Happiness Highlights: Coming Full Circle in San Francisco

One summer night in 2010, I scared the crap out of my husband by whispering in the dark that I wanted to take off and travel for a year. His first thought was that I meant alone, without him and the kids. Once he figured out (a few days later) that I intended for us to travel as a family, he was so relieved he was ready to agree to just about anything.

“Where do you want to go?” he asked.

“Asia maybe?” I said. “Or Europe?”

On another night a few weeks later, as we were getting ready for bed, I announced that I had decided we should spend our first year as full-time travelers touring the United States.

“It doesn’t seem right to travel around the world when I haven’t even been to San Francisco.”

There have been times in the last couple of months when I thought I might not get to San Francisco after all, when the temptation to drive home – wherever that might be – was stronger than my wanderlust.

“We can just buy a plane ticket and fly to San Francisco,” Jared would say, knowing what the city represented to me.

This week, I saw San Francisco. We saw San Francisco. And while I know now that I will never be able to say I have seen the entire country, I can say that I have officially set out to do what I intended. Unlike the accidental journey from ocean to ocean, this destination was always a literal part of the dream.

And now it has been seen.

And I would like very much to see more of it – of San Francisco and of America.

But from here on out, we’re playing in the bonus rounds.

This week I found happiness by experiencing a life list moment. Where did you find it?

More photos on the Facebook page.

Every Monday, I start my week by highlighting what makes me happy from the previous week, because I believe we multiply what we focus on, and that gratitude is the first step in learning how to be happier. I invite you to play along and share your own happiness highlights.

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  1. Kelly says:

    San Francisco was our first "grown up" trip (a solid week away, with no family or family to have to go visit) – I'm pretty sure that city made me realize how much I haven't seen and definitely put the travel bug in my brain.I'm so glad you made it over there and got to experience it!

  2. Megan says:

    Loved San Francisco. Ended up exploring most of it solo as Mitch went hiking in Yosemite.I found happiness last week when my work computer finally started functioning again and I could actually work at work.

  3. I went to San Francisco a few years ago when I attended a wedding in the Sonoma Valley. I loved SF and plan to go back again someday.I found my happiness in a lounge chair by the pool. In February. I still don't take it for granted.

  4. SwanShadow says:

    Glad you enjoyed our little City by the Bay, Miss Britt! Next time, stop in and say "hey." :)

  5. Amanda says:

    I'm grinning ear-to-ear for you! I'm so glad you got to visit San Francisco! I share my \"happiness highlights\" every Friday: http://ajigreer.blogspot.com/2012/02/happy-friday_24.html

  6. Christina says:

    Ohhhhhhhhh – that was our first time San Francisco? Tell us more how you liked it!!!San Francisco … I am a lucky kid. I live in Europe very far away, but I am working for San Francisco companies for about six years already. My recent office is downtown only a few minutes walk away from Market Street / Bay Bridge / Ferry Building. That means I am living with one foot over there … can go every couple of months. It never, never, never gets tired and although I travel quite a lot I still think San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities on this little blue planet. I love it so much and I hoped you really enjoyed it as well.

  7. it makes me wildly happy that you got to san fransisco. so very thrilled for you. i love watching you achieve your goals!

  8. Lisa says:

    I'm glad you're loving San Francisco! It's a great city!My happiness came from being able to resume Sunday dinners with the kids. And little Ryin is walking now! He's such a doll.

  9. AmyB says:

    I grew up in SF but live in Boston now. I miss it so much! I have a 25 year old postcard on my fridge with a drawing of the Golden Gate Bridge that says 'There may be no heaven anywhere but somewhere there is a San Francisco." It is my mantra.

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