I like to make lists. So I’m trying a new variation on an old favorite: an already-done list rather than a to-do list. A way to expand on that feeling of accomplishment and self-efficacy, which helps us feel good about ourselves, according to this article.
It doubles as a gratitude list, apropos for this Thanksgiving week. Because I am so thankful for these privileges. Even the school tours because I have the time and space to do them. Even the unpacking because it means a fresh start, empty spaces and the opportunity to be organized for a little while, or a long while.
Without further ado, here are some things I’ve done during my first six weeks in San Francisco:
Attended several playground-based playgroups.
Taken Giovanna to gymnastics and yoga. I love seeing the joy she finds in movement.
Walked the city with and without the littles. My big girl is learning how to get her city legs.
Attended a style soiree, won a facial, gotten my hair cut and blown out, let a Benefit make-up artist do up my eyebrows, and tried on designer dresses for rent. Just because it’s fun to be a girl.
Taken barre classes at three different studios.
Secured a part-time spot in an amazing non-traditional preschool.
Hired a babysitter.
Gone to dinner with friends.
Hosted brunch for extended family.
Played on the beach.
Written a short story.
Unpacked the majority of my boxes.
Visited my cousin and her children 100 miles away.
Went on a movie date.
Listened to live music at a jazz club on Fillmore.
Taken the bus.
Bought a new wardrobe for Skyla at the Tea Collection sample sale.
Shopped at the farmer’s market.
Signed up for a CSA home delivery.
Joined the San Francisco Public Library.
Attended multiple elementary school tours for next year.
Hiked in the Presidio.
Joined the California Academy of Sciences.
And on the horizon:
Cook Thanksgiving dinner.
Take family pictures with the phenomenal photographer who captured our wedding and now lives in SF.
Attend a new book club.
See the Nutcracker performed by the SF Youth Ballet and the Velveteen Rabbit by ODC/Dance.
Redeem said facial.