Helping Women Feel Confident in their Bodies

Helping Women Feel Confident in their Bodies

Tell us about Youtopia Health and Wellness Coaching LLC and why you started it. I have been a Labor and Delivery Nurse and a fitness professional for the past 26 years. I believe today, many people want and need a more personal touch than they can get from mainstream healthcare systems, fitness clubs, or self-improvement apps. I felt called to start Youtopia Health and Wellness Coaching LLC to address these needs and connect with my clients in a deeper, more meaningful way. As a Board-Certified Nurse Coach, I can take time with my clients to connect on a personal level. I value having meaningful conversations and listening deeply to what their needs are. Viewing health through a holistic lens considers the connections between the mind, body, spirit, emotional, and social components of a person’s health. Everything is connected! Nurse Coaching is not one size fits all. Each client is a unique being with their own goals, motivations, and desires. They are experts on their own needs and choices. I enjoy making genuine connections and guiding and supporting clients to discover what health means to them and create an action plan to bring their vision to life. Meeting with a personal coach regularly provides the client with an added level of accountability to not only achieve their goals but also have a lasting impact on their life. I’ve developed a passion for helping women feel confident in their bodies, navigate life transitions, and prepare for the unique demands of pregnancy and beyond. It brings me so much joy to be a part of this transformational journey!

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is, “Progress over perfection”.

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead? Fort Sewall. The views are so beautiful and bring me peace.  My husband and I walk to Fort Sewall a few times a week, sit on the bench, and admire the beauty of the North Shore. It’s a sensory experience for me.  The sights, the sounds of the waves, birds, and boats going by, feeling the wind on my skin, and the smell of the ocean are so refreshing and rejuvenating.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? Fun fact: I once starred in a BOSE training video with my husband.

Youtopia Health and Wellness Coaching LLC
Owner: Danielle Blaisdell RNC-OB, BSN, NC-BC
[email protected]
youtopiacoaching.cohere.live/about

Meet Living Swell

Meet Living Swell

Tell us about Living Swell and why you started it. In 2015 I decided to open a design studio/boutique in Marblehead as an extension of my interior design business. I wanted to create a place where people would be inspired by my unique design style and discover an extraordinary selection of hand chosen curated collections. The boutique, Living Swell, embodies a timeless coastal vibe, while always being on the forefront of style. Our interior design services include kitchen and bath design, home renovation, project management, yacht design, bespoke window treatments, upholstery and products, interior decoration and design.

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? Some of the best advice I’ve ever received during my career include “design with intent”,” trust your  instincts” and “own your style”.

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? My favorite spot has always been the north side of Fort Sewall, looking out over the water to Beverly and Manchester. 

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? People might be surprised to learn that when a good song comes on at Living Swell, we break out into total dance mode.

For More Information:
Living Swell
Owner: Diana James
34 Atlantic Ave. in Marblehead
www.livingswellmarblehead.com

Meet “M is for Marblehead”

Meet “M is for Marblehead”

What made you decide to write M is for Marblehead? I first got the idea for “M is for Marblehead” while reading “B is for Boston” with one of my nieces a few years ago. I had been thinking for some time about creating a children’s book to help kids learn about Marblehead, and an alphabet book seemed perfect. Growing up here, I was always curious about the town’s history, and I loved exploring the local programs and tours. I specifically remember two walking tours I did in school – one in the 4th grade with Mr. Sullivan from the Glover School and the other in the 8th grade with Bette Hunt. On those tours, I explored Marblehead’s famous buildings, saw the rooms inside Fort Sewall for the first time, and learned many of the stories hidden throughout Old Town. I really enjoyed those moments. So I wanted this book to be an addition to those learning experiences, an accessible way for children to learn about the places, people, and traditions that make Marblehead special. As a plus, I thought it was a fun way to learn the alphabet using places children might see every day! I hope children (and parents!) might learn something new or exciting and explore more of the town after reading the book.

What do you love most about Marblehead? This is a tough question. If I had to pick one thing, it would be how much history is in town. You can walk down almost every street, and there’s a new story to learn or place to explore. When my wife, daughter, and I go on walks, we often find a plaque with a person or event we weren’t aware of or notice something new on a historic building we’ve seen a hundred times. What’s also remarkable is that there are so many different centuries to explore. In just a half-mile walk in Old Town, you’ll see homes from the 1600s, a mansion or two built in the 1700s, and a town hall built in the 1800s. There’s just so much to learn. Since I published the book, I’ve discovered probably 20 facts or stories I wish I had included. Not to mention you have all that just steps from the ocean. Some people might disagree, but I don’t think there’s a prettier place to live. It’s so picturesque and quintessential New England in so many ways.

What hobbies/ interests do you have? I spend most of my time outside work with my family. My wife, Meredith, and I have a daughter, Catherine, who recently turned one, so we love doing new things with her. She’s already very curious and loves walking around town (she really likes Fort Sewall!). I come from a big family, and almost all of them are here in town as well. We are incredibly close, and Catherine loves being with her cousins and grandparents. So you’ll likely find us all together, either taking a ride around the harbor in the summer, getting ice cream at Scoops, or having a picnic somewhere outside!

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? I’m not sure it’s necessarily surprising, but I lived in Texas for seven years. While I really loved it there, it gave me a better appreciation of Marblehead and growing up here. There’s just something special about Marblehead that’s hard to truly explain if you haven’t been here. All of my friends down there still get annoyed by how much I talk about it (Texans are a bit prideful as well, haha). But being in Texas for so long and seeing so many new places, I realized how unique this town and community are. I’m fortunate my parents moved us here when we were young, and we were able to experience growing up in a place like this. And I’m lucky my wife, who is actually from Texas, agreed to move here so we can raise our own family in town now.

M is for Marblehead is available at Marblehead Mercantile, Mud Puddle Toys, Shubie’s Marketplace, Sweetwater Trading Company and Abbot Hall Gift Shop.

For More Information:
M is for Marblehead
Author: Garrett Callahan
[email protected]
https://www.garrettcallahan.com/

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