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Get Ready: National Journal Writing Month - Celebrate Kwanzaa with Soulful Journaling Prompts

Note: National Journal Writing Month (NaJoWriMo) occurs four times a year: 1st day of January, April, July, and October.

You may be familiar with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November. But around these soul care scribbling parts, we get real excited for National Journal Writing Month (NaJoWriMo).

January kicks off National Journal Writing Month (NaJoWriMo). Our journaling prompts will be inspired by Kwanzaa, the seven-day harvest holiday. Although January 1st officially kicks off our NaJoWriMo on the last day of Kwanzaa, Imani (ee-MAH-nee), we'll begin our first Kwanzaa journaling prompt on December 26th.

All you have to do is tune in to the Mohawkmomma Soul Podcast. The free journaling guide is available in the show notes.

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For journal writing purposes, the Kwanzaa theme will invite us to examine the power of collective care + challenges + creativity through Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles).

By the end of this 7-day journal writing theme, we'll deepen our rest experience with a clearer understanding and "inner" standing of personal + collective harvest from the inside out.

NaJoWriMo Calendar Themes

Winter - January 1st (Kwanzaa)

Spring - April 1st (National Poetry Month)

Summer - July 1st (first day of BIPOC Mental Health Month)

Fall - October 1st (Menopause Awareness Month)


This Kwanzaa invitation is a 'first fruit' celebration. A celebration about ingathering (bonding of the people), recommitment (to African cultures), commemoration (of the past), reverence (for the Creator), and celebration (of all that is good).

Together, let's take a 7-day journey...

1. Umoja: Unity

2. Kujichagulia: Self-Determination

3. Ujima: Collective work and responsibility

4. Ujamaa: Cooperative Economics

5. Nia: Purpose

6. Kuumba: Creativity

7. Imani: Faith

The Nguzo Saba—Seven Principles. Seven days. Seven candles. To go deeper as a shalom-making co-witness, please subscribe to the email list.

(click or tap the above image to download the Kwanzaa devotional)


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Until next time,

Scribble. Speak. From your soul.


See our complete collection of bullet/dotted notebooks (as well as our lined + plain paper ones) in the soul care boutique + be inspired to pause with some soulful + restful sashayin’!



In order to flourish, you must nourish!

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