Category Archives: Positivity

1: Positive Masters Show – You Can Bring People Together Through Your Art – Audiogram


In this clip of Episode 1 of the Positive Masters Show podcast, I mention how you can bring people together through your art. Art forms such as novels, poetry, theatre, movies, music, designs, and drawings, can bring out the emotions of your audience and make them connect with your story that may have a deep message on issues like war, discrimination, racism, physical violence, verbal abuse, bullying, suicide, and mental health. If you can make someone care about your character when they normally wouldn’t but for your art, that’s huge! Now they have empathy and compassion for that character and all the people that fits into that category of your character. Through your art, you can spread love and peace!

Feel free to like and subscribe to our Positive Masters Youtube Channel and our podcast on your favorite podcast platform.

Enjoy the Positive Masters universe at www.positivemasters.com for mindset and business practices, motivational podcast episodes and writing, and apparel and accessories with inspirational mantras to boost your happiness and counter any anxiety, sadness, or anger that you may be facing.

In the future, we’ll be offering online courses to strengthen your mindset by using psychology, philosophy, mindset practices, and lifestyle practices. We’ll also have online courses to help you turn your passion project into your passion business by using legal documents, government programs, and business tools.

Thank you!

Leave a comment

Filed under Art, Blog, Creativity, E-commerce, Entrepreneurship, Inspirational, Mindset, Motivational, Passion Projects, Podcast, Positive Living, Positivity, Productivity, Quotes, Stories, Writing, Youtube

Smile and the world smiles back!


Smile and the world smiles back! Smiling is contagious and healthy!

Smile and the world smiles back! Smiling is contagious and healthy!

Smile and the world smiles back! 😃

You’ve had a string of bad events. Your outlook darkens and you tell yourself, “nothing is going right.” Then you connect with that friend or even stranger who flashes that bright smile at you, often followed by a warm greeting. You smile back and absorb their friendliness. It’s not all doom and gloom. You feel a bit better as you see some light again.😁

The act of smiling can transform you and the world around you. Research shows us that a smile is contagious and healthy. By smiling, we appear more attractive to others. It lifts our mood, as well as the moods of those around us. Even better, the act of smiling can even lengthen our lives. 😉

When you flash a smile, your feel-good neurotransmitters dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin are all released. This relaxes your body and lowers your heart rate and blood pressure. ❤

In this photo is our Positive Masters Logo Unisex T-Shirt that highlights our mascot Master 7 who is the master of mindset. You can shop for this shirt and our other apparel and accessories at www.positivemasters.com!! Positive Masters is an e-commerce store that provides lifestyle practices, creative writing, apparel, accessories, and fashion to boost your happiness and counter any stress, anxiety, or sadness you may be facing. We offer free shipping for purchases of $50 or more! 👕👚🛍

Leave a comment

Filed under Apparel, Branding, Business, Clothing, E-commerce, Entrepreneurship, Happiness, Inspirational, Life Coach, Motivational, Positivity, Psychology, Quotes, Writing

I’m hopeful that love, compassion, and empathy will overcome anger, hate, and discrimination. Together, we’ll make this world better!


Being a 5th generation American on my mom’s side of the family and 4th generation on my dad’s and born and raised in Hawaii where there is a mixture of ethnicities with no majority, I was surprised to experience discrimination in Eastern Washington when I lived there and Idaho where I frequented with my law school friends for snowboarding and events. In Idaho, on a snowboarding trip, my law school friends Paul from Hawaii (hapa: Caucasian and Japanese), Joe from Southern California (Filipino), Marx from New Orleans, Louisiana (Jewish), and I went to a venue where we weren’t served. Not quite sure if my friend Karlin (Inupiak Eskimo and Caucasian) was there since he snowboarded with us. Also, in Cour d’alene, Idaho, on 4th of July, white supremacists drove by in their 4×4 trucks and jeeps yelling bad stuff with their Confederate and Nazi flags. Our country, the United States is not doing too well on these issues with a number of very public incidents.

My late great uncle Roy Okubo, my late grandma Bessie Karamatsu’s baby brother enlisted in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, 522nd Artillery during World War II to prove the loyalty of Americans of Japanese Ancestry despite the racism and mass imprisonment done by our country.

When I became a politician in Hawaii, I pushed for equal rights for all, including legislation for gay marriage for the LBGT community and support of programs for single mothers and survivors of abuse. My political career has been overshadowed by my legal bouts with driving under the influence. Thus, now, I’m directing a good portion of my energy towards writing fiction, nonfiction, poems, and creative writing, on top of my business projects and legal career. Through stories, we can touch people’s souls by reaching into their emotions. Laws can’t do this in the way storytelling can. I’m hopeful that love, compassion, and empathy will overcome anger, hate, and discrimination. Together, we’ll make this world better!

#peace #innerpeace #racism #discrimination #equalrights #womensrights #blacklivesmatter #hispanic #asian #jewish #lgbt #caucasian #minorities #love #compassion #empathy #onelove

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Career, Compassion, Creative Writing, Fiction, Happiness, Life, Love, Mindfulness, Motivational, Movie, Music, Nonfiction, Novels, Peace, Poems, Politics, Pop Music, Positive Living, Positivity, Quotes, Song, Writing

Pain is my Power


Kick my broken bones.

When they heal, I will return.

Pain is my power.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, Haiku Poem No. 216, 12/31/2018 –

When you get taken down, take that negative energy to power your comeback. Rebuild, have empathy for your opposition, and keep providing value for others. Positivity will always rise.

#opposition #haters #poem #poetry #poems #poet #writing #writer #creativewriting #quote #quotes #story #stories #storytelling #comeback #rebuild #value #helpothers #experiences #mindset #positivemindset #positivity #empathy #compassion #love #peace #innerpeace #forgive #forgiveness #selfdevelop #selfimprovement #selfimprove #personallife #career #business #entrepreneurship #politics #law #goals #vision #happiness

Leave a comment

Filed under Business, Career, Compassion, Creative Writing, Entrepreneurship, Goals, Haiku, Happiness, Law, Life, Life Coach, Love, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Motivation, Peace, Poems, Positive Living, Positivity, Quotes, Writing

My Mom Is My Greatest Teacher!


My mom is my teacher of mindfulness, gratitude, empathy, and compassion. Throughout my life, I’ve met and befriended powerful masters, healers, individuals with different spiritual powers, and religious leaders of different faiths, however, my greatest teacher has been with me all along. My mom is truly a master on the positive side. I learn from her by observing how she lives. I love her so much! On Monday March 12, 2018, I had breakfast with her at Big City Diner in Waipio, Oahu, Hawaii.
20180312_092046.jpg
 
#mom #mother #teacher #master #influencer #family #mindfulness #gratitude #empathy #compassion #love #positivity #positiveliving #peace #innerpeace #joy #happiness #bigcitydiner #waipio #oahu #hawaii

Leave a comment

Filed under Compassion, Empathy, Family, Gratitude, Happiness, Influencer, Life, Life Coach, Mindfulness, Peace, Positive Living, Positivity

Happy Place and Peaceful Walk


Walked home at 11 P.M. on March 6, 2018 after Starbucks closed. There’s a peacefulness in walking alone while listening to an educational podcast after a day’s work at a place that helps me to attain a level of peace, happiness, and productivity.

#starbucks #coffeeshop #work #walking #walk #exercise #educational #podcast #peace #innerpeace #happiness #productivity #mindfulness #gratitude

Leave a comment

Filed under Business, Career, Creative Writing, Entrepreneurship, Exercise, Goals, Gratitude, Happiness, Law, Life Coach, Mindfulness, Positive Living, Positivity, Productivity, Quotes, Study, Writing

Nonattachment and Gratitude


An example of nonattachment and gratitude combined. Two very powerful practices. “My love will always be attached to you, but not my selfish desires. I’m forever grateful for what I had with you. I love you.”

#nonattachment #buddhism #love #romance #breakup #lovedones #death #peace #innerpeace #mindfulness #gratitude #quote #quotes #positivity #positiveliving #writing

Leave a comment

Filed under Buddhism, Compassion, Creative Writing, Gratitude, Happiness, Life, Life Coach, Love, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Nonattachment, Peace, Positive Living, Positivity, Romance, Writing

Let the old religion that develops killers die with us.


The Jedi religion creates killers. So does our societal system, as it provides the knowledge and skills needed for one’s selfish desire to rise to power just for the almighty feeling of having control. Like Luke Skywalker, maybe we need to detach from the current practices and instead, seek the middle within us, that calm and peaceful zone, just as the thousands of Bodhisattvas and Buddhas attempted before us. Let the old religion that develops killers die with us.

Cn0akGFWAAA3-W-

#jedi #bodhisattva #starwars #lukeskywalker #thelastjedi #buddhism #buddhists #jedis #bodhisattvas #jedimaster #buddha #jedimasters #buddhas #love #gratitude #mindfulness #meditation #transcend #happiness #quote #quotes #middle #middlepath #innerpeace #peace

Leave a comment

Filed under Buddhism, Compassion, Creative Writing, Gratitude, Happiness, Life, Meditation, Mindfulness, Peace, Philosophy, Positive Living, Positivity, Quotes, Writing

Only positive people win the long game!


Ever wondered why positive people make huge comebacks and negative people fade away? Negative people may be able to win the short game but only positive people win the long game!

#positivity #positivepeople #kindness #empathy #compassion #love #gratitude #mindfulness #peace #quote #quotes #writing #innerpeace #entrepreneurship #politics #business #career #life #joy #happiness

 

20180114_152551.jpg

Leave a comment

Filed under Business, Career, Compassion, Empathy, Goals, Gratitude, Happiness, Life, Love, Mindfulness, Motivation, Peace, Positive Living, Positivity, Quotes, Writing

I now have 70 practices for my inner peace and happiness.


I now have 70 practices for my inner peace and happiness. One is listening to music, especially Electronic Dance Music or EDM, and yes, I dance by myself!!! I once got caught dancing by myself in my office by a staffer from another office when I was a young politician. Lol!!! Let’s go boys and girls!!!!!!!

#music #electronicdancemusic #edm #peace #innerpeace #happiness #mindfulness #gratitude #business #law #entrepreneurship #aviation #construction #novels #books #concerts #honolulu #hawaii #positivity #positiveliving #joy #happy

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Gratitude, Happiness, Life Coach, Love, Mindfulness, Motivation, Peace, Positive Living, Positivity, Writing

2017 Halloween


On Halloween evening, October 31, 2017, I had fun giving candies to children at my friend Mike Noguchi’s house in Pearl City, Hawaii. For the first group of kids, I was so happy to see my friends Scott and Michelle Miyasato’s 2 youngest daughters and Mike and Rachael Lee Oshiro’s daughter with their friends!!! That highlighted my day!!! Later that evening we ate pasta, and I helped Ashley Kirito with her business plan to expand her business servicing horses. Pictured here is a Jade plant for good luck from my friend Mike Noguchi. I have so much gratitude for those moments!!

#halloween #trickortreat #children #friends #jadeplant #happy #mindfulness #gratitude

Leave a comment

Filed under Friends, Gratitude, Happiness, Hawaii, Live Events, Mindfulness, Positive Living, Positivity

Excited for Every Day!


Even when I’m tired, I get up excited to be working on a few projects that I’m passionate about that have the potential to positively impact Hawaii and the Pacific rim with more revenue, jobs, services, and products – maybe even the world. I fear failure, but I learn and develop relationships from both, success and failure, which continues to build my ideas, skills, and network, so like a music producer/DJwho mixes different sounds and talent, I can mix my ideas, skills, and friends across different sectors of our economy to create a different service or product for people to enjoy. When I was a politician, I did the same technique to create or better programs and laws. Building things through entrepreneurship and lawmaking is much more fun than fighting and breaking apart things through litigation, which I also do once in awhile. I recently got an arbitration case closed, which I’m so happy about. Here I am reviewing about 750 pages of documents for one of my projects. Notice I have my good friend, my Macbook Pro. I have so much gratitude for all the things we’ve done together. Have a great weekend my friends!!!

#excited #gratitude #mindfulness #business #businessdevelopment #entrepreneurship #law #businesslaw #transacrionallaw #writing #reading #creativity #macbookpro #apple


Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Business, Career, Computer, Consistency, Creative Writing, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Gratitude, Happiness, Inspiration, Laptop, Law, Life, Life Coach, Mindfulness, Motivation, Positive Living, Positivity, Productivity, Quotes, Writing

Keep moving fiercely towards your vision! 


Keep moving fiercely towards your vision! 

#vision #goals #goal #move #fiercely #tenacity #drive #determination 

Leave a comment

Filed under Business, Career, Entrepreneurship, Exercise, Family, Friends, Goals, Inspirational, Life, Love, Motivational, Positive Living, Positivity, Productivity

Gratitude is a powerful practice.


In life, we will have happy times, but there will be periods of challenges whether it be deaths of loved ones, illness, financial hardship, difficult relationships, bad work environments, spiteful law suits, violence, and/or prison time or penalties because of false or inaccurate statements. Gratitude is a powerful practice that helps us to always be mindful of all the good that we have in our lives. Through gratitude we can proceed through even our darkest days with the things we can control such as time with positive loved ones, exercise, meditation, writing, learning, passionate projects, helping others, and other positive things that keep us high above the things we can’t control, like negative events and people. Gratitude keeps our energy positive with love, compassion, and empathy that helps us rise over anxiety, sadness, and anger. Positivity spreads when we share it with others. Some of the most beautiful pictures of light occur when it pierces through darkness. Likewise, gratitude makes us appreciate the light or good even among darkness. I took this peaceful picture of sunlight glowing around the dark clouds at Haleiwa beach on July 6, 2017. If you have challenging times, I hope this post helps you to still appreciate and enjoy life. May peace be with you. With Warmest Aloha, Jon

#gratitude #mindfulness #innerpeace #peace #love #compassion #empathy #positivity #positiveliving

Leave a comment

Filed under Gratitude, Inspirational, Life Coach, Love, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Motivational, Peace, Positive Living, Positivity, Writing

Win-Win Thinking!


Like many of you, I strive for things that have a great amount of uncertainty that create anxiety and stress. I wish I was a superhuman, immune to such feelings but I’m not. So I make an effort on overcoming anxiety and stress with many practices like gratitude, mindfulness, win-win thinking, exercise, balanced diet, writing, music, nature, time with positive people, sensory therapy, meditation, and such. Whenever I work on any of my goals that has a high risk of losing time and money such as elected politics, business projects, and fiction and nonfiction books, I try to mitigate my risk with research, strategy, and hard work, but no matter what, a degree of uncertainty will always exist.

To alleviate my anxiety on the uncertainty, I practice win-win thinking or positive thinking by telling myself, “When I invest time and money into a project I’m passionate about, at worse, I get a higher education like attaining another college degree. At best, I get a return on my investment on top of my education!” By looking at my goals in this manner, I see the outcome as a win no matter what the outcome because my time and money are used towards bettering myself in gaining more knowledge, skills, and relationships, but if I succeed, I can get a higher education and make a living out of what I love! Stay positive everyone!

ca9bdd58-5da4-450c-83a1-86cf46e2821d-original

#highrisk #risk #uncertainty #anxiety #stress #anxietyrelief #stressrelief #anxietyremedies #stressremedies #practices #gratitude #mindfulness #winwinthinking #positivethinking #exercise #balanceddiet #writing #music #nature #positivepeople #sensorytherapy #meditation #positiveliving #positivity #creativewriting #quote #quotes #jonriki #jonrikikaramatsu

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Career, Creative Writing, Entrepreneurship, Exercise, Goals, Gratitude, Happiness, Inspirational, Life, Life Coach, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Motivation, Music, Nature, Novels, Positive Living, Positivity, Writing

Jon Morrow has been paralyzed from the neck down since birth, but despite his challenges he has done amazing things in his life including creating multi-million dollar businesses.


Linked below is one of the most inspiring interviews I’ve listened to. Entrepreneur, author, and podcast show host James Altucher interviews Jon Morrow who has been paralyzed from the neck down since birth, but despite his challenges he has done amazing things in his life including creating multi-million dollar businesses.

I cried several times as I listened to this podcast interview late one evening earlier this week while I was laying in my bed in the dark, in my attempt to sleep. Jon Morrow is such an inspiration.

When he was a very little boy, he almost died a number of times because his disease caused him to get pneumonia, and because his lungs were so weak, his mother would push down hard on his chest to get the mucous out of his lungs so he could breathe and survive. However, by doing this, young Jon was in great pain because his ribs got fractured by his mothers’ pressure.

At [26:25] of the interview,  Jon stated: “When I got into kindergarten, another kid called me disabled, and I said, ‘What does that mean?’ And, he started laughing.” Jon’s teacher came over and said, “You don’t know what that means?” He didn’t. So he asked his mom. She thought about it and said, “It means you can’t do something as well as someone else. But it also goes the other way.” She said, “Everyone in the world can’t do something as well as someone else…” So everyone in a sense is disabled. Jon took inventory of his skills. Then he mastered them.

Later, Jon almost died from a multi-vehicle accident. He went through a lot of pain and surgeries. In another bad turn of events, Jon had been successfully raising multi-millions of dollars for his father’s development company but the company went down after the 2008 market crash and at that time, to make it worse, his mother lost her job. Despite these challenges, he went to Mexico where he could get better healthcare than the United States and spent long hours day after day in developing his online training and education companies in regards to finance, writing techniques, blogging, online web development, online marketing, etc. With great effort and perseverance, in combination with his prior years of work and blogging, Jon mixed his various skills and experiences to successfully launch his companies.

James Altucher Interview of Jon Morrow

Jon-morrow-site-photo-3

Jon Morrow and James Altucher

#jonmorrow #jamesaltucher #podcast #interview #life #paralayzed #paralysis #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #inspirational #inspiration #gratitude

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Business, Career, Entrepreneurship, Gratitude, Inspirational, Life, Life Coach, Podcast, Positive Living, Positivity, Writing

Consistency is key in our journey.


Consistency is key in our journey towards making a dream a reality. Upon getting an idea, we act on it by planning, strategizing, and executing. We work at it day after day, and year after year, achieving all the little goals in order to attain the big ones. #quote #quotes #quotestoliveby #consistency #journey #idea #ideas #plan #planning #strategizing #strategy #executing #execute #work #habits #habit #dreams #dream #patience #tenacity #relentless #pursuit #drive #goal #goals #reality #achieve #positivity #desire #jonrikikaramatsu #jonriki

Leave a comment

Filed under Business, Career, Consistency, Goals, Inspiration, Life, Positive Living, Positivity, Productivity, Quotes, Success, Training

Gratitude Prayer and Meditation.


IMG_20170419_115449_197

I like to do a gratitude prayer to the universe in the morning, followed by a meditation. I start off by lighting a pair of candles on a display with stones and an oil diffuser. Then I start an app on my smartphone that plays soothing sounds of water and calming instrumental music.

In my gratitude prayer, I express my thanks for my loved ones, the ability to experience life, useful things I have, the beauty of nature, and much more. Throughout the day, I would continue to be thankful for many things.

I meditate by clearing my thoughts and breathing slowly. After some minutes in emptiness, I envision what I will accomplish for the day.

To practice this, all you need is ten minutes, but you can always go longer. It’s a good way to start your day with positivity and clarity. Sometimes I do a gratitude prayer and meditation at night or whenever I need to stabilize my soul after facing some challenges. There are studies that show how gratitude and meditation practices reduces stress and benefits your overall health. Have fun with your gratitude and meditation practice! Aloha!

20170421_004724#gratitude #prayer #meditation #peace #innerpeace #domesticpeace #worldpeace #buddhism #compassion #love #happiness

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Gratitude, Happiness, Journal, Life, Life Coach, Peace, Positive Living, Positivity, Writing

Misty Copeland inspired my day – I wrote for 7.5 hours on my counter-offer document.


Yesterday morning of March 8, 2017, as I prepared for my day, I turned on my smart TV to watch an educational video on entrepreneurship, business, culture, or psychology, which I do so daily, when by chance I came across a video about Misty Copeland, the first African American principal ballerina for a major ballet company, which was very inspiring. The story was fitting since it was International Women’s Day.

I ended up having my best day writing for this year so far for either fiction or nonfiction. I wrote for a total of 7.5 hours broken into 3 sessions to complete a 12-page counter offer document for an agreement consisting of over 300 pages that I’m working on for an aviation development project I have with my business partners. I’m estimating that I probably wrote about 3,500 to 4,000 words for my document today that had a total of 6,466 words.

Here’s the video of Misty Copeland that jump-started my day even though I’m still feeling weak from the illness that I had the past week.

Later I found Misty Copeland’s Under Armor commercial that’s inspiring as well.  Here it is:

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Creativity, Entertainment, Inspirational, Journal, Positive Living, Positivity, Productivity, Writing

Tim Ferriss on Depression and Thoughts of Suicide.


Linked below is an article on depression and suicide by Tim Ferris, an entrepreneur, investor, author, and podcast host who has studied and practiced self-improvement strategies and techniques that we can all incorporate into our daily lives in our quest for happiness. He is well known for his book “The Four-Hour Workweek” and his latest book “Tools of the Titans” is in the market.

All of us from time to time will face challenges that will make us sad, hurt, disappointed, and even angry. However, Tim Ferris, like my other favorite entrepreneurs/self-improvement coaches James Altucher and Marie Forleo – they encourage us to practice daily habits that make us positive and productive human beings.

In this article, Ferris wrote: 

Most “superheroes” are nothing of the sort. They’re weird, neurotic creatures who do big things DESPITE lots of self-defeating habits and self-talk.

Here are some of my coping mechanisms for making it through the day:

1) Wake up at least 1 hour before you have to be at a computer screen. E-mail is the mind killer.

2) Make a cup of tea (I like pu-erh like this) and sit down with a pen/pencil and paper.

3) Write down the 3-5 things — and no more — that are making you most anxious or uncomfortable. They’re often things that have been punted from one day’s to-do list to the next, to the next, to the next, and so on. Most important usually = most uncomfortable, with some chance of rejection or conflict.

4) For each item, ask yourself:

– “If this were the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?”
– “Will moving this forward make all the other to-do’s unimportant or easier to knock off later?”

5) Look only at the items you’ve answered “yes” to for at least one of these questions.

6) Block out at 2-3 hours to focus on ONE of them for today. Let the rest of the urgent but less important stuff slide. It will still be there tomorrow.

7) TO BE CLEAR: Block out at 2-3 HOURS to focus on ONE of them for today. This is ONE BLOCK OF TIME. Cobbling together 10 minutes here and there to add up to 120 minutes does not work.

8) If you get distracted or start procrastinating, don’t freak out and downward spiral; just gently come back to your ONE to-do.

9) Physically MOVE for at least 20 minutes each day. Go for a long walk, lift weights, take a free online yoga class (YouTube), anything. Ideally, get outside. I was once asked by friend for advice on overcoming debilitating stress. The answer I repeated over and over again was: “Remember to EXERCISE daily. That is 80% of the battle.”

10) Follow a diet that prevents wild blood sugar swings. This means avoiding grains and refined carbohydrates most of the time. I follow the slow-carb diet with one cheat day per week and have done so for 10+ years. Paleo also works great. Don’t forget to eat plenty of fat. High protein and low fat can give you low-grade symptoms of rabbit starvation.

11) Schedule at least one group dinner with friends per week. Get it on the calendar no later than 5pm on Monday. Ideal to have at least three people, but two is still great medicine.

12) Take a minute each day to call or email someone to express gratitude of some type. Consider someone you haven’t spoken with in a long time. It can be a one-line text or a 5-second voicemail.

Congratulations! That’s it.

Those are the rules I use, and they help steer the ship in the right direction.

Routines are the only way I can feel “successful” despite my never-ending impulse to procrastinate, hit snooze, nap, and otherwise fritter away my days with bullshit. If I have 10 “important” things to do in a day, I’ll feel overwhelmed, and it’s 100% certain nothing important will get done that day. On the other hand, I can usually handle 1 must-do item and block out my lesser behaviors for 2-3 hours a day.

And when — despite your best efforts — you feel like you’re losing at the game of life, never forget: Even the best of the best feel this way sometimes. When I’m in the pit of despair with new book projects, I recall what iconic writer Kurt Vonnegut said about his process: “When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.”

Don’t overestimate the world and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.

Tim Ferris’ link to his article is here: https://www.google.com/amp/tim.blog/2015/05/06/how-to-commit-suicide/amp/

“Failure” and “success” are both wins because we made an effort to embark on a journey by working on an opportunity. What makes “failure” and “success” both a win is when we appreciate what we’ve learned, the skills we’ve developed, and the people we’ve built relationships with. So even on our hardest day when we feel worthless, like Ferris wrote, we can list the things that are making us anxious, and choose to work on that one thing that would make us feel accomplished for the day and make all the other things on our list less important or easier to knock off later. Exercise, meditate, write our goals down, listen to music, take a walk, spend times with positive friends, or do an activity that will boost our happy chemicals and make us feel more accomplished. The small wins and accomplishments mean a lot, because when we achieve many of these small wins, we will eventually achieve the huge wins! On our goods days, we could rack up a dozen or more wins a day, but on our toughest day, even if we just make an effort to accomplish one very important task, that is a super huge win – huge! 

Sincerely,

Jon Riki Karamatsu 

 

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Happiness, Inspiration, Journal, Life, Life Coach, Mindfulness, Peace, Positivity, Writing

President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama


Yesterday President Barack Obama made his farewell address. I’m very proud to see history being made in that President Obama is the first African American U.S. President, and also the first U.S. President from Hawaii.

My favorite moment from President Obama’s farewell speech was when he thanked Michelle for being his best friend and wiped away a tear from his eye.  I admire the love between the two of them.  Having a loving, smart, and compassionate partner like Michelle is what many men yearn for, including me.  Here are some of my favorite pictures of Barack and Michelle, clearly showing how much they love each other.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Gratitude, Happiness, Hawaii, Inspiration, Love, Positive Living, Positivity, Writing

Feels Right


An energizing song “Feels Right” by Jocelyn Alice (Galloway Remix). A good song to dance to and lift your spirits.

Lyrics:

We don’t care if we do it right.
We don’t care what it looks like.
We’ve got love in the nightlife.
We’ve got love and it feels right.

Leave a comment

Filed under Concerts, Dance, Dance Music, DJ, Electronic Dance Music, Entertainment, Events, Festivals, Hawaii, Live Events, Live Shows, Music, Performances, Performers, Pop Music, Positive Living, Positivity, Romance, Song, Talent, Tunes, Writing

My dream is to take you by the hand and dance with you on stage in front of tens of thousands of people as I play a set.


My dream is to take you by the hand and dance with you on stage in front of tens of thousands of people as my friend DJ G-Spot and I play a set. This fun song “Recess” by Golden Coast would be one of the songs in my set. I’m not sure who you’ll be but I got a target date of 2017 or 2018!

Love Festival Hawaii 2014

Picture of the high technology and special effects stage at the 16th Annual Love Festival Hawaii on 9/27/2014.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Business, Career, Concerts, Dance, Dance Music, DJ, Electronic Dance Music, Entertainment, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Events, Festivals, Gratitude, Hawaii, Inspiration, Journal, Life, Live Events, Live Shows, Love, Love Story, Music, Performances, Performers, Positive Living, Positivity, Production, Promoter, Promoters, Romance, Tunes

Try


It’s better to try and know, than to never have tried and wonder.

(Just thoughts going through my head)

– Jon Riki Karamatsu –

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Books, Business, Career, Concerts, Creative Writing, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Exercise, Festivals, Fiction, Goals, Life, Love, Peace, Poems, Positive Living, Positivity, Sports, Success, Uncategorized, Writing

Love and Peace Between Christians and Muslims


Amazon (AMZN) has created a very heartwarming commercial that shows how multi-religions can live together harmoniously, especially between Christians and Muslims where there has been conflict between leaders and members of the two religions for hundreds of years. This positive message can be applied to unify all conflicting groups. We can all make a difference in making our world peaceful by spreading love and compassion to everyone we interact with.

The commercial features a priest and imam having a pleasant conversation over tea. As the the imam prepares to leave, both men remark at their sore knees, share a hug, and part ways. Afterward, they both take out their smartphones and buy the other knee braces through Amazon Prime.

The commercial ends with both the priest and the imam kneeling to pray while wearing the knee braces they received from the other via Amazon Prime.

I love this. So touching. Wonderful work Amazon!

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Business, Happiness, Inspiration, Journal, Love, Peace, Positive Living, Positivity, Uncategorized, Writing

I Can’t Stop Crying.


I can’t stop crying.

Tears are my fuel for my art.

I hope it heals you.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #36 –

[I hope my Haiku poems and my novels when they go public, can help you to heal the pain in your soul and inspire you.]

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Books, Creative Writing, Creativity, Haiku, Journal, Life, Love, Poems, Positive Living, Positivity, Uncategorized, Writing

It Hurts To Know You


It hurts to know you.

Everything has its reasons.

Learn from good and bad.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #34 –

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Creative Writing, Creativity, Haiku, Poems, Positive Living, Positivity, Uncategorized, Writing

War Tore Me Apart


War tore me apart.

Anger took over my heart,

until I met you.

– Jon Riki Karamatsu, 11/19/2016, Haiku #33 –

[My 2nd novel that I’m working on inspired me to write this Haiku poem.]

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Creative Writing, Creativity, Fiction, Haiku, Journal, Life, Love, Love Story, Poems, Politics, Positive Living, Positivity, Uncategorized, Writing

They Can Only Watch.


Burst through their fire.

Relentlessly pursuit it.

They can only watch.

-Haiku #28, Jon Riki Karamatsu, 10/9/2016-

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Books, Creative Writing, Creativity, Haiku, Poems, Positive Living, Positivity, Uncategorized, Writing

Gratitude – My Favorites


Gratitude – My Favorites as of 10/6/2016

  1. Spending time with my mom, dad, sister Mia and brother-in-law Mike, niece Elyse and Sophie, sister Lara and her fiancee Ross, family dog Stretch, and all my relatives.
  2. The time I spent with my late grandparents Tadao and Ellen Sakai and Maurice Toshio and  Bessie Karamatsu.
  3. Loving love.
  4. Hanging out with my friends.
  5. Writing down my goals.
  6. Networking with positive and ambitious people.
  7. Drafting my plans and strategies for my goals.
  8. Writing fiction. I still need to get a novel published.
  9. Watching movies. I wish I could produce movies. Maybe someday.
  10. Building new companies by sharing ideas and skills with other entrepreneurs.
  11. Playing law and politics for creative business ventures.
  12. Listening to music and producing music events.
  13. Traveling to different places around the world.
  14. Tasting great food.
  15. Exercising, especially running outdoors while listening to EDM as I strategize on my goals.

I’m so lucky to have you in my life. Here’s a song that reflects how I feel in my heart: “Thankful” by Feki.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Books, Business, Career, Concerts, Creativity, Dance Music, DJ, Electronic Dance Music, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Family, Goals, Gratitude, Happiness, Hawaii, Journal, Life, Life Coach, Live Events, Love, Mindfulness, Music, Peace, Positive Living, Positivity, Uncategorized, Writing

Haiku #26 – Cute Tilted Head Stares


 

Curls under blankets.

Follows me from room to room.

Cute tilted head stares.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, 10/1/2016-

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Creativity, Dogs, Gratitude, Haiku, Happiness, Hawaii, Journal, Life, Life Coach, Mindfulness, Peace, Poems, Positive Living, Positivity, Writing

Haiku #24 – Shadows Will Kill Me


Shadows will kill me.

I smile at their distortion

and inhale their pain.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, 9/30/2016-

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Books, Business, Career, Creativity, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Journal, Love, Mindfulness, Peace, Poems, Positive Living, Positivity, Writing

Haiku #23 – Find the Little Spark


Find the little spark

to lead you out of the dark.

Good is still in you.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, 9/30/2016-

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Career, Creativity, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Haiku, Inspiration, Journal, Life, Life Coach, Love, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Peace, Poems, Positive Living, Positivity, Uncategorized, Writing

Dogs teach us about unconditional love and gratitude.


We humans can learn a lot from dogs such as unconditional love, loyalty, and mindfulness. Dogs appreciate the present moment, one of the key teachings in Buddhism, in that we must have gratitude for our lives, loved ones, and opportunities.  With gratitude, we can overcome the challenges of life, and achieve peace and happiness for a great majority of our precious life.

Below is a cute Shiba Inu puppy.

wp-1475298797895.jpg

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Dogs, Gratitude, Happiness, Life, Life Coach, Love, Mindfulness, Peace, Positive Living, Positivity, Uncategorized

Haiku #22 – Treat Life Like a Game and Play


Games are fun for us.

Treat life like a game and play.

Drive, create, and love.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, 9/15/2016-

2 Comments

Filed under Blog, Books, Business, Career, Creativity, Goals, Gratitude, Haiku, Happiness, Inspiration, Journal, Life Coach, Live Events, Love, Mindfulness, Peace, Poems, Positive Living, Positivity, Success, Uncategorized, Writing

Haiku #19 – There’s Only One You


There’s only one you.

Love yourself and love others.

Live with gratitude.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, 9/14/2016-

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Creativity, Gratitude, Haiku, Happiness, Journal, Life, Love, Mindfulness, Peace, Poems, Positive Living, Positivity, Uncategorized, Writing

James Altucher


thumb_7151_james-altucher-itunes_1024

James Altucher, an entrepreneur, author, and podcast show host has helped me in my life and career since my friend Ryan Sanada told me to listen to his podcast in April 2015 after my life took a slight downfall.  Altucher’s advice: Generate 10 ideas a day if you can; Idea sex or mix various ideas together; Work with others who have skills and ideas that compliment yours; Take care of your health; and most importantly, “Choose Yourself” – pursue all areas of your passions and dreams.

What makes James Altucher so appealing is his openness to not just his success, but his failures.  He has mentioned how he made millions of dollars and then lost it all; going through divorce; and feeling depressed to a point where he wanted to die. Yet through it all, he comes back and make millions of dollars again, evolves with new business ideas, and networks with other amazing people.

Here’s a link to James Altucher’s website: www.jamesaltucher.com

Also, download his podcast show “The James Altucher Show” and another podcast show that he co-hosts with entrepreneur Stephen J. Dubner called “Question of the Day” where they answer questions and give advice.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Books, Business, Career, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Inspiration, Life, Life Coach, Positive Living, Positivity, Uncategorized, Writing

I Love My Mom


When I was a baby, my mom would talk and read to me.

As a toddler, she made me do math and English workbooks by rewarding me with a penny for every page I accomplished.

As a kid, my mom drove me to soccer, baseball, Aikido, cub scouts, and many other activities until my dad could meet us after he finished work.

My mom and dad attended all my soccer games and watched me progress from an average player to one of the State’s highest scorers.

While I struggled to find out who I was during my teenage years, my mom helped me through it.

On the day I graduated from high school, my mom and dad that was there.

When I broke up with my first girlfriend and saw my college grade point average drop, my mom comforted me.

When I made my college comeback by raising my GPA and graduated from the University of Hawaii with a B.A. in Political Science my mom and dad was there.

My mom and dad flew to Washington State to see me graduate from Gonzaga University School of Law, and later that year they saw me sworn in as a lawyer under the Hawaii State Bar Association in the Hawaii State Senate.

A year later, my mom and dad witnessed me get sworn into the Hawaii State House of Representatives.

When I was in jail for DUI, my mom and dad was there to be bail me out.

When I got attacked by the media, political opponents, and haters, my mom and dad stood by me.

Every time I was feeling down from angry people, power hungry politicians, tyrant and tantrum-filled judges, and selfish business persons, my mom was there to listen.

With every plan and goal I came up with for my business and political endeavors, my mom always told me to give it a try.

Even now, my mom is alway there to cheer me on. Through her I’ve learned that when we strive for what we want, anything is possible, and that having empathy and compassion is the best way to live.

I dedicate this song “Be As You Are” by Mike Posner and remixed by Jordan XL to my mom and to all of you mothers out there.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Business, Career, Family, Gratitude, Happiness, Inspiration, Journal, Life, Mindfulness, Music, Peace, Positive Living, Positivity, Uncategorized, Writing

Where is the tenderness?


Humans keep hurting one another physically and verbally.  Anger, greed, and jealousy fuel their flames of destruction.  Yet through it all, love and compassion maneuvers though the smoke and ashes and picks up our spirit so we can see above the gloomy gray and into the light blue skies where our dreams and ideas flourish.

Below is “Tenderness” by General Public.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Happiness, Mindfulness, Music, Peace, Philosophy, Positive Living, Positivity, Uncategorized, Writing

Like A Child, I Create Another Dream and Do It All Over Again.


My sisters are princesses. My nieces are now princesses. They rule the world. Since I was young, I’ve wanted to save everyone from evil. I keep coming up with ideas and mix them with other ideas – some good and some bad. Then I pursue them until I live my imagination. But every now and then, my fantasy comes crashing down. Like a child, I create another dream and do it all over again.

20160307_055024With my nieces Sophie and Elyse on the early morning of March 7, 2016, just before flying from San Francisco, California to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

20160308_140313My niece Elyse with Princess Belle of Beauty and the Beast at Disney World on March 8, 2016.

20160310_200315My sister Mia, Elyse, and Sophie with Princess Anna of Frozen at Disney World on March 10, 2016.

20160310_133238My niece Sophie in her Princess Snow White dress and younger sister Lara at the hotel in Disney World on March 10, 2016.

20160310_185542My sister Lara holding my niece Sophie at Disney World on March 10, 2016.

20160311_111113My niece Elyse and I in the dining hall of Princess Belle and the Beast at Disney World on March 11, 2016.

 

A fun song fitting for this journal entry called “Crushin’ My Fairytale” by Celeste Buckingham.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Business, Career, Concerts, Creativity, Dance Music, Entrepreneurship, Goals, Happiness, Inspiration, Journal, Life, Life Coach, Love, Mindfulness, Music, Peace, Philosophy, Pop Music, Positive Living, Positivity, Psychiatry, Psychology, Romance, Song, Uncategorized, Writing

Just Breathe With Me


Every child is born into this realm with innocence. As we progress through life, we try to make sense of everything. Good people keep tying to do good, while those with anger, greed, jealousy, and the like, move around them like demons thirsting for power – all validating their actions, all thinking they’re right. In the end, death chases all of us down. By then, the children of tomorrow have become the next wave of love and hate. We’re all just part of this crazy cycle.

So which side are you truly on?

This song projects my frustration with the darkness of this world – “Breathe” by Eric Prydz ft. Rob Swire.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Business, Career, Dance Music, Death, Electronic Dance Music, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Events, Failure, Journal, Life, Peace, Positive Living, Positivity, Uncategorized

Multiple projects and issues are jumping around in my head.


Multiple projects and issues are jumping around in my head while calls and messages keep coming in. So much so that I made an error the other day on one of my tasks. Studies have shown that multi-tasking reduces our performance. It’s much better to focus on one task at a time to maximize our output and results.

multitasking-o

With all the different projects and goals that I have to accomplish, I think my mind is going as fast as this song “Alone” by Marshmello.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Business, Career, Consistency, Creativity, Dance Music, Electronic Dance Music, Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Failure, Goals, Happiness, Journal, Life, Life Coach, Mental Health, Mindfulness, Music, Peace, Pop Music, Positive Living, Positivity, Productivity, Song, Success, Tunes, Uncategorized, Writing

At Times, My Heart Floats Into A Realm of Nothingness.


With the latest wave of passing of my family and friends, including my cousin Brad Tanaka, great aunt May Akimoto, and Congressman K. Mark Takai, at times, my heart floats into a realm of nothingness. While there, I gain clarity, and then return here to keep trying my best to live with all I’ve got.

To all my friends, my heart is with you. There will never be anyone like you. Keep striving for your dreams. Most importantly, I wish you happiness. I dedicate this song “Surprise Yourself” by Jack Garratt & remixed by Griffin & Manila Killa.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Dance Music, Electronic Dance Music, Family, Happiness, Life, Love, Peace, Pop Music, Positive Living, Positivity, Uncategorized, Writing

Ka Pilina – Our Love and Intimacy


This song “Ka Pilina” churns my heart. It’s a romantic Hawaiian song about a woman attended by native Hawaiian birds that are singing beautifully. The song is accentuated when danced by hula dancer(s).

When I hear this song, my imagination is as follows:

I move through the forest and hear the elepaio chirping. As midnight approaches, the ‘apapane sings with his beautiful voice. At dawn, I listen to the song of the ‘i’iwi polena. Now approaches the woman attended by the birds. Our eyes meet and we smile. Our love and intimacy.

2 Comments

Filed under Blog, Concerts, Dance, Events, Festivals, Happiness, Hawaii, Hawaiian Music, Hula, Hula Dancers, Journal, Live Shows, Music, Performances, Performers, Positive Living, Positivity, Promoter, Promoters, Romance, Song, Tunes, Uncategorized, Writing

My Heart Is With You.


My heart is with you. At times, dark clouds follow us – the loss of our loved ones; shattered images of romance; and attacks by negativity. Yet through it all, we keep progressing forward with our efforts, hour by hour towards what we envision. I dedicate this song to you called “Higher” from one of my favorite bands, The Naked And Famous.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Events, Festivals, Happiness, Hawaii, Journal, Life, Love, Music, Pop Music, Positive Living, Positivity, Promoters, Song, Talent, Tunes, Uncategorized, Writing

What Is, Is.


What is, is.

What will be, will be.

We can’t dwell on what has happened, and worry about what will happen.

If we do, it will depress us, slow us down, and even kill us.

Good things will happen and so will bad things.

We have to appreciate what we have and focus on what we can control.

By accepting what is and what will be, we can keep moving forward.

To help us overcome our hardships, I dedicate this song to you called “Light It Up” by Major Lazer ft. Nyla and Fuse Dog.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Books, Business, Career, Concerts, Creativity, Dance, Dance Music, DJ, Electronic Dance Music, Entrepreneurship, Events, Failure, Festivals, Fiction, Goals, Gratitude, Happiness, Hawaii, Life, Live Shows, Music, Performances, Performers, Pop Music, Positive Living, Positivity, Production, Promoter, Promoters, Song, Talent, Tunes, Uncategorized, Writing

My R2D2 – JR5


My 2013 Macbook Pro is my best friend like R2D2 is to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. I accomplish work through my Macbook Pro everyday and it comes with me everywhere so I can work anywhere. All my ideas, plans, analysis, documents, and agreements is in it and backed up in 2 or 3 locations. I do all my business and legal work on it. I also do my banking and investments online so I can play the world’s markets through my computer. Through my Macbook Pro, I can learn new things by researching writings and data on the Internet, watching educational videos, and listening to stimulating audio talk shows or music. I need to come up with a name for my Macbook Pro. I think I’ll name it JR5 – JR because it’s my first and middle initials, and 5 because it’s the fifth computer I’ve owned. Like Luke Skywalker and R2d2, we’re doing our best to play our part in making our universe more peaceful, loving, and compassionate.

I dedicate the remixed version of “Star Wars – The Force Theme” by DJ AG located on the bottom of this article to you and your computer companion in your efforts to better our universe. May the force be with you.

Remixed “Star Wars – The Force Theme” by DJ AG.

1 Comment

Filed under Blog, Business, Career, Computer, Happiness, Hawaii, Inspiration, Journal, Laptop, Life, Mindfulness, Positive Living, Positivity, Productivity, Success, Technology, Uncategorized, Writing

A song that takes us into the worlds where only my characters exist.


When I listen to this song, I can picture us in the worlds where only my characters exist – Walking through a Japanese garden filled with white and pink cherry blossom trees and a trickling stream with a crystal clear waterfall; Dancing to a song on a cliff overlooking the dark blue ocean with two small islands placed in it; Swimming in the warm ocean as the shooting stars streak across the sky; Admiring the snow capped mountains from the white palace’s balcony; and Running and stumbling through the snow past the glowing ice sculptures and into the forest so we can lie on our winter coats to gaze at the stars beyond the evergreen trees.

“Oceans Where Feet May Fail” by Without Words: Synesthesia

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Books, Career, Creativity, Gratitude, Happiness, Hawaii, Journal, Life, Love, Love Story, Mindfulness, Music, Novels, Peace, Positive Living, Positivity, Romance, Song, Tunes, Writing

You are Starlight, I’m Galileo


Ask me just how much I love you.

You are starlight, I’m Galileo.

 

“Galileo,” one of my favorite songs by Amy Grant.

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Concerts, Creativity, Dance, Dance Music, Events, Festivals, Happiness, Inspiration, Journal, Life, Love, Love Story, Music, Peace, Pop Music, Positive Living, Positivity, Production, Promoter, Promoters, Rock, Romance, Song, Talent, Tunes, Uncategorized, Writing

Death has always loved Life.


Death has always loved Life like a boy who knows he can never be with the girl he loves. Rather than being jealous of us for having Life, he wants us to appreciate her.

-Jon Riki Karamatsu, June 30, 2016-

Leave a comment

Filed under Blog, Books, Business, Career, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Fiction, Gratitude, Happiness, Hawaii, Inspiration, Journal, Life, Life Coach, Love, Nonfiction, Novels, Peace, Positive Living, Positivity, Romance, Uncategorized, Writing