We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelsey Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelsey, is there something you believe many others might not?
The advisory or notion that if you overwork yourself, you will be successful or the whole “sleep when you die” idea that has permeated throughout our society. I disagree with this approach because I have first-hand experience with it and would not suggest taking this path to achieving your goals. The sentiment of overworking yourself undoubtedly places you in a negative energy field because you are operating from a space of lack. When you are exhausted, stressed and fear driven, you will almost never get to the place that you are intending to go! Moreover, you are unable to create while in this state of mind which is imperative for business owners who are constantly looking for ways to be innovative. Taking time to dwell in a more positive, balanced space will, as the good book says, “allow rivers of living water to flow from you”. I believe our generation is slowly beginning to understand the concept of alignment which negates the idea of chasing success due to a scarcity or shortcoming, but aligning with all that is meant for you.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business, SAINT BELLA, presented herself out of a need. That need being representation and a space for curvy Black girls to shop and form community. When I began my brand, there were not nearly as many boutiques or fashion websites as there are now that catered to Black women. I remember shopping on ASOS or PrettyLittleThing in 2015 and just being upset with the lack of representation or afraid to purchase an item because of the fit of the garment. My brand has also served as a creative outlet for me that just so happens to sell fun, fashionable items and I have gotten to where I am today from other women supporting my creativity.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite places in Atlanta lend themselves to being eccentric and exciting. On the other end of that spectrum, I love calm scenery with great food. I love the High Museum of Art, Botanical Garden or Buckhead Art & Co. My favorite restaurants are Pasha, Divan, Two Urban Licks, Old Lady Gang and the list goes on!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout every person that as encouraged and supported me throughout my life’s journey. There is no one particular person, book or thing that I can attribute my success, but instead a entire collective of people who have encouraged, prayed, purchased, shared my work, uplifted me or sent blessed energy my way. I am thankful for you all and you know exactly who you are. My gratitude flows deeply for you.