Thirty: Over The Hill

Thirty. 30. Oh my god I’m going to be 30. I have less than a month before I leave my 20’s behind me and become old. Isn’t 30 like the beginning of the end? I remember when I thought 26 was old- when I was 19 and dating a 26 year old. Obviously I am struggling with this milestone birthday, which is only slightly made better with gifts. Slightly.

About a year ago I came across an article on Huffington post about 30 things woman “should have and should know” by the time they turn 30. The article was actually from Glamour magazine in 1997, later to become a book after it went viral. I have said book on my nook unread by the way. You can see the Huffington Post article here 

By 30, you should have ...

1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.

2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.

3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.

4. A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.

5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.

6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.

7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age -- and some money set aside to help fund it.

8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account -- all of which nobody has access to but you.

9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.

10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.

11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.

12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.

13. The belief that you deserve it.

14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.

15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better.

By 30, you should know ...

1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.

2. How you feel about having kids.

3. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.

4. When to try harder and when to walk away.

5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.

6. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town.

7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.

8. Where to go -- be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat -- when your soul needs soothing.

9. That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.

10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.

11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.

12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.

13. Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally.

14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.

15. Why they say life begins at 30


So, how do you stack up? I would definitely say I’m 30 for 30, even if I don’t think some of these are actually that important by 30. 

When I think of what I accomplished in my 20’s, and the goals I have for my 30’s, I can sleep at night, I can look forward to the days to come, even if I can no longer “relate” to the style posts in People StyleWatch divided up by 20’s, 30’s, and the grave. Haha, just kidding.

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  1. At 34 I can say turning 30 was hard mentally, but I have a feeling 40 is going to be a wreck. Its just a number and remembering that helps :)

  2. I'd say I have some work to do in the following year! I will be entering my last year of my twenties in about a month. Guess I better get on it!

  3. Lol, I remember that article, I posted about it way back when.

    30 isn't so bad... I'm 31. 40 is what makes me nervous now tho..

  4. Wow I'm in my mid 20s but I love this post. I'm happy I can say I'm on the right track :)

  5. This is amazing! I have one more year to accomplish and learn all these things. Happy birthday, lady! There are so many of us not too far behind you. Here's to our 30s and every year beyond!


    Courtney @ Little Miss MBA

    P.S. Had to share this with all of my readers on my Facebook!

  6. I just turned 30 last September and I feel awesome!!! My early to mid 20's were so awkward! I think all of those things are super important!

    xo Dinah @ sunshine super glam

  7. Great post, got a kick out of those lists!

  8. Well, one, lucky for you, you still look 25! And I dread (kind of) hitting 30 in a few years but I'm sure I'm be ready when it comes, that overall inspired me so now I feel better about it. Xo Megan,