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Rachel Kugel

Rachel Kugel – Founder, The Kugel Law Firm

Rachel Kugel is a lawyer, entrepreneur, and mom living and working in NYC. She runs her own criminal defense law practice while raising two little girls. Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada Rachel headed back to the east coast for college and law school and settled in uptown Manhattan with her family.

What is your hobby?

Lately, my new hobby has been making videos and creating content for my websites, youtube, and media outlets that deliver information about the law that can help people when they need it most.

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

I am always looking for new ways to reach out to potential clients and people who need me as well as to comment on the legal stories in the news that people care about and that effect the lives of my clients.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love being able to connect directly with people and share my knowledge I also love the opportunity to have cool life experiences that arise from assisting the media and meet really interesting people in my field as well as outside of it.

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

I am active in many associations of criminal defense and DWI lawyers as well as lots of groups of working women in general who support each other and share experiences.

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

Most of the videos I do myself I shoot with an iPhone I have invested in a Diva Ring Light because everyone was loving it online.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

Online.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Youtube Video Marketing 2 (2016): A Beginners Guide To Video Marketing Domination – How To Create Your Videos for Maximum Effectiveness

How has this changed your life?

I had to really step out of my comfort zone and put myself out there which initially caused me a tremendous amount of fear. By busting through that boundary I’ve been able to increase my business, increase my confidence, and deliver valuable information to people who need it.

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

Your biggest hurdle will be your own fear of being seen and what others will think of you, when you bust through it you will be able to do anything!

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I am very active in my community particularly in our local school where I spend a lot of time involved with raising money and running a mock trial program for the 8th graders. In terms of entertainment, I am a big Howard Stern show fan.

You can follow Rachel via Facebook, BlogspotLinkedIn

Michele
Myriam Borg

Myriam Borg – Owner, CreateAustralia.com.au

Myriam Borg is an Australian business woman who is based in NSW Australia. She has pioneered the lost money recovery industry, founding what is now a large and dynamic sector assisting every day Australians claim their lost & missing monies and assets. The lost fund industry was estimated at 23.7 billion dollars in October 2016. This figure varies due to monies continuing to be lost on a daily basis as well as funds being refunded back by  Recovery & Refund  consultants.

Myriam is the CEO of Create Australia, a company that has grown & evolved over the past decade and a half, speaking of her company myriam states “as an organization we have had to evolve, change & grow as well as mature in a way as to meet market conditions, it’s been a very exciting process”

What is your hobby?

My current hobby is traveling to places that are off the beaten track, I like researching and then experiencing different cultures, it’s a hobby and a passion. I really relish integrating into the local culture as much as I can when I travel.

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

I love foreign culture, foreign language, exotic foods, researching specific places, spot, restaurants and activities in different countries – I find it loads of fun, educational and very exciting!

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

Yes I am I am part of the international living community and read their newsletter weekly.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Yes the lonely planet series are very good books to read as they focus on local information & are very up to date on the local scene for the country you are reading up on.

How has this changed your life?

It has completely changed my life. It’s made me a much more adventurous person, and a lot more open to life in general. Culture is very interesting to me and travel makes it come alive. It’s very hard to put into words I guess!

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

Just do it. Foreign travel and discovery is life changing and really expands your horizons. You will meet very interesting people and most importantly you will experience things you never imagined possible.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Yes fitness, I am a Pilates junky! It is a mind & body discipline and very enjoyable for me.

 

Michele
Friedberg

Founder Of The Goldilocks Foundation – Dr. Barry Friedberg, MD

Originally from southeastern Pennsylvania, Dr. Barry Friedberg has worked in freestanding surgery centers between 1986 and 1991. Since then, he has been a pioneering force in office-based anesthesia which began to take increasing importance in the early 1990s, especially for elective cosmetic surgery.

Friedberg created the non-profit Goldilocks Anesthesia Foundation to help create the force for change to get brain monitoring for major surgery under anesthesia as a standard of care. He also wrote ‘Getting Over Going Under, 5 things you must know before anesthesia’ to help patients ensure the use of the best available technology to avoid the rare death but all too common post-op brain fog.

What Is Your Hobby?

Trying to make other patients anesthesia experience better than the two dreadful ones I had prior to medical school. At 4, I had a tonsillectomy with open drop ether. It was like being smothered into unconsciousness with a pillow on one’s face. At 19, I had badly impacted third molars (so-called wisdom teeth) with a muscle relaxant that left me unable to breathe in the recovery room. That breathless sensation is not easily forgotten either.

Tell Us What You Love About It

Seeing the face of gratitude and amazement on my patients’ faces when they wake up realizing everything I told them preoperatively was true; namely, 1) you will not be over or under medicated and awaken mostly clear-headed and 2) we will not hurt you on the operating table. Today will not be the greatest day of pain from surgery. In about 12-24 hours your brain will realize it has been tricked during surgery but in that interval healing takes place.

Are There Any Groups You’re A Part Of Or Events That You Attend Related To Your Hobby?

I primarily go where my anesthesia teaching is more valued than by my anesthesia colleagues. That place would be the surgical meetings.

Have You Had To Invest In Equipment? If So, Please Share Some Of The Things You’ve Bought.

In 1978, I bought a Dinamap and separate printer. The DInamap was the tradename for the first commercially available automated blood pressure device. Those two devices provided me real time information during surgery wherein I was spending time pumping blood and fluids into patients whose clinical condition warranted that therapy to survive.

In 1998, I bought an Aspect Medical System bispectral (BIS) index brain monitor to measure patient response to propofol doses to protect patients from ketamine hallucinations. Ketamine allows the patient’s brain to be tricked by denying the brain the input of noxious painful signals like local anesthetic injection or skin incision.

Where Do You Buy Most Of Your Supplies?

I am very fortunate. My anesthesia supplies are purchased by the offices at which I provide anesthesia.

Are There Any Good Books For Beginners?

Beginners will profit by reading ‘Getting Over Going Under, 5 things you must know before anesthesia,’ available as a free download from www.goldilocksfoundation.org

How Has This Changed Your Life?

As a student of history, I have aspired to become a significant part of anesthesia history. With acknowledgments to both Virchow’s & Cushing’s Triads, I have advanced Friedberg’s Triad:

  • Measure the brain
  • Preempt the pain
  • Emetic drugs abstain

as an answer to the persistent anesthesia problems of over medication, postop pain, and postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV).

More than changing my life, this triad has changed my patients’ lives and the lives of other surgeons’ patients who I will never know. The change that I advocate for anesthesia care is like throwing a pebble into a pond. One never knows where the ripples will carry. Thanks to email, the internet & social media, I’ve already learned about some of those ripples that have reached around the world.

What Advice Do You Have For Others Starting Out With This Hobby?

Know that change is medicine is glacial. All people resist change. Physicians are notoriously resistant to change and anesthesiologists as a subset of physicians, are almost impossible to change. The hope I have for change is the public becoming aware of what the risks of major surgery under anesthesia WITHOUT a brain monitor are (i.e. 30% more drugs than needed with post opp brain fog, and rarely, even death) and knowing what to say when their anesthesiologist responds with ‘we don’t need a brain monitor.’ Prospective patients should answer. ‘With all due respect, it is not your needs I am concerned with. I have to live with the long-term consequences of your short-term anesthetic care.’ I liken this critical need for my anesthesia colleagues to change to that force for change which got fathers into delivery rooms to participate in the births of their children: public knowledge leading to public demand!

Are There Any Other Hobbies You Have?

Being the best husband and dad I can be as well as being the person my dog thinks I am.

Michele
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Mindstir Media Owner J.J. Hebert

J.J. Hebert is a renowned self-publishing and book marketing expert and also the owner and founder of MindStir Media. Launched in 2009, MindStir Media has published hundreds of books for authors throughout the United States and abroad. J.J. oversees the publication of every Mindstir Media published book and also offers mentoring to Mindstir authors. He’s known in the industry as the “Self-Publishing Guru” and spends a great deal of his time educating aspiring authors through his self-publishing and book marketing blogs as well as social media platforms such as Facebook, where he has built active online communities.

What is your hobby?

I have several, but the most full-blown hobby I have nowadays is probably watching NBA basketball, specifically the Boston Celtics. I watch pretty much every game each season, and there are 82 of them in the regular season, so there is quite a large investment of time there. I was actually at TD Garden a few weeks ago when Isaiah Thomas scored his career-high 52 points and broke several franchise records including most points in a 4th quarter.

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

I’ve always watched the Celtics as long as I can remember but I didn’t seriously get into it until around the 2007-2008 season when the Celtics acquired Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett and ended up winning the championship. I still believe the Celtics can get back to being a championship level team and that has driven and inspired me to continue watching.

Tell us what you love about it.

With Brad Stevens as its coach, the Celtics are a very fast-paced team and a lot of fun to watch. They are one of the more dynamic scoring teams in the league and they all have a lot of heart. I also get the sense that most of the players on the Celtics are underdogs in a way and they play with a chip on their shoulders, so it’s also fun to watch them in that regard. And basketball in general is a love of mine. Tons of scoring and action all crammed into a 48-minute game.

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

I read and take part in several Celtics blogs online. There are many online forums where one can communicate with other like-minded fans. I also try to attend as many games as possible each year. I live in southern New Hampshire, so traveling to TD Garden in Boston is less than an hour.

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

Throughout the years, I have bought truckloads of Celtics apparel and memorabilia. I probably have a Celtics shirt for every day of the week until the end of time. Of course, a slight exaggeration… I also have a basketball signed by the 2008 world champion Celtics team and a plethora of other Celtics related memorabilia. Another investment would definitely be tickets to the games that I attend. They don’t come cheap these days.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I always buy my tickets online. The memorabilia I purchase mainly at a local sports card and memorabilia shop. eBay can also be helpful sometimes when I’m trying to track down a rare item.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Well, as you know I’m a book guy. The company I run, MindStir Media, is a well-known book publishing company on the East Coast. So my knowledge of books is somewhat vast. I would say there are a handful of vital Celtics books that every Celtics fan should read. Couple of my favorites are Rise of a Dynasty as well as The Last Banner.

How has this changed your life?

I think it’s always important to get involved in something bigger than yourself. Boston Celtics have a huge fan base and a bit of a cult following. Being a Boston Celtics fan has definitely enriched my life.

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

Definitely do your research. Learn about the history of the Boston Celtics. They have won 17 world championships and are the most winningest franchise in sports history. Understanding the history will allow you to enjoy the present game that much more.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

As the owner and president of MindStir Media, I do a lot of reading. Most of it is a lot of fun and I do consider it a hobby as I do a lot of reading outside of business hours. My favorite author is probably J. K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series. She played a pivotal role in inspiring me to write a book of my own. I also thoroughly enjoy movies and TV shows.

Michele
David Shenkenberg

David Shenkenberg

David Shenkenberg lives in West Bloomfield, Michigan, surrounded by trees and near several lakes. The local scenery includes walking trails and bike paths. Frequently, David sees birds outside his window, including blue jays, finches and woodpeckers. Deer are a common sight, as are rabbits.

The temperate climate of West Bloomfield is a wonderful place to grow plants, whether in the backyard or on a farm. Although David Shenkenberg often buys locally grown produce, such as apples and salad greens, he gets the most joy from what he can grow himself.

The natural surroundings and the garden are wonderful places to escape from the daily grind for a while.

What is your hobby?

I love gardening. I particularly enjoy growing herbs such as basil and mint because they can be used in cooking. I also like to grow Echinacea (coneflower) because it can be used to treat colds.

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

My interest in gardening began at a young age. I used to work in the garden with my dad. I pulled weeds, trimmed bushes and trees, planted new bushes and trees, and watered and mowed the lawn. As an adult, I am inspired to pass on my love of gardening to my own children.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love to watch my hard work planting seeds or small plants turn into beautiful mature bushes or trees. I love to see the results of my efforts literally bear fruit.

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

Although gardening clubs do exist in my area, I mostly share my love of gardening with family and friends. I bring them over to see my plants, and I admire their gardens as well. I also share my harvest, and they often do the same because several of my friends enjoy gardening as well.

My township has a community garden that I am thinking about using in the future. It might be a fun way to share my love of gardening with others.

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

Sure. I have bought everything under the sun. Some basics for gardeners include a lawn mower, a shovel, a rake, a trowel (a small shovel used for digging), and soil. You also want to have a good sprinkler system, especially if it gets dry where you live. Just remember that plants usually need three things: light, water and soil. In the summers, at the height of the growth season, plants usually need fertilizer. I also have experimented with hydroponics. In the case of hydroponics, plants do not need soil; they actually grow in water, although you need to provide the nutrients in the water that would normally be found in soil.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I do most of my shopping at my local Meijer store. Meijer is a Midwestern big box store headquartered in Michigan. It is a lot like Walmart and Target. I prefer shopping at Meijer because it is based in my home state. For specialty items, I go to my local nursery, English Gardens. I also have purchased Aerogarden hydroponics kits direct from the seller: www.aerogarden.com.

Are there any good books for beginners?

One good book is, Better Homes and Gardens Gardening Made Simple: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Gardening. I also like the website, Dave’s Garden: davesgarden.com, although I disclaim that I am not the Dave who made the website. You also can learn a lot from family and friends who garden, and I suggest that you consult your local nursery because it often will have knowledgeable staff who can help you with advice for growing plants in your area.

How has this changed your life?

For me, gardening is a peaceful, Zen-like activity. All the worries and cares that I face in the real world just melt away when I am focused on nature. Gardening is a 100% healthy way to relax.

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

Start simple. Do not try to grow really difficult plants like orchids right off the bat. Ask your local nursery which plants grow the best in your area. Consider your lifestyle. Are you often home enough that you will be able to water your plants frequently, or do you need to grow something that does not need to be watered often like a cactus or rosemary? Do you have pets? Consider growing plants that they might want to eat, or consider fencing that will allow you to grow your plants without your pets messing with them.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I also enjoy fishkeeping. I currently have an aquarium with a Sarasa Comet goldfish. The fish has grown quite large, and has lived about four years now under my care. Supposedly, goldfish can live more than 30 years in captivity. However, most people just buy a fish bowl, and the goldfish die right away. Goldfish are like any other fish in that they need to be raised in a clean tank with good filtration.

Michele
michael w asimos hobbyjam pic

Michael W Asimos

Currently residing in Miami and a cigar enthusiast by trade, Michael W Asimos has been to destinations true cigar officianados will be jealous of.

Michael W. Asimos has a love of many things aside from cigars. He also loves great jazz music, as well as traveling to new places. Combining together his love for both excellent cigars and also discovering new things through travel, he has successfully created his business, which is now thriving.

As a child, Michael was always drawn to science and history and he strongly believed that the former has a great influence on the latter. When he travels, he prefers places with long histories and deep-rooted cultures. These unique destinations not only allow him to satiate his love for history and culture but also educate himself more about cigars.

First Job

He also loves music and music is one of the things, which relieve stress, aside from traveling, and spending time with loved ones. So, it is not surprising that this first job was in a record store. Being able to work in a record shop allowed him to fully involve himself in something which he has very passionate about.

Some of his colleagues in the record store worked to earn money and worked to put food on the table and he considers himself very lucky that he was working not just for the money but he was working for something, which gave him genuine pleasure and happiness. However, he is quick to admit that the salary also helped.

One of the most important lessons he has ever learned while working in the record store is to love what you do and to find a job, which you love. Having such a job means you will wake up each day with passion to go after your goals and do your very best. It also means not having to constantly look at the clock to check if it is time to call it a day, leave work and repeat the same mundane things on the very next day.

Being miserable is not the wisest way to spend your life and he told himself that he will never do such a thing. Passion in what he is doing is what led Michael to pursue his love for cigars and create a business around it. Putting up the business was a risk but it was a risk, which he was willing to take, if only for his love of smoking fine cigars.

Putting Up a Business

The first day in the business was nerve wracking and he admits to being very nervous and questioning his decision to invest his hard-earned money in such a business. Well, he has come such a long way since then as his business today is thriving and expanding. He is very happy to have grown his business from the ground up with his dedication, passion, positive attitude and willingness to learn and take risks.

When you have a business, you have to be always hungry and thirsty. You must always keep yourself motivated as this helps keep the business strong and ahead of the competition. So how does Michael Asimos keep himself motivated? Well, travel keeps him motivated. Going to new places and meeting new people keeps him on his toes. Traveling to numerous fine cigar growers all over the world; seeing how they are made; and discovering the best practices in cigar rolling reinvigorate his senses, his love for life and his love for business.

Unlike traditional businessmen, he is keen to try new things and even has a style, which many people refer to as unorthodox. He is always on the lookout for new ideas and new business practices, which can make the business grow and prosper.

Achievements

If there is something, which Michael W Asimos is most proud of, it is putting up his own business when so many people told him that he shouldn’t and raising it from the ground up when there were so many doubters and naysayers. Starting the business was not a smooth ride. He has had his share of bumps on the road but he has persevered through it and is now reaping the fruits of his sacrifice.

Seeing his business very successful right now gives him great joy and satisfaction. He has proven wrong the people who doubted him and who even thought of him as crazy when he started his business.

If there were one thing he could tell his younger self, it would be to not be afraid to take risks. If you are willing to work to achieve your dreams and if you have done your research, it will pay off in the end and you will get your just rewards. So many entrepreneurs nowadays do not even get the opportunity to start their own businesses because a lot of people close to them tell them that they shouldn’t and tell them that just isn’t worth it. Living in fear is no way to live your life. Be ready when opportunity comes and grab it.

Life Lessons

Life has given Michael W Asimos a lot of lessons, which he will forever keep in mind and maybe even impart to young people who would like to pursue their passions and chase their dreams. You can only play safe for so long. The world is out there waiting to be discovered and you owe it yourself to get out, explore, learn and contribute to the world and its people.

It does not matter what your passion is. It can be writing, social work, finance or photography. As long as you have the passion and the heart, you will be able to achieve your goals. However, this does not mean that you should just throw caution to the wind. You also have to study the industry which you want to start a business in so you do not end up throwing away what you have worked so hard for. There is a fine line between being determined and being stubborn and it is important that you know the difference between the two.

Michele
mahwish ahmed

Mahwish Ahmed Irvine California

Mahwish Ahmed is an energetic person who loves to travel, spend time with family and friends, and read books. Raised on the east coast, she grew up in a close knit family with loving parents and a sister. She attended high school and college locally and then relocated within the east coast due to job opportunities. She currently lives on the west coast in Orange County, Irvine and enjoys having access to beaches, hiking trails and great tourist locations. She has devoted her time to many non-profit organizations tailored towards improving education. She loves giving back to the society by either volunteering or mentoring young professionals. She is passionate about impacting others and making a positive difference in society.

What is your hobby?

I enjoy traveling. And while traveling, I collect train tickets, brochures from a place I visited, tickets to the shows I’ve attended, pictures of trees, dry leaves from a trees, menus of the restaurant I’ve visited during my trip, receipts of bills, and other memorable items. After the trip, I make individual scrap books with the memorable items I collected.

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

Growing up, during family vacations, we traveled across the United States. One of the years after college, I was looking through the pictures of the vacations remembering the locations we visited and who was on those trips. I could not remember what the weather was like, or what restaurants we dined at, or the names of the parks we visited, or how much a burger cost during that time. I felt that the memories were not complete. So, I decided to capture the little details in a scrap book by collecting receipts, brochures, park tickets, writing or taking pictures of the weather app to capture what the weather was like, show or park tickets and how much it cost, etc. Anything memorable to capture so that when I look back, I not only have pictures but additional memories to relive those moments.

Tell us what you love about it.

What I love is that when I am making the scrap book for each trip, I relive the moments from the trip and sometimes I discover details I may have not noticed during the trip.
And when I look back to the scrapbooks, I remember most of the memories from that trip like the temperature, the weather and the food we ate. Also, the scrapbooks help me capture a moment in time which our family’s future generations can use to find out details about the time. Hopefully, it gives some perspective on how much things cost and how people traveled and vacationed.

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

No, I am not part of any groups or events that I attend. I do look at the internet websites on google and collect ideas on scrap paper and layouts.
Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

This hobby doesn’t require special equipment or investing in high tech equipment. In the age of technology, it requires you to go back to scrap book paper, colorful pens, glue, and your creativity. I do get my ideas on the internet.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I buy scrapbook, scrapbook paper, pens, and other supplies from amazon, etsy, scrapbook.com store, Papyrus, Hallmark, and other office supplies stores. They are relatively inexpensive but putting together the scrapbook is a lot of fun and a great pastime.

Are there any good books for beginners?
This hobby can be adopted by anyone at any time and you don’t need any books or investment in expensive equipment. Also, if you have time constraints you can suspend the hobby and you won’t feel guilty about the investments or expensive purchase you would have made.

The best part about this hobby is that you can create any type of scrapbook you want. You can purchase a scrapbook or take a notebook and create your scrapbook/ memory book. You can go all out or be simple. It is all up to you and your imagination.

If you need any ideas, the internet is a great resource. Ideas can be found on google, Pinterest, etsy shop, scrapbook travel websites.

How has this changed your life?

Anytime I am having a bad day or missing family or bored, I pull out a scrapbook from one of my previous trips and it makes me happy. Or if I have family or friends visiting especially during holidays, we look at the scrapbooks and relive the memories or conversations we had during the trip. It helps you to bond with your loved ones even more.

Additionally, putting together the scrapbook is a great distraction after a long day at work or over the weekend.

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

I would say that it doesn’t matter how creative or simple you want your scrapbooks to be, as long as you are having fun putting it together that is all that matters. You can do this together as a family or all on your own. There is no secret recipe on how to create a travel scrapbook. All that is needed is your imagination, time and determination.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Creating travel scrapbook is time-consuming. I do not have any other hobbies at this time. Maybe in the future, I will think about taking up photography.

Michele
Dr. Troy

Dr. Troy Dreiling – Owner, Zenaptic Chiropractic

An avid fan of working out, Dr. Troy Dreiling has been in the chiropractic field since he opened his practice in 1995. His clinic, Zenaptic Chiropractic has been a 5-time recipient of the Best of Clark County Reader’s Choice Awards.

Contrary to what people believe about chiropractors only treating neck and back pains, Dr. Troy has used it to relieve various ailments, including but not limited to asthma, sinus problems, and high blood pressure. He has also used it to help babies who are suffering from colic.

For Dr. Troy Dreiling, the nerve system runs the entire body and by increasing the function of the spine and the nerves, the body will then be able to heal itself.

What is your hobby?

One of my most favorite hobbies is working out. Lifting weights, spinning, stretching, and yoga. Things that shift my physiology to make me feel better, more relaxed and more energized.

I also like to tinker around the house. Ever since we were married, my wife never thought I wanted to anything and I would constantly surprise her. She always says stuff like, I didn’t think you had it in you, you built that, you mowed the lawn, you cleaned this, you fixed that.

So doing that and hanging around the house with my kids.

How did you get started with weight lifting? What inspired you?

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Franco Columbu (he’s a chiropractor now) those guys inspired me. I looked at Arnold’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding. I was in junior high and I wanted to look like Arnold and be Arnold, so that’s what got me into weightlifting. Ultimately that’s what got me into chiropractic.

Tell us what you love about it.

I like the pump, feeling the blood flow, feeling stronger and knowing that I am getting stronger and feeling stronger. I also like the flexibility aspect, where I keep my joints flexible and mobile. Working on bodies all day long, it keeps me strong and allows me not to break down.

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

I regularly go to the International Chiropractor Association symposium on fitness and health. Arnold Schwarzenegger shows up there every year, I have met him multiple times. There is a lot of cutting edge stuff in chiropractic technology and on how fitness and chiropractic really, really go together.

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

I definitely have invested in equipment. I have a spin bike at home just like you would see at the gym. I bought a nice treadmill, a stair climber, weights and some other different things at my house. I like to get up in the morning and work out, take a shower, I don’t have to worry about travel time. I once worked out in the gym but the travel time from work to the gym and from the gym to my house was just too much so I bought my own equipment.

So, yeah, I have invested in equipment. I also have a coach that monitors me. I have a heart rate monitor. It’s all about physiology and nerve system integrity. If you have the drive, you can surely get fit.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I have a guy in Portland, I can’t remember the name. Northwest Physical Equipment or Northwest Personal Equipment. I also bought some of my equipment online and had them shipped to my home.

Is it better to purchase sports and fitness equipment online or by going personally to a store?

There are advantages and disadvantages to both. When you buy equipment online, you save plenty of time because you do not have to go to the store. Dimensions, as well as pictures are posted making it easier for the buyer to know which one to get. However, you will not be able to try the equipment.

When you personally go to the store, you can try the equipment and have a good feel for it before you purchase it. I like to do a little of both, shop online and go to the store.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I think one of the best books on weight lifting, if you are into that, is the Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding. It shows you all of the different weight maneuvers you’re going to do. It really is an amazing book and it is instrumental to my journey to fitness and well-being.

How has this changed your life?

Number one, I see these kids that don’t get into sports or something that keeps them physically active and some of them can tend to get into trouble. I look back and say that being involved in fitness and sports has definitely kept me out of harm’s way and trouble. It has made a huge difference in my life and it has made me into a better person and I think that we can help plenty of children through sports and fitness.

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

Go slow, go easy, and don’t try to rush it. The biggest thing is to not create injuries. If it hurts don’t do it or modify it and go slower, change it up. Make sure you’re resting and staying hydrated and eat clean and proper nutrition.

What does your diet consist of?

Being fit and being healthy takes more than just exercising religiously. Diet also plays a huge part. There are foods, which you must avoid and foods which you need to have in your diet. You have to cut out bad food and enjoy more of the good food. Protein is very important and some of the good sources of protein are egg, tuna, lean ground beef, skinless chicken breast, cod, sea bass and swordfish.

Aside from protein you also need carbohydrates and good sources of carbohydrates are fruit, oatmeal, brown rice, and vegetables. If you eat the right food, you will see better results. However, this does not mean that you should prevent yourself from indulging once in awhile.

How often should a person exercise?

Generally, it is good to aim for at least 30 minutes exercise daily. However, if you want to lose weight or you are out to meet a specific goal, you need to exercise more.

Michele
Azeez Hobbyjam

Azeez Abiodun – MD

An internist who currently works in one of Maryland’s leading hospital, Azeez Abiodun, hails from Nigeria and makes it a point to go back to his homeland at least once a year to help address various medical problems of people who have no access to medical and health services.

The death of his beloved mother due to cancer set him down on the medical path. He wanted to be of service to sick people and perhaps even help find a cure for various diseases.

He finished his medical studies in Nigeria and subsequently got a job offer from the Namibian government. He has also worked in South Africa for a while. He later relocated to the United States where he now currently resides with his family.

What is your hobby?

If I’m not attending to sick people or spending time with my family, I like to spend my free time fishing. I find it very relaxing and when I’m fishing, my nerves are relaxed and I find peace. I make it a point to go fishing at least once every two weeks. It calms me down and puts things in perspective. In my line of work, which is very demanding, time spent alone and with my thoughts is very important.

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

I only started fishing when I was in the United States. Back in Nigeria, I didn’t really fish because all my free time was spent either studying or helping my mother in the store.

A friend introduced me to fishing and at first, I thought it was a boring endeavor but it was actually very rewarding and since then I have been hooked.

Tell us what you love about it.

Contrary to what people think, fishing actually exercises your mind. It exercises patience and good thinking. It steadies your nerves and it gives me peace of mind. It’s a respite from the hectic hours spent in the hospital. These are just some of the reasons why I look forward to my fishing expeditions. One day I hope to pass on to my son the love of fishing.

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

There is a fishing group in Maryland for professionals, which I am a part of. Once in a while we all get together, fish and cook whatever our catch for the day is. I see the camaraderie among everyone and it is a welcome respite from the busy lives we all lead. Sometimes we also bring our families with us and the children play with each other and our wives exchange recipes and tips. This is something, which we look forward to.

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

When you go fishing, equipment matters. Well, I think in every kind of sport or activity it does. Some of the equipment we all need for fishing are the tackles, baits, rods and other things. It is very important to invest good money in your equipment because if you do not there is a very big chance that you will not enjoy the sport.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

If I have time I go to local fishing shops to buy supplies by myself or sometimes with friends who also indulge in the sport. However, if I am too busy I purchase my fishing supplies from online sellers. There is quite a good number of them now with a wide selection of great items.

Are there any good books for beginners?

There are numerous fishing guide books for beginners and there are also various articles online which you can read for free. It is very important to educate yourself about fishing and fishing equipment before you spend a considerable amount of money. You must get your penny’s worth as your fishing gear is also an investment.

How has this changed your life?

Fishing has changed my life because it has helped make me a lot calmer and it helps me see things in perspective.

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

Talk to people who have been fishing for a long time. Ask them for tips on what equipment to purchase and techniques on fishing. You will be surprised with all the things you can learn. The more you fish the more you will learn and the more you will be able to improve your skills.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Aside from fishing, I also enjoy collecting old and rare books. I have a whole room in my house dedicated to old and rare books. Whenever I travel, I make it a point to visit local libraries to see if they have any books, which I can add to my collection. To date, I have spent a considerable amount of money on my rare books collection.

 

Michele