I am in my 40s, I was born in July 1970, I am married and a father of 3 wonderful young children, two boys and one girl, our youngest. I am an entrepreneur and I have spent many years working in print and publishing in one way or another. I run a small B2B publishing company in the mobile telecoms business, and, like so many people, I am an aspiring author.
My passions are health and fitness, nutrition, building my business, rock climbing, distance running, my kids and all things green. My extended interests and hobbies include cycling, eco, environment, sustainable development, green-tech, clean-tech, understanding people and why we do the things we do, especially around relationships, anthropology, ancient human history and evolution. I love reading, learning, photography, writing, playing squash and personal development. I love the outdoors and feeling that connection with nature, I love my healthy lifestyle, animals and music.
If you wish, please contact me at:
Health and personal – @KarlMNDHealth
Telecoms business – @PortioResearch
Founder and Managing Director of Portio Research Ltd
Read my telecoms blog on the company site at Portio Research Blog
Connect with me on LinkedIn
Please visit my health and nutrition blog at MotherNaturesDiet.com
I also run a parallel copy of that health blog here on Facebook
Connect with me on Facebook
My personal family photo gallery is on Picasa
These days, I take my health and fitness very seriously, but I have not always been this way. I was a lazy kid, a couch-potato and TV addict, and I would avoid all sports and exercise wherever possible. By my late teens I was obese, and I yo-yo’d up and down with my weight for many years, through into my mid-30s. I smoked for 18 years and was a pretty heavy drinker when I was younger, and although I started running in my 20s to combat the widening waistline, I was never very fit.
But in my mid-30s I changed and I quit smoking and started taking my health much more seriously. Since then, health and fitness and nutrition have become my passion and my obsession. I discovered the world of personal development in my mid-30s and since then I have attended 16 seminars and read many self-help books and I can honestly say that this has radically changed how I live and work and play. I feel like I have finally found my place in life.
In my late 30s I decided that time was passing and my wish-list of things I always said I would do in life was growing longer but nothing was being ticked off. I took up martial arts, I flew eagles off my arm, I got a tattoo (and then another, and then another), I sky dived, I worked fewer hours, joined a gym, lost weight, went running and did more with every day. At the age of 39 I suddenly decided I must run a marathon before I hit 40. Now I have run ten marathons and 2 ultramarathons, and I love off-road distance running. Also, in 2011, I cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 9 days, a distance of 963 miles, mostly in poor weather, which was a tough challenge, but an immensely enjoyable experience.
In business too, I have transformed significantly. I left school at 15 and worked as a computer engineer for 3 years, then in a print factory for 8 years. Then I took a year out, and went to live in Arctic Russia, in a city called Murmansk which is one of the most northern cities in the world, 200 kilometers above the arctic circle, where I lived and worked as an English teacher and went running in the snow. I had a fantastic time in Russia, and to some extent I ‘found myself’ out there in the dark and the cold, and I resolved to return home and make more of myself.
I built a good career as a salesman over the next 7 years, selling market research, and then I started my first company, Portio Research, back in 2003, and it has been growing and evolving ever since. In the decade from 1996 to 2006, I took control of my career and what used to be my annual salary, became my monthly salary. I now have plans going forward to grow Portio Research to cover areas beyond the mobile telecoms business. I also offer Health and Life Transformation Coaching and Weight-Loss Coaching and I plan to start running health retreats in the near future, when time allows.
If you have any questions, please ask, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This picture is a happy, healthy me, rock climbing in the sunshine in South Wales in the summer of 2012.