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Meet Courtney

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.

owner + designer + brand strategist

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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             n 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.

But, I'd venture to say that my Granny is to blame for my entrepreneurial spirit. As far back as I can recall, the woman was a mad salesperson. I only got 16 years with her before she passed, but in those years I remember that she did some of everything. She was a security guard at the county jail, selling insurance, running a Christian book store, working at place that made fishing tackle, to turning profit her first year of owning a nearly bankrupt Gas Station & Bait Store. My Granny was a boss, y'all.

We used to laugh and tell her she could sell the Bible to Jesus himself. She was more than just a good salesperson...she was business savvy and people friendly. When she purchased the Bait Store up at the Lake, it was in pitiful state—dirty, dilapidated and poorly stocked. How the owners were keeping it open I will never know. We all saw it as a lost cause, but my Granny saw what it could be and set out to make it so. Six months later, the place was in top shape, well stocked and breaking even. She turned a five-figure profit her very first year.

Granny knew how to run a business. She knew that the closest place for the locals to purchase groceries was 30 minutes away. Rather than just assuming that they'd figure out a way to get what they needed, she brought what they needed to them by stocking her store full of every day household things like soap, shampoo and toilet paper. Pretty soon, the locals were foregoing their 30 minute drive to the Walmart in lieu of shopping with my Granny—even when that meant they'd be paying a little more.

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If you had told me ten years ago that I would marry my best friend, travel all over the country, mama three babies and fall in love with a graphic design thanks to the Brick Breaker computer game and a professor who taught in his socks...I'd have called you cray cray.

My goal as a designer is to pull a Granny: take something that you may see as broken and a total lost cause and bring it back to life. I want to take your brand and your business and breathe life back into it. I want to bring you what you need—

A brand identity that sets you apart, draws in your ideal customer and leaves an impression that will keep people coming back again and again and again.

Meet Tracee

In 2005 I married my best friend. Since then, we have been blessed with two beautiful daughters and one angel son.

I'm very passionate about using the gifts and talents God has given me to help and be a blessing to my clients. I truly enjoy meeting people and connecting with them. My kids give me a hard time about always running into people and talking too long!

I'm always trying to learn new things and am excited to be on the journey I am, I thank the Lord for the incredible blessings He has given me.

My name is tracee larson.

designer + web hosting extraordinaire

At least a few quality minutes in the Word
2-3 Cups of Coffee
French Fries whenever I can get them
One of my Favorite Podcasts
Fuzzy Socks for my always cold feet

Bible
Coffee, Kitty & Jesus
Water bottle
Christian music, especially Lauren Daigle
Hugs from my kids

a few daily essentials

there's a 99% chance these items are a part of any design that we create

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