23 Things To do in 2023


    Happy New Year! It’s time for another “to-do” list. I enjoyed creating last year’s list so much that I am doing it again this year. Like our annual fall family photos, I’ve decided to continue my annual “to-do” list. As a life-long planner, creating a list for the year helps me focus on the grander goals I want to accomplish for myself and my family. Whenever I cross off a goal, I appreciate the goal that much more. For our family, 2022 was a year of educational growth for all of us: Alice started preschool. Ilse attended art camp and loved it. The hubs and I were both promoted at our respective jobs. Our weekday family schedules got a little more hectic as we got into the groove of two school drop-offs and pick-ups, more social activities, and more work travel for the hubs and me. 

    23 Things To Do in 2023
    23 Things To Do in 2023


    For 2023, I am determined to get our family back on a plane for some serious travel. Now that we are all vaccinated, I feel good about air travel as a family. Some things from this list are the same as last year’s because I have yet to accomplish them. Some are new challenges for me, like editing my work wardrobe. I have difficulty parting with my shoes, but a few pairs are too painful to wear. Other goals are family ones; I love those goals the most. With annual goal-setting, I don’t have to worry about “what could have been.” To quote one of my favorite television series, “West Wing,” I have to think about “what’s next.”

    Here is my list of 23 things I want to do this year.

    1. Picnic in a park in the Spring.
    2. Maintain my health and wellness regiment
    3. Potty train Alice 
    4. Renew/apply for my daughters’ passports 
    5. Chat with a financial advisor to figure out how to maximize my 401K contribution
    6. Take stock of my whole work wardrobe (including shoes) and edit/update.
    7. Visit a new museum with my family.
    8. Try baked goods from Twisted Donuts and Rize Up
    9. Start a grateful jar with Ilse to capture everything we are grateful for throughout the year.
    10. Do a baseball game date with my husband
    11. Participate in my second Chef’s Cycle with my company
    12. Attend a church service at a different church
    13. Bake ensaymada with my Tita Elsie’s recipe
    14. Clean out our closets after winter.
    15. Go out for dinner dates with my husband
    16. Develop a daily, weekly, and monthly household chore list for the family
    17. Maintain #16
    18. Take a random weekday off just for me.
    19. Schedule monthly friend dates
    20. Find a fitness activity we can do together as a family on the weekends.
    21. Travel for Spring Break
    22. Travel for Summer break
    23. Take a road trip somewhere in California (hint, hint, Hubs)

    If 2022 was the year of educational growth and “just living,” 2023 will be the year of exploration: exploring other parts of California, another state, or learning a new skill. I can’t think of a better day to tackle a new set of goals than today. What are your goals for 2023? What do you want to accomplish?

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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 an Associate 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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