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  • My 2015 Annual Review – part 2

    By Keith Porter on February 1, 2016
    In Part 1 of my review, I covered ‘What went well’. Which means it’s time for… What didn’t go so well It’s a year ago to the day (25th Jan, as I’m writing this section) that the tone was set for our year. Me and Angie had hatched a plan to stop Lucas’ demands for night feeds, in the hope […]
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  • My 2015 Annual Review – part 1

    By Keith Porter on January 31, 2016
    Sitting down to write a review of a tough year is a strange experience. So far, I’ve probably written a bit of this blog on seven or eight different occasions, and each time, I’ve felt different. As 2015 gets further away, the emotions become less visceral. Som
e perspective is gained. I’m reminded of my grown up job, when no matter […]
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  • Conquering the discomfort zone

    By Angela Porter on June 16, 2015
    It is almost a year since Keith, Lucas and I left our home to spend three months in America. We had taken the decision to start our new self-directed life with a trip back to the summer camp Keith had worked at for four summers during his early twenties. The promise of living in one of the most beautiful places […]
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  • Somewhere on the line between Before and After – Part 2

    By Keith Porter on May 21, 2015
    When I wrote the first instalment of this series, we were just about to start our journey. We had a vision of a simpler life, of starting our own business, and of removing ourselves from the rat race. We’d returned from our travels in the US with a clear view of what was going to happen next – build a […]
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  • Do you want to be in a Country covers band?

    By Keith Porter on March 10, 2015
    Well, as blog topics go, you can’t get clearer than that! While it may seem completely unrelated to the regular Live Simple broadcasting style, I think playing music is absolutely part of the bigger picture. Health isn’t just about eating right and training, it’s also about fun, play, creativity and emotion. Music ticks those boxes in a big, big way. […]
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  • Reflections on a 35th Birthday

    By Keith Porter on March 4, 2015
    Lucas is sitting in the back of the car, doing his big laugh as he stares at my Mum. We stop at some road works, and I turn around to capture my Mum and Dad laughing hysterically, as Lucas “quacks” and then laughs his own head off, before my Mum returns the favour. Me and Angie are in the front, […]
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  • Guess what? You don’t know everything

    By Keith Porter on February 17, 2015
    Remember when you were a kid and you got an extra day off because the teachers had a training day? It was pretty awesome, wasn’t it? Well, now one of my (many) jobs is as a Primary School teacher, I experienced a different perspective on this glorious phenomenon recently, as my regular Friday, teaching Year 6, was replaced by a […]
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  • Somewhere on the line between Before and After

    By Keith Porter on November 5, 2014
    This is a huge week for me and Angela, as we launched Live Simple Pilates to the good people of Chelmsford. It has been a long time coming! Some of you will know our back story, but others won’t. So, before we get into today’s topic, here’s a quick recap. In 2011, we were stressed, tired, working demanding corporate jobs, […]
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  • What I’ve learnt in 100 blog posts

    By Keith Porter on November 3, 2014
    I made it. This is the 100th blog post I’ve ever written. I can’t quite believe it really. It seems so recent that I decided to stop thinking of reasons not to, and just write that first blog. But actually, it was nearly two years ago now. A lot has changed since then, and we are much further along our […]
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  • Reflections on a year of fatherhood

    By Keith Porter on October 22, 2014
    “Well, there’s now a risk of foetal demise.” I think that was the moment when everything we’d thought about the birth of our son changed. Perhaps it was also the moment that we realised that parenting is never going to be how you expect it to be. You see, a few minutes before, at around 9pm on October 4th 2013, Angie […]
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