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Turning 30 is a huge deal for many people. I used to hear ALL the time that turning 30 was a super difficult time for many, and that I should expect the same.
And actually, turning 30 was the best thing that happened to me. I once heard someone say that your thirties are like your twenties, but with money. I couldn’t agree more!
No matter how you are feeling about turning 30 soon, or in a few years, there are always new and exciting things you can cross off your bucket list before turning 30.
I call this the 30 before 30 bucket list. Thirty things you can cross off before your thirtieth birthday.
30 Things To Do Before You Turn 30
1. If you think you’re old, stop
I don’t know when society started telling women that turning 30 means their life is soon to be over, but don’t believe it.
Each year is a blessing, and your thirties are actually wonderful. You learn who you are and what you want out of life. Your relationships become more meaningful. You pretty much have your career figured out (or, at least, more-so than in your twenties).
Aging is a beautiful process, and don’t think for a minute that you’re old and expired. Your life is just beginning, trust me.
2. Learn to manage your finances
Finances are a huge part of life, so you’d better learn to manage yours sooner than later.
That means learning about budgeting, investing, and creating multiple streams of income.
There is no better time than the present to learn about how to manage your money, and going into your thirties knowing how to do so is going to be one of the best things you can do for yourself.
I’ve written a few posts on money management which you can check out here: 12 Money Habits That Will Change Your Life
3. Step out of your comfort zone
When you stay in your comfort zone, you will never progress. Take a leap of faith and do something that you know is good for you no matter how much it scares you.
4. Take on a fun hobby
We weren’t born to just work and pay bills. Take the time in your twenties to develop a fun hobby or two which you can carry with you well into your thirties.
The great thing about hobbies is that you can try as many as you’d like until you find one that you really enjoy.
Here are just a few hobbies you can choose from:
Art (painting, sketching, coloring, sculpting), reading, sports, decorating, collecting something (stamps, coins, items of clothing), planting, cooking, designing.
The world is your oyster!
5. Monetize a skill you have
If you’re good at something, why not make money from it? Plus, if it’s something you enjoy doing, it won’t even feel like working.
You can sell arts and crafts, ebooks, online services- anything really.
6. Learn about different cultures
What a boring world would it be if we all spoke the same language, wore the same clothes, and looked all the same. Immersing yourself in different cultures and learning about them brings a lot of richness into life.
If you can travel to places with a different culture than yours, perfect. That’s the best way to learn about that culture.
But if you can’t, try to make friends with people from different parts of the world. Eat their foods, learn about their religion, learn to say a few words in their language, etc.
7. Break a bad habit
We all have bad habits. Whether it’s smoking, not exercising, gossiping, or even going to bed too late- all bad habits can be broken. If you really want to break it, that is.
Working on breaking a bad habit in your twenties can save you a lot of time in your thirties for things that actually matter- your family, friend circle and your well-being.
8. Travel alone
Traveling alone can be the scariest thing you can probably think of, but it can also be the most rewarding journey of self-exploration. If the thought of traveling to another country by yourself terrifies with you beyond belief, you can travel to a nearby city instead!
9. Donate to charity
Giving back to your community or to a cause you are passionate about is definitely something everyone should do every once in a while. Making it a habit before your thirtieth birthday will surely help a lot of people and causes.
Also, donating to charity doesn’t necessarily have to be in the form of giving money. You can donate old clothes and shoes, toys, or even old books you no longer want. Every but counts.
10. Treat yourself
Along with treating others, make sure you regularly pour into your own cup too. Treat yourself to a mani and pedi, a beautiful meal, a new pair of shoes or a cool outfit, or even a nice long bath.
11. Declutter your space
When your space is cluttered and disorganized, chances are that your mind is the same. Declutter regularly, and unless something holds very sentimental value to you, get rid of it if you haven’t used it in a year or two.
12. Develop a morning routine
Morning routines are super important for creating a well-structured day. You don’t need to follow it every single day (I usually don’t during weekends), but having a morning routine is definitely a habit you should get into.
13. Face a fear
Being scared is no fun. Some say that facing your fears can help you overcome them, so why not try it?
14. Learn a new language
Learning a new language, or even a few words, can be incredibly helpful when traveling and meeting people from different backgrounds.
An easy and fun way to learn a new language is using the app Duolingo.
15. Learn how to cook
Cooking is a basic life skill everyone should develop. If cooking scares you, there are plenty of easy recipes to try online. A trick I like to use is to look up recipes for foods I know I like, and learn how to make those.
You should definitely learn how to cook at least 5-10 different meals in your twenties.
16. Eat at a restaurant alone
Doing things alone like eating at a restaurant can make you learn more about yourself and can also take you out of your comfort zone. Spending time by yourself is the most relaxing thing you can do- whether that’s going out to eat alone or going on a walk regularly.
17. Go to a concert
There is nothing better than seeing your favorite band or artist live in concert. The excitement and thrill that is in the air at concerts is well worth going. So pick up some friends and go sing your hearts out!
18. Eat at a high-end restaurant
Going to a high-end restaurant at least once is definitely a lavish experience. You get to dress up and try delicious food, and you will remember this experience for years to come!
19. Watch the sunrise
Sunrises are beautiful, but most of us sleep through many of them. It is definitely something you need to experience at least once, so why not do it in your twenties?
20. Start a journaling practice
Journaling is a very rewarding practice to start if you haven’t gotten into yet. You can write about things that have happened to you, or things you wish would happen. Your thoughts hold a lot of power, so definitely start putting your thoughts to paper regularly.
21. Find a workout you enjoy
The keyword here is enjoy. There are hundreds of thousands of different workouts you can try, and when you find one that you actually like doing, stick with it.
22. Spend a day at the spa
What’s more relaxing than getting pampered? If you’ve yet to do this, save up some money for a day of pure bliss and relaxation. You don’t even have to spend the whole day- a massage will do just the trick.
23. Develop a skincare routine
Taking care of your skin in your twenties can help you a lot when you get older. You really don’t need to pile on many products too. Start with a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen.
Here are some of our favorite picks:
24. Invest in a good quality bag
A bag that you are going to be carrying every day should be of good quality. If you wear it all the time, it only makes sense to get something that is going to last.
Here are some of our favorites:
25. Take your health seriously
Many people take their health for granted and don’t really take care of themselves. This can really catch up with you in your older years, so do take the time to stay active, eat healthily, and go to your doctor’s appointments regularly.
26. Take a cooking class
Cooking classes can be very fun, and you can pick up tons of new cooking tricks. Take a few girlfriends with you and it can be a great bonding experience along with some good food.
27. Compliment yourself regularly
How you speak to yourself is everything. Compliment yourself every day and mean it. Positive affirmations can really rewire your mindset to a positive one, and your life can really change when you talk to yourself with respect and love.
28. Nail a great makeup look and hairstyle
You don’t need to know how to create dozens of makeup looks or hairstyle. Find one of each that you can do with your eyes closed and actually feel confident in, and you’ll be set for any occasion to come your way.
How To Look Good Every Day
29. Take an educational course
You shouldn’t only rely on school for education. Self-education is sometimes more rewarding, and you can find a course on anything that interests you. Places like Skillshare and Coursera are great options, and you can find plenty of courses on many different subjects.
30. Pay off as much debt as possible
Debt sucks, we all know it. However, paying off as much debt as you can in your twenties can really help set you up financially in your thirties. If you need help paying your debt off, books like The Total Money Makeover and I Will Teach You To Be Rich can help you with that.
I hope you have enjoyed this post on 30 things to do before you turn 30. These are, of course, just some ideas. If you have any ideas of your own, please share them in the comments!
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