J.K. Riki

Creative Life

The Creativity of Ziplining

I had a chance to try ziplining during my recent trip to Maui, Hawaii. It was an interesting experience, given that I normally have a small fear of heights. I didn’t feel any of those misgivings during the courses, though. By the end I was running off the platforms to get up to full speed and just enjoying the moment. One of our guides, Melvin, talked a bit about how…
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Delayed Post – Jetlagging

I had the fantastic opportunity to visit the island of Maui, Hawaii last week, but arrived home just before midnight on Sunday. Today’s blog post will see a slight delay as I try to readjust to East Coast time! Thanks for your patience. In the meantime, here’s a picture of a waterfall near Hana called The Three Bears. I hopped off the road and under a bridge to climb down…
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H2O Reminder

Short and to the point post today! Your body is around 60% water. This water does a lot for you, including assisting with digestion, food absorption, circulation, distributing nutrients, and even maintenance of body temperature. When you don’t have enough fluid in you, these functions can go out of balance and lead to serious issues. Plus you don’t have to be doing a physically demanding task to have your fluid…
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No Need to Wait

My 2016 Goals list includes “read two books on writing” under the Writing category. I recently reviewed that goal list and picked this item out to push forward, with the first two (of four) writing books arriving from the library this past week. I bring this up because often we set goals at the start of the year, but by March have long forgotten them. You don’t have to wait…
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Flexibility is Always Required

I don’t do some weird experiment every month or anything, but following my attempts to eat all the food in the house  and cut back on Internet use recently, I decided to try something else new. I’ve talked in the past about the problem I have with my overstuffed wardrobe and finally determined to do something about it. Earlier this month I scooped up armfuls of clothes and banished them…
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Don’t Confuse the Start From the Finish

I have a friend who I don’t see too often, but every time we get together he asks me “How are the book sales?” I usually smile and say “Still chugging along!” I’m certainly grateful for his interest, but truthfully I didn’t write The 15 Day Creativity Boot Camp for “the sales.” Sure, having it make enough to pay for printing costs (still working towards that goal) is nice, but…
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Rest Well

In our busy, hurried lives, we don’t tend to rest very well. Even when we take vacations, they are often spent packing as much to-do in as possible. Sometimes we return even more tired than when we left, needing a vacation to recuperate from our vacation. Beyond that, even single days-off are often spent “catching up” on one project or another, rather than truly switching off. This is a shame,…
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5 Lessons From Limiting My Time Online

If you missed it, last month I decided to limit my Internet use to one hour per day. Recently Victoria left a comment asking: Hey just curious – what have you been able to do now with all of the time that you haven’t been spending on the internet? Today I thought I’d share five things I learned/did as a result of cutting back on time spent online! #5 The…
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Brain Blinking

Every time you blink, your eyes go through a self-cleaning process. Moisture is spread by the eyelids, and debris or irritants – some of which you might not even feel – are removed. Blinking isn’t an option. If you don’t do it, or can’t, you will go blind. Imagine if it wasn’t a natural response of our bodies. How many people would try to squeeze out a few extra minutes…
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Everything Sucks (At First)

Two or three years ago, I bought a guitar so my wife and I could learn to play. Since then, I’ve messed around with it once or twice, but as anyone who has ever learned to play the guitar will tell you: When you first try to play a guitar, it sucks. Not only do the chord fingerings feel impossible to switch between, the steel strings eat into your fingertips…
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