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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.

 

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.

Jared Londry

Jared Londry was born and rasied in Charlotte, and is an avid skier, hiker, and outdoor adventure seeker. Jared Londry is a licensed Commercial real estate broker in Charlotte, NC and lives with his wife and two dogs outside of Uptown Charlotte. He represents owners of commercial real estate with disposition and refinancing decisions on assets located in the Carolinas.

What is your hobby?

Jared Londry enjoys playing Golf and loves to fish. He and his wife also spend lots of time traveling and backpacking through the West Indies and across western Europe

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

Jared Londry’s family and friends are his main source of inspiration. He is driven each day by the people that he works with and those around him.

Tell us what you love about it.

Hiking brings a unique level of relaxation to my life and is something that nothing else is quite able to do. It is an incredible feeling to be alone in the wild and enjoying all that nature has to offer.

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

My coworkers, friends, and family members share the same hobbies and outdoor interests that I do, which makes it easier to go out and do.

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

I have spent some money to invest in protecting myself for the hobbies that I enjoy. I have spent minimal sums of money to explore the wild and travel lightly

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

REI or backpacker specialist. They are truly the best in the business.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Plenty. I would recommend hiking for your life or walking on a dream. Both excellent pieces of literature.

How has this changed your life?

Being able to explore the great wilderness has made me a much deeper and more thoughtful person. I thank my peace of mind to the outdoors and all that it has to offer. It has made me a more diverse person

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

The most important thing to do is to take your time and enjoy it. You only get a few vacations a year, so the slower and more relaxed you feel, the better.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

Anything that allows me to be outside and to be able to spend time with my family and friends.

Dr. Sid Solomon

The founder of the Center for Cosmetic, Implant and Neuromuscular Dentistry, Dr. Sid Solomon is a dentist who is able to draw on over 30 years of experience while treating patients at any one of his three offices located throughout the Grater Los Angeles area. A graduate of UCLA and the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, Dr. Solomon is considered one of the area’s foremost experts on issues associated with TMJ and specializes in full mouth reconstruction as well as neuromuscular dentistry. Dr. Solomon has long been interested in the visual arts, and he often spends his free time engaged in pursuits relating to his passion for photography and painting.

What is your hobby?

I tend to favor photography and painting more or less equally, particularly since they seem to complement each other so well.

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

I’ve done oil painting for many years now, but my kids recently became so interested in photography that it inspired me to take it up as a hobby as well.

Tell us what you love about it.

Both photography and painting are wonderful excuses to spend extended periods of time with nature, and the fact that my kids are interested in photography has given us another shared interest that we can all enjoy together.

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

I attend the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk just about every month, and I am always looking for new classes to further develop my painting skills.

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

I have several different cameras and lens combinations for different purposes that I’ve bought over the years, and I have invested quite a bit on canvases, brushes and oil paints as well.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

The specialty stores in my neighborhood tend to carry whatever I happen to need, but there are times when I’ll use an online store to order something a bit harder-to-find.

Are there any good books for beginners?

The Audubon Society has a great book for beginners, but my personal recommendation for a beginner would be “Mountain Light,” by Galen Rowell.

How has this changed your life?

It’s very easy to get caught up in a professional career and lose touch with your creative side, but these hobbies have really enabled me to cultivate a deeper appreciation for creative pursuits.

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

I try not to compare my work with the work of others, so my advice is to enjoy the hobby for its own sake.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I don’t have any other hobbies I take as seriously as photography or painting, particularly since I prefer to spend any time I have away from my dental practice with my family.

John Pryor

The strength and conditioning coordinator for the Japan Rugby Football Union, John Pryor is known as one of the most innovative and highly effective coaches in the world of international rugby competition. A respected and accomplished coaching professional, Pryor is also the director at JointAction, where he utilizes his extensive experience in biomechanics and exercise physiology to improve occupational health and wellness across an incredibly diverse range of industries. A graduate of Southern Cross University, Pryor earned a Master of Health Science degree in biomechanics and has performed academic research on a wide range of subjects relating to his current professional endeavors.

 

What is your hobby?

It really depends on the season and where I happen to be. In the winter, I love to go skiing as often as possible. During the warmer months, I prefer outdoor high adventure. If I had to choose one, it would definitely be skiing.

 

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

My whole family enjoys skiing, so this is something I have been doing for as long as I can remember.

 

Tell us what you love about it.

It’s just so thrilling to be able to cover that much ground at such a high rate of speed while being in complete control.

 

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

I’m not a part of any formal ski organizations, but a group of friends and family coordinate an event in which we can all get together for a ski trip at least once per year.

 

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

I have always been very good about taking care of my equipment, so it’s been several years since I have had to buy anything new.

 

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I like to go to REI for most of my ski supplies, but it is generally quite rare that I need to pick anything up since I have been skiing for so long.

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

Kay Gill’s “Skiing With Confidence” is probably the best place to start.

 

How has this changed your life?

Skiing has always been a part of my life, but it has taken me to some incredibly remote places that very few people have ever seen or experienced.

 

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

Don’t be in such a rush to conquer the biggest mountain that you fail to develop all of the skills necessary for doing so.

 

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I’m always looking for new and interesting things to do, and I have developed quite a passion for martial arts, science fiction and anything else that offers the prospect of excitement and adventure.

Dr. Raouf Farag

An IVF specialist practicing in the Central Coast area of Australia, Dr. Raouf Farag has dedicated the entirety of his medical career to ensuring his patients benefit from a highly personalized approach to medical care. Operating his private practice in Gosford, New South Wales, Dr. Farag believes in providing comprehensive medical services and, with the help of his exceptional staff, works diligently to orient these services according to the specific wishes of the patient. The obstetrician and gynecologist is able to draw on many years of practical experience in developing a detailed medical care plan for each patient, and he has developed a reputation as one the most compassionate doctors practicing in New South Wales.

 

What is your hobby?

I used to play cricket with far greater frequency, but I took up the game of golf several years ago.

 

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

A good friend of mine plays quite a bit, so he loaned me a set of clubs to use while I learned how to play.

 

Tell us what you love about it.

It’s a quiet and contemplative sport, but there is also the opportunity for in-depth conversation during the course of an 18-hole round.

 

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

Even though I’m still relatively new to the sport, I joined one of the local country clubs and I play with a few different groups through the club.

 

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

I invested in a set of clubs and a new golf bag, and I recently set up a net that I can hit into for practice when I’m away from the course.

 

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

My club has a pro shop that carries all of the supplies I need, and I have found that it is much cheaper to use a ball retriever to get balls out of the lake rather than buying them new.

 

Are there any good books for beginners?

David Feherty really opened my eyes to the lighter side of the sport, and any one of his books would be helpful for beginners.

 

How has this changed your life?

Golf has given me a new avenue through which I can bond with nature while getting to know my playing partners on a much deeper level than ever before.

 

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

It’s a good idea to spend more time on the range than on the course, and I’ve never regretted spending money on a lesson with a golf pro.

 

Are there any other hobbies you have?

When I feel the need to truly unwind, I enjoy painting quite a bit. I tend to prefer oils, but lately I have been experimenting with the use of watercolors.

Lisa LaVerdiere – Home for Life Animal Sanctuary

Lisa LaVerdiere is the founder of the Home for Life Animal Sanctuary, where she oversees the care of animals unable to find a home through a traditional animal shelter. Many of the animals LaVerdiere cares for at the sanctuary she founded in 1997 have special needs and requirements, all of which are met through Home for Life Animal Sanctuary. Formerly a practicing lawyer, LaVerdiere specialized in toxic tort law along with product liability before permanently shifting her focus to creating a sanctuary capable of providing a necessary alternative to the limited options available through traditional animal shelters.

What is your hobby?

I’m still relatively new to it, but I spend my free time caring for and maintaining a saltwater reef tank as well as a freshwater tank. The saltwater tank is 500 gallons, so it requires quite a bit of care to make sure all of marine life consistently thrives in its enclosed environment.

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

A friend of mine was in the process of moving and didn’t have room for the tank, so he asked if I would take it and also care for his fish. Even though I didn’t know much about saltwater tanks, I just couldn’t refuse. I studied and studied in the days and weeks before I took over caring for the tank, and I immediately enjoyed everything about it.

Tell us what you love about it.

The tanks are just so teeming with life. The corals seem to light up — especially at night — and it’s a great way to experience a miniature ecosystem that I wouldn’t get to see otherwise.

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

I’m not a part of any official groups but you’d be surprised how easy it is to start up a conversation with people in the same line of work with similar interests. You can hardly stop a group of animal lovers from talking about them.

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

I had no idea how much equipment was involved in aquarium care, and I was fortunate that much of the equipment was gifted to me at first. I have actually used a few online retailers to buy a lot of the equipment, and I even found one that had this great selection of corals for the saltwater tank.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

There is a local fish store where I get some of the more day-to-day supplies, and I typically order through Aquarium Depot when I need special food for the saltwater tank.

Are there any good books for beginners?

My friend gave me a copy of the Complete Encyclopedia of the Saltwater Aquarium when he helped me set up the tank, and I have returned to that book over and over again since then. It’s a great book for beginners and it is one that will be useful for years to come.

How has this changed your life?

I’ve become so much more interested in marine life in general, and it’s been such a rewarding experience for myself and so many others.

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

Find a mentor you can lean on for help at any moment’s notice. It’s just so much easier to have someone explain or demonstrate a concept as opposed to having to figure it out for yourself.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I like to do a lot of DIY projects, but mostly I just enjoy getting to spend time at the sanctuary with all of the wonderful animals in our care.