It’s never too late to get some accomplishments crossed off of your bucket list before you turn the big 3-0.
1. Travel to another country: Save up some money and make a pact with a friend to go on a trip. Experiencing a different culture can open one’s eyes to what is really important.
2. Raise your credit score: Your twenties are for figuring out how to survive on your own. Now it’s time to prepare yourself for the future. A high credit score is VERY important when you are planning to purchase a car or house. I use CreditKarma.com to keep myself on track. Try it out!
3. Start a retirement account: I started a retirement account when I was 28…Let me tell you…It’s never too late to think about your future. Set up to have a certain amount transferred into your retirement account every month. Trust me, it adds up. For all you boss ladies out there, Check out Ellevest “Invest like a woman, because money is power!”
4. Invest in your future: Open an investment account to set some money aside for your future. I started small with my first account and had $50 taken out every month. I now have thousands saved up!
5. Move out and don’t move back in with your parents: It took me a few tries to get this one right. But I finally did it.
6. Date the old fashion way: I’m sure most of you have tried online dating…why not go back to the old fashioned way? Try it for 3 months and see if you get any good dates out of it. Frequent church, coffee shops, trendy restaurants/bars and creative events (art walks, museum openings etc.).
7. Buy a car: Your car is probably going to be the most expensive thing you own before a house. So choose the right one. When I decided to buy my first car I walked onto the car lot, looked around for 3 minutes and pointed at a car and said “I’ll take that one”. I didn’t give it too much thought, but you should LOL
8. Adjust your style: Every decade of your life deserves a new look. Freshen up your closet, get a new haircut and put a little more color in your life. People love people who love themselves.
9. Have a morning routine: Create healthy habits that include waking up earlier, working out and eating healthier. They pay off and after only a week you’ll notice you have more energy and are WAY MORE productive.
10. Get familiar with politics: You’re almost 30, you should know where you stand on important topics! End of conversation.
11. Volunteer: What are you passionate about? Use VolunteerMatch.org to find a nonprofit you can donate your time to. Not only do you feel good about yourself when you help others but you will learn so much about yourself.
12. Take care of your skin: If not now, then when? Your skin will thank you for giving it a little more TLC than your normal routine.
13. Workout regularly: I have yet to set up a consistent workout schedule but it is on my list. I have 6 months until I turn 30….the clock is ticking.
14. Donate money to a cause you care about: Once you find a nonprofit that you love it’ll be easy to donate money to their cause (and it’s a tax write off 😉
15. Start a side-business: Everyone could use a little side cash. Figure out what you’re good at and feel something online or offer a service in your free time. You never know where it could take you!
16. Go skydiving: Live a little!
17. Go to your favorite childhood concerts: I always regret not going to an N*SYNC concert, so now I take advantage of all the opportunities I get to go to concerts. Buy 2 tickets and invite a friend. You won’t regret it!
18. Buy a cook book and actually use it: You’re going to be 30, you should know how to cook for yourself. And eggs and bacon don’t count. May favorite cookbooks are Cravings by Chrissy Teigen and The Grand Central Market Cookbook
19. Take a self defense class: Not that anyone is trying to kidnap a 30 year old but women should always know how to defend themselves and it also counts as working out.
20. Join a club, broaden your interests or immerse yourself into an existing one
21. Live on a budget: Budgeting comes natural to a lot of people…not me! I’ve downloaded spreadsheets, apps and nothing has been able to put me in my place. I finally got tired of seeing a negative sign in my bank account so I began to create goals for myself and keep myself accountable. Finances can be a very personal topic but I found that being accountable to someone helps when you need a little nudge in the right direction. Find someone in your life that you trust and ask them to mentor you in the financial aspect of your life. Talking about money doesn’t need to be taboo!
22. Have a loose plan: I’m sure like most women in their late 20’s, we all had a plan in our mind of what we wanted our life to look like and the goals we wanted to accomplish. Have goals but loosen up you plan a little to let life happen.
23. Start saving for a house/apartment/condo: You will always need a roof over your head and once you get tired of seeing your money disappear into the black whole called “RENT” you’ll start to get an itch to buy your own place. Call a Real Estate Agent that you trust and start the process of investing into your future. A year ago I met with my good friend, who is a Real Estate Agent and she connected me with her broker. We all sat down and once he ran my full credit report he showed me where the holes were in my finances and gave me the exact steps to take to purchase property in my best financial state. Call your agent today! What could it hurt? Knowledge is definitely power in this scenario.
24. Focus on your career: You are either knee deep in your career or you keep bouncing around not knowing what the hell you’re doing with your life. Either way take a moment to write out some clear goals concerning your career. How much money would you like to b making? Are you happy with the work you do? If these don’t align with your current state then something needs to change.
25. Read more: Check out my lists of FAVORITE READS AND LISTENS.
26. Get a mentor: Mentors are the most underutilized resource! Reach out to someone you admire and is doing something similar to what you’d like to do…and ask them for advice! They will most likely be flattered to assist you and give you their insight. Take the free support and get an insider’s perspective.
27. Travel alone: I have yet to travel alone because I’m a chicken but it is on my to-do list. Anyone heard of For The Love Of Travel? Check them out! They are a travel company that organizers and offer affordable trips for young professionals.
28. Run a marathon: Train with a friend and feel the wave of accomplishment when you cross that finish line.
29. Stop complaining!
30. Be happy! Because at 30 you should know who you are, what you want and be happy with all of that!