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Hi everyone,

I'm Francis. I'm 23 and was born and raised in London. 50/50 split of French and Portuguese. Just finished my masters degree in Aerospace Engineering and currently studying for a PhD in Global Food Security (put simply). Essentially making urban farming more economically viable through integration into institutions (schools, prisons, hospitals).

I originally started this blog in May 2014, with the name Growing Positive. I had a few issues at the time, and was dealing with my inner-demons, so this blog was an outlet for me to try and focus on positivity and growing my identity. The blog covered a mixture of areas; mindfulness, mental health, lifestyle and more. Slowly as I found my identity, my blog followed and grew with me. I started to focus more on mindfulness, travelling and lifestyle, whilst maintaining that positive outlook that I hold close to my heart.

Funnily enough, Growing Positive did grow into something positive. In March 2016, I decided to change the name to Free Core. I felt the old name no longer was a good representation of myself, Free Core symbolised more of my character in my blog. I love to be positive, but I also want to be vocal and stand for what I believe, without being afraid of coming across controversial. Free Core is about using the freedom we have to make the most of every second in our lives. It's about encouraging free spiritedness, and letting that feeling resonate to your core.

I want to take the blog in a new direction, whilst not forgetting its roots, so don't be surprised if mental health posts appear occasionally. There's a lot to share, and I'm excited to bring you with me on this journey of self-discovery and wanderlust. This is my creative outlet, however blogging isn't a full-time job to me. If there's a lack of posts every now and again, it's not because I've forgotten, but simply because I have a lot on my plate. I hope to see you all more, and that you enjoy reading my blog.

- Francis

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