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!)