21 Things to do in 2021


Happy New Year! I am a New Year’s resolution girl. 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 2021, I am starting the new year feeling cautiously optimistic. Wearing a mask and distance-learning may still be part of my family’s life, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun. 

Here is my list of 21 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. Visit a new retailer opening in my neighborhood, like Byredo
  5. Take pictures at our local monuments
  6. Walk the Golden Gate Bridge with my family
  7. Try baked goods from Twisted Donuts and Hahdough
  8. Cook and bake more with Ilse, especially the rainbow-hued dishes she wants to make
  9. Cook with my husband
  10. Attend an outdoor church service (weather permitting)
  11. Shop at a farmer’s market for seasonal produce more often (hello Meyer lemon season!)
  12. Take a deep breath of the clean air
  13. Order a nice meal from one of our favorite restaurants for our anniversary
  14. Shop from local, small businesses
  15. See the Chinese New Year decorations in Chinatown
  16. Do a Target run and coffee date with a fellow mommy (aren’t those the best?)
  17. Go to Crissy Field Beach or Ocean Beach and look for shells
  18. Try to sleep in until 7am on the weekends
  19. Dance with my daughters
  20. Learn a new skill that will enhance my career
  21. Get out of town for a holiday, any holiday.

If 2020 was the year of “pivoting,” then I think 2021 should be the year of “adventuring.” We can try new foods or retailers in our neighborhoods. We can explore new outdoor activities with our families. We can prioritize self-care. Most of all, we can choose to see the joy in our daily routines, even in our conference calls and in working from home. I can’t think of a better day to start a new adventure than today.

What are your goals for 2021? What is on your adventure agenda?

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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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