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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.

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.

Tana Taylor

Tana & Rose Photography is one of the fastest growing boutique studios in California. The founders of the studio, Tana Ava Taylor, and Rose Hamilton have been friends for many years and decided to open their photography business because of a shared love of capturing images of their family and friends. The growth of the business has been based around capturing whimsical, fun images along with the popular Tana Taylor adoption packages. Tana Taylor comes from a family history including the adoption of children which makes her decision to create user-friendly Ava Rose Taylor adoption packages a personal project. Growing across the state of California, Tana & Rose Photography is one of the most popular startup studios in the U.S. for the impressive work being done by the founders.

What is your hobby?

I don’t get a lot of free time, so when I do, I like to relax with my family. Recently, I have been exploring the many options in California for hiking around some impressive mountains. Getting out into the open air allows me to spend time with my children away from cell phones, games consoles, and the other daily distractions of modern life. Hiking is a great way to stay fit and make sure my kids are staying active on a regular basis.

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

My family spent a weekend in Washington State, and we decided to take a hike up Poo Poo Point. It wasn’t a very long hike, but it was steep and difficult for us to complete as novice walkers, but we did find our love of hiking when we reached a viewing area giving us a clear look at the impressive Mount Rainier. After we completed the hike, the kids were bitten by the walking bug and wanted to find more every weekend.

Tell us what you love about it.

For myself, it is the chance to enjoy some quiet time in the natural world. Of course, I do love spending time with my family, but I also love the silence I can find on the side of a mountain. We also love the fact there are many hiking opportunities close to some major cities offering great photographic opportunities for me to enjoy.

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

My children are school age with a major interest in history which we try to encourage and recently joined the Oregon-California Trails Association. This group finds trails and hikes based around the passage of pioneers to and from the Northwest and California. The group is also looking to preserve many of the trails threatened by deforestation and construction which is of great historical importance.

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

Sturdy walking shoes are a must when you are looking to become a serious walker through difficult terrain. On our first hike up Poo Poo Point, we wore sneakers and had sore feet and blisters by the time we made it back to our hotel. One item I did purchase recently is a hydration pack similar to a backpack which carries water. I am trying to reduce my footprint on the planet by not using plastic water bottles, and a hydration pack is making this an easier task to complete.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I enjoy going to sporting goods stores and small hiking stores in the areas we visit, but I do buy some items Online. I think it is important to support small, independent stores providing more than just equipment. I like to find small stores and make a purchase which allows me to talk with the owners who usually know where the best trails are located.

Are there any good books for beginners?

After we finished our hike up Poo Poo Point, I quickly looked Online for a book to help us be better prepared for our future trips. I ordered “The Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide” by Andrew Skurka which gave us a little knowledge of the safety equipment we needed and how to choose real hiking boots.

How has this changed your life?

Running my own business can be difficult and stressful when it takes me away from my family for long periods of time. Hiking is a great way of connecting with my kids in the natural environment and allows me to limit my stress. After heading back to work after a weekend of hiking, I am more relaxed and focused on the challenges of operating Tana & Rose Photography.

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

Get out and get walking. It is as simple as that. If you are unsure of where to go to stay safe hiking, it is a good idea to find a small outdoors store and have a talk with the owners.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

As a mom, I spend much of my time taking my kids to various activities including soccer which I have grown to love on the TV. We recently took a vacation to Spain and watched a live soccer match in Barcelona which was the most amazing experience I have ever been a part of.

William Bronchick

William Bronchick is one of the leading private chefs and caterers in Denver, Colorado. His special events and dinner parties attract a wide variety of prominent guests, including celebrities, sports figures, and local dignitaries. He expertly blends world cuisines including French, Thai, Japanese, and American food.

William Bronchick attended the Culinary Institute of America where he graduated at the top of his class. He opened his private catering business only a few years after graduating from culinary school. Taking such a personal and financial risk paid off in a short time. Satisfied clients spread the word about Bronchick’s quality catering, and his bookings took off.

Bill Bronchick prides himself on a well-run event. His impeccably trained staff provide excellent front of house service for the most discerning clients. His kitchens provide consistent, delicious meals for any event, large or small. His special events are regarded as some of the best in the Denver area. Charities and celebrities regularly engage him to provide food for their parties and fundraisers.

Bronchick’s company also provides private chef services to busy executives and families in the Denver area. His chefs create both healthy and luxurious meals for their clients to enjoy at home. Bronchick works with each chef to ensure the quality of their meals and recipes. Bronchick’s company has many satisfied customers in the Denver area. With a dedication to client service as well as a fresh, creative approach to food, William Bronchick has become an important part of the Denver food scene.

What is your hobby?

My hobby is backcountry hiking. There are so many amazing places to explore in Colorado. It is truly one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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

I started small, with day hikes in the mountains. As I began exploring, I found that I wanted to spend even more time in the outdoors. Backpacking is a special challenge since you need to carry everything with you: water, food, and shelter being the most important. I gradually worked my way up from one-night excursions to long-distance hiking trips.

Tell us what you love about it.

Getting out in nature is amazing. There’s nothing like the peace of a night spent out in the wilderness. I also love the social aspect of backpacking. I don’t like to go out alone, so I coordinate trips with friends from my hiking club. I love being self-sufficient. It’s also nice to get away from the pressures of my daily life. I love my job, but it can be a high-pressure environment.

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

I’m part of the Colorado Mountain Club. I’ve made several friends through the club, and we enjoy taking trips together. I’ve gone on excursions outside Colorado with these friends as well. Recently we went rafting in the Grand Canyon.

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

Backpacking requires a lot of specialized equipment. It’s not a cheap activity. Hiking packs, hiking boots, cooking equipment, hydration gear, and special clothing are all important. The nice thing is that once you invest in equipment, it should last a long time with proper care. I buy a large part of my gear at REI, as well as online through stores like Eastern Mountain Sports.

Two items I’ve bought recently are a new Jetboil stove and a commercial food dehydrator. The stove allows me to heat water for my meals rapidly. The food dehydrator lets me make my food for the trail. With the dehydrator, I can create my dishes and dry them so I can carry them in the great outdoors. For long trips, I sometimes take prepackaged meals because they are freeze-dried and keep longer without refrigeration.

Are there any good books for beginners?

When I was starting out, I relied on The Backpacker’s Guide by Chris Townsend. It is full of great information for the beginner. The book covers all the basics of backpacking, like how to plan for weather, how to decide what supplies to carry, and how to pack your bag most efficiently. I’ve heard that some people consider the book to be long-winded, but I think it’s great.

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

Start small with hikes around your area. Build up your endurance, putting more in your pack each time you go out. It’s important not to overextend yourself or go too far from civilization before you know what you’re doing. A lot of novice backpackers wind up in trouble when they don’t follow sensible guidelines.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I also love to ski. Skiing satisfies my urge to get out in nature in the wintertime. Skiing also gives me a great excuse to get out of Denver and try new restaurants around Aspen, where I like to ski. Whenever I spend a weekend skiing, I come back rested and refreshed and ready to start another difficult week in my catering business.

Denis Mackenzie

Denis Mackenzie is the COO of an international marketing company. His company is largely focused on marketing wine and spirits across the United States and Europe. While he is only 40 years old, he has been in the business since he graduated from college and had risen rapidly through the ranks of his firm.

At the beginning of his career, Mackenzie worked in a small marketing firm concentrating on local advertising and promotions. He started at the bottom as an assistant and later came to hold several accounts of his own. He helped several small companies build their brands and expand their reach.

He was later offered a position in his current firm. He traveled extensively for work, spending time in wineries in France, Italy, and Greece. He speaks French and Italian, enabling him to deal directly with business owners and colleagues.

Denis Mackenzie’s dream was to open a winery in his hometown near Erie, Pennsylvania. He purchased a small, struggling winery in 2001 and worked to make it profitable again. His marketing expertise helped him grow his business through local connections. In a few years’ time, his winery became successful and self-supporting. He visits his winery whenever he can, hoping to turn it into his full-time business.

Denis Mackenzie is a valued local business owner who contributes to many charitable causes. His winery hosts sip and paint events to support local charities. He enjoys opening his winery for tours, showing off his hobby to locals and travelers alike.

What is your hobby?

My hobby is owning a small winery in the Lake Erie wine growing region of Pennsylvania. It has grown a lot over the past five years.

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

I’ve always had an interest in wine and spirits. Whenever I entertain, I try to introduce my friends to something new. When I traveled around Europe, I grew to have a solid understanding of how vineyards work and how to make one profitable. I hoped to open a winery one day, and when someone wanted to sell one near my hometown, I found the perfect opportunity.

Tell us what you love about it.

Having a winery is a fascinating hobby. I love the farming aspect, and I love the process of making wine. My vintner handles most of it from day to day, but he has taught me a lot about it. Improving our product is a challenge that I enjoy.

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

I am part of a local wine business group. We help each other with marketing and special events. I’ve been able to apply my marketing skill to help my local colleagues. We have a website where we post events and visitor information. I find it rewarding to work with other wineries in the area. Of course, the local wineries compete for visitors and sales, but we work together as a group.

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

Owning a winery is an expensive proposition. We have had to buy a lot of equipment over the years. Our biggest purchase so far has been a new bottling line. We have produced a lot more than in the past, so we’re not able to hand bottle our wines anymore. This has sped up our production and made us more efficient.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I like the Vintner’s Vault website. They have reasonable prices and knowledgeable staff. They can always help you with any questions you might have. My vintner and I make all of our purchasing decisions together.

Are there any good books for beginners?

First Steps in Winemaking by C.J.J. Berry is a great starting point for the home winemaker. It is a practical book that breaks down the steps and shows you how easy it can be to make wine at home.

How has this changed your life?

I’ve enjoyed giving back to the local community. Since I grew up near my winery, I’m able to involve my family in the business. Since I spent so much time abroad, I missed spending time with my family. Rebuilding those relationships has changed my life.

I’ve also learned patience. It’s a long process between growing and harvesting grapes and making wine. Wineries are always focused on the future because our product has to age before it’s served.

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

Winemaking at home is a rewarding hobby. You will need plenty of space and a good source of fruit or grape juice which will make great wine. Make sure you follow your recipes closely at first.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Languages are my other hobby. I already speak French and Italian, and I’m learning Greek. Greek is more difficult than French and Italian since it has a different alphabet. Next time I travel abroad, I’ll be able to surprise some of my old friends when I greet them in their language.

Luis Enrique Coll

Luis Enrique Coll is a system analyst and developer based in Seattle, Washington. His multiple points of experience include systems engineering, web development, and social media strategies. He is a respected freelancer who works with a wide variety of large and small companies, enhancing their use of technology to leverage their business development.

Coll specializes in coding new software from the ground up. His expertise allows him to develop quality solutions for any need presented by a company.

Luis Enrique Coll has taken it upon himself to teach young people to code. The position of systems analyst is expected to grow by 17 percent by the year 2024, meaning that many new coders will be required to fill the industry’s needs. He believes that young talent is sorely needed in the world of software engineering, especially young minds that have no preconceptions about what a piece of software should look like.

What is your hobby?

My hobby is international travel. I spend a lot of time in Central and South America, where I enjoy learning about the local culture and history. My favorite countries to explore are Peru, Ecuador, and Argentina.

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

I first began traveling with my family when I was a young boy. We made trips to visit family in Peru and Argentina. My first travel memories are of traveling high in the mountains, where we saw many indigenous animals like llamas and alpacas. I loved the thrill of driving on winding mountain roads, even though my mother was nervous. Being welcomed by family in a new country gave me a lot of confidence in exploring on my own.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love exploring culture and history. There are so many rich cultures in South America; it would be difficult to experience them all. Each region has its special charms, from the food to the art. I have a special interest in the Precolumbian cultures of Peru and Ecuador. I am fluent in Spanish. I am also beginning to get a foothold in Quechua, the indigenous language of many people in the Andes and the surrounding areas.

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

I have been involved in a local club for travel enthusiasts. We can get together and share the best stories and photos from our journeys, as well as helping people plan their adventures. I have encouraged many of my travel club friends to go to South America, even if they don’t speak Spanish. The travel club has enhanced my own travel experiences by pointing me to places I would not have otherwise traveled.

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

Most of what I invest in are good quality backpacks and hiking shoes. I like to explore the natural environment when I travel. I spend a good amount of money buying supplies for travel. I recently bought a new hydration system. When you are traveling in the high mountains, it’s doubly important to make sure you are well hydrated. I also buy comfortable but presentable hiking wear. I had outgrown the age when I backpacked around in my worst T-shirt and shorts. This way I can hike during the day and visit good restaurants at night.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I mostly shop for my travels at REI, though I buy things from LL Bean as well. It’s crucial to try on backpacks and hiking boots, so most of those purchases are done in person. Seattle is the location of REI’s flagship, so they have an excellent selection at my hometown store.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I am a big fan of the Lonely Planet series of books. I would highly recommend them to novice travelers who want to get away from the crowds. I don’t need them in many of the areas where I travel today, but whenever I go to a new place, I try to pick up a Lonely Planet guide to give me ideas.

How has this changed your life?

Travel has opened my horizons in amazing ways. My job is demanding, and freelancing can be lonely. When I travel, I can interact with a wide variety of people from around the world. Getting away from the keyboard is also a valued part of travel. Like most tech people, I do use my phone a lot while I’m traveling, but mostly for taking photos and sharing them with my friends at home. Many of the mountainous areas where I travel have no cell service, and that provides me with a perfect reason to unplug. I am planning a trip to Antarctica.

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

Don’t be afraid to stay in small hostels or bed and breakfasts. You’re not getting the full travel experience if you stay in American chain hotels.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Art is a hobby of mine that I’ve recently picked up again. I am learning to paint landscapes of the areas where I’ve traveled.

Kola Adesina

Kola Adesina is a travel blogger based in New York City. She spent her childhood in Belgium and moved to the United States after graduating from university. Since she frequently traveled with her parents as a child, Kola feels at home in any corner of the world. Her travel blog explores the best sights and destinations in Europe, North America, and Africa. When she is traveling, Kola Adesina frequently brings home mementos of her trips abroad. Her apartment has become a mini-museum of art and design from around the globe. She especially loves to collect textiles and fabrics.

What is your hobby?

I love to knit. I started out making weird scarves for my girlfriends, and gradually advanced to the point where I can make a nice sweater with very fine yarn.

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

Friends inspired me to try knitting. I grew up in Belgium where it’s rather chilly in the winter, and I wanted to be able to make something nice for my mother and sisters. It took me a while before my efforts were wearable. I came up with some truly ugly things at the beginning, but I persisted.

Tell us what you love about it.

Knitting is a kind of meditation for me. When I’m knitting, I don’t have room in my head for worries and anxiety. It’s a soothing activity and can be done anywhere. Since I started knitting, long layovers in airports (one of the few drawbacks to the life of a travel blogger) have become much more enjoyable.

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

I do drop in at my local yarn store’s knitting events every once in a while. I’m not at home very much, but it’s fun to compare notes with other knitters. I’ve made friends at the local yarn store. Shopping local is a good way to foster community spirit, even when you live in such a vast city as New York.

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

Knitting is a fairly inexpensive hobby to start with, but I’ve accumulated a lot of equipment over the past few years. I have needles in every size and variety. The one thing I spend the most money on is yarn. Every knitter I know has a problem with keeping a large “yarn stash.” I recently bought a set of circular needles where the tips interchange, so I don’t have to carry multiple circular needles with me.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I love my local yarn shop. I try not to shop at the big box craft stores, though they are a good place to pick up needles and things. I also buy a lot of yarn when I’m traveling. I always leave room in my suitcase for yarn and other souvenirs. I have some beautiful wool that I picked up in Scotland. I’m going to make a sweater for my best friend.

Are there any good books for beginners?

It’s best to learn knitting in person, but it’s good to have a book on hand as a reference. Knitting Basics for Beginners by Katrina Gale is a great way to hit the ground running. I have found several YouTube channels that are great for helping me figure out a new stitch I haven’t used before. My favorite is Knitpicks.

How has this changed your life?

Knitting has changed my life because it’s showed me the value of sitting down and clearing your mind. I’m a very on-the-go person, and it’s hard for me to settle. That is probably one of the main reasons I was inspired to start my travel blog: I don’t like to be in one place for very long. Knitting helps me relax and focus my mind. I also have pride in my abilities, and I love to be able to give my friends and family special gifts.

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

Find your local yarn store and take a class in person. If you can’t find a local yarn store or don’t have time to take a class, you can use a book or YouTube, but you might pick up bad habits that an instructor could correct for you quickly and easily.

Another piece of advice that would have been helpful for me when I was first starting out was to buy enough yarn for a project before you start. Running back to the shop only to find out that they are out of the color you needed, or that the dye lots don’t match, is frustrating. Buy lots of yarn, and if you have extra, keep it in your yarn stash.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I collect art and souvenirs from my trips abroad. I am especially interested in traditional pieces and folk art. I love to spend a summer afternoon wandering a street fair and picking out new pieces of art. I’ve gotten to be an expert on shipping it home. I also love textiles, and I use them around my home.

Douglas Knight New Canaan

Douglas Knight is a software engineer from Boston, Massachusetts. He currently works in Silicon Valley. With a wealth of experience in coding and building proprietary software, he is one of the top experts in his field. Douglas Knight is particularly interested in teaching a younger generation how to code and how to write their own programs.

Douglas Knight, New Canaan resident, volunteers as a speaker and runs programming seminars for high school students. His view on teaching students to code is that young people have progressive ideas. He believes they should be encouraged to take up coding before college and to share their entrepreneurial ideas with the world. Douglas also writes mobile games on the side.

What is your hobby?

My hobby is woodworking. I’ve made lots of furniture for my home and have started giving it away to friends. I recently made a bookshelf in my living room.

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

Late one night, I couldn’t sleep, and I became fascinated with an episode of This Old House. It reminded me of my childhood living in old houses in New England. I enjoyed watching the project come together. I decided I would try my hand as a furniture maker.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love it because it’s hands-on and gets me away from the computer screen. As much as I love to code, it’s essential to keep from living your entire life on the computer. Being too sedentary is not healthy. I enjoy working with my hands and having a project move from plans on paper to a piece of furniture that is functional and looks good in a home.

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

Not really. Woodworking is a kind of meditation for me. I love being around people and teaching coding, but I also really enjoy having quiet time to myself. I do occasionally attend an exhibit or a woodworking show. It would be cool to find some fellow software engineers who like to do woodworking on the weekends. You’ve inspired me to ask around.

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

My garage is full of woodworking stuff. I recently moved to a house with a two car garage so I would have somewhere to put my car. I have a vast collection of tools and supplies. Most recently, I bought a new router so I could engrave letters on a chair that I made for my girlfriend. She puts up with a lot from me, and I thought her patio could use some comfortable seating.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

Honestly, I get most of it at the home improvement store. I love to go in there at night and browse the aisles when there’s hardly anyone around. It’s like a toy store for adults. They have gotten to know me very well by now. I also love the Rockler web site and catalog. They have a lot of high-quality woodworking equipment that the big stores don’t carry.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I recommend Woodworking Basics by Peter Korn. This is the book that got me started. I like how he teaches both skills with power tools and traditional hand tools.

How has this changed your life?

Since I started woodworking, I have been a calmer person. I don’t do as much gaming on the weekends, which my girlfriend appreciates. I feel like I’ve gotten a new perspective on planning projects that has carried over to my work in coding.

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

Don’t buy too much equipment at first. You might end up with all kinds of things you don’t need. Start with what you need for your first project and go from there. Buying items as you go helps you sensibly build your collection.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I also love to run and play the trombone. I ran a half-marathon a few months ago. Running helps keep me in shape, and it’s also an opportunity for me to think without the constant distractions from texts and emails.

Playing the trombone is something I’ve done since I was in fifth grade. I took a few years off from it after college because I didn’t have a good instrument. After I became more successful with my career, I invested in a professional quality instrument. I started retaking lessons for the first time since college.

I recently joined a brass ensemble, and we play shows locally. Playing in a group is a lot like working in a team of programmers. Everyone has their own role to play. I would recommend music to anyone who works in programming. It’s relaxing and challenging at the same time.

Chase Rubin Invests In Recipes As Much As He Does In Finances

From his home base in the Philadelphia, Chase Rubin has built one of the most successful financial careers in the U.S. Rubin has developed his interest in the financial industry from an initial love of math in high school which he explored further at college. Much of the personal success of the financial advisor has been put down to his intense work ethic beginning in college where he took server jobs to pay for his tuition. Now mostly interested in real estate, Chase Rubin combines this financial sector with a love of investing in developing economies and businesses. After working his way through college as a server and bartender, Rubin now spends much of his free time indulging his passion for food and cookery.

What is your hobby?

I love spending my spare time learning new recipes and discovering new foods I have yet to sample. I spend what limited free time I have away from my business reading recipe books and trying out new recipes. Lately, I have noticed my passion for food has expanded to include buying different kitchen gadgets such as a vegan juicer purchased just a few days ago.

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

During my time at college, I worked in different restaurants and bars to pay my bills and tuition. I guess my love of food and cookery began back then and had remained a constant in my life ever since. The first small level of inspiration I received in cookery was from a slightly difficult chef in a Philadelphia restaurant I worked in. The chef would show me simple techniques to make my food taste better.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love being able to experiment with new flavors and sample new recipes. One of my great loves is finding new flavors and ingredients for my pantry which I then try and use to discover new recipes.

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

I do enjoy the recipes of the British celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver and joined his Website to access the thoughts of other amateur cooks on how to utilize my skills. I have taken a few cookery classes over the last few years during my limited vacation time. When I see there is an event at the impressive Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture just outside Philly, I do head to the farm to explore their sustainable produce. It’s a fun place to visit for my whole family.

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

I’ve been trying to stay fit and healthy recently and bought a vegan juicer which removed the pulp and seeds from my juice blends. It was only a few dollars but has already become one of the essential pieces of equipment I have purchased. I have an entire kitchen filled with gadgets and equipment, but one of the most used pieces of kitchen equipment has been my steamer. Not only do I steam rice I also try to cook healthy vegetables.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I’m lucky to live in Philadelphia, where we have different neighborhoods with specialty kitchen equipment and grocery stores. Recently, I have begun looking Online to find some of the more difficult to find pieces of equipment and ingredients.

Are there any good books for beginners?

In my opinion, Jamie Oliver’s “Five Ingredients” is a great book for beginners and those looking to cook with children. Each recipe is explained in simple terms and has just five ingredients to use to make sure even those who have never cooked can have a go at a tasty recipe.

How has this changed your life?

Life used to run at a hectic pace, but since I have reconnected with cooking, I have slowed down a lot to make sure I am prepared for every aspect of life. A good recipe can only be cooked at the correct temperature and for the correct time. I have taken this into my investing as I now spend more time on research and make decisions based on buying and selling stocks when I think it is the correct moment.

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

As with most aspects of life, your first attempts at a recipe may not turn out perfectly but keep on trying. Perfection only comes with practice.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

My job as an investor takes me around the world and has inspired me to travel more for fun. I also played a lot of soccer as a youth and have been coaching a high school age team for the last two years.

Whitney Blodgett Discusses Her Photography Hobby

Software as a Service developer, Whitney Blodgett has been one of the leading figures in the establishment of new aspects of Online retail over the last few years and has seen her own company grow by more than 150 percent over the last two years alone. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Whitney Blodgett’s work as a SaaS developer, began on a small scale with local business leaders looking for assistance launching their Web-based programs. In the last few years, Whitney Blodgett has grown her business to take in clients on a national and international scale through the excellent service her company provides for clients.

What is your hobby?

I enjoy photography in all its forms from creating a portrait to heading into the countryside and takes photos of whatever I see around me. Although I class photography as a hobby, it has become a significant part of my life as I travel more and more for work. I take my digital SLR camera everywhere with me and have developed an increasing interest in nature photography as I never know what I will see on a shoot.

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

Throughout my childhood, a camera was always being used by my parents to record our family trips and special events, and I suppose I just picked it up. When I got to the University of Georgia, I took a few classes and had carried a camera with me ever since. I even use my Smartphone when I am working if I see something of interest and want to take a photo.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love everything about photography as I think it combines my developers need for accuracy and the creativity I have always held inside. Looking back through the images I have captured, I feel as though I am progressing with my hobby and the results are easy to identify with the naked eye.

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

I recently joined the Atlanta Photographic Society and had enjoyed meeting people with a shared interest. One of the things I am looking forward to with the club is heading out on some field trips and exchanging tips and information with my fellow photographers.

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

As my business has progressed, I have been able to invest in some impressive cameras, but my latest investment was the most costly, and I think the best I have ever bought. The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is a professional standard camera I am enjoying exploring, and the 70 to 200mm lens I purchased with the new body has been invaluable in recording the best in nature across the U.S.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

The majority of my purchases have been made through Online Sites such as Amazon and eBay, but I do enjoy exploring smaller independent camera stores I find across the world. I was recently in a junk shop in Atlanta and found some old cameras and equipment which really caught my eye and have led to a whole new area of interest for me regarding photography. Hopefully, I can find some traditional SLR cameras and equipment and try out some older techniques in creating my own prints.

Are there any good books for beginners?

The book I remember being most inspiring was “A Year With My Camera: Book 1” by Emma Davies which was filled with practical advice and many different tips. I think a book like this is a good option for anybody who is looking to develop an interest in photography along with any photography books showing the work of professionals who can inspire through their work.

How has this changed your life?

My word, that’s easy to answer. Before I started taking an active role in photography, I was stressed and moving at breakneck speed all the time, but now I feel I have the ability to take a step back and look at what is happening around me as I’m always looking for the best photos and composition.

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

Pick up a camera and take some pictures. It doesn’t matter how bad you think your first attempts are you will improve simply by practicing and having fun learning about different ways to compose an image and get out into the world around you. All the research and reading in the world can only take you so far before you have to put what you have learned into practice.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I have recently been interested in developing some skills in calligraphy and have been enjoying learning another skill which helps me build my patience and inner peace. There’s no way of rushing the completion of a calligraphy assignment, and I have learned many life lessons from this hobby.