30 Things I’ve Learned at 30

In 6 days, I officially leave my twenties. The days of youth are behind me and the years of true responsibility are in front of me. I’ve really been thinking a lot about it lately and how much I’ve changed just in ten years. Probably the most changing and growing I’ve had to do in my life. Graduating college, starting my teaching job, getting married, buying a home, having a baby, raising a toddler. It’s surreal.

I’m a grown up.

I’ve sure learned a lot in my ripe old age. Things that took me years to figure out should have taken me months, but I suppose that’s okay and that’s what makes me…. me. And what a better opportunity than to impart my infinite knowledge and wisdom than a blog post? I mean, us old people know so much. Thanks to Neely for this inspiration!

I hereby give you:

30. Being too nice may sometimes be weak.

29. Always listen to your gut feeling.

28. Play nice. Nobody likes a meanie.

27. Don’t interrupt.

26. A night of drinking an entire fish bowl by yourself will result in an A on your college Music Theory exam (Anne and Dee, I know you can vouch for this one).

25. Nobody is gorgeous in middle school.

24. Making up little fibs just turns into bigger lies later on.

23. Never, ever date someone who is waaaaaaay uglier than you. Stay with those who are at the same level of hotness.

22. It’s okay to like a lot of things. Try them all out.

21. Sometimes it’s better to be alone than comfortable.

20. What’s popular isn’t always right. What’s right isn’t always popular. (Someone smarter than me said that.)

19. Belonging to some sort of community will validate and make you feel more connected.

18. Knowing etiquette and manners will make an impression and help you in many social situations.

17. Study abroad in college. Go by yourself. Take that random weekend to Sicily. Travel to Brussels alone. You won’t regret it.

16. You know when you’ve met “the one.” It’s cheesy and ridiculous and true all at the same time.

15. You will do things that you will regret immensely. Don’t ever forget them and brush them off, but don’t let guilt consume you. Let it drive you to be a better person now.

14. It isn’t always about you.

13. Having a child will change your life for the better.

12. There is neverย a right time for anything, no matter how well you think you need to plan things out.

11. You are freaking skinny, 20-something self. Shut your darn mouth. Embrace that Texas Toast.

10. Acknowledge when and how you are wrong.

9. Apologize. Even if you don’t want to.

8. God will never give you anything you cannot handle.

7. Not everyone will love you no matter how hard you try. That’s okay.

6. Be useful.

5. Laugh at yourself.

4. Love one another.

3. Work hard, play hard.

2. Being a grown up isn’t all that bad.

1. Always be you.


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    Lynet Sandoval Witty
    May 28, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Oh I love this Meg! I want to make one now! I completely agree with ALL of them, except for #26 because how would I know?! haha, this is such a great list!

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    Taylor Urban
    May 28, 2013 at 8:28 am

    So true! I especially love #12… You are so smart is your wise old age ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have also learned a good life lesson… When people show you who they are, believe them!

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    May 28, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I was recently saying to my boyfriend that your 20’s are the most insane decade of your life. You go from partying young college student, to graduating, to settling down, to getting married, buying homes, cars, and having babies. How much changes in a decade is actually just crazy!

    And the amount you learn!
    #23 is just awesome. I have to agree – you’re just going to have a balance of power issues happening and people will just look at you funny
    #21 – amen sister!
    #16 – also… so incredibly true. I remember getting an email from you after Stewart and I broke up you telling me about your ex and how you were begging to get engaged and then after meeting Greg it was like woahhhhh what the heck was I thinking. Now that I’ve experienced it too it’s incredibly true – and nobody will ever get it till they experience it.
    #1 – so very true, a lesson not many people ever learn.

    Such a great post!!

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    May 28, 2013 at 9:09 am

    I think be useful is my fav!

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    May 28, 2013 at 9:12 am

    These are all so true; though I’ll just have to take your word on the fish bowl theory ๐Ÿ™‚

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    put a bow on it [kaitlyn]
    May 28, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Love this! Especially the middle school one – and the one about Texas Toast. I may have told myself that yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚

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    May 28, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Great post! I may have to do the same (even though I have been 30 for a little more than 6 months):)

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    May 28, 2013 at 9:24 am

    WONDERFUL tips! Happy early birthday!

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    Life With Lauren
    May 28, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Such a wonderful post. I love your 30 learned! Happy early Birthday!

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    May 28, 2013 at 9:27 am

    All true!! And 23 made me laugh– it’s very true, but still funny. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your last week of your 20s!

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    May 28, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Seriously you learn so much in your 20’s! It’s such a huge step in life with lots of learning opportunities.

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    May 28, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I’m pretty sure fishbowls are what led to my awesome GPA in college. You forgot to mention how important it is to live with super awesome friends in college. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    May 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    This is a great list Meg! So many true things on there.

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    BonBon Rose Girls Kristin
    May 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Play nice…Everyone should remember that one for sure!

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    Darby Hawley
    May 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Awesome lessons to share…..however you may be more responsible but you can still be that child at heart ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Laura Wears...
    May 28, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Great post ๐Ÿ™‚ I am joining the 30 club in another few months – here’s to another great decade!

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    May 28, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Love this list! I am going to be 30 this year as well, I know how you feel ๐Ÿ™‚

    She Turned Her Dreams Into Plans

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    May 28, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    This is awesome, Meg. I died laughing at the not dating anyone way uglier than you. So true. Also, yes. I wish I had known how HOT I was when I was younger. Silly me.

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    Haute Mommy
    May 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Great post Meg! Agree with all/most of them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Haute Mommy
    May 28, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I am almost 33 and still learning.

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    Ari @ The Pace of it All
    May 28, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Ha great list! Love number 26, and 11, oh my goodness yes.

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    May 29, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I love this list! I can honestly say that I can relate to so many. I think the whole “it’s not always about you” was the most helpful for me. I’d also add “invest in some spanx”. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    May 29, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Geez, 30?! You’re so old.

    …I can say that for the next 10 months.

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    May 29, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    you are wise beyond your years, meg! hope 30 is a fabulous year for you! i think it’s time for another baby, yes? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    May 30, 2013 at 9:11 am

    These are wonderful anecdotes I absolutely love the list! Thank you for sharing Meg, you’re so spot on with all of them xo

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    Sarah @ Scissors and a Whisk
    June 1, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Love these, Meg. I really do. <333

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    Sarah @ Scissors and a Whisk
    June 1, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Love these, Meg. I really do. <333

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    Channing Lobpries
    June 1, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I love this list!

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    June 5, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Great list! I agree with a lot of these.

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    June 6, 2013 at 9:42 am

    30 is just a few months away for me and with all the life changes i’m going through right now, I think I needed you list. Make me realize that even with the let downs that I’m strong and 30 is just an new chapter

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