Monika Joy Kinsman - Directed by Kirsten Turk Nghiem

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Patrick Keith O'Brien says ... on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:08 PM

Monika is awesome. She is the secret ingredient that makes Thrive truly thrive. We need more people like her - inspiring community champions.

meh says ... on Wednesday, May 2 at 9:45 PM

not so much.

Kristina says ... on Wednesday, May 2 at 10:22 PM

Last but not least, Monika takes whatever circumstances cross her path and finds the blessing. Her bright light is dimmed by nothing. She turns financial hardship into a community building experience and flood into an upgrade and remodel. ...

Kristina says ... on Wednesday, May 2 at 10:22 PM

Third, Monika took the time to talk with me, while she was taking care of everyone else. She is welcoming, light hearted, generous, full of life and ideas and takes full responsibility to make it happen all with a genuine smile on her face. ...

Kristina says ... on Wednesday, May 2 at 10:32 PM

Second, I was starting a 30 day cleans and I had so many questions. Thrive is not a typical restaurant where you are served and you leave. The staff welcomed me and took their time to talk to me personally. Thrive became a community resource for me.

Kristina says ... on Wednesday, May 2 at 10:34 PM

I met Monika at an introduction to the Forum at Landmark Education. When I heard her story and how Thrive got started, I was compelled to go visit her restaurant. I was thrilled. It was a unique experience, for many reasons ...

Andie says ... on Thursday, May 3 at 11:18 AM

I've never met anyone with as much drive and passion as Monika. her kindness and and generosity are an amazing thing to see and experience. She creates an intentional community from those around her.

Paty says ... on Thursday, May 3 at 9:26 PM

Monika is who I call a True friend. She carries all the skills of a leader who genuinely advocates for a healthy way of life which will result in a healthy community. I am blessed to have her in my life again. She is such a bright shining Star!!

Luke says ... on Thursday, May 3 at 10:37 PM

Great work Kirsten! Very motivational-

Zack says ... on Friday, May 4 at 10:03 AM

Monika is great to work with and what she has created at Thrive is incredibly unique.

Kirsten says ... on Friday, May 4 at 10:38 AM

It was a pleasure to meet Monika. After my 1st meal at THRIVE I was almost a vegan, raw convert! It was so delicious that I am thinking about it still today.. 1 week later! She offers the community as place to connect and learn the vitality of life.

Janna says ... on Friday, May 4 at 2:22 PM

Thank you Kirsten for this enlightening story. Very well done! So many of us know what we should do, but Monika makes it happen by addressing the body through optimum nutrition, and providing a caring comfort zone for the mind simultaneously!

Quinn says ... on Friday, May 4 at 10:47 PM

Connections...we are all connected and we all have a story. Thanks for sharing green goodness, everyday!

Lucille Laird says ... on Monday, May 7 at 6:24 AM

I pop into Thrive when I'm in the Seattle area.Monica and her team share the wealth of thier culinary and healthy living learnings with all who are open to listen. I learn something on each visit. Thanks Monica!

Michael Heflin says ... on Monday, May 7 at 3:44 PM

Monika is a true kindred spirit....who can cook

Ashleigh says ... on Monday, May 7 at 6:11 PM

Nice work Kirsten. I'm sure Monica is thrilled with how you brought recognition to THRIVE.

Lisa says ... on Tuesday, May 8 at 10:29 AM

Thrive is my place of comfort and regeneration!

Stephanie says ... on Tuesday, May 8 at 11:08 AM

I have known Monika for exactly half my life! Her spirit has never faded. Even in high school she was a leader and her gentle heart was always at the forefront. Now she has grown and so has all of her achievements. <3Her spirit is illuminating<3

Jessica says ... on Tuesday, May 8 at 6:01 PM

First time I met Monika I felt I had a friend for life.

Jen says ... on Wednesday, May 9 at 9:51 PM

Monika is honest, authentic, a very straight-forward person through and through! It's amazing how real she can be about what she wants, and then go after it!

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