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Marudeen Aivaz

It is amazing when you are able to find your passion so young in your life and it is a passion that keeps you physically fit. Marudeen Aivaz has evolved his passion to suit his healthy way of life. He is a weightlifter and bodybuilder. He also believes that good nutrition goes hand in hand with the whole fitness aspect. In addition, Marudeen Aivaz believes that the cornerstone of any fitness lifestyle is the attention to nutrition and that chronic health issues can many times be addressed with good nutrition.

Marudeen was born in California. He is one of three children raised with a Middle-eastern culture centered around family, food, and fitness. His parents were very active and went to the gym regularly. By the age of fifteen, Marudeen Aivaz would join his parents at the gym and work-out on the equipment. By the time he reached college, he had a great foundation for pursuing weight lifting and bodybuilding.

According to Marudeen Aivaz, fitness is a lifelong journey. He believes nutrition is one key on the path. There are no short-cuts to be taken and no pill to replace the hard work, focus, and dedication it takes to achieve healthy lifestyle goals.

What is your hobby?
My hobby is weight lifting and bodybuilding. My parents were very active. They believed in staying fit and going to the gym. I use to go with them when I was about fifteen and I used some of the equipment and dabbled a bit with weight lifting. But I didn’t start my actual weight training until later.

How did you get started with your weight lifting and bodybuilding hobby?
Initially, I began weight lifting as a sophomore in high school when I was on the wrestling team. Our training consisted of learning how to grapple, but also required that we spent a portion of our time learning weight lifting for strength training. We learned techniques such as squat, bench, and deadlifts. It was not a passion of mine at that time more than it was a requirement of the sport.

Weight lifting was a part of the college culture and many of my friends were into weight lifting. As a result, I continued weight lifting through my college years. My interest really peaked when I was in my first year of college. I was about 18 when I began to learn more about nutrition, fitness and the importance of sleeping habits. It was at this time when it became more of a passion for me. I have been pursuing knowledge and I have been evolving ever since.

What do you love about weight lifting?

There are many reasons why weight lifting is a benefit in my life. Being able to see your body transform over time is one reason. You can control the way you look. It is also a challenge. The more you put in the more you get out. I am a challenge-oriented person in general, it is always a challenge for me.  You can never be the strongest or the best or the fittest. It is the continued striving to be better that keeps me going.

What are some of the challenges that you have encountered in weight lifting?

There have been flexibility problems, back problems, shoulder problems and minor strains. Sometimes you can be walking down the street and if your hip is tight, you can pull a muscle, and be limping for the rest of the day. That has happened to me numerous times. I have also had a few surgeries. I have had broken fingers and broken toes.

Do you have any groups that you are a part of or that you attend to encourage you with weight lifting & bodybuilding?

I am not a part of any groups or organizations who participate in weight lifting or bodybuilding. However, I attend local powerlifting events to learn about the culture. I have not yet competed in any of the events.

Have you had to invest in any equipment and if so, can you share whatever you have bought?

Most of the equipment that I have bought is used for safety. I have purchased running shoes and a safety belt for my back. I purchased straps to make your grip stronger. I purchased chalk to make your grip stronger. I purchased wrist wraps to keep your wrists from hyperextending when you are working out. I believe that everyone should invest in safety equipment.

Where do you get most of your supplies?

There are two stores that I would recommend especially for bodybuilding equipment. The first source that I go to is BodyBuilding.com and the other one is EliteFts.

Are there any books you would recommend for beginners of weight lifting and bodybuilding?

For bodybuilding, I would recommend Arnold’s Encyclopedia by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The book I would recommend for powerlifting is 5/3/1: How to Build Pure Strength by Jim Wendler. These two books together would give anyone learning about both sports as a great comprehension of each sport.

How has being involved in each of these sports has changed your life?

One way it has enhanced my life is that I have been able to make so many friends with people who have the same interest. The gym is a very social place. You can develop a lot of close relationships and a lot of trusted relationships. If you go to the gym every day, you are seeing the same people there all the time. You become close to a group that you spend a lot of time with. Participating in these sports has increased my confidence. It always feels good when you reach a personal goal that you have set for yourself. It could be a body weight goal or a strength goal perhaps it is a certain number of repetitions that you’ve had in mind, it is just a really rewarding feeling. There are also times when a perfect stranger will approach you to ask questions about what you are doing. It is nice to share knowledge with people. It has kept me at a good body mass index (BMI) and maintain good habits.

What advice would you have for someone else starting out with this hobby?

My advice would be to remember that fitness is a journey. You will always be making evolutions in your body. Don’t rush the process. It takes a long time. It is not something where you can see results overnight. It takes much more work than people probably think. There is no magic pill or potion to achieve your goals. Stay consistent and continue to educate yourself as much as you can. I would also recommend lifting smart. Always keep in mind that an injury at the gym is not likely but always a possibility. The more you progress in weight lifting, no matter which techniques you use, powerlifting, bodybuilding, or Olympic lifting, there is always a chance of getting hurt. Also, taking rest periods is not a bad thing and it is good for your body. Picking the right exercise selection is a good idea. It would be a good idea to first focus on bodybuilding to start off with and then go to powerlifting. It would be a good foundation to set for yourself. After you map your foundation you can get into other things.

Are there any other hobbies that you have?

One of the other things I love is to cook. I started cooking in college. I believe it goes hand in hand with the whole fitness aspect. The cornerstone of any fitness lifestyle or program is the attention to nutrition. I believe chronic health problems can many times be fixed through nutrition. It is a very big part of my life.

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Schlomo Schmuel

Dr. Schlomo Schmuel became a podiatrist because he cares for people and aspires to be the best healer he possibly can be. He began his medical training in Independence, Ohio at Kent State University in their College of Podiatric Medicine. He continued his training at the University of Southern California Medical Center, located in Los Angeles County, California. The education that Dr. Schlomo Schmuel received provided the basis for his exceptional skills and encouraged the drive to care for his patients.

For the last twenty-five years, Dr. Schlomo Schmuel has excelled in patient care. His clinic is an accredited Ambulatory Surgical center. This enables his ability to care for all issues related to the ankle and foot. Some of those issues includes all forms of complex reconstructive and emergency surgery.

Dr. Schlomo Schmuel’s hobbies include outdoor sports like jogging and cycling. He also enjoys flying to exotic locations in his own plane. All of this he shares with his family.

What is your hobby?

I love taking my bike out for a long ride. Cycling is a passion as well as a sport I enjoy sharing with my children whenever possible.

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

Like many people, I started riding the bicycle as a child. It was something that connected me to my friends and gave me the freedom to go places I couldn’t have before that time. As a child, I earned the trust of my parents and was soon able to cross town to visit with friends or go to the parks further from our home.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love what it feels like to be able to extend my reach and go into nature. The ride is both peaceful and refreshing for the mind. It gives me the joy that comes with both solitude or the connection when I am enjoying it with my family.

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

I’m not part of any organized group of bicyclers, although there are many that exist. I have engaged several bike tours for longer routes and looked into a variety of additional opportunities of that nature. Perhaps, when things are slower at the clinic, I’ll consider doing a long tour that takes me across the country or to some of the more scenic areas of the state.

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

Everyone has to invest in this hobby. I have of course purchased a good quality bike and the needed safety equipment. Safety equipment is a must. I would suggest, as the bare minimum a person purchases, a quality helmet. The brain is one of the most important parts of your body and should be covered in the event of a longer ride, especially when that ride may take you into traffic.

With the options today, helmets are much more lightweight and durable than years past. Really this eliminates many of the uncomfortable excuses for not protecting your head.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

That’s a good question. My favorite locations for quality bikes are the local bike shop. They are an amazing resource for trying new things and finding a bike that fits you and your needs. You’re able to ensure you find the right product for what you need it to do. You can, of course, go online to buy it afterward if you want to shop around, but start with your local shop.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Well, I can’t say I’ve read a lot of books on cycling. I’ve read some magazines, kept myself up to date on new trends through a few other channels, but not so much through books. Although, you can pick up audiobooks for longer rides. That’s always a nice way to enjoy a bike ride. Oh, and podcasts are good too. You can always set up a podcast.

How has this changed your life?

This is one of my favorite ways to stay healthy and share that fitness routine with my family. It has enabled me to remain energetic, flexible, and still have good stamina even as I’ve gotten older. Over the years, it’s introduced me to numerous people, kept me connected to old friends, and provided a way to connect to my children.

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

Go to a local shop to find something that’s good for you.

Don’t be afraid to start riding and get into the flow of things. Getting going is the best way to hone your skills, but more importantly, have fun. This is a low stress, low threshold sport. If you like the freedom that comes with getting outside and getting moving, all you have to do is get on the bike and go.

Oh, and if you’re at it for a while, it might be good to know the local laws.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Well, I love jogging. Really, I like anything outdoors. Most outdoor sports give you a measure of connection to nature, which is peaceful and refreshing. I also like flying. I got my pilots license a while ago and that has really given me wings. My wife and I make it a habit to visit uniquely exotic locations when we are able to.

Anytime I am not able to do one of those things, I take long walks, often with my wife. It is so wonderful to be able to spend that quality time together. There have been times when those walks are all we get out of a busy week between the clinic and our other obligations. There is no measurement for being able to keep yourself healthy, both in body and mind. And having that connection to my wife ensures my mind is not distracted by anything when I am working, flying, riding, jogging, or anything else I may do.

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Hyounsik Noh

Hyounsik (Andrew) Noh is currently a student at Columbia University in New York, New York. Currently pursuing his Masters of Science in Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), focusing in the areas of financial risk management, strategic communication, and market volatility.  Hyounsik, originally born in Seoul, South Korea moved to the United States to pursue an education in Risk Management in 2012. Hyounsik is passionate about participating in campus clubs and societies and is currently a project manager for the Korean Graduate Student Association at Columbia University.

Hyounsik’s hobbies include badminton, surfing and scuba diving. When he is not analyzing market results for the day, searching for volatilities and potential you can find Hyounsik spending time with his friends whether they are just hanging around campus or trying a new activity to burn some extra energy. Hyounsik is especially interested in learning how big economic markets influence the daily lives of people, but also, organizations and hopes to use this interest to develop a fruitful career in risk management.

What is your hobby?

Narrowing down all of the activities I enjoy to just one hobby is tough. I see myself as a very energetic, people-oriented person so that has influenced the many hobbies I have taken up. Most of my hobbies have been developed by the fact that I can do them all with my friends. A couple of things I absolutely love to do are playing badminton, surfing, and scuba diving. I get to do all three of these things with my friends, but I also have the chance to meet brand new people through the various clubs that I have been a part of for surfing and scuba diving. I have also acquired my first-step, open-water scuba diving license which was a major accomplishment for me.

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

Many of my hobbies were taken up because I love physical activity. I have never been one to just sit around and play video games, instead I find my passions in activities that challenge my body and my mind. My dad used to preach to me a famous quotation from John F Kennedy, “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, but it is also the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity”. This line has stuck with me and drives me to always try new things to push myself further.

What is your favorite thing about your hobby?

I like being active and my hobbies allow me to do that. On top of having the chance to be physically active I also get the opportunity to spend time with people and meet new friends. Badminton requires a teammate or opponent, while surfing and scuba diving demand a partner for safety reasons. All of my hobbies encourage me to get moving with my friends and create lasting memories that will stick with us forever.

How would you say your hobby has changed your life?

My hobbies have shaped me into an incredibly passionate, people person. I have been able to translate all of the energy that I carry with me every day into an opportunity to stay physically active, build lasting long relationships and maintain a healthy mind even through the mental stresses of university. My hobbies have made me who I am, and I hope to maintain these hobbies as well as find new ones in the future.

You can learn more about Hyounsik Noh  at hyounsiknoh.com

Paul Brunst

Paul Brunst is an outdoor sports enthusiast from Cincinnati, Ohio. Some of his hobbies include mountain climbing, hiking, running, sky diving, and has a real passion for biking. His passion for biking began at a very young age when he and his father would share twenty-mile bike trips together. That activity inspired him to participate in downhill kamikaze mountain bike riding on the challenging terrain of the San Francisco hills. He was also enthralled with the beauty and magnificence of the giant red oak trees as he made his way through winding paths of the California forests.

Paul attended the University of Southern Illinois with a focus in business administration. His passion for biking followed him through college as he found the time to continue biking throughout Colorado and across much of the United States.

Paul was enlisted in the Naval forces for many years. He spent the first few years as an entry officer into the Navy and eventually transitioned into created a full career with the hopes of serving his country. One of the principals that remained consistent during his years of service was his desire to stay in top physical condition.  As an outdoor sports enthusiast, he took every opportunity to maintain the balance of his mind-body connection.

When not pursuing his passion for outdoor sports, Paul Brunst is a full-time entrepreneur.  He has created a thriving family business providing top quality camouflage pants. He enjoys spending quality time with his family and volunteers his time within his community.

What is your hobby?

I have many hobbies. They all revolve around the outdoors. The hobbies that I enjoy most often are hiking, mountain climbing, running and sky diving. The most prevalent activity throughout my life was bike riding.

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

One of my father’s most revered hobbies was bike riding. At a very young age, my father would take me on twenty-mile bike trips. We were on the main roads. I gained an exuberance in biking as the trips continued to develop.  It ultimately became a passion.  It eventually led me to downhill kamikaze mountain bike riding in San Francisco, California. I biked through the large red oak trees as well as the forests; I found it to be so beautiful. Throughout high school and college, I was able to travel to Colorado and all over the United States.

What do you love the most about biking?

What I appreciate the most is the health benefits that come with the sport. There is a significant health advantage gained by doing what I love to do most. It also offers the value of a challenge. It provides a detachment from everyday worries. It is a positive activity that enables you to clear your mind.

Are there any groups that you are a part of or any events that you attend?

I am a member of the National Mountain Bikers Association. The association collaborates with other biking organizations to assemble groups for outings, they also do fundraising from time to time to develop new mountain bike trails.  Having local mountain trails enhances the value of communities and encourages a healthier lifestyle for everyone.

Have you had to invest in any equipment and if so can you share whatever you have bought?

My father purchased my first mountain bike so that we could share the sport. I used it for quite a while.  Ultimately, I gave that bike to my best friend who wanted to begin riding. I upgraded my bike at the same time, and I have had this one for years.

Where do you get most of your supplies?

I get all of my supplies at bike specialty shops. They carry most of the same supplies, so I don’t really shop at any particular bike shop. I don’t buy supplies online, I prefer to shop in stores.

Are there any books you would recommend for beginners?

I have been riding since I was very young with my father. I had him as a guide, so I haven’t read about the sport itself.  However, for the information that I want, I have watched YouTube videos.  I search YouTube under the title of “mountain biking” to research trips, locations, and destinations that I would like to go next.  I find that YouTube is a great resource to plan my outings.

How has this changed your life?

Biking just makes you feel good. It does your body well and is an excellent way to clear your mind and focus. I have always been athletic by nature. I believe in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and I think biking is a beautiful way to maintain that lifestyle easily. It is something that anyone can do to be fit.

What advice would you have for someone else starting out with this hobby?

I would advise people just starting out with biking as a hobby to start out slow and build up your endurance. Always challenge yourself to get to the next level.  You should always consider safety at all times, cars are not always watching for cyclists. If you are on a mountain trail, one slip up can land you in a tree or cause some sort of injury. I would suggest that you make sure to wear a helmet when biking.

Are there any other hobbies that you have?

I work out in the gym. But, I am an outdoor sports enthusiast. I really enjoy mountain climbing, hiking, sky diving, and of course biking.

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William Tharpe Roberts

William Tharpe Roberts is a U.S. Military Veteran based out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Mr. Roberts worked as a Marine Science Technician and as a member of the U.S Coastguard for 13 years. William specialized in the areas of Pollution Response and Law Enforcement and received an Honorable Discharge. During his enlistment, William was responsible for activities including but certainly not limited to overseeing extensive marine projects as well as disaster response. Most notably, William was a member of the team sent to respond to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in 2010, one of the largest marine oil spills in the history of the petroleum industry.

William Tharpe Roberts’ education, prior to his enlistment in the military, consisted of extensive training on computer processes such as, HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript alongside a considerable background in Law Enforcement training.

What is your hobby? 

Being raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida meant that as a young boy I had always been surrounded and enamored by the beautiful blue abyss that is water. For this reason, one of my greatest passions is swimming. When the weather is not as cooperating, I’ll swim at a local public pool by my home, but when the Florida weather truly shines down on me, I love making my way to the beach and taking a quick jaunt in the ocean.

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

For as long as I can remember, the water has always been where I have felt most comfortable. Whether I was swimming, sailing, or simply dipping my feet in its magnificent blue shimmer. Growing up in a coastal city had a lot to do with my attraction to the ocean and many of my fondest memories are those of my family and I hanging out at the beach on a hot summer’s day. To me the water represents a beautiful combination of wonder, calm, and tranquility. That being said, I have an immense appreciation and respect for the strength and power of the ocean. I have seen it tear boats in half and shape the land on which we stand.

What is your favorite thing about your hobby?

I think my favorite part about swimming is the fact that I can have so much fun and so much freedom while also training my body and keeping my heart and mind sharp. Swimming is one of the most physically exhausting things, yet when you’re floating in the water your body feels almost weightless. The aches and the pains go away and it’s just you and the water.

How would you say your hobby has changed your life?

Well, what started as a hobby of swimming greatly influenced what I ended up spending 13 years of my life doing. As a Marine tech for the US coastguard I spent months at a time on the water saving lives and making a real difference for my country. My passion for the water lead to my drive and determination to preserve it and keep it safe.

Do you have any other hobbies?

I also love to go for bike rides. Physical activity like biking and swimming are great for your mental health and are the two main ways that I like to stay in shape.

Check out these links to learn more about William Tharpe Roberts:

http://inspirery.com/william-tharpe-roberts/

https://medium.com/william-tharpe-roberts

Luke Persichetti

Luke Persichetti was born and raised near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, in 2018, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics.  Luke has relocated to Manhattan to pursue a career in the financial industry. While at Yale, he had the opportunity to work in fixed income trading.  Luke Persichetti hopes to become a knowledgeable and respected investor.  His long-term goal is to open his own business within the industry.

Luke’s hobbies include weight-lifting to keep physically fit, and while he was in school, he participated in track and field as a shot-putter. He also volunteered his time as a coach. He enjoys movies and watching T.V., but his biggest pleasure comes from reading various genres. You would either find Luke Persichetti studying the markets and the financial industry or engrossed in a classic novel of his choice.  Overall, Luke immerses himself in the literary arts, films, and T.V. dramas. He considers the parallels in these artistic presentations and enjoys the comparison of and interactions between these different forms of discourse.

What are your hobbies?

I was a shot-putter in track and field at Yale University.  As a thrower, I would model much of my strength training after that of Olympic weightlifters. I enjoy training this way today to keep strong and physically fit. Currently, my favorite pastime is reading. I am most interested in historical reading and books about the American economy, the financial system, political strategy, and public policy. I also enjoy watching movies and television shows that revolve around significant moments in American history.

How did you get started reading such a wide range of genres?

I took an economics course in high school that was very challenging. I also found it to be extremely interesting. It compelled me to explore the possibility of majoring in economics at Yale. It was not until after college, however, that I became deeply interested in connecting the principals and the underlying logic of economics to other subjects. I began reading about behavioral economics, geopolitics from a macro perspectives, and many other academically intersectional topics. My reading interests largely stemmed from studying economics, which also led me to the financial industry. Working on wall street further stoked my interest in reading the works of the most influential figures in finance and investing.

Can you share what you love most about reading?

Again, its use in my education and professional background plays a big part. I also simply like having a variety of subjects on which I am knowledgeable. I find that if nothing else, it makes you more conversational.  It becomes much easier to express your thoughts and expand on any type of discussion.  I also think reading virtually anything can help improve analytical and reasoning skills.  Finally, reading a diversity of viewpoints and opinions allows for a thorough approach to forming one’s own ideas.

Are there any reading groups or events that you attend regularly?

I have found great success having open discussions with colleagues on a regular basis. I haven’t found any other discussion groups thus far, but I am open to expanding my horizon in this regard.

Can you share some of the books that you’ve purchased?

I just finished reading A Man for all Markets by Edward O. Thorp. Thorp began as a math professor at MIT. He later came up with systems to beat a number of casino games. He developed card-counting systems to beat blackjack and baccarat as well as a wearable computer to beat roulette.  After that, he took his talents to wall street and opened up a hedge fund centered around the then-novel idea of statistical arbitrage. I greatly enjoyed the book. I have just begun reading a Stephen King novel called Misery. Every sixth book I read is fictional and I really enjoyed the last novel I read of his. I think there is a reason that so many of his works are made into films.

What are your favorite all-time books?

A nonfiction book that I like a lot is Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Another is called The Most Important Thing by Howard Marks. As far as fiction goes, my favorite novel is probably One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. At risk of sounding cliché, I also love J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye.

Where do you buy most of your books?

I buy most of my books on Amazon.

Why do you rely on Amazon for all of your books?

I rely on Amazon because I have a Prime account and they make it incredibly easy to order books. It allows me to speed up the process screening new books to read and to save options for later.

If someone wanted to start reading to develop it into a hobby what kind of reading would you suggest?

I would say to find the thing that most interests you. Think of your hobbies, as well as one person, event, or idea that you have a cursory knowledge of from school but would like to know more about. You can also focus on topics that you think will most benefit you in your chosen career. One of the best ways to ease into reading daily is to start with a wide array of newspapers and editorials.  Beginning with shorter, fresher pieces can help you train yourself to read consistently.

How has reading changed your life?

It definitely has. It has made me curious and knowledgeable about far more topics than I otherwise would be.  A mental library can be extremely beneficial in conversations, debates, and all kinds of other human interactions. Reading is also a great way to relax and lower anxiety. There are few things better than sitting on the beach with great book and I’ve found it very helpful during the most stressful times of my life.

How do your other hobbies influence your reading?

I am very interested in television and film. Many of the shows and movies I watch tend to be analogous to what I read. For example, love the first season HBO’s True Detective partly because of the many Lovecraftian influences it draws upon. If you are well-read, you can find a lot more to tap into and think about when watching and interacting with other forms of art and discourse.

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Sandro Carbone

Sandro CarboneA general contractor and entrepreneur by day and a singer by night, Sandro Carbone has been interested in music for as long as he can remember. He first joined an experimental metal band with his brother and a friend after high school. A couple years after they disbanded, he joined his current band which plays a mix of blues and rock, with inspiration from and an infusion of a variety of other music genres.

When Sandro Carbone is not at work or off jamming with his band in a friend’s apartment, he’s spending all the time he can with his wife and three-year-old son.

 

  1. What is your hobby?

I sing in a garage band with my friends. We play blues and rock music.

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

I always took interest in artists’ voices. I can hear different pitches in a person’s voice and tell if someone is singing on or off key. I’m also always singing in my head.

My brother and I also shared a desire to make music. We rented a studio one day with a friend of ours and it’s just grown from there.

  1. Tell us what you love about it?

You have five people from completely different walks of life coming together to make music. We improvise all of the time so every second of music is new. We connect in a way that we can set up anywhere, any time and a song will come right out of us. Whenever we complete a song, we are just beside ourselves and completely elated because it came from us, came from our souls.

  1. What is your favourite thing about your hobby?

Being able to create something from nothing and performing for people. We get together at my friend’s apartment to play, and since my friend is a socialite, he always has people coming in and out of his place. Even if it’s only six people, I love performing for them.

  1. Have you ever performed in front of an audience elsewhere?

I did a stand-in for my cousin’s band in Sicily, Italy. He was playing a small festival along the beach of about 200 people and I sang two songs. It was amazing.

  1. How would you say your hobby has changed your life?

Through this band I’ve made lifelong friends. Even if we disband years from now, I know we’ll stay friends for life.

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

My band and I like to attend concerts or live performances to get inspiration.

  1. In what other ways do you or your band find inspiration?

We send each other new music whenever we find something different and interesting. Also, before each session, we all listen to different types of music to get inspired throughout the week. Then when we get together, we create a mix of different sounds to keep our music original. Sometimes I’ll sing a bluesy tone over a Latino style music, yet we can make it work together.

  1. Were you always a fan of Blues music?

Not always. It came later in life. I liked it enough before I joined my band, but it was the band that truly made me appreciate this style of music.

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

It’s not hard but finding success as a musician or singer has a lot to do with luck. As long as you’re passionate about it, you are already halfway there. Just keep your eyes open for any unexpected opportunities that come your way. And if you miss an opportunity, it’s okay, because that urge to play music never dies. You can just go about your life while waiting for the opportunity to come up again.

  1. Are there any other hobbies you have?

My other hobbies are whatever my three-year-old son’s hobbies are. If he likes trains and monster trucks, I like trains and monster trucks.

For more information:  https://medium.com/@sandrocarbone/montreals-jazz-music-experience-453072639ade

 

Ryan Phillips

Bio:

Ryan Phillips is the Owner of Ty Ty Nursery in Ty Ty, Georgia.

Since he was a young man, Ryan Philips know that he wanted to work with plants in his career; they’ve always been his passion. As a teenager, Ryan ran a landscaping business in his local community and was soon after hired at a plant nursery when he was 15. After completing high school, Ryan attended Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College in Tifton, Georgia. Looking to expand his education further, Ryan went on to attend the University of Georgia, where he became a member of Pi Alpha Xi, a horticulture honor society.

During his studies, Ryan got a job at Ty Ty Nursery, a plant nursery located in Ty Ty, Georgia. Ryan has been at Ty Ty Nursery for more than 10 years now and recently purchased the business, becoming the Owner. Ryan hopes to pass Ty Ty Nursery off to his children one day.

 

What is your hobby?

Although I spend all day working with plants, I would still consider gardening to be a hobby of mine. When I’m not at Ty Ty Nursery working with plants, I’m at home tending to the family garden.

 

What do you love about your hobby?

It’s hard to say exactly what I love so much about plants and gardening. There’s something calming about working with soil and nurturing the plants as they grow. Not only is it therapeutic just looking after these plants, but it really brightens up your yard. You can create a garden entirely unique and can plant a wide variety of bushes, trees, flowers, and more.

 

When did you really become interested in gardening?

My interest in plants and gardening really became apparent during my teen years when I was in high school. I began a landscaping business because I had a passion and a talent for yard work and gardening. It was a good first experience and I soon after found myself working at a plant nursery. This was my first real experience working at a plant nursery and I loved it so much I eventually bought one!

 

How would you say your hobby has changed your life?

Well, it’s essentially given me a career, which helps me provide for my family. When I’m gardening outside of work, I find it very calming as well. Days can be hectic and busy at Ty Ty Nursery and, although I love what I do, it’s nice to have my own private garden to tend to at home. Not only that, but gardening and doing yard work is something that can be done as a family or with friends. It’s a great bonding experience.

 

What advice would you give someone looking to get into gardening?

Just do it! Go and get your hands dirty and start planting. Do some research first to find out when you should be planting and what will work best for your garden and your climate conditions. You’ll need to invest in some gardening tools as well. Go and pick up a tough pair of gloves, gardening sheers, and a trowel. There’s more stuff you’ll need as your garden evolves but those things are a good start.

 

What is a recent purchase you’ve made that’s helped with your hobby?

I recently picked up a pair of knee pads. If you spend long hours out in the garden, you’re probably spending a lot of time on your knees, which can get painful. I’d recommend some knee pads to those who are serious gardeners or if you’ve got bad joints.

 

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Ty Ty Nursery’s Tips on How to Approach the Spring Gardening Season

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https://ideamensch.com/ryan-phillips/

 

Taber Sullivan

Taber Sullivan was born in Gainesville, Florida in 1969 at Shands Hospital on the campus of the University of Florida. He moved to Venice Florida when he was three-years-old. He attended school in Charlotte, Florida. After graduating high school in 1997, Mr. Sullivan attended the University of Southern Florida. He graduated in December of 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. After college, Mr. Sullivan moved to Caracas, Venezuela to teach English to employees of Venezuela’s largest oil company. He taught over the next six months and returned to his home in Florida. He began a new career with the Hyatt Hotel Corporation. Over the next 10 years with this corporation, he cross-trained in every department earning promotion after promotion, leading him to a position in management.

In 2009, Taber Sullivan began a new career with Group Travel Planners, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Group Travel Planners specializes in coordinating travel plans for high school Bands, Choirs and Orchestras on performance trips around the world. If a music ensemble wants to perform at Carnegie Hall or march in the Saint Patrick day parade in Dublin Ireland, our company provides that opportunity for them.

Mr. Sullivan has worked for Group Travel Planners for the past 10 years. He is the number one sales employee for the company. He works from his home office in Venice, Florida.  Taber Sullivan is the proud father of five children, two boys, and three girls. His oldest daughter attends Liberty College in Virginia. His oldest son attends Venice High in Venice, Florida. The three youngest children attend school in Venice Florida.

What is your hobby?

My hobby is working out at the gym and taking care of my body.

In what do you participate?

I participate in athletic events such as spartan and savage races.

How did you get started with your hobby?

I started with my hobby over three-years ago when I was a bit overweight. I realized that I needed to make some changes. I have three young children and wanted to give myself the best chance I could to make sure I can watch them grow up. Once I started to see changes, I was motivated to continue on the path that I was on. I made it a lifestyle change for the long-term.

Tell us what you do to work-out.

I work out at my local fitness facility. I love all of the people there. I work out every day. The people there have become my second family. Each of us has become a great support system for one another. We all have different goals. We all started our journey’s at different levels, but we are all in it together. It is always easier to push yourself when you are working out with someone else, rather than by yourself.

Are there any groups that you are a part of or any events that you attend?

I participate in spartan and savage races with the members of my gym. The races consist of obstacles placed on muddy tracks ranging from three to fifteen miles of track. We run as a team and help one another over walls and different obstacles.

Have you had to invest in any equipment and if so, can you share whatever you have bought?

Everything that is needed to run the race is provided at the gym. I have purchased the proper clothing to be able to run. I purchased special shoes I needed to run in the muddier races. I also purchased multi-vitamins that I purchased at GNC.

Where do you get most of your supplies?

I buy my vitamins at GNC, and I buy my clothes online.

Are there any books you would recommend for beginners?

Men’s Fitness Exercise Bible is a great book for beginners. They teach you how to work out with or without equipment, and without everything becoming routine. It is for all ages from elite athletes to beginners. It shows you what you can accomplish in eight minutes, that others cannot accomplish in eight hours. It is an effective and efficient workout routine.

How has this changed your life?

Just beginning my workout, I have more energy and more self-confidence. I am a happier person with a healthier lifestyle.

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

I would let a new person just starting out know that it is very difficult when you first start. It is easy to join a gym and attend for a month then quit. My advice to people would be to join a gym that has classes. It is easier when you can be with other people on your fitness journey. You will be consistent. After three months, instead of avoiding going to the gym, you will have changed your lifestyle and you will need it in your routine.

Are there any other hobbies that you have?

I love to coach my children’s sports teams. I coached my older son’s in football and I couch my daughter’s cross-country team.

 

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Shabbir Evershine

Shabbir Evershine is a foodie and travel gnome at heart. Born and raised in Karachi (Pakistan), he immigrated to USA when he was 18 and since then, worked for three Fortune 500 companies and five startups. He is an avid book reader, loves to discover new places, new people, and new food cuisines and fusions. He is a certified project manager and has worked in an executive capacity running global Project Management Offices (PMO) for tech and finance companies. Shabbir Evershine currently lives in Toronto where he is the Founder of RocketPMO, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in the setup, implementation and maturity of Project Management Offices for small and large organizations.

What is your hobby?

I love riding horses. While most (or almost all) equestrians will insist that it is a sport, I don’t ride horses as if I am participating in a competitive sport. I treat it as a hobby where I can relax and ride horses.

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

When I was seven years old, my father would take me horse-riding near a beach in Karachi. I would ride for several hours in a week and loved every bit of it. He was an avid rider himself and loved to train my younger brother and I in the fine art of horse-riding.

Tell us what you love about it.

The connection you feel with the horse is amazing. It feels like man and horse has become one. You feel the slight impulse, the muscle and gallop in its feet, the responsiveness of a well-trained horse, and the excitement between stimuli and response.

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

There are a plenty of clubs and training institutes that offer horse-riding classes. Personally, I am not part of any groups or events currently. I do want to pursue this competitively in the future though.

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

Normally, I go to the local clubs and horse ranches to do occasional horse-riding. Breed of horses does matter. Training and upbringing is also evident as soon as one rides the horse for a while.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I rent horse-riding gear from the farm or ranch I go to. My sons own their own equipment though. They regularly do their horse-riding.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Tons actually. In addition, YouTube is a great place to learn more about horse-riding.

How has this changed your life?

Horse riding is connecting with nature. It strengthens the body, especially the core. It has made me more mindful. It builds coordination of mind and body. Working in a barn and taking care of a horse strengthens muscles and increases cardiovascular capacity.

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

Take it slowly. Learn the basics and horse care before riding. Understand the horse, and develop a wavelength. It will make the activity much more enjoyable.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Stamp collecting, reading books, and travelling are all close to my heart.

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