30 by 30: what you should have & what you should know

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


i was browsing the internet this morning and came across this article on the huffington post about a new book that came out today from glamour.  a combination of essays and articles from mostly famous women about what you should have and what you should know by the time you are 30, inspired by an article that originally ran in the magazine in 1997.  seeing that i will be 30 in 6 short years (yikes!) this list is something i'm going to conquer.  by the time i'm 30, i want to be able to cross everything off of it.  

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


Sami said...

I absolutely love this! It's perfect. I want to have this printed and put some where in my house! Thanks for sharing :)

Amira said...

This was the post that I have scheduled for tomorrow :-) I LOVE this list!

And you lucky beotch, I have 1.2 years before 30!

Tabitha Mahoney said...

SO true love this list.


Stephanie said...

How funny! I was going to post this tomorrow (maybe I still will)- you beat me to it. I love it...it's so true!

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

New to your blog!! Love it.

Bethany said...

I am obsessed with this! #10 in the first list is my fave :)

-Mallori said...


Anna said...

Ah, I LOVE this! I turn 27 in less than a month... so 30 is really not that far away. What a great life motivator!! Thanks for sharing :)

Tammy @ Lemons, Avocados & the Bay said...

Love this Kels =) So many important lessons

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