When Anna Marie Clifton moved from New York City to San Francisco to start over, she wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. What she did know was that she was ready for a major change. In her weekly column, Anna Marie immerses herself in San Francisco’s tech-centric culture and shares her findings.


Ok, so I may have been a bit melodramatic about going out last night. We actually had a great time—duck nachos and speciality cocktails are always delicious, and good people to share them with make everything even better.

This morning I woke up at 9 to go catch a morning yoga class with another new friend. I’m so new to the city that I’m in “say yes to any social invite” mode. I didn’t even look into the yoga class, I just showed up.

That may have been a mistake.

Small studio, wonderful instructor, but it’s exclusively a Power Yoga place, and we were taking their most intense, advanced class. Quite a bit over my skill level and 10 hours later I’m STILL a little shaky from the workout! But it was nice to do something so physically taxing that I didn’t have any emotional space to be anxious or worried about my career moves right now.

After yoga, I had time for a quick group call with my whole, scattered family and then on for day two of the workshop.

Today moved a lot faster because we didn’t have to spend time on “intro to the internet” and most of the things I learned were new to me. I love this feeling of “new learning” and my latent teacher’s pet gene kicked in as I raised my hand again and again to ask and answer questions. Hopefully, I didn’t overpower the room.

When 6 o’clock rolled around today, I could barely believe it! I didn’t feel any of the anxious desire to check my phone the way I did yesterday. I didn’t want to leave, but they had to close up shop. Plus, I have board game night at my place to look forward to.

People will be over soon—gotta make sure we have enough wine.

Read also: Anna Marie’s Great Tech Adventure: Part 2