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30 Lessons I’ve Learned in 30 Years

30 lessons I've learned in 30 years

Today is my 30th birthday! I’ve reached a big year, a transitional year in a woman’s life. I am not old, but I am no longer in my twenties. After reflecting the past few weeks leading up to today, I realize I have taken this much differently than I thought I would. I thought I would feel sad and possibly old. But on the contrary, I feel empowered, liberated and ready to take on a new era in my life. Good riddance twenties, a new, improved and assertive Natalie is here and ready to rule!

30 lessons in 30 years

When I was in my early twenties, I had imagined what I would have accomplished, or been by the age of 30. I really thought that was SO far away and SO old. I’ve accomplished less in some areas, and way more in others. The biggest thing I have accomplished is feeling content with myself. I am learning to be happy with who I am and who I am trying to be. My younger years were filled with doubt, and a gross lack ofย  self-confidence, and I am glad that I am moving forward and trying appreciating myself.

I feel as though 30 years is a great time to go back and reflect on lessons that I have learned personally and by observation. So without further ado, here is my list of thirty things I have learned in 30 years. In no particular order.

  1. No is a good enough answer
  2. Always wash your face before bed
  3. Learn to love people how they NEED to be loved, not how you THINK they need to be loved
  4. Smiling gets you further
  5. Stay out of people’s business
  6. Always be kind to the cleaning crew
  7. Money does not buy happiness
  8. Give yourself a break every once in a while
  9. Spanx are a girls best friend
  10. Sleep is way better than any night of drinking
  11. You cannot lose 10 lbs in one week
  12. Your mind can totally make pain (physical and emotional) way worse than it really is
  13. Good help is hard to find
  14. Cauliflower is not an acceptable carb substitute
  15. Try to travel as much as you can, while you still can
  16. The best thing to do after a breakup is push yourself mentally and physically.
  17. Just because zips, doesn’t mean it fits
  18. A small compliment can make someones day. Spread that kindness!
  19. What you believe about yourself is ultimately true
  20. Love your friends as they are, forgive the tiny things that make you mad
  21. I will never be a blonde
  22. Kale is actually delicious
  23. Eventually we all turn into our parents, and that is okay
  24. Short hair, don’t care ๐Ÿ™‚
  25. Learn to be alone with your thoughts. Truly deal with whatever is going on in your mind
  26. Invest in your health, not only physical, but also mental
  27. It is never too late to follow your dreams, do not listen to the doubters, FOLLOW THOSE DREAMS
  28. Nothing is a failure, EVERYTHING is a learning lesson
  29. Do not be intimidated by someone who is ‘better’ at something than you are. They were once a rookie too
  30. Always be curious, never ever stop learning

Those were 30 lessons I have learned in my 30 years of life. Though some may seem silly and simple, they have defined certain eras in my life. I cannot wait to see what I learn as I continue to grow and hopefully enter different amazing and challenging years in my life!

Cheers to the next 30 years!

natalie calzadi

2 thoughts on “30 Lessons I’ve Learned in 30 Years Leave a comment

  1. Dear Natalie, well said.
    Mistakes, challenges, tribulations are learning opportunities that makes us wiser.
    I wish you the very best these next 30 years.
    I have a feeling they will be amazing!

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