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Dante Michael Anthony Vitoria

Dante Michael Anthony Vitoria is a New York entrepreneur and businessman currently working as owner of The Vitoria Group. Dante credits much of his success and strong work ethic to his parents. His parents were immigrants to the U.S. who taught him the value of hard work, determination, and respect.

After earned a graduate degree from NYU and Columbia, Dante jumped straight into the workforce, quickly making a name for himself on Wall Street and working his way to the top. Dante quickly found himself drawn towards the mergers and acquisitions aspects of finance and put his skills to work.

After a number of successful years working for others, Dante Michael Anthony Vitoria decided to create a business of his own. In 1991, Dante founded The Vitoria Group, a company that offers consulting services, venture capital opportunities, and services in the mergers and acquisitions realm of finance. The Vitoria Group has grown more successful with each passing year and continues to thrive in New York City and around the world.

Although often finding himself working around the clock, Dante still makes time for family and fun. Dante is a season ticket holder to several New York sports teams and enjoys attending games when he can. Outside of sports, Dante always enjoys a trip to the opera or attending a Broadway show.

On top of everything, Dante Michael Anthony Vitoria also owns Links to Legends, a company that specializes in celebrity golf outings and event coordination.

Outside of the business world, Dante is a three-time cancer survivor and the owner of a three-pound Yorkshire Terrier named Chanel.

What is your hobby?

It’s hard to pick just one. While I love cigars and good wine, playing golf and keeping up with soccer are two of my favorite hobbies.

How did you get started with these hobbies?

Well, I’ve been playing golf for years. My father taught me a lot about golf but sometimes the best way to learn is to just go out there and hit a bunch of balls. Sometimes the best thing to do after a hard day is to head to the driving range and grab a bucket of balls to hit.

I watch soccer all the time, too. I was so thankful we had the World Cup this summer because that was a lot of fun to keep up with.

What do you love most about golf?

It’s a great way to blow off some steam and relax. It’s also a great way to make business happen. I can’t tell you how many business connections I’ve made through golf or how many deals I’ve closed. So, it’s great for business but I also find it very relaxing. On a warm summer day there’s nothing better than heading to the golf course with some friends and playing the course.

Do you have any tips for beginners?

Practice, practice, practice! It’s pretty much the most basic advice you’ll ever hear, but there’s a reason for that: it works. The best way to get better at anything is to do it a whole lot. The more time you can spend practicing and playing golf the better you’ll get. It’s not about having the best or the most expensive clubs, it’s about having the most hours of practice under your belt.

How would you say your hobbies have changed your life?

I’m more relaxed, for sure. I think that everybody needs something in life besides work that they can put their minds to. All of my hobbies help to my make my life enjoyable. Playing golf, watching soccer, smoking a good cigar, and drinking a fine glass of wine all bring me happiness. It’s been proven time and time again that over-working can put strain on relationships and your own mental health. I love my hobbies because they allow an outlet for my stress and help me to relax and have fun. Isn’t that what hobbies are all about?

Any additional hobbies you’d like to share?

Spending time with my pup, Chanel. She’s a little fur ball and I love taking her for walks and playing games with her every day.

 

To learn more, follow Dante Michael Anthony Vitoria on social media and read his personal blog:

 

Brandon Oda

With an unusual combination of skills in photography and software engineering, Brandon Oda has become one of the top photographers in the San Francisco Bay area. He is involved in both portrait and landscape photography. Unique among photographers in his field, Oda has created his own photo editing software. With complete control over the creative process, he is able to create stunning works of art.

Brandon Oda is a Los Angeles native. In high school, he was interested in both the arts and the sciences. His parents supported him in pursuing an artistic career. In college, he studied photography at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. His time at RISD helped him to come into his own as an artist. He sold his first photographs to galleries while he was still a student.

Oda settled in San Francisco and opened his own photography studio. He is continually inspired by the fantastic beauty of California. With his wife and friends, he takes road trips around the state and photographs its diverse landscapes. He has a special interest in sunset and evening photography.

Portraits are a more recent addition to Oda’s portfolio. He photographs models and ordinary people, creating insightful images that reveal the subject’s personality. In his San Francisco studio, Oda hones his craft while fine-tuning his photo editing software. He has achieved great success in the photography world at a relatively young age.

What is your hobby?

My hobby is mountain biking. I love to get out on the trail.

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

I enjoy hiking, but I was looking for an outdoor hobby with more adrenaline. A friend got me into mountain biking. There are so many amazing landscapes to explore in California. I feel like I’ll always have new places to go.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love being out in nature most of all. I love the quiet of mountain biking. It’s something I tend to do alone, and I love having the time and space to myself. I love the physical challenge, and I often stop to take photos along the way. I’m not the fastest mountain biker, but I enjoy every mile.

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

I belong to a local trail riders’ club. We get together for social rides, and we raise money to help preserve the wild places we bike in. I’ve made many friends in this group, and I recommend that every mountain biker join a club in their area.

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

I’ve invested quite a lot of money in my bike and supplies. It’s not a cheap hobby, but if you take good care of your gear, it will last a long time. I recently purchased a new bike. It has made my rides so much more enjoyable. I also bought a new bike rack for the back of my car. That way, I have room for my bike and my wife’s when we go out together. I am trying to get her into mountain biking, but she is more interested in hiking.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I buy nearly all of my supplies at my local bike shop. I believe in shopping locally, even if some items may be cheaper when you buy them online. A local bike shop is a fixture in a community, and it helps bring riders together while outfitting them for great rides. My favorite thing about shopping at the local bike shop is the knowledgeable staff. No matter what kind of problems you have, the local bike shop can help you. They are also great at maintaining and repairing my bike when necessary.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I recommend The Mountain Biker’s Training Bible by Joe Friel. This book breaks down the process of training and makes it easy for novice riders. Getting fit to ride a mountain bike is uniquely challenging, but it’s worth it when you can ride longer and faster.

How has this changed your life?

Getting outdoors feeds my soul. I spend a lot of my time indoors editing photos, and when the week is over, I just want to get outside. Mountain biking has brought me a lot of joy. It also brings me a feeling of inner peace after I finish a ride. The “biker’s high” is strong and keeps me coming back for more. I love to get out on the trail at sunrise and enjoy the whole day in the woods.

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

Make friends at your local bike shop. You can be properly fitted for a bike as well as ask any questions you might have. Bikes need regular tune-ups, so you will need to take your bike into the shop a few times a year. When you become a regular at the local bike shop, you’ll make lasting connections.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I also love to swim. I swim several times a week as a means of keeping fit.

Paul Kaulesar

Paul Kaulesar was born in Queens, New York. He remained in Queens for most of his adolescence. Paul grew up in a hardworking family, his parents renovated and sold houses throughout Queens, New York. These family investments were Paul’s first exposure to the real estate market. He joined his parents on the search for the ideal property, he helped his father renovate the property and lastly he assisted in showing of the properties. At the age of 15 Paul’s family decided to move to Florida. They initially moved to Orlando but ultimately ended up residing in Palm Beach. In Palm Beach, Paul Kaulesar attended Royal Palm Beach High School and then Palm Beach State College for Entrepreneurship. During his college years Paul obtained his Florida real estate license.

When Paul was young, the Kaulesar family took many trips to Europe, South America, and the various parts of the Caribbean. This is where his love for architecture was realized. It was obvious to Paul that buildings told the story of the past. This exposure to great architecture fueled his interest in real estate. Paul Kaulesar further found interest in the building process, the artistry and unique designs of buildings and the provenance of the buildings. Ultimately, his interest in Victorian and Modern architecture turned real estate into a lifelong passion.

What is your hobby?

I am a person that has many interests and hobbies; I believe in keeping my mind and body busy. Most recently, I have found a great interest in the martial art Judo.

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

My interest in Judo was first realized while watching the Olympics. I was inspired and impressed by the technique of the Olympic Judokas. Many Judo players are not muscular but they are very strong, this is a martial art that anyone can practice.  Also, I had a few friends that attended Judo classes in college and they loved it, this intrigued me.

What inspired you?

My interest in Judo was first realized while watching the Olympics. I was inspired and impressed by the technique of the Olympic Judokas. Many Judo players are not muscular but they are very strong, this is a martial art that anyone can practice. Also, I had a few friends that attended Judo classes in college and they loved it, this intrigued me.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love the control of Judo. A good Judoka can balance a person on their hips without using their arms. Additionally, a smaller and weaker person can be very effective in Judo once they understand the principles.

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

I am part of the International Judo Federation (IJF). Since I have only been training for a few months I have not competed as of yet, but I expect to compete very soon.

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

For judo I bought a gi, shin pads, knee pads and books about Judo.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I bought most of my supplies online. Judo originated in Japan so many of the supplies I have bought ship from there.

Are there any good books for beginners?

The book I would recommend for a beginners in Judo is “Kodokan Judo: The Essential Guide to Judo by Its Founder Jigoro Kano”.

How has this changed your life?

Judo has changed my life because it makes me feel great, physically and mentally. Judo challenges me every day; I have learned to speak a bit of Japanese, how to fall and some great self-defense techniques.

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

The advice I give to others starting Judo is to be a blank slate. Know that you know nothing about this sport. There will be many smaller and weaker people that will throw you, put your ego on the shelf. Lastly, get ready to do activities you have not done since you were a child, such as, cart wheel, flips, and rolls.

Are there any other hobbies you have? 

Another hobby of mine is reading. I aim to read one great book a week. There are many extraordinary stories and lessons that have not been publicized.

You can learn more and follow Paul Kaulesar at:

Ronnie Brown Mansfield

Ronnie Brown Mansfield is an agent for change in the school administration of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In the course of his work as a middle school vice principal, he has been responsible for creating a safe school environment for all students. He has also been involved with teacher training, making sure that each educator has the resources to help students succeed in school and in life.

Brown attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He majored in Elementary Education and took his first professional job as a fourth- and fifth-grade math and science teacher. While he found being an educator rewarding, he gained an interest in joining the administration. Studying at night and on the weekends, he was able to receive a vice principal certification. His strong work ethic enabled him to attend night school while working a full day at school.

In addition to his work as an assistant principal, Brown coaches football, softball, and basketball. He believes strongly that athletic pursuits enhance a student’s experience and teach lessons that can only be learned on the field. He has also been an assistant football coach on the college level, working with wide receivers.

In his career as an educator and as a principal, Ronnie Brown Mansfield has upheld strong principles of hard work, respect, and communication. The teachers and staff members at his school respect him and look up to his example.

What is your hobby?

My hobby is photography. I love to capture new ways of looking at the world around me.

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

I got started with photography when I was a teenager. I used to take pictures for my high school newspaper. I learned to develop photos in the darkroom, and I took several art classes to develop my eye for composition. My newspaper advisor recommended that I take photography classes in college, but I wasn’t able to do so due to the demands of my Education degree. I am largely self-taught as a result.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love capturing special memories of the places I’ve been. I love RV travel with my family, and I take many photos of the landscapes in the places we visit. I also enjoy portrait photography with my family and pets. I especially love to capture majestic landscapes like those in our National Parks.

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

I attend a local photographer’s club. A few times a year, we get together to share a meal and enjoy looking at slideshows of each other’s work. It’s nice to have a place to share photos, other than online. I feel like I post so many scenic photos to Facebook, my friends and family are overwhelmed with them. My photography friends truly appreciate each shot.

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

I have a lot of specialized photography equipment. Photography can be an expensive hobby. Since I’m an educator, I don’t have a lot of extra money to spend on these things. I do as much research as I can to make sure I am getting the most value for my dollar. Recently I bought a new tripod which has enhanced my ability to take landscape shots.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I buy most of my supplies online through Amazon. I like the deals and I like the Prime shipping. I also visit a local photography store from time to time.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I recommend Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson to all of my friends who are thinking about trying photography. It can be a little bit technical, but it walks novice photographers through the inner workings of their cameras. It’s a great book for when you are ready to graduate from taking photos with your smartphone to using a proper digital camera.

How has this changed your life?

Photography gives me something calming to focus on. Life as an assistant principal is stressful. There are always various conflicts that need to be managed. When I look at one of my photographs on the wall of my office, I’m reminded of the serenity I felt when I captured the images. This helps to ground me on the most difficult days.

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

I would advise that anyone who wants to start photography should take a beginner’s class through their local art school or adult education center. There’s no substitute for an expert’s guidance. I am largely self-taught myself, but I wish I had had the benefit of a teacher’s knowledge when I was starting out.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Travel is my other major hobby. I love to take my wife and four kids on the road in our RV. Six people in an RV is a little bit of a squeeze, especially now that two of my children are grown. Even though we live in close quarters on the road, we enjoy spending time together. I usually plan our trips around the best photo opportunities, while my daughters suggest that we stop in cities with music festivals.

Brian Setencich

Brian Setencich is a General Manager with First Service Residential, a property management company in San Francisco. He has a background in public service, beginning on the Fresno city council. He was elected to the California State Assembly where he spent time working on issues that are important to all Californians. He then went on to work for the 911 Emergency Response Project for the City and County of San Francisco, ensuring that all citizens had safe and effective access to emergency services. After working in public service, Setencich made a move into the private sector. He managed Market Square, a major development in San Francisco.

Brian Setencich played professional basketball, developing his knack for teamwork. He has been involved with fundraising for Valley Children’s Hospital as the Donor Research Coordinator. Another charitable project includes volunteering for animal rescue organizations.

Setencich is a seasoned businessman and deeply connected to California. His business experience and charitable endeavors enhance the San Francisco community.

What is your hobby?

My hobbies include exercise, reading and cooking, albeit simple cooking.

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

I taught myself to cook. I have always been interested in simple healthy food.  My palate is very simple so I wanted to make simple healthy dishes that were still tastey.  Since I’ve been cooking for several years now, I feel like I can a variety of dishes that are simple, healthy and still taste good for others who try them.

Tell us what you love about it.

Cooking is a great way to relax. When I’m in the kitchen, I stop worrying about work and other obligations. I love putting a great meal on the table for friends and family.  Whenever I eat out, I take note of ideas to try in my own kitchen.

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

I enjoy attending some cultural food festivals.  Not only is the food good but it’s a good way to learn more about different cultures and have fun at the same time.

Have you had to invest in any equipment? If so, please share the things you have purchased.

Well, not too much but when I do,I try to avoid buying things that have only one purpose.  For example, instead of specialty cutters and slicers, I have invested in a good quality set of chef’s knives.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I’ve bought supplies at and Williams Sonoma.  They always have a creative assortment of products, and the higher price is worth it in terms of quality.  I have also purchased some things at the local hardware store, which has a surprisingly good assortment of things.

How has this changed your life?

Cooking is a fantastic hobby because I can use it every day.  It’s brought me a lot of confidence and has also taught me a lot about the world through various cuisines. Sharing food with my friends is so satisfying.  Cooking also teaches patience and the ability to follow directions. Baking is more precise than cooking. When you’re cooking, you have the ability to improvise a little more, but with baking, you really have to follow the base recipe or you’ll come up with something strange.

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

Don’t be intimidated. Start small, using basic recipes, and work your way up. Before long, you’ll be cooking big meals for everyone to enjoy. I do have a piece of cooking-specific advice.  Clean as you go along. If you clean as you go along, you won’t be left with a messy kitchen at the end.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I enjoy reading and staying fit.  I played basketball professionally when I was younger but now I just like to shoot baskets by myself if I have a little time.

Grant Lawson

Grant Lawson is a marketer, consultant, and coach with his current focus being the lead crowdfunding strategist at InventureX .

He attended California State University, Northridge where he acquired a B.S. in Computer Science. His expertise lies in product development and crowdfunding.

What is your hobby?
I like to perform different writing exercises to encourage the free flow of thoughts and ideas. I can put the best ideas to work. It helps me to pinpoint exactly what I want to execute.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
I drew the conclusion that some of the most successful people in the world are authors, readers, or both. It’s less of a hobby and more of a way of life. The combination of being a writer and an avid reader is one of the ways that I can ensure my continued success. I’d like to think of myself as a machine that acquires and disseminates knowledge. I got started with this hobby because I needed a way to churn out ideas that solve problems. To validate that a product development idea is good, I take the best ideas I’ve written and discuss them with potential customers.

What inspired you?
I’m inspired by the work of some of the world’s greatest thinkers and writers. I also get inspired by the products that I’m grateful to have. I think “What is it that makes me grateful for this?”, and “How can I create products that other people are grateful for?”

Tell us what you love about it.
I love writing as a creative expression because I can have fun while being productive. That’s the sweet spot-working without making it feel like work. Writing allows me to access the imaginative part of my brain. I can take a break from being technical and logical. Also, there is something therapeutic and relaxing about it. I feel like a more balanced person once I’ve written that day or delivered some of my creative material to my video team at StudioX.

Are there any groups you’re part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
Yes, Toastmasters. Being that I’m in product development, I often have to relay thoughts and concepts to other people. I’m a member of this speaking group to keep my communication and presentation skills refined.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
I mainly invest in tools that augment my current marketing stack of tools. I have benefited from using tools like Clickfunnels, Crazy Egg, and wireframing tools. I use Aha! For product roadmapping and IdeaScale to gather opinions and gain feedback.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?
The vast majority of the tools I need to complete my work are online. Primarily, crowdsourcing occurs online. Therefore, the things that I need to get the job done can be found there as well.

Are there any good books for beginners?
Absolutely. You should be reading no matter what your level of acuity is. For marketers, I recommend Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk. I also recommend The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

How has this changed your life?
These books have taught me the crucial steps to take in order to build a thriving personal brand and maintain the motivation to achieve.Is far too easy to be thrown off of your path in life, even with an established direction and approaching goal. These books help me maintain the right state of mind to continue being a standout leader.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
If you want to write or be a marketer, just do it. You can study something forever, you can have a mentor for years, but it all comes down to the moment doing. Set a clear goal and start going for it 100 miles per hour. No matter what your skill level is, as you continue to “Do”, you will get better. If you’re having trouble getting started, simply do something today and you’ve already begun. Approach each day with the mindset that you’re going to do 1% better than you did yesterday.

Are there any other hobbies you have?
I enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes along with working out. I’m not much of a runner, I prefer bodybuilding. I like to push myself to physical limits and lift as much as I can. It’s extremely encouraging. No matter what activity I do after I workout, I feel like I can dominate and conquer it.

Arshad Madhani

Arshad Madhani is a digital marketing and consulting expert who specializes in helping clients, from expert marketers to novice entrepreneurs, create innovative and engaging marketing campaigns that redefine their brands. Madhani earned his MBA from the Texas A&M International University and is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia.

What is your hobby?

I’m a busy guy but I try to be consistent with my running. It’s the one thing that I try not to miss out on, aside from my morning cup of coffee.

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

I started running back in college. I was already juggling a lot of activities at that time, and I realized that I was burning out too quickly. I chose running to counter all the sitting down I was doing, and it has been a part of my daily routine ever since.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love how running gives me that time and space where my mind can just be blank. Most of time, my mind is on overdrive, thinking about strategies and new ideas for campaigns, and being on this mode for most of the day can be exhausting. Running is simple, it lets me breathe mentally and physically, and it allows me to clear my head for an hour or two. Also, running is great cardio.

If you read my article in Noobpreneur.com about how to unwind, I emphasized the need for physical activity. Running does it for me because it gets my blood flowing as I allow my mind to just wander. At the end of every run, I always feel refreshed and ready to tackle the next task on my plate.

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

Not really. I view running as something that is personal to me, that’s part of the time that I give to myself and no one else, so I prefer to do it alone, as opposed to doing it as part of a group. I have nothing against group runs, but with my schedule and the fact that I run anytime I’m free, the only option that I have is to run by myself.

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

I try to invest in basic equipment, like a good pair of running shoes and a runner’s watch just to see how many miles I’ve covered. Currently, I’m using a Forerunner sports watch by Garmin. I usually buy running shoes from Nike, but I also use running shoes from other brands like Adidas and New Balance. As long as it offers good support and protects your knees, it’s a good running shoe for me.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I get my running supplies from your typical sports stores but I also buy online.

Are there any good books for beginners?

The Beginning Runner’s Handbook is the first book that comes to mind. This covers everything that you need to know if you are totally new to running, from safety tips to how to get the most out of every run.

How has this changed your life?

The book makes running easy to understand and actually encourages you to make the decision to run every day. Although I started running fairly early in my life, I admit that I really didn’t know how to run properly. If I had not read this book before I began my daily running routine, I’d be dealing with a lot of running-related injuries by now. If you don’t know the first thing about running, this should be the first book on your list.

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

Learn the basics before you run, especially if you want to make this a daily habit. Know the proper running techniques and take it slow to avoid injury. You will feel sore in the first day or two, but keep pushing. You will get better in time and the rewards will be worth it.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I like to listen to music. During short breaks at the office you will find me with headphones on, listening to a track on my playlist. Music is a great stress reliever and I can pop it in when I just have a couple of minutes free in between client meetings or calls.

Learn more about Arshad Madhani at www.arshadmadhani.com.

Monsignor Kenneth Steffen

Monsignor Kenneth Steffen was born in Effingham, Illinois. He was the only one of fifteen siblings who took on the calling to the priesthood. He attributes his family with seeding and nurturing him to his vocation.

According to Monsignor Steffen, “his father had dedicated him to God at a very early age to consider the priesthood, and my mother passed on to me the great gift of faith by practicing it in daily life.” His brothers and sisters supported his decision as well and thanks to the passionate and fierce support of his family, he became the person he is today.

He was ordained to the Priesthood at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in May of 1984. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Cardinal Glennon College in philosophy and a double master’s degree of divinity and in Theology from Kenrick Seminary. In addition, he holds a doctorate of ministry.

Monsignor Steffens is currently serving as Chaplain at Saint Francis Hospital Litchfield Illinois.

What is your hobby?

My hobbies are reading to help make my mind stay sharp, learning more about the computer and the technological advancements of today. In addition, I thoroughly enjoy working out and staying in shape, sharing dinners, and leading pilgrimages to sacred places.

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

Some of my hobbies were started as a child when we were all taught the importance of reading, and family time. We were taught that we should be well rounded, whether it be physical, spiritual, emotional, or religious. Traveling and taking pilgrimages came later, as I was inspired by taking groups of strangers on a trip and then return with the closeness of spiritual upon return.

Tell us what you love about it.

What I love about it is witnessing the spiritual awakening that comes from such an experience.

A pilgrimage is the best of both worlds because you can go on a tour and you would see everything a pilgrim would see. But the value of going on a Catholic pilgrimage is that we not only see everything, but we celebrate every aspect as we go. It is truly a blessing to behold.

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

Yes, I am the Chaplin for the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher in the Holy Land. I am also Chaplin for several ethnic groups such as the Filipino community, as well as the German and Spanish communities.

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

I create three booklets to prepare and assist with each individual’s experience. The first booklet is a description of the richness and meaning of a pilgrimage. The second is the itinerary we will be experiencing. It also provides a personal journal for them to take notes at each shrine that we visit. The third booklet is a follow-up book where they can describe the grace, value, and experience they shared of the pilgrimage.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

The first suggestion I always give is to google the places they will be going. The second suggestion is to pray. There is always a reason for grace in such gifts, having clarity is good to know. Also, check with your priest to see if there are petitions of prayer requested for the location you will be visiting. Reading about the meaning of a pilgrimage would be advised as well.

Are there any good books for beginners?

The Life of a Pilgrim

A movie The Way – Which is an actual movie about a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain

How has this changed your life?

It has broadened my understanding of the church. You see people from all over the world and of all religious persuasions and at all levels of faith. I think it’s important to understand every aspect of that.

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

I would first suggest that you find out why you want to go. Prepare by speaking with others who have had the experience. Prepare by watching DWTN, where you can watch others on a pilgrimage. They should also think of a place that they have heard of such as Fatima or Rome or the Holy Land where you can walk the footsteps of Jesus, or Jesus on the Sea of Galilee. People find that their whole understanding of Christ changes. After they come home, the scriptures come alive because you visited these places it brings home the on-going aspect of it.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Going out to dinner and trying different foods. I enjoy switching it up every once in a while so I can taste foods that I normally don’t get to enjoy. Doing so allows me to be grateful for the different variety of dishes that the fine world has to offer.

You can learn more and follow Monsignor at:

Kelly Hyman

Kelly Hyman is a brilliant woman with a passion for helping people. This has been with her throughout her life. This actress turned lawyer has enjoyed knowing she can make a positive impact in the lives of the people who can’t always advocate for themselves.

Kelly attended UCLA for her undergraduate degree in communications. UCLA was a natural choice after growing up between New York City and Southern California. Having been raised by a single mother who was a professional tennis player and teacher, she was put in touch with her first agent at five years old. Through that means she entered the acting venue as a child and throughout the years that followed she acted in many professional acting jobs. After numerous commercials, movies, and stage performances she found herself in television roles as well. She credits Harry Mastrogeorge for her success as an actress as he taught her the craft of acting. Those skills are still a part of her today. To this day, she continues to be a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild.

Kelly Hyman’s acting history has lent itself to her career as a lawyer. Because of the experience of being in different roles, she has found herself equipped to understand her client’s perspective better. She can identify with them and that helps her advocate effectively on their behalf.
Today Kelly lives in Colorado with her husband.

What is your hobby?

When I not passionately advocating on behalf of those who cannot do so for themselves I enjoy volunteering or traveling.

How did you get started with this hobby?

Since I was a young girl, I would love to travel.

Tell us what you love about your hobby.

Traveling enables me to see different cultures and different country. Since enables me to see the world where different people live and experience there culture and environment.

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

I have spent money on my airfare and hotels.

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

When we want to travel to a different country, we will look online for trips, airlines, and housing.

Are there any good books for beginners?

1,000 places to see before you die by Patricia Schultz.

How has your hobby changed your life?

It has enabled me to become a better person.

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

Set a goal to see three new places every year and then go travel and enjoy.

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Sean Seshadri

Sean Seshadri is a tech blogger and computer programmer based in Seattle, Washington. His broad experience in the technology sector, as well as his love of teaching, makes his blog required reading for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of today’s market.

He attended Central Washington University, where he received a degree in Computer Science. In college, Seshadri frequently helped others with their computer science coursework through his work as a teaching assistant. His experience with explaining complex topics to a variety of students of all ability levels has enhanced his blog.

Sean Seshadri is an avid traveler who frequently attends tech conferences around the world. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with a wide variety of people, and he constantly adds to his skill set by interacting with others in his field. He believes in enhancing the travel experience through the newest apps and gadgets. Using travel apps, he can find the best hotels, restaurants, and activities in his destination cities.

Outside of work, Seshadri spends time with his wife and two daughters as well as their two rescue dogs. He is involved in volunteering for an animal shelter with his family. He plays the guitar and is an avid amateur chef.

What is your hobby?

My hobby is cooking. I enjoy making new and exciting dishes for my family and friends. It can be challenging to find new dishes that my girls will eat, and I’ve taken that on as a personal challenge.

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

I’ve always been interested in food and cooking. When I was a kid, I used to watch Julia Child on PBS. My mother wasn’t much of a cook, and she was amused that I spent so much time watching food shows. As I got a little older, I became interested in experimenting in the kitchen. I made a lot of messes and made some bad food before I started to learn what I was doing.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love introducing my friends and family to new flavors. I am constantly looking up new recipes to try. I love to entertain, and I am happiest in the kitchen with friends around me. It’s so satisfying to see someone enjoying one of your dishes. If I find a new dish that my girls enjoy, I’m especially proud of myself. They can be picky eaters.

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

Not as such where cooking is concerned, but my wife and I are members of a rotating supper club that moves between members’ homes. I’ve picked up ideas for exciting new dishes from the supper club.

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

I have an entire kitchen full of equipment. My wife is constantly complaining that we have no more storage space and that I should stop buying things for the kitchen. Recently I bought a large mortar and pestle to grind spices by hand. I also recently purchased a new chef’s knife. A good chef’s knife is the cook’s best friend in the kitchen.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I buy many things at Williams Sonoma. They have an amazing variety of baking and cooking equipment, appliances, and serving ware. The store at our local mall knows me by name. I also buy things through Amazon, especially the smaller and less expensive gadgets.

Recently I bought a food dehydrator, and I intend to make healthy homemade jerky for a travel snack. My daughters are excited about making dried fruit. Another recent purchase is a sous vide machine. This cooks food in a warm water bath which brings the food to an exact temperature so that it is always fresh and moist.

Are there any good books for beginners?

There are so many great books out there for beginners. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it might be wise to start from scratch with the basics. My favorite beginner level cookbooks are I’m Just Here for the Food by Alton Brown and How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. I turn to the Bittman cookbook frequently when I’m looking for recipes to adapt.

How has this changed your life?

Cooking has enhanced my life since I was a teenager. I truly enjoy feeding people and giving them exciting new dishes to try. My wife claims that my food convinced her to go out with me, so it has had true life-changing effects.

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

Don’t be afraid, just jump in. Follow a simple recipe at first. Be sure that you have all of your ingredients and equipment ready before you cook – this is called a mise en place in French. One of the biggest beginner mistakes is to crash around the kitchen doing prep while things are cooking.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I also love playing the guitar – though I’m not very good at it – and spending time with our dogs. Taking the dogs for long walks and hikes is so relaxing.