My Kawaii Kwanzaa 2016 + Goals Link Party!

Hi friends and happy NEW YEAR!!!!! Today is the last day of Kwanzaa and the first day of 2017! If you remember, two years ago I started a personal Kwanzaa challenge. Then it was hand styles I doodled daily while in Japan. Last year, I challenged myself to look at how I’m upholding the principles of Kwanzaa, going into the next year. I called it My Kawaii Kwanzaa. But first let me tell you about something new I’m doing this year ~ My first link-up party! I’m really excited. As I blogged this year I realise that I REALLY enjoy setting goals, sharing with friends, and accountability. I also realised I’m shy and my friends almost never know I’m reading their blog … I’m a quiet creeper. Sorry guys >.< BUT I love connecting with people, despite how it looks. So I thought I’d invite people to my space … yup! friends and family, old & new. So I hope you’ll jot down your goals and join me for that HERE ~ Now let’s get back to TODAY!

My Kawaii Kwanzaa Challenge

The goals and motivation of this ongoing project are ~
  • self-improvement and showing how subconscious values affect or conscious efforts
  • showing how each effort can add to collective growth and empowerment
  • connect both lifestyle and (moral) value system of African and Japanese culture
I hope to open this challenge up to others, next year, using the hashtag #kawaiikwanzaachallenge. As an enthusiast of culture exchange, I hope it will encourage others of African or Asian descent to take part, creating an exchange based on both ideals and experience. Still considering a format I want to stick with, so this year I thought I’d share 7 positive intentions and my favorite 2016 moments. I also added a video part, since I’m working on my personal brand. I tapk a lot about how my professional intentions and branding correspond with both kawaii culture and the ideals of Kwanzaa. View my video playlist and thoughts on each day here ~ And now … *drum roll please* My Kawaii Kwanzaa 2016. Please enjoy.

Umoja, Unity

To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

Meet my mom … the definition of Umoja <3 (hi mo~m)

KujichaguliaSelf-Determination

To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.

Always in beta mode as I grow creatively … for me, self-determination couples great with Gambaru! ^^ (get it?! 😸)

Ujima, Collective Work and Responsibility

To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.

We are our brother/ sister’s keeper, emotionally, spiritually and physically ~

Ujamaa, Cooperative Economics

To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

having fun and working hard with friends to build a business that contributes to a stronger community & inter-generational wealth

Nia, Purpose

To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness~

If you don’t stand for something … You’ll fall for anything without purpose

Kuumba, Creativity

To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

bring back learnings that will help grow and strengthen your community

Imani, Faith

To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

 
but it all starts with faith … the size of a mustard seed. With that, I can move mountains. Add some forward motion, consistency and a splash of obnoxiousness confidence
… and ALL of my wildest dreams can come true.

Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow. Let’s link up and share some positive intentions!

Happy New Year family!

明けましておめでとうおめでとうございます。 ことしもよろしうおねがいします〜

Gambarou, minna

Let’s get it 2017! 🎨☀️🌈💗💕✨ Imani (イマーニ)


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