Creative Diaries | Local Milk | Interviewed by Breanna Rose

Beth Kirby is the jack of all trades behind Local Milk, which is precisely why I thought it would be intriguing to take a look behind her hectic schedule. On any given day, she could be writing, creating tasty recipes, styling shoots, and photographing. ALL with much talent. And as a bonus, her pinterest is carefully curated and beautiful to get lost in. For this creative diary entry, she was to focus on one single work day and answer a few simple questions about the good, the bad, and the inspiring. This is what happened, truthfully.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT YOU DID THIS MORNING : The first thing I do every morning is check my email on my phone. It could say it’s a horrible habit, but I have trouble getting up in the mornings (not a morning person *at all*, I’m a night owl), and my email usually gets my brain turning enough that I’m shaken out of the lull of sleep. So while there are probably more peaceful ways to start the day, I jolt myself awake with that. And it works. After using the chaos of my inbox like a shot of espresso, I then go about the very different business of calming, centering, and focusing. I’m partial to a piece of fluorite these days, and I usually meditate on an Elder Futhark rune with my crystal in my lap before doing a few sun salutations. Then it’s off to the shower.

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DESCRIBE ONE CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED : While everyday presents a unique set of challenges, I find that they are usually within the same vein for me. We all have weak spots, and one of my biggest is perfectionism. Every day I find myself beating off procrastination born out of that perfectionism…when you feel like you have to do something perfectly, even the most mundane, simple task can become daunting! For me that’s everything from doing the dishes to responding to a quick email. I find days go best when I build “just do it” momentum. Which means I just start doing things and that energy snowballs. There are also always the unique challenges of freelancing. I usually have so many projects up in the air at once, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, lost, and really scattered under the pressure of multiple deadlines. So time management, prioritizing, and making time for myself are all challenges I face every single day. Deadlines are, in the end, one of the biggest challenges in my life and arguably the bane of my existence. They are not my strong suit.

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DESCRIBE ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU ACHIEVED : I think my biggest accomplishment today was making time for the spiritual side of my being even though I had/have so many work obligations. It’s easy to say “I don’t have time”, but there’s always time for the things that make everything else possible. Without tending to my psyche & serenity, I can’t truly attend to anything else. So every day I manage to do that, it’s my biggest accomplishment. Well, that and I did make a pretty delicious mushroom galette…

DESCRIBE ONE THING YOU LEARNED : I learned that my stress affects other people. You’d think that would be a given, but I’m one of those people that sometimes struggles to see how my mental state is touching the lives of people who care about me. Managing stress & anxiety are high priorities in my life, but I always thought it was just for my own sanity. Now I also have love of others to motivate me because I realize their lives are also more peaceful when I’m not running through life in a frantic mode.

Creative Diaries | Local Milk | Interviewed by Breanna Rose

WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU DID FOR WORK : The last thing I did for work today was clean the kitchen. After everything is said and done—the recipe cooked, written, styled, photographed, uploaded, and edited—I’m then left exhausted & usually with a messy kitchen. I don’t always manage get it back to perfect, but I try really hard to stay on top of it. My kitchen is everything from my office to my studio to, well, my kitchen! It’s rarely perfectly clean but my day doesn’t start very well if I don’t clean it up a bit the night before.

Creative Diaries | Local Milk | Interviewed by Breanna Rose

AND JUST FOR FUN, DID YOU EAT ANYTHING TASTY : Yep! That mushroom galette. By the time the day was done, I’d eaten half of it! It was a flaky, buttery short crust full of fennel, shallots, oyster & shiitake mushrooms, herbs de Provence, and Dancing Fern, which is the most amazing camembert style cheese made right here in Chattanooga by Sequatchie Cove Creamery. The recipe will be, of course, available on the blog in the coming week!

  1. Love this series! These photographs are really beautiful, it’s nice to look into her day. I’m busy swooning over all the treats on the Local Milk site right now. Wow.

    • breanna says:

      I know, right!? It’s making me want to become a master in the kitchen, but I’m not sure I ever will, ha. Definitely some good recipes over there. :) xx.

  2. Charlotte says:

    Lovely post, I’m really enjoying this series!x

    Charlotte |

  3. Kelly Brito says:

    I guess I’m 5lb heavier, just by looking at the beautiful photos at the Local Milk’s blog. Seriously, what a beauty (the blog, the content, the photos)…

  4. Grace says:

    This was so peaceful to read!

    • breanna says:

      I totally agree with you. I’ve been following Beth for awhile and don’t think I realized how much importance ( and time ) she puts into her spiritual side, which was so interesting to read. And yes, so calming. Makes me think I need to do something of my own like that!

  5. Ruth says:

    Oooooooo, thanks for introducing us to Beth’s website! I LOVE it – I’ll certainly be following this one!!

  6. Jensen says:

    Ah, Beth is such an inspiration! So happy you brought her on to share :)

  7. I just adore Beth and this interview made me love her all the more. I too battle that perfectionist procrastination mode. It’s so hard to get things done when you are worrying that you aren’t getting things done perfectly.

  8. Danielle says:

    Such insight! I especially love how she’s realized taking care of her stress isn’t a selfish thing. “Their lives are also more peaceful when I’m not running through life in a frantic mode.” This is such an important point to recognize and comfort ourselves with when we feel guilty for setting aside time for ourselves.

    And, for the record, I voluntarily get lost in Beth’s Pinterest on a daily basis :)

    • breanna says:

      Yes! I identified to this so much as well, because it’s very true. Stress shows and can really change the energy of wherever you are at that moment. Love this thought. :)

  9. Quyen says:

    Thanks for introducing me to Beth’s blog. I love the rustic foods! Beautiful photos!

  10. Carolyn says:

    This is such a thoughtful and insightful series. It’s so interesting to see how other people work. I can definitely relate to feeling like everyday mundane tasks are such a huge deal mainly because I’m a perfectionist.

  11. amber says:

    this is great! I really love her blog.. thanks for the introduction to it. she’s a great writer, and photographer! love this series :)

  12. I discovered Beth Kirby with her Pinterest, I mean, who doesn’t follow her, really ??
    And she seems to be such an interesting person, the one that you’d like to have coffee with. I love how she invented her job by taking everything that she loves doing and started doing it for a living. It’s such an inspiring story. And I think we DO need successful stories like that once in a while.

  13. Hayley says:

    Wowza I can relate to so much of what she shared there! Recently learnt the value in taking care of myself. And it is hugely reassuring to know that others have the same procrastination from perfectionism issue I do – (it so does effect the little things doesn’t it?!) – It is inspiring to see the beautiful work she still produces! Love this series by the way x

  14. Kadie says:

    Keep posting these creative diaries. I LOVE them!

  15. ashley says:

    i love that she addresses the perfectionism/procrastination piece. this is something i struggle with on a daily basis, especially with the freedom in schedule that a freelance lifestyle can bring. i love that she just gets going and lets the momentum carry her from one task to the next. motivating and peaceful, all at once.

  16. Alecia says:

    loved reading this. She is one of my favorite pinners and such a talented woman. My perfectionist self keeps me from doing many things – it is encouraging to know I am not the only one that deals with this.

  17. Sally says:

    Such a great and inspiring series Breanna! Please keep em’ coming!

  18. I love the idea of my kitchen being my office, I’m a little envious. These images and the portal to Beth’s everyday work is inspiring, thank you for sharing!

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