Turning 30 is a milestone we’ll all reach at some point. If you’re anything like me, there will be things you regret not doing. And possibly a few you do regret doing. But that’s what’s fun about your 20’s, it’s the perfect time to do what you want before the big responsibilities kick in.
Here are 30 things to do before you turn 30:
1. Take control of your finances
It’s never too early to take control of your finances. Your 20’s are the perfect time to get a head start on your future. The sooner you create and learn to stick to a budget the better position you’ll be in.Sit down with a pen and notepad and write up a list of your income and your expenses. Could you be saving a little more?Do you really need that new dress now? Or can it wait till next month? Can you pay off a little more debt this month? Do you need a credit card? Can you save for that new laptop or car instead of getting a loan? Being aware of your finances not only helps you financially but emotionally. Just think if you started saving $50 each week from your 25th birthday for 25 years you’ll have $65k on your 50th.
2. See the world
Travelling the world is an experience you cannot get at home. The cultures, the cities, the countries, the people you meet along the way. Your 20’s are the best time to travel as you most likely don’t have the big responsibilities of life. The photos, the memories and the friends are reason enough. Having a travel wish list is the perfect inspiration to save your money and explore the world.
3. Have fun
This point doesn’t require many words. Having fun with friends, your family, your pet/s, just with life in general. Have fun during your 20’s. You’ll look back later and smile. Don’t forget to laugh, you can never laugh too much.
4. Find your passion
Finding your passion isn’t something you can find overnight. It can take years, even decades to figure out what you love to do. The younger you discover it the sooner you can utilise it to change your life. Whether it’s your career, whether you turn it into a business or use it to help the world. Knowing what you love to do can give you peace of mind as long as a smile on your face.
5. Find your style
Experimenting with fashion in your 20’s is one of those things you look back on and wonder ‘What the hell was I thinking?’. But that’s the fun part. Finding your look, although it evolves as you do, is something you’ll find yourself doing in your 20’s whether you’re consciously aware of it or not. Clothes are the perfect way to express yourself. From comfy pants and tanks to date night dresses. Fashion is fun and no matter your personal preference there’s always time to mix it up and experiment.
6. Set goals
Setting goals for where you want to be in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years time if the best way to work towards what you want in life. Write them out and stick them somewhere you can look at them when you need a reminder. Be they work goals or personal goals when you reach them it’s an amazing achievement. It could be anything from ‘Visit Paris’ to ‘Save for that new bag’ or ‘Buy a car’. Goals are simply the destination, don’t forget to enjoy the journey.
7. Buy a car
Buying a car is one of those big responsibilities in life. The maintenance and expenses that come with owning a car require a level of maturity and organisation to make sure you can afford them. When it comes to the purchase of the car itself, you may already have one from your teenage years or you may want to purchase your first car/a brand new car. One tip I’ll offer though is to save for a car and pay cash. If you do have to go the route of a car loan do your research first and be realistic about payments. If you can pay it off faster. A car can give you independence and the freedom to go where you want when you want. There’s nothing like those early days of driving freedom.
8. Learn to love cooking
Cooking isn’t everyone’s strength but it is a life skill you’ll need when you live alone. You won’t always be able to buy takeaway so learning how to cook the basics (if cooking isn’t your thing) is crucial. Between cookbooks and the internet, you’ll be able to build up a repertoire of recipes in no time. There’s nothing quite like sitting down and eating a meal you cooked yourself. And it tastes SO good (if you did it right *wink*). Who knows, with time you may even fall in love with food and what you can do with it. And don’t panic if you burn something, every home cook has burned something in their life, it’s a right of passage.
9. Make memories
Make memories that will make you smile or cry later in life. This really counts for every stage of your life, but you’re only 20 something once. Be they happy or sad or somewhere in between, memories are a part of you and you’ll thank yourself one day for them.
10. Gain your independence
Being an independent woman in this world is an important step that is key in your 20’s. Whether you seek financial (getting a job), physical (moving out) or mental (learning to rely on yourself) independence. It’s important for women to reach these milestones and each woman is different. Some may not reach them until their 30’s or 40’s for various reasons. But being independent is such a self-confidence booster and it’s good for your mental health.
11. Pay off your college debt
College debt can be a terrifying thing, especially if your debt passes $20k or $30k. Your 20’s are supposed to be full of life, fun and making memories but being in serious debt can put a damper on everything. The good news is your 20’s are also the perfect time to pay off your College debt and set yourself up for a debt free 30’s. It may mean changing your lifestyle in order to pay off your debt faster. It’s definitely doable in as little as a year depending on the size of your debt and your regular income. If you’ve already paid off your College debt then good on you girl, it’s a hell of an achievement to be debt free.
12. Learn to be content with who you are
There’s something about your 20’s that is unlike any other decade. You’ve finished high school/College, you’re finding your feet on your own, you’ve moved out, you’re travelling or working. You’re trying to figure out who you are and what you like. If there’s one piece of advice I’d give my 20 something self it would to be content with who you are. Stop comparing yourself to others. It can be so hard in this day and age with the internet, social media and pop culture. But it does get easier with time. If I’ve learned anything it’s that.
13. Develop a skincare routine
Taking care of your skin in your 20’s is essential if you want to maintain your youthful glow in your 30’s and beyond. The younger you start a daily routine the better your skin will be as you age. It’s not just the products you use but protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. As you near 30 the effects of your late teens/early 20’s on your skin becomes far more visible. Your skin loses the elasticity it once had and wrinkles, sun damage, uneven skin tone all begin appearing. There’s no need to panic if you don’t have a skincare routine, it’s never too late to start. Look for products that are tailored to your skin type, try a few until you find the right one for you. And don’t forget the eye cream.
14. Make new friends
Making friends can be daunting at the best of times. But you may find your high school/College friendships may fade with time. Your 20’s is a great time to make new friends as you’re in a different place in life than you were in your late teens.
15. Find your look
Makeup is so much fun to play with. There is so much it can do for you, so many looks you can try, so many techniques to learn. No doubt you’ll go through phases you’ll regret later but that’s the point. As you change your tastes will change and makeup will always be there. While you’re young make sure you experiment, change your look, try new products, take inspiration from others and develop your own look.
16. Fitness is your friend
Fitness doesn’t just keep your body looking good it keeps your health (eat healthy too) in check too. When you’re young you have the energy to try all different kinds of fitness. From sports to the gym, to yoga and Pilates. There are so many ways to stay fit you’re bound to find something you love doing.
17. Have a roommate
Whether you have a roommate in College or your first apartment. Having a roommate can teach you many life lessons you just cannot learn while living at home. From the responsibilities of moving out to learning to compromise. You also learn so much about yourself you didn’t know before.
18. Move to a new city
Moving to a new city can be both terrifying and exciting. Not knowing anyone or where anything is can be daunting. But nothing beats living on your own (or with a roommate/partner) in a new city. It’s an experience everyone should have at some point in their life.
19. Fall in love
You’ll never have control over when you fall in love or with who. But falling in love in your 20’s teaches you more than you could possibly know. And should the relationship not work out you’ll be able to leave with many lessons learned and an idea of what you do/don’t want in a partner.
20. Feed your soul
It’s never too early to feed your soul. Take time each week just for yourself. Block out the world and focus on your needs. Besides, who doesn’t love a pampering day? Paint your nails, have a bubble bath, dye your hair, soak your feet, moisturise your skin or apply a face/hair mask. Whatever it is that makes you feel like a princess. It’s as good for your mood as it is for your body.
21. Try new things
Be it a new cafe, restaurant, gym, hobby, sport, community centre, theatre, shopping centre, etc. There’s always something new you could try and doing so in your 20’s only broadens your horizons. You may find new friends, a new love, a new passion or a new skill. There are only benefits to trying something new. Don’t just think about it, start now.
22. Sleep more
Getting enough sleep is crucial to you living your best life. Lack of sleep affects so many aspects of your life. The recommended amount of sleep per night is 8 hours. It’s really easy to achieve if you put in the time to change your nighttime routine. Give yourself 3 weeks on your new routine and you’ll find your body will automatically adjust to your new sleep cycle. And you’ll thank yourself each morning when you awaken refreshed and ready for the day.
Meditation is something I’ve only recently discovered but I’ve come to realise it’s crucial to your mental health. The sooner you begin practising meditation and incorporating it into your daily routine the better you’ll feel. It may take time but you’ll find a difference in your mental health, from your thinking to your daily productivity.
24. Stress less
This is easier said than done. But there are many things you can utilise to decrease the stress in your life. From yoga to meditation, journaling, therapy, catching up with friends and family. Keeping the stress in your life down not only helps your body stay strong and healthy but your mind also.
25. Be creative
Creativity is a great way to express yourself and it can take many forms. Being creative in your home, personal life or work can benefit you in many ways. You can use your creativity to decorate your home on a budget. Or turn your craft into a business.
26. Give back
It’s never too early to give back. You could volunteer, give back financially, donate old clothes, help friends or family. Giving back doesn’t just help someone else but it gives you a sense of accomplishment. You were able to provide something to someone in need. That’s a great feeling.
27. Stop caring what other’s think of you
This does get easier as you get older. At least in my personal experience. But each woman is different. If you’re constantly worried about what other people think of you, you’ll never achieve what you want in life. You’ll base your actions on others instead of yourself. Be confident in who you are.
28. Read more
Reading a book is a great way to exercise your brain and learn something new. It’s also what successful people do each day. Be it books, the newspaper, articles, magazines. Whatever it may be, just read something each and every day. Your brain is a muscle and it needs exercise as does your body. Don’t forget to exercise your brain.
29. Teach yourself something
Life is about learning new things and teaching yourself something new is a great way to gain a new skill. Via books, online courses, videos or just giving it a go. Teaching yourself something can be a great way to learn more about yourself and whatever it may be you’re doing.
30. Live in the moment
Don’t forget to live in the moment. Take note of your life, of your friends and family, of the memories you’re making and the achievements you’ve accomplished. Spending all your time looking back to the past or thinking of the future will only make you forget the present.
How did/do you feel about turning 30?