J.K. Riki

Creative Life

Learning Good Stewardship

I thought up a bunch of click-bait-style titles for today’s post. “What I Learned from Below the Poverty Line” or “Three Cheers for No Income” certainly grab the eye. But they’re bad titles, as most click-bait titles are, because they exaggerate a point just for attention. If you hadn’t heard, poverty sucks. Not having enough to get by is one of the worst feelings of dread and stress that we…
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New Adventures for May 2019

I have done a poor job keeping the ol’ blog updated this year, but rather than lament that let’s just jump into some news about what’s been going on, and the future! Fred Wrote a Book! If you follow Fred the Monkey on Facebook you may have heard he finished the Murder Mystery Novel he started writing many moons ago. Now, when it comes to Fred’s posts on Facebook it’s…
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Marie Kondo and Getting Rid of Books

The name Marie Kondo has popped up in online chatter recently, and I discovered it is partly because she has a show on Netflix now. I do not want to go into a long detailed account of her and her method, so you can read about it here if you’d like to know more. To summarize, she is an advocate for getting rid of clutter and surrounding yourself only with…
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Looking at Goals in 2018 and 2019

As has been a long standing tradition, it is the dawn of a new year and time to review some goals! I do not make traditional New Years Resolutions but instead try to consider things I’d like to accomplish every time January rolls around again. Last year the list was quite extensive. It included categories like More personal growth Healthy-ness Art Writing Weekend Panda Supporting others Overall I did alright…
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Misunderstanding Things We Don’t Like

Something I have continually run into lately is the idea of people not understanding concepts they dislike. What I mean by that is they are presented with an idea, but because they dislike it they do not allow themselves to explore it, and as a result they can’t understand it. Not because they couldn’t if they explored it more fully, but because they have put up a wall and refused…
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Reasons vs. Excuses

I wrote a note on Twitter this past week that I wanted to elaborate on. It has to do with taking personal responsibility, something that isn’t extraordinarily popular in the Western world right now. If you want to skip this post because it may be uncomfortable, I understand. If you want to push past your comfort zone and do better, let’s get to it. The tweet read: There are reasons…
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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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