We had the good fortune of connecting with Monika Kupiec and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Monika, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is a game of self-acceptance and inner trust. Over the years I’ve come to terms that taking a whole-hearted risk on my life and career have given me an immense amount of joy. A whole-hearted risk is what I call my heart’s deepest desire. When I was in 8th grade, after a trip to Hawaii, I made it a goal to live there. During my second year in college, one professor advised to finish college wherever I wanted to live as it would make finding a job easier. Little did I know my move to Hawaii was the best whole-hearted risk I took on my life. When I listen to my intuition, I find myself advancing in the quality of my life. Each risk has led me to a grander awakening of my abilities. For example, after my move to Hawaii, I took a break from college to attend a yoga teacher training that led me to iRest Yoga Nidra meditation training in Australia. I even flew to New Zealand to backpack for over a month which was another childhood dream of mine. Before my travels to Australia, I had a high-paying sales job at a retail store. I ran out of vacation days from my yoga training. I also had been feeling off about the negative work environment. I wasn’t happy at my job. So I took the risk of leaving my job to travel. I made the realization from listening to my heart’s desire to travel and learn from the next course, more opportunities present themselves when I surrender and accept my intuition. Risk will come in many forms but my intuition seems to become stronger in these situations. I lost my concierge job in April 2020 due to Covid. I was presented with time as that was my main excuse for not starting my own businesses. I learned how to paint new techniques, sold a couple paintings, and after some months when my old job asked for me to return, I said no. Over the last months, I’ve strengthened my self-worth through painting and learned to trust my whole-hearted risks will have an unimaginable return on my investment. Through my move to Hawaii, travels overseas, and starting my painting business, risk has only provided me with more depth in my character and art. I think of risk as a push to the next page of my story. It will feel uncomfortable but soon the conflicting thoughts come to rest. Like a storm at sea returns to its soothing rhythm overtime.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a surf art and intuitive art painter. I started to paint summer of 2019 as my intuition kept nagging me to start for nearly 2 years. I kept ignoring the urge to paint because I never attempted outside of grade school art class. When I finally bought my first supplies from the sheer irritation of hearing the same message, I felt a beautiful connection within myself. I felt more calm as if I had completed a meditation session. I became curious of the energy when I painted so I kept exploring it through painting waves. I gain a lot of energy from the ocean through surfing and being near it which led to wanting to express my love into the painting. In February 2020, I sliced my head from a surfing accident. I realized that day how precious the present moment is and how living fully each day wasn’t a cliche saying. Only soon did the pandemic hit and I lost my day job. It turned out to be a blessing for me as I finally had more energy and time to paint. Learning to trust myself in this business has been a growing process. It is a challenge to accept not having a steady income but the fact that I’m not stressed from work is what motivates me to keep evolving. My brand is about following your intuition because your intuition will lead you to new opportunities and endeavors. If I hadn’t listened to her to start painting, I am not sure where I would be. Painting for me is a meditation, a form of connecting back to my true self and source. I hope that my paintings help you remember your true self and raise your vibration as well. My paintings are infused with healing energy like reiki and love vibrations. I strive to set intentions for them so that the viewer receives a spark of remembrance of his or her passion. I started to infuse abstract art into a new series of portraits. Similar to a Reiki healing session of clearing the energetic field, I tune into the frequency of my client and choose specific colors that will raise his or her chakras and overall well-being. It is a fun process for me that I get to combine two passions: painting and energy work.
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.
I live on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. I would take my best friend on a bike ride along all the famous big wave beaches with a snack break of açaí bowls from Sunrise Shack while sitting on the beach overlooking Sunset Beach. We’d drive through Haleiwa for boutique shops and amazing chipotle steak burrito from Surf n Salsa food truck. For a killer workout, I go for Koko Head stairs! The sunrises and sunsets are the highlights of my day – that I would catch everyday if I were visiting.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shoutout all my friends that have helped me along the way when I was going through a transitional risk in my life. There are too many to name but the ones that are reading this will know instantly. I would like to thank Marina for talking me through quitting my retail job. Autumn for helping me along Australia and daily guidance. Elise for kicking my self-worth to its surface. Kasia in the support of my passions especially painting. And most importantly to thank Arlette for her healing sessions that have given me upmost clarity and self-confidence.