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It’s my birthday today (as well as Gandhi’s, so happy birthday to him!) and I thought it would be great to share with you all my feelings on turning 30 this year, and what I’m looking forward to this decade!
Ever since I could remember, 30s always had a negative stigma. Women, especially, would tell me how much they dreaded approaching their 30s and they’d pretty much act as if their lives were over once they stopped being in their 20s.
I used to be afraid about getting older when I was much younger, purely because of how everybody else was always freaking out about aging.
What I found out, though, is that I really enjoy each passing year.
I don’t fear age. Many people don’t even get the chance to live to the age that I’m in now, so who am I to complain about another year?
My 20s have been years of many important lessons, and you can read about 20 things I learned in my 20s in this post.
Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.David Bowie
With that said, there are a number of things I’m looking forward to in my 30s, now that I’ve reached that stage of my life.
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What I’m Looking Forward To In My 30s
Being smarter with money
I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been pretty terrible with finances over the last 10 years since I started working. On one hand, I wish schools taught finances, but on the other, I do blame myself for not learning about how to be more responsible with my money earlier.
About a year ago, I started obsessing with learning how to make more money and save more money. I have learned a lot, which is great, and I can’t wait for my savings to grow in my 30s. My vow to myself is to be smart with money every year from now on.
Here are some books that helped broaden my financial education:
Being more comfortable in my own skin
I think most of us struggle with insecurities to some level. In the past few years, my insecurities have been slowly going away for the most part. I still have bad days occasionally, but I think that’s completely normal. All in all, I’ve managed to reach a pretty good level of self-acceptance.
In my 30s, I hope to be comfortable with how I look and stop comparing myself to others. I will be in the same body for the rest of my life, and if I cannot fix it by eating healthy and being active, then I hope to accept it and take it for what it is.
Eating whatever I want and not taking my vitamins has really shown over the past few years. I feel terrible. My back always hurts, I get tired easily, and let’s not even talk about me having to walk stairs.
This decade I plan on eating more greens, cut down on dairy, and make smarter choices when eating out.
I also purchased Beachbody on Demand and you bet your behind I’ve already started working out. Being overweight and tired is not going to be my reality in my 30s.
Quality over quantity
I’ve become better over the years at not buying excessive amounts of clothes, makeup, and other random stuff. I hope that in my 30s I will continue this habit and only buy what I need, and focus more on the quality of what I’m purchasing.
This also will apply to events I go to and people I choose to spend time with. I don’t need to be everybody’s friend, and I don’t need to go to every dinner and event I’m invited to. Whatever, and whoever, I think is worth my time will get it.
Taking care of my skin
You guys, I don’t think I’ve ever had a professional facial done. I wear sunscreen daily and take my makeup off every single night, but facials? Never. Those are definitely going to be introduced to my skincare routine very soon. I actually think that as a birthday present to myself I’m going to go ahead and book myself a nice facial!
I also want to start investing in a solid skincare routine tailored to my skin. Having oily skin all my life has been exhausting when it came to finding products that combat the shine and treat imperfections, but I’m hoping to find something that works very soon.
And there you have it! The 5 things I’m looking forward to in my 30s. I’m actually really excited to be getting older and becoming the woman I was always meant to become.
I’d love it if you told me in the comments how you feel about milestone birthdays! Do they scare you or excite you?