J.K. Riki

Inktober

Looking for something to exercise your creativity? In 2009, artist Jake Parker started a challenge called “Inktober.” Each October since then people from around the world take part by pledging to do one ink artwork every day during the month. Not “an artist?” No problem! The beautiful thing about doing this is that you don’t have to have any previous skill with ink drawings. The challenge is in the doing…
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Top Five Lessons Learned Publishing My First Book

The edits are finished and boxes full of books have arrived, and I wanted to take today’s post to share some things I learned from publishing The 15 Day Creativity Boot Camp! Whether you have aspirations of writing yourself or not, hopefully you can absorb some of these lessons into your own journey, whatever that journey may be. 5. It’s better than the dreams. I always dreamed of being “a…
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Where Do You Keep Your Tension?

The world is a busy place. The faster we go, the more stressed we can become. Today we’re going to do a simple exercise that can really make a big difference every time you practice it. Without thinking, we can carry a great deal of tension and “stress” in certain particular parts of our bodies. We tense up without realizing we are tense, and this state of being becomes our…
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A Fascinating Perspective (Part 2)

Last week I started a post about my use of the word fascinating, but another post leaped onto the page instead. I’ve long since learned not to get in the way when the words flow freely. My job as a writer is to move over and let them speak. With that unscheduled post out of the way, let’s get back to what I was going to say originally. I use…
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A Fascinating Perspective (Part 1)

I use the word fascinating a lot. It wasn’t until recently I realized just how much it has become a go-to word for me. Sometimes a word simply becomes part of our everyday vocabulary without much thought. In those times, the word can actually lose a lot of its original meaning. Take “awesome.” Today, everything is awesome. (Not just the song from The Lego Movie.) Awesome has become a go-to…
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Seeds vs. Trees

I recently started a Twitter account @Creative_Go. The plan was (and is) to tweet daily thoughts on creativity in the hopes of sparking ideas in people and leading them towards a more creative way of thinking. I had no idea at the start just what a fascinating experience it would be. The thing about Twitter is that you have 140 characters to make your point. Talking about creativity can lead…
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It Might Be Great

A few weeks back I talked about Tom and his #RunningAway journey that made me realize I, too, had been running away. I came to my senses, snapped out of it, and got back to work on my book (which is coming along nicely, by the way). Still, there was something nagging me about why I had been putting off the final push to publication. I sat with it for…
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Professor Experience

Once upon a time I had plans to change the world. Broad, sweeping plans. Plans to end poverty, starvation, and terrible pop-music lyrics. Things were going to be different. Better. All thanks to the ideas in my head. The funny thing about living is that you change so much through experience. We go to school, and read books, and attend seminars, and watch the news (for as much as you…
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Coffee, Onions, and Changing Your Mind

My friend Adam recently told the tale of “That Time I Discovered Coffee” over on his blog. You should go check it out in full. To summarize, he first tried coffee at age nine, and like most nine year olds he found it to be disgusting. Because, if you were unaware, coffee is inherently bitter and acidic. His story concludes with his realization that adding an unreasonable amount of sugar…
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Lessons from a Canadian Journey

I recently returned from a trek around the eastern half of Canada. Eight family members from China have spent two months touring the United States, and we joined them for the final stretch which involved crossing the border into the Great White North. While staying in little motels and eating a tremendous amount of rice (prepared daily in a portable rice cooker whenever an outlet was nearby) I came across…
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