Beth Kirby | Creative Business

Nomadic Photographer & Cook
🎙Host @RawMilkPodcast
🌿Teaching creatives to build social platforms & lives they love!
💛 @Matthewlud
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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

A lot of you that are new here might not even know that before anything, I'm a cook.

For me cooking is the one creative thing I can do even when I'm down and out. When I don't have the energy to style or blog or write, I find not just solace but energy in the kitchen.

My cookbook is 3 weeks away from written and a year away from hitting shelves. And of all the things I've done this year, it has been the quietest. But also the most important.

When I started Local Milk in April of 2012 my biggest dream was to write a cookbook. I tabled that dream for 6 long years because I didn't want it to just be a book I wrote because I could. I wanted it to be something I wrote because I had something to give. If I'd written it four years ago, when I first had the chance, it would be different. It would be poetic recipes that few people could make at home. It would have been an ode to the south. And to an ideal even I can't measure up to. It would have been lovely. But the book I've given myself to this year is more humble than that.

It's dreams that can be done. It isn't aspirational, at least I hope not. It's what we actually make and eat. Practical magic. It is an ode to who I wish I was. It a testament to who I am. All the stories and travels rolled into everyday life. To nachos and tacos and lattes and bowls.

I know it's a year out (2019!) but I hope you all are as excited as I am. It's been 6 years in the making. 2 years of sleeves rolled up. A lot of being honest about how I really cook (I've only ever foraged for sassafras once...), and written with the hope that we can all care just a bit more about the stuff we put into our body. The stuff that fuels creativity and business and all of that. Food is magic. #eatmoremagic


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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

Happy slow weekending, friends! I'm currently in my old stomping grounds of Nashville (a sweet little surprise trip from @matthewlud!) with my dearest friends @tifforelie & @rebekkaseale (who also both happen to be wildly talented—if you don't already follow them, do it now for endless inspiration!)

And I am doing all the girl stuff. Blowout? Check. 💅🏻? Check! Now all I need is some shopping at @shopgoodwin and dinner (fingers crossed for a table!) at @goodasfolk.
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Certain seasons of life call us to some honest self reflection, and what I've learned lately is that while ambition and passion are beautiful things, if we aren't careful striving can consume us. It's so important to dream. But also to wake up and realize so many of your dreams are reality already, to practice gratitude for all that you already have. For me that's true friends, a healthy family that loves me, a career I love, and the dopest community this side of the Internet (yep, that's you guys!)
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What are you grateful for? The only thing that could make today even better is seeing the comment section turn into a gratitude-fest! •



#livemoremagic #gratitude #thehappynow #livethelittlethings #postthepeople #seekthesimplicity #theartofslowliving #finditliveit #bedeeplyrooted #calmversation


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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

Dispatches from summer. I used to always say when the storm comes, just hold on to the mast as tight as you can.
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Today I'm far from beaches, lagoons, and bays. Far from lime, coconut, smoke, and sweet crustaceans. Far from azure, aquamarine, and turquoise.
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Today I'm back at work from my leave of absence—250 emails deep, inspired, virtually trembling with a mix of nerves and excitement, and ready. But also with a new found appreciation for only working business hours & business days. A new found appreciation of the fact that however long you take—whether you merely bide your time or need to step away—that it will all be there waiting for you.

I promise if you stay in your lane, stay true to your ethos & values, serve with your whole heart, and accept your humanity & the humanity of others that even when things don't seem to be going your way whether it's in business / career or your personal life...if you hang on to the mast of your faith (and we embrace ALL faiths here) & principles, you will survive to see blue skies. Battered but wiser and stronger. And more prepared the next time clouds roll in.
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If the sun is shining in your life, remember to make hay and give thanks. If it's storming, hang on. No storm ever lasted forever. Comment your life's weather today in emojis if you aren't the sharing sort or share more so we can use this little community to support one another. Me today? 🌤



#passionpassport #virgingorda #iamatraveler #takemethere #alwaysgo #livemoremagic #localmilkabroad #sailinglife #sailboat #worlderlust #wanderlusters #localmilkpresets


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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

Some end of summer table inspiration from my Sweden retreat table at @hotelstelor with @leantimms & @studio_neon many, many moons ago.

I'm planning our Labor Day table around what's in the fridge and pantry—ripe watermelon, fresh basil, spicy arugula, leftover sourdough & heirloom tomato soup, half a fennel bulb & loads of fronds, avo, scallions, a block of haloumi, a few tablespoons of skyr, loads of lemons & shallots (always) and some crunchy cukes & radishes.
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I started my blog Local Milk from a passion for cooking and as I slowly ease back into work from resting & regenerating in August, it's the easiest place to start. I always notice myself coming back to life from the natural periods of ups & downs that are both part of life as a human and living with bipolar (which if you didn't know I live with you can hear more about on the @rawmilkpodcast and on @me_and_orla's podcast Hashtag Authenic—just search for the "crazy creatives" episode!)
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When I start to dream up recipes and find myself no longer content to microwave a quesadilla, I know things are trending upward. It's been this way my whole life. Cooking as the canary in the mine—if I can cook or write recipes, I'm good.
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And my favorite way to write recipes and cook is to "shop my kitchen", to start with what I already have and brain storm ways to create a dish or meal out of it. It's a great way to prevent food waste, and it might just spark a genius idea! I'm currently thinking I'll add some of the melon to the leftover tomato soup to make a sweet & savory gazpacho and do some sort of avo/haloumi/melon poke Buddha bowl! Cooks out there...what would you do with my leftovers?! This is my favorite game. 😊



#livemoremagic #mycommontable #onthetable #tablescape #tablestyling #localmilkretreat #eatmormagic #flashesofdelight #beautifulmatters #lifeandthyme #calmversation


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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

One more (and I can't promise it will be the last) of my 2 year old birthday babe (and my jazzed up store bought cake!) I was away from her for two weeks, and it felt like an eternity! But we're back together and doing alllll the end of summer things (🍅🍉🐴🚤🏊🏻‍♀️🌻)
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Today we had a pony party (okay technically it was an Arabian horse...) complete with chickens & goats climbing on the picnic table, and now we're making cold tomato soup & an herbacious, creamy, crunchy green salad (both of which will be in my cookbook...2019!)

One of things I've learned in life is simply this: it can wait. It can all wait. Slow living means good things take time. It means patience. Sometimes it's better to take a year to do something that could be done in 6 months but at great cost to every other area of your life. Don't try to push the river. Just float.
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Because right now it's time for tomato, pool, and pony rides...along with recording, writing, and finishing up the cookbook. Slowly.
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Balance is achieved only when we know how much each part of our life weighs, and my family, my husband & this girl, weigh more than everything else combined. And as well as the islands treated @matthewlud & I, we are so happy to be home.
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#livemoremagic #eulaliewilla #twoyearsold #livethelittlethings #birthdaygirl👑 #pursuepretty #onthetable #theartofslowliving


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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

We've arrived. And the islands are everything I dreamed they would be. Serene, slow, and a balm to the soul.
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I've been lucky enough to be able to take 6 weeks off of work and escape to the islands when I needed to. But it isn't really just luck. Over the past six years, I've worked to build a brand, team, and community that would allow me to truly live slow, explore the world, and take care of myself & my family with my creative work & teaching.
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I built it on an ethos of honesty, authenticity, and straight realness in the good times and the bad. And I promise you that will never change. And for those of you out there building your creative brands on social media, I want to encourage you to think hard about what you want to stand for.
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Will you stand for the bottom line? Will you stand for metrics at any cost? Or will your brand stand for something more? I promise you that if you stand for something more than metrics or money, your brand will be stronger for it.
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Always remember the 1000 true fans theory: that all you need is to sell $100 of your work to 1000 people a year to clear 6 figure revenue and make a great living. Focus on serving your community & staying true to your values and you cannot fail. #livemoremagic #virgingorda


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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

Headed to St. Thomas today and then on to Tortola tomorrow where we'll pick up the boat...I can't even begin to say how excited & grateful I am to be doing this, my favorite thing in the world, with my favorite person in the world, @matthewlud.
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I've been writing the next podcast episode, and it's all about how to "get over fear and just start", and spoiler alert...the secret is to not expect to get over fear. To do things that scare you. Over time, they won't be scary anymore.
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Nothing worthwhile in life is easy. Your creative dreams, love, honesty, parenthood—the best things in life will make you vulnerable, will make you work, and will form and shape you into an even more resilient, compassionate, strong person if you let them.
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Our job is to do the work. To look for the lesson. To be honest about our fear. And leap anyway. The magic is in the journey—every part of it. #livemoremagic


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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

Paradise bound. On @matthewlud & my first ever Eula free vacation, which has been an odyssey of reconnection, tomorrow we head towards my favorite place on earth, the British Virgin Islands.
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We're spending our time there on a charter boat, just us and a captain, drifting island to island, regenerating in the blue. Which I apparently need more than I knew...
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Today, in an overly ambitious attempt to "prepare" I had a facial laser treatment (ouch) and then proceeded (sorry for the TMI...) to wax #allthethings (super ouch)... welp.. long story short mid-leg wax my hands went numb and then paralyzed into weird claws. They called 911. And...it was a panic attack. Apparently triggered by my day of "no pain no gain" beautification and the recent stress. The EMTs were cool as cucumbers. I left a really good tip.
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I'm sharing this because it's kind of hilarious but was super scary at the time. I had no idea paralyzed hands could be a symptom, and I think this is a thing people should know! I thought it was a seizure or stroke or who knows. Has anyone else ever experience this or known anyone who has?
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The body knows. Make sure to listen to yours. I'm going to enjoy every second of this scene. #livemoremagic


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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

My forest sprite, #eulaliewilla, a week ago on her 2nd birthday exploring her new teepee that @petalinefloral decked out with flowers.
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I miss this little person so much. As parents and also as entrepreneurs, it's easy to put everything before ourselves. The guilt and internal whispers of "selfish, selfish, selfish" so many of us suffer when we turn to tend ourselves can be crippling.
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But the cliché is true: you have to put your own oxygen mask on first. Trust me, I tried not to. It didn't work. Spectacular failure.

So today, I hope we can all give ourselves permission to do what we need whether it's that massage, that cup of tea, that bath, that quiet time reading, that walk, that date night, or that vacation...to give ourselves kindness & grace & compassion. And most of all permission: to want, need, feel, fail, to be human.
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For me that looks like listening to more Rocky Horror than I have in 20 years (🤷🏻‍♀️) and running to the ocean where I plan to float face down and breath (aka snorkel). Because that is where I feel the most peace. Sun dappling through water & floating.
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And then I'm gonna go home and hug this baby and be the mama I want to be.


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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

Thank you. Simply thank you. To all of you beautiful people who have sent letters, words of encouragement, prayers, thoughts, and kindness my way: thank you with all of my heart.
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You are why I do what I do. You are my community, and I am so deeply grateful there are no words. And to all of you out there who have grieved or are grieving and shared in solidarity: thank you especially.
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I have decided, with the loving support of friends & family (and a couple of therapists too!) to not delete but rather archive my grief here on social media. While I continue to work and heal personally, here I'm looking to the future, to becoming the woman I was meant to be through hardship making me stronger and to creating more for you. And I'm so excited for all that is to come & for you all to come on this journey with me!
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And especially thank you for respecting my privacy. It was impossible to not share that I was grieving (I'm terrible at faking anything!)—and because the matter is painful and private it is equally impossible to share what happened without hurting myself and others. As I have said, in case anyone missed it, the family is all in good health. And at the end of the day, that's all that matters. My deepest apologies for not being able to say more: I am truly sorry for any distress that may cause. It was never, ever my intention to upset anyone but rather to be as authentic as possible while still taking care of my own mental health. If I misstepped along the way and shared too much or too little, I apologize. There is no road map, and I'm awfully human at the end of the day.
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Even in the cave, the light peeks through. And I am about to travel to this literal spot over the next couple of days to feel the water lapping at my ankles. As I move forward with positivity, don't think I'm white washing. Know that rather I'm making a conscious decision to move on in this space. A million thank yous! #livemoremagic


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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

My baby turned two this month...so she gets two parties. We threw her a forest sprite party at home (photos of her new flower bedecked teepee coming soon!), and in a couple of weeks we're having a pony party so we can make all her horse riding dreams come true.
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While @matthewlud holds my hand on this healing trip, Eula is home with her grandparents, friends, and aunt & uncle. This is the longest I've ever been away from her.
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It's been so good to have a baby free space while I get back on my feet, but she is never far from our hearts, and it's getting to the point where I can hardly look at pictures of her I miss her so much.

Luckily I get great pictures of her at the pool with her cousin, playing at the lake, and having a proper Tennessee summer—she's in better than good hands with my family.
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And I know when I get back to her just in time to make her a real, homemade cake and take her horseback riding, I will be a much better mother for this time away. And in case you were wondering...
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I didn't have the energy to make her cake. This is from the Whole Foods. I just jazzed it up with a few @herriottgrace cake flags, a pink milk glass cake stand, and flowers (to hide how much I destroyed it transferring it from the box!!) Don't ever think anyone is perfect. Sometimes we all gotta just buy the cake...but I owe her a real one.
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#livemoremagic #birthdaycake #lifeandthyme #pursuepretty #livethelittlethings #flashesofdelight #notfromscratch #🎂


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Beth Kirby | Creative Business

Today has been a good day. The best so far. It's our last morning in Tulum on a journey that has begun to restore my soul. Today we head to Miami and then on to Tortola...

This was the first photograph I've taken in almost 2 months, of our "porch" for the past four days. Giving yourself permission & space to rest, heal, grieve, or whatever it is you need to do can be incredibly hard. But it's a skill I'm learning.

Tulum has seen me scream, cry, and break shit. It's also seen me laugh, kiss, swim, and sing Taylor Swift (badly, loudly) with the car windows down like a 16 year old.
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Tulum is more magical than I ever imagined—We ate our weight in ceviche and all the freshness at @hartwoodtulum and @arcatulum. Had chiliquiles in salsa verde for breakfast. And it seems like everyone is always playing my favorite songs—The Cure and the Velvet Underground were on repeat seemingly everywhere. If I could design a beach town, it would be Tulum.
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But there's a seaweed plague here at the moment, so we're leaving the hipster paradise (I mean let's call it what it is...) in search of clearer waters, literally.
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The BVI was devastated in Hurricane Irma last year, but we're headed there regardless because any time anyone has ever told me to close my eyes and go to my "happy place" it was the waters there...and supporting rebuilding feels appropriate at the moment.
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I'm so excited to create again, write again, record again, and give you guys everything I've got to help you build a life and business that is capable of supporting you when you can't support yourself when I return home. Because that's been a lifesaver! For people who want to know a bit more about me and my story up to this point (including some hard details about my past), you can listen to my story on my podcast via the link in profile. New episodes should be coming in September...finally!
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#takemethere #iamatraveler #tulummexico #tulum #passionpassport #alwaysgo #mytinyatlas


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