30 Things I Learned at 30

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With my 31st birthday around the corner (Jan 19th), I spent the last few weeks reflecting this past year and I have to admit that 30 was a great one.

Despite what many may think, turning 30 is not scary. In fact, I was overjoyed at turning 30 and I know it may sound weird, but I felt a new energy settle into my life this past year. I didn’t care about what people thought as much, I wasn’t tolerating any bullshit anymore, and through a handful of life lessons, I had a better realization of who I am and what I want my future to look like. As they say, “30 is the new 20”, and I truly believe that my life has just started.

With that being said, I want to share 30 things I’ve learned at the age of 30. Some of these realizations may seem obvious, however they didn’t matter (to me) as much as they did in this last year.

  1. Life isn’t over. It actually just started.

  2. Your tolerance for bullshit (at this point) is zero.

  3. Love (truly) conquer all. Fun fact: I have “love conquers all” tatted on my back shoulder.

  4. Sleep is crucial and my bedtime is now around 10PM (or earlier). #GrandmaLisa

  5. Relationships are progressive. You will always learn something new about the other person and growing together in life is key.

  6. Some friendships will end, some will get deeper.

  7. You do not recover from a night of drinking as quickly as you did in your 20’s. Think twice about those tequila shots.

  8. No, you do not have to have your life all figured out by now. I don’t.

  9. It is OK to not want kids or be married yet.

  10. Traveling is the best medicine for everything.

  11. Focusing on your financial well-being and independence will become addicting. Once you start, you won’t stop.

  12. 90’s music is the best. The end.

  13. Eyelash extensions are life. How the hell did I ever live without them? Hit up my girl Wei at @JadeLash

  14. Short hair is not just for mom’s. It is the best low maintenance decision I ever made.

  15. Replacing “I have to” with “I choose to” is a life changer.

  16. No one else’s opinions matter and it sure as hell doesn’t pay the bills.

  17. Linen bedsheets are worth the investment.

  18. Less really is more. I’ve only worn make-up twice in the last 6 months and I love it!

  19. Your dreams and goals can change, and they will.

  20. You are not the same person you were 10 years ago, therefore you are allowed to change interests and passions.

  21. Your dress size does not define you, ever.

  22. Saying “no” more often to the things you really don’t care about is healthy for you.

  23. It is not your duty to convince someone to like you. Never beg anyone for their attention.

  24. Everyone is flawed, everyone makes mistakes.

  25. Being vulnerable makes you human, not weak.

  26. You can’t always control the situation, but you can control your attitude.

  27. Time is the only thing you can never get back. Be picky with how you spend it.

  28. Always count your blessings. Be thankful that you get to wake up in a bed, with a roof over your head, and are healthy.

  29. Do not allow outside influences to control your life. This includes allowing the weather to affect your mood. Example: “This rain is making me unproductive” Nope - you are choosing to be unproductive, the rain didn’t make you do shit.

  30. Being honest with yourself is the most important thing you can do for your growth.

Cannot wait to see what 31 will bring and in the style of Marie Kondo, “thank you for the joy you brought to me, 30.”