Happiness Highlights: A Perfect Week

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.

This week was practically a perfect week, so perfect in fact that I can hardly be sad about leaving San Francisco. The memories are just too good to mourn.

Some of the highlights from the dizzying week:

I never got a postcard-quality photo of the bridge, but I don’t feel like I missed out on experiencing it.

Getting all of my receipts scanned into Evernote. I try to stay completely paperless because of our limited space, but I’d been hoarding receipts in my wallet for weeks. I used the drive from San Francisco to Petaluma on Sunday to catch up; clearing clutter always makes me happy.

I am obsessed with hiking and biking – it’s pretty much the only exercise I can commit to with any sort of regularity right now – and I got to do both this weekend with Jared and the kids, surrounded by 1500-year-old trees.

Exploring San Francisco. I got to spend two days in the city on my own, gathering ideas for future stories and doing research for those that are already planned. Alone time, being outside, and getting to discover new places are three things I really love. And you guys? I might love San Francisco even more than New York City.

I think we had as much fun celebrating Emma all weekend as she had being celebrated. That neon pink hair, by the way, was a birthday present.

Staying at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. One of the very best parts of being a freelance travel writer is getting to enjoy the occasional comp. This week was loaded with discounts and freebies, the best of which was a night at one of the Ritz’s finest properties. I might live in an RV right now, but I still appreciate a little luxury and pampering when the opportunity arises. (Emma literally cried when we had to checkout Sunday morning.)

What were the highlights of your week? Before you rush off into a new week, I invite you to play along and share your own happiness highlights in the comments, or leave me a link to your own post (like Amanda does!)

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  1. martymankins says:

    Such awesome photos and memories from San Fran, the Redwoods and Emma's birthday.San Fran is such a great city with so much to do and see. My wife and I did the Redwoods in June 2010 and it was so great to see those trees (which reminds me, I never blogged about that trip – shame on me)

  2. Lisa says:

    After an especially frigid week we had an absolutely perfect 65* day yesterday so we loaded up the Jeep and went out to do some target practice. Being out in the sun is always good for me, and it didn't hurt that I did better than I ever have before. It's always a confidence booster to do something well!Saturday was also gorgeous and we got to spend time with a falconer learning about his bird and training, and we had the privelege of watching him hunt. It was amazing! What a majestic animal!

  3. rachel says:

    Awww <3 love the birthday photos.What a great week, Britt. :-)

  4. the muskrat says:

    I ran into a friend I haven't seen since summer 2003 while we were deployed together in Iraq. It was great.

  5. Megan says:

    We had awesome news about our homeowner's insurance (it went down – a lot), we spent time with good friends, I bought flowers to shoot and we're enjoying probably our last cold front of the winter. Plus, I got to see Emma with birthday pink hair.

  6. Lynda says:

    Petaluma is a cool little town. I have been thinking of moving back there, since it's about 30 minutes in between where I live in Santa Rosa, and where I work in Fairfield. My happiness this week was seeing a friend I haven't seen for 3 years. :)

  7. i really hope one of you hugged a redwood for me.speaking of hugging, emma is magnificent. hug her for me today, please.my week had highs and lows, but at the lowest of my lows (stomach flu) friends rallied around and took care of me. since love is the happiest of happy for me, it was really a great week.

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