The 30 Before 30 Bucket List
Thirty fun and enlightening things every woman should try.
11. Ditch Things & People Who Do Not Contribute To Your Happiness
I’m a believer of happiness being a choice. So take a step back and look at your life. Try to identify the people who do nothing to contribute to your happiness. These may be people you call friends but they’re only there when they need a favor. Or perhaps an ex-boyfriend who calls you up when he’s having trouble with something and he sucks the energy out of you again. These are people who have reached the end of the line with you and it’s time to shut the door on them. Your connections with them just don’t enrich your life anymore so it’s best to cut ties.
12. Date Someone Completely Wrong For You
If you’re single, then enjoy an occasional fling. Kiss a model and talk about it with your friends. Look into his eyes and get lost in whatever’s in there. No one’s asking you to fall in love with the person — just be daring enough to get to know a person who you never thought you’d be with in the first place.
13. Sing in Front of a Crowd
This reminds me of a scene in My Best Friend’s Wedding where Cameron Diaz sang a tune in a karaoke bar. This one, I particularly enjoy. I can hardly sing but I sing out loud anyway! It’s fun and if you’re doing it with shots, you can get away with it.
14. Secure a Second Income
Working hard is part of anyone’s life. There are drawbacks in this economy and it seems no one is indispensable when it comes to their jobs. Secure a second income (try etsy.com) while you are young and you have the energy to work longer hours. This will help you set some money aside in case emergencies will come up. Here’s an inspirational example of a woman who is creating a stir with her chunky blankets.
15. Spend Time With Your Siblings
You grew up with them and whatever it is that you’re going through right now, they’re bound to care. Best to share and receive some advice with someone you have a strong bond with. And if you’re having the time of your life, they’ll want to be a part of it. So hang out with them even if it’s just dinner or a day at the beach.
16. Accept Your Family For Who They Are
Family has a way of making you think about the person you want to be with for the rest of your life. But if you don’t get along with your family, it makes life so much more stressful. That’s why it’s so important to stop trying to change your siblings and parents and just learn to love them the way they currently are. Realize that you can’t change them, and work around their flaws. If they don’t take advice well, stop giving it. If they go on and on about sports, learn how to gracefully change the subject.
17. Get a New Online Skill
Techie skills are super valuable, not only for future career prospects, but for daily life. Do you know how to build a website? Or how to encrypt email? No? Then why not learn? Here’s a list of free or cheap online courses.
18. Learn To Love Exercise
Being young is when we tend to over do things. We have intentions to work longer hours because we’re capable of doing so or we party like crazy thinking that the effects of excessive drinking is something will come at a later age. But being young also reminds us to stay fit and healthy. Now is the time to find an activity that you really enjoy. Try yoga, surfing, basketball, pilates, etc. Try it all! Join teams. If you find a healthy activity that you love, you’ll be rewarded throughout your life.
19. Find Wine That Matches Your Personality
The beer and tequila shots will meet an end. Figure out what wine suits your taste and personality and order it when someone asks you. It will make you feel more mature and sophisticated.
20. Learn How To Drive a Manual Car
You’ll never know when the need to drive one will arise (especially while traveling), but it’s best to know how to drive one when the situation calls for it, right? Just make sure your rental car insurance covers any possible damages!