Michelle L. Tate grew up in Chicago, the youngest of 7 and fortunate enough to be raised by one who encouraged exploration and growth in all directions. At a young age, she began writing, influenced by things around her, both visible and non-visible. Treasured experiences built an interest in the exploration of life and spirit energy through many avenues. These studies and pursuits continue through her practice of Aikido and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Michelle is a licensed acupuncturist and co-founder the Abiding Spirit Center, a wellness center in Crystal Lake, IL, and an Aikido instructor at the Abiding Spirit Aikikai and the Aikido Shimbokukai. Lisa R. Tomoleoni has been training in Aikido for over 20 years. She spent over 13 years in Japan, training at the Aikido world Headquarters and teaching Aikido at a branch dojo in Tokyo. She is the chief instructor of the Abiding Spirit Aikikai, and the director of the Aikido Shimbokukai. She is also a licensed acupuncturist and the co-founder of the Abiding Spirit Center, a wellness center in Crystal Lake, IL.