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Every morning I write my daily to do list on a notepad from Rifle Paper. I figure if the list is cuter, I’m more likely to refer to it throughout the day. #logic At the end of January I decided to, for the first time ever, make a month long to do list. I wrote […]

Going Full Time Month 16

If you missed day 1, click here!  If you missed day 2, click here!  I sat at my office desk in 2014 pouring over notes I had filled my notebook with after a two day workshop for photographers. I was determined that the $1,200 I had spent would not go to waste and I was […]

Creativity Day 3/3

Did you miss day one? Click here to catch up! In the third century BC, the King of Syracuse is suspicious that his new crown is not made of pure gold. So he calls the Scientist Archimedes to test the new crown for purity. Archimedes is stumped. He has no idea how to test for […]

Creativity Day 2/3

It’s crowded in here. This world of solopreneurs and dreamers wanting to make their mark. This world of Etsy shops and pop up’s and influencers and highlight reels. It can get loud. It can get intimidating. It can make a person doubt themselves at every turn. From my own personal experience, when I doubt myself, […]

Creativity Day 1/3

Denise Karis Photography Blog Creativity Series

In November of 2018, I left my full time job to pursue photography full time. Every month since then I’ve blogged what I learned from the previous month. This is month 15. Do you ever get selective hearing? Maybe you’re reading a book and nodding along with the author until she says something you don’t […]

Going Full Time Month 15

Oh hey! New Year, New Freebie!! Over the last year I’ve become a total Brene Brown cheerleader. Have you gotten into her? She’s kind of incredible. The first book I read of hers was last year and it was Braving The Wilderness and I can’t tell you what an amazing impact this book made. So […]

Wild Heart Free Printable

I always love it when people say they practice yoga. Or they practice meditation. There’s a certain humility to the word practice. It insinuates a journey towards a level of proficiency that is earned over time with effort. It implies that you start out as a beginner, you’re not very good at it, and then […]

Going Full Time Month 14

I sat in my little cube the last day of my full time job talking to a co-worker via chat. She said, “My friend went full time in photography a year ago and now he’s absolutely killing it! You’ll be fine!” She went on to say her other friend also did the same thing and […]

Going Full Time Month 13

Happy November 1st! On the 4th, it will officially be a full year since I left my full time job to pursue photography full time. I can’t believe it’s been a year. If I’m being honest, I have been avoiding writing this post. Maybe I’m putting too much pressure on myself to write some epic, […]

Going Full Time Month 12

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