We had the good fortune of connecting with Danielle Kim and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Danielle, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
I love this question. There is no goal ! Providing spiritual care for artists and creatives is something that called me. It actually yelled and hunted me down haha. I’m a blank canvas when it comes to my professional life. I would love to experience the art and flourishing of as many spirits possible. All the highs and lows tangled up in that journey are deeply welcome.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
This question goes back to how funny the Universe is. I don’t create art to create art, but it’s all run-off from my spiritual practice. Creation is my form of devotion.

In order to lock into flow state one must be present with the physical world and empty inside. The ideas, concepts, and curiosity flow through and emerge as the person’s natural gifts. For me, it’s some type of baked good or mellow art project. For another, it may be a great song, research project on rocks, foreign policy initiative. My creativity has nothing to do with me, which in turn is my favorite part about being me. I’m always entertained by whatever decides to pop out.

Being entrusted with the wisdom of our ancestors is a unique life calling that requires an incredible amount of humility in today’s world. My ultimate goal is wellness of the spirit lying within the person. This means I will not always get a response, my work / life balance does not start and stop with a job title, and the efficacy of my work is predicated on my own health & wellness.

I still laugh every time I step back and look at my life. It’s really funny how much I did not want this, up until I got it. This is by far the coolest, most profound, and humbling way to spend my days. I am so grateful for all who allow me to Be.

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.
Hopefully this friend comes through during the fall time. Arizona autumns are so soothing to the soul.

I’d keep things mellow during the day so we can enjoy each other’s company and let the days guide us. During this window I’m sure we’d grab local coffee and food, DT Phx is the best for this but Tempe and Mesa have been poppin off lately. Also been going nuts for the cute heart straws at Spce Coffee.

A few day trips to Sedona, Horseshoe Bend, and the Painted Desert would be great. Supporting indigenous communities and picking up beautiful turquoise jewelry directly from the artisans themselves is a fav for me. Covid got me hooked up park picnics so I’d be sure to squeeze in a few breezy afternoons with snacks, games, maybe something bubbly.

For night ! I really emphasize sunset drives. Papago Park is breathtaking for this, the DT cityscape, cruising up Shea to the Fountain Hills fountain. I would definitely do a night hike with those goofy headlamps ( not sure if this is fully legal ? plz edit out if needed yikes ). Ultimately I’m a quality > quantity person. I’m sure I’d end up asking other people for recommendations haha. But AZ has the sweetest people, we’d be sure to have a good time wherever we land.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh man I could write an essay for each person in my life and the impact they’ve have on me. I love the concept of people and things being our “mirrors” along the journey. A few notable mentions are:

Gangster rap in general, reflecting back my passion for Shadow Work and call to studying suffering within minority groups.

My soulmates, reflecting back my ability to love and the clarity of love itself.
The whole ass Universe, it’s got jokes on jokes once you start to listen.

Website: daniellekim.com

Instagram: @bydaniellekim

Image Credits
Personal photo was shot by Antonio Alcazar

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