THE MONTH OF JULY IS INDEPENDENT RETAILER MONTH AND CALLADOODLES ARE GETTING INVOLVED IN THIS ANNUAL CAMPAIGN. TO CELEBRATE, WE INTERVIEWED FOUR WOMEN INVOLVED WITH RUNNING INDEPENDENT SHOPS ON OUR HIGH STREET.
THIS WEEK, WE SPEAK TO KATE LUSCOMBE - PART OF THE CALLADOODLES TEAM & LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER. KATE TALKS COMMUNITY, RECENT EVENTS, AND HER ROLE AT CALLADOODLES.
1. Tell us more about you
Why is it when you’re asked these questions, you suddenly forget everything about yourself?! Hmm ok, I’m Kate, my middle name is Georgina and I was born within earshot of the ‘Bow Bells’, which traditionally makes you a true Cockney apparently! I’m married to a fantastic human who is so extraordinarily gracious and loving, I’m the third of four girls and I have three fantastic nieces!
2. What is the most exciting thing in your life right now?
Being a part of the community in Carshalton Village! There are so many exciting things going on and so many great people and businesses to support and get to know.
I’m also excited about YOU, my friends and family. For example, my sisters: Helen is Mum to Amber and is expecting her second child, Amy is an MA at St George’s Pediatric A&E, Lara who works in Learning and Education at the Tower of London and my sister-in-law Rachel who is a teacher and Mum to two incredible girls. And friends who are running eco friendly, award winning recording studios, fair trade coffee houses and charities working with families affected by HIV in Zimbabwe, to mention a few – I could go on. I am so proud of them all and I’m excited to see where life takes each of them.
3. What is the thing that recently moved you?
Goodness, what to choose! I am easily moved – which I used to think was a weakness but now I love that about myself and admire it in others. It’s a gift to be someone who can be moved, to be open to it and to let things change you and help you grow. To be able to step into a moment or a song or situation and to be moved by it is such a gift.
I sat in the car with an old friend the other day discussing some experiences she’d had in a mental health sector job she had recently left and my heart ached for her, and the families and individuals she had worked with. We wondered how some things came to be and why people are the way they are. It got me thinking about recent events, heartbreaking stories of violence and anger all over the world, and I was challenged – how do I feel about this? What is my opinion? How will I be changed by this? And it reminded me of a quote from a speech President Bartlett makes in the TV series ‘The West Wing’. He’s responding to a recent bombing in the storyline and he says 'Joy cometh in the morning,' scripture tells us. I hope so. I don't know if life would be worth living if it didn't. And I don't yet know who set off the bomb at Kennison State. I don't know if it's one person or ten, and I don't know what they want. All I know for sure, all I know for certain, is that they weren't born wanting to do this. There's evil in the world, there'll always be, and we can't do anything about that. But there's violence in our schools, too much mayhem in our culture, and we can do something about that...We're (the Government) not doing nearly enough, not nearly enough to teach our children well, and we can do better, and we must do better, and we will do better, and we will start this moment today! They weren't born wanting to do this.”
4. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Due to a chronic illness my mornings are usually a bit of a struggle. I try and get up slowly, do some stretching and have a drink and some breakfast to get my body going. My favourite thing to do is open the curtains and breathe in some fresh air. It’s frustrating to start the day in pain each morning, but I try not to let it affect the rest of my day.
5. Tell us more about your role at Calladoodles?
I applied for a temporary job back in October/November 2015 as our manager Clare was going on maternity leave, and I have somehow managed to stay on – which I’m thrilled about. I’m a sales assistant and I’ve also had the pleasure of making the new website, working on a press release with the amazing Angela West (Freelance Journalist and friend of Calladoodles), taking photographs and managing this blog!
6. What were you doing before working in Calladoodles?
I’m a portrait photographer, and that was my main focus before joining the team at Calladoodles. I still run the business alongside working at the shop, I just felt an ache to be a part of the local community and a team wider than myself. I was also ill for a long time, which kept me from engaging with the world outside my window, and now I’m really enjoying juggling the two! The world seems smaller every day.
7. What is the best thing about living in Carshalton?
The community vibe is incredible and it’s just such a pretty corner of the world. The ponds, the houses, the two beautiful Herons that visit, and every now and then you might even see an artist with an easel capturing an angle you might have missed. How can you not love Carshalton?!
8. What is the most beautiful thing about the world?
Children! Watching them grow and interact with the world around them, seeing the world through their eyes and being taught by them is an amazing experience. I hope I’m blessed with a family myself one day.
9. What is your favourite food?
This is a tough one because I love most food! Right now, I am loving all things coconut and coffee. And curry. Curry is good.
10. What is your favourite quote?
There are so many wonderful words of wisdom being spoken every day, some that shout loudly and others that whisper to you over time. Some that are for a season and some you carry with you for life. Often they are things we hope to be or do and a lot of them seem unattainable, but one that encouraged me lately was a quote by Banksy, it reads ‘If you get tired learn to rest, not to quit.’ – now that, I can work on.