Friday, April 27, 2012

Turning 30... someday

In commemoration of my 25th birthday in July and thus, halfway through my twenties...

I found this list of 30 Things Every Woman Should Have And Should Know on Huff Post Women.

By 30, you should have ...
1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.
2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.
3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
4. A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.
5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.
6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age -- and some money set aside to help fund it.
8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account -- all of which nobody has access to but you.
9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.
10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.
12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
13. The belief that you deserve it.
14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don’t get better after 30.
15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better.

By 30, you should know ...
1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.
2. How you feel about having kids.
3. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
4. When to try harder and when to walk away.
5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
6. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town.
7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.
8. Where to go -- be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat -- when your soul needs soothing.
9. That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.
10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.
12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.
13. Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally.
14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
15. Why they say life begins at 30

Every year I make my own list of twenty-something things to do before I'm twenty-something. Here's my list for 24.
  1. Become a certified personal trainer. 
  2. Find a job in the education field.
  3. Try Physique 57. 
  4. Take a baking class. 
  5. Take a cooking class. I have a Groupon for tspoons!
  6. Go on a wine tasting. Napa Valley here I come! 
  7. Fit back into my clothes! This won't happen, but I'm fixing my body!
  8. Run a 5K.
  9. Bike the LA River.
  10. Visit Austin or Portland or Chicago or some other city on my big list. 
  11. Take a pole dancing class. 
  12. Try Crossfit. 
  13. Make homemade bread. Brioche! 
  14. Visit Yosemite. 
  15. Go to a concert. 
  16. See a hockey game. 
  17. Watch a baseball game. 
  18. Go to the San Francisco’s Ferry Market.
  19. Join a team. Kickball maybe? 
  20. Go to a food festival. Eat Real Food Festival!
  21. Pick fruit.
  22. Compile my US history lesson plans. 
  23. Make my world history lesson plans. 
  24. Video blog. 
I'm not too upset that I haven't done a lot of these items. My goals now are very different from a year ago.

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