Ariella Hackmann Laden

Ariella Hackman

Q: How would you describe your personal style outside of your athletic aesthetic?

A: I'd say that my personal style is kind of eclectic. I don't think I'd fall into any one particular box but I like a lot of vintage inspired items and feelings. I like, I mean, I love really bold statement pieces against a pretty neutral background.

Q: What is something that you have yet to check off your bucket list?

A: This one's easy cause I think I'm about to do it… going to Burning Man, and I think I'm going this year.

Q: What do you have bragging rights to?

A: I helped raise a lot for Cycle for Survival Organization. I personally, over the last 2 years, have raised 20 thousand just myself. Our team has raised close to half a million over the past few years for Cycle for Survival. And it's something that I'm working on now with the company, so I'd say I'm pretty proud of that.

Q: What is Cycle for Survival? Where does that money go towards?

A: Equinox works with Memorial Sloan Cancer Center. We put on these events, we do fundraisers to raise money for rare cancer research. 100% of the proceeds go to funding rare cancer research.

Q: What or who inspires you?

A: My mom is just amazing, she's 74 years old now and comes to my class almost all the time, my cycling class. She's in better shape than I am. She has this zest for life. She's taking dance lessons, because she wants to, on her own. She's going to Argentina with her girlfriends in a week. I had a father growing up; I'm not close with him now. She was enough mom and dad and she's my best friend. She's awesome.

Q: Do you think that you've made it? If so, how did you know that?

A: Do I think I've made it? In the sense that I'm doing exactly what I wanna do and I love it? Yes, I think I've made it. I feel like every day is something I'm excited for. That would probably be my definition of making it.

Q: What is your life motto?

A: I'd say that my life motto is to live presently, just to be present in the moment. And also that nothing really happens that's outside of your mind. It's a Buddhist principle, and basically what they teach you is when you perceive something, and somebody else perceives it, they can be seeing the same thing completely differently. It's not like there's something objective, it's completely subjective. That helps me in difficult moments when I'm going through something. I'm processing it in my mind so I can have control over it in that moment.

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