30 Things I Learnt Before Turning 30

30 Things I Learnt Before Turning 30

It’s happened. I didn’t think it really would, but it did. I’ve turned 30. Clocking over to this decade was a lot harder than the last one and I’ve been throat-clutchingly anxious about it since my 29th birthday.

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So what have I learned in these past three decades (mainly from Hulett’s sugar packets)?

I’ve made it into a handy list:

1) Lists are awesome. I love lists. LOVE THEM. (I should write a list about all the things I love about lists.)

2) Liz Lemon is my spirit animal.

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3) I only really realised this when my fiance lovingly put a ring on my finger, but I have chipolata digits. My ring is about 6 sizes bigger than any of my friends; in fact, some of my more waif-like, elegant compadres could wear it like a belt.

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4) It’s really important and rewarding to have a creative outlet. Mine is my knitting. And blogging. And baking. And stressing.

5) Don’t get lost in the stress. I do it all the time! I remind myself: think about the BIG PICTURE. I keep getting lost in the details and you lose the fun of daily life if you’re worrying about the things that, in the end, are all flotsam on a river floating away.

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6) Having your own house is wonderful. I love having a space that’s mine, that makes me happy, where I’m completely comfortable, and where I can repaint and drill holes with wild abandon.

7) If you can’t find your own happiness, you’re not going to fix yourself with a relationship. For a long time I thought a relationship would give me meaning, but it’s only when I truly realised it wouldn’t ‘fill a void’ that I met the right person.

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8) Friendships change – you have to be comfortable letting them grow. And sometimes, that means growing apart.

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9) It’s incredible when you find a safe space with someone. Never take that for granted.

10) Hiding irritation behind silence is the surest way to sour a relationship. Take a leap – say what’s bothering you. If you value the relationship, it’s worth a shot.

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11) It’s OK to re-read the Harry Potter series. Every. Year. (Sometimes you need your comfort books – not everything has to be Interesting and Challenging).

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12) I’ll never know where North is (and I’m OK with that).

13) Stop worrying about things you can’t control. I worry about the stupidest things, constantly, and it’s such a waste. I’m trying to stop. For example, I no longer care what I eat.

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14) I’ve already written about this (in list form) but stockings are the WORST.

15) Always go the extra mile – but don’t expect it from other people.

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16) Learn what YOUR boundaries are, and stick to them. Even with a looooooooooooot of therapy I really struggle with this one!

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17) Comparison is the thief of joy. It’s probably my biggest addiction – why is she thinner, or doing so well, or looking so happy? Social media makes this ridiculously easy and it really is an easy way to ruin self-confidence.

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18) Moms can be frustrating, but you need ’em. Even if I’m rolling my eyes, I still call her for everything – from recipes to life advice and even a moaning session.

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19) Puns are the BEST.

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20) One day, I will stop procrastinating.

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21) I used to get FOMO – such bad FOMO! But the older I get, the more I value a Friday night in after a long week.

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22) There’s nothing quite as valuable as being properly listened to.

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23) You don’t have to be wounded by everything. Sometimes, you got to let things roll off like water off a duck’s back.

24) Guilt is POINTLESS! It’s heavy, so HEAVY. Sure, sometimes you need a little guilt, but it really shouldn’t be the rudder on your ship.

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25) Adulting is HARD and no one is doing it perfectly. All you can do is try and hope your fuck ups are fixable.

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26) Money is a tricky animal, and it’s one of the easiest things to mess up. I wish they taught that instead of maths – budgeting, insurance, bonds…

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27) Get enough sleep! I am a night person trying to be a morning person and I’m tired all the time. It’s very frustrating.

28) Make that phone call! Not everything can be done with texts – and that includes email.

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29) Put on sunscreen! I’ve gone to many beauty launches and the factor that affects aging the MOST is the sun. Eep!

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30) Value the important people in your life. Show them, tell them, talk to them, take them out for drinks.

And a bonus point:

31) Talking about loving your body is a lot easier than doing it!


 

 

 

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