The History of Abigail Academy
Since the beginning of time, girls have doubted their bodies, roles in society, personal purpose, and longed to be loved for who they truly are. Simple doubts and the human longing develops as early as before kindergarten, with peers, in social settings, and even within the home among siblings and parents. Social, emotional, and spiritual tools are highly sought after by moms who worry about their sweet baby girls growing into confident and successful young ladies.
Founder Abbey Mueller, makes the process of growing up beautiful and fun for girls and moms through the Abigail Academy programs.
Abbey had a real life “calling” moment in Petaluma California on October 26th, 2006. She felt the hand of God on her left shoulder, and heard God ask her, “Abbey, I want you to teach young women self-courage, self-love, art, attract them to Louisville, share intimate joy with your husband, and pass along wisdom to your children”. Abbey recalled looking up to the ceiling and comically laughing at God, say, “right now?”, and that’s when she heard, “yes, right now”. Abbey gracefully wrote a resignation letter on her way home from California to her incredible and inspiring boss at the catering and event company she was working with, letting him know that she would be moving on, after she fulfilled the scheduled events that she was responsible for. Abbey Mueller was 24 when she started the blue prints for what you see the company delivering to mothers and girls today.
Those blue prints were designed when Abbey moved to Manhattan to study the trend of young girls in Manhattan’s Upper East Side private schools. Abbey had the forethought to know that if she saw issues in Manhattan, it was only a matter of time, those issues would be unveiled publicly, and become common conversations in the South. True to vision, the world openly swims in topics that Abigail Academy is designed to prevent. Personal worth, self-esteem, and freedom to celebrate the woman that each of us were designed to be, continues in the plans and programs of Abigail Academy today.
As the information was gathered, Abbey became a certified Woman and Family Diversity Life Coach back in her home town of Louisville KY. Abbey invested a decade of her career to coaching mothers and daughters on improving confidence during adolescents. During that decade of life coaching, she realized more people needed to feel hopeful and empowered during adolescents, so she studied why mothers hired her for their daughters, and why the girls stayed and actually enjoyed the coaching environment. There was only one common thread between all girls and moms who came through; moms wanted their girls to be happy, and the girls felt happier after they invested in their personal relationship with God.
Abbey says today, “After doing that research on our customers, I felt the tug to become a scripture based company, because I wasn’t the one with the answers for those girls, it was God. I had my own struggles with drugs, alcohol, eating disorders, sexual abuse, depression, and plastic surgery that stemmed from body image insecurities- it was miraculous to see, I wasn’t alone either- I actually need me, the life coach, when I was a girl. through my own healing, I too found the most solace when acknowledging the presence of God. It was a no brainer– I needed to prepare the girls to know God, so they relied on Him, not a person for the rest of their life- because more issues were bound to come.
It was so clear, everyone wanted the same things- there was a top 10 list of why moms and girls were coming to me, they wanted: to make better decisions, be more confident, get along with people better, set and accomplish goals, eliminate worry, express themselves better, use their personal gifts, become a better leader, learn how to process emotions, and the number one, was to “be happy”. Well, God was the answer for all of that.
Coaching is only affordable for some families, and the epidemic of those issues is not limited to wealthy families. Our programs needed to include an extension of what I teach in private sessions, and hosted in affordable group programs that parents are already going to find for their children, like Birthday parties, after school clubs, weekend cooking classes, and summer camps.
You get more than we put in our on-line program descriptions when you sign up for something here- the experience is fun, but the content is rich, life giving, and always built around how the girls can support, encourage, and build each other up.
As far as I’m concerned, girls who are apart of Abigail Academy now, will be looking back for a lifetime, grateful for all that they learned with us, and about God and loving others, as a result, loving themselves deeply and sweetly. I’m thrilled to see how our team will continue to grow- and look forward to the day where one of our girls can send her own daughter back to Abigail Academy- we are the iconic lifestyle for a “happy girl” and we know, its not about us, its about how the Holy Spirit works in our spaces.”
Today, the Abigail Academy is a haven that encourages and supports girls to choose confidence and authenticity as their iconic lifestyle through programs in Louisville, KY. and Charleston, SC. When Abbey is not writing group programs and playing in the water with her dog Tanner, oil painting or enjoying friends and family, she still coaches girls an moms around the country via FaceTime as often as possible.
We are where girls SHINE!
Please feel free to look around our site, and find a program and time that works well for you to come experience The Abigail Academy for yourself. Until then, SHINE on!
John 1:4 , in every man woman and child there is light.
“My daughter and I reached a new level of intimacy that strengthened our family as a whole.”
-Abigail Academy mom