We had the good fortune of connecting with June Suepunpuck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi June, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Before I even came up with the name “Joy Guide June”, I knew my main goal was to make a positive social impact on the world. I just didn’t know at the time what that would look like or how it would come about. However, now I see my calling very clearly and this “why” fuels my heart and soul every single day. Joy Guide June’s mission is to help people who feel lost or stuck find their way towards a more joyful, magical, and purpose-driven life. There is a lot of pain, suffering, and grief in the world, but I truly believe the human experience is meant to be enjoyed. What often holds us back is a lack of awareness for how life moves, which makes joy feel unattainable or even impossible. However, there’s a key that could unlock a sea of potential. What a lot of people don’t realize is that to feel the depths of joy you must actually be familiar with its opposite – pain. And I don’t know anyone who has never experienced pain. My theory is that if you know that you can feel deep pain, then you are equally capable of feeling great joy because polarity is a natural part of life. We have ups, downs, inside, outside, positive, negative, life, death. These are all fundamental truths when it comes to the cycles of life. If we can come to accept this flow, then we can see that we are never truly lost or stuck, but rather “recalibrating” on our journey back home to ourselves. Thus, the human experience doesn’t have to be so challenging. In fact, finding ourselves can become an eye-opening adventure full of magic and joy! This entire philosophy is why I call myself a Joy GUIDE because my role is to navigate you through the ups and downs of your journey and help you map out your path to joyful living. One of the reasons people remain stuck or lost is because they try to figure it out on their own. Although you may eventually get there, I can say from personal experience that it will take you muuuuuch longer to reach your destination alone. I have gone through my fair share of struggles, multiple transformations, trial and error, spiritual awakenings, and deep ancestral healing to get to where I am but, hey, I took the scenic route :). By sharing my own experiences as well as using a plethora of healing modalities I’ve learned along the way, my hope is to spread awareness that “self help” doesn’t have to be burdensome or heavy. In fact, I use my training in energy healing to make the experience feel as comfortable and relaxing as possible! My intention as Joy Guide June is to help as many people as I can, but even if I only end up helping one person experience joy, that would still fulfill me. Ultimately, that one person may go on to impact another person who impacts another and another and another. We all know it only takes one to make great change. The ripple effect of joy could be exponential…and, frankly, that’s a social impact I find worth fighting for.
How did you get to where you are in your business? What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
My work as a Joy Guide and Energy Healer actually evolved over a lifetime of experience. I look back now and feel like I spent a lot of my life (unintentionally) doing the opposite of joyful, healthy living. While I felt like I was pursuing happiness and clear goals all along, in hindsight, my ego and the need to achieve took the driver seat 99% of the time. I was a major workaholic and being an obedient first generation Thai daughter, I felt like I had something to prove to myself and my family. My parents had made so many sacrifices in their own lives that I felt a heavy responsibility to resumé the crap out of my life. On paper, I had everything checked off. I went to a good college and received a Psychology degree (I initially wanted to be a child therapist). Instead I ended up moving to LA and getting a Masters in Costume Design. Right after grad school I worked hard to fulfill a successful 13+ year career as a wardrobe stylist in the entertainment industry… and somewhere along the way I got married and adopted a kitty. On the outside I was “happy”, but on the inside I was depressed, burned out, emotionally numb, frequently ill, and completely lost. It was a culmination of years of emotional repression and stifling my inner voice that started taking a toll on my physical body. At the time, not even therapy helped. It wasn’t until I had a complete breakdown/meltdown/existential crisis that things started turning around for me. To my surprise, my meltdown birthed the most left field of babies….a tiny glimmer of JOY. By allowing myself to feel all of the pain, sorrow, grief, anxiety and crying to the point of nausea, I felt my body finally release so much internal pressure that I’d been holding back all of these years. And like a completely possessed person, that relief woke me up and inspired me to make a change. I became the ultimate joy seeker. I ended up hiring a business coach/psychotherapist, then a life coach, followed by a voice coach to start addressing all of my repressed emotions and heal. Shortly after, I left my stable job to travel and had a non medicinal shamanic experience in Kauai that would forever change me. My trip to Kauai was when I knew I had a deeper purpose to make a social impact on the world. It was the first time I tapped into a gift I never knew I had and began to realize that my “visions” weren’t just my imagination. They were portals to my intuition and my higher self. It was also the first time I allowed my curiosity to lead my path to joy. This led me to study all kinds of different healing modalities to see what else I could uncover, and my fascination with spirituality intensified. I ended up working with all kinds of tools: energy healing, pendulums, oracle cards, crystals, past life regression, tarot, visualization meditations, sound healing, astrology, human design, and integrative craniosacral therapy (all of which are methods I use in my work today). At first, I couldn’t believe that my east coast self who used to make fun of these “woo woo” people was actually turning into one! It felt soooo “LA”, but I honestly believe that I experienced that upbringing and skepticism because it now helps me to empathize when someone is uncertain about my unconventional methods. But I wholeheartedly know that my work is not meant to convince anyone of anything. I’m just here to share my experience, offer up fun new tools for self awareness, and MAYBE-just maybe- open people up to the possibility that magic can exist in their life. Since starting this business, I realize I have been a Joy Guide all of my life. Even when I was a child and even when I was working as a stylist, I always used my intuition and energy to help uplift those around me. And now that I’ve learned how to harness that power in a sacred and intentional way, I am compelled to share it with as many people as I can.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite things to do in the city are all within a 5 mile radius: -Grab breakfast at Urth Cafe and order a frozen matcha latte with boba even thought it’s breakfast -Get massages at The Now Santa Monica -Shop for a new oracle deck or crystals at the House of Intuition -Get lunch to go at Sunny Blue down the street and walk it to the beach -Eat our sushi burritos on the beach, then journal, sketch -Ride a Tandem Bike along the beach, making sure to pass the skateboard park and eclectic Venice shops -Grab a sushi dinner at SugarFish -End the night with a ride on the Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica boardwalk OR a sound bath at the Aura Shop
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to give a shoutout to my amazing and generous parents who made my epic journey to joy possible. Joy Guide June would not exist without you! Thank you for all of your support as I’ve stumbled my way through this life and for being there even when you didn’t necessarily agree with my crazy decisions. I hope I’ve made you proud and all of the sacrifices you’ve made have been worth it, I love you, Moomee and Catty! And I also want to give a shoutout to my sweet, handsome husband for always pushing me to be my best. Being with you has made me a much better human. YOU are my earth angel. Thank you for loving me unconditionally through all of the transformations that led up to Joy Guide June. I know how difficult it can be to grow together when both of us are constantly evolving, but I’m so grateful that we are headed in the same, hope-filled direction. Love you, Conaqui.
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