You guys, I am THIRTY today. Thirty years old. That is old. Seriously. That is the age of a real adult. You can put off adulting all through your twenties because, hey, you’re only 22, 25, 28, you’re still learning who you are! Thirty, on the other hand, is the real deal. It’s time for me to stop shopping at Forever 21 now (Ha, just kidding. I’ll never stop shopping at Forever 21.).
Since I have lived such a loooooong life, I wanted to share thirty things I’ve learned in thirty years.
- Don’t compare your real life to someone else’s social media life. For example, my social media life is AWESOME. But in reality I’m sitting on my couch in sweats and I may or may not have just eaten an entire box of Cinnamon Chex.
- Dogs are the best kind of animal. Giraffes are the second best.
- If you are dieting, don’t be one of those people who says, ‘I am never eating carbs again.’ That is insane. You deserve better! Carbs are the best type of food. Eat the carbs, just don’t eat an entire loaf of bread.
- Don’t respond to texts from boys after 1am. Nothing good can come from this.
- After college, find a big girl/big boy drink to enjoy. You can’t drink Natty Light and Arbor Mist forever.
- Don’t spend a lot of money on trends. You will regret spending $250 on a designer crop top next season.
- Learn to cook at least one dish really well.
- Don’t allow yourself/your child/your friend to be one of those people who arrives at college not knowing how to do laundry.
- Underpromise and overdeliver.
- Be nice, but don’t let people push you around.
- Live somewhere other than your home town for at least a year.
- Not all of your life dreams will come true, but make sure at least one big dream of yours comes true. Making dreams come true usually requires a lot of work on the dreamers part, but it’s always worth it.
- Work to live, don’t live to work.
- Replace every soda you drink with sparkling water. You’ll feel so much better.
- If you’re about to have a kid, don’t stress yourself out reading a lot of parenting books. They will make you go crazy. Also, 99% of them are super boring and more than a little useless.
- Try not to use your phone at meal times.
- Have one thing in your life that you do just for yourself.
- Eat your vegetables.
- Floss daily.
- Go to the movies by yourself.
- Shopping with a friend pretty much guarantees you will come home with something you don’t actually want.
- Read classic literature. Most of that stuff is reallll good.
- Working out with a friend is a million times better than working out alone.
- Take care of your skin.
- You don’t need a reason to wear something fancy.
- Take lots of pictures.
- Eat healthy, but don’t be annoying about it.
- It’s better to have a few good friends than lots of mediocre friends.
- Laugh loudly and often.
I’m sure you’re wondering where Hannah is in these photos. “What kind of selfish mother doesn’t include her baby in her milestone birthday photos?!’ you might be asking.
Well, I had it ALL planned out, y’all. Hannah was going to be in these photos looking all cute and fresh and shiny and new. We were going to laugh and bond and hold balloons. But the tiny boss lady had other plans…