All time favourite summer pastime? Tanning and reading. It’s been the ultimate “me-time” activity for me this summer. I’m learning now, at age 23, that as you get older, you have to literally schedule me-time into your week. Or else, if you’re anything like me, you’ll keep pushing it back further and further until you realize its been 2 months since you promised yourself “me-time” and you still haven’t even gotten close to being all that you need to do to get there.

So, since #selflove seems to be a trending topic, here’s my tip:

When you are planning your days, weeks, or even months—schedule in your me-time. Whether that’s reading and tanning, running, taking a bath, going to the spa… Whatever it is, block off time in your schedule to take care of yourself. 

It’s BC day monday, and that’s exactly what I’ve got planned for today. I had plans with some friends to have a lake day but was feeling guilty this morning when I woke up because I’ve been slacking all weekend. I have a bunch of personal deadlines I haven’t met, and it’s the last day of my long weekend. So decided to back out of lake day and just work at getting all my personal goals and deadlines for the weekend completed.

I have, however, scheduled a 2 hour breather for this afternoon though. Going to ride my bike out to my new found “spot” and hang out in my bikini and finish The Alchemist. I’ve got three separate books going right now (oops!) but since the Alchemist is the shortest (and most interesting) read I’m currently tackling, it’ll be the easiest one to finish. Super happy with myself for getting back into reading this summer. I imagine it’ll only get easier to read as the seasons get colder since there will be less distracting fun activities to do in the winter. I’m trying to read at least a book a month this year but since I started a little late (really only got back into it in July) I have a bit of catching up to do.

Bikini from Monochrome Swim | Glasses from Zero UV

It’s been truly relaxing not making plans and spending much-needed time alone in the last two weeks since I came back from camping. I used to be the type of girl who can’t go a couple days without seeing my friends else I’d start feeling stir-crazy. Some how, my independence has grown ten-fold in the last couple of years, and I’ve become someone who prefers being alone and being at home.

Actually making it a goal this week to spend at least one day out with some friends. Can’t be a hermit forever, right?

Angel Zheng