Nomadic Photographer & Cook
Teaching creatives to build social platforms & lives they love!
Want to know why it's been quiet around here? Something BIG has had me preoccupied.
Aside from taking the odd stroll in the Japanese countryside & living my best udon & tempura fueled slow life in Kyoto...I've been working on the biggest thing I've ever made! A new course, Influence to Income: The Art of Instagram for Creative Entrepreneurs! It's a 5 week virtual retreat that's designed to transform lives, brands, and businesses. And it launches in 2 freaking weeks!!!!!!
If you've ever wished you could make it to a retreat but couldn't, ever wished you could learn how creatives like me (and likely lots of other people you follow!) have used Instagram to do what they love for a living, and—most importantly!—how you can do the same, then this is for you.
Because hi, my name is Beth Kirby. I'm an imperfect, crazy creative and Instagram changed my life. I'm able to roam hydrangea and cherry tree lined canals in Japan in my linen & straw hat uniform (I'm a creature of habit, what can I say!) because of what I learned about this app over the past six years.
So if you're keen to learn literally everything I know about making a living doing what you love and using social media to pave the way, click the link in profile and sign up for my newsletter to not miss it. Registration will only be open for one week!
New podcast! Meet @rebekkaseale, the multi passionate mama that has reinvented herself many times over and survived & thrived through hard things most of us can't imagine.
Rebekka has been a dear friend for years, and I'm so excited to share a very personal conversation with you all. Because she doesn't just share her entrepreneurial journey. She shares her journey to become a mother. I won't tell her story here because she opens up about it better than I ever could tell it, but suffice to say it was a long, hard journey. And if you are going through that, then you might resonate with her story.
Some summer table inspiration to take you into the weekend & inspire you to gather with people you love!
Because my hope for you is that you'll do more than look at pictures of your dream life on Instagram. My hope for you is that you'll go out there & live it!
Cause let's be honest: looking at pictures like this can make us feel like our mismatched plates & backyard BBQ don't measure up. But it shouldn't. Because this was a massive event produced by many pros over many days!
My private dinner parties don't look like this! And great food & great company are all I need. A pretty table is just being extra!
I want to help you grow a social platform for your creative dream. I want to help you make money with what you love. But most of all, I want to help you be content & fulfilled. And if you're falling prey to thinking the social media highlight reel is REAL, you aren't going to be happy.
If you woke up in your dream life where would you be? Who would be with you? How would you spend your days?
Those questions are more than a fun fantasy. The answer to those questions should direct how you spend your time, how you use social media, and the direction of your career.
Because I firmly believe your dreams are attainable no matter how big. So be kind to yourself & give yourself permission to stop calling them dreams and start calling them goals.
Because if this drop-out can wake up in this bed & live her crazy dream life between France, Japan, and the US then you can do it too. Cause I'm no special snow flake!
I just worked hard and figured out how to leverage social media to build a career doing what I love doing—being a nomadic photographer & cook and teaching others how to tell visual stories & use social media to build their dream careers.
The simplest hot weather snack for Summer in Kyoto...it's approaching 100 F this week.
Hiyayakko tofu. Sansho, shiso, scallion. Cold, creamy tofu with a shoyu sauce & bright herbs. Seriously a revelation. And obviously ridiculously easy (pour sauce on tofu, top with herbs, eat). I buy the sauce for it pre-made here in Japan, but we're working on a DIY recipe for the cookbook. And you can, of course, just use a good shoyu.
Japanese cooking is an unapologetic influence on this first cookbook of ours. But I'm already dreaming of writing the ultimate unapologetic Japanese cookbook both because I want to utilize all of my favorite Japanese ingredients (and demand you make a trip to your local Asian grocer or order stuff online...) *and* unapologetic because whatever I am, I'm sure as heck not Japanese. So a Japanese cookbook written by a total Japanese cuisine fan girl would be an interesting exercise in inauthentic. But I promise it'd be delicious.
@fil_studios is basically my dream house. One day when @matthewlud & I actually figure out once and for all where we want to put down roots, I'm going to be taking a lot of inspiration from this serene, simple showroom.
Oguni cedar. Copper details. Minimalist. Lots of light. I'm beyond enamored (obsessed?) with my Japan home dreams, even as I work 14 hour days in front of a computer and reward myself with Dim Sum (yes, I know that's Chinese food...), it still feels like a dream to just be here. I'm in love with Japan, infatuated. Rose colored glasses on repeat over here. Paris, you've got some competition.
And so excited and grateful that @emma_louise_sophia & my Marrakech Retreat sold out in less than 24 hours!
And all thanks to Instagram—thanks to my community... you! Which is so amazing! When I think about where my life was 6 years ago & I compare it to today the contrast is even more shocking than selling out that fast.
I had nothing but a hand me down camera. I had little money. No degree. No work experience. But I put one foot in front of the other and taught myself everything I know.
And it took forever. Photography. Editing. Styling. Social media. Marketing. Business. The learning curve was steep. I didn't roll out of bed and end up by this pool at @riad_up one day.
But you can. Okay. Not exactly. You have to work. And it does take some time. But I've had my head down (minus the odd KBBQ / dim sum / soba break!) this past week putting the finishing touches on Influence to Income : The Art of Social Media for Creative Entrepreneurs. Yeah. It's a mouthful. But I'm really excited about it and really proud of it. It's designed to shave years off of your progress & help you avoid the bonkzillion painful mistakes I had to make to get here.
Avo toast Japan style, version one. Avo + ponzu + sesame + kewpie mash with a crispy fried egg and furikake on milk toast. Made by @matthewlud. Ain't broke. I'll post a recipe if you want! Lemme know.
Next time maybe we'll try it with a ramen egg or a soy cured yolk. Also if you don't know what kewpie is, get thee self to the nearest Amazon.com and order a bottle. Or, if you're in Japan go to the store. But if you're in Japan, you already know what I'm saying to be true. And I don't care if you "hate mayonnaise". I hate mayonnaise too. This is nothing like the gelatinous jar of Kraft you grew up with. It's more like Dutch frittesaus but better still.
It's the secret ingredient to the perfect egg salad. Add it to boiled potatoes with a bit of flaky salt for the best two ingredient potato salad you've ever had. The literal secret sauce to the best sesame shabu shabu dipping sauce ever. The perfect creamy dressing base. Sandwich upleveler. Everything dip (from fries to bonito flakes).
As a mayo hater, I couldn't understand why the Japanese seemed to insist on squirting it on *everything*. Omelet? Squirt some mayo on it! Okonomiyaki (an insanely awesome "noodle pancake")? Mayo! Takoyaki (them be delicious octopus balls...kinda like hush puppies but more moist inside)? Definitely mayo! Oh me of little faith. Once I tried it, the scales dropped from my eyes.
"Snuggle puppy of mine, everything about you is especially fine." Hanging in hydrangeas with #EulalieWilla , my snuggle puppy, a quote from her favorite book.
Being an entrepreneurial mom isn't easy. I won't lie. But it is a blessing. Like a ridiculous privilege. A fellow mama @makennaheld is launching a course I think a lot of us could benefit from and identify with. It's all about designing your future.
Not an ad. Just really inspired by another mother & entrepreneur that works hard AF and brings her hard won lessons to us. She's someone I tune into. I listen up when @makennaheld of @lapeetchfr speaks.
Paris to Kyoto to Marrakech to Tennessee...the life we've built takes us all over the globe. And leaves me perpetually "home sick" for other places even when I love where I'm at!
But travel is in our blood and we wouldn't have it any other way. Currently I'm torn between Kyoto and Paris (this is a pic of Paris but I'm in Kyoto right now!), wishing I could
find a way to call them both home (and get fluent in Japanese & French while I'm at it! )
But I know that no matter where our crazy life takes us: our unit of three will always be home.
All this travel has me feeling really inspired for what 2019 has in store. I'm even thinking of leading a mastermind— @jennakutcher's has been a game changer for me! —and blending it with our destination retreats & slow living philosophy.
Our guests departed last week, and now my little family is hunkered down in our machiya in Kyoto as the typhoon rains pour in. I've worked two 14 hour days cross legged on tatami mats fueled by milk tea and punctuated by midday breaks with @matthewlud for amazing meals in hidden neighborhood restaurants like @pinyoshokudou , which we just discovered today.
Rain or no rain, I'm living my dream. We had nasu dengaku (miso eggplant) & white rice at home for supper and tested a super top secret onigiri recipe that's basically the perfect food. Bonus point for people trying to guess the filling in the comments!
Sometimes I find myself wondering how...how did I end up inhabiting this dream world?! And then I remember: oh wait, I know exactly how! Which is why I teach other creatives how to leverage social media & online business to do the same.
That's exactly what I've been doing during these 14 hour days—building out my soon to launch (it's coming at you July 30th!) e-course Influence to Income: The Art of Social Media for Creative Entrepreneurs. It's basically everything about IG that's allowed me to live a thriving location independent life with my sweet family all rolled up into a 4 week boot camp that a really ambitious person could probably crash course in a weekend. I'm reeeally proud of it. It's literally the cumulative of 6 years of work and trial & error. And it will be the cheapest course I've ever produced!