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Finally in the process of relaunching!!  Items are picked out and on their way.  Drawing up so many ideas that it’s hard to keep them organized.  So many possibilities. So many hopes and expectations I have.  -Overall, just so excited to be getting back to what I do best.



The dream continues…..

Was just a little lost for a bit, but finally found my way back!! Looking to relaunch CTA April 1st; 9 days short of my 30th birthday. Thought I would start the next decade of my life out on the right track. Starting with myself.

Hey guys…

I know I haven’t blogged in awhile. And that is due to both good and bad events that have recently taken place. I’ll elaborate what I mean when the dust settles. Til then, keep in touch!

@MichelleLVargas or @VargasSTL

1st Black Friday CTA sale




From years of dreaming and that single college-rule spiral bound notebook to this moment; I can’t begin to describe what I’m feeling, but one immense emotion I have at the moment is just pure gratitude to EVERY SINGLE ONE of my team members, mentors, customers, fans, supporters, and CTA cheerleaders that never allowed me, for a moment, to think that giving up was ever an option. After 2+ years of holding on to the dream, CTA officially becomes a reality. Let’s get to work!

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Looking back over the last few months; not sure if life was testing my passions or patience, but I managed to tough it out, didn’t give up, and now feel that I have overcome some pretty massive obstacles that were standing in my way, and things have been going very well ever since.

No…..I don’t have a physical store, and no, I don’t have my own swanky mega-site (yet), but that’s not stopping me from doing the work that I love to do NOW!

To me, there’s no better feeling. I’m doing exactly what I set out to do:

• Working in fashion ✔️
• Building an eco-friendly and socially responsible company ✔️
• Helping people ✔️

So like a baby bird learning to fly, I’m spreading my wings and selling various pieces of my collections via eBay. Is it my ideal path? No, but I figured, I have a $578 start-up goal, and I need to get cracking!

Lastly, I’m happy to report that I am nearly at the half way mark of that $578 goal, and it hasn’t even been 2 weeks.

Just imagine where I’ll be in the next 2 years.

MORAL: Do what you love, with what you have.


500 Steps Left.

Dear CTA Family,

I am reaching out to all of you for the first time ever in asking you to assist me in the launch of the Cargo Train Apparel online resale store. The goal is to go live on January 1, 2014, but It will only be possible if I can reach my startup goal of $500. I am hoping that my pre-launch sales via eBay will account for the majority of the launch costs needed, but not all of it, and due to the government shutdown, they are not issuing any small business loans at this time.

This is why I am coming to you. Your assistance will secure the necessary funds to take care of basic legalities (federal and state licensing and registration fees), office supplies, and the initial inventory for the launch.

I have been fortunate enough to have CPA and attorney services available to me at no charge, but that is only half the battle. There are still a few more hurdles to overcome.

This company is nearly 2 years in the making, and it’s never been so close to becoming a reality.

With that said, If you feel that you are in a position to lend your assistance, please do so via Paypal; using either my phone number or email address.

REMEMBER: even a little can go a very long way in this industry, and each dollar is another step closer to going live.

Lastly, As I sit here and write this, I’m overwhelmed with an immense feeling of gratitude to each and everyone of you. I honestly can’t begin to thank ALL of you that have kept my ambitions strong over the past couple of years, which has in return, kept me fighting for my dreams. Without you, none of this would be possible!

Feel free to contact me with any questions and/or suggestions.

Another visual.


Rainy Days.

Rant and a Rave



I feel like I am losing my mind!  I just keep pushing and pushing and pushing only to be pushed back.  A lot has been going on lately: losing my job, an upcoming marriage separation, giving up my “dream” house….it’s all starting to take a toll on me.  I feel trapped.  I try to bury myself in my work with progressing CTA, but can’t keep the distractions out long enough to make some serious traction.  Beyond frustrating!

But Nothing hurts more than some who will CONTINUOUSLY tell me “oh, if you need anything, just let me know…im here for you” then when I go to them for help, I get a cold shoulder.  I am not one that enjoys the lip service.  I am a do’er, not a talker.  I am beginning to see that those who should be behind me the most are never there, and that is what hurts the most.

Fair warning to those people………



A lot like screaming in the middle of a crowded room, and no one even gives you a side-ways glance.  Makes you feel empty…..truly.



The website is up, and growing everyday!

Mobile site up, it’s a work in progress

On my way of signing the lease agreement for the store (nerve wrecking and exciting at the same time)

Progress is slow but sure!  

All in all, it’s a never-ending battle that I just refuse to give up.  I just can’t; I’m already in it to win it.

The possibility of homelessness doesn’t even scare me, I will sleep in my car if that’s what it will take for my company to make it. So be it!


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Milestone Reached!

Milestone Reached!

Lost the Intuit competition to have a professional design my company website, so I said screw it, and built it myself.  🙂

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