My WHY ❤️. The Real Beginnings of You&Meow.
Updated: Jun 10, 2020
‘’The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’’ - Lao Tzu
This quote deeply resonates with me. Life if full of mystery and constant surprises. I would never have thought, that my path would lead me towards so many blessings, where one of them would be opening Bristol’s First Cat Cafe. [Approx. 7 minutes read]
Before I share my story with you, and the real reasons why I opened You&Meow, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for this opportunity. I have been asked by so many of our visitors, why I decided to start this business, so I decided to write a blog about this. The journey has been deeply profound for me, but also one of life’s greatest teachers. I wanted to communicate this message in the most unfiltered and honest way possible. And this message needs time.
So please stay with me.
I arrived in UK (London) in July 2012, during my University’s summer break (I studied Business Management at University of Warsaw), with an intention to save up some money working as a waitress and return to Poland (the British Pound was strong back then ;-)). It was challenging at first, because like many Polish immigrants, I could barely speak any English. However, I was eager to learn as it went.
I still remember that day when I was standing at Canary Wharf in London looking up the sky and thinking. It was a pivotal moment for me, as I realised I am no longer interested in returning to Poland. I confirmed my decision with the Dean, and organised to complete my final 3rd year of my University studying remotely. And that was it. I have begun a brand new life, in a foreign country, far away from my family.
Despite the fact I lived in London with my boyfriend, I was still feeling lonely. The language barrier took me a while to adjust to, and I didn't yet feel confident enough so I could start looking for a more serious job position. I wanted to start building my career, but I didn’t know what industry I was truly interested in. However, my boyfriend was very supportive in taking the pressure off of my shoulders, whilst I was trying to have everything ‘’figured out’’ (I was 21 at the time).
On the outside - my life looked perfect. I lived in London, one of the most interesting cities in the world. I had a supportive partner, who has been very successful in his career, and that enabled us to have a lot of financial freedom. We could travel on a regular basis, in fact we have visited some of the most amazing destinations in the world. Yet, I was becoming depressed. I was missing a deeper meaning & purpose in my life. I was getting lost in my overthinking, and gradual isolation was taking its place. My unhappiness was leaking on all areas of my life, my relationship including.
‘’When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.’’ – The Buddha