Thursday, June 7, 2012

15 Things Every Woman Should Have by 30.

A couple years ago, Glamour published a list of the "30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Know by the Time She's 30."  It's gotten attention recently because apparently there's a book coming out about it now.

I'm 28, but I can check most of these things off.  There are some I don't think are necessary, and definitely some I'd like to achieve in the next year and a half.  Here's the first half-- 15 Things Every Woman Should Have.

1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you’ve come.  I have more than one to remind me how far I've come, but none that I could possibly imagine going back to.  And, I don't think that is necessarily something you should have.  There's usually a reason it didn't work out the first time.

2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.  I have several of these.  And I agree-- by the time you're 30, you should be buying your own furniture.

3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.  I have an outfit for both of these things!  The employer of my dreams is the New York Yankees, and trust me-- I have plenty of outfits that would be appropriate.  :)

4. A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you’re not ashamed to be seen carrying.  Check, check, and fail.  I don't even own an umbrella.  I have no idea why-- people give me crap about it all the time.  But, even when I had them I never carried them, so what's the point in buying one now?

5. A youth you’re content to move beyond.  In general, I'm absolutely glad to be a grown-up.  Youth was fun, but it's over.  That's okay.  I like this stage of maturity in my life, and I'm not looking back wishing I was 16 again.

6. A past juicy enough that you’re looking forward to retelling it in your old age.  I wouldn't call my past "juicy," but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of stories to tell!

7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age -- and some money set aside to help fund it.  As much as it saddens me, I've reached this point.  I do love getting my 401k statements though. They make me happy.

8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account -- all of which nobody has access to but you.  Um, I'd think these were goals by 18.  21 at the latest.  Although, I am getting married, so that whole separate bank account thing will be gone soon...

9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.  Check.  Mine doesn't even fit onto one page anymore.

10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.  Fortunately for me, this is the same person.  And I'm even luckier that I have more than one. 

11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.  So, I apparently need to go shopping.  I do have screwdrivers.  But no cordless drill.  Or a black lace bra, although I do have black lace underwear!  So that counts, right?

12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.  There are a lot of things that I could put in this category-- my Coach purse, my 50" plasma tv, my favorite heels...  And I agree-- it's important to save money and be responsible.  But there's something to be said for buying something ridiculously expensive at least once just because.

13. The belief that you deserve it.  Deserve what?

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 wholly agree that this is super important.  My plan is to get Botox every few months to avoid wrinkles.  Kidding!  I definitely have the skin-care regimen down.  The exercise routine is a work in progress. 

15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better.  Double check!  My job isn't perfect, but I do love my chosen career.  And, this has definitely been a great place for me to start it.  And duh-- I have a satisfying relationship.  In fact, it's better (and yet completely different) than I would've imagined when I was younger.


  1. I read this book about a month ago and I agreed with a lot of it but some of it I found semi unnecessary

  2. LOVE this!! I think the whole list is just great :-D

  3. Love this! I'm past 30 and don't have everything on this list so guess I'll have to get to work - especially on number 15. Haha!

  4. I need to read this list! Sounds interesting

  5. I'm glad I have 6 more years to get myself together; there are a few on this list that I'm missing! Sounds like you have it down though!

  6. I LOVE THIS LIST! I still have five more years until I'm 30, so but I feel pretty accomplished with some of these. Can't wait to the second half!

    Keep Shining,

  7. This is so interesting- I agree, why is it necessary to have an ex you could see yourself going back to? Hogwash. I hope I feel as accomplished at this list by the time I am thirty that you seem to, that's awesome!