Sydney-based blogger, model, and personal trainer, Kath Ebbs, knows all about building a career via social media. We couldn't wait to chat to her about what drives her passion, who inspires her the most and what her tips are for anyone wanting to build a profile online.
What do you love most about what you do?
The freedom to explore my own individuality and add that flare to everything I do. I love being able to dictate my day and knowing that no two look the same. I've always wanted to work for myself doing something creative, whether that be writing, cooking or styling, and so I’m happy I’ve seemed to be able to fuse it all together.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Between blogging, running a smoothie shack business and teaching wellness classes, no two days are the same! Two things that are very much built into my routine though is exercise and a minimum of 30 minutes of downtime for myself. Exercising is firstly a HUGE passion and hobby of mine, as well as giving me the stability I need in my life, I don’t work 9 to 5 so my exercise routine is what gets me up early and motivates me to smash the day instead of just lying around being lazy - a.k.a. putting everything off.
Taking time to myself throughout the day is also so important for me and my head. Not working a regular job can sometimes leave you highly strung and wired, you forget about taking care of yourself as you get so excited working on all your side projects. But it is at the core of maintaining a productive work manner, you must look after yourself and your wellbeing! I always try and take that time without technology to just breathe and be with myself without all the craziness life can bring.
What’s been your proudest achievement to date so far, and why?
Pushing past the many obstacles, both mentally and environmentally, I’ve endured in order to live a full life, doing and achieving things I’ve always dreamed of. I am a big believer in visualisation equals actualisation. That vision has helped me to achieve many great things in my life.
Pictured: Kath is wearing Originals Sweats in Sunrise Pink.
Who has been your biggest inspiration and why?
There are a lot of different people that inspire me for many different reasons. I have inspirations for all the different aspects of my life whether that be love, kindness, business, cooking, style and just overall creating.If I had to pick one it would be my best friend Yasmin Suteja. She oozes creativity which makes everyone around her feel so included. She wears her heart on her sleeve and is the reason for some of the biggest accomplishments in my life. Without her belief in me, I wouldn't even be speaking to you now!
What does originality mean to you?
Taking the time to actually listen to yourself and discovering your true authenticity. I feel as though some of us think we're original but are really just following what we believe to be “original” or “cool”. True originality is backing yourself no matter what others around you may believe. Always stay true to your core values instead of being swayed by what others around you think is “cool” or “uncool”. Get inspired, don’t get influenced!
Do you have a go-to style or look?
Literally just a simple blue jean and a white tee. Boring, I know, but that is seriously a fave for me. I like to change it up with different accessories to add a little Kath pop of colour.
What’s your favourite Originals item/colour?
It's a toss-up between the red and the purple sweat sets. I love the red because I feel as though it pops the most! It’s defiantly a statement piece, which I love. I'm all about colour and that sweat set can take you from zero to ten in seconds. I’m also feeling the purple for the opposite reasons, the colours are nice and chill making it a great staple item for the closet. You can style it up or down with a pair of sneakers or heel boots.
What five things can you not live without?
My sisters, coffee, the gym, vegan chocolate, and popcorn.
What advice do you have for someone trying to break into your industry?
The condensed answer would be to be breaking into “it” for the RIGHT reasons. If you're just looking to be popular or, god forbid, famous, I would say stop right now. You will only end up more insecure than when you started. But if you feel as though you have something to share, a message, a passion then, by all means, go for it! Get quality content out there. For example, if you're a food blogger really put the time and passion into your cooking, explore your style and find inspiration in other food bloggers. Constantly reinvent yourself and do not compare yourself to others. Keep your eyes only your dreams!
What’s on the agenda for 2018?
So many different things. At the end of last year, I found myself in a bit of a tough situation, mentally. I had burnt myself out with worry. Social media definitely had a part to play as I had started to become more passionate about my job, therefore became obsessed with the outcome instead of just being me. I told myself in 2018 I am not going to fixate on my career for the next 12 months. I decided to simply take whatever amazing things came my way, continue to blog, cook, and model, but refrain from counting followers, clicks and comparing myself to others. So for me, 2018 is the year of the mind and passion. Putting my mental health first and doing what I love without any expectations.