Aloha! I’m Krista Aoki. I’m a web designer and marketer from the American Pacific. Currently, I’m enjoying life from Central Vietnam.
It’s hard to answer the question “where are you from?” because every person who asks expects a different answer. I was born & raised on the island of Guåhan (Guam), but my family moved to the USA 12 years later. Since then, I’ve moved a lot.
That being said, I’ve spent a significant amount of time in Hawaiʻi, Colorado, Thailand and Vietnam.
The past 4 years, I have had the pleasure of working online whilst living abroad. Experiencing the…
I have never identified as an athlete. Before I started running, I’d work out maybe once per month — when someone else invited me to join them at a fitness class, or something.
I didn’t do sports in high school. I’m one of those people who would pay for a gym membership and never go.
But a little over one year ago, I had just stopped drinking, and a friend invited me on a run around the lake.
I think I said yes because I was learning just how to support myself without a glass of wine in my hands…
There’s something both romantic and rewarding about being able to be paid for your love of research and words. But how do people find websites that will pay freelance writers?
One of the hardest parts about getting started freelancing, let alone freelance writing, is finding clients. If you’ve ever looked for freelance writing work on Upwork, you might have felt frustrated at the race to the bottom for jobs on this platform.
Although I am a freelance website designer by trade, I enjoy writing on the side. …
At the beginning of 2020, I chose a word to set my intention for the year: calm.
It’s funny that a turbulent year like 2020 followed.
Curveballs from 2020 taught me how to ground myself and focus on what I can control in order to be calm.
2020 threw me, like the rest of the world, many curveballs. I spent nearly 4 months of it at home due to voluntary social distancing, strict lockdowns, and depression. But those turbulent times taught me how to ground myself and focus on what I can control in order to be calm.
The idea of a New Years Resolution feels silly — why choose one time of the year to set goals, when you can improve and grow at any time?
Instead of setting New Years goals, right now is the perfect time to reflect on the past year, and how you would like to improve your life in the upcoming year.
Begin by choosing categories for your review. What categories are important to you? Here are some ideas:
Next, go through each category and ask yourself a series…
I still remember the last glass of wine I enjoyed. It’s funny how at the time, I didn’t realize that a glass of Argentinian wine would be the nightcap to my days of hedonism.
It’s funny how I didn’t realize that glass would symbolize my transition from prioritizing pleasure to prioritizing discipline.
You can say that drinking alcohol is choosing short-term pleasure. After “just a couple,” you experience a quick burst of confidence and euphoria. But you also experience lapsed judgment, short-sighted decisions followed by mornings of regret, and fatigued hangovers.
For one year, I’ve chosen discipline over short-term pleasure…
Indie game Among Us has become a smash hit, its popularity spreading on the Internet like wildfire. If you’re unfamiliar with the game, Among Us is a social deduction game similar to Werewolf or Mafia.
The game itself takes place on a spaceship with 4–10 players. Crewmates are preparing the spaceship for launch. But there are imposters disguised as crewmates who sabotage the launch and kill crewmates on board. Throughout the game, crewmates use deduction to try to figure out who the imposters are. Because imposters are disguised as crewmates, they use deception to mislead the crewmates.
Not only is…
“I hope you’re healthy and safe during this strange time!”
That sentence, an attempt at half-heartedly acknowledging the Black Mirror episode disguised as the year 2020, is laced into every other email.
2020 has given us a health and economic crisis, an upward trend of people working from home, and a social justice movement against systemic racism.
These days, opening social media is like opening your front door to disagreement. We are inundated with headlines about police brutality and death.
Crises are happening around us. We’re in the middle of a pandemic. …
No one knows you or your business better than yourself. Yet why is writing an About page the most difficult part of creating your freelance website?
You’ll often hear that as a freelancer, people hire you for you! And your About page is the perfect place to let ideal clients know why you are the perfect fit for their needs.
While your About page is there to tell visitors about you, it should also be client-centered. People subconsciously ask “what’s in it for me?” If you focus too much on yourself, you risk clients becoming disinterested.
The best way to…
Four years ago, I sat at my cousin’s apartment in California. She and her ex-husband, a businessman, had just rescued me from an abusive relationship.
“Let’s look forward, Krista,” her ex-husband said to me, possibly trying to get me to think positively instead of bawling nonstop. “What goals do you have for your life?”
I had just spent the last 3 months as an Assistant Case Manager at a law firm where I started at $12 per hour. I loved what I did. …