We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Arnold and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelly, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Thankfully I can say that I now have work-life balance. This only came when I realized it was up to me to make it happen. For many years, I juggled a heavy, stressful workload while trying to also manage family responsibilities and personal relationships and obligations. Doing it not so well, I found myself super stressed, imbalanced and unhealthy at a point. The pain of staying that way began to outweigh the pain of making much needed changes. When my balance and centeredness became most important, I was able to shift from work-life balance to life-work balance. Where all aspects of life are respected equally; and work doesn’t always get priority above all other things. While grateful for my job and career, I also cherish time spent with my family and friends and doing other things that I enjoy. I found that a dedicated mindfulness, meditation and yoga practice of over 5 years has been pivotal in my achieving and maintaining a steady state of balance.
What should our readers know about your business?
I started my personal meditation and yoga practice desperate to restore balance in my own mind, body and spirit. And having spent most of my life as a working professional, I started teaching and formed Medha, Inc. to help restore organizational health and vitality through a company’s number one asset: its people. These important human resources are under tremendous amounts of stress. Struggling with work-life balance and being their healthiest selves. I was there myself and it’s a big issue for most organizations. With a unique skillset being trained in communication, risk management, and meditation, I developed a variety of stress-management and productivity methods targeted at people with busy, hectic lives, and have been teaching these principles in organizations for the last several years. The Medha Way centers around developing a daily micro self-care practice based in the non-secular wisdom tradition of Yoga. One that incorporates simple, practical techniques that are easily digestible in snippets or “bits” throughout the day. Also known as Bit Yoga™, the system is grounded in having at least a handful of Daily Mindful Moments (Daily MMs™) each day. It’s proven to accelerate performance through wellbeing by making wellness a habit, bit by bit.
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.
Colorado is the best of states being a year-round destination that inspires souls with its natural beauty and coolest of cities. I grew up in the Park Hill neighborhood of Denver and later spent many years in Congress Park. Nearby Colfax Avenue is known for its variety of great hang out spots. Like the PS Lounge, a longtime favorite dive bar owned by our friend Pete; adjoined by Enzo’s End, who makes some of the best pizza in town. Pete’s Kitchen (owned by another Pete) is another Colfax eatery serving up Greek delights. The music scene in Denver is fantastic, when there is one. If you can catch a show, spectacular Red Rocks amphitheater is a must – it’s a geological phenomenon that is one of the best music venues in the world. Other great scenes are the Mission Ballroom, the Fillmore Auditorium and Fiddler’s Green to name a few. Also, any trip near or through the majestic Rocky Mountains is sure to be a good one. Breckenridge and Telluride tie in my book for the coolest of mountain towns. You can’t go wrong with a summer or winter visit to either, even during a pandemic. Travels to other places like the Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde, or the Black Canyon of Gunnison provide plenty of awesome sites and adventure.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Much of my journey into balanced wellbeing has come through my time with the Chopra Center (www.chopracenter.com). It is here that I have been able to periodically immerse myself in the ancient teachings of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda, while also certifying as a meditation instructor. I’m forever grateful to Deepak Chopra and the Chopra Center family for helping me to learn and teach these invaluable life practices and wisdom. And forever in gratitude to my late mother, Geraldine, who introduced me to one of Deepak’s first books, the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, so many years ago. This journey into self-healing would also not be possible without the unconditional love and support of my husband, Jason, and son, Joey. Our little unit has been through many life experiences together, some tough and others, pretty awesome! Like my special shoutout to Jason and his new life venture as a proud owner of his own music store. Doing something that he loves – talking and selling musical equipment and rocking out on his breaks! Check out Jason’s local Colorado owned business, Music Go Round, for your music needs. (www.musicgoroundlittleton.com