It feels good to be able to check something off of my list of 2017 goals! I look forward to continuing this trend throughout the year!

I have always had a hard time in getting my ideas to go from being a lightbulb over my head and into reality. But this year, I won’t just daydream about my ideas. I am going to do them.

Kwanzaa ends, fittingly, on the New Year! The seven principles of Kwanzaa are meant to be lived throughout the year, and the New Year is the perfect time to make a resolution to do so!

I was always taught to leave things in better condition than when I found them – and that’s what this 6th day of Kwanzaa is all about!

When you use your skills and interests to help solve community issues, you are stepping into your “purpose,” in terms of being a productive and proactive member of society. But for me, there are a few different layers to the concept of purpose.

It’s important to help each other to get ahead by patronizing our own businesses and organizations whenever possible. I plan to make more of a commitment to this in the coming year, and I hope you’ll join me!

As the new year approaches, I hope you can use this third principle of Kwanzaa as a catalyst to start working toward the types of changes that you’d like to see in your community!