This week’s interview features the amazing Kimberley Smith from Dream. Delight. Inspire. I am so grateful to have found Kim’s blog this year, and it has been one of my go-to blogs for inspiration. She’s the lady who has inspired my love for de-cluttering and being unabashed about dreaming BIG! Her love for travel and travel posts has also sparked my inner wanderluster!! :)
1. Who are you and what do you do? Tell me more about YOU!
I am an outgoing, multi-passionate bundle of energy who is trying to overcome perfectionism and an addiction to multi-tasking. In the mornings I write, blog and manage social media pages for small businesses and in the afternoons/evenings I teach singing from home. This mix of my true loves keeps me both busy and happy.
I haven’t always had this beautiful life though. I moved to Melbourne (from New Zealand) just over four years ago and suffered through a couple of dull office jobs before I took the plunge and decided to work for myself. I chronicled the whole process on my blog, which helped me stay focused and accountable – and here I am. A little luck and a lot of hard work paid off!
2. What is your purpose/bliss/passion in life? How did you discover it – and how are you following your bliss?
My purpose in life is to inspire people to realise the incredible things that they’re capable of and nudge them to take that little leap of faith in order to create the life that they’re dreaming of. I have always had a desire to make people smile ever since I was a child, performing in front of friends and family and then counselling my friends as a teenager.
I’m very lucky that I am able to follow my bliss by inspiring an amazing community of people over on my blog (and have them inspire me right back) and helping my students gain confidence in their voices (and in themselves) through my singing lessons.
3. Do you have a morning or night routine/ritual? What does it look like?
I wish I could say that I am an organised creature of habit but I’m not. I am a Sagittarius through and through, meaning that I am a whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm but leave a messy trail of clutter and chaos in my wake.
In the morning I do my best to exercise (boxing, yoga or weights) and nourish myself with breakfast at a local café or a homemade green smoothie. I then make time for stretching, dry body brushing and try to knock off the biggest item on my to do list.
In the evening, I teach until about 8.30pm. After that I generally curl up in bed with my boyfriend and read a book, type out a blog post or watch a DVD to unwind from my day.
4. What are some of your non-negotiables in life?
Music, supportive friends (weed out the drainers!), fresh produce, creative space, beautiful shoes, travel and opportunities to grow and learn.
5. What does a day in your beautiful life usually look like?
It all depends on the day – I try and mix it up as variety is apparently the spice of life! Most days though I’ll wake up, exercise, shower, have breakfast and get online to do a little work. I’ll take regular breaks (to keep myself sane) which may mean brainstorming new ideas, creating inspiration boards, sending messages to friends, reading or giving myself a DIY manicure.
I’ll prepare myself a nourishing lunch (usually salad or soup) and try to get outside if it’s a nice day. I live very close to beach, which is delightful in summer. I usually start teaching at about 2.30pm and will check emails/social media between clients if I have any free time.
I’ll prepare dinner (or order Thai on the odd occasion – my weakness!) and eat with my boyfriend before teaching another couple of clients in the evening. Weekends are strictly for relaxing and self care.
6. Do you have a beauty routine? What are some of the skin care and personal care products that you can’t live without?
Now this routine I do have! My beauty routine starts with dry body brushing before I head in the shower. I then give my hair some love with O&M shampoo and conditioner. Their products are amazing (not to mention Australian made) and I’m a complete convert. I wash my face with Origins Checks and Balances Cleanser (which an ex boyfriend actually introduced me to).
Twice a week I give myself a mini facial using Sodashi products – beautiful and natural combinations which help to calm and invigorate the skin. The rest of the time I keep it simple with Origins eye cream and Ella Bache moisturiser or Trilogy rosehip oil. I am trying to make a conscious shift to using mostly natural products but there are a couple of old favourites I hang on to.
7. What is a piece of advice you wish someone told you earlier in life, or you wish you knew?
Hmm, tough question! I guess that being true to yourself is the best way to achieve success. I’ve tried a multitude of things in my life, but it always falls over if my heart’s not in it. When something lights you up through and through, that’s the green light that the universe will start to send amazing things your way!
8. What are your top 5 health/wellness/happiness tips?
- Drink plenty of water. It sounds very obvious but it’s so easy to forget!
- Exercise in the way that makes you happy. If you hate the treadmill – avoid it and do a Pilates class. If you can’t stand cycling, take up hip hop dancing. You’ll commit to something that fills you with energy and makes you smile.
- Take the time to pamper yourself. Don’t rush through your skincare routine after a long day – take a few minutes to gently take your make up off and apply a beautiful moisturiser by massaging your face. You deserve a little time to yourself.
- Eat as many vegetables as you possibly can. I always feel 100 times better when my diet is based on a variety of nutritious vegetables.
- Focus on what you want out of life not what others project onto you. It’s very easy to get caught up in other people’s perceptions but your life is yours to lead in whatever way lights you up.
9. What is your all time favourite…
“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else” – Judy Garland
I’m a sucker for my Nanna’s Apple Crumble.
It’s constantly changing, but at the moment it’s bright yellow.
There are far too many but ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ is a classic Queen song that always gets me singing and dancing.
The Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle La Porte
I am more than capable of bringing my dreams to life.
I love a good musical so The Sound of Music and Moulin Rouge hold a special place in my heart.
I do indeed! I am currently working on launching a singing website (Inspired To Sing) which will have bucketloads of free training, interviews, teleseminars and downloadable exercises. It’s a big project but something I’m loving sinking my teeth into.
Kimberley Smith is a writer, vocal coach and social media minx. She created a blog called Dream. Delight. Inspire. to encourage people to really look at their lives and make choices that are going to lead them down the path of adventure and happiness. She is a free-spirited (read: reckless) Sagittarius who doesn’t take herself too seriously. She loves to indulge in amazing food, great company and travel.
Motivating people is her biggest passion and what she tries to spend the majority of her time doing and planning for. Whenever she meets someone new she loves to find out what they love, what gets their creative juices flowing and what their big, scary, amazing dreams really are because that’s what makes each of us so interesting and unique.