Thank you so much for stopping by. I am SO excited about the launch of my new website and finally writing my first blog. This has been such a long time coming! I am excited to share with you just how I got here and the journey along the way. By all means, owning a business is a marathon, not a sprint, and I can't wait to see what the next leg of this race has to hold.
My name is Meagan Kirby and I have always loved to craft and make things with my hands. I have always been the type that wanted to make my own decorations, my own gifts, literally anything I could make, I'd do it. Every Christmas I always asked Santa for some new crafting toy (and a babydoll of course)! When I became engaged on July 7, 2012 to my high school sweetheart, Austin Kirby, it was no surprise that I couldn't wait to get started on making every single aspect of our wedding myself. It was while making our wedding invitations that I realized I had a real love for paper and all of the different possibilities it held. After getting married on November 2, 2013 and returning from our honeymoon (pleaaasseeee take me back to Jamaica!!!!) I had so many family and friends recommend that I start my own business, so I started an Etsy shop called She Said Yes. SYS included so many different products because I just loved to craft ALL the things! However, I decided in 2015 that paper and stationery was my true love, so I changed the name to The Invitation Loft and solely started to focus on invitation design.
While trying to grow my business I was also working a full time job in insurance. While I LOVED the people I worked with and the friends I had made, I was constantly day dreaming of the day I would be able to do what i truly loved, full time. Some days it was so exhausting trying to run my own business and work an 8-5 while still trying to keep up a household and spend time with my husband. There were nights I would stay up until 2 and 3 in the morning, pack up my stuff, get a few hours of sleep, then head to work. On my lunch break I would work on orders as fast as I could and scarf down something to eat. I seriously had the best co workers because on their own lunch breaks, they would help me as well. I couldn't have made it through those three years without them.
On December 19, 2016, after 16 months of trying, fertility meds, and lots of prayers, we found out we were expecting. We were so excited and couldn't wait to meet our sweet bundle. It was then that I started praying for the opportunity to stay at home, raise my boy, and really be able to focus on my own business. Rance Austin Kirby was born on August 22, 2017 and was 7lb 13oz of pure perfectness. I was so excited for this new journey and for God's faithfulness. On November 11, 2017, I called my boss and told her I would not be coming back from maternity leave. It was scary, my heart was racing, yet I was at peace all at the same time. I knew that this was the plan God had for me. Fast forward a little bit and that "day dream" I had wasn't quite what I thought it would be. Rance HATED sleep. He had the hardest time sleeping at night and just flat out hated naps. It was a very long 10 months until he finally started sleeping through the night. All my energy had been spent on keeping up with him and napping with him because it was the only time either of us would sleep. I became discouraged and even told my mom that maybe God was telling me to focus on being a mom and let my business go for now. I didn't understand it and I was heartbroken, but God knew I needed to go walk at the lake with my mom that day and that I needed her advice. We talked for a while and a new sense of energy and excitement came over me, I knew exactly what I needed to do.
I started working on new designs and a new plan for 2019. I started praying like I had never prayed before. I caught myself worshiping while I painted my office and just talking to God about the dreams I had and the promises he had given me. All of that preparation and prayer led to this. This website, this blog, this new season of life. I am so excited to see what 2019 has in store for me, my business, and my family. I know that God has a plan for me. Every day when I pray, I tell him that I KNOW he gave me this passion, desire, and talent for a reason. 2019 WILL BE MY YEAR. I will finally begin to live every aspect of that 'day dream.' I hope you will follow along and be a part of this crazy dream of mine.