We had the good fortune of connecting with Marta Giri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marta, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The idea for Locally Well San Diego came in the height of the pandemic back in 2020. Like many of us, I was longing for a sense of community and I wondered where I might find people that also shared interests in wellness, healthy living and spirituality. But I didn’t know where to look! So I thought, why not create it myself? That’s how Locally Well was born!
I have also drawn on my years of experience in marketing in higher education and my journalism degree which I completed in Australia. At my university in Sydney, I got the opportunity to cohost an alternative health radio show where I interviewed wellness practitioners like yogis, healers, naturopaths, midwives and more. It’s been such a rewarding experience to return to my journalism roots and use those skills to showcase our beautiful wellness community here in San Diego!
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
San Diego really is the epicenter of healthy living and wellness. Perfect weather, gorgeous beaches, health-conscious restaurants, and so many yoga + fitness studios! Plus, we have so many global wellness brands born right here in San Diego (GoPro, Vuori, Perfect Bar, Kashi, Blenders Eyewear, Bare Republic). So I thought, “why not create a platform to showcase all of the amazing wellness changemakers that are transforming our community and the world?” and set out to do just that.
Locally Well San Diego showcases the latest trends, news + events of the San Diego wellness community to help you strengthen your mind, body and spirit. By building a strong wellness practice for yourself, you’ll help elevate the collective wellbeing of our local San Diego community and beyond.
I absolutely love connecting and forming connections through sharing stories, promoting events and meeting like-minded people. Our business motto is: “We love helping people find their people.” I love discovering a new fitness method, a helpful product or wellness service so I can immediately share it with our community — it is so rewarding. We also just launched our new podcast, Wellness in San Diego, which has been a great platform to share even more of these inspirational stories with a wider audience!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Sharing amazing wellness hotspots is what Locally Well San Diego is all about! We are so lucky to live in such a vibrant city full of great restaurants, hotels, beautiful beaches and things to do. Since I live in the beautiful beach community of Encinitas in North County San Diego, here are my top picks for a perfect wellness weekend in Encinitas:
STAY: Inn at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. Not only is this boutique hotel is just a few short blocks away from some of the most beautiful beaches, it is also the world’s first WELL certified hotel. This means it has been built to meet LEED certification standards but also has design elements that improve human health factors like air purification, clean water, good lighting and more.
RELAX: Just down the road from the Inn is Four Moons Spa, which is a gorgeous destination unto itself. Guests can choose from a variety of traditional spa services like massages and facials, and also seek healing from naturopathic doctors, acupuncturists, energy healers, mystics and more. Also, be sure to stop by the Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens to enjoy the beautiful foliage and ocean views (and it’s free entry!).
EAT: GOODONYA and Nectarine Grove are my go-to spots for a healthy and hearty breakfast – both restaurants have dozens of gluten-free, vegan and/or keto options. For lunch, I recommend stopping by Moto Deli, Haggo’s Tacos or Fish 101 in Leucadia. For dinner, we love Everest Himalayan Cuisine, Herb + Sea or Buona Forchetta.
MOVE: We love walking along the trails in the San Elijo Lagoon and also the Cardiff Rail Trail – perfect for families with little kids! And of course, the beaches: Cardiff Reef + Moonlight are our usual spots because again, they’re easy access for families.
SHOP: For wellness + spiritual essential goods, stop by Soulscape Gift + Bookstore in The Lumberyard on the 101 to pick up a crystal or two or three…I also love Thread Spun, Seaweed + Gravel and Child of Wild in Leucadia for locally made gifts, jewelry + clothes.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Starting your own business is never an easy task; I’m so grateful to the endless support of my husband, Nagdeep, my two kids, my parents and my brother for always believing in my vision and supporting my passions. I am also so thankful for the generosity and support from the many business owners and healthy living enthusiasts that I’ve met while reporting on our beautiful city. I am so grateful for the opportunity to partner together on our united mission, which is to bring wellness and healing to as many people in our San Diego community and beyond.
Other: Wellness in San Diego Podcast: https://www.locallywellsd.com/wellness-in-san-diego-podcast/ Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/wellness-in-san-diego-food-movement-spirituality-wellbeing/id1629489780?ign-itscg=30200&ign-itsct=podcast_box_badge Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1H6xDv7W8ucVCMmeEeToH7
The photo of me in the blue + green dress is by Shacole Hamlett, The photo of me in the blue dress is by Susan Magre Photography