getting older

Yesterday marked by 27th birthday. Although I'm not a huge birthday person - I don't necessarily enjoy being the center of attention -  I do love any excuse to get together and celebrate with my friends and family.

In the spirit of turning another year older wanted to share an article that another blogger introduced to me a few months ago from Glamour. Although the article refers to "30 by 30," I'd say it's pretty relevant to those of us in our late twenties. Plus the good news is I still have 3 years to check the last few remaining items off the list...

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

What do you guys think of this list? Anything else to add?
I think my favorite part of the list is that it says nothing about the need to have you career set or your husband picked out!


  1. Great list! I agree, especially with buying something you deserve and truly believing you deserve it haha! Great post <3

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  2. I agree - this is saying a good foundation only - for career/hubby :) "A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better"

  3. Just be comfortable with yourself...that's the best advice I can give.
    I am 33 years young and I feel more in tuned with who I am, what I want and don't want now more than ever...but it took be really embracing all that I am to get here...so go ahead...get comfy ;)

  4. love this, totally agree with learning to fall in love without losing yourself, something usually learned the hard way! followed you in gfc, hope you can follow back! http://xxxloveisbeautyxxx.blogspot.ie/

  5. totally empowering and so important. Such a fabulous list. Love it! If you get a sec, I'd love if you'd check out my latest outfit post. xo


  6. What a nice List! :) Happy Birthday! Hope you've enjoy your birthday.... Best Wishes! :D
    Following you now.. ;)
    Hope you’ll follow back. Thank’s A lot!

    Kisses from VV!!

  7. Wow this list is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it... and of course, Happy Birthday!! Now I know I have some work to do before I turn 30 (I still have some time though thank god)...

    xoxo, Ally

  8. good list, i have another 14 years before i'm 30!!


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