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My Breakup Letter to 2017

Dear 2017,

You really sucked. I don’t like speaking ill of anyone, but you were the absolute worst. Everything was a knockdown drag-out fight with you and after a year of the foolishness, I’m not sorry to breakup with you or see you go. Every month you literally and physically became more cold, frustrating and dark. We’ve been through so many, “you’ve got to be kidding me moments” that it’s hard not rank our collective time together as a just sad. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way about you. Everyone I know and talk to is ready to disown you as a walking nightmare and are looking forward to starting anew.  

Not Just A Girl In A Dress 2017 Breakup Letter

That’s not to say, we didn’t have our good moments together. There were more than a few wins and happy occasions that made me temporary forget our troubles. You were good to me in a lot of ways but having to always be ready for a fight takes a toll. I am forever grateful for all the things I accomplished during our time together, but it simply isn’t enough to erase all the wrong you did to me and those around me.

Not Just A Girl In A Dress 2017 Breakup Letter

So, I’m letting you go. I plan on happily moving on and I suggest you go the same. I’ve already got my eye on a new year and I’m bringing all my hope, strength, and passion with me to it. It’s not that I think the next 365 will be a cakewalk. Starting fresh never is. But, the lessons you taught me are fresh in my head and I’m taking nothing for granted in 2018. I’m giving it the best of me and am ready to put in the work to protect what matters to me.         

Not Just A Girl In A Dress 2017 Breakup Letter

This is goodbye 2017. I want to wish you well but I just to have it in me to care. I’m just going to leave you in my past and happily move into my present and towards my future. I’m confident with my decision and am finally feeling like myself again. If I had the power to leave you sooner, I would have!


No longer yours!

Charell Star | Not Just A Girl In A Dress

Be Inspired,

Survive A Breakup The Shabby Apple Way: Build A Successful Business

A breakup may represent the end of a relationship, but for Shabby Apple founder Athelia Woolley LeSueu it was the start of a booming fashion business. After her boyfriend split with her because she dressed too conservatively, LeSueu set out to design a fashion line that was cute and “allowed women to feel confident no matter their size.”  The result is Shabby Apple, an eight year old clothing and accessories line that is chic, classy and comfortable.

A Girl In A Dress caught up with LeSueu at her recent Spring Preview and asked her about her keys to success. The thoroughly modern entrepreneur and mom had these amazing tips to share on following your passion and running your business:

So, where does the inspiration for your business come from?

I used to feel a little subconscious in dresses because they were either too short or too sleeveless. I felt like there needed be dresses that were cute, but actually covered enough. So, (I decided) to start a company and design dresses that way. All our dresses have sleeves and go to the knee, so women who want to dress in a cute can do so and feel confident.

2014-11-18 19.03.14What advice would you give to a mom who’s trying to start her own business?

Figure out how to work on the edges. I work during nap times because (my children) don’t need me during nap times. I work at night because they don’t need me at night. I make sure that when I can, I really focus on my kids and when I’m there I’m really present with them, so they know I love them. 15 years from now I don’t want to regret not spending time with them. Put your children first and then figure out times when you can work it out.

What has been the best advice you’ve received in regards to running your business and growing your business?

Failure is okay and little failures are okay. And that is the really helpful for me because sometimes I try to do something and it doesn’t work out. And, its okay. Those little failures are okay and that was really, really helpful for me to know.

This is absolutely great advice every entrepreneur can use to move their business forward. Check out some of Shabby Apple’s cutest pieces. Prices range from $27 – $205 and are perfect for fashion forward business builders.

à bientôt

Charell Star | A Girl In A Dress