Today I’m 30 | The Top 20 Things I Learned in my 20s

Today, I’m 30.

About a month or so ago, I was kind of dreading this milestone and didn’t really want to celebrate my birthday this year. It seems so cliché, but I felt that 30 seemed old and it didn’t feel like me. I’d rather just slide under the radar and call it 29+1.

But then I looked back at what I’ve experienced in the past 30 years, and I don’t feel so bad.

I started a family, I excelled in both my education and career, I fostered relationships that I’m so lucky to have, I’ve traveled [a small part of] the world. I lived.

So why be ashamed in a number? It doesn’t define me. Everything else does. Everything else that matters to me does. And even so, I could have never experienced all of that above if I was any younger than what I am today. This is my life, and this is how my life has played out.

Kendall + Kylie at Buckle.com


So yes, I’m 30 and I’m wearing it proudly.

If I can give one thing to those in their 20s, it’s this… well, 20 things I guess:

  1. Drink the water – hydration keeps your skin clear and your gut thin.
  2. Pass on the drama – it’s not worth your time and only makes others feel bad.
  3. Alcohol is fun until it’s not (whether you know it or not). There is such a thing as drinking too much.
  4. Capture moments in pictures and then put the phone down to truly enjoy them.
  5. Do what you enjoy for a career. Your day is split into thirds… 8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of work, 8 hours of personal. And we all know everyone isn’t sleeping 8 hours and definitely not working only 8 hours. If you’re spending 1/3 of your day at your job, make it worth it.
  6. Empowering others makes you feel better – no matter the situation. Tearing people down will leave you feeling regretful.
  7. Enjoy life’s experiences rather than the material things.
  8. But don’t feel bad about treating yourself to something nice every once in a while.

Ross & Snow

  1. Be the friend your friend needs. One day you’ll need them just as much.
  2. Answer the call from your Dad, it may be the last one.
  3. Patience is virtue, especially in times of stress.
  4. Value your partner, always lift them up when you talk about them. You’re a team, not a one-man-show.
  5. Value money, don’t spend it all at once. Invest in your future.
  6. A healthy eating habit is actually important, so start NOW.
  7. It’s OK to course correct even years after “knowing” what you’ve wanted.
  8. Ask the straight-forward questions, don’t beat around the bush. No one has time for that, and it’s just annoying.
  9. Show attention to those around you. Engage in the conversation, and show them they’re worth your time.
  10. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. The worst that will is happen is you’ll be told “no” and you’ll get over it.
  11. If you really want something, create an action plan to make it happen. Don’t wish your life away. In three years, you’ll wish you would have done it already.
  12. Embrace your 20s then move on to embrace your 30s. It’s just a number, not a way of life.

Today I’m 30, and I’m living my best life.

Bring it on, 30. Let’s do this.

The lifestyle loop blogger

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  • Reply
    Ashlee Graham Meier
    August 16, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    LOVE this and you so much! Thank you for sharing these brilliant nuggets. Your 30’s might surprise you and could end up being every bit of awesome you saw in your 20’s….and more!

    <3 Ash

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    Tawnya Bacchetti
    August 24, 2018 at 11:32 am

    I loved my 30’s… I had a hard time a few weeks ago turning 50, that’s right I’m half of 100. I’ve look back on my teens, 20’s, 30’s and 40’s and think about what I’ve learned and what I can do different or better as I age. I can say I don’t feel 50.

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