Thirty things about 30

I was recently shared this fun article and felt it would make some good reading for a post…

Turning 30: 30 Things Every Woman Should Have And Should Know

In 1997, Glamour magazine published a story titled “30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She’s 30.” The list, written by Pamela Redmond Satran, was so popular that women started emailing it around, misattributing it to various female luminaries including Maya Angelou and Hillary Clinton. Noting what a phenomenon it had become, the editors of Glamour created a book around it, featuring essays from (mostly) famous women on each of the items on the list. The book, released today, includes meditations from Katie Couric on work and love, Portia de Rossi on accepting your body, and one from the list’s original author, who is also aHuffington Post blogger, on how to live alone.

Because the list still makes us so, so happy, we asked Glamour‘s permission to reprint it here:

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 moneyset 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
What’s on your personal list of things to have and know — and possibly do — before turning 30?

List excerpted from Glamour‘s “Thirty Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know By The Time She’s 30.”

Read and excerpt from the book here.

So it’s safe to say I can check most of those off my list and obviously I’m a little beyond knowing how I feel about having kids by now…ahem…. 3 amazing ones at that! It was just fun to read this knowing that I am at that point in my life. It’s all an “opinion” of course, but entertaining!! Now it makes me wonder what a list of 30 things for MEN would sound like…hmmm.

In case you haven’t read about my apprehensiveness to turning thirty this year, it was a hard pill to swallow. But it’s actually been more bearable than I thought. With completing a goal I set out to do, and plenty of inspiring words from friends and loved ones, I’d say I’m actually enjoying it….No really. It’s actually OK!!

One of my cousins put it so beautifully. She stated, “Your 30’s ARE your winning years because you have experience that makes you strong, time that gives you perspective, and knowledge that makes you interesting… all those things together make you more lovely and amazing than ever.”Thank you again for that Jess 🙂

So this is what winning feels like… YEESSSS!!

And the journey carries on…. xo

The 30th birthday preview!

So the BIG 30 came and went for me this past weekend already. Wow, I can’t even believe it! Even Ella said to me, “Mom, I still think you’re 29!” So I told her it’s perfectly fine with me haha.

I have many thoughts on this subject, but most of all, I am SUPER excited for what is still ahead. My sister Jackie is throwing me a special party for 30. I had mentioned in a post about the sweetest thing anyone has done for me…well a party does actually top that. I haven’t had the honor of a party outside of a shower thrown for me since highschool probably… I never imagined anyone throwing a birthday party in my honor anyway and now that it is actually happening, I am ecstatic!!

It’s still a little under wraps. All I know is we are taking a limo to somewhere fun in San Diego.

 A sneak peek of the theme for the party was given to me this past weekend…

Loving the pink zebra!!

Jackie put together this SWEET basket filled with some amazing goodies, that highlight the celebration.

She even had some custom-made bottles in there…

The new 30!!!

I am a fan of whipped vodka for sure…

Aged 30 years and still fabulous!

Ah…. VINO…. can’t wait to use my special “M” glass that she gave with it!

I must say I felt a little spoiled by Jackie and the rest of my family as well, but you only turn 30 once right?! They were all too generous, and I appreciate it so much!

I am really looking forward to the official festivity that is soon approaching! So far 30 feels good! 🙂