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Thursday, April 26, 2012

New Book: Thirty Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She's 30

I'm past the 30 mark by a few years now and when Glamour Magazine first published the list that led to this book in 1997, I was in college and not thinking about 30. I remember the list but I didn't know a book was over a decade in the making until I saw an article on it today.

Anyway, at 33 (and creeping up on 34), I thought the list might be worth a re-visit and maybe I'll add the book to the ever-growing list of books I want to read while traveling over the summer. I'm also thinking of working on a personal list of things to do and know by 35. I think it will be pretty cool to create such a list as I'm on this journey to figuring out who I am (see here). 

As for the existing list, it is broken down into things you should have and things you should know. I can check off all of the things I should have (or eliminate the need for them--I truly don't have an old boyfriend I could imagine going back to considering they all cheated on me or said I wasn't marriage material at some point. They do all remind me of how far I've come so I've got half of that one down. As for the decent umbrella, I've got a few stellar ones (and by stellar, I don't mean cute. I mean strong enough to block the wind and rain without turning itself inside out or breaking) but they all have a logo from a company giveaway. LOL. Maybe that doesn't count and I need something cute and bright to complement my rain jacket. I don't have an exercise routine but I've had several through the years. At the moment, I am working with my new health issues to figure out what my body can tolerate. As for the ridiculously expensive thing I bought myself because I deserved it...I'm not sure what that would be. I've certainly spent a lot of money on things on the road to my 30s but it was because I needed them (save for the occasional spa appointment). I've never treated myself to really expensive jewelry or shoes just because. Bags that I splurged on were for work and trust me, there is nothing in that collection valued at over $250. Maybe I can put our honeymoon to South Africa in that category. It wasn't something I needed but it was somewhere I always wanted to go and even though it was an expensive trip, I'm happy I splurged.

As for the things I should know, I've got most of those under my belt too. I spent a year intensely focused on being single so I could stop dating the same type of guy over and over again. In the process, I discovered how to love myself so I wouldn't lose myself in a relationship. Of the rest of the list, certain things stand out for me. I know how to quit a job because I had to do it to take my current job but it was hard and something that I don't think we really ever get used to (at least when it is more than a summer or seasonal job you are working between graduating and going to school). It's always something to refine. What I don't know is the best tailor in town. Maybe I should get on that.

In the meantime, you can access the full list of things to do and the suggestion to make your own list on the Huffington Post. How do you measure up? What's on your personal list?

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