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Connor Mulvey

Chicago native Connor Mulvey credits his ever-growing success to the values his parents instilled in him while he was growing up. He watched his parents work hard and enjoy life. Throughout his childhood, he was introduced to the need to work hard, to appreciate a good education, and the results that come with it. After being introduced to many of the finer aspects of personal and financial success, he aspired to create the same results for himself.

After high school, Connor Mulvey built on his education by attending Loyola University. There, he worked hard and created the results he wanted. When he graduated with honors, on the dean’s list, many job opportunities were opened for him.

Connor Mulvey has always enjoyed running and staying healthy. In high school, he competed in both cross country and track. He won a ribbon in his events every year and carried that love to his university days. In time, Connor Mulvey added weight lifting, golf, and other healthy activities to his long list of hobbies.

What is your hobby?

My favorite hobby is running. Well, it’s the one I’ve stuck with the longest anyway. I have a lot of fun moving through a course. It’s a great opportunity to just sort my thoughts and focus on me. That may seem silly, but while some people meditate, I run.

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

In middle school, several of my friends and I joined track. It was a whole lot of fun and by my second year, I started to take ribbons. When I reached my 8th-grade year in track, I went to state on behalf of the school in the 1600. That’s a middle distance. After transitioning into high school, I learned about and joined cross country. It was perfect from there.

I haven’t stopped running yet.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love how you can go inside yourself or focus on nothing at all. It is amazing to think a single act can have such a long-lasting impact. It is beneficial for your physical health and a healthy state of mind. The opportunity to enjoy the quiet, nature, and the moment is immeasurable. I love how great I feel when I get home too. It is energizing and enjoyable.

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

Since leaving high school I haven’t really joined any groups for running. While there are many you can join, I have yet to find one that really fits my schedule. When I am training for a marathon, I will sometimes connect with a friend who is training as well. We often keep each other to our schedule and our distance goals. This ensures we are ready on time for the event we are targeting.

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

I always have to make sure I keep a good pair of sneakers. Besides that, I also keep a heart rate monitor and step counter with me so I can have a measurement to track for progress and results.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I typically pick up my sneakers at a local shoe store so I know I can fit them properly. The electronics are picked up through the usual outlets. Typically, I use Amazon, but I have also bought them from the Barnes and Noble marketplace on occasion too.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I have been running since middle school. I think the only book I’ve read about running was Runner’s World Big Book of Running. I think they have one for beginners too. It was an easy read.

How has this changed your life?

This has become the cornerstone of my workout routines. While I will lift, play golf, or do other physical activities, I always come back to running. It is a breath of fresh air that I couldn’t even begin to imagine living without.

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

I would say, lace up your shoes and get out there. There I no time like the present to accomplish things and running fits anywhere into your schedule. Even if you can only do ten minutes in a day it’s more than nothing and it will have a positive impact on your health and well-being.

Running allows you to take care of you and your health at the same time. Don’t leave for tomorrow, the run you could do today.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I love golf. It can be a relaxing sport that you share with friends. It is easy to spend a whole day on the course with the right company.

I am also enjoying weight lifting. I am going to be getting involved in some of the competitions coming up. It isn’t something I plan to put as much investment in as I do my running, but it is something that I enjoy and would like to see what I can do with it.

The only other thing that comes to mind is my current preparations for the iron man competitions. These are so much more than a marathon and it would be the single greatest personal challenge for me to complete it. If I’m being truly honest though, I want to win, not just complete. The first time out, you are there to prove to yourself you can do it. The second you’re in it to win it. That may sound rough, but it really is what I would like to do. I have only been training for it the last few months. It is going to be exhilarating. My parents and siblings come to all my marathons, usually volunteering with water or at the finish line. It will be interesting to see if they are able to make it to the competition I’m entering in June. Bolder isn’t everyone’s favorite city.

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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.

 

To Learn More About Joseph Vessecchia:

josephvessecchia.com

twitter.com/CVessecchia

medium.com/@josephvessecchia

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?

 

Soccer

 

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

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

 

Jay Eitner

Jay Eitner will forever be a Jersey Boy at heart. Graduating in 1997 from Union High School, Jay received his BA from The American University in Washington DC. Jay’s educational career began in 2002, in which he taught social studies, reading, and technology in Roselle. Jay spent the next 9 years teaching and then went into school administration, first starting off as a middle school vice principal and eventually became a Superintendent of Schools. Being a Superintendent of Schools is one of the most stressful jobs in the US, and Jay found a great way to help relax.

What is your hobby?

I am a huge fan of cooking.

How did you get started with this hobby?

I started cooking in middle school. It was when the Food Channel just came on air, and so many cooking shows began to run. My Father and I began watching show after show; we then started trying to cook what was filmed. Some results were incredible, and some were disasters! I haven’t stopped cooking since.

Tell us what you love about your hobby.

I love that my cooking makes other people happy. Over the years, I have been cooking for holidays, friends, and my staff at school. There is nothing more satisfying than feeding others something they like. This is why I’ve volunteered at a soup kitchen since 2009.

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

I’ve spent quite a bit of cash buying all kinds of kitchen tools, fine ingredients, and even have subscribed to monthly meal kits. There are so many components to cooking; they all require various steps and pieces to make a finished product successful!

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

I can get lost in Williams Sonoma for hours. Cooking can go in so many directions; that’s one of the many wonderful things about it! I also love to find deals in TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Pottery Barn.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I actually love to collect cookbooks. If one is going to start, they should go to the library and browse all of the selections. Any book from Julia Child is a staple but is very complex if you’re just beginning. I would recommend any cookbook from Martha Stewart or Ina Garten; the instructions are easy to follow and the ingredients used are easy to acquire.

How has your hobby changed your life?

Cooking has allowed me to not only make other happy but relieve stress. I was told once that in order to make people happy, I should go sell donuts, ice cream, or bake something nice. Now I do.

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

Don’t go in with the expectations that you’re going to make a masterpiece overnight. Like any other hobby, it takes time and practice in order to master it.

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.

 

Joesph Chou

I am a driven and entrepreneurial person. I love people and always aim for new heights in business. I strongly believe in personal potential and am willing to help.

What is your hobby?

Growing business and networking new successful people

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

After I achieved some level of success in business. I realized that what I had experienced could be duplicated. So I started that hobby.

Tell us what you love about it.

Everyone has plenty of potential. Once a person has been put in a different environment, they will change their mindset and they will act differently and as a result, they will become far more successful.

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

No

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

Only books. I have bought books for people to read which help change their thinking.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I buy all the books either at bookstores or online at Amazon or Apple E-Books.

Are there any good books for beginners?

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason

How has this changed your life?

It has made me feel far more fulfilled. It has also helped me grow my business.

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

If you can help enough other people get what they want first, you can have everything you want.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Yes. Playing table tennis, singing, and reading.

David R Gray Jr.

As both a lawyer and an investor, David R Gray Jr.’s status as a longtime resident of the city of Chicago has proved to be exceptionally beneficial. David is the founder of The Law Offices of David R. Gray, Jr. Ltd., and also holds the position of General Counsel with Wheeler Financial. The former chairman of the Chicago Bar Association’s Real Estate Taxation Commission has routinely utilized his real estate expertise as an investor, and his legal focus expands beyond the incredibly broad range of real estate issues that fall well within his area of expertise to also include enforcement litigation, tax collection and civil litigation.

What is your hobby?

I read a lot. I also play music, like golf, and try to work out whenever I have that time.. Given my busy schedule, it’s important that I try to remain active.

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

There was a great music score at the College of Charleston when I was there as an undergrad. I was a philosophy major on a pre-law track, so my classmates got to know each other quite well and quickly discovered how playing music together reduced the stress of our heavy academic course load.

Tell us what you love about it.

As with any art, you can really get lost in it. It’s like an entirely different world. I love the fast-paced nature of the game and the novel fact that it is rare for athletic competitors to be positioned on the same side of a court. And I’m not completely sure if this is related, but I feel like the lateral movement in racquetball has preserved a lot of the rotational flexibility I need out on the golf course.

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

I’m a member of a club in Chicago well known for squash. The club regularly hosts competitive tournaments as well as charity events and fundraisers.

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

I’m very partial to the racquet I have used for the past 10 years or so, and the gentleman who re-strings my racquet always likes to joke about how a new racquet is long past overdue.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

The racquetball club is fully stocked with all of the supplies I’ll ever need, which is quite convenient.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I’m not sure if there is a definitive book for beginners. My advice would be to play the game with an experienced player and make it clear that you want to learn and intend to ask as many questions as possible.

How has this changed your life?

It’s helped me remain fit and flexible while also providing me with yet another healthy outlet for my competitiveness.

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

Competing is important if you want to become a better player, but skill development deserves a much greater deal of attention when you are first starting out.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I enjoy taking a boat out on Lake Michigan to spend an entire day just casting a line out into the water.

Candace Evans

Midwesterner Candace Evans has been performing as a pianist and a vocalist throughout the Kansas City area for more than 15 years and has recorded and released two albums featuring her vast musical range. Her most recent release, “So Nice,” features collaborations with many of Ms. Evans’ peers within the Midwest music scene and is a testament to her musical versatility and her exceptional talent. Candace Evans lives in Overland Park, Kansas, and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael John Mally, and daughter Kristin, both of whom are among her most dedicated fans and supporters.

What is your hobby?

It’s not something I get to do often, but I am very passionate about restoring antique pianos and Michael J Mally, my husband, loves to see the end results.

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

It really began when I saw this beautiful piano that had just been worn down with age but still had some life left in it. I wanted to see it brought back to its original luster.

Tell us what you love about it.

It can be a very lengthy process and it often requires a bit of detective work in order to find authentic parts to use in the restoration. Playing the fully restored piano and seeing others want to sit down to play it as well is more rewarding than I could have ever imagined.

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

There are not too many piano-specific antique restoration enthusiasts in the area, but I do consult a few of the general restoration experts in the area when I need advice or guidance.

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

I’m always looking for spare piano parts and I often find myself buying antique parts for pianos I don’t even have just because the parts can be so rare and I don’t want to kick myself later if it ends up being a part I need for a future restoration.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I have to buy most of my supplies from individual sellers just because it is such a specialized hobby.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Any book on general piano tuning and repair is a good place to start. That will help build a foundation upon which someone interested in piano restoration can build.

How has this changed your life?

It’s reminded me how important it is to stay in touch with history and to preserve those parts of history that might otherwise fade away.

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

Make sure you understand how much patience this hobby requires. There have been times in which I had to wait several months just to find the specific and authentic part I needed to complete a project.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I really enjoy playing tennis and golf with my husband, Michael Mally.