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Rosanne Bostonian, PhD, RMT

Rosanne Bostonian, Ph.D., RMT, has been a long-valued member of the healing community in Northern New Jersey. Her doctoral study as a psychologist took place at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Yeshiva University at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Bronx, New York. Her internships spanned in-patient (Trenton Psychiatric Hospital) and several out-patient facilities in the New Jersey area. She served as a School Psychologist in the West Morris Regional School District as well as generating a successful general psychology practice in Florham Park, New Jersey.

After her many years of practice, Dr. Bostonian decided to use her healing skills as a Reiki Master Teacher and Foot Reflexology Practitioner. She closed her conventional practice in 2014 and currently uses her attunement with Universal Energy as the ongoing core of her success as a healer. She believes in the principles of wellness based healing, rather than the more traditional view of pathology based healing.

Dr. Bostonian’s view of “what we’re all doing here” reflects her study of Buddhist teachings and her life experience. Her strong belief is that there is a flow of truth that can only be accessed through ego sacrifice and self-awareness. She believes that we must overcome distractions to access these Universal Truths.

In addition to her Reiki/Reflexology Practice, Dr. Bostonian is currently an adjunct professor at Berkeley College where she teaches courses in Human Relations and Psychology. She refers to all that she currently does as her “Legacy Tour.” She enjoys writing on her website, EssentialSpirit.net and invites a dialogue with others through that medium.

Long noted for her sense of humor, palatable wisdom and open-heartedness, Dr. Bostonian’s words shared in her blogs have been said to strike chords of awareness in those who are kindred spirits. She delights in the expression of the written word.

What is your hobby?

Is there anything better than getting an idea, writing a blog and receiving humorous and appreciative responses? If there is, I haven’t discovered it yet! I LOVE to share ideas in writing!!

How did you get started with this hobby?

As a teacher, psychologist and all around communicator, I think it was natural for me to put words down on paper (and now online). When you hit the note of what comes naturally and gives you spontaneous joy, that’s the “hobby,” avocation and hopefully the vocation that will draw people into your circle.

Tell us what you love about your hobby.

It’s definitely the process, the feel of ideas becoming tangible. Whenever a person can lean into the “Great Invisible,” whether it’s communing with Nature, making music or art, and bring into the material world what was previously invisible, it’s a joy! And when others can share in it and appreciate it, better yet!

What types of things/equipment have you spent money on for your hobby?

The media are life, memories, time and computer. When it all comes together, it can be a symphony. Writing is an inexpensive hobby since the normal equipment we have in life is the tool of creation.

What are some of your favorite places to shop for your hobby?

I “shop” in daily life, being an observer of people and having a running inner commentary that brings out my many experiences as a teacher, Reiki/Reflexology practitioner and psychologist.

Are there any good books for beginners?

There are books on “blogging.” You have only to look online under “blogging for beginners.” It’s good to have a basic writing ability and definitely a passion to share ideas.

How has your hobby changed your life?

Writing and posting my thoughts and feelings has allowed me to introspect, derive self-appreciation and self-awareness. It has allowed others to know me better. I believe, since I post my writing on my website, it may attract people to a full range of wellness services I provide.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

I would tell others to be observers of life and make mental notes of things unfolding that fascinate you. Then it’s about “practice, practice, practice!” As in all communication skills, getting feedback from others is helpful. Since everyone isn’t you, perception is key, so the manner of expression is best when it hits a common chord. Work those communications muscles and they will get stronger!

Terry Bandy

Terry Bandy is a Senior Data Scientist based in San Francisco, California. Bandy works with companies in the US and abroad to apply big data to concrete problems. He is passionate about working with his clients to grow their audience and profits. Bandy brings years of tech experience to his freelance endeavors, including the startup and management of a website analytics company in the early years of data science.

Bandy grew up with a passion for numbers and logic. Throughout high school and then undergraduate studies at Tufts University, Bandy pursued this passion with enthusiasm, which garnered the attention of his teachers and professors. Bandy was identified as gifted as a young age, and throughout college he received mentoring from professors who encouraged him to continue studying computer sciences.

As a college junior, Terry Bandy and two other students founded a tech-based company that specialized in website design and analytics. The group sold the company, which had become quite successful, five years later. Bandy moved to California to help manage the company. While helping with the companies transition over to new owners, Bandy entered an MBA program. He earned his master’s degree and then began taking on data science work on a contractual basis. Today Terry Bandy lives in San Francisco with his wife Melissa and two sons.

What is your hobby?

My hobby is fly fishing. I go every chance that I get.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I got started with this hobby when I was a young kid, probably five or six, and my dad took me out to the rivers with him. Back then I couldn’t fly fish, but he would and I would play around on the shore. When I got older and could manage the fishing rod on my own he taught me how to cast and present the fly.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love the serenity of being in nature, in a river or on the shores of a lake. I love walking down a river and exploring all of the hidden spots, where no one else goes. It is very relaxing. I also enjoy the fact that it is an activity that I can do with my sons. They love it as much as I do.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

One of the things I love about fly fishing is that you can do it on your own. I’m not part of any fishing groups, and that’s the way I like it! I don’t go to events either. Usually when my sons and I go out fishing it happens very spur of the moment. Once a year we travel to Colorado for a more extensive fishing and camping trip.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

I recently bought a new pair of waders because our Colorado trip is coming up, and I know that the water is going to be cold. I chose Orvis brand Silver Sonic waders because I like the way they’ve designed water proof seams. It feels good to be out in the sunshine in freezing cold water and feel totally comfortable — not wet and cold. You can fish longer that way.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I usually go to Lost Coast Outfitters here in San Francisco. I also like a few shops in Colorado, where we take our annual fly fishing trip. The Colorado Angler in Silverthorne, Colorado is great. Sometimes, if I can’t find the exact thing that I want, I will shop online. I prefer to spend my money locally though.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Since I learned how to fish hands-on, from my father, I really didn’t look into beginner fly fishing books. I think that with fishing, you need to actually go out into the water with someone who knows what they are doing. One helpful resource that I’ve used over the years which I recommend to beginners is a guide to the waters in your area. Personally, I use Greg Vinci’s Flyfisher’s Guide To California, but I suppose the one that the beginner chooses will depend on his or her geographic location.

How has this changed your life?

It has brought me a lot of peace and joy. Those two commodities are more valuable than money in the bank.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Be patient with yourself. Have fun exploring the rivers. Approach it like a kid would — just play around and have a good time. If you approach it that way, you’ll never have a bad day of fishing, even if you don’t catch anything and your casting is awful.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I love to read, hike, and travel.

Dr. Lane Sebring

 

 

Dr. Lane Sebring is a fully licensed medical doctor operating a private practice, the Sebring Clinic, based out of Wimberly, Texas. While he began his career as a traditional doctor working in a hospital, he was soon considered an “alternative medicine” provider based on his reliance on the Paleo Diet, a diet modeled after what the earliest humans ate to remain healthy for the duration of their lives.

Today, Dr. Sebring operates his Sebring Clinic and an attached Paleo Pharmacy that provides everything his patients need to embrace the Paleo lifestyle. He recently sat down with us to explain why he finds fitness and nutrition so interesting.

What is your hobby?

I know it’s my career, but my greatest passion is the Paleo Diet. The Paleo Diet eschews modern dairy and processed foods in favor of natural foodstuffs available to ancient man, such as meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. I firmly believe that switching to this diet can help millions of Americans increase both their life expectancy and quality of life, so I constantly advise my patients to embrace it.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I attended a medical conference in the mid-1990s where a bunch of nutritionists gathered to discuss alternative diet programs. Loren Cordain spoke about the merits of the Paleo Diet at that conference, and I immediately realized that I had found my medical calling.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love all the steak it lets me eat! (Laughs) Jokes aside, most fad diets expect you to eat bland cardboard or nothing at all to deliver the extravagant results they claim to offer. Paleo food can be absolutely delicious, so you don’t have to compromise flavor to live a healthier lifestyle. Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, fresh meat—the paleo diet is all about eating foods straight from the Earth and helps your body feel better almost immediately.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought?

Paleo is still considered a unique treatment method, so my patients were having a hard time finding the materials needed to follow my advice. I opened the Paleo Pharmacy to allow my clinic to serve as a convenient “one-stop shop” for both Paleo advice and supplies. I now sell a variety of Paleo-friendly supplements, including Patriot Power Greens and a digestive aid called Digestive Freedom Plus that helps the human stomach recover from all of the processed ingredients found in the modern diet.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Oh absolutely! Anything by Loren Cordian is a great introduction to Paleo, especially a book simply titled The Paleo Diet. That book reinforced everything I learned at that conference and more, giving me the guidance I needed to dedicate my private practice to the lifestyle.

How has this changed your life?

How hasn’t it? (Laughs) Like many other Paleo adherents, the diet gives me more energy and measurable weight loss results that other diets simply can’t measure up to. I also enjoy the food I eat, allowing me to live every day to its fullest. But most of all, I love the ability to help others and introduce Paleo to the masses.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

It might seem tough at first, but I advise everyone to stick with it because the benefits are life changing. My website, DrLaneSebring.com, includes tasty recipes and other tips that help make the lifestyle more accessible, allowing novices and experts alike to go Paleo and live longer, happier lives

Chris Kaiser

Chris Kaiser is a Pennsylvanian Vermonter that comes from a large family with three brothers, two sisters and an army of nieces and nephews.  Spending all of his time split between the woods and a baseball diamond, Chris is an outdoorsman, that has unknowingly been engaged in a hobby since his first home at the age of 24.   After successfully building businesses since the fifth grade, Chris Kaiser now finds himself applying his creative knack and attention to detail to the art of property beautification.   This is not landscaping, but rather a “bigger picture” view of your entire living area.

What is your hobby?

Some call it landscaping, but I call it property beautification.  Why have three different properties, with three different usages, and pay three sets of taxes?

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

When I was 24 I bought my first home and became infatuated with creating interesting paths, hang out areas, gardens and usable appeal.  Instead of a square lawn with a typical garden, I wanted more substance.  A campfire area back near the woods, so it felt like a getaway, a lot of sea grass near the patio so it felt like the beach, an outdoor shower, some trails to walk in my woods.

Tell us what you love about it.

I think I love the creativity and exercise of this hobby the most.  The possibilities of things to create are endless, but they take labor.  Building a camping lean-to back on your property with some cross-country ski trails, including trail signs is so fun!  Utilizing building skills and digging, raking and cutting gives you all the exercise you could possibly want…and its outside.  The finished products for me are not just a bunch of plants and bushes neatly placed around your house for visual value, but rather they are usable finished products for good health, sport, and fun.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Generally, to do any property work, I need a few basics.  A good ax, shovel, pickax, rake, and chainsaw,  With those I can pretty much do anything.   Of course, as you get into this type of hobby you will find yourself wanting more.  A brush mower, fire rake, power screwdriver, hand saw and a hammer will allow you to build anything your heart desires.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I could spend hours in a Tractor Supply or hardware store.  Some people think its just boring hammers and nails, but I look around and get ideas.   Sometimes just seeing a particular bolt or saw gives me like 10 new ideas for an outdoor shower, floating dock for the pond or a new log hut for having coffee on a cold ski afternoon.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I have not really found any.  TV shows tend to do things with an army of people and a healthy amount of money.  I look at property beautification as using what is there.  Simple restructuring or cleaning up areas of your property to use them for something.  Like building a cool bench made out of a tree, specifically placed to watch the sunset for an hour.  Simple things like that.  If you do enough of them, suddenly you have a retreat.

How has this changed your life?

My hobby has allowed for another outlet to my creativity.  Fitness and the outdoors has always been the core of my life, but so has creativity.  When I look at any property whether its 1 acre or 100 acres, I see a blank canvas.  I feel as if the sky is the limit.  So doing property beautification not only increases the value of the property but allows for genuine hard work and an outlet.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

My advice to others trying to do some things to their property is simply draw a map or write it out first.   Sometimes I will draw an entire map of a three year plan, so I am not just spinning my wheels.  If its something you want, then its not wrong.  Meaning doing it your way, that makes you happy is usually the right way.   For things I have never done before, I will research a little on how others have done it, and then mix in my desire.   Again, this is not landscaping.  To me landscaping is just adding eye candy to parts of the house for color and feel.  Property beautification is much much bigger than that.  Its usable, functional and situational.

 

Michael Asimos

Michael Asimos is an entrepreneur who has managed to turn his passion for wine into a highly successful career.  As a native of Portland, OR, he has always demonstrated an exceptional understanding of wines, something that has helped spur his business ventures. Asimos spends a significant amount of time traveling different parts of the world to explore new opportunities and search for exquisite wine varieties for his clients.

The wine expert is also known for his love for jazz music. When he is not focusing on wines, he also likes spending time in travel destinations in Europe and across the Atlantic. This gives him a chance a refresh and take a new look at his ventures. It comes as no surprise that many wine lovers depend on his wine importing and exporting business to discover balanced wines for their own consumption or for sale across the United States.

Given this background, we decided to have a chat with Michael to discuss his professional career, among other things.

What is your hobby?

I have a deep passion for wines and I’m constantly learning about them. Whenever I get a chance, I love sharing everything there is to know about vino!

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

My passion for wine began many years ago when I was growing up in Oregon. I was exposed to a wide variety of wines and I could not resist but fall in love with the beverage. The passion grew stronger as I got older. This compelled me to invest a lot of time learning about wine. As a result, many people turned to me for advice or information about wine. It became a natural choice for me to start importing and exporting wine.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love that I can find so many opportunities to enjoy my passion right in my own backyard. I get to spend a lot of time exploring opportunities in California, which is a few hours’ drive. I have always been fascinated by the central coast wine country. It is one place that captures my imagination in a phenomenal way. When I visit the area, there is just so much to do that I often forget to relax and enjoy the sights of other parts of California.

Santa Barbara boasts some of the finest Pinot Noirs that can I recommend to anyone. My colleagues always urge me to take a break and visit the local pier, which is magnificent. Some of the restaurants in the area are simply irresistible.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Wine tours are a great way to become familiar with wine! A wine tour, in an area like California, can translate to unforgettable moments for tourists. It boasts striking scenery and features some of the most expansive vineyards.

Local regions like Napa Valley provide sophisticated programs and facilities for touring. The procedures and visiting hours vary between regions and to some extent the vineyards. It is also common for wineries to welcome tourists only by appointment, so plan ahead.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought?

Do lots of wine, flights all over the world and gorgeous stem glasses count? If so, then yes. Definitely!

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

People ask me that all of the time, “Where do you purchase your wine?” My answer would be all over. I enjoy wine from all regions the globe, to high-end priceless bottles to even premium box wine.  What I am drinking depends on what mood I am in, or what I am blessed to be doing at the time.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Yes, absolutely! There are many books, guides and even apps to check out. I recently finished “What to Drink with What You Eat” by Andre Dornenburg and loved it. Many wine enthusiasts swear by it and I must say I am a big fan myself.

How has this changed your life?

To find your real passion in life, and to be able to make a living doing what you love, truly is priceless. I have had the great privilege of traveling the world, meeting lots of people along the way and of course, sampling the best wine you will ever taste. My adventures have been endless and I hope they continue for many years to come.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Have fun with it! Throw a wine party where everyone brings a bottle to try, pick up a guidebook, travel to a wine tasting near you.  There are numerous inexpensive ways to get started and I think that is the best route to begin. If you need additional tools follow me on Twitter and check out my website. I have many articles that will help.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I love Jazz! I think it is the most important music genre of all time and spend a lot of time traveling to Jazz festivals. Basically, my perfect day would be listening to Jazz, wine glass in hand.

Noelle Neff

Noelle Neff is a photographer and entrepreneur. She currently works and lives in Florida, and her business, Noelle Neff Photography, is based in downtown Miami. Neff is a graduate of the University of Miami.

Noelle’s business began out of a love for her art form. She has been taking photographs for over ten years, due to her love for capturing visual images. It was only two years ago that Noelle Neff Photography became an official business, but Noelle was building the business for years before it officially came into being.

Her client base originally came from word-of-of mouth relationships, but quickly grew to include the greater Miami area. As Noelle branched into digital marketing, her customer base continued to grown and expand. She focuses on wedding photography, but also works at speaking events and athletic events.

Her award-winning photography also includes portraits and photos of fine art. She is known for pushing the boundaries of the genre she decides to photograph, and her work has a distinct style. Neff credits this originality to the creative process that she has developed over the years.

In addition to honing her creative skill set, running her business, and taking photographs every day, Noelle also enjoys spending time at the beach, eating Japanese food, reading, supporting fellow entrepreneurs, and singing.

Neff has won several awards in the past years, since starting her business. Of these, she is most proud of the photography accolades she has received from her Alma mater, University of Miami.

What is your hobby?

Singing. I sing with an informal choral group, as well as on my own as a daily practice.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I got started with this hobby when I was in my early twenties. A friend of mine asked me to go to a “yoga class” with her, at a local Miami studio. I thought we were going to be stretching, and getting a work-out in! I was very surprised when we got to the class and it was all about sound. Mostly we listened to sounds, and then repeated them back. We were asked to see where the sounds vibrated within the body. This had a major impact on me because I could feel for myself what the sounds were doing within me — in my actual cells. This inspired me to start singing, mostly for the effect it had on my personal well-being.

Tell us what you love about it?

I love using my voice in an authentic way. One of the biggest challenges, I feel, for creative types is that we tend to get caught up in our own worlds. I’ll just speak for myself and say that when I am really in the zone at a photography shoot, I am completely living an inner experience. Voice is unique because it comes from inside the body but projects out into the world. I find that when I sing, I break the barrier between my inner world and my outer world.

Are there any groups that you’re apart of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I am a part of an informal group of women who get together to sing. We try to meet once a week, but sometimes it turns into once every two weeks. My good friend, who introduced me to yogic chanting in my early twenties, facilitates the group.

Have you had to invest in any equipment, and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought?

This is interesting, because with singing, your body is the instrument. Yes, I have had to invest in my body! I keep my posture aligned, my cells hydrated and healthy, and my system fueled on high quality foods. One thing that I invested in recently was nutritional enzymes by Rainbow Light. I also buy music which inspires me, that I can sing along to.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I often shop at Whole Foods Market because I like knowing that they screen for toxic ingredients. I want my body to be happy! I shop for my music online, through my Apple account.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Yes, I recommend “Soul Vows”, by Janet Conner. Singing is about using your voice in an authentic way. There are some technical aspects of it, but mostly your voice comes from your heart. You have to feel at home in your body, and this book can help you do this.

How has this changed your life?

When I sing, I put myself into a creator state. There are different ways of being in the world: creator or victim. When you project your inner experience onto the outer world, you become a creator.

What advice do you have for others starting out with your hobby?

My advice is that you don’t let embarrassment or shame stop you. Some people are naturally gifted singers, but let me tell you, that wasn’t me. But it doesn’t matter what your natural ability is. Keep searching for those true tones. Let the notes waiver or be off a bit, but feel into it, and work to correct it. You can do this on your own for a while, but eventually try to sing with others. Moving into a public arena gives your practice new depth.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Of course! I am curious about all sorts of things, so I find that I get into all kinds of hobbies. One of them that I’ve been diving into pretty deeply lately is cooking! I find combining different flavors to be an art of its own.

Grace Lever

Grace Lever is proud of each and every one of the personal and professional titles she carries, and the author, wife, entrepreneur, daughter, speaker, sister, mentor, and friend is indeed known for possessing a dynamic skill set that has enabled her to accomplish so much in such a brief period of time. A native of Australia who attended college in Sydney but now resides in Adelaide Hills, Grace Lever reviews how female entrepreneurs can apply the principles of doing to ensure their new business ultimately goes on to achieve its full potential for success.

 

What is your hobby?

Lately I’ve become increasingly interested in exploring my physical limits through long distance running.

 

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

Traveling is a big part of my life, but traveling on a regular basis isn’t always conducive to a healthy lifestyle. Since all you need to go for a run is a pair of trainers on your feet, running was the best way for me to stay fit despite my busy travel schedule.

 

Tell us what you love about it.

I wasn’t always fond of running, and it was definitely a struggle at first. I love that running always gives you a challenge that must be overcome, and I love that the progress you make is directly tied to the effort you put into it.

 

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

There’s a small group of local runners that meet up on Saturday mornings for a long run, so I run with them whenever I’m in town. I also like to compete in road or trail races, and I recently completed a 12k run.

 

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

So far my running shoes are the only investment I’ve made, but my husband did give me a GPS watch as a gift just a short time ago.

 

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

One of the runners from the Saturday morning group owns a sporting goods store where we all go when we need to replace our shoes or upgrade our running gear in some way.

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

I’ve always advocated for learning by doing, and I think most beginners would learn more about running by going on a group run with a few experienced runners.

 

How has this changed your life?

It’s made me feel a lot better about eating several slices of pizza along with a delightful glass of wine, but more importantly, it has allowed me to explore my surroundings in a way that helps me stay fit and healthy during any extended period of travel.

 

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Have fun and focus on building a base with short, easy runs along with plenty of recovery. Running requires a long-term approach, and trying to take a shortcut almost always leads to injuries.

 

Are there any other hobbies you have?

None that I’m all that serious about, but I have thought about taking up winemaking. I also consider myself an amateur dog trainer, and I’m quite proud of the progress my puppy Delilah has made since she joined our family.

Thomas Gionis

Thomas Gionis was born on Long Island. He came from a tough home and was raised by his grandparents who he considers to be his role models and rocks. They helped instill strong faith, values, and morals in him and they always taught Tom to respect his fellow man. Today Tom lives in Weston, Ct and still applies everything he learned growing up from his grandparents. His greatest joy in life is helping others in their time of need.

What is your hobby?

My greatest hobby is helping people. I live life paying it forward to others.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
My grandparents inspired me to do good and help others. I was maybe 18 at the time and I saw this mom and her son who was around 8 years old, he reminded me a lot of myself at that age. They were standing by a soda machine and he was begging her for one but she didn’t have a quarter (that’s how much it was back then) to put in the machine. He was crying and I could tell by the look on her face that she was disappointed but she just didn’t have it. I reached in my pocket, pulled out a quarter and bought the kid a soda. I didn’t realize it at the time but what started as a simple good deed changed my life forever.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love the feeling I get when I help people. It is the best way that I know for anyone to feel good or self-love. It makes one feel like they contributed to something, made a difference in some way.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

No, this is all me. I think that helping out, donating to a cause, dropping food off to a food bank, donating clothes are all wonderful things that people can do. However, for me, this is more personal and I love being able to see how I am helping.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Not for myself, no. I have bought cars for people in need of one, groceries for those who can’t afford it. Some of them don’t even know where these things came from. Keep in mind, I do not need to know these people very well all I need to know is that they are in need.

How has this changed your life?

I can’t really describe how it has changed my life except to say that it has made me feel like there is no better deed that I can do than this. Helping people that need help and that who are so grateful is euphoric. I have had people ask me what I wanted in return and when I tell them nothing I am just there to help, sometimes they don’t believe me. I may never see these people again but knowing that I was there to help in some way no matter how big or small, that’s what it is all about.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

This is something you have to really want to do, not something you do for the sake of saying you did good. If you are looking to do this for a pat on the back you are going about it all wrong. Remember, for me, it started with a soda. It doesn’t have to be big but the feeling you get from it will be.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I love to run.  I have been an avid runner since the age of 18. About 5 years ago I had to stop because of my knee. I am supposed to get a knee replacement which I am fighting against. I now walk about 2 hours a day.

D. Scott Carruthers

D. Scott Carruthers is an artist whose primary medium is photography. He grew up in Anaheim, California, with a natural ability for the visual arts. This aptitude took off in his teenage years, as he began photographing musicians. Rather than attending college, Carruthers chose to travel all over California, taking photographs of musicians and models. His reputation grew steadily, which led to more gigs and more opportunities to persu his passion. He started photographing events in addition to the work he was doing within the entertainment industry. At the age of twenty, Carruthers opened his first photography studio. Because he already had a wide client base, the studio was successful immediately. This gave Carruthers the chance to dive into more aspects of photography that he wanted to explore, including advertising. When he signed on with an agent at the age of twenty one, he was given the opportunity to work on national ad campaigns. He also began photographing top movie stars and athletes. He continues to work in his Anaheim studio, and loves the thrill of being creative every day. His style has progressed over the years to include more abstract elements, as well as edgier subject matter. He is known to push the limits of the art form.

What is your hobby?

Cycling; I do both road cycling and mountain biking.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I got started with this hobby when I first opened my photography studio. I wasn’t used to spending long hours inside, with people. I found that I really needed to get outside on a regular basis, and clear my mind. I always had bikes growing up, but never took it that seriously. Suddenly, though, I was getting more into it and using my time on the bike to stay sane and happy. It was a big shift! That made me really passionate about the sport.

Tell us what you love about your hobby.

I love the solitude that cycling can provide. Usually, I ride on my own so that I can be alone with my thoughts. The physical aspect of it is a plus for me, because mostly I’m using it as a meditative way to be alone out in the fresh air.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

No, I don’t usually cycle with a group or attend events. Once in a while I will join up with a group of guys from my neighborhood, and we’ll all go for a long road ride. But for the most part I am a solo rider.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought

I love my Specialized mountain bike for riding in the woods and on trails. I bought it years ago. I also bought a new road bike recently, as well as an app for my phone that records the distance I travel and tracks my elevation gain.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I try to buy locally, here in Anaheim. If I can’t find exactly what I need, I’ll start to look online.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Yes. I recommend “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” by Haruki Murakami. He is one of my favorite writers, and even though this book is about his experience with learning to run and how that affected his writing, I find that it relates to my experience with cycling and producing photographs. Creative people can get a lot out of steady, meditative physical exercise. Murakami puts it into words so precisely.

How has this changed your life?

My artwork has benefited. While I ride, I have time to process thoughts and emotions, and clear my head. You can only make great art when you have a clear mind. If it wasn’t for cycling, I might have picked up something more destructive as an outlet for my energy and emotions. When I first started cycling, I recognized that I felt more relaxed and calm. Long hours in the studio don’t bother me when I know I’ll get a ride in at the end of the day.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

When you first start cycling, you might feel discouraged because you are not as fit as you want to be. Go for rides that are enjoyable, not rides that push you to the point of spitting blood. If you love and enjoy the activity, you’ll stick with it over the years, and that is what counts. You want to love every moment on your bike. Improvement will come; don’t force it.

Are there any other hobbies that you have?

Besides cycling and photography, I also read constantly. It’s an obsession.

Charles Lubbat

Charles Lubbat is a professional writer who specializes in travel with a focus on destinations. With his career has also come an opportunity to traverse the world and see different destinations, and this has been as a part of his effort to document as many sightseeing places as possible. He has done all this in a bid to offer accurate and reliable information to those who come to him seeking advice on various destinations. Some of the places he has visited include historical destinations that feature monuments, museums, and galleries that speak much about the history and struggle of the past that those born recently can only read or learn about.

He has championed a course to help bring to the world the reality that crowns various cities and towns across the world, and his articles are insightful for the average traveler who would like to hear something about the best hotel or most enjoyable places to visit while in a specific city or country. He has done this with great mastery and accuracy that he has earned himself respect among his peers, and the world of tourism at large. Charles is a charming and passionate explorer whose desire to see the world has also come as an eye opener for others who want to understand the world better.

What is your hobby?

Well, part of my life has been more about interacting with humans and getting to learn more from nature, so in this process, I created a deep connection with traveling to see new destinations. I find exploration interesting and when am not traveling I love spending time at the beach as this allows me to cool off as I give my mind space to reflect.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

What basically triggered me to get into traveling is the desire to see the world beyond where I live. I believe there are many treasures that I am yet to come across and staying at the same place doesn’t give me the chance to explore the world well. It is an interesting pursuit that has helped me to understand different cultures and communities.

Tell us what you love about it

One thing I honestly love about traveling is the fact you are ushered into a new reality and this gives you an opportunity to appreciate the beauty that makes up our world. From the people to the landscapes, it comes as a great opportunity to uncoil and see the world in a different lens than you are used.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Indeed, I have come across various travel clubs that share similar ideas as me, and the theme dominant is ensuring we get to embrace nature with a positive mind. For example, one of such groups has been championing travel and exploration while spreading awareness on the need to preserve the environment.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought

Yes, I have equipment that I use whenever I visit a new place, and these include my cameras and tabs that I use to document the facts I come across while traveling. This data is what is relayed to the audience through my articles while reviewing travel destinations.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

With the online space expanding and offering many places to shop, I search through the internet to see what items I need. Once I find the ones that I need, I just place my order and the same is delivered to me.

Are there any good books for beginners?

For beginners who want to pursue travel journalism, I would recommend reading Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, which highlights all the things you need to understand when you enter into travel journalism.

How has this changed your life?

This has changed my life a lot. I must acknowledge that it came as a great way through which I can channel my feelings and ideas. While traveling, you are given a chance to learn that what you know is not the absolute truth and that there are many others who practice cultures that are different from what you know.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Don’t be discouraged by the challenges you come across while at it. This is a hobby that involves a lot of exploration and you are not likely to get all you expect, so it’s advisable to join with a prepared mind to face any challenges.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

As pointed earlier, I love swimming, particularly around the beach. And I also find reading interesting and quenching to my mind.