ABOUT KAYLEON DORTCH-ELLIOTT
I am a wife to my amazing husband, André, and we are parents to our beautiful baby girl, Ariah. As you browse the site, you may find that I do a lot. And while we are often recognized more for our doing, I wouldn't be doing anything, effectively at that, if I disregarded my being. As I consider legacy, even at a young age, I have adopted this quote by Maya Angelou:
"I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous women, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being."
I was inspired by my family's experience in the NICU after giving birth prematurely (almost 3 months early) in May of 2019. I did not plan on being an advocate, especially this early. However, after spending 43 days with our daughter in the NICU, I knew something had to be done. In the Fall of 2019, I created The 45-Day Keepsake Journal for NICU Mamas, which has been internationally recognized, donated to, and purchased by various organizations to include: Colourful Beginnings (UK), Medical Moms of NICU (Arkansas), Them Too Foundation (Maryland), Oliver's Little Warriors (Missouri), Mommy's Miracle by Little Palms Press (Florida), and Christmas in the NICU (Utah). Not too long after, I was chosen to participate in Women on the TEDx Stage. Upon graduation, I was nominated to present my idea worth spreading, Not All Motherhood Is Treated Equally, at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Additionally, I was invited to audition for TEDxNCState in Raleigh, North Carolina. I actively seek opportunities to share our story, raise awareness, and advocate for family-integrated care and in-house mental health support for NICU families.
One Day At A Time: Remaining in Step
Planner: For Everyone
45-Day Keepsake Journal for NICU Mamas
Your Week: A Planner for NICU Moms
I have had the pleasure of writing and speaking on various platforms throughout the years as a blogger, panelist, podcaster, keynote speaker and minister. Guest appearances include Hand to Hold, Live OUT LOUD Podcast, Imperfectly Ambitious Podcast, Finding Your Village Podcast, Everyday Miracles Podcast, The Becca Rich Wellness Channel, The Ashley and Grace Podcast Show, Shouting About the Silence Podcast, Girl You Are Worth It Conference, Godly Vibes Only Podcast, Real Talk April Podcast, The Angel & Tina Morning TV Show, and 729 Cape Pulpit in South Africa. I have written articles for magazines based in the US and UK and was invited by British entrepreneur and fashion designer, Samanah Duran, to interview for BEYOUROWNUK Magazine.
As the founder of By Grace Not Perfection LLC, I assist individuals and businesses with their personal, brand, and network development through consulting and design services. Clients are guaranteed to move from idea to implementation, and our slogan is: "Once a client. Always a friend." I am a member of the Wix Partner Program and was awarded the Pioneer badge for Web Design in August 2020! The BGNP brand is an all-inclusive community with international podcast My Sentiments Exactly, an online store, free mobile app, webinars, resources, and the “Grace Together" Community here. Download the BGNP mobile app on your Apple or Android device.
I graduated in 2018 with a BA in Christian Ministry from Regent University (Virginia Beach) and am a candidate for the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree.
The message behind BGNP is one that stresses grace over the constant pressure and demand to be perfect. I strongly believe that in the places we'd least expect it, the message of grace reaches all of us.