Mark has been fascinated by the written word since being a child, but was always told he was the math guy, so he couldn't be any good at writing. Over the last couple of years, he has worked hard to rectify that situation. Writing is now a major part of his daily life.
Read more of his words here.
Mark is a highly experienced educator in a wide range of fields. At the age of 16 he began coaching gymnastics and acrobatics, leading into circus education and even managing a circus school years later. He studied mathematics and education at university, and has taught at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.
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Mark took his acrobatics skills into the circus world. He also fell in love with juggling and hooping, enjoying playing with his toys. Later he took to the world of magic, fascinated by the psychology of deception and misdirection as well as how magic exists in the mind of the viewer.
Read more about his entertainment experience here.
Every day Mark challenges himself to write and publish a piece of writing. It is part of his philosophy around challenging yourself creatively on a daily basis. Mark has managed to continue this every day writing practice for over a year, without fail.
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Mark loves stories.
He is fascinated by the stories of other people, but also stories based on fictional worlds. Mark has released two books so far and is working on many more.
Find out more about the books here.
Through minimalism Mark has found the space, both physically and mentally, to be the most creative version of himself, ever. With his fiancé, Jess, they share their journey of simplifying life together.
Find out more about their journey here.
Although writing is a relatively new pursuit, Mark enjoys sharing his passion, knowledge and skills with writing. Mark is much more interested in the artistic process as it applies to writing. Having pursued various artistic endeavours in the past, as well as mentoring other artists in similar and completely different fields, Mark has a wealth of knowledge about how to create and ship your art to the world.
Mark is a highly experienced circus educator. He started teaching gymnastics and acrobatics at the age of 16. At the age of 18 he picked up juggling, and very quickly began sharing his knowledge and skills with others.
Mark went on to start the Sydney Juggling Convention which has a major educational focus. He worked at many fairs and festivals, including The Woodford Folk Festival where he looked after the circus training space.
The highlight definitely has to be managing the circus at at C!RCA in Brisbane.
Mark was a gifted mathematician from a young age, attending an academically selective school, mostly based on his math skills.
He went on to study mathematics at university, then finished off by doing a teaching degree.
Since then he has taught at high schools, lectured at university, and tutored in various settings at primary, high school and university levels.
Currently he tutors gifted and talented children.
Close up magician extraordinaire.
I like to whirl and twirl.
I love throwing people through the air
The marriage of Mark and Jess is planned for September 2014. As yet, no other details have been set, but we will be investigating a few possible locations over the coming months.
Mark looks forward to spending the rest of his life with Jess, a true inspiration in his life.
Jess is a painter and photographer.
Her painting is abstract, focussed on colour and texture. One of her mini-missions is to break through people's apprehension to touch paintings.
She is also a photographer, capturing the beauty of the world around her. She shares Mark's philosophy in daily creative challenges by publishing a photo every day.
Check out her work here.
Before finding minimalism, Mark and Jess were lost and drowning in stuff. Jess was an aspirational artist, always wanting to do art, but being blocked by something.
As the two of them decluttered their stuff and their mind, both of them found a creative freedom they have never experienced before.
Jess and Mark write at Minimalist Couple in order to share their journey of simplifying life together.