(“…and to never get drunk on cider”)
Kim was (and still is) one of my insta heroes, and so when I was told she was coming to Most Curious, I had to track her down and tell her I loved her (it’s the enthusiasm in me, you see.) 6 months down the line, as she - to her credit - didn’t run a mile, she’s supported me incredibly with the launch of The Enthusiast. She’s one of those people who can and will do anything she puts her mind too - BIG ENTHUSIAST MOOD, right there. One day she’s making nail decals, one day she’s rolling 40something kgs of dough, and another she’s soldering copper pipes. It’s just how she does, and she nails it all. I love what she says below about the impact she wants to make, as she’s certainly made that on me. Without further ado(ugh), I present to you Kim Lucas:
What are you enthusiastic about?
The mention of travel & pugs are probably my most triggering words for enthusiasm. The prospect of being able to do some DIY without having to go and buy the tools/materials is also another one. I can talk forever about a DIY or craft project. I have a lot of elements to my life and so even just a simple spark of an idea will burst through me, until I've thought of each single way to bring into fruition.
What do you even do?
Since my last year of Uni (I went back as a mature student) I've been able to take on jobs when I wanted to. Fortunately, because I do work my ass off, it means that people will know that I'm fiercely loyal and a proper grafter, which has got me to where I am today. My main job at the minute is a baker for Vicky's Donuts. This ain't no Greggs so you'd better believe when I say that it's hard work. That can fluctuate but I'm usually in 3/4days a week. I also do market research at home. It is as dull as it sounds but its easy work for easier money. I will help out PupTart Handmade on occasion, as and when needed, whether it's in her house or markets/workshops. There's always more work around Christmas.
Then I have my own mini side hustle which is Kim's Nailed It. I make personalised nail transfers/decals. Just think of your pet/bestie or other half on your nails, that's what I do. I'm also about to embark on a Level 2 Nail Technician Course so I can branch out into doing bespoke nails for people as well as work in events and on shoots. I do sometimes get pulled into other jobs but it just depends on what I've got going on.
I'm also trying to push myself into a blog but am still not 100% on the focus for it (nails/diy or both!) so my head is always in overdrive anyway. It'll get there.
Why do you keep doing what you're doing?
It makes me happier than a 9-5 (Dolly speaks the truth!) There is now a better working environment for freelance creatives, which didn't exist that long ago. To be able to dabble in freelance and choose work that will not only give me flexibility for my personal life but also allowing me to pay my bills, whilst keeping my own mental health in check is the goal. It's not always in perfect balance but it's a lot closer than it has been.
It always sounds super busy when I try to explain to people about what I do but it has its ebbs and flows.
What's the impact you want to make?
I just want people to try more things and understand that they are capable. So many times we look at someone else's social media and think 'why can't I do that/go there/make this', which is only going to make ourselves feel worse. If I can try, I will. Some things need more skill or training but then why not train? I've been looking at a plumbing class but it clashed with another one I'm taking so next year, that's the aim. Get me those trade skillz.
There is nothing that prevents us more than our own thoughts. And the only difference between them and you, is that they tried it.
We should never stop wanting to learn, whether it's a hobby, skill or curiosity.
Best advice you've ever been given?
It was from my Mum. She would tell us that it didn't matter what we did, as long as we were happy. Even when I was struggling, as I still do, about what I'm meant to do with my life. It would always come back to whether I was happy and enjoying myself. Also, don't EVER tweeze the top of your eyebrows.
My brother once advised me to never get drunk on cider. It's a rule I've lived by and it's the memory of his hangovers that enforced it.
Who's your Enthusiastic hero?
The most enthusiastic person I know (aside from Ellie!) would be Hannah, from PupTart Handmade. That girl gets excited about Tacos and it makes me super happy to be around her. She's just super chilled even when she's stressed and never judges my decision to get a beer mid-shift in peak Christmas panic.
If money were no object, what would you be doing?
I think if I did have an endless supply of moolah, I'd have a company ensuring that EVERYTHING had subtitles on TV, theatre, cinema etc because there is nothing more upsetting/infuriating than not being able to watch something because there's no captions. I'd be fixing that right away. But that'd be delegated to another team so I guess I'd travel. I'd buy a couple of fixer uppers across the world and do them self and then move on when it was done. I'd also get the Hebridian Brewery hooked up because that would be nice to have. I'd eternally want to know how stuff was done so I don't think I'd ever stop learning.