As I wrap up my three short years in Marblehead, I am so grateful for having had the opportunity to live here, yet not without major life challenges.
My folks grew up in Lynn and as a teen, I would ride my bike through town and once in college, dreamed of someday owning a bed and breakfast where I would teach health classes and cook my healthy food for people.
When I moved here a few years ago, I began networking and building relationships with local businesses but unfortunately three months after arriving, I developed a staph infection that required surgery since I had a rare leukemia that suppressed my immune system. Following a lengthy hospitalization and chemotherapy, I reacted to the chemo and was quite ill for months on end. So much for getting business off the ground!
Luckily, I lived in a condo within walking distance to town and the pharmacy, so I began to improve my stamina with short walks. Once able to get back to yoga, I was there at The Loft, most days of the week. Randy and Laurel’s smiling faces always made me feel welcomed.
I began to work with Steve and Rob at the Landing, creating the SeaFit menu and with Jon and Joan at Marblehead Cable TV, doing health interviews with local health professionals. Additionally, Mary at the Reporter, welcomed my contributions to the newspaper.
Once feeling better, I did begin the process of creating a health retreat here in town and while many people liked the idea, there was also concern about bringing a larger business as this to town. I do believe that one day there may be an opportunity to revisit this idea, but the timing needs to be right for embracing a more holistic style of health and wellness.
Last summer, my daughter was married at Crocker Park and the day could not have been better. It was a highlight of my being here in this beautiful town. Shortly after, I embarked on a business trip to talk with leading healthcare professionals about integrative healthcare and as I voiced my frustrations, it was suggested that I consider a few other areas of the country, where my gifts could truly blossom. I began to consider this possibility, knowing that my children also had interest in moving to other areas of the country.
My process was definitely sped up with health challenges that my daughter has faced and the reality of once again needing to sell my home for financial reasons. For those of you who have followed my articles over these past few years, you know that I come from a place of seeking the silver lining, looking at the gift in the challenge. And this is exactly how I see it. I feel blessed and complete having been here, hoping that I have touched some lives with inspiration, and I look forward to my new chapter in Ojai, CA, a small community of forward thinking healthcare and spiritual professionals. I will still be available for consultations via a HIPPA compliant form of telehealth, doxy.me for my east coast folks.
With sincere thanks, Julie