April 19th, today marks my half birthday (yes this is a thing in my world), it actually also marks 6 months until I turn 30(October 19th if you needed to note it in your diary).
“your 30s is your 20s with more money”
So instead, I wanted to document 30 things I’ve learned before turning 30, that I would have told my younger self ..:
- YOU control your own fate and you need to graft every day, Mum will inspire you to never give up as she is the most incredible trooper you know
- Don’t be scared of calories, life is too short to be distracted by counting these
- Learn to cook, fresh is best (and fewer calories!)
- Running won’t kill you and actually, you aren’t too bad at it either
- Your OCD of writing lists means you will have ace project management skills
- It’s a mans world so you will need to continue to support the cause for years to come
- Corporate life is not for you, but it will teach you patience
- You always knew deep down you were a Feminist but never said it out loud, DO IT and shout it proudly
- You’ve never been much of a “reader”, you hadn’t found the right reading material, Power Women and inspiration books will lead you to owning a bookcase!
- Pay off your debt sooner, as although those minimum payments are small, its waaayyyy more expensive to put it off
- Friends and even boyfriends will come and go, but family is everything
- Your sister will meet a boy, who will challenge you all the time, but is a wonderful addition to the family
- Priorities will change, embrace change, it will make you stronger
- You will get a lot of “remarks” for making the life choice to not have children
- It’s fabulous being single, and your own company is a joy, anything you thought you needed to be in a couple/ group to do, you can do by yourself
- You won’t grow anymore, nope 5”2 is where you will always be until you start shrinking in old age
- Invest in good shoes, yes these usually come with a price tag, but your feet and back will thank you later
- Be brave. Your parents were brave moving a young family to the UK in 1997, what’s your excuse?
- You reside in London, therefore you always need to carry sunglasses and an umbrella
- Backpacks may not “look cool” but your spine needs the support from shopping bags
- dAd will always be your influencer and mentor, he is wise and you need to pay more attention to what he advises
- The weather affects your mood, you love the sun, therefore some days will be harder
- On that, you really do love the sun, however, you will see how it will harm loved ones so get smart on sun protection
- True friends are limited and only time will tell who these are
- Think positive and positive will come, like mum always has and will continue to say, everything happens for a reason
- You are born unique, don’t be anything but that
- You will go grey at a young age, it’s the irony of having being blessed with rich dark hair
- Smile, not pout, whilst you still have teeth, it will also discourage frowning wrinkles
- Your sister is your world, she is literally the other half person to you, never take her for granted
- Travel. Travel. Travel. Travel.
To finish off a good list seems only appropriate to drop a few memories relating to these notes and a reminder of what a wonderful journey I have already lived, and yet there is more to come. Here’s to turning 30 (in 6 months)!