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Over 60’s success!

4 Jan

You are never too old to achieve and become an inspiration to others. It is widely publicised that we are all living longer and with advances in medicine allowing us to live more healthily, 60 is fast becoming the new 30. It is estimated that by 2050 there will be 395 million over 80’s worldwide.  Older people are no longer content to sit in a rocking chair and knit. Retirement can be a time for new beginnings and a new lease of life. We can take inspiration from following people all achieved success after the age of 60:

Gfauja-singh-marathonladys Burrill, from Hawaii became the oldest woman complete a marathon, age 92. She completed her first marathon age 86. Fauja Singh ran his first marathon age 89 and completed the Toronto Waterfront marathon age 100.

Frank McCourt became a bestselling author age 66 with Angela’s Ashes. Bertha Wood had her first book, Fresh Air and Fun, published on her 100th birthday. She began writing it age 90. Peter Roget invented the Thesaurus age 73. He suffered from OCD and making lists calmed him.

Colonel Hartland Sanders established the Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant chain age 65. On her 72nd birthday Poppy Bridger bought the company she used to work for and went back to work to grow the company, Anahiem test labs. Bill Foster founded Accessibility Services age 71 to support older people to stay in their own homes and remain independent.

Artists Mary Delany invented paper collage at age 72, Grandma Moses became famous in her 70’s and sculptorlouise-bourgeois Louise Bourgoise received mainstream recognition after the age of 60.

Over 60s are fast becoming the mainstay of the volunteering work force, supporting and inspiring others with their knowledge, skills, wisdom and sense of fun. If you, or anyone you know has a lot left to give and would like to make a difference, contact us at info@opsw.co.uk We would love to hear your views.

An interview with Kate Garey – Designer

11 Feb

Just before Christmas, the notonthehighstreet.com catalogue came through my door.  Normally I try to hold back from looking at it too much as there are so many beautiful things in there and I’m easily tempted!!  But as Christmas was coming up, I did take a look.  I saw a few bits in there that I liked the look of, and went online to look at them in more detail.  I’m not sure if Kate Garey’s items were what I originally went online for or if I came across them later, but I came across her site and was really impressed by her range of beautiful, reasonably priced goodies.  I made an order and Christmas was pretty much sorted!

Looking at her website further, I saw that she has featured in many quality magazines and sells stock in shops all over Europe.  I meet so many customers who make lovely craft items, so it was fantastic to see someone who started off small and is still going – and growing – five years on.

Kate with some of her favourite pieces

How did you get started?

I started by accident really.  I have always been arty and crafty, but never really thought to make a career out of it.  I was selling some nice bits on a little online shop I had and wanted to make some felt brooches.  I kept drawing some cute designs and thought they’d look nice on a tote bag.  It escalated from there and I started my brand with a collection of matching totes, wallets and make-up bag… and some felt brooches.

How did you know your brand was going to take off?

People’s happy reactions.  Friends and customers seemed to like my quirky designs and said they made them smile.  Whenever I’m in the press I get lots of emails from new customers saying how pleased they are they found me.  But I still feel it is waiting to take off, to the next level. I’m very excited about the year ahead.

What are your plans for the future of Kate Garey?

I am planning to rebrand slightly.  This year will be my brand’s 5th birthday and as it grows I am growing with it.  I’m planning a more grown up look but still with the quirkiness I’m recognised for.

What advice would you give someone considering self employment?

Take the leap!  I started off with a small personal business loan that I knew wasn’t going to put me at too much risk.  I researched everything I needed to know via the internet and ‘for dummies’ books.  In the beginning I had no experience whatsoever but 5 years on I have never looked back.

Find Kate on  Notonthehighstreet, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, as well as her own website.