Motivation vs. Inspiration + My Kawaii Kwanzaa 2018 Intentions

“Motivation is when you get hold of an idea and carry it through to its conclusion, and inspiration is when an idea gets hold of you and carries you where you are intended to go.”

~ Dr Wayne Dyer

Happy New Year かわいい + creative family!

It’s a new year and I’m kicking the door down in 2018.

I hope you’ll join me for the ride this year ^.^

I’ve thought a lot about my motivation vs. inspiration.

So, I want to share my thoughts about it + my 2018 intentions clearly organized  kawaii Kwanzaa challenge.

💗 Motivation vs. Inspiration 💗

reflecting on 2017, family + community are both motivation + inspiration

In my group mentoring, we’re taking time to clarify our motivation vs. inspiration to get REAL clear on our bigger pictures … beyond 2018 ~

The two are often used interchangeably since we all benefit from both.

BUT there are major differences like motivation coming from outside and inspiration coming from within.

✨ Motivation

“motivation” comes from the word “motive” so it is your REASON; something from the outside that compels you to take action

✨ Inspiration

“inspiration” comes from the late Latin word “inspirare” which means “inspirit” or “divine guidance” is more of a process; it touches you on the inside often boosting you to feel more excited, productive, purposeful

Now that we’re clear there ~

Here’s a recap of my kwanzaa challenge

💗Kawaii Kwanzaa Challenge 2017 💗

This year I did THE MOST for Kwanzaa in hopes of sharing an awesome way to honor your year using rites & rituals + goals ~

Using the Kawaii + Creative Kwanzaa goal setting workbook, I was able to honor my year-in-review and clearly see my wishess for 2018.

Here are my intentions and a few powerful moments during my week of reflection ^.^

Also! Visit ipukekawaiiTV for my daily journal process ~

Umoja was a recap of 2017 and reminder of what UNITY is (or should be) ~

For work, my experience with Umoja was powerful!

I definitely thought I’d be sorry to take on (originally) a family of 5 ^^

✨ But God! ✨

I learned that in order for their eldest to get tattooed, she had to do the research and present it to her family. Once agreed at least dad would share her experience … but has now become a family crest + new tradition moving forward ^^

They left pleased and loved their experience and I got quick financial literacy & Swahili lessons. Lots of laughter + high energy & good times ~

There was even a mother/ daughter sleep over 🤣

Mimi Ni Kwa Sababu Sisi Ni✊🏾
to honor Kujichagulia, these goals are all about my financial + personal improvement
I even had a financial goals lunch date with my god mom (& financial advisor)
for Ujima, I will continue community + nation building through DC Kawaii Style and Kawaii in da Hood<3
Ujamma, cooperative economics, is much more than sharing finances ^.^

On this UJAMAA

I consider what cooperative economics looks like beyond ritual & in daily practice ~ In my kwanzaa challenge, the goal for this principle is finding reciprocal growth through partnerships + networking ^.^ going into 2018 I am happy to say that I have secured solid partnerships to meet the following ~

✨help scale my tattoo business ✨start + grow a successfull branding + brand coaching business ✨organize a kawaii community non-profit ✨create better financial builds ✨continue shaping my baby. my studio, Little INKPLAY Shop (this includes growth by way of my THREE accountability partners + their successes}

these days, my purpose is starting to feel far greater than myself
Creativity, KUUMBA is the most important part of the human experience ^.^
and with faith, Imani (… hey! that’s me🤣) the size of a mustard seed, I’ll be able to move mountains ^.^

By honoring my principles everyday, I call upon the strong will of my dad, the strokes, talent and creativity of my brother Scotty, the empowerment of my aunt, Liza and the the courage, strength, & matriarchy of my grandma, Inez.

I show gratitude to my duppies, in total, surrounding me, pushing me towards success.

Most important, I honor my name. Happiness. Creativity. Purpose. + Faith.



If you found this challenge fun + inspiring

download the workbook

and do it for yourself!


今年も宜しくおねがいします ^.^

Wait! Before you go …

Comment below your intentions for 2018.

Happy new year!


Love, Imani (イマーニ)

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