Go ahead, have a FLING this Spring!

Typically, a fling is a short-term fantastic journey between two people (maybe strangers), usually inolving deliciously naughty details.  Today, I officially endorse the Fling mentality, but with an ever-so-slight twist.  Leave the delicious details intact, but start not one, but a series of ongoing flings between two familiar elements in your life: Your MIND and your BODY!

My series of flings are in full bloom, and they feel fantastically right-on-time, and in some ways, long overdue.  What’s long overdue for you? What areas in your life have caused the uncomfortable disconnect between your MIND and BODY?  Don’t even try to pretend you don’t know, because if you sit quiet long enough, you’ll hear it.

Let’s get serious about SELF-LOVE, Execumamas!  We can’t afford to keep wading around in Mediocre Mode when Excellence is well within our capacity!

FOUR SPRING FLING IDEAS TO JUMP START YOUR ONGOING LOVE-FEST:

One foot in front of the other!

I joined the GirlTrek challenge last week, and logged my first 30-plus minutes of walking yesterday.  I along with more than 500 women and girls of color across the U.S., are committing to walking 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week for 12 weeks.  I love the simplicity of the movement, and it falls right in line with my spring fling mentality, because when I go for a brisk walk, I get to do something for my body while I clear my mind and listen to my thoughts in peace.

Send it sailing!

Pick ONE thing you’ve been holding on to—an old flame who did you 30 kinds of wrong; that “unforgivable” thing your closest friend did; whatever—then give it to your higher source.  Give it willingly, and with the knowledge that this one thing will now and forever be removed from your heavy list of things to process, ward off, or pretend not to care about.  It’s a step in the right direction, I’m sure of it.  Send that one thing sailing, no matter how difficult it seems, and watch how much better you feel tomorrow.

Feed yourself fit!

You know as well as I do, there’s no skirting around the issue of our health.  This month, the My, She’s Fly feature is a veteran yoga practitioner and instructor who reminds us about balance, remaining present, and honoring our temples.  Can you take a few small steps in that direction today?  Even if you’re already in good health, there’s ALWAYS room to do even more for our bodies and minds.  For starters, want to energize your water?  Well, if you’ve heard the good word on alkaline water, check out this month’s Feed Me Fit section for great, simple recipes to boost your Spring Fling must-have beverage!

Quiet as it’s kept.

Don’t underestimate the power of quiet time.  Put yourself in a “time out” at least 3 days this week.  5 minutes, just 300 seconds, of just you.  Literally lock yourself in the bathroom if you have to, but the point is to get some time alone without so much as a peripheral view of another human being.  Try it this week and let me know how it goes.  So often, we spend so much energy trying to figure out how to better connect with our children, our partners, and our communities, but when was the last time you made a conscious effort to better connect with yourself?

See how many wonderful opportunities we have to get our Spring Flings on?  Share your ideas with me here, or among your sisterfriends in your community.  No matter what, let’s get the conversations going and keep in line with the Execumama credo to Define, Design, and Live our fullest versions of SELF!  HAPPY SPRING TO YOU!

Celebrating the Warrior in YOU,

Akilah S. Richards, One of Many Execumamas