The South came with me wherever I went…my manners, my palette, my accent, my appreciation of humidity. -Allison Glock
I was born and raised in the great state of Alabama. Where religion and football are often intertwined, we don’t wear white after labor day, and “Bless your Heart” is the worst insult anyone can give. It’s an area where family ties run deep, the tea is sweet & the air is thick with the humidity that lingers year round.
Looking back on my life, I thank God that I was born and raised a southerner. Everything I learned and all of who I am, I credit to my heritage and southern roots. My daddy worked (and still works) a blue collar job all of my life and my mom stayed home to raise her babies. Big hair bows, beauty pageants, college football and softball all merged together to make me who I am.
As far back as I can remember, I have been doing something creative: coloring, drawing, writing, or concocting something from fabric scraps and pipe cleaners. I have been a creative soul from day one.
How I became a Designer
In 2008, when I was pregnant with our oldest son, the military packed our family up and moved us to Tampa, Florida. Knowing that our families wouldn’t be able to be as much a part of my pregnancy as I wanted, I decided to start a blog. The Kirkland Family Blog was born on blogger in April 2008. Being the creative sort that I am, I couldn’t stand the fact that my little space on the internet wasn’t pretty. One day, on a whim, I decided to reach out to a designer whose work I found absolutely beautiful and the same style of the work that I was hoping to have for myself. I inquired about a web design, only to learn that her price was way above what our non-rate military pay check would allow. Instead of leaving it at that, she made a comment that forever changed the course of my future: “You could totally learn to do this on your own! You should give it a try!”
In January 2011, after moving our family all the way across the country to Kodiak, Alaska…I bit the bullet and bought my first domain with self-hosted WordPress. Then, I bought the Genesis Framework, my first child theme & Photoshop Elements. A few months later, in June 2011, Media Mom Creative was born. For three years, I created over 500 custom web designs for businesses all over the world, changing my name from Media Mom Creative to Courtney Kirkland Design Studio.
In 2014, we left Kodiak, Alaska and I thought that I wanted to leave my business behind as well. I closed up shop and joined forces with Lauren Gaige of Restored 316 as her Creative Marketing Director. I worked with her for a little over two years before deciding that I was ready to be my own boss again and get back to doing what I was most passionate about: building brands & websites for other small businesses at a price a that they can afford on a start up budget.
Which brings us to today…
Welcome to Sweet Southern Media.