Beth Kirby is the creator behind the lifestyle and recipe blog, Local Milk. Her writings span from motherhood to travel, with a theme of living slower and savoring the moment. She focuses on "finding the sacred in the mundane and the beauty in daily life", which is something we could all use more of! Beth has an eye for capturing beautiful moments on camera and brings her blog posts to life with her descriptive words and honest musings. We're thrilled to feature her and hear more of her story! Read on to find out her photography + editing tips, advice for curating a lovely 'gram, and more.
I was a passionate cook & writer that had never touched a camera, but I decided I wanted to be a professional blogger & cookbook author, so I jumped in with both feet and taught myself photography, styling, and editing. I soon fell in love with visual storytelling and launched my brand, Local Milk, a food, travel, & lifestyle website & event company. I'm now writing my first cookbook and launching a podcast & e-course this year that will teach other creatives how to build their dream life too!
I decided to start when I was 28. I'd just dropped out of college for the umpteenth time. I was newly divorced, and just finally crawling out of the hole of depression that had put me in. I got healthy, and I needed a new direction for my life. So I looked to blogging, and I found not just my calling but my community there!
I define "slow living" as the time it takes to do anything well — whether that's your marriage, parenting, building a business, taking care of yourself, or experiencing life to the fullest. For me, it means a lot of saying no so I can say a very few, very important BIG yeses. I think a lot of people think slow living is all cups of tea, knitting, and baking bread from scratch. It can be that. But it can also be travelling the world and being an entrepreneur. So long as you're guarding your time for the important things to you, that's slow living to me. Not getting caught in the hustle and the world's expectations is slow living. Refusing to be busy, exhausted, and overwhelmed is slow living.
I make my bed! Okay, like 90% of the time anyway. I have a whole morning routine that I sometimes do bits and pieces of, and sometimes in its entirety. I try to meditate, do a few sun salutations, journal, have my detox elixir, have breakfast, tidy up (myself and my home!), and then get to work!
Such a tough question! Some of my favorite things I've written lately have been my Travel Guide to Paris (complete with a map you can use on your phone that has all the best Instagram spots in the city on it!) or my guide for parents for traveling with a baby under one (our daughter Eulalie has been to 10 countries before her first birthday!). My favorite recipes include a simple Lemony Kale Salad with Charred Tempeh, a Golden Coconut Cauliflower Soup, and my Rainbow Bowl with Slow Roasted Miso Salmon. I could so eat that last one right now!