I seem to have come up with a new plan for my after-work hours these days. There was a time, a year ago, when all I ever wanted was to pack my days up with plans, say yes to every request and make all the memories possible. In hindsight, that may have been my way of coping with introversion – but now? I proudly declare myself an introvert, ensuring I get as much me time as is required. I have begun avoiding any plans post office hours, just to snuggle up at home, write, and watch Grace and Frankie. Truly, there is nothing wrong with choosing the comfort of your home instead of outdoor plans – at least every now and then. Don’t get me wrong, I consider few things more enjoyable than wine dates with my closest friends, paired up with intriguing conversation and plenty of laughter. Parties are great, too – in moderation. But I really do prioritise my time at home just as much now, even writing it down on my diary just as I would any other plan. I also recommend you do the same; every one of us needs some downtime to cope.
I have also chosen to book a day off every few weeks or so. It is crazy what one extra day can help you achieve. And don’t get me wrong, it isn’t really a day of no work – I am still freelancing, writing and editing photos for most of the hours. But I enjoy it, so that’s fine. Here are a few photos from one of my recent days off work (my hat and top are from H&M, while the leather pants and bag are from Zara):