Building a Stronger Community … Through a Kawaii Filter


“If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far, go together”     ~African Proverb

 [kuhmyoo-ni-tee] :  a unified body of individuals: as

astate, commonwealth
bthe people with common interests living in a particular area; broadly:  the area itself <the problems of a large community>
c: an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (as species) in a common location
d: a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society <a community of retired persons>
e: a group linked by a common policy
f: a body of persons or nations having a common history or common social, economic, and political interests <the international community>

g: a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattered through a larger society <the academic community>

Happy Friday friends!!!!


Wednesday afternoon’s meeting with Mirta, the latest member to join TeamLIPS, graciously lending her PR talents to help connect with my (existing) niche market, turned into an invigorating conversation about community. You may remember Mirta from here, where I’m whining about digitally cleaning and reorganising a few weeks ago. 😀

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We talked a lot about what it is to build collectively, as a selfless community. We chatted about the condition of the Black community and the lack of as well as the Peruvian community (she’s from Peru) and how it used to be. Basically, we referenced the idea of Kwanzaa principle, Ujima, which is to build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and to solve them together. All in all, we definitely agree that building together, as a community, is a lost art that we are consciously rekindling while building Little INKPLAY Shop.

Our conversation definitely left me mushy and contemplative about TeamLIPS. I’m no good at asking for help, but somehow I felt comfortable enough to share my dreams with these loves and they decided to dive right in. I WISH there was a way to show how much their efforts mean to me. And while I’m sure nothing will ever quite communicate my feelings, I can say that I am beyond thankful and grateful for their efforts, business-ship, friendship and more!

One day, I’ll be doing a spirit animal series, where I highlight those who inspire (friends and otherwise). I can’t wait to tell you about these amazing women individually. Please look out for that in the coming months, but for now you can get to know them and their individual projects here.


Meet the core team of Little INKPLAY Shop. These ladies have been sold on the idea since I started mulling around in my head. Knowing they have dreams of their own and they found it in their hearts to help me touch mine, I cannot wait until I am stable enough to reach back and help them tough their dreams too!

Don’t get it twisted. We are all steady building and while working on Little INKPLAY Shop, we are still maintaining dreams within dreams. For example, if I acquire resources while on my #supportLIPS journey, I can reach back and share them for another team member’s dream builds.

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Team LIPS is composed of friends I have been blessed to know from all walks of life. Lucretia is a client (turned friend, I think it’s safe to say) and such a positive force in life. It’s not too often I say I like someone as a human (the highest compliment I will give someone), but I LOVE her as a human. She’s definitely someone to learn from.

She’ll be joining the team momentarily with some ideas for effective workshops that will help introduce kawaii culture to DC. She’s also got a ton of ideas and to-do’s in merging African and kawaii aesthetic. We also want to encourage our pretty young black girls that you can be kawaii at any skin tone … and that would include them! <3

SpreadingKawaii Through DC with Minna!

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Meet the area’s local tea merchant (maybe our first kawaii hemp tea merchant?! huhuhu) and #supportLIPS partner, Minna of Hemp Kettle Tea Co. Minna and I met a while back on another project (but that’s for another post). At some point she caught wind of my fundraiser and started researching kawaii. Minna was ALL OVER it! She donated and then started asking how she could get involved. ALL LOVE!!!!! <3 <3 <3

Not too long after, Minna was sponsoring our first tea party for DC KawaiiStyle. Now she’s moving on to her own monthly installments of tea parties that will also help spread the word of a kawaii DC!

She has a beautiful mission not only educating about cannabis or spreading the word on kawaii, but she’s also very bold in the face of gentrification, wanting to bring together creatives of all types saying that WE are the soul of DC. We ARE the community and we aren’t going anywhere.

Be sure to grab a ticket for her first installment, THIS SUNDAY!


 LeadingBy Example

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Each person of Team LIPS is passionate about their dreams, goals, and causes. It’s what makes me love to be inspired by them. We ALL have (positive) changes and additions we want to introduce to our respective communities. We could easily complain about what’s wrong and what could be changed, but none of use live by that creed. We just needed a place to start in demonstrating how to bring about change and a stronger community. Somehow fate has us choosing to start here. I’m with that!


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6 thoughts on “Building a Stronger Community … Through a Kawaii Filter

  1. I love this! Half of blogging for me has been finding a community of like minded people to inspire and advise. I love your domain name too!

    1. Hey Caroline thanks! ^^ I’m honestly still finding my niche so until then just hanging out and getting a handle on this blogging thing haha
      Thank you so much for stopping by <3

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