Monthly Archives: April 2018

Family Dinner at Fete in Honolulu, Hawaii


Dinner with my mom, dad, sisters, niece, and brother-in-law at Fete in Honolulu, Hawaii.

#family #dinner #fête #restaurant #honolulu #hawaii #mindfulness #gratitude

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My cousin Jill and Nathan’s wedding at Kualoa Ranch


My mom, dad, sisters, baby niece, brother-in-law, and extended family attended my cousin Jill and Nathan’s wedding at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii on Saturday April 28, 2018.

#cousin #family #wedding #kualoaranch #oahu #hawaii

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Attacking Our Long-Term Goals


When attacking my long-term goals, it usually takes 6 to 7 years for them to manifest. I have one goal that is on its 12th year. To quell the worry monster inside us from wondering if we will get there, or if all these years of work are worth it, we can keep working on each project step by step, day by day to knock off many small wins until we reach our vision. Each small win gives us a dopamine rush or feelings of accomplishment! Also, we can be like water, and adjust to receive different variations of our dreams.

#goals #dreams #stepbystep #daybyday #education #sports #exercise #health #career #politics #law #business #entrepreneurship #writing #fiction #nonfiction #books #aviation #nonprofit #charity #process #progress #mindset #patience #determination #relentless #tenacity #mindfulness #gratitude

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I finally understood what she wanted to say to me. 


She told me to listen.

So I did.

“I can’t tell you how I feel,” she said. I was confused.

A song softly played on my stereo, echoing through our silence.

“Listen,” she whispered.

We held hands and swayed to the sound. I felt a warmth throughout my body as she stared into my eyes with a smile.

At the end of the song, she faded away.

Tears trickled down my face. I finally understood what she wanted to say to me.

(Below is the song that played – “Fall At Your Feet” by Lucy Neville)

#fiction #novels #books #creativewriting #writing #music #love #romance

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Sleep is Important


Having enough sleep is important for our mental and physical health. It’s a challenge for me because I’m always thinking, even when I want to sleep. I can read and write for many hours, even until sunrise, which I’m trying to avoid. If I get 7 or more hours of sleep, I add a win to my daily wins journal. I had almost 9 hours of sleep last night, my 70th time sleeping 7 or more hours for 2018.

#sleep #rest #health #mentalhealth #physicalhealth #stressrelief #anxietyrelief #practice #dailypractice #goals #selfdevelopment #mindfulness #peace #innerpeace

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Last night you came to me.


Last night you came to me

You gave me three songs

One for our pain

Two for our love

And three for our tomorrow

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Poem, 4/26/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #writing #creativewriting #art #expression #music #songs #love #romance

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Just My Fish and I


Just my fish and I.

#fish #neontetras #tetras #pets #aquarium #peace #innerpeace #mindfulness #gratitude

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Go dance by yourself!


Go dance by yourself!

Move that energy in you.

Turn it up a notch!

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #132, 4/25/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting #art #expression #peace #innerpeace #mind #mindset #positivemindset #positivethinking #positivity #happiness #dance #music #dancemusic

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What will be, will be.


What will be, wil be. Keep learning, working, loving . . .

Keep going.

#motivator #motivation #work #learn #love #stepbystep #daybyday #selfdevelopment #goals #dreams #patience #mindfulness #impermanence #mindset #raceagainsttime

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“Run” by Fhono


It feels hopeless in the darkness.

So I gotta go.

I’m not alone where milk and honey flows from misery to paradise.

Run! We can make it!

Shine through the darkness.

#run #fhono #music #song #lyrics

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I work on what I can today


To distract me from worrying about tomorrow, I work on what I can today.

At times we decline opportunities to pursue our dreams, which causes us stress. I’ve been through it with my political and legal career, and now I’m going through it with my recent goals in the private sector. Focusing on what I can work on now has helped me move forward on my journey, even through the roughest parts. I wish you the best in your journey. I’m feeling you and cheering for you!

With Warmest Aloha, Jon

#today #present #now #mindfulness #stepbystep #daybyday #anxietyremedies #strategy #thoughts #philosophy #quote #quotes #starbucks #work #writing #goals #dreams #business #aviation #books #novels #fiction #nonfiction #entertainment #motivation #mindset #macbookpro #macbook #waikele #oahu #hawaii

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Confined In My Mind


Confined in my mind.

Let me out, I want to scream.

Cutting my own chains.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #131, 4/18/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting #art #expression #peace #innerpeace #mind #mindset #positivemindset #positivethinking #positivity #happiness

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Over You


‘Cause I’m over you
I am over you
Yeah, I’m over you
Or at least I will be soon

“Over You” by Kasbo ft. Frida Sundemo

#music #song #lyrics #overyou #kasbo #fridasundemo

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I love the feel of books being physically with me.


I love the feel of books being physically with me as well as their soul. I have books on shelves in my living room and office. I also have stacks of them on my nights stands on both sides of my bed. When reading before bed, books don’t radiate blue light like when reading from a computer, pad, or smartphone. Further, I take a book with me on trips or to the coffee shop.

#books #nonfiction #fiction #reading #writing #learning #selfdevelopment #daybyday #stepbystep #mindfulness #gratitude

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Pretend For One Day


I still think of you.

Even if you never cared.

Pretend for one day.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #130, 4/17/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting #art #expression #love

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Our worries can make it hard to sleep.


Our worries can make it hard to sleep. Before bed, I like to drink a hot decaffeinated tea or hot chocolate, take a hot shower, and wrap myself in this cozy Nautica bathrobe that my sister Mia gave me some years ago for Christmas. Also, reading a book, especially fiction helps. Every so often I meditate to clear my mind. As a last resort, we could take a supplement to help us sleep so long as we are okay waking up wanting to sleep more, which is better than waking up with morning anxiety. Wishing you the best!

#sleep #sleepremedies #rest #decaffeinatedtea #hotchocolate #hotshower #nautica #bathrobe #read #books #fiction #meditation #sleepsupplement #mindfulness

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Happy people don’t worry or get angry about trivial things.


Happy people don’t worry or get angry about trivial things. Unless you or your loved one is about to die, what you’re mad or anxious about isn’t so bad. Be like water and adjust.

#happy #happiness #mindfulness #gratitude #empathy #compassion #peace #innerpeace

Picture of the sky above Pearl City, Hawaii.

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I Feel You In It


This stone protects me.

A lucky stone you told me.

I feel you in it.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #129, 4/14/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting #art #expression #love #stone #preciousstone #luckystone #protect

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You Dance In My Dreams


It has been some time.

I protect you from afar.

You dance in my dreams.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #128, 4/14/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting #art #expression #love #dance #dreams #protect

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Then She Moves My Pen


I want to love her.

So I write until she breathes.

Then she moves my pen.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #127, 4/12/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting #art #expression #love

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Like a Ghost Crying


How can the truth live,

if it has to be believed?

Like a ghost crying.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #126, 4/12/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting #art #expression #truth

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I am not a dream


If you are dreaming,

Lie to me, tell me you’re dead.

I am not a dream.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #125, 4/12/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting #art #expression #love

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Failure is a Gift


Failure is a gift.

Use it to light your rocket.

Pain fuels our dreams.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #124, 4/12/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting #art #expression #failure #pain #dreams

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Pasta with Mushrooms and Onion


I cooked pasta with shiitake, shimeji, and enoki mushrooms, and diced onions, topped with grated parmesan cheese.

#pasta #mushrooms #onion #cooking #dinner #mindfulness #gratitude

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Death falls on us now.


Time – Fluffy snowflakes,

falling onto my footsteps.

Death falls on us now.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #123, 4/10/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting #art #expression #mindfulness #time #life #death

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Music Dances Into Me


Just a dash of green.

Music dances into me.

So does your spirit.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #122, 4/6/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting #art #expression #mindfulness #music #spirit

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You Lead, I Follow


You lead, I follow.

We jump into a deep hole,

screaming “I love you.”

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #121, 4/5/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting #art #expression #mindfulness #stories #love

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The Worlds In My Head


The worlds in my head.

Stories, scenes, people, and things.

So I let them out.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #120, 4/4/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting #art #expression #mindfulness #books #novels #fiction #stories #scenes #people #things #motivated #inspired #gratitude

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You Were Made From Words


You were made from words.

Weave us through our mad world.

Teach us how to live.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #119, 4/2/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoems #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting #art #expression #mindfulness

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Life is much happier when we surround ourselves with loved ones who practice positive living.


I had a great time with my friend Brandon Mitsuda who always boosts positive energy into me. Life is much happier when we surround ourselves with loved ones who practice positive living.

#happy #happiness #practices #positivepractices #positiveliving #positiveenergy #friends #friendship #lifecoach #motivational #quote #quotes #easter #mindfulness #gratitude

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