We had the good fortune of connecting with Gail Landau and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gail, how do you think about risk?
Fear and confidence are not mutually exclusive concepts. Each time I felt trepidation about a life move or a career move, the energy behind the decision-making process drove me forward. I made the leap after 30 years of practicing law as a litigator to open the first Cat Cafe and Lounge in Orange County, CA, Catmosphere Laguna. Neither the County nor the City of Laguna Beach knew what I was talking about when I made my first Business Model presentations prior to receiving licensing approval. What had started in 2017 as a Foundation with the mission of finding forever homes for abandoned and homeless felines morphed into a community Cafe concept. Risk? What risk? There is never a shortage of worthy homeless animals nor a shortage of humans seeking companionship. What could go wrong? Covid-19 restrictions forced us to close our doors on March 16, 2020. Was the risk worth it? Absolutely. Catmosphere Laguna Foundation is stronger and busier than ever as we search for a new location for our Cat Lounge and Adoption Center. We are, after all, Matchmaker to the Meows!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a career trial lawyer, one is no stranger to daily risks and facing the consequences of even the most thoughtful decisions. Naturally, in every profession the path to success is largely driven by individual energy and finding the right guides and teachers. Switching careers is never easy, however, passion always overrules fear of the unknown. I learned to listen more than talk, study every aspect of a new case or project, anticipate the “no’s”, roll with obstacles and changes, be open to new ideas, and project dreams and ambitions out to the universe to be manifested. In both my law and non-profit rescue careers, the rewards achieved by helping others and caring for those less fortunate (animal and human) have enriched every aspect of my life. The challenges of last year left no one and no business untouched and has made our commitment to the animal world even stronger. Catmosphere Laguna is always seeking qualified feline foster homes. Please contact teamfeline@catmospherelaguna.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Breakfast lunch dinner
Grab coffee or juice
For picnic order from these amazing LA chefs
For Lunch in Atwater
For dinner support a soon closing iconic restaurant
For lunch or dinner in Santa Monica
For cocktails on the west side
Head to Malibu for the best in groceries, beer, wine, and to go food
Jump suits and patterns
Sweet treats, vintage caftans, and mindful children’s toys and books
Artisan hand crafts
Funky vintage sisters, appointment only
Native plant nursery and educational center
Activities in LA
Hiking Griffith park
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Catmosphere Laguna Foundation says a big thank MEW to all our donors who make our mission possible. Without the generous contributions made to our 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue, we would not be able to support and fund the many felines we intake, some from the very saddest situations. Finding the funding for veterinary care, food, and medicine is not easy. And another MEOW-out to Susan Hamil of The Bluebell Foundation for Cats and Robin Morris of the Ark of San Juan for their support and mentorship as well as to all the selfless humans who spend countless hours rescuing and nurturing lost and abandoned felines.
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