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Kwanza Day 1: Umoja

Updated: Dec 28, 2022


This week between Christmas and New Year's Day has always felt urgent to me. A time to look back over the past year and assess the things I have accomplished and the lessons I have learned while simultaneously trying to prepare for the coming year. It is the week that some celebrate Kwanzaa, an African American holiday that consists of 7 days and 7 principles.

Over the past year, I have pondered the 7 principles of Kwanzaa and worked to incorporate them into my every day life. This year I want to share my take on the 7 principles and encourage others to find ways to live by them as well


The first day of Kwanzaa is Umoja which is Swahili for Unity and is described as striving for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

I believe striving for unity should start with one's self. Understanding the self, our motivations and intentions, helps us to connect with our families making them stronger. So many of us are busy with careers and financial worries, or trying to move past hurtful and traumatic experiences that we are not living in the present and experiencing life as it happens. Seeking to be one with self and our spiritual being will help us to be better wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties and friends. (Same for my male readers, you will be better husbands, fathers, sons, brothers, uncles and friends.)

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Let December 26 be the day you embark on your journey of self discovery and make unity a principle to strive for 365 days a year.

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