Summer of Action: Zinhle

Alas, we have come to the last Summer of Action blog post. When the idea of having a “Summer of Action” was planted in my head, I didn’t realize it would have allowed me to have one of the best summers ever. This summer I didn’t just talk about what I wanted…I worked towards it! Here are my Summer of Action goals:

HEALTH: Move 21 miles each week.

I truly believe that it’s best to, “reach for the moon – if you miss, you’ll land in the stars -” so why not aim high? I knew 21 miles a week was an ambitious goal. From the end of May to the last day in June I went to the gym virtually everyday. I registered for a gym classes and fell in love with Pilates. I’d also bike about 3-4 miles a day. I never actually hit 21 miles in a week but it was certainly better than nothing.

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One of my post-workout smoothies featuring blackberries, banana, peach and soy milk.

It was near the end of June that I realized I hadn’t found the correct pace for my body. I came from a 8:30-5pm job, headed straight to the gym and then plopped onto my bed because I was so exhausted. I found balance by delving further into research about food and nutrition and began doing something I have always loved – experimenting in the kitchen! In cooking and exercising I remembered that there is a time and place for everything. There is a time to do burpees and there is a time to eat brownies, there is a time to make a kale smoothie and there is a time have a T.V. marathon with friends – moderation is key.

Delicious experiment - kale, celery, tomatoes, mushrooms and zesty spices.

Delicious experiment – kale, celery, tomatoes, mushrooms and zesty spices.

BEAUTY: (Internal/Spiritual) Do one in-depth verse study a week and write a private (or public) personal written piece about it.

I focused on internal beauty by doing one in-depth bible verse study a week. There were a few weeks that I didn’t make time for it, but when I did I gained so much! I am leading a bible study on the Mount Vernon campus this school year (you should come!) and my partner and I read through Acts together this summer.

Another part of my internal beauty goals was doing things that make me happy. I love exploring so I made a point to visit new places in D.C. One of the biggest lessons I learned from pursuing my beauty goals is that you have to prioritize and make time for your goals. Life will always be busy and something will always come up…so decide what’s important to you and make it a top priority in your schedule.

Exploring Eastern Market with a friend from work!

Exploring Eastern Market with a friend from work!

HAIR: Take multivitamins every day.

Did I do this? Not really. But, I feel like indirectly reached my health goal anyways! How? Well, in June I unbraided my hair and let it hang out it in all its natural glory. This was a big deal for me because it’s the first time I’ve let my hair out for an extended period of time since my big chop. After scouring YouTube and asking friends about how to manage and maintain moisture in my crazy coils I finally found a video with a girl whose hair actually looked like mine…AND IT WORKED!

Poolside in my hometown with some COG ladies!

Poolside in my hometown with some COG ladies!

I could not believe it. My hair was actually retaining moisture, soft and, dare I say it, manageable. I primarily wore two-strand twists and the first time I did my entire head it took me about 3 hours (yes my arms were sore afterwards). Now I can do it in about an hour and a half. My mom has often been skeptical of my natural hair, saying, “Your hair has always been so dry, it won’t work!” “Your hair is so curly — it’ll get tangled!” When she saw my two-strand twisted hair she said, “Your hair has grown! It looks nice, so soft!” Now that was a wonderful moment.

Celebrating my birthday at Lianne La Havas' concert!

Celebrating my birthday at Lianne La Havas’ concert!

This summer, I learned about my body’s capabilities, my mind’s potential and the power of determination and discipline. This school year I challenge you – when you set a goal, intentionally set a side structured moments of reflection and have a system of accountability. You will be amazed at what can happen!

Thank you for joining the COG E-board during our Summer of Action! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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