama is the Head of Women Living a Richer Life at Brighton Jones, in Seattle, WA. Her story is poignantly beautiful. She started out a highly driven undergrad at Berkeley, launched her own company serving as its CEO, and as the business model started to reveal significant cracks, Tama received that […]

We are better when we support one another

By Christie Lawler   Founded in 2018, The WITI Group is a nonprofit organization that focuses on building and empowering women in the hospitality industry through networking, mentoring and financial and emotional support. The WITI Group is the philanthropic arm of my marketing agency, CJL CONSULTiNG. The cornerstone of the company is that we’re all […]

A discussion group that is different than the rest

By Maddie Heye I saw a need, I knew I was the right person for the job, and I knew I could make a difference. All I had to do was believe in myself and make a bold move. So I did. Although, admittedly, it wasn’t that easy. I had to push all of the second-guessing […]

My bold story

By Myra Jolivet   I didn’t know the term visualization at age 8, but I was using it. I was a friendly, chubby girl with eczema-scaled skin that had short periods of relief. My mom had to wrap my arms, legs and neck mummy-style each night to hold the medicine in and my fingernails out. The […]

1 in 3

By Ashley Mohoric I’m an active person. I grew up playing soccer, fastpitch, volleyball and everything in between. Friends jokingly call me a farm girl. We’ve all heard the statistic that 1 in 3 women will die of heart disease or stroke, but I never thought that could apply to me. I’ve always been a strong […]

Challenges are our greatest teachers

By Lisa Thompson Challenges are our greatest teachers … if we’re paying attention.  In 2015 I was diagnosed with breast cancer, shocking news for every woman.  I felt especially betrayed by my body because I am an athlete.  I eat organic vegetables.  I floss my teeth.  How could there be parts of my body that […]

Be Prepared to BE BOLD

By Kristi Haynes The past 13 years I have been working with school districts to remove barriers to learning and providing professional development for staff. My experience has shown me the glaring disparities and safety concerns that exist for students who identify as LGBTQ . I live in a very conservative community and my heart […]