We had the good fortune of connecting with Brooke Arciniega and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brooke, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I love this question! Like so many business owners, at the beginning, I put so much pressure on myself to work long, hard hours and while I do believe that this is somewhat necessary with running your own business, it certainly isn’t at the cost of our health and wellbeing. Over the years, I’ve learned to run my business in a way that allows me to take plenty of time off, spend it with the people I love and do the things that make me happy. I’ve begun to realize that my definition of success is running a business I truly love, not overworking myself and having plenty of time to enjoy life.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Building an interior design business in Denver for the last 8.5 years has been more than rewarding. I’ve had the opportunity to build so many amazing relationships working with clients & other small businesses in the area, and these relationships are what has kept me going. I’ve learned SO MANY lessons and I know I will continue to be presented with challenges, but I think one of the biggest things that I’ve learned is how important it is for me to check in with myself and make sure I’m making decisions in my business and life that feel aligned. I’m also a yoga teacher and I’m really excited about bringing more of the yogic perspectives into my interior design practices in a way that can help people live more consciously in spaces that are designed to ignite feelings of peace & joy. My business changes as I do, but I like to remind myself to be proud of what I’ve built, even if it’s small. If there is something that I’d like the world to know about me, it would be that I want to help people feel more inspired to live a healthy lifestyle in spaces that they love. I truly believe that the design of our home is directly related to how happy, grounded and calm we feel in our lives which impacts our overall health. This is how I live my own life and is the work I truly enjoy sharing with the world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A trip to the mountains would be a must, whether it was for skiing or to get down on hiking a 14er. Denver’s restaurant scene has been exploding with so many new spots, but some of my personal favorites are Linger for a yummy dinner (you can’t beat that rooftop view), Postino’s happy hour, and Room for Milly for a delicious cocktail. For anyone interested in the history of Denver, I love taking guests on tours at the Molly Brown House and the Capitol Building. The perfect trip to Denver would of course have to end with seeing a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
A dear friend and mentor of mine who has always been such an inspiration is Ethan Ruby. Not only is Ethan an incredible entrepreneur himself, but the story of his personal journey is one of true admiration. He has inspired me (and so many others) that even after overcoming a traumatic accident, you can turn any idea into something big if you set your mind to it. I am truly grateful for our friendship and his mentorship.
John Bosley Photography