Designers and Artists: Staff Picks

With our team finding an incredible amount of amazing pages for Staff Picks this week, it was even more difficult than usual to narrow it down to our favorite four. But somehow we managed and we hope you enjoy browsing their pages and leaving them compliments for being so awesome!

Kicking off our post today is Niyati Bharucha, a football enthusiast who plays for a club in Mumbai, India. When she’s not playing soccer, you can find her hard at work as a PR and marketing specialist or writing poems, modeling and acting.

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All Around the World with Feature Friday

It’s Friday and today we’re excited to be featuring¬†the pages of four of our community members from around the world who¬†submitted themselves to our #FFaboutme contest.

If you don’t see your page on this week’s #FFaboutme you can always try for next week by adding your about.me URL to your Twitter bio and tweeting at us @aboutdotme with the hashtag, #FFaboutme. And don’t forget, to have a picture of you and your lovely face in your background photo! For tips about what we’re looking for in a page, check out this post!

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Marques Anderson at WE First Gallery Rasmus

From Football to Philanthropy: A Former NFL Player’s Journey to Change the World

If you’ve done some browsing of¬†about.me¬†you’ve probably run across a stunning photo, vivid green with a man walking along an almost invisible road through the forest. With such a compelling photo, maybe you clicked on the page to discover more about the man behind the photograph,¬†Marques Anderson.

A former NFL safety,¬†Marques played football professionally in the United States for four seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers. Following his time in the NFL he traveled, earned a master’s degree, coached football in Norway and founded the¬†World Education Foundation. In his role as director of the foundation he’s traveled to over 50 countries, documenting his travels through photography.

This month, as we end our series of interviews of¬†athletes on about.me and head into our month on sustainability and the environment (in honor of Earth Day on April 22nd),¬†it seems apt to be sharing¬†the story of Marques’s incredible journey through sports and how it is inspiring him to change the world.

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Pianists, Photographers and Fashion

It seems like every week our Staff Picks page is even more full of amazing people with fascinating stories to share. Here are our weekly favorites, our top four, and we hope you enjoy discovering them and the rest of the Staff Picks page. Remember to leave some compliments for those pages you like the most!

In our post header today we have Nafis Umerkulova of Uzbekistan, a concert pianist and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Check out the YouTube video embedded in her page to hear her play!

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The Double Monitor Deskie: Our Favorites

You may have noticed that we’ve been blogging and tweeting about Deskies¬†for some time now. We’ve been¬†asking people in our community to submit their deskies and thus show off a bit of their personality. After all, the place you work from will inevitably reveal something¬†about you.

From the super tidy deskie to the colorful and crowded one, we’ve had a great time seeing these desks and learning more about the people¬†behind them. Today, however, we’d like to pay homage to all of the wonderful double monitors we’ve been seeing lately (minus our header which comes from none other than one of our developers, Nathan Fitzsimmons) We hope this post inspires you to share your deskie with us via Twitter¬†too! And who knows, you might be featured on our blog in our next round of favorites!

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One Athlete’s Journey to the Olympic Games

Though he’s twice been named the best windsurfer in the world, the road to the Olympic games hasn’t been all smooth sailing for professional athlete,¬†JP Tobin. From having to compete for¬†fourteen years to eventually¬†qualify for the Olympics to doing his final qualifier with the spine of a cobbler fish embedded in his foot (it later required surgery to remove), JP’s hard work and perseverance finally paid off to send him to the summer Olympics in London in 2012.

As he gears up for next year’s Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, we interviewed this multi-talented¬†athlete and Star Wars fan (see his Backstory quote to see what we mean) to learn more about his background, what it’s like to train with the people he faces in competition, and the other sports he competes in both nationally and internationally.

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Andia Winslow Running The Fit Cycle

How One Athlete is Changing Lives Through Fitness

Most people extend their arms to the upper bars of the subway to steady themselves as the train starts and stops along its tracks. Andia Winslow, on the other hand, uses the upper bars to do midair sit ups, something we discovered through the fitness video in her email signature, alongside a link to her about.me page.

A graduate of Yale University with a degree in Sociology and Film studies, Andia founded The Fit Cycle, to inspire people to incorporate fitness into their daily lives through training videos she initially filmed in her backyard. Apart from her work there, Andia is a professional golfer and hopes to return to touring and competition this year. A retired Olympic athlete in the sport of Skeleton, she is also a certified fitness professional, fashion model and writer working on her first two books. One of her books centers on The Fit Cycle, its founding and helping readers to make healthy changes in their lives. The other is a memoir about her experience being the live-in caretaker for her terminally ill grandfather.

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