choosing to glorify

the only one
who is worthy

of what little I have to offer.

The Writer

I'm a small town girl with a big city, big dream mentality. I grew up wanting to be one of the Spice Girls, then Brittney Spears (pre-shaved head meltdown) and Carrie Bradshaw. Since I never plan to be any of those people, I figure being a wife to my hubby of 11+ years and mama to three amazing mini-people is about as close to Heaven as I'll get this side of eternity. 

My goal for while you're here? I want to encourage you, lift you up and guide you as you not only figure out your dreams (cause that's the hardest part, sometimes) but push you to seek God as you follow them. Ready? 

My name is Courtney Kirkland.

My faith is the central part of my being. God brought me back from the point of rock bottom in my life and it's only by his grace that I'm still here. My passion in life is sharing what He's done for me with everyone I meet.

my faith

The only thing I ever wanted to do in life was be a wife and a mother. I've been a wife to Josh for 11+ years and together we have three little miracles—Noah (2008), Jonah (2012) , and Sarah (2017). Together we have laughed, cried & journeyed a lot of miles together. They are my whole world.

my family

Whether it's the Bible, a fictional novel or writing in my own journal, the written word is my love language. I have journaled routinely for over 25 years and have boxes upon boxes full of memories and lessons I've learned from the Lord.

the written word

I fell in love with telling stories through my lens when I was in high school taking photos for the yearbook. I've said goodbye to a lot of family, but photos allow me to revisit moments and relive experiences. As of right now...I have upward of 20,000+ personal photos on various hard drives and on the cloud.

photography

I fell in love with design in 2010 when I switched my website over to Wordpress. There was a vast shortage of cute templates and quality design. I spent HOURS scouring the internet for tutorials and fell in love with the art of creating beautiful branding and simple design. 

quality design

There's nothing like the simplicity of a fresh picked bouquet of flowers. No matter the kind or the color, fresh flowers bring cheer and joy to anyone! I usually always have a fresh vase full in my kitchen...

fresh flowers

I fell in love with traveling when I was 15 and flew to D.C. by myself for a youth convention. I swore that one day I would see the world. God brought a man into my life who I would later marry who was in the US Military. Together, we have traveled all over and have seen so much of the US. Next step? Paris!

travel

what inspires me

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On any given day, I would be willing to bet that you would find a minimum of three half empty cups of cold coffee on my desk. You'll likely find me sitting there with a baby on my knee, singing "Baby Shark" for the millionth time since 7:00 am.

I never intended to do a lot of the things in my life that I have done. Truthfully, I thought that I would go to college, get married and move back to my tiny little Alabama hometown. That's what everyone else did, so what more could I expect for myself? 

Yet, at some point in my life, God planted in me the desire to just do more. To be more. To want more than just the same ole thing I had always known. I didn't realize it as a teenager, but God gave me the heart of a visionary and the mentality of a dreamer.

He placed in my life a powerhouse set of women who dreamed big dreams and loved fiercely—my Mom, who instilled in me the "don't back down from anything you want" mentality; my Granny, who was a boss of a woman and a business woman like no other; and my Maw, who was the sweetest soul you'd ever meet and the sense of balance to all of the empowerment the other women brought into my life.

My college years led me to make a lot of mistakes and cost me a lot of opportunities. I fell in with the wrong crowd, stumble into mild alcoholism and blew a full ride scholarship in under nine months. I found myself depressed and struggling because I felt like I had completely ruined my life. In my mind, there was no way I would ever have a chance to make it right. I was done. God wouldn't use me...he gave me a chance and I blew it. What good was I to Him anymore?  

If you had told me ten years ago that I would marry my best friend, travel all over the country, mama three babies, teach myself graphic design, build a business and decide I wanted to write books and teach women the Bible...I'd have called you cray cray.

It took me a long time to understand that God doesn't waste talent & He doesn't bypass His plans because we screw things up. We are not powerful enough to wreck the plans that the Almighty God of creation has had laid out since the beginning of time. 

My goal here? To encourage all women-regardless of what they've done or where they've been-to step up and step into the divine role that God has for their lives. Because, despite what they may think: THEY ARE WORTH IT.

part of my story

01

build our dream home

02

take a trip to the holy land

03

foster and adopt a child

04

live completely debt free

05

write a best selling novel

06

visit all 50 US states

CURRENT COUNT:
37 | 50

07

maintain a career as a author/speaker

08

visit all seven continents

09

do something worth remembering

my Bucket List

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Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.

luke 7:47 nkjv

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Want to get to know me better? I hang on Instagram a lot...I share bits and pieces of our life and insight into what the Lord is teaching me. I'd love to get to know you so come say, "Hi!"

@courtney.e.kirkland