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More Success?

9 Apr

I did study last night, and cleaned too! Did half of what I wanted to do of each of those things, but half of each is progress. Then, I took a shower, and made myself something to eat. I think my stomach just gets cranky whenever I eat stuff now, though, and it pretty much just either kicks it back or lets me know it’s not pleased. However, I did lots of things! I felt really accomplished. I took an Ambien early, and was about to head to bed when…COCKROACHES IN MY BED!!! EW EW EWWWW!!! They replaced my fridge, and the roaches living behind my fridge (I guess) needed a new home, so they moved into my bed. GROSS. I didn’t sleep at my apartment. My friend picked me up and I (already on the Ambien) got to her place and stayed there. I still managed to fall asleep before 11:30, so overall, the day was a huge success! Today, however…I’ve been crying all day. I failed a quiz (HARD) and people will just not cut me a break. I feel like people are just being mean to me today!

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Habari Gani? Imani!

1 Jan

Imani means faith!

Light the previous candles and in same way and order as the previous nights, then light the remaining green candle. The last candle! This is the last night, guys! It’s also New Year’s. 🙂

Discuss faith and what this personally means to you (whatever religion you practice or if you don’t practice a religion…this is personal to you). After that call out “Harambee!” seven times. Then, guess what you do? You give zawadi (gifts) to immediate family members to encourage growth, self-determination, achievement, and success, and promote or reward accomplishments and commitments kept. Haha, gotcha!! Gifts are usually handmade (self-determination, purpose, and creativity, remember?) When you accept the gift, you’re implying that you’re willing to follow through with the principles taught during Kwanzaa. And uh…then you eat! ^_^ You knew it was coming.

This has been a Kwanzaa celebration with me, thanks for joining, and I hope to see you next year :).

Habari Gani? Ujamaa!

29 Dec

Ujamaa means cooperative economics!

Light the previous candles and in same way and order as the previous nights, then light the second candle from the left. The red one!

This principle is about building and maintaining stores, shops, and other businesses and profiting from them together. Discuss what this means to you. Then guess what you do? You betcha! Eat. ^_^

Habari Gani? Ujima!

28 Dec

Ujima means collective work and responsibility!

Light the previous candles in the same order that you lit them before, and then light the green candle on the far right using the black candle.

Ujima means to build and maintain out community together, and make others’ struggles and problems our own so that we may solve them together. We reflect on what this means to us…then we eat, ha! See a theme?

Habari Gani? Umoja!

26 Dec

Umoja means Unity!

Tonight’s principle means to strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, and nation. On this night, the black candle in the center of the kinara is lit. The kinara looks something like this, although there are variations in the base:

On this night, only the black one will be illuminated. Unity is the basis of success, and that is why it is the candle in the center, and the first night. It’s the candle that is always lit first and used to light all of the other candles. Once the candle is lit, you talk about unity and its importance…and that sounds like a perfect excuse to eat, right? Right. Dinner time!

How To/How Not To Help

17 Dec

Don’t just say “let me know if you need anything” or “call me whenever you need anything” or any variation of this. Chances are that I won’t. You should be direct and specific. If you’re going to the store or something, say “I’m going to the store right now, do you need anything?” Chances are, I’ll probably need a few things. Bring me some food (check what I can and can’t eat, first) or offer to help me clean my apartment. Don’t expect that I can go out anywhere with you, because I probably won’t have that kind of energy. If you want to just “talk” because I seem upset, then talking about all the things that make me upset, and telling me what you think I should do probably won’t make me any less upset. You’re probably just going to stress me out. That’s all. I know you’re just trying to help, and I hate to complain about something as great and thoughtful as that, but that’s just how I feel.