30 Things I've Learned in 30 Years
Well I turned 30 and I’m not going to lie, I was depressed about it! Birthdays, especially big ones, make you reevaluate everything you’ve accomplished, not accomplished, your expectations, and grieving the loss of a decade. But ultimately I’m thankful for another year and I’m proud of myself and where I am, even though I would like to change somethings. Life is a work in progress, right?
To mark the occasion, I thought I’d make a list of “lessons learned” in my 30 years, in hopes that I retain them and learn from them in the next 30!
Never give up on becoming the best version of yourself. There is only one you and she is a work in progress.
Vulnerability is not only a gift to yourself, it’s a gift to others.
Overtime some of your goals will change and surprise you and some will stay exactly the same from when you were a kid.
No one will leave this life and think they reached their full potential. Don’t let that hold you back, let it motivate you to do the best you can.
Friendships and relationships can be just as strong long distance if you both put in the work.
Nothing feels better than a friend thinking about you and letting you know out of the blue.
It is so hard to make friends as an adult, but quality over quantity always wins.
Relationships are never 50/50. You will always be trading off who carries more weight.
Being kind and working hard gets you half way to success, but working hard and being talented does not always equal success. Luck and destiny are involved.
Most anxiety can be cured with a long walk.
Most people, most of the time are doing the best they can. (Thanks Brene Brown!)
The most important career choice you can make as a woman is picking a supportive partner who wants an equal partnership.
Always be kinder than you have to be.
Treat others how you want to be treated.
You were once praying for the blessings you now have.
Do whatever you can to learn to enjoy healthy foods, to like some form of exercise, and take control of your mental health.
Drink as much water as possible.
Invest in quality skin care! Not everyone is blessed with perfect skin ala Austin Nyquist (I sure wasn’t) but learning about skin care makes all the difference.
Libraries are magical, free entertainment
Grades are important but won’t matter once you start your career. Focus on learning the subjects that truly interest you and know that you’ll never stop learning. Soak up the opportunity to throw yourself in your passion while you can.
21. Travel every chance you get. Experiences are worth 100x material goods and are the best investment.
22. Start saving money early and save more than you think you need to.
23. Hard financial times will come- someone will lose a job or want to take a career risk- set yourself up to be comfortable in those moments.
24. Be so generous, it makes you uncomfortable.
25. You are not tied down to the career you decided you’d have at 22. You can change course at any age.
26. Just because no one else is doing it, doesn’t mean it isn’t right for you. Just because everyone is doing it, doesn’t mean it’s right for you.
27. Ask people to take pictures of yourself, you’ll want to look back on the memories.
28. Life is too short- eat the cheeseburger.
29. Your attitude will attract positive or negative people into your life.
30. Listen more. You don’t have to or need to share your opinion on everything.