J.K. Riki

Creative Life

Artistential Crisis

I’ve had my fair share of existential crisis experiences in my life. One might say more than my fair share. Today I am experiencing something new, which I think is best explained as “an existential crisis, but art.” Long story short, I like this image: That is a good looking image, right there! It has appeal and style, and I am content to look at that image for a long…
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Listening to Yourself

Sometimes we KNOW what we need to do, we just don’t do it. Last week I wrote about listening to others with more experience. The truth is, sometimes we don’t even need someone else to tell us the right path. Often we’ve already learned it, but we don’t listen to even ourselves! Case in point, this past week I decided to jump back into animating for the first time in……
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The Yearly Goals Post: 2018 Edition

For almost a decade now I’ve taken to writing down yearly goals as the calendar rolls over. Some years it’s a list to check off, while others have been more like guidelines. This year I wrote ideas down while on an airplane from Tokyo to Minnesota. The flight was 12 hours long, which might explain why my list this year is longer than all the previous ones combined!* *That wasn’t…
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More Changes: Twitter

A few weeks ago I talked about the future of the blog here, and last week I mentioned the big news that my wife and I will be starting full-time work on our own small business called Weekend Panda. Today I want to chat about another change I’m making as I prep for 2018 and beyond, plus the “why” of that decision. You may have read a previous post about…
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An Exciting and Terrifying Leap

This past Friday my wife gave her two week’s notice at a job she’s had for thirteen years. She is leaving to team up with me and run our own business. I am a healthy mix of excited and terrified. Excited because it’s always been a dream of mine to work alongside her full time. My wife is my best friend, and to spend nine hours of every weekday apart…
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Once Upon A Time (A Story of the Future)

Once upon a time I launched JKRiki.com, right around the launch of my first book. A large part of creating the site was centered around the book, and supporting the book. After all, “the experts” tell you to have blogs and newsletters and all sorts of things to support sales of your product, whatever that product might be. What the experts don’t often tell you is that it can feel…
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Short Hiatus While Figuring This Out!

As I discussed last week, I’m not totally clear what I want for this website going forward. In order to figure it out in full, I’m going to put blog updates on a temporary hiatus. September 4th I plan to be back with news of what’s been decided! In the meantime I hope you’ll stop by Twitter or Instagram (@JK_Riki both places!) and say hello any time. I’ll keep posting…
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What Do I Want This Site to Be?

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been considering what to do with the future of JKRiki.com as a whole. Originally I had intended just to keep my weekly blog thing going, and also have it be a waypoint for The 15 Day Creativity Boot Camp, the book I wrote a few years ago. (Wow, has it really been a few years already?) I’m not short on knowledge as…
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Trashed Idea: A Video Log

On my way back from Calgary Canada recently I spent part of the flight jotting down ideas for when I returned to my office. Feeling refreshed from the time spent with nature, possibilities flowed from my pen onto the paper with ease and grace. I was psyched and ready to get back to work. Once my feet were back on the ground and a few days had passed, I revisited…
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Twitter Experiment: Failure

Last month I decided to dramatically reduce my time on Twitter. So how did it go? Well… not so great. To start, let me explain what changed for the better. Along with a reduction of time, I went through and unfollowed a lot of the folks who were causing me grief with their constant negativity and pseudo-activism. (Activism is great when you work to accomplish things, but unhelpful when you…
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