J.K. Riki


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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A Key to Open Discussion

Have you noticed how much SHOUTING there is online right now? Over the past week, I have grown a tremendous amount by learning from experience, and I want to share one of the lessons. Whether you listen or not is up to you. I’m not going to be saying anything groundbreaking or new. I’m going to be passing along wisdom known for thousands of years that I should have applied…
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Positivity is a Choice

Every day we experience things both good and bad. How you approach each and every experience will have a major affect on your life overall. Dwelling on negative things keeps them fresh in your mind, and strengthens the parts of your brain where negativity resides. On the other hand, finding silver linings and looking at challenges as opportunities to improve literally makes being more positive easier for you in the…
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Q&A: Creativity, Art, Fred the Monkey, and Negativity

Today we’ve got some questions and answers, so let’s jump right in! “What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the creative process? Does each creative experience have moments that are predictably pleasant or unpleasant for you?” –Adam My personal favorite part is definitely the beginning. When all ideas are still on the table, and the table doesn’t even exist in your mind yet, the possibilities are endless! The…
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Questions and Answers Open Here

Today I’m opening up the blog for a little Q&A. Do you have anything you’re struggling with right now, and would like to hear another perspective about? Ask away. It can be about anything, from creativity to writing to motivation to art to just general life stuff. I’ll do the best I can to help! Feel free to leave the question in the comment section, or email me via the…
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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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Truth is Your Best Friend

I came across someone on Twitter who posted that she was struggling to deal with some awful things a person said to her recently. Dealing with the aftermath of hurtful words is painful. I often wish we could find a level of peace in our world where such experiences were extinguished. However at the moment, this is where we are. There is, thankfully, a silver lining. There are two things…
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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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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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