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.
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.
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.
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.
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!