KUJICHAGULIA (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.


Every morning before Jaiya heads into school, I charge her to “be the best you“. It’s our parting thing that even the teachers rushing her out the car look for me to say!:)

Today I reminded Jai the challenge to be the best you is really the Nguzo Saba Principle of Kujichagulia (self-determination) and though it’s spoken easy enough, embracing all aspects of your AUTHENTIC SELF in a culture often encouraging the opposite, is a TRUE character builder!

Proudly Brown. Opinionated. Strong-willed. Courageous. Honest. Loyal. Faithful. Creative. Resourceful. Maternal. LUCKIE.

Define ourselves. Name ourselves. Create for ourselves. Speak for ourselves. All really an inner-prompt to live authentically.

Write your own rules. Be the best YOU!:)

Habari gani?! KUJICHAGULIA!


Image – left to right: Brianna, Jaiya, Trinity and Sydney dressed as their favorite book characters. As usual, Jai chose her Disney look-a-like Doc McStuffins!:)

Doc McStuffins