I’ve taken the summer to slow down on social media, soak up life away from the screen from lazy afternoons in Luxembourg Gardens with my little to Sundays beneath linen sheets devouring books while my favorite record spins. Also gazpacho. I make so much gazpacho! But I’m starting to get those “Back to School” vibes and am getting SO excited about September...the doors to my flagship program “Influence to Income: The Art of Online Marketing for Creatives & Entrepreneurs” will be opening its doors once again with even more content including my brand new “6 Month Launch” coaching plan, the option to access an expanded version of my mini course “The Art of Iphoneography”, aaaand of course exclusive access to our insiders only Instagram account where I’ll give 4 weeks of tips, will do 4 live group coaching sessions, and will hang out to answer questions for the first 4 weeks! After that, baby bird’s gotta fly but students always have lifetime access to the course even once our time together is done! It isn’t for everyone (some of you just want to cook, wander, and slow down!) so I won’t yammer about it too much here (though expect me to shout from the rooftops during the one week it’s open! 😅) so if you don’t want to miss it (like I said, doors are only open one week in September!) either grab the freebie in my profile (my 5 must-have editing apps!) or just head to BethKirby.com to join the community and not miss it! I am SO excited for the new enrollment period and to share all the new strategies I’ve been learning (especially the ones that have allowed me to truly live slow yet still make an impact and a living!) ps. As always let me know your favorite edit in the comments? All done on my phone! #influencetooncome #passiontoprofit #risingtidesociety #createcultivate #livemoremagic
Time for another edition of “Pick Your Favorite Edit”! Swipe through the gallery to taste all the flavors of the editing rainbow & vote for your favorite in the comments! Swipe all the way through to see the original, iPhone shot! If you’re curious about the apps I use, don’t miss the free guide to my top 5 editing apps in the link in profile! They are all I used on these images. As per usual these were all edited on my phone. This time I was going for fun, surreal summer edits that remind me of the Polaroids & the Kodak disposable cameras of my teenage years. It’s definitely a departure from my usual style but as a creative I’m always experimenting & eventually evolving. We’ll see where my new found love of color & quirky, quick edits goes! Some of these are tooo extreme for my taste (# 6), and some toooo saturated for me (though that’s growing on me like #7), but I’m really loving more present blues, yellow greens, and a lot of soft texture. Really inspired by @ellegramm lately and her perfectly understated anachronistic vibe. I’m an analog girl at heart—film & vinyl feel so warm and comforting to me. Which makes me drawn towards digital work that has that analog feel. Though there really is no substitute for film. Anyone else longing to dust off their film camera these days? I know I am! If you have any favorite film camera body or film recs I’d love to hear them in the comments! I used to shoot on a little Pentax with Kodak film. Especially something lightweight and simple for fun summer shooting... #editgram #livemoremagic #parismaville #parisjetaime
Did you miss it? My free guide to the Top 5 Must-Have Editing Apps I use every single day to edit all my Instagram photos & stories is here! Click the link in profile to learn how I edit my photos on-the-go, make collages for stories, get beautiful fonts, film effects, magic light, and vintage style video! Because I’m a believer in slow, light weight living (a phrase borrowed from the always inspiring @hikarui_). A life lived laughing in lush Parisian courtyards, telling your secrets to people who love you in dark tabacs, slurping garlicky escargot at a bustling café, sitting sur le pave by the river having a simple picnic. Bike rides, summer swims, and taking too long to make breakfast. Not a life tethered to a screen, addicted to social media, too busy to bask. I’d rather be reading poetry, thumbing through the stacks at a vinyl store, braising a rabbit leg with fragrant fennel, watching my little girl run in the park, snuggling on the couch watching Stranger Things with @matthewlud. Not tuning the world out while I stare at a computer or phone laboriously trying to put together the perfect story or post. Instead I snap a photo or record a video (usually on my phone these days!), use these apps to edit them, and then get on with the business of living! It took me all of 5 minutes to edit all of the photos in this series using only the apps in my guide...and same goes for my Copenhagen stories (click over to stories to see our weekend adventure in Denmark with @jerseyicecreamco to visit @nomacph!) Now click the link and steal my secrets (and your time back!) Which photo is your favorite in the series? Mine is number 2 for obvious reasons! Haha. Let me know in the comments! #livemoremagic
NEW FREE EDITING GUIDE! My Top 5 Must-Have Editing Apps for Instagram & Stories is heeeere! Aaand there might be a little discount code for my mobile presets for Lightroom included cause 💞! Click the link in profile to steal my best secrets now! While the world (except @Emma_louise_sophia) may never know how many silly twirls it takes to get the shot (a lot!) you *can* know exactly how I edit my photos & videos for both my stories and my feed all on *my phone*. Swipe to see different edits and shots & let me know which is your fave in the comments. If you’ve been wanting to know how I get vintage looking video in my stories, create beautiful collages & use modern fonts, edit on the go (no laptop/cords/external hard drive required 😅), get film like dust and grain effects on digital photos, and add magic light (even if it wasn’t there originally!)...head to the link in my profile and get the new guide pronto cause I spill it all! I literally use every single one of these apps every day myself. And I haven’t edited a photo for Instagram on my laptop in over 5 months. True story. These apps have saved me countless hours that are better spent creating content and living my life away from the screen, and I hope they’ll do the same for you. Because I firmly believe content is king. But I *don’t* believe we’re meant to spend our lives behind screens. We are meant to connect in the real world face to face. With the advancement in apps it’s now ridiculously easy to create quality content for your brand quickly on the go...and get back to your life. So many of you have asked me what apps I use to edit my stories, so this guide has been a long time coming! I hope these easy tools up level your content and buy you some of your precious time back! Let me know what you think of the apps once you try them out! #livemoremagic
Today is my 36th birthday and 4th wedding anniversary to @matthewlud. Omelets & coffee. Escargot et soupe à l’oignon. Vin orange. Shopping for a record player for my growing collection of vinyl—a mélange of Serge & Françoise alongside all the garage rock and classics from Television to T. Rex. An old passion resurrected. And then cake with Eulalie & Matt before we kiss her goodnight and head to dinner at @septimeparis. I’m so grateful for today. But I know not everyone in the world will ever get to have days like this. And I hold that in my heart today too while we celebrate. But more than celebrating, today is a day of setting intentions for how I want the rest of my life to be. Namely who I want to be. It’s no secret that 35 was perhaps the hardest year of my life to date. It was full of great success. But also great loss and heartache. I feel today the joy of having all the gifts of suffering (knowing myself and the world better!) without the acute pain. Gratitude for everything this season taught me. And ready to step into my new skin. In my 36th year (and every one after) I want to be an even more vocal ally to those who are oppressed by a system that isn’t fair and acknowledge my privledge. To our LGBTQ+ family. To POC. To women and femmes. To the mentally ill & non-able bodied. To humans. And to the planet we live on. We are one family. And family listens. Cheers. Helps & supports. We apologize and own our missteps instead of getting defensive. I’ve always been pretty quiet on this space about the social justice issues I believe in and fight for. I’m sorry. I still think that activism IRL and talking face to face with an empathetic heart is where it’s at. Voting. Showing up. But you know, I have this platform and that’s a privilege too. And even though I don’t handle mean & rude comments particularly well emotionally due to my own health issues the vitriol I’ll get for standing up is NOTHING compared to what others have to deal with for simply existing. If you’ve ever been afraid to speak out, know complacency is as bad as oppression because it enables it. Let’s fight the good fight. Together. Love you guys!
This is the (very made up!) face of someone with anxiety disorder. Time for a faux-Polaroid selfie. And real talk. As you may recall, I recently started taking CBD oil for crippling anxiety. And it works. Like holy praise the universe it works. It has given me freedom from what I would describe as a very physical experience. Tightness in my chest, feeling like I can’t breath, butterflies having seizures in my stomach, hot/cold clammy feeling, and then that frustrated / scared / wanting to cry feeling...yep, pretty unpleasant. But of course, being a skeptic by nature, I wondered if it was psychosomatic or placebo effect. To be clear I super don’t care if it is, I only care that it works. But today I was away from home without the plant medicine that has transformed my life and yep, it ALL came rushing back. Don’t worry, I was only 20 minutes from home, but oh man. I was shocked. FYI: I currently take @little_tree_labs full spectrum, organic 2000 mg formula (under the tongue for 90 secs then swallow) but I’m almost out and will be trying a French brand while I wait on a care package from home. Will let you know how it is! Mindset work is part of the fabric of my life. But what so many of us deal with is beyond the scope of willing it away. It’s physical. And thank god for medicine. But every pharmaceutical I’ve been prescribed and all the self-medication I’ve done has only left me feeling either worse or absent. So yes, I’m a *little* zealous and evangelical about CBD. It won’t work for everyone. Every physical body is different. And if you are on seizure medication please talk to a doctor first. Same if pregnant or nursing. I’m not a doctor. Just a human sharing. Because freedom from that crushing feeling that has robbed me of SO much joy is worth talking about. Please share your own CBD experiences and questions in the comments! When trying a new medicine do your research and talk to a trusted health care provider if necessary. *Footnote: mental illness is not a moral failing. It is not something you are doing wrong. It is a physical illness. How you treat it is up to you. But you aren’t unenlightened anymore than you would be if you have any illness.
The Paris apartment hunt continues... A parade of parquet floors and wedding cake molding, marble mantles and gilded mirrors. I’m saving myself for a viewing on July 1st, a flat in our dream location that we’re praying has no deal breakers. So we likely won’t be moving into this beauty. But as soon as we find “the one” to rent I’m buying a record player, a farm table, and a bunch of candles and having a house warming party. I can’t wait. I’m dreaming of a different sort of space. Not the minimalism of our Tennessee space nor the wabi sabi aesthetic we are planning for the Kyoto project. Instead I’m dreaming of patterned wallpaper. Velvet. Bold colors. Art Deco. Mid century. A warm, colorful place meant for bottles of wine with friends, roast chicken, music, windows flung open, reading, writing, costumes, candle light. Living. As you know, I’m all for business. I’m for hard work. But I am not for hustle or busy. I’m for long lunches. For progress over perfection. And not putting the *means* over the *end*. Life well lived is the end. An impact on the world for good, now more than ever, is the end. Not followers. Not dollars. Views, likes, subscribers. Those are only a means. My goal in life is to not only teach you how to turn your passion into profit but into a truly abundant life. Profit is only part of it. An important part and nothing to be ashamed of wanting. But not the most important. Photo taken on iPhone and edited with the LM Instagram Collection of presets for Lightroom Mobile. You can get them via the link in profile...they’ll be discontinued after the summer! #livemoremagic
What it’s really like living all over the world with a toddler. Sometimes this. Mostly not this. My precious Eulalie is growing up all over from Japan to France to Morocco to the States and back again. Not pictured here is: Eula freaking out all over the place because this was taken precariously near nap time nor Matt & I almost killing each other. She was running around. @matthewlud was trying to make sure she didn’t break anything or, you know, climb into a fire while also taking the shot while I’m doing the same and trying to look none too bothered in said shot in this 100 year old Japanese farmhouse. And then for one precious moment she crawls in my lap and gives me a kiss. And that is reality. Then she probably rag dolled out and became a glorious, floppy monkey again. If you follow my stories you know last week we closed on our machiya (traditional wooden house) in Kyoto. As she gets older and school approaches, we’ll slow down. Pick a country, choose a school, and stay the year. With the renovation in Japan, we’ll likely root in Paris this coming year. And afterwards, who knows. We play life by ear. What I do know is this is a 2 year old who’s never met a stranger, is picking up playground French & can eat with chopsticks, loves onigiri and swimming pools and party dresses. A little girl that melts down like any toddler. One that makes up songs (latest hit is “I do, I’m Two”) and busts sweet pseudo-karate moves. She’s just a kid and for now, home is wherever the three of us are together. Edited in Lightroom Mobile with LM Mobile Preset “Portland”. You can get them via the link in profile! (Ps. This collection will be reformulated & discontinued in current form in the fall so if you like ‘em get them before they’re gone for good!)
A table for two at @septimeparis’s Clamato with @matthewlud & the power of mobile presets. Swipe left to see what I mean! These shots were taken on my phone and edited in @lightroom mobile with my LM Mobile presets (you can get them for yourself via the link in my profile!) The last photo is the original. Nothing else was done to them. One click. It took me 5 minutes. The 1st is LM Hydrangea, 2nd is LM Greenhouse, 3rd is a new one coming soon in the fall 😬, and the 4th is LM Portland. Comment your favorite edit! I wanted to show you how easy it is to create a style & content that stands out without spending your life behind a screen or lugging around a bunch of gear. Cause ain’t nobody got time for that. My guide to the mobile editing apps I can’t live without is coming next week! And I’ve been thinking about doing a little mobile editing tutorial for free too...would you be interested? In real life: ceviche, mesclun, leesy sparkling wine. Clams with piment and elderflower. White fish, fig leaf butter, green almonds. Maple tarte. Sabayon and strawberries. Metro stops. Business meetings. A pink beret and Chelsea boots. He has a ponytail now. I don’t hate it. There’s cured duck breast in the fridge. I’ll put it in my pot pie with an aged goat’s milk Gouda mornay. With peas and carrots and potatoes. You coming? #livemoremagic
I NEVER ever thought I would say this. Buy I now edit almost ALL of my photos and videos for my Instagram feed & stories on my phone. I haven’t edited a photo for Instagram on my laptop since February! 🙈 Yep. Every collage, video, and photo you see here was edited on-the-go—likely in the back of a cab, on a plane, at a café, or a park (all of which I sometimes call my “office”). So many of you have asked me what apps I use to do things like animate photos, create vintage videos, make story collages, and edit my photos on my phone I’m creating a new guide to the top 5 mobile editing apps I literally use everyday. Coming next week! For free. Cause I love y’all! And if you didn’t know already I have a suite of mobile presets for Lightroom available that make editing a scroll-stopping photo about 3 clicks away. You can check them out via the link in my profile. This was edited with LM Antique from the collection. If you’ve got mobile editing questions or tips, leave them in the comments!