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things to do in your 30s

Whatever your age, having stuff to strive for gives you purpose and joy. We all want something to make us smile in the morning, whether that’s a double shot of espresso or the newest book on the bestseller list, and responsibilities are measured out in between this bursts of freedom.

Here are thirteen things to do in your 30s!

1.  De-clutter your closet

If you haven’t already found your style, now is the time. Go through your closet and drawers and chuck out all the stuff that doesn’t make you feel good when you wear it. Then focus on buying wardrobe staples that can be worn for multiple occasions, and make you feel confident when you put them on.

2.  Embrace yourself

At this point, you’ve done most if not all of your growing up. You aren’t going to change, and that’s a positive! Now is the time to start loving who you are, embracing all your weird and wonderful quirks, and being the best you you can be.

3.  Find out what exercise you enjoy

Stop doing exercise you hate just because it’s good for you, and start doing stuff that feels less like work and more like fun! Dance around the house, watch videos on yoga, go for a walk, or go to a local class or studio. There’s no excuse, so start loving your body and move some more!

4.  Take a lesson

We should never stop learning, because learning keeps us young at heart! And putting yourself out there, although scary, means you can meet new people, visit new places, and try new things. So go to that salsa dance, or try a couples cooking class, or watch videos on how to knit. There’s no time like the present!

5.  Learn to love flying solo

Go see that movie with the actress you love. Take yourself out to coffee at that new coffee shop. Go see that exhibition you’ve been dying to view. Don’t wait for others, because you’ll miss out. And stop worrying what other people will think if you’re see out alone: they are way too focused on their own life to worry why you’re out to coffee solo!

6.  Invest in something

This doesn’t have to be money related, it just means that you should start dedicating yourself to causes. Whether that’s the stock market, a house, a relationship, or an organisation, start giving your time or money to things you care about, a planting some roots.

Related: 12 Reasons Why You Should Invest In Beautiful Lingerie

7.  Go somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit

And don’t feel like you have to bring anyone else along. If you have somewhere on your bucketlist that you’ve always wanted to go, start planning for it. Having something to look forward to makes it easier to hop out of bed every morning, and making a budget for something fun will make it easier to stick to. And if you don’t have a bucketlist, make one!

8.  Start saving

Retirement. Holidays. Day-to-day budgets. If you haven’t cracked this by now, it’s not too late, but saving daily/weekly/monthly is a habit you need to start. It’ll help you feel better about the future, knowing you’ve got some cash squirreled away.

9.  Ditch toxic people

Life is too short for people who don’t make you happy. It’s as simple as that.

10.  Stick to your routines

Make yourself your number one priority and start focusing on your routines for sleep, exercise, and skincare. You’ll feel less stressed and so will your body, which is a win-win in my book!

11.  Say “no” and mean it!

Don’t go to that movie/dinner/party/date that you’re dreading. Don’t say yes (or maybe) when you’d rather say no, especially if it’s going to stress you out. Overcommitting is the enemy. It’s time to start your diary with the stuff that you want, and then figure out what else can make the list.

12.  Know what you like

This counts for clothes, food, partners, friends, and alcohol. Don’t settle, stop drinking the boxed wine (unless you love it, in which case, cheers!) and don’t except anything less than pure happiness (and that means dessert at dinner is totally acceptable).

13.  Start an emergency fund

Ending on a responsible note, this is a must for all adults out there. You never know when you’re going to need some extra money, so have at least two paychecks worth of cash in a savings account, and don’t touch it. This is not your “rainy day” fund, but it’s there to catch you if you fall.

Related: 7 Good Reasons To Say No and Stop Overcommitting

Did we miss anything that’s on your list? What else do you want to accomplish in your 30’s? Let us know in the comments below!

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