We had the good fortune of connecting with Vicki Murphy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vicki, what role has risk played in your life or career?
My first ginormous risk was following my heart and pursuing art as a career, despite hearing over and over again that I would be poor, starving, and unable to support myself. My next big risk was not as scary, because the first one brought so much success, and an understanding about how the universe “answers” you if you are “willing to take a risk” that is based on your hearts wants and needs – those that are healthy for you and feed your soul. My second big risk, following my successful art career, was in stepping out of the proverbial “psychic closet” and allowing others to “see me” and my abilities. Again, as this ended up serving me and creating success, and because of this, all subsequent risks were less scary. As a matter of fact, I now embrace risks, and the fears that define them as risky, with enthusiasm. Why? Risks are a tool for our healing and growth. As we create a mindset shift that allows us to see them this way, we are able to use them to gather information about what fits, and does not, and what works and does not. For this same reason, I do not fear failure. I realized that there is no such thing. In all choices, especially those that feel “risky”, there is only gathering of information and data for guidance. Risks just accelerate the gathering of information. Without taking risks, a soul may take longer to get to where they truly want to be. Learning to take risks has catapulted my career and brought me to coach others. I love teaching clients how to take their own risks, and to align with the energy and mindset that it takes to create success, and to teach them how to use and embrace their own “risks” to do so.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve loved art and doing art since I was a child. I had artistic people on both sides of the family. My aunt was a painter, and my grandmother (mom’s side) and my dad were both fabulous at drawing. Art was my “language”. It called to me, and I didn’t so much as “choose it” as it chose me. I was wounded as many of us are in childhood, suffering through Karmic challenges that can erode self-confidence and esteem. Art was my language, and the way that I worked through some painful challenges. And through that, art gifted me a way to rebuild my confidence and to heal. Despite being told throughout time that I could not make a living doing art, I decided after becoming very depressed, that I was going to follow my heart and get my degree in art. So, while in U of Michigan I switched my degree to obtain my BFA, much to the chagrin of my parents who were worried for me. I went out in to the wild west to pursue my art career and found that the universe truly does support those who support themselves. I had a unique degree. I was an intaglio printmaker monotype artist. When I reached my destination in AZ, and I was running out of money, I opened a newspaper to look for a job. And there it was, wanted, intaglio printmaker monotype artist – and no, I’m not kidding! I wish I’d saved it. The fact that I was so supported in that way changed my life. I went on to use are to help foster children heal, and in the commercial art world, I became a well know, internationally represented artist, doing one of a kind paintings for clients like Princess Cruise Lines, and other big corporations. I also had a residential private client base and the work that I did that was more abstract and figurative, and was not commercially oriented, was popular with them. People collected my work and it’s still online today. I then used my art along with my intuition to create healing art. Those pieces were used to illustrate intuitive healing sessions and were a part of what the client received to help support their healing and focus to manifest their dreams, well being, and more.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve actually had an occasion to do this with my best friend! We traveled the coast of California, checking out the wineries in Paso Robles, and surrounding areas, and staying in haunted hotels. Some of the best memories are of us driving the coast and stopping to enjoy the energy of the ocean waves and the magnificent trees up north along the way. Los Olivos, Fess Parker Inn, is always on my list as well, and we love to stop in to shop and enjoy the quaint feel of the town. Another one of my favorite spots to rejuvenate is the Allegretto Winery and Resort. I love the beautiful art collection and the grounds, in particular the labyrinth that attunes your chakras using tones that are motion activated. In San Diego, we enjoyed cliff side dining, sipping wine and then traveled to wineries in Temecula. While there we stayed in a beautiful private home and sipped amazing wines at Ronzoni, one of my favorite Temecula Wineries. I also love hiking in Anza-Borrego Springs, traveling through Fish Canyon, and the exploring surrounding areas for rock hunting and to visit ancient ruins. There is so much to enjoy and do that I love in the San Diego, Southern California area, that I would need several life times to explore it all!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My beautiful parents taught by example, and their lives were created fearlessly. My mom left home with very little education and became one of President Eisenhower’s secretaries (even rode in his private helicopter), before choosing to move overseas and join the diplomatic corp of the foreign service. That’s where she met my dad, who was with the air force before becoming involved with the CIA and communications. They married in Hue, Vietnam, and I was born in Saigon. They moved back to the states, but imbued in my brother and I the spirit of freedom, teaching us to follow our dreams. Without that shining example of how live can be an adventure, not something to be navigated through with struggle, or “dis- ease”, I would not have had the courage to take the risks that I have, and continue to take to build my life and dreams. Thanks to them both for their beautiful gift; that legacy of strength and fearlessness that they left us when they both passed on.
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