The Spirited Woman Foundation Fellowship

The Spirited Woman Foundation Fellowship was created by Nancy Mills, founder of The Spirited Woman. This fellowship provided waived Retreat registration for one “everywoman visionary who is changing the world one spirited woman step at a time.” Here, Nancy shares her profound intention for the fellowship:
What inspired you to create the Spirited Woman Foundation Fellowship?
Nancy Mills, Founder of The Spirited Woman and Creator of the Spirited Woman Foundation Fellowship

Nancy Mills, Founder of The Spirited Woman and Creator of the Spirited Woman Foundation Fellowship

I was inspired to create the Spirited Woman Foundation Fellowship to honor the creative spirit that lives within each one of us. One might call that spirit our passion. Our light. Our internal sense of freedom and liberation. It is that spark that keeps us going. Sometimes that spark feels un-lit. This fellowship is a reminder that no matter what the struggles we have had in life, no matter what the obstacles, no matter “what” it is this spark that keeps us going. We are looking for that special person who has ignited her spark under adversity.

What, in  your mind, constitutes a “spirited woman?”

A Spirited woman lives her life passionately. She is strong, energetic, compassionate, courageous and “unstoppable” in her creativity.

What are some ways you have benefited from a community of supportive women writers and artists?

Without a like-minded community of support, whether it be with writers and artists, or in any field – one is lost in a sea of one. It does take a village to shore up one’s spirit, confidence, talent, and belief in oneself. Self reflection is embellished by group reflection – and therefore magnified out into the world.

Can you name some current women writers who inspire you and your work?

I read constantly, but it is for pure enjoyment of self – such as mysteries. Even though, I am a former travel journalist and have written extensively within the world of women, I don’t consider myself a writer. More of a leader, cheerleader of women kind, the founder of Spirited Woman.

What is one resource you wish all women writers had or knew about?
Darlene Chandler Bassett and Nancy Mills at the 2013 LA Fellowship Benefit Event

Darlene Chandler Bassett and Nancy Mills at the 2013 Los Angeles Fellowship Benefit Event

I believe one of the primary reasons Spirited Woman funded this fellowship is because we feel the AROHO retreat would be the answer to this question. It is a cherished gift for women to have the opportunity to attend.

Is there anything you hope the recipient of the Spirited Woman Foundation Fellowship will discover through their experience at the AROHO 2015 Retreat?

I want whoever receives this fellowship to feel validated for her sense of “spirit” that led her to passionately use her creativity to overcome obstacles.

A Spirited woman lives her life passionately. She is strong, energetic, compassionate, courageous and “unstoppable” in her creativity.

Spirited Woman Foundation Fellows

At the 2013 Retreat, in lieu of a single named fellow, three women received “Spirited Woman” scarves in recognition of their exemplary models of “Spirited Woman” traits:

Mandy Brown, recipient of the "Spirit" Scarf

Mandy Brown, recipient of the “Spirit” Scarf

Nicelle Davis, Recipient of the "Peace" Scarf

Nicelle Davis, Recipient of the “Peace” Scarf

Lauren Baldwin, Recipient of the "Painted Muse" scarf

Lauren Baldwin, Recipient of the “Painted Muse” scarf

Aimee Suzara, 2015 Spirited Woman Fellow. Photo: Namu Williams

Author: A Room of Her Own

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