August 17th 03:41

Made a new email address for the leap -

I wrote an email to myself from my work email (@oath) to my new email

Here’s a small snippet:





Be smart.

Lord I hope I’m smart.”


August 25th 0:20

Haven’t been sleeping well lately… I’m nervous.

Am I really about to quit this job?

I’m scared.

I’m ready.

It’s too late. I’ve told too many people. I’ve committed.

Sometimes I want to turn back.

I cant, though. It’s now or never.

@thisismarkc.sometimes I feel the doubt creep in. i acknowledge it and let it pass on. it always passes..Aug 25, 2017, 12:28 AM


August 30th 11:08

Aug 30, 2017, 6:35 AM

just put my two weeks in with my manager at our 10:30 meeting.

i cried.

honestly I could barely get words out. - didn’t expect that.

this moment is surreal. 

I’ve been at Aol/Oath my entire adult life. Almost 6 years. It’s all i know, really.

There’s no “liberating” feeling.
I don’t feel a wave of joy and freedom. (At least not yet)
Birds aren’t chirping. 
No dramatic music.

This shit is real life. It’s scary. I’m giving up a regular (healthy) paycheck and the security that comes with it.

Afterwards, I went in the stairwell and cried some more. Basically shit just got real. It’s hitting me.

Through tears, I told myself, “Now you gotta do this shit, Mark. You have to be great”

It’s time to get to work.


August 30th 23:41

The same day I put in my 2-weeks-notice, I spoke at the Lemons 2 Lemonade panel on freelancing at Giphy HQ. Funny how things happen like that. (images by Simon Valcin)


August 31st 15:11

September 11th 18:33

I sent the “farewell” email at work. The responses I got back from my coworkers touched me. I’m thankful for this journey and it’s up to me to show and prove.

Here’s the email in it’s entirety:


I’ve spent virtually all of my adult life here at Aol/Oath and I’m so grateful for the incredible people that I’ve had the privilege to work alongside for (nearly) six years. My experiences with each of you have shaped me into the person I am today. I’ll continue rooting for the Oath family as I truly believe that what we are building here is special.

But it’s my time.

I’ll be leaving Oath to pursue a career in photography
How about some dranks?Afterwork Wednesday starting at 4:30 pm at Kingston Hall

Thank you so much for growing with me and I’ll miss you.

Hit me:




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I’ll be around

September 15th 11:08

September 27th 09:44

It’s been a whirlwind of events:

Shooting the ADOCOLOR Confrence and awards in LA
Shooting with a friend Melissa in LA
Trying to connect with as many folks as possible out in LA and -

Now I’m in AZ planning the launch of my business. The vast majority of people have no idea I quit my job already.

I spent last night doing a voiceover for my launch video. I’m excited to announce.


This is the beginning of my journey

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