Joe Cuello

I am so excited for my friend Joe Cuello, whose new works are being exhibited at Hemingway and Pickett in Silverlake.

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New Works by Joe Cuello on display at Hemingway and Pickett

Joe Cuello is a painter. I have to admit, I’ve got a thing for artists. I’m crazy about them! I have written about friends and acquaintances whose art inspires me, but it’s more than their work that inspires me, it’s their artistic spirit. Every artist’s journey is different and I feel fortunate to share with you a little about Joe’s.

Sepulveda by Joe Cuello

Sepulveda by Joe Cuello

Cuello, grew up in Garland, Texas where the notion of having a creative career seemed next to impossible. He was always drawing and making things, so from a young age it was obvious he had a creative mind. But Joe always pushed his creativity aside and pressured himself to perform academically. He got an academic scholarship to Texas A&M, a school that for Cuello, didn’t have a huge creative environment. At A&M, he visited the art store and found out about a sculpture contest. Joe was inspired to make a couple pieces, entered and ended up wining. His art spirit gave him the confidence to re-evaluate his path and get his art degree at North Texas.

Horizon by Joe Cuello

Horizon by Joe Cuello

Over the years, Cuello took stabs at making a career as an artist. While he experienced glimpses of success, selling his work and showing at Art Basil, his art has never been a compulsion. Joe eventually found himself focused on creating a career for himself, one that didn’t allow him to paint full time.

Cuello landed at MTV, where he combined his business acumen with his creative spirit to carve out an impressive career that spanned a decade. Nine months ago, Joe left MTV. Cuello got the gift of time to focus on family and art. He seized the opportunity to paint again and completed this awesome collection of new works. They are bright, colorful pieces that feature family members and friends in bold silhouettes, beautiful depictions of the solitude in humanity. You can check them out here!

Red by Joe Cuello

Red by Joe Cuello

Joe Cuello is a self-made man from humble roots in Texas. He’s also an adoring Husband, a Father, a good friend, and it’s worth mentioning again, a crazy-talented painter.

I’m soo proud of you, Joe!

Joe Cuello with his wife Nikki and daughter Neko

Joe Cuello with his wife Nikki and daughter Neko

Joe was gracious enough to answer a few questions about his work and his process. Enjoy!

TAM: Who or what were some early inspirations for you as an artist, from Childhood or your Art School years?

JOE: Drawing was always something I did as a child.  It was a great source of pleasure for me, and I enjoyed working to teach myself how to capture forms-particularly people.  My mother is a gifted artist who never identified herself as one.  We shared a love for drawing, and she has an amazing ability drawing faces in particular.  As I got older, I became fascinated with illustrations in books, artists that worked in the real world, like courtroom sketch artists and in advertising.  By the time I decided to drop out of Texas A&M after my sophomore year, I had developed a love for fine artists who married form and color.  I really love Kandinsky and his writings were hugely influential in my life as he expounded on the spiritual in art.  I finally gave myself the freedom to self identify as an artist after enrolling in the fine arts program at University of North Texas.  I fell in love with the work of Ed Ruscha, Rickard Diebenkorn, and Ida Applebroog.  I attended the Whitney Biennial in 1994 where painting was very much on the decline and I felt it was underrepresented in the collection-taking a back seat to other forms, especially video art.  But I was impacted by the video art of Bill Viola and his quiet obsessive works of people in heightened slow motion.  Many works and a changing roster of artists that move me continue to inform how and what I do.

TAM: Eight months ago, you found yourself with all of this free time. How quickly did you develop a routine? How do you “show up” for your art?

JOE: No question. Not working for the first time since I was a teenager created an openness for me to jump back into painting. The most important part of that was making the back house (that we are fortunate to have) into a conducive environment for working.  Once I made it into a proper studio space, it was natural to use.  The showing up and working is impossible to achieve without intent and I am loose in terms of scheduling.  My discipline is to work in the evenings and weekends during the day when my four-year plays in the back within sight of me working.  If more than a few days go by without working, I notice and make sure to go out there the next day.  That routine over time led to the most productive six months for me, as an artist, in the twenty years I’ve pursued painting.

TAM: Is there someone in your life that you are crazy proud of right now?

JOE: I am immensely proud of my wife Nikki.  She spent years pursuing her career and succeeding as a TV production accountant.  When our first daughter Neko was born, she chose to stay at home and made a sacrifice that few men even consider for themselves (and society doesn’t expect them to).  She walked away not because of guilt or expectations, but because she wanted to and she has been exceedingly successful as a mother.  Right now, I watch her, after giving birth 6 weeks ago to our 2nd daughter Iris, and I am amazed at her abilities and consistency. She maintains a sense of order, love and balance for my daughters and me-she makes me proud.

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Stephanie Laing

Stephanie Laing is a single mom of three, a producer, writer, director and blogger of Put Your Pretty On.

Stephanie Laing

Stephanie Laing is a kick ass producer with an amazing list of credits. People love working with her. She’s also a single mom to three awesome kids. Recently she became a blogger, sharing her stories from producing on the road and being a single mom on Put Your Pretty On. As if all that wasn’t enough, she’s found time to write for Yahoo Travel and even direct.

Stephanie Laing in her new role as Director!

Stephanie Laing in her new role as Director!

A few weeks ago, I got to see a cast and crew screening of Trouble and the Shadowy Death Blow starring Tony Hale. The short is Stephanie’s directorial debut. It was awesome. I’m soo proud of her. Stephanie has been working in the entertainment business since she was 16 years old. I’m not the first blog to gush about her, Refinery 29 wrote about what a badass she is! This is so personal because I’ve experienced first hand how great she is at anything she puts her mind and heart to. I first worked for Stephanie at Tracey Takes On. After that I joined her to start up a dot.com…back when they called them dot coms. 😉

Los Angeles Cast & Crew Screening of "Trouble and The Shadowy Death Blow."

Los Angeles Cast & Crew Screening of “Trouble and The Shadowy Death Blow.”

Stephanie believed in me and helped me see what I was capable of. Incredibly encouraging and always on point, she is a dream boss.

She’s also super gracious and has taken some time out of her crazed schedule to give a little glimpse into her new career moves and her inspirations.

TAM: When I worked with you, you pushed me to do my best every day, and you wouldn’t settle for less. It was intense. I’m so grateful for that time and all the responsibility that you gave me. I learned so much from working with you. Was there someone early in your career that showed you what you were made of?

STEPH: I’m thankful to have spent the early days of my career with Tracey Ullman. She was the perfect example of a strong woman who, along with her husband and business partner, wrote and produced their own shows, held the ownership rights and sold the episodes internationally.

Stephanie Laing with Pam Victor at the Women in Comedy Festival. photo by Lisa Cordne

Stephanie Laing with Pam Victor at the Women in Comedy Festival. photo by Lisa Cordne

TAM: It seems like you’ve hit a new chapter in your career, adding to your Producer credits: writing, blogging and directing. Did anything specific happen to push you out of your comfort zone?

STEPH: I’m sure my divorce and move to NYC pushed me out of my comfort zone. Being a single mom pushes me out of it everyday, so by extension I push myself creatively. I believe that being afraid or scared is when the magic happens.

Stephanie Laing and her three kids in NYC.

Stephanie Laing and her three kids in NYC.

TAM: You wear many hats, yet you keep your cool and you never forget to laugh. What inspires you daily to be such a badass?

STEPH: Most of the time I don’t feel very badass, I feel like I’m just getting up everyday and dealing with life, ‘putting my pretty on’. And I believe in the power of laughter. We all live insane lives and laughter keeps us balanced.

TAM: Is there someone that you’re soo proud of today that you want to give a shoot out to?

STEPH: I’m very proud of Dana Daeche. She’s the Associate Producer of Veep. She started as my assistant three years ago and has just been great. She’s very very good at her job.

Stephanie Laing, you are an inspiration! I’m soo proud of you!

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Ed Moses

Ed Moses leading a tour of his Venice art studio/residence.

Ed Moses leading a tour of his Venice art studio/residence.

I am blown away by the lucky adventures that I fall into and by the wonderful friends that make them possible. Feeling super grateful for my beautiful and gracious friend Audra Gold. She’s always got something great on the books to check out. This past weekend Audra took me along on an artist led tour of the Venice Art studio/residence of Ed Moses.

Audra taking it all in.

Audra taking it all in.

Ed Moses is considered to be the most influential artist of the West Coast Post War art movement. He’s planning an exhibit at the LACMA that will open next year, May 10, 2015. Over a hundred pieces will be up for viewing. His tour gave us a peek of what’s to come.

Ed Moses in his Viewing Room.

Ed Moses in his Viewing Room.

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Ed Moses prints, starting from 1952, coming to the LACMA May 2015.

Being in his space and in his company was an unforgettable experience. Beyond his intense talent, he’s also a sage. He spoke of spirituality, control, man’s desire to leave his mark, letting go of control and worm holes. As the tour ended, I wished I could stay behind and talk to him more… listen to him talk.

Ed Moses inviting us into the 'Worm Hole.'

Ed Moses inviting us into the ‘Worm Hole.’

“The human wants to be in control. For a long time, I was trying to control, keep it boxed, keep it shaped. Finally, I realized, I don’t want to be in control. I want to be in tune. In other words, I want to be with the forces that are about in our life.” Ed Moses

Moses talks about Stephen Hawking, time, space, mirrors and what’s on the other side of the mirror…worm hole!

Audra sits in a mock air traffic control chair inside the 'Worm Hole'.

Audra sits in a mock air traffic control chair in the ‘Worm Hole.’

“The connection is pattern and this way was a way of discovering pattern without making pattern so the pattern erupted out of the process.” – Ed Moses

Pallets & Sawhorses @ Ed Moses art studio/residence.

Pallets & Sawhorses @ Ed Moses art studio/residence.

Moses gets up at 6AM. He is set up before workers arrive at 9AM and works till 2:00. He has lunch a siesta and then a viewing time.

Ed Moses art studio/residence

Ed Moses art studio/residence

 

Taratula @ Ed Moses art studio/residence. What does it mean?!!

Taratula @ Ed Moses art studio/residence. What does it mean?!!

Thank you Audra for loving and supporting the arts and for bringing me along.

And THANK YOU to Ed Moses for your time, talent and vulnerability.

 I’m soo proud of y’all!

Ready to go back for a fireside chat at Ed Moses art studio/residence!

Ready to go back for a fireside chat at Ed Moses art studio/residence!

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#TOMSInstaMeet

Last weekend I attended my first #InstaMeet at TOMS on Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA. A few days prior to it I had never heard of an Instameet. In case it’s new to you as well, it’s an event that instagrammers (IGers) put together to meet up and get to know fellow IGers. This past weekend, May 17th, was the 9th Annual Worldwide InstaMeet Day, or #WWIM9 in Instagram terms. I read about the event on facebook and was immediately interested. A huge fan of TOMS, I’ve been wanting to attend an event at their flagship store. Plus, we’d be picking up trash along Abbot Kinney, and I love the idea of spending part of my weekend giving back.

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I clicked “join” and reached out to my friend Noelle to come with. Noelle, the perfect partner in crime, is always up to volunteer, and her instagram feed is impressive, photo after photo of her beautiful art and her unique glittery perspective. My instagram, however, needs help! I’ve yet to fully embrace it as a tool for imsooproudofyou, so I thought what better way to learn than to meet people who love instagram.

one for one tam and noelle

Obviously, I’m in the midst of a pretty big learning curve! Prior to this blog, I didn’t have a whole lot of social media experience. I used Facebook and Instagram privately to share photos with friends and keep up on their lives. Starting this blog and writing about the kick ass people that I’m proud of has pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to embrace social media.

Tam and Noelle

The first month of posting, I had some pretty big panic attacks. Once I became aware of just how much fear I have of putting myself out there, I spent some time facing it. Asking myself, what’s the worst that can happen from writing a blog about people’s accomplishments that inspire me? I thought about the subjects of my posts, about Rebecca and Cate and their non-profit Action Kivu. These amazing ladies are on a mission to empower women in the Congo. It didn’t take long for me to realize it’s time to let go of all this silly anxiety and use my voice to continue growing this blog. My hope is that imsooproudofyou will encourage people to notice some of the good things their peers are doing, and then take the extra step to tell them how proud they are.

“Becoming comfortable with fear, and acting confidently in its face, will not only give you more courage when facing it next time but also greatly increase your chances of achieving success and happiness.” Blake Mycoskie, TOMS founder, author “Start Something That Matters”

So, Noelle and I arrived on Saturday morning to a bustling store. We were initially apprehensive. A lot of these IGers have a huge instagram presence with thousands of followers. I have a handful and just a few pics up…but you have to start somewhere.

Petehalvorsen and Ryanhappygilmore hosting the event.

Petehalvorsen and Ryanhappygilmore hosting the event.

With the help of some TOMS Roasting Co. Coffee, we fueled up and jumped in to meet people. It was a great crowd! The event was hosted by Pete (petehalverson), an avid IGer, who has organized many an #instameet and Ryan (ryanhappygilmore) a TOMS employee. They enthusiastically welcomed us and led an exciting raffle of TOMS goodies. Their energy and excitement for bringing this community together was awesome. Eventually, we all dispersed to pick up trash. Noelle turned cleaning up the streets into an art project! This girl can find the HEART in anything, anywhere.

heartWhile Noelle was making art, I was chatting it up with strangers. Soon we met Tim (timshootsthings), Jeff (drfitnessnow) and Kai(kaiborgstroops).

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Kai helped Noelle with this piece of art.

Noelle street artSo grateful for everyone involved in this event. I had a blast! A HUGE #IMSOOPROUDOFYOU shoutout to Pete, Ryan, Becky from TOMS with her super welcoming smile, Tim, Jeff, Kai, Johnny_2point0, Noelle and all the faces that I didn’t have a chance to meet. Hope to see you at the next one. We’ll see where I am on this learning curve by then!

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  I’m soo proud of you, #TOMSInstaMeet!

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Ali

You know that Spanish bullfighting chant…”Olé, olé olé oléee. Olé. Olé!”  Well, when I think of my friend Ali, I just want to chant, “Ali, ali ali aliii. Ali. Ali!” Because Ali brings the greatest energy into every room. He’s a remarkably funny and engaging man with the biggest heart.

Ali emcees an event for Angels Foster Care

Ali emcees an event for Angels Foster Care

Wait, you may already know Ali, as part of the Rock Star Duo The Hot TomAlis. Ring a bell? No? Maybe…? Well, the past couple Novembers…I mean, Movembers, Ali teams up with his partner in crime, Tom Adams, to raise money to fight prostate cancer. The Hot TomAlis don their stashes and put on a hell of a campaign that has raised over $53,000 dollars. Check out last year’s amazing music video.

Ali is on a journey to use his business acumen and his time to bring attention to causes and help people in need. He started Just a Little Push in 2013. His mission:

“FIND amazing people who need a little help. INSPIRE everyone to make a difference. We believe that everyone has a good heart and wants to make a difference; and, we know sometimes people need just a little push to get started making a difference in the world. LAUGH and have fun. We believe that making a positive impact on the lives of others can be fun. Giving and giving back doesn’t have to be stuffy or stodgy. Life is short, and we’re going to have fun while we make the world a better place!” Ali Azarvan

This May, Ali is dedicating himself to what he calls May Days: One Month to Make a Difference!! He’s volunteering with 25 different non-profits in 30 days and blogging about it to raise awareness. So far this month he’s volunteered and blogged about Domestic Violence Solutions, DAWG, (Dog Adoption and Welfare Group), Habitat for Humanity, Casa of Santa Barbara County, Transition House, The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara, The Alzheimer’s Association, The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation & Dig 4 Kids, Santa Barbara Animal Rescue and The Santa Barbara Food Bank.

The Santa Barbara paper covering Ali's May Days

The Santa Barbara paper covering Ali’s May Days

He’s also graciously made time to give us a little glimpse of the inspiration for and from May Days.

TAM: So Ali, rumor has it you quit your job to do May Days. What inspired this life change?

ALI: Ha! Honestly, there were a few things that inspired this major transition in my life. The first was the success of my Movember campaign – as you know, I kind of went nuts and let the campaign totally consume me.  I spent all of my waking moments figuring out how to get attention and raise as much money as I could to fight prostate and testicular cancer. It was a success – we finished in the top 10 of the nation in dollars raised out of almost 30,000 teams! I realized that if I can have fun and raise money for a worthwhile cause, my focus and efforts would be maximized.  I was blessed to have the greatest role model growing up – my father.  The tipping point for me was the birth of my son. I looked at him one day and thought, “Wow, I’m definitely not on the path to becoming a similar role model for him.  I need to make a change now.”

The Hot TomAlis and their entourage kicking cancer's ass!

The Hot TomAlis and their entourage kicking cancer’s ass!

Ali with new friends at CASA

Ali with new friends at CASA

TAM: It’s May 16 and you’ve already given your time to twelve amazing organizations this month. What’s the main thing that you’re getting from all of your giving?

ALI: I’m getting more than I would have ever imagined out of this month. I’m getting re-energized! For me, the coolest thing is that I’m getting a chance to meet some amazing people that I probably would not have been exposed to otherwise. Their energy is contagious and passion is inspiring. Everyone has been so supportive of this project, and they’ve allowed me to get a view of their non-profits from every angle.

Ali and Rossi Morreale hosting the Jimmy Miller Foundation and Dig for Kids Surf and Volleyball Competition

Ali and Rossi Morreale hosting the Jimmy Miller Foundation and Dig for Kids Surf and Volleyball Competition

Ali with Habitat for Humanity

Ali with Habitat for Humanity

TAM: Ali, I’m soo proud of you for everything that you are, for what you stand for and for who you’re choosing to be. Is there someone in particular that you want to give a shout out to today to let them know you’re proud of them?

ALI: This may seem a little self-serving, but I’d love to give a shout out to my wife, Nicole. She’s been so supportive of this project and the huge investment of time that it has required. She’s a nurse, still works every day and comes home to our maniac teething baby with more energy than I can even comprehend. This project has made it difficult for me to help as much as I should but she has never once complained!

Ali, Nicole and their adorable 'maniac teething' baby

Ali, Nicole and their adorable ‘maniac teething’ baby

 “Ali, ali ali aliii. Ali. Ali!!”, I’m soo proud of you!

 Check out Ali’s blog and follow him on facebook. Hopefully, it will give you ‘a little push’ and motivate you to find a local charity that you can volunteer with or make a donation to this month!

Ali and friends at DAWG

Ali and friends at DAWG

I’ll be heading up to Santa Barbara later this month to join Ali for a Make A Wish: Miles-a-Thon. We’ll be reaching out to friends and family and friends of friends and their families asking them to donate frequent flyer miles. Most wishes involve travel, and these miles will help wish kids take flight. Details to follow!

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Mama

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MAMA

My Mom, Tamara, 3 years old

My Mom, Tamara, 3 years old

My Mother, daughter of Ukrainian refugees, was born in post-war Germany after her parents and her sister were liberated from Nazi slave-labor camps. She was three years old when her family came to America, their names and their Atlantic crossing are memorialized at Ellis Island. They started out with nothing in Willmington, Delaware. My Mom was not allowed to speak English at home and there were no ESL programs in school to help her out. Despite her disadvantages, she went to college. There she met my Dad, her soulmate. They married and eventually settled in Houston, TX and raised my two sisters and me. They took us all around the world and gave us a childhood filled with wonderful family friends and a ton of good times.

Peter and Tamara Ham, Wedding Bliss 1966

Peter and Tamara Ham, Wedding Bliss 1966

Mom gave us everything. She gave us a childhood that she could only have dreamed of. More than anything, my Mom has always given and continues to give each of us her time. When we were little, she spent hours with the nightly ritual of tucking us in. She’d go from room to room and read with each of us and say our prayers. Once she’d finished, she would head downstairs only to hear one of us call out for her, and the ritual would start all over again. To this day, she’ll stop whatever she’s doing to answer our calls.

Mama and Gigi Baba, with her girls and first grandchild, Henry.

Mama, my Baba, three daughters and the first grandchild, Henry.

One of my favorite memories with her is asking for an ice cream on a hot summer day. She’d get the Blue Bell Dutch Chocolate and start to pile a scoop atop a sugar cone, not one scoop, not two, not even three…but more and more, a tower of velvety chocolate ice cream that dwarfed the cone that held it. How happy and loved I was, legs dangling in the pool, holding a trophy of chocolate deliciousness. The best part was that she would make one for herself and join me. She turned a special treat into our special time.

In the pool with Baba. Photo credit: Mom

In the pool with my Baba. Photo credit: Mom

We have a running joke in our family to blame everything on my Mom. Well, Mom, I blame my malaphors on you. Every time I catch myself commenting about someone “ruffling the waters” or “shooting the fat”, I think of you and it makes me laugh. How we’ve teased you and ganged up against you over the years, yet you consistently laugh with us or laugh it up…I mean, off!

Mom, I love your laugh and I love knowing that you got that from your Mom.

Mom with her Mama, my Baba.

Mom with her Mama, my Baba.

You have overcome hardship and created a beautiful life. I’ve watched you be …a devoted daughter, I know you miss your Mama everyday.

…an incredible wife, 50 years with Dad and 48 of them in marital bliss and still truckin’!

Mom and Dad Selfie! Southwestern road trip 2014

Mom and Dad Selfie! Southwestern road trip 2014

…an awesome Babuschka to four beautiful grandkids.

My nieces and nephews with their Baba.

My nieces and nephews with their Baba.

…a wonderful sister and a great friend, you have so many girlfriends and they all adore you. You’re an artist, a docent, an incredible cook and hostess…you can throw a dinner party for twenty together on a whim!

AND  you are an amazing Mother, you say the craziest things and you are a one-woman show! I adore you and love you for all of it.

Mom and me

 Mama, I’m soo proud of you!

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Go Hally!!!

Hally Cohen’s first love was Tennis. Hally is Tennis! From high school to college sports, coaching to managing the Beverly Hills Tennis Club, Hally has made a career out of that love. Last year she competed in the Maccabiah Games in Israel and brought home bronze for Team USA!!! I’m soo proud of her.

 

Hally Cohen - Serve!

Hally Cohen – Serve!

Sparkling and spirited, Hally lights up a room. I find her sunny, uplifting disposition and her athletic tenacity to be incredibly inspiring. Here’s a little glimpse of Hally’s career, her goals and her inspirations…

Tam: I love that you have made a career out of Tennis. Take me through that journey.

Hally: Growing up I was intent on getting a college scholarship and playing pro, both of which I was lucky enough to accomplish. Although the pro dream was short lived and a money loss not gain. Wouldn’t trade it for the world though! I played for Purdue, then I coached for Long Beach State for ten years. My girls were amazing! Left there to take the job as General Manager/head pro at Beverly Hills Tennis.

Hally on the court.

Hally on the court.

Tam: I’m sure you’ve played with a lot of motivating coaches and promising student athletes. Is there anyone in particular that inspired you, made you really proud?

Hally: I have always been inspired by great athletes, but as I get older, I realize I draw different inspiration from different types of people.  My friend Jenny who has coached the Long Beach team to 11 Big West Conference titles in thirteen years, my friend Hollie who quit her job to travel the world, my Dad who can find the humor in any situation, my friend Clare who qualified for the Boston Marathon, my clients who have decided to learn a new sport, my psychologist friend Angela who has been asked to publish a book on the amazing work she has done in the field of cutting, and my friend Tam who literally can’t walk anywhere in this city without knowing at least 20 people!

Tam: (Ha! I think that only happens when I’m with you!) You are such a free spirit, yet you’re so disciplined. What inspires you daily?

Hally: I am a true believer that your physical state directly influences your mental state.  I’m happiest when I have a goal in front of me, just so happens most of my goals are physical ones.  Plus …I get a good tan!

Hally Cohen bringing home Bronze at the Maccabiah Olympic Games 2013.

Hally Cohen bringing home Bronze at the Maccabiah Olympic Games 2013.

Tam: Last year it was really cool to hear about you competing for a spot on the USA Team for the Maccabiah Olympics. Once you made the team, you got right to work training and fundraising for the trip. It was so exciting watching you manifest that experience. Was it something that you wanted to do for some time?

Hally: I knew about the Maccabiah Games since I was a junior player but I was on a different path (a more serious one) and I realized about two years ago that I missed competition. The opportunity presented itself and I grabbed it.

Hally's fourth marathon.  2014 LA Marathon

Hally’s fourth marathon. Los Angeles 2014

Tam: This Spring you ran your fourth marathon. Congrats! I’d imagine it’s nice to take some downtime every once and a while. I also imagine you’re dreaming up a new goal. What’s next?

Hally: Ahh, I’ve been wondering that myself!  There are the Pan Am Games in Chile in 2015 that I’m debating trying out for.  More than likely I will.  Other than that, cleaning my room seems like the most pressing goal that’s in front of me right now.  I’m not joking, cleaning my mess is a hardcore work out!

I am a true believer that your physical state directly influences your mental state.  I’m happiest when I have a goal in front of me, just so happens most of my goals are physical ones.  Plus …I get a good tan! – Hally Cohen

It’s pretty awesome to know this happy, grateful woman who thrives, doing what she loves.

Hally Cohen, I’m soo proud of you!

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