Craig has been investing in property since his first purchase, at auction, in 2002. Since then he has grown an Australian “retail” investment portfolio while working in other fields. In 2017 he chose to focus primarily on property and portfolio building for his family. He moved to the UK (again) to take advantage of the high yielding properties there, achieving relatively passive income from much smaller lumps of cash. He and his wife blog about their property journey at jcholdings.properties.
Craig is a happily married man, meeting his wife in late 2010 and marrying her in late 2012, they have been on many an adventure together, including uprooting the comfortable family life of “working” day jobs in Australia and starting a property investment business together in the UK. The love of good food, coffee and red wine along with shared values like sustainability, health and family are what bring them together still.
Craig was an IT developer for many years, so project management and delivery comes naturally to him. Applying this to property projects has been an interesting adventure, with a steep learning curve. Knowing when to relying on experts, professionals, mentors and peers in his network has allowed for growth and the learning to be managed well. The passion for taking a space and imagining what is possible (not designing as such) is what keeps him going through the often ridiculous hours that are sometimes required to pull off a project.
Craig has the privilege of being a father figure for Jun’s son Ethan since he was 5. Sometimes this can be taxing and difficult, especially when the rebellious teen rears its pretty head, but other times rewarding and pride giving, like when you see the values and life lessons displayed. Having a child is also an amazing personal growth strategy, as your worst traits are reflected back at you as they model you.
Craig read the “Four Hour Body” by Tim Ferriss in 2015 and has since had a keen focus on what is put into his body, and what he can get out of it. Doing the slow carb diet helped with some increased brain functionality, improving memory and reducing some stress. Then moving from that onto a mixture of high protein and fat coffees, and to a full ketogenic diet has helped improved brain function even more, with the added benefit of weight reduction. Craig went from being technically overweight to a BMI of 25 (top end of normal weight). He also started running (literally from commuter cyclist…) to train for a Tough Mudder in 2016, then continued to train for and completing the Paris Marathon in 2018. He is now practising the Wim Hof method and has a goal of living until 150 years old.
Craig blogs here about his
- personal development
- challenges and outcomes
- reviews of current books on the go
- comments on podcasts
- investment ideas
- comments on how decisions could be made (non partisan politics)
- imagination of life in the future
- bio-hacking experiments and results
and also about property investing and business over at jcholdings.properties.
On the social networks side, instagram is mostly food and occasional shot of property. Facebook is mostly for the networking and occasional property or business related updates, most posting is done in specific groups to specific people. Youtube Business is where I share videos and stories of my own, but I use Youtube Personal (as I have a premium account) for watching a great curated feed of inspiring people, talks, exercise and challenges – find lots of useful playlists here.
Craig’s current challenge is to complete the 10 week Wim Hof Method essentials course. At the time of writing Craig was at week 8 and totally enjoying the experience that includes withstanding the cold, walking on freezing ground barefoot, gaining control of the reptile brain, reducing stress and lengthening the telomeres.