Jeanne’s Bucket List: 22 Things To Do in 2022

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Happy New Year! It’s time for another “to do” list. I enjoyed creating last year’s list so much that I decided to do it again for this year. Truthfully, I enjoy doing it. As our family ages, our needs and activities change. No year is the same. I look at resolutions as reminders to get the most out of life personally and professionally. The little activities we partake in our daily lives are as impactful as some of the grander activities.  Inasmuch as New Year’s Eve and the days leading up to it are about reflection, New Year’s Day is about identifying the things I want to change and the things I want to try. Sometimes, life has made that choice for me, like when I gave birth to Alice last Christmas and began to work on our new routine as a family of four. Other times, I arrived into the new year with a few goals in mind, like in my 2017 New Year’s post on saying yes to me. For 2022, I am continuing my focus on wellness and fun for my family and those around me. Some things from this list are the same as last year’s, because I have yet to accomplish them. Others are new challenges for me. To quote Amanda Gorman, I want to “reach for what’s next.”  

Here is my list of 22 things I want to do this year.

  1. Picnic in a park
  2. Play at a different playground
  3. Do the 49-mile scenic drive with the sunroof open
  4. Take a finance course to learn how to invest my money
  5. Take pictures at our local monuments
  6. Walk the Golden Gate Bridge with my family
  7. Try baked goods from Twisted Donuts, Hahdough, Jina Bakes
  8. Cook and bake with my daughters
  9. Run with my husband
  10. Participate in Chef’s Cycle with my company
  11. Attend a church service at a different church
  12. Make lemon bars with Meyer Lemons
  13. Clean out our closets and donate goods we don’t use
  14. Go out for lunch dates with my husband
  15. Relish the quiet and cleanliness of our home now that both girls are in school
  16. Take my birthday off and celebrate my day getting pampered
  17. Schedule and keep friend dates
  18. Maintain my health and wellness regiment
  19. Sleep in until 7 am on the weekends when I can
  20. Dance with my daughters
  21. Travel for Spring Break
  22. Travel for Summer break

If 2021 was the year of “cautious adventuring,” then I think 2022 should be the year of just “living.” Wearing a mask when we are out and about is our way of life right now.  If wearing one protects others and my family, it is well worth it. I also want to incorporate more fitness into our family activities. I want our family to feel strong and feel good. If there’s anything I’ve learned from 2021, it’s that my own physical fitness journey has made me stronger and healthier in mind and body.  I can’t think of a better day to start tackling a new set of goals than today.

What are your goals for 2022? What will you be doing to take care of yourself?

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Jeanne is a married, full-time working mom with an MBA in Marketing from Golden Gate University and BA in Communications from San Francisco State University. She is a Director of Sales for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and loves that her career enables her to promote the city she loves. Jeanne and her husband Daniel live in San Francisco with their two daughters, Ilse and Alice. When Jeanne is not working, writing, or volunteering at Ilse's school, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and cooking from her collection of cookbooks (70 and growing) while sipping Hudson Bay Bourbon. Follow her adventures on Instagram.

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