Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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

The Huffington Post reprinted an article by Glamour, "Turning 30: 30 Things Every Woman Should Have And Should Know" lets see where I measure up...

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.
-My husband, Mark, is the one and only boyfriend I have ever had so this one doesn't really apply.2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.
-Mark and I bought a king sized bed, kitchen table and chairs set, and a 2 piece sectional couch when we moved into our first home. Now in our second home, we have purchased a living room set and another kitchen table and chairs set (original one is now in the dining room)3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
-I would wear a light gray jacket (hooks and ties in the front with ruffles) and black pencil skirt and pumps4. A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.
-I LOVE purses so this is a definite yes, that being said, none of my purses are hundreds or dollars or have a crazy name but I like them! I got an umbrella for Christmas this year from my mom (I struggled to come up with gift ideas, cant you tell?) and I have a set of red Swiss Army suitcases from Target.5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.
-I would sure hope so, good riddance to my 13-18 year old self.6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
-Only to certain people, there is going to be a lot of things left to my children's imaginations.7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age -- and some money set aside to help fund it.
-This is TBD. Mark and I both contribute to our companies’ 401k plans and hopefully as we get older and receive raises we will be able to make more investments. I do have a fear that I will have to work until I am 100.8. 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.
-During my last career move in 2010 my resume no longer contained all of my "activities" from college10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
-Each friend is special to me for a different reason and I know which ones to rely on for every situation11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.
-We have a lot of tools in this house; I know how to use a screwdriver and cordless drill but will probably always default to Mark for things like this because what should take 10 minutes takes me 25 and him 5.  I do not own a black lace bra but I do own a black bra, bras in my size are generally not "cute" or "sexy" they are over the shoulder boulder holders12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
-I am iffy on this one, the most I have ever paid for a pair of shoes was $120+ and they were for running and a purse was $50...not sure this counts but would love to know what others have bought, maybe I can get some suggestions13. The belief that you deserve it.
-It and a lot more :)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.
-I am blessed with great skin and don’t require a regimen but I have become a lot more comfortable with make-up in the last year. I have all the tools to a great exercise routine and most days, I just need to talk myself into doing it15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better.
-I am very happy with my current career, I have an idea of where I want to go and have the tools to get there. As for my relationship, I married my best friend, couldn’t be happier!

By 30, you should know ...
1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.
-I honestly don’t really know what this means, so I would guess I don’t know this....2. How you feel about having kids.
-Mine or yours? Just kidding. I think 2012 is the year for me and kids, stay posted. 3. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
-I quit my first "big girl" job in 2008 without another one and it was the right decision and I never looked back, I think both of the owners would give me great references. I have never broken up with someone and would be terrible at it. I am confident that any confrontation I would need to have with my friends would go over fine, everyone who knows me, knows that I am a pretty straight shooter and if you want to know the truth you can ask me
4. When to try harder and when to walk away.
-I think I know this but every situation is different 5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn’t like to happen next.
-Mark?6. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town.
-I am not as up to date with politics and current events as I should be, I know this and I try but then I just get depressed by all the madness. Nana Gillick and Nana Ella- RIP, Anna's Alterations on Highway 51.7. How to live alone, even if you don’t like to.
-I have never lived alone but the last year I lived with "friends" I basically did and survived. I am not cut out for it, I grew up in a house of 6 people and love the madness that entails8. Where to go -- be it your best friend’s kitchen table or a yoga mat -- when your soul needs soothing.
-Still trying to figure this one out. As we have gotten older, friends are busier and not always readily available when I "need" something so I have learned to deal with some things on my own and make plans for when people are available. It’s not like in college when everyone was walking distance away with nothing better to do.9. That you can’t change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.
-Really my legs are not going to be as long as Heidi Klum’s when I turn 30? Damn.10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it’s over.
-I am ME because of my childhood and I am grateful to everyone who played a part in it11. What you would and wouldn’t do for money or love.
-I think this one if TBD based on the situation, that being said, my life will not become the next Indecent Proposal movie12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.
-Does this mean all my teeth are going to fall out at 30? 13. Who you can trust, who you can’t, and why you shouldn’t take it personally.
-I think so14. Not to apologize for something that isn’t your fault.
-I still do this on occasion, sometimes its just easier...15. Why they say life begins at 30
-I will keep you posted

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