The Side Life Team


Side Life


Side Life was founded by Mr Simple with a mission is to help people live a life made simple. Side Life is a resource and gathering place for humans to discover new ideas, products and places. Independently designed and published in Byron Bay Australia, Side Life delivers storytelling and advice for living in a simple clean online magazine. Our team of editors, writers, our adventurers travel the earth, sharing stories with you along the way, in the aim to help make live a little simpler. Enjoy.


Ben Rennie


Ben Rennie is a modern day adventurer, he spends his winters in the Australian Alpine with his wife and 3 kids, and his summers on the beach on the Coal Coast of NSW. He is founder of multiple companies and a writer for design, business and lifestlye magazines.


David Fraser


David Fraser travels the world looking for Simple Adventures. The founder of Mr Simple and Side Life.


Jen Hampton


Jen is a digital project manager at Monocle, in her Sidelife, Jen manages one of the Coal Coast's best Coffee Shops; 16 Feet, where she mixes espresso's with martini's, in between baking some good yarns on pumpkin loaf and snowboarding.


Courtney van der Weyden

Social Marketer

Courtney is a digital native, having worked with White Spaces, Monocle, Find a Creative, Platform Me, Hops & Craft, Beerd, Voyager and some of the countries leading brands including Nestle, Australia Post, Adidas & IF Talks.


Simon Williams

Filmmaker | Writer | Photographer | Musician

Simon Williams is an Australian film maker, writer, photographer and musician from Sydney's Northern beaches. In Simon's sidelife he can be found surfing in the hidden corners between Narrabeen and Mona Vale