J.K. Riki

Creative Life

Work Art vs. Fun Art

I normally post my art on Instagram, Twitter, and DeviantArt rather than this blog, but today’s entry is based on an idea I put down in comic form: I spent a large portion of the past few years working and worrying about practicing art. It had become a routine done through gritted teeth. This is necessary sometimes when we’re practicing a skill, especially early on when we aren’t any good…
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I Think Science is More Important Than Art

Let me start at the end. “Until we treat Art as equally important as things like Science, we will never find the balance needed to produce the fullest human beings.” Now let me explain what brought me to the idea above. First, there’s something you need to understand. Until now it has been a secret of mine. Something I’ve tried to hide due to how unpopular it is among my…
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On Allowing Yourself to be Changed

In the past few weeks I have changed in some rather significant ways. I’d like to believe that this change is permanent and for the better, but that remains to be seen. In the meantime, here are how and why those changes took place:  I have been reading a number of books that challenge me to approach things in a different way. Not radically different, because a radical change is…
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Does Your Blog Matter?

Bloggers have a tough job at times, especially early on. To do good work requires a lot of effort. Many times it seems like there’s no one reading what you write. I share this because it’s something all bloggers experience. I want to let others know they’re not alone. We all go through periods where we wonder “Does what I’m doing even matter?” It’s a personal question I can’t answer…
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Wisdom from Daisaku Ikeda

“Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end. -Daisaku Ikeda

Your Yearly Reminder to Start

Last year around this time I wrote a post about the Curse of the Debut. I also had the opportunity to sit and talk with my friend Ferdinand the other day, for nearly an hour and a half, about creative projects, art, and life in general. It reminded me of something important, that I once again want to be a signpost to: This is a reminder that your dream project…
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Two Minutes of Quiet

Today is a short post to share a simple story. This morning I decided to take a few minutes to meditate before jumping into the mad rush of life. I had no specific goal in mind, nor a focus for what to think about. I simply knew it was time to schedule in a bit of quiet and peace among the craziness of the day to day. After only a…
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Encouragement vs. Discouragement

In our lives we inevitably come upon situations with both encouraging and discouraging responses. If you’re anything like me, you may find that you unconsciously focus on the negative replies. Here we find ourselves with an opportunity. We cannot change the responses we get. They are from outside us. But we can change our focus. This is akin to the quote by Maya Angelou who said “If you don’t like…
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One of those weeks!

I have several topics I’d like to write about, but none seem quite right. I need a little more time to consider them and make necessary edits, so I apologize but I’m going to miss today’s regular update. I’d rather not just post something for the sake of posting. I hope that next week’s update will be far stronger as a result. Thanks for understanding!

The Benefits of a Visual To-Do List

How might a small change in to-do list creation have a big impact on motivation? Each year I create a list of things I’d like to accomplish (or at least keep in mind) during the stretch from January to December. This gives me an opportunity to check in once a month and be reminded of things I might have put on the back burner or forgotten about. Last year I…
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