“Boomerang” Spotlight: Renee Innes

Name:

Renee Innes

Current City/Town:

North Conway

Native City/Town:

Wolfeboro

Tell us a little about yourself.

I own Sacred Circle Wellness and The Thrifty Mom in the North Conway Village. I specialize in Women’s Integrative Health as a Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Doula and BirthFIT coach. The mission of Sacred Circle is to support new families in their transition to parenthood whether for the first for fourth time. I offer birth education workshops and Prenatal Massage and Prenatal Yoga Classes. The Thrifty Mom is a Maternity, Women’s and Baby Thrift Store, right next door to Sacred Circle. I am also volunteer at Starting Point: Services for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence. I have a 9 month old girl and a wonderful husband who is a high school teacher.

Why did you leave New Hampshire?

I left New Hampshire because I was filled with wanderlust as a twenty year old and I wanted to see the country and explore outside of New England. I found a school in Colorado that I wanted to attend from a University of NH study abroad program. I was only suppose to go for a semester as an “abroad” student, but I ended up staying in Gunnison for five years.

What did you miss most about New Hampshire?

The water.

Why did you choose to “boomerang” back to the Granite State?

I came back to New Hampshire after completing a Massage Therapy program and receiving my Bachelors in Exercise and Sport Science from Western State. When I graduated, I felt as though I wanted to bring my newfound knowledge of holistic and women’s health back to the state I grew up in. I also missed the water, (lakes, rivers and the ocean), as I grew up on Lake Winnipesaukee and where I was living was a high mountain desert. I am also a very family oriented person and wanted to be closer to my family as I began to settle down.

What is your favorite childhood memory from being in New Hampshire?

Being with my family and cousins at the camp on Lake Winnipesaukee in the summertime. Catching fish, canoeing, swimming and playing king of the raft.

What keeps you in the state?

My family and business.

In your travels, what were some cool or unique things you came across that you wish were in New Hampshire?

I wish we had hot springs in New Hampshire.

Tell us some of your favorite places in the state or your region? i.e. restaurants, recreational or cultural activities, etc.

Where I live now. The White Mountains have always had a special place in my heart. My family would come up here to camp and hike for as long as I can remember. My love for the outdoors landed me here. I love being so close to the Saco River and many hikes from easy walks to the 4,000 footers, there is also some amazing rock climbing and mountain bike trails 10 minutes from my house. I also appreciate winter sports and there is so much to do here in the winter. I love going to Silver Lake – and Echo Lake is right next door and now I take my baby to my favorite spots which feels like a full circle of sorts.

If money were not an issue, what would your version of a “perfect” day in the state look like?

It would be summer and I’d wake up with a full nights rest (my baby slept through the night) and not have any set plans, but would most likely go to the beach and play in the water with Lily. Then read while my husband watched her, grab a bite to eat and people watch. Go for a sunset hike up Cathedral Ledge and look down on the little valley. I’d have a grilled meal at home made of our fresh veggies from the garden and meat from Veno’s. Money would not have a lot to do with my perfect day, expect for the local, expensive meats and specialty foods at Veno’s, I’d probably spend a lot of money there if I could.

Why would you consider leaving the state again?

To fill the wanderlust that still lives within me. Most likely after raising a family here.

What do you believe to be the “New Hampshire” advantage?

Access to the outdoors.

Is there someone in the state that you would like to have coffee with? And why?

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen or Governor Chris Sununu because I believe the state can do better in terms of women’s health and supporting pregnant people and new families. Paid family leave and affordable childcare are two things that increase the well-being of a new family and it is beneficial for the primary caretaker. It’s beneficial for both physical and mental health and healthy parents make healthy children. Asking women to return to work only a week or two after giving birth because they can’t afford to stay home or expect they can take 12 weeks of unpaid time is unreasonable. Then there is the burden of paying for very expensive childcare and makes it a mental and financial dilemma whether to even work or not. We must do better. These two things should be advocated at both the state and federal level.

Anything else you’d like add that we didn’t touch base upon?

I’m happy that I moved home despite the difficulty of living in small town with a tourist-based economy where it is hard to find places to meet new people, attend events, and participate in arts and sports because our town does not necessarily tend to the locals or young people as much as it does the needs of the tourists.

I would like to be part of that change.

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