Megan H. Kelly
Occupation ▪ Graphic Designer, Creative Director of Encounter Church & Founder of Baton Rouge Mompreneurs
Husband ▪ Trey Kelly
Children ▪ Kadynce, 6, and Kensley, 2
Hobbies ▪ Editing videos, graphic design,
“Enjoy the moment and just breathe,” are brilliant words of advice that mom of two, Megan Kelly lives by each day. Her love of life, infectious smile, and excitement of learning (especially about all things techy!) are just a few of the reasons why she’s such a stellar person and mom. In everything she does, Megan puts her family first, which is why being a mompreneur is so important to her. And now as the founder of Baton Rouge Mompreneurs, she’s on a mission to prove that moms really can do it all.
Tell me about your daughters.
M: Kadynce is 100 percent me, in every aspect. She is happy, outgoing, and like my brother says about me, “too much!” Kensley is so funny. She is excitement, at all times. She’s energetic and curious, and she keeps us on our toes.
What do you like to do as a family?
M: We like to play games, go on walks. Our most fun time is when we are riding to church on Sundays. We have a little worship time warmup in the car. We try to do things that keep us talking and keep us interacting.
What’s the greatest thing about being a mom?
M: Every single day is the best day ever, even on the bad days. Knowing you’re making a difference in the world, and that these two children are underneath your care and God has given them to you to mold them and pour wisdom and everything into them, it’s awesome.
What brought you to start Baton
M: I wanted a place where moms could connect. To have chosen to start your own business, you are mostly doing it for your kids. Whether you want to show them they can be anything they want or if you want to free up your schedule, so you can prioritize them first. Having this community where you’re encouraging and empowering them as mothers and business owners and giving them tools to help them run their business, it was a space that was needed.
How do you find the balance between work and family time?
M: I think balance is determined by you and what works for you because balance for you might not be the same as it works for me. I try to get enough sleep and wake up, and if I am breathing and everyone else is breathing, then somehow I have balanced everything.
What kind of mom are you?
M: Hopefully present. Just there in the moment for them. I think that is where the balance thing happens because even if you’re there, sometimes your brain is never stopping. I’m just trying to focus and be present.
What advice do you give your children?
M: Be a leader, not a follower. You are a child of God, you are beautiful inside and out, and you do what’s right regardless. You lead people in the right way.
What’s your favorite family game to play?
M: Truth or Dare. We played recently and my husband asked Kadynce about a boy, and we were like, “Why do we play this game? Take it back! Just do Dare!” It’s fun to get to know them and learn more about them and vice versa.
Do you have any advice for other parents?
M: Be involved, be knowledgeable, and don’t be ignorant. Know what’s happening in your kids’ lives. With my parents, there wasn’t anything in my life that they didn’t know about. They were always so involved, and now with the social media age, it’s hard to keep up. But if we don’t, we lose our hold. You have to stay involved.
What are some things you want to do that are still on your bucket list?
M: Change the world and go to Africa, and I want my husband to work full time from home with me. I don’t know if that’s his goal, but it’s certainly mine.
What do you keep on your nightstand?
M: My Bible and so many things for the kids. There’s Barbies, you know, anything I can grab that is kid friendly and causes silence. My notebooks, too, because I like to write down everything in my head before I go to bed.
What did you have as a child that kids today don’t have?
M: More opportunity for social interaction. We didn’t have all of these distractions in our hands. When we went to restaurants, we had to get creative. When we were on long rides, we had to find ways to entertain ourselves.
Which family members have been your greatest role models?
M: My parents. I don’t like to be in environments where there isn’t happiness and peace because growing up, we saw our parents argue one time. There was always peace in our home, and now that I am married and have kids and see the little things that can come up, I respect them for that so much. They taught us to talk things out when we had disagreements.
How important is it for moms to realize they can do it all?
M: It’s everything because you are equipped for the life that you have. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with things, but God created me to be able to handle the things that are within my realm. I already have everything within me to raise these kids and run this business, I just have to tap into that.
What advice do you often give to other moms?
M: What my mom gives me: Just breathe. Enjoy the moment and just breathe. It’s going to work out, it’s going to be okay. ■
In my fridge, you will always find…peanut butter and jelly.
Favorite movie growing up…The Sound
My guilty pleasure is…chocolate
Music I’m loving…Tasha Cobbs.
My favorite ice cream is...orange sherbert.