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“Leadership is a mindset that shifts from being a victim to creating results. Any one of us can demonstrate leadership in our work and within our lives.” ~ Robin S. Sharma

Now that we’re quickly approaching the New Year (I can’t believe it’s already 2016!) and getting busy and excited about holiday season, parties, presents and vacations, I want to invite you to pause for just a short while…. Take time to acknowledge YOURSELF for all the work, efforts, achievements, generosity, kindness, awareness, perseverance, strength and courage! Own all the PROGRESS – internal and external – that YOU made in 2015. Most likely you easily see the progress in others’ lives; now I want you to celebrate your own!

Today I want to share with you some of the most memorable encounters I had in 2015 – physical and virtual (yes, in the melting pot of social media and its cacophony, there are some REAL diamonds!J ). As I was thinking about the topic for this blog, I felt that I really want to spread the love, insights and wisdom I was fortunate to experience in 2015.

I am talking about a few women – soulful feminine leaders – whose passion, gentleness, depth, grace, wisdom and love touched so many around them with the remarkable magic of shining beautiful souls! I happened to be one of these fortunate people who were touched by these REAL BEAUTIES and I want to honor them and their work in this post by sharing their lessons and insights from this passing year.

Constance Arnold, Author, Success Coach, International Radio Talk Show Host


“This year the greatest lesson that I have learned is to trust the process, timing and unfolding of my highest good. I have a busy life. I am an International Radio Talk, Success Coach and Author. Additionally this year I sponsored a Conference in Atlanta with participants attending from all over the world. After my conference, I realized that I felt tired and did not have the joy that I normally possessed in living my life. Life seemed routine to me and I felt like my days consisted of checking off my “To Do List.”   I realized that I had been working extra hard to manifest some new business ideas.

I knew that what I needed was an encounter with God. So, I set aside an intense time for prayer and meditation and this is what was downloaded to me:

  • Learn to trust that God and the Universe are always conspiring to get my highest good to me. (I forgot this)
  • Rest in KNOWING God has a million ways to manifest my highest good once I TRUST and detach from the outcome. When I try to control the timing of manifestation, I actually limit the miraculous from manifesting in my life.”


Kathleen Anne Mulligan, Personal Presence Mastery Coach

The Symphony Falls Flat without the playing of each and every Note

“2015 was a year that continued to bring beyond beautiful blessings into my life… right alongside some soul sucking – devastating griefs. Initially, I felt feverish to do everything I could in order to bridge what felt like a cavernous gap… the bright highs of my life on one side and the painful lows on the other.  I felt myself constantly swinging back and forth as though on a rope swing – never really landing on either side. It was exhausting and it was taking a toll on my spirit. But finally, I tired and I allowed myself to come to center, to surrender. I let calm and grace hold me and I became still. And in that stillness I was able to see that both the pain and the beauty were being given to me as equal gifts – both being used to break my heart open even further. I was reminded of what Rumi said, “the wounds are the place where the light enters you.”

And so I chose to learn a new way to hold my grief and my joy… free of earlier perceptions that one was high and one was low… one good and the other bad, one right, one wrong. I chose to simply see each experience as a critical note that joins others and forms the harmony that is the symphonic sound of my miraculous life… each note adding to the full and rich expression that is the masterpiece that is me.

As I will begin the new year more light-filled, I’m learning to bow to the entire messy mélange of my life… and to celebrate and give honor to each extraordinary note.”

Sara Oblak Speicher, MBA, Business Consultant and Coach

Inner Equilibrium Leads to Success on the ‘outside.’

“As we grow and evolve, and as our businesses change, the disconnect that can happen presents a very challenging situation… That’s where I found myself after the birth of my second baby, with a booming business, battling postpartum depression, and yet feeling unfulfilled. It was such a great learning experience: From the perspective of mindset, inner blocks, and breakthroughs, I have learned that every process takes time, and resisting due to the fear of change isn’t worth it. Surrender!

Trust that once you establish the inner equilibrium, everything will fall into place on the “outside”. From a practical side, regularly check in with yourself and compare that against everything you have going on. If it helps, even track what you need from your business (family time, flexibility, financial freedom, fulfillment in my case), and evaluate whether or not it still aligns with your priorities, desires, and wants.”

I am sure that YOU have your own insights and lessons from 2015… Make time for yourself; get quiet and journal about your progress, insights, goals and challenges, wins and lessons. Allow YOUR beauty to shine through… always!

With love and Gratitude,




Millen Livis

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8 responses to “Year 2015 in Review: Lessons and Insights from Soulful Feminine Leaders”

  1. Julie Gorges says:

    Thanks for sharing the inspiring stories. I especially related to Kathleen Anne Mulligan’s experiences in 2015. My last blog was a year in review and I felt many of the same emotions at the end of the year. The year was full of blessings, grief, and challenges for me as well. Love her thought that pain and beauty are both gifts.

    • Millen Millen says:

      Yes, Julie, I know what you mean… It is not easy to see pain and grief as gifts yet… they are part of the journey. Wishing you peaceful and joyful 2016!

  2. Millen, I just love your first paragraph. You’re right – as I’m rushing to finish up the year, I’ve not stopped to see what I have accomplished, have only focused on what’s left. It literally made me pause and think. Thank you. I needed it!

    • Millen Millen says:

      I am glad you took time to pause and acknowledge your accomplishments in 2015! Focusing on my ‘wins’ became my daily practice. 🙂 Wishing you joyful and beautiful holiday season!

  3. Beautiful insights shared by these women, Millen. I think for us all, it is so important to step back and observe our lives from an objective perspective. We get caught up in the non-stop 24/7 world of distractions and sometimes lose sight of who we are and who we want to be to ourselves and to others. In looking at 2015, I thought it was a very bland year for me, as nothing “exciting” seemed to happen. Yet, I have been planting seeds and helping others in their lives and am looking forward to a new year with openness and trust, in anticipation of whatever future is coming towards me. Thanks so much for sharing and have a wonder-filled holiday season.

    • Millen Millen says:

      That is so right, Beverley! We get so caught up in our busyness that we often lose sight of perspective and what is really important in life. It looks like you’ve planted plenty of seeds… so, 2017 will be filled with exciting harvesting! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your insights – always a pleasure to read your comments. Wishing you fun-filled holiday season!

  4. Thank you Millen! What an inspiring group of women and each of their stories includes such wisdom. I am a big believer in the value of taking time to reflect and review. In fact I do it monthly, but anytime is well worth the effort.

    • Millen Millen says:

      Thank you for stopping by and for your comment, Marquita! I love the idea of taking the time for monthly reflections – it is worth the effort indeed.

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