ABOUT KAYLEON DORTCH-ELLIOTT
hi, i'm kayleon!
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, I have adopted this quote by Maya Angelou:
"I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being."
work + education
I am a brand consultant, creative designer, author, and speaker. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, I worked as an administrative assistant intern for a consulting firm based in Elkridge, MD, doing much of the work I do now. As the founder of By Grace Not Perfection LLC, I assist entrepreneurs through branding services and virtual assistance, taking each client from idea to implementation. I am a member of the Wix Partner Program and was awarded the Pioneer badge for Web Design in August 2020!
I graduated in 2018 with a BA in Christian Ministry from Regent University (VA Beach) and I am currently a Master of Theological Studies Candidate.
The message behind BGNP is one that stresses grace over the constant pressure and demand to be perfect. It's important to remember grace in a culture that just says hustle. I strongly believe that in the places we'd least expect it, the message of grace reaches all of us.
author + speaker
One Day At A Time: Remaining in Step
Planner & Organizer: 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 Imperfectly Ambitious Podcast, Finding Your Village Podcast, The Becca Rich Wellness Channel, The We Rock Business Summit, The Angel & Tina Morning TV Show, 729 Cape Pulpit in South Africa, and more. 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.
I was inspired by my family's experience in the NICU after giving birth prematurely (almost 3 months early) in 2019. I did not plan on becoming an advocate, but after spending 43 days with our daughter in the NICU, I knew something had to be done to support other moms and families. 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). I have also made guest appearances on several platforms to share our story and raise awareness.