You have this feeling inside you that you were meant to do more with your life.
I know that you want to do more with the skills and talents you possess, but you don’t know where or how to begin – please read my story.
In summer 2011 I lost everything. I had to sell my coffee shop which I had run for seven years, and I was devastated. I needed to leave Slovenia - all due to one unfortunate business decision.
I realized I would need to move out of Slovenia and out of my comfort zone.
London looked like my best option, but I had a love/hate relationship with it. I had moved there previously, a few times, but I never stayed. Even though I felt Slovenia was too small for me, it was still home.
I knew many people and life there was pretty easy, so I would always move back to that feeling of security and certainty, seeing as I could not make up my mind.
This unfortunate situation forced me to move from Slovenia.
Even though I left behind my mom, my friends, and my comfort zone, I arrived in London full of hopes and dreams and a strong desire to succeed.
I was optimistic for the future, but it was a big struggle in the beginning.
Soon I realized that it would be very difficult to get by, as I couldn’t speak English back then as well as I can now.
My degree didn’t count for anything, my work experience wasn’t valued, and my business wasn’t worth anything.
Even though I ran my coffee shop in Slovenia successfully for 7 years, I started out in as a trainee barista. I will never forget the ugly red shirt, labelling me as a TRAINEE BARISTA.
Everyone looked at me like I wasn’t capable of counting to five, let alone making their coffee.
I kept applying for jobs, but they all wanted prior work experience; no one knew where Slovenia was, and they likely imagined it was a poor, undeveloped country.
I remember being on my knees, crying loudly, tears streaming down my face while cleaning toilets to survive.
I only needed someone to just open the door to new opportunities and I would make sure the rest would fall into place.
I could not understand why no one could recognize my vision and this made me feel frustrated, unseen, and unheard.
Only I knew and understood how much potential I had, and how badly I desired to reach my dreams.
I really didn’t fit in at the big chain coffee shop I was working at, where you were required to follow rules and agree on everything.
You didn’t get to have a voice. And earning £200 per week while spending £150 a week on rent was just not an option. I didn’t even have enough money for public transportation - I walked everywhere.
I was really depressed. I remember crying to my mom, saying that if this was the best plan God had for me, I would rather follow my twin brother to heaven.
I couldn’t accept that fact that no one recognized my worth, my leadership, my vision, and my ambition.
My frustration just grew as I continued to force my way through each day, dreading the next. This wasn’t where I wanted to be.
I didn’t want to go back to Slovenia, but I knew I didn’t want to live that life either.
I knew that I deserved a much better future. So I decided to quit being a slave, and I left my job to start my own business.
I had had enough. I didn’t want to live in a small, mouldy room anymore – I was generally tired of it all.
I trusted myself completely. I knew that if anyone could succeed, I could. Giving up on my dreams just wasn’t an option.
Now, I am so proud of myself and grateful I made that decision to walk away from a life that was making me unhappy.
I was determined to trust myself, take a risk, and build a better life.
Today, I live the life I created. I work with clients that I feel aligned with, and I spend my days the way I want to.
I don’t set alarms in the morning anymore; I live life on my schedule.
During my own frustrating journey
I found my higher purpose and passion.
I wanted to be an inspiration to people: I wanted someone to look at me and say “Thanks to you, I didn’t give up.”
Don’t be afraid to dream big. You can have it all.