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30 thoughts on turning 30

In just a couple of weeks, I’ll turn 31. I don’t know how this has happened, just like I don’t know where my 20s went. It is truly terrifying how quickly life is going by!

Here are some life lessons I’ve learned since hitting my milestone birthday last year:

  1. The older you get, the better you get at saying no. You know your own mind and have the confidence to say what you think without coming across as rude (unless you choose to be slightly sassy, of course). It’s great.
  2. What they say about your metabolism is true. You’ll have to choose between a) eating what you’ve always eaten and putting on weight, or b) cutting back on the good stuff (and by that I mean the bad stuff) in order to maintain your existing weight. You can basically say goodbye to losing weight without serious lifestyle changes.*
  3. You love buying homewares and you don’t even care.
  4. You’ve seen those articles telling you you’re too old for, well, fashion, and you’ve worn dungarees anyway because FU.
  5. Thank god cute flats are now a thing because you can basically only be arsed to wear heels at weddings.
  6. OMG so many weddings. You can’t log onto Facebook without seeing another engagement announcement.
  7. Hangovers are the f*cking worst, especially after years spent bragging that you “don’t get them”.
  8. You still love boybands and you feel no shame.
  9. The nostalgia is strong. You re-watch childhood favourite films – and often realise they’re absolutely awful. Games on the other hand
  10. You realise you remember trends from the first time around. The 90s? Been there, done that, loved that shizz, more than happy to do it again.
  11. Instead of Googling “how to recreate X’s make up look”, you find yourself Googling “how to hang art properly”.
  12. It makes you so happy when you’re out-out and they play ‘retro’ tunes i.e. music from the mid-2000s. Miss you, Ja.
  13. You’re jealous of anyone aged 16-25. Those were the best years, even if you’ve got more money now.
  14. Spots are still a thing.
  15. Trips to the doctor aren’t just for contraception top-ups. Boo you cholesterol.
  16. You’re surprised when someone refers to your age because you genuinely feel like you’re still 22 (even if your younger siblings have also passed that birthday).
  17. You hardly ever get asked for ID when buying alcohol anymore, which is something you never thought would make you sad.
  18. Hardly anything excites you as much as a trip to IKEA (and you’re always thinking up excuses to go).
  19. You’ve no time for time-wasters. You know who your friends are and you really can’t be arsed with other people’s BS. #IAintSorry.
  20. You’ll have a career confidence crisis at least once a week, worrying you’re on totally the wrong path (even if you’re doing something you enjoy) or that everyone knows you’re just winging it.
  21. You know how to dress for your body shape, but you don’t care if something is ‘unflattering’ because you’re confident enough to rock it anyway (my most-complimented item is a sack of a denim dress that I, and apparently other women, love).
  22. You consider it a wild night if you go to bed after midnight.
  23. Celebrities are all of a sudden really young. (How do some people accomplish so much by 25?)
  24. You’re so over Primark.
  25. You terrify yourself with realisations like: “I’m old enough to have a child who could be starting secondary/high school this September.”
  26. You’re able to keep plants alive – and not just cacti or succulents.
  27. Some of your lipsticks are over a decade old.
  28. You’re glad you took the advice of using anti-aging products from the age of 21.
  29. Even if you like your natural hair colour, you have to start dying it to cover the greys.
  30. You might not’ve achieved all your life goals (yet), but you cut yourself some slack and realise you’re not a total failure.

*This stunning gingham off-the-shoulder midi was supposed to be my birthday dress, but it’s looking like I’m going to have to slim into it for another occasion instead… 😳

Warehouse off-the-shoulder gingham dress

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5 thoughts on “30 thoughts on turning 30”

  1. I turn 31 at the weekend and can pretty much agree to all of that, especially (sadly) the metabolism one. Just cutting back doesn’t do the job it did even a year ago. Sad times! But on the whole I feel much more relaxed about ‘me’ just more concerned about time going to fast!

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  2. Haha!! I LOVE this. I can relate to them all except #’s 11 and 13. I always forget my age, I’m one of the oldest at work but I always consider myself to be mid-thirties!

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