Monthly Archives: June 2018

23 Things I Learned About Writing, Strategy And Life From Tim Ferriss

Here’s a link to a great article by author Ryan Holiday on 23 helpful lessons learned from entrepreneur, author, podcast host, and investor Tim Ferris who has helped me virtually in my life and career.

#timferriss #entrepreneur #author #podcasthost #investor #selfdevelopment

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Signs of Peace

Signs of peace. Rays of light coming down as I flash my peace sign.

#signsofpeace #raysoflight #rays #peace #innerpeace #mindfulness #gratitude

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Wanting everything, yet desiring simplicity.
The more you get, the more they want.
With nothing, there’s just authenticity.
But with nothing, you feel like nothing.

When you work hard you get known.
Attacks and Accolades.
Maybe do less and hide.
Lonely and peaceful days.

Wanting the new, yet missing the old.
Change is constant, an unbreakable code.

Love my love. Love.
Love the pain from love. Still love.

Between everything and nothing is something.
Maybe all we need is something.

#poem #poems #poetry #creativewriting #writing #art

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The Light Will Push Through

Something’s happening.

A feeling, a buzz-like high.

The light will push through.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #138, 6/27/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting

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4 Scientific Reasons Vacations Are Good for Your Health |

Here’s a nice article on the health benefits we get by taking vacations from work.

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Walking and Running

This evening I walked 1.5 mile to Office Depot in Waikele to buy printer cartridges, then ran 2.5 miles. Love my Bose Soundsport. Grateful for my Nike shirt from my sister Lara. My shoes, Asics Kayano. Visor, Nike. Exercise plays a big role in maintaining my physical and mental health.

#exercise #walking #running #nike #shirt #visor #asics #kayano #shoes #bose #bosesoundsport #health #physicalhealth #mentalhealth #positivemindset #mindfulness #gratitude #waikele #hawaii

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Love is the way to go.

Love is the way to go.

#love #peace #innerpeace #hawaii #mindset #positivemindset #mindfulness

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Illuminate the Light Within Us

Today, I had a nice lunch at Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant in Ala Moana Center with Speaker Emeritus of the Hawaii State House of Representatives Calvin K.Y. Say and three friends of his who have done amazing work in various sectors of business in Hawaii and abroad. My good friend Brandon Mitsuda had a nice talk with Speaker last week, which prompted him to reach out because he was thinking of me. His caring heart is always refreshing, and today he sparked light for me for my on and off feelings of emptiness that have become my norm for the past three years as I distanced myself from political, business, charity, and social events, unless it was a cause I connected with or relevant to a business project I was working on. There are many moments when I feel joy and a zest for life, but it’s scary how quickly these great feelings can leave me alone and in nothingness. It’s like a numbness that fogs up my vision of the many good things around me such as my loving family and friends, good momentum for a project that my business partners and I have been working on, and new opportunities presented before me. I love the excitement of business and politics, but at the same time I’m pained by the dark energy it attracts. All people have positive and negative energy, some more of one than the other. It’s impossible to completely avoid negative people. They’re everywhere. You see how they behave badly as drivers on the road. They make tantrums at work and yell at their family at home. When you succeed, they punish you harder on your failures or simply enjoy it as a spectator. When I’m vibrant and happy, I take the negative energies and use it towards my momentum for positive actions like an Aikido martial artist does in taking down an attacker. However, when I’m feeling down, I have to do all I can to not let the shadows pull me into a blank space. I have many daily practices, which I’ve mentioned in my peace page and previous posts that has helped me to fight off this shadowy assassin that has destroyed so many other souls. In my first novel, I wrote about how our suffering follows us even after we die, therefore, there’s no escape from darkness without us confronting it with all the light illuminated from within us through love, compassion, empathy, and gratitude. Speaker Calvin K.Y. Say is an example of how to live with such qualities. I’m extremely lucky to have his friendship. In revealing my vulnerable side, I hope it helps you to push forward with all your practices that lift your spirit whether it be spending time with loved ones, exercise, listening to music, creative writing, going to the ocean, or other such enjoyable experiences. May positive energy be with you always!

With Warmest Aloha,


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Freedom, Not Terror

Orphaned by their war.

I rebel for my people.

Freedom, not terror.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #137, 6/19/2018 (This poem was inspired by the protagonist in my second novel who struggles with his sadness and anger over the death of his parents caused by the Iraq war. I’m editing the first draft.) –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting #books #art #novel #novels #book #books #fiction #story #Iraq #war #peace

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The Only Ten Things That Have Given Me Success – Altucher Confidential

This links you to a great article by James Altucher on the practices that have brought him success. For the past three years, Altucher and his guests on his podcast show have encouraged me to continue working daily on developing myself spiritually, mentally, and physically, which in turn has helped me push through my tough times, and appreciate the good things.

#jamesaltucher #selfdevelopment #selfimprovement #practices #motivation

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My Sister Lara’s Birthday

Celebrated my sister Lara’s birthday on June 12, 2018 at Eating House 1849 at Waikiki, Hawaii.

#sister #birthday #family #eatinghouse1849 #restaurant #food #waikiki #hawaii #mindfulness #gratitude

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Anthony Bourdain

Chef, author, and TV show host Anthony Bourdain bridged people together through his stories of culture and food, a great example of making our world more peaceful.

#anthonybourdain #chef #author #tvshow #influencer #peace

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Love is an energy that transcends time and place.

When it’s quiet, I can hear myself.

My thoughts and feelings speak,

connecting my mind and soul.

One being physical and temporary,

the other, a ghost, moving between realms.

A whispering message:

“Love is an energy that transcends time and place.”

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Poem, 6/8/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #writing #creativewriting #books #art #love

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Connecting My World With Yours

The dots are ready.

Connecting my world with yours.

Fill it with color.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem #136, 6/5/2018 –

#poem #poems #poetry #haiku #haikupoem #haikupoetry #writing #creativewriting #books #art #love

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My Second Cousin Chloe’s Graduation from Punahou School.

I’m so happy for my second cousin Chloe Suzuki who graduated from Punahou School, Class of 2018 last night at Stan Sheriff Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is the oldest of the 6th generation on my mom’s side of the family (Sakai). Chloe will be attending Georgetown University this Fall.

#secondcousin #family #punahouschool #graduation #classof2018 #2018 #mindful #happy #joyful #honolulu #hawaii

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