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Scott Hall HobbyJam

Scott Hall grew up in Northern Virginia after his family moved from New York when he was 5 years old.  After graduating from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, he spent several years living in South Florida prior to moving back to the Washington, DC area.   He and has family have resided in the Ellicott City, MD since 2005 and the Baltimore area since 1997.  He has spent the majority of his professional career in retail operations, with the last few years spent working in the personal mobility space.

What is your hobby?

I’m a passionate collector of Legos, particularly the larger, more complex sets in the Star Wars, Technic and City series.

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

I was fortunate enough for my parents to get me my first Lego set when I was 4 years old – and I was hooked.  Starting with Lego’s iconic Space sets from the mid-70’s, I started building massive Lego cities and taking over more and more of my parents’ house when I was growing up.  At that time in Northern Virginia, there were lots of large transportation projects happening at the time, and I would ask my parents to take me to the building sites so I could watch what they would do – and then try to make similar structures with my own sets.  To be a kid and think you could build these structures that could take up 2-3 feet of space – and couldn’t get knocked down easily, like blocks could – was fascinating to me.

Tell us what you love about it?

There are two things I love the most about building and collecting Legos today.  Much of what Lego does nowadays is create sets of very complex mechanisms, either from the movies or from real life.  To have a real-world replica of the things that you see only in the movies or at some huge construction site is like a dream come true.  For example, Lego has a series called Technic – these sets are incredibly detailed and replicate motors, gears, windows and just about anything you can think of on a vehicle.  You can use batteries to power all the functions on these vehicles so that they operate just like they do in real life.  Vehicles like Mercedes-Benz’ Unimog 6-wheeled go-anywhere vehicle, Volvo’s front-end loader and Bugatti’s Veryon are all vehicles that Lego has created and built that I’ve collected over time.

Second, for many people out there, the Star Wars movies are an obsession.  Lego didn’t make a lot of Star Wars sets until the early 2000’s, so I didn’t get a chance to play with much Star Wars stuff when I was a kid.  When the second movie trilogy came out in the late 90’s, it was a renaissance for kids like me that grew up with the original Star Wars movies and longed for more cool things to play with, but never existed.  The realism of what Lego has released in their Star Wars line has continued to get better over time, so you feel like you’ve got the same quality model that the professionals use.

From a collecting standpoint, it’s wonderful to know that there are limited runs of many of the products that Lego makes.  And many of the people who purchase sets do so to build them, so it reduces the inventory of collectible, brand-new copies of sets.  For the ones I like the best, I’ll purchase two so I can build one with my family and collect the other one.

What is your favourite thing about your hobby?

The best part now is that I get to enjoy building and collecting them with my kids.  They get to experience a lot of the things that I loved growing up, and you can spend hours building Legos together.  It’s a great activity that helps them learn to follow instructions, have attention to detail and have the satisfaction of completing a really difficult project.  And you get to play with what you’ve finished!  It’s just a great family activity.  On the collecting side, it’s nice to see things that you’ve stored and saved over time go up in value as a personal investment.  As a collector, you’re always trying to think about what both kids and adults will want in the future so that you can maximize the value of your collection.  There’s so much that goes into making a Lego set valuable, including the number of pieces in a set, the number of unique pieces, the number of minifigures (people) and even the colors of the pieces themselves.  Finally, there’s the “popular culture” aspect of many collections.  Is a set something that people will want 5, 10, 15 years from now?  Lego has created a lot of sets that seemed nice at the time, but really didn’t register with collectors because adults didn’t look back with fond memories on that TV series, movie or whatever else the set was modeled after.

How would you say your hobby has changed your life?

The biggest impact building and playing with Legos has had on my life is allowing me to be myself and explore my creativity and imagination.  The sheer volume of sets that Lego has created over time means that there are sets and collections that can appeal to almost anyone – people that like building cities (Lego City), monsters and goblins (Monster Fighters), medieval times (Knights) and so much more.

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

Unfortunately, there aren’t too many groups in my area that meet on a regular basis.  However, that’s the beauty of Lego – you can build and enjoy them even if you’re by yourself.  As an only child with both parents who worked, I often had to entertain myself, and Lego is great for that!

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

Start small.  There’s a huge selection of Legos that you can collect and build.   If you’re a builder, think about sets that you can interconnect over time to create an entire environment that works well together and can open itself up for ongoing exploring and experimentation.  As a collector, understanding your goals and your budget are key.  You’re not going to get the entire Star Wars line when you start out.  Pick the pieces that you think will hold their value over time and save up for those.  Don’t try to get every single set.  There are lots of web sites and blogs that can help you understand what collectors are going after and why.  At the end of the day, it’s about what makes you happy!

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I’m also an avid board game player and collector, specifically games from the 60’s and 70’s.  But that’s for another conversation!

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Joseph Vessecchia

Joseph Vessecchia

Joseph Vessecchia

Ever since Joseph Vessecchia could remember, he has loved the game of baseball. The first thing his father did when he was born was to put a ball in his hands. Rumor has it, and his mom is adamant, that the first word to come out of his mouth was “ball.” From that moment on, Joseph was usually seen with a glove and ball in his hands—much to the dismay of his mother (things can break in the house).

While Joseph Vessecchia played competitively in high school both for his school team and summer teams, he also played at the University of Michigan for their club baseball organization.  Joseph studied Economics at the university and enjoyed watching Michigan’s sports teams play when he had spare time.

Most of his life, Joseph has played shortstop and second base, but he has also played some games in the outfield. This is because Joseph was inspired by 13-time Gold Glove winner, Ozzie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals—mostly due to his flair in the field, and quickness on the base paths. However, since Joseph is avid Yankee fan and enjoyed seeing them win 5 championships growing up, he can’t help but believe Derek Jeter is the best shortstop of all time. Since Derek is retired, Joseph’s favorite player to date is Aaron Judge.

In the last couple years, Joseph Vessecchia has been playing for the Blue Sox in the Woburn Men’s Wooden bat league as a middle infielder. He is hoping the Yankees can bring home the division title to the Bronx in 2019.


What is your hobby?

My main hobby is baseball.

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

I’ve always loved baseball. I’ve been playing ever since I can remember. My first word was actually ball according to my mom.

Derek Jeter used to be my favorite player growing up, so he was partly my inspiration. I also loved Ozzie Smith of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Tell us what you love about it?

I love playing shortstop and being the general on the field. This means you must ensure everyone is in the proper position and knows what to do with the ball when it comes to them. Having this responsibility was easily my favorite part of the game. As I got older, I was able to bring the same mentality to playing Second Base.

What is your favorite thing about your hobby?

My favorite thing is certainly the strategy behind the game. It requires a lot of thinking and premeditating what you must do before it happens. Depending on how many people are out, what the count is, and how many people are on base (and where)—it requires the fielder to make different strategic plays. There are also other factors I am not naming. The same thing holds true for when you are up at bat.

How would you say your hobby has influenced your life?

Playing baseball has made me very competitive, which has translated to me also being very competitive in my sales job. I always want to win and make the most sales on my team. However, since baseball is a team sport, I also love to help my teammates if they need to strategize on a deal or ask my questions.

I’m also a critical thinker, which is an important skill necessary for playing baseball. These critical thinking skills, whether it be understanding a client or trying to solve complex solutions for your customers, they help me sell more and be more valued as a salesperson to my clients.

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

I play shortstop and second base for a baseball team called the Blue Sox here in Boston. I’ve been on this team for two years now. I’m also very involved in my church and hold leadership positions there as well.

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

I would tell them to be patient and don’t try to master everything all at once. Focus on improving certain specific aspects of your game. If not, it will become overwhelming as baseball is a constant learning process.

After all, hitters who are successful 3 out of 10 times are hall of fame candidates!

Are there any other hobbies you have?

As stated earlier, I have a Monday night church group, and I also like reading different types of books regarding technology, finance, and self improvement.


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Delaena Kalevor

Delaena Kalevor

Delaena Kalevor

Delaena Kalevor was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, where soccer is the dominant sport. During elementary school, he played as a winger on their soccer team because he was a fast runner. When Delaena Kalevor started at Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School, one of the top secondary schools in Ghana, he joined their debate team and competed at a competitive level for his school.

After coming to the US to get his MBA in Finance, he eventually made his way to California via work, where he enjoyed playing soccer with his friends and colleagues. Delaena Kalevor recently moved to Ohio for work with his wife and son, but they hope to return to California soon to back with their friends and family.


What is your hobby?




How did you get started with soccer? What inspired you?


I’ve been playing soccer since before I could walk. I love it. It’s the most popular sport in Ghana, so it is part of the culture for where I grew up.


Tell us what you love about it?


It’s a team sport and I love how everybody has a role to play. If you look at the size of a soccer field, it’s a large field, and one person could not dominate the whole field alone. All 11 players have their own role or position and they all need to perform at a high level in order to achieve results.


What is your favorite thing about soccer?


One of my favorite things about soccer is tactical formations. It’s the offensive formations that I find very fascinating. The two formations I just find most fascinating are four-four-two and four-three-two-one. People think that the players just play the game, but there is a lot of analysis and brain power that go into the tactical formations. It reminds me of military formations.


How would you say soccer has influenced your life?


With it being a team sport, I learned how it takes a village to do great things and it takes a village to succeed. When we win, we all celebrate and when we lose, we are all equally accountable.

If you take a look at my most recent experience where I was launching new products, I knew I couldn’t launch a new credit card or loan product alone. I needed credit to figure out their acquisition, fraud and account management strategies, I needed IT to build the point of sale interface, I needed legal to draft the correct contract language in a way that protects the bank, I needed customer service to build proper operational processes, etc. A lot of cross-functional parallel effort needed to come together to launch new products on time.

Building all of those pieces required a lot of team effort. Even though we all represented different functional teams, we all needed to have the same goal and march in the same direction. My experience with herding cats in soccer helped me herd cats in the business world to arrive at our desired destination.


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


Not since I moved to Ohio, but when I was back in California, I would play soccer with a bunch of friends and colleagues. I follow the sport more than I play now.


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


Just watch it. If you’re curious about it, spend time on learning it and watching the games and championships. If you’re interested in playing, get a group together and play. It’s not hard to play as long as you have good stamina and can run around the field. And it’s good exercise.

If someone wants to play soccer professionally, however, I’d recommend doing a summer in Europe so you can get noticed by scouts. Perhaps try joining a summer camp there, maybe in England or Spain, since Europe and South America are the two main powerhouses of soccer. It’s not a very popular sport in North America.


Are there any other hobbies you have?


I spend most of my free time with my family because I’m a big family man. But I am a huge history buff and I like to have intellectual debates about history and politics with friends. I also like reading about warfare, strategy, business, and economics.


For more information on Delaena Kalevor:  https://twitter.com/JeneJene03

Lauren Naylor

Lauren Naylor from Grapevine, Texas is a highly ambitious student, studying to complete her nursing degree at Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas. She is also an honors student, having graduated Grapevine High School with an impressive 4.5 GPA.

Lauren first became inspired to pursue a career in healthcare after reflecting on her time as a child, when she was critically ill. She credits the care she received and the positive impact her nurses had on her for her motivations and drive to pursue a career in health care. Lauren firmly believes that her success in the nursing program is rooted in her own experience as a patient, and she hopes that she can have a similar impact on the lives of others.

As a committed student, Lauren Naylor occasionally works as a Nanny, which she enjoys. She successfully maintains a work-life balance and is able to navigate the academic landscape while still prioritizing time with her family.

She is actively involved at Texas Christian University, attending UIFI sorority/fraternity leadership summer camp, and acts as a Leadership Day Rush Chair with the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. She also actively participates as a member of the Student Nurses Association and is a TCU faculty scholar.

As a student studying nursing, Lauren Naylor looks most forward to learning about the human body, as well as the clinical aspects of her program which allow her to work one-on-one with patients in a supervised environment. She advises other students who are studying nursing to remain dedicated, as the program can be highly challenging. Lauren’s experience as an honors student in high school has ultimately prepared her for her academic hardships and her future objective is to be both a competent and kind nurse.

While she attended high school, Lauren Naylor was the Captain of her high school dance team, where she received multiple honors and leadership awards. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, a Presidential Scholar and a Grapevine High School ambassador.

Lauren Naylor is also actively involved in her community and has received awards for her service, including the City of Grapevine Volunteer of the Year award.

To help maintain a work-life balance, Lauren Naylor continues to pursue her hobbies and passions — namely, dance. She was also involved in figure skating from the ages 3 to 12, and later pursued dance in middle school and high school. Her first dance competition was at age 12. Lauren’s favorite type of dance is lyrical. To this day, she credits her time spent on the dance team for the leadership, teamwork and self-disciplinary skills she has honed over the years — qualities which she knows will serve her well as a nurse.



What is your hobby?

My hobby is dancing.  I have always enjoyed activities that involve moving your body.


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

From age 3 to 12 years old, I did figure skating and loved the dancing aspect of it.  I entered middle school and saw the dance team perform and immediately became inspired, I wanted to be like them. I decided to start taking dance classes in the 7th grade and I tried out for the team and was thrilled to be accepted. It led me to performances and competitions and a whole new world of dance.


Tell us what you love about it?

There are so many things I love about dance. I love all the different types of dance, the different ways to move your body, the make up and costumes.


What is your favorite thing about your hobby?

My favorite things about dance can be the adrenaline rush you get from performing and competing.  I did my first competition at age 12 and over the years have done many types of dance from jazz, lyrical to military.  My favorite dance is lyrical because its very slow and flowy.


How would you say your hobby has changed your life?

Dancing, especially finding it at such a young age, has really given me teamwork and leadership skills which I am able to take with me into college and the workplace.  I have made many close friends and met many new people. I have also gained great self disciplined working hard and dedicated myself though the regular practice that it required, sometimes up to 20 hours per week.


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

I have created many lifelong relationships with previous dancers that I have met along the way and I still try to attend classes from time to time.


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

It can be hard when you are starting out because you have to start at the bottom, you don’t know what you are getting yourself into and what to expect. It is also a lot of time and effort but if you have a love and passion for it and are willing to put in the dedication and practice it will definitely pay off.


Are there any other hobbies you have?

I am involved in healthcare, working out, I loves dogs, fashion and cosmetics.


To Learn More:  https://www.behance.net/laurennaylor1

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.

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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


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.


To learn more about Ryan Phillips and Ty Ty Nursery, please check out these links: 


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

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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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Shawn Grzybowski

Shawn Grzybowski is an experienced logistics officer and New York native. Having attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, he graduated with a double major in government and English literature.  After completing his post-secondary education, he was commissioned as a logistics officer in the United States Marine Corps. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel, and despite his initial plan to remain in service for only several years he has now completed 22 years of active duty. With his extensive military experience behind him, Shawn Grzybowski’s immediate plan is to retire to Oahu Hawaii, a place where he describes as feeling like home.

What is your hobby?   

My primary hobby is mountain biking as I enjoy navigating various types of terrain. It requires a certain skill level and the trails present a significant challenge both mentally and physically. Mountain biking differs from other sports as it requires an extensive amount of commitment and superior dedication. From purchasing the appropriate gear to understanding proper safety techniques, the past time is not for the faint of heart.

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

My buddy Jason had bought a bike and talked constantly of his time spent on the trails. I was intrigued to say the least, so, when I finally moved to Southern California, I decided to purchase a bike and give it a try. It is not as easy as you think it is (I learned this the hard way). There is much skill and knowledge required to become proficient without the risk of injury.

Mountain biking also comes with countless physical benefits, and I am someone who strives to remain active on a daily basis. The exercise is rigorous, but the cardiovascular workout strengthens your immunity and has many long-term health advantages. I have seen a significant improvement in my overall balance and coordination, and because biking is not a weight-bearing sport, there is less risk of a joint injury. Ultimately, cycling is an extremely dynamic exercise and I hit the trails whenever I find the extra time.

What is your favourite thing about your hobby? 

Mountain biking is an adventurous sport and requires a sense of exploration and risk-taking, I get a major adrenaline rush every time I complete a trail for the first time. By the time I finish a course, I am left feeling both renewed and accomplished.  I recommend mountain biking to anyone who loves the great outdoors and is not afraid of a little danger.

How would you say your hobby has changed your life?  

It gives me something to look forward to on the weekends or with any free time I may have.  I have a deeper sense of gratitude for the natural world, and a different perspective on life. Once you develop your skills, cycling can be highly meditative.

I am constantly pushing personal boundaries and looking forward to new challenges. The sport has strengthened my belief that anything worth doing is most likely challenging and you should never give up.

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