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.
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?
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.