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Author · Mama · Japanologist

Hello + welcome!

Curious explorer of life

Life is wild and glorious, hard and beautiful. I seek out answers to some of life’s most interesting questions, to find tools and advice to help us live well.


Author · Mama · Japanologist

Hello + welcome!

Curious explorer of life

Life is wild and glorious, hard and beautiful. I seek out answers to some of life’s most interesting questions, to find tools and advice to help us live well.

Quick Bio

I am a curious explorer of the world around me, and a homebody who loves to travel. I have long been a seeker of beauty and a writer who uses words to wrangle questions about how to live well. I am also a nature lover and fledgling gardener who is experimenting with growing my own food. I adore yoga and am a Reiki Master trained in the Japanese tradition in Tokyo. And I’m a mama of two young girls, a self-help author whose books have been translated into 24 languages, and an award-winning entrepreneur and producer of online courses that have helped thousands of people to find personal, professional and financial freedom.

I have been fortunate enough to have lived, worked, and travelled in 50+ countries on every continent, which led me to writing my first book Freedom Seeker: Live more. Worry less. Do what you love. I now live in Devon, a rural part of England, but Japan is my second home and the inspiration for my second book Wabi Sabi: Japanese wisdom for a perfectly imperfect life. Wabi Sabi has been translated into 24 languages. In it I share life lessons inspired by ancient Japanese wisdom, gathered throughout my twenty-year love affair with Japan. With roots in Zen and the Way of Tea, the timeless wisdom of wabi sabi is more relevant than ever for modern life, as we search for new ways to approach life’s challenges and seek meaning beyond materialism. It is a TIME Magazine recommended read, and Apple USA ‘must listen’ (audiobook) and was described as ‘a truly transformational read’ by Sunday Times Style.

I have been obsessed with Christmas since I was a little girl, which led me to writing my third book Calm Christmas and a Happy New Year: A little book of festive joy, designed to inspire a new approach to Christmas where you create the kind of celebration you need this year, and take good care of yourself through the winter.

My mission is to inspire you to find a way to do what you love, celebrate your messy, perfectly imperfect life and find happiness right where you are. Together with my husband Mr K, I run three different businesses – Do What You Love (Founder), Make Art That Sells (Co-Founder) and Make It In Design (Co-Founder), all of which offer tools, resources and online courses for living an inspired life.

I was honoured to be named Kindred Spirit Magazine 2017 Mind Body Spirit Blogger of the Year (runner up), recognised as a Rising Star by Spirit & Destiny Magazine, and proud that our Do What You Love blog was previously named one of the Best Happiness Blogs on the Planet. And I am the mother of two small sweet girls, who make me laugh every single day. You can get a peek into my perfectly imperfect life on Instagram @bethkempton.


Besides books, I have also written for and been featured in a number of magazines, newspapers and several blogs, including TIME Magazine, Good Housekeeping, The Huffington Post, Marie Claire Magazine, Natural Health, Flow, Psychologies, Fit & Well, Breathe, Prima, Reader’s Digest, Wanderlust, MindBodyGreen, Stylist, Kindred Spirit, Sidetracked, Chronogram, UN Chronicle, Where Women Create, Where Women Create Business, Tokyo Weekender, The Asahi Shinbun, and Mingle. My online courses have been featured in Flow, Uppercase and The Simple Things.


I love speaking to people about the things I care deeply about including personal freedom, courage, adventure, doing what you love, rule-breaking, alternative careers advice, and building soulful businesses. I am as happy doing this by shining a light from a big stage in front of hundreds, as I am facilitating intimate workshops for a handful of people, and have been described as a “genius storyteller” (*blush*). Check out my upcoming events here and testimonials from previous events here. You can see me in action here and listen to my podcast here. Please get in touch if you’d like me to speak at your event or deliver a life-changing workshop for you. Your audience will be inspired into meaningful action and leave with clarity and confidence! I also teach a number of online courses designed to help people find personal, professional and financial freedom.

I am on the faculty of mind body spirit centre 1440 Multiversity in California, and I host the Wellness Retreats at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage in Devon.


At heart I am a wanderer, an adventurer, and a seeker of beauty. My life story is a catalogue of wild and crazy experiences that I wouldn’t believe if I hadn’t been there myself—such as hosting my own TV show (in Japan!), travelling on a private jet with the world’s most famous football team, or surviving falling off a cliff on a quad bike. But these things didn’t come about because of any kind of special privilege or personal wealth. They happened because I followed my intuition, made bold choices, and sought out freedom every step of the way. I love nothing more than helping others find their own path to feeling free.


I am the mother of two sweet girls. They are very little and fill my heart with love. Becoming a mother has been both the most challenging and most wonderful thing I have ever done. I wrote a lot about this in my book Freedom Seeker, because I knew I had to find a way to be me, as well as be mother to them, in order to be the best mother I could be. This is definitely a work-in-progress! I also champion other mothers (and fathers) going back to work on their own terms, finding ways to use their talents flexibly, and designing lives that work for them and their families.


Nine years ago I founded Do What You Love, to help women find what lights them up, and then prioritise that in their life. We have helped thousands of people shape a career they love, quit jobs, start businesses, move countries, even propose marriage. Our superpower is asking questions that help people see their life in a completely new way, and realise just how powerful they are. Do What You Love produces and delivers transformational online courses, and provides an online hub for inspiring stories of people doing what they love. I am also co-founder of MakeArtThatSells.com and MakeItInDesign.com, both of which have helped artists and designers all over the world launch and grow professional creative careers through innovative online courses and a host of free resources.

Not long ago, I was selected by Marie Claire magazine as one of the UK’s 16 most exciting young female entrepreneurs, and was a finalist for the Digital Entrepreneur of the Year Awards in the Education Entrepreneur category in recognition of the company’s outstanding online courses.

I have a slight obsession with washi tape and beautiful paper, and harbour a secret dream to launch my own stationery line (collaboration enquiries from stationery companies are welcome!). I often work from cafes, and can usually be found with a cup of milky tea in one hand and some chocolate in the other.


The truth is, I couldn’t do half of what I do without the support of my husband, Mr K. He is my partner in life and business, an amazing father to our girls, and a wonderful support to our team at Do What You Love. It is through being married to Mr K that I have come to understand how it is possible to feel free within the context of a life partnership – something I previously thought was impossible. Working with your spouse brings its own challenges, but also some amazing rewards. Rather than just doing a job, it enables us to build something together, and that is priceless. Juggling family and business is always a work-in-progress, but something we are slowly getting better at every day!


Trying to make big decisions, bold moves and major changes in your life can be really hard, especially when those closest to you don’t get it. Often it’s our loved ones who hold us back and tread on our dreams. And when people we love and respect tell us things aren’t possible, we tend to listen to them. But what if you listened to other people, who tell you it is possible, and have your back as you go after what you really want? One of my greatest passions is supporting people to follow their dreams and connecting them with others who will champion them along the way. Because being surrounded by people who get it, and get you, changes everything. That’s why my community is so important to me, and I hope you will be part of it (come and say hello on Instagram @bethkempton)

I want you to know that you are not alone. I am here for you. More than anything, I want to help you figure out what you love, commit to it, and make it your life. And help you remember that you are perfectly imperfect, just as you are. Fly free, my friend. Fly free.

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