In our new monthly profile series, Meet the Trailblazers, Fitbit seeks to increase diversity in the world of wellness and fitness by featuring the voices of POC trailblazers leading these industries—industries that have long disrespected voices like theirs.
For our September profile, we’re highlighting the incredible work of Kelly Green Johnson, A certified life and mindset coach, an international meditation instructor, certified NLP and EFT practitioner, hypnotherapist, host of “Hey Lovely!” podcast, and author of his book Totally flawed. We’re excited to share our conversation with Kelly about how she started wellness, her brand, and other impressive life’s work.
Hailing from the south side of Queens, New York, Kelly Green Johnson is the founder of Kelly Green Media LLC, a personal coaching and consulting brand focused on wellness, women’s empowerment and self-love. Kelly inspires her clients by sharing her lifestyle and mindset and introducing self-love practices while providing guidance and resources to those hoping to increase their self-worth in life and business.
“It’s been a blessing to guide my 10-year corporate journey to the Human Resources and Communications department,” she says. “I’ve always loved helping people and knew that if I left the confines of my desk and cubicle, I could help change the world and manifest the life of my dreams.”
The journey also included a surprise meet-cute, as Kelly recently married her husband, whom she met on a Zoom call while leading meditation during the pandemic. Talk about the unexpected!
Keep reading to learn more about Kelly, her business, and how she’s paving the way for women in her community.
FITBIT: How did you get started in the fitness industry and life coaching?
Kelly: I have a background in Human Resources and a degree in Business Administration, and although I jumped into the corporate workforce after college, I’ve always wanted the freedom to travel the world and make an impact. So when corporate life no longer felt like it for me, I thought about how my skills and love for helping people in human resources could be applied to people’s lives as a certified life coach.
Then when I realized that there are many other healing and transformational methods like Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Meditation, Hypnotherapy and many more, I became very excited and convinced to indulge my interest in getting certified in these to provide more positive change. As well as my clients to give.
As a victim of growing up bullying, I experienced a lot of self-doubt and a lack of confidence in my inner and outer beauty. I wish I knew about different mindsets and mindfulness resources to help me change my view of myself and how I appear in the world, which is one of the reasons helping others, especially women, is so important to me.
FITBIT: Can you tell me about your personal coaching and professional mentoring brand, Kelly Green Media?
Kelly: I help aspiring women release their mental blocks so they can change their mindset and confidently take action together in their lives and careers, all the while practicing wellness and achieving their goals. I also work with leading brands and organizations on wellness workshops to improve their employees’ performance, morale and company experience. If there is a brand or business that wants to discuss self-care, mindfulness, improving expression or empowering meditation or hypnosis, they are sure to experience a life-changing session.
FITBIT: Through your life and mindset coaching work, you focus on empowering women (especially black and POC women), self-love, and self-care. What attracted you to this job?
Kelly: Feeling my own lack of self-love and overwhelmed by my lack of self-care, I knew it was important to help others to avoid the damage I had caused in my life. Participating in unhealthy relationships, not prioritizing my mental or physical health, and living an unfulfilled life is not what I wish for other women.
At one point I was such a happy man at work that I avoided all the physical symptoms that told me to rest. I was at work ignoring my body signs and ended up having a panic attack one day. I was taken out of the office on a stretcher and brought to the hospital in the back of an ambulance. It was a lot and I decided to never let it happen again.
As black women, we often overlook the needs of others and our own. But enough is enough. Now is the time to learn better ways to live our lives and act on what we learn. And that’s why I’m drawn to this job.
FITBIT: Why, in your view, is it so important for black women and women of color like you to have a safe space to explore self-love and healing?
Kelly: I think it’s important because I didn’t have it when I needed it the most in my life. Growing up, meditation was seen as weird or evil and frowned upon in my community. Therapy wasn’t even something that was talked about because as a black woman, I often heard my elders tell the younger generation that if you had a problem “the church was enough” and if we went to therapy people would think we were crazy to discuss it. Comfort was not the issue, so my journey of healing and self-love was unfortunately extremely delayed.
I want to help remove the shame and stigma surrounding wellness so people can comfortably access the tools, resources, and safe spaces we need to heal and grow. There is much emotional and even physical trauma in the black community, if not outright, generationally—and it’s time to break these generational curses. Black women begin to express themselves as worthy of love, to avoid settling for less, and to live the life they want.
FITBIT: Can you tell me about your first book, Totally flawed?
Kelly: My first book is a collection of poetry and prose. It takes the reader on an inspiring journey into the complex depths of the human psyche. From childhood hardships and ever-pervading self-doubt to turbulent waves of both love and hate, this collection of compelling poems and inspiring anecdotes invites you to a reflective and cathartic experience.
Packed with valuable wisdom, each piece reminds the reader of life’s only constant: change and the key to life’s happiness: self-love.
FITBIT: You are not only a life coach, you are also an NLP practitioner and clinical hypnotherapist, public speaker, podcast host, author and meditation teacher. What would you say is the most fulfilling part of your job?
Kelly: I would say the most fulfilling part of my job is hearing from my clients about how their outlook on themselves and their lives has changed for the better. I love hearing how they love themselves more, how they have cultivated more peace in their lives, and how they can express with ease and love the positive transformation their lives are taking. It’s incredible and I’m so grateful to be doing this.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, changing your sleeping habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.