My week away serving as a leader at a girls camp also helped refresh my mind immensely. I had five wonderful days in the lovely woods of western Washington spent in the company of great girls and great friends, with a surprising amount of free time that I used for reading and knitting.
The reading especially recharged me and I realized that though I've always loved reading, I haven't always considered it a priority or even a productive use of time and I needed to get over that. I'm a person that likes to really be doing something most of the time and I have often felt a little guilty "just reading."
This year I set a goal to read at least one book a week and I've been loving that goal but still feeling guilty about so much reading time. So I usually "read" by listening to audiobooks while working around the house, or snatch chunks of time reading while eating or brushing my teeth or in the car if someone else is driving. Getting to sit around a campfire or under the trees and just read for long periods of time felt so luxurious.
my littlest reader had to be pulled away from all the great books on our recent visit to The King's English bookstore in Salt Lake City
Now that I'm back at home and trying to balance time with my kids and all the house projects I need to do (and get ready to leave town again soon!), I miss all that time I just sat and read at camp. But I've been giving myself permission to just enjoy a good book for a block of time each day and set aside the chores.
And I've noticed my kids reading a lot more this summer than they have in past summers. Of course, that may have a lot to do with our new family rule of no screen time (Wii, tv or computer) unless they read at least 30 minutes a day. Some days my youngest squawks about the rule, but I notice I still find her reading unprompted for a lot more than 30 minutes most days.
What about you? Do you consider it a priority to read each day? Is it hard to squeeze it in especially if you have your kids at home all day long now that it's summer?