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I’m 30 already?! Where has the time gone? I’ve been out of high school for over a decade and lived through the era of velvet jogging suits and the second coming of jelly sandals. Dial-up internet is thankfully a thing of the past.
The big 3-0 is a milestone birthday and for many people, considered the age when you’re officially “old”. The time where you should already have the spouse, house, kids and dream job. Quite frankly, I think that’s 1. nonsense and 2. not nearly as important as having good character. Life is a journey of self-improvement and learning how to serve others.
Now that I’ve sprouted three gray hairs, I think I’m grown enough to impart some practical wisdom.
1. Quality over quantity in all things. More doesn’t always mean better.
2. Toxic relationships: Let. Them. Go.
3. Take care of your body. Exercise regularly and nourish it with healthy food. Trust me…’cause the way my metabolism is set up….
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4. It’s alright to indulge every now and then too. Don’t completely deprive yourself of the things that make you feel good.
5. Make your mental health a priority. Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or down? Talk to someone about it. Chances are, someone you know is feeling the same way too.
6. Make an effort to stay in touch with old friends.
7. Stay close to your family too. As you get older, you’ll experience life changes – some good and others not so much. There’s nothing like having a loving family to lean on for support.
8. Make new friends. I can attest that it’s much harder to do now than when I was in college. Go to events or clubs where you can meet a new face. I just started taking fitness classes and I am thrilled to be getting fit and meeting wonderful people.
9. Your current job may not be your dream job. Work hard anyway and use it as a stepping stone toward your goal.
10. Invest with major purchases and spend more on things that you need to last you a very long time (appliances, technology, cars). I’m gonna use this MacBook till I’m 40.
11. Save money on everything else. Whether you’re an extreme couponer or like to thrift, cut corners when you can. I’m all for buying store brand items – except for Honey Nut Cheerios. No one likes off-brand Honey Nut Cheerios.
12. Know your credit score and work to keep it in the green!
13. Have a hobby and make time for it regularly.
My amateur photography. May 2017.
14. Take calculated risks. Move to a new state, start the small biz, or take that new job with the raise (or pay cut) to see if it’ll afford you the life you want.
15. The advice your mom gave you in your teens is starting to make sense. Thank her for it!
16. See your doctor and dentist regularly, even if you feel alright. Our bodies are like machines that need the occasional inspection and tune-up to make sure things are running smoothly.
17. Stop comparing yourself to others. You are enough.
18. Travel. Doesn’t have to be a lavish trip to an island. A road trip to the next state over can reveal some neat landmarks you didn’t know existed.
Our recent trip to Windmill Island Gardens in Holland, Michigan. The Midwest has a lot of hidden gems!
18. Make memories and document them. Journaling and memory keeping is a fantastic way to do this.
19. Practice daily affirmations. #selflove
20. Stay organized so you can work efficiently and get things done (planner girls, amirite?). This saves time for the fun stuff.
21. Get rest. Burnout from work or your personal life can drain you and make you feel depressed.
22. Detox from social media. It’s really just Facebook that grates my soul, but spending less time on the screen would surely benefit me. See #17.
23. Set concrete goals and give yourself a timeline to achieve them.
24. Learn new things. Whether it’s picking up a new hobby, taking a class, or watching a documentary, be a lifelong learner.
25. Have fun with your personal style. Don’t be afraid to try a new haircut or wear the bold red lipstick. If you don’t like it, it’s only temporary!
I cut my hair shortly after I turned 27. I miss my bob!
26. Take care of your skin and wear sunscreen!
27. Find ways to simplify your life. Meal prepping and regularly decluttering my home have been incredibly helpful! Pinterest is the best for finding life hacks like this one – using shower hooks to hang my purses. Genius!
28. Learn to forgive. It’s hard. Do your very best.
29.”No” is a complete sentence.
30. Give back to your community. It’s good for your neighbors and it’s good for your heart.