30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know by the Time She’s 30


Scottsdale Moms Blog, Thirty, Encouragement

I am proud to admit that I will be beginning my thirty FIRST year this July. I was never afraid to turn thirty, in fact, I EMBRACED it completely. My twenties were amazing, horrible, wonderful, painful, thrilling, and devastating all at the same time. AND all at different times. I don’t think I’ve ever grown more in my life that I have in my twenties.

For that, I am thankful.

I finally feel like I know who I am, know where I want to go with my life and what I want AND need out of my relationships. I’ve learned A LOT and wouldn’t change the growth I endured during my twenties. Growth is good. And I hope I continue to do so. I don’t know what it is. Everything just seems a lot clearer now and I have been told countless times by countless people who said they experienced the same thing as they approached their thirties.

I’ve heard your thirties are your best years.

While I wouldn’t TOTALLY know if that was true or not yet (this year has been awesome but there are still NINE MORE ahead of me!), I AM excited to continue on in the journey that is my thirties. Right before I turned thirty last year, I stumbled across a cute little article named, 30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know By The Time She’s 30, from Glamour Magazine. I thought it was such an encouraging way to look at your thirties and really apply to ANY age that you are about to become. I personally think all of these ‘shoulds’ can apply to all of us. It’s also fun to think of some of your own that you can add too! AND REMEMBER. This is ONLY meant to be a fun read to make you smile. I DO think that by ANY age in life, we all still have a lot to learn and still have much room to grow. I don’t think that should ever stop. This is only meant to be lighthearted fun and I thought the list was adorable.

A couple of my favorites from the list of what you ‘should have’ would include:

‘Number 10: One friend who will always make you laugh and one who lets you cry.’

‘Number 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.’

A couple of my favorites from the list of what you ‘should know’ would include:

‘Number 8: How to take control of your birthday.’

‘Number 13: Who you can trust, who you can’t and why you shouldn’t take it personally.’

To see the REST of the list, check it out HERE. And if you’re afraid of being thirty (or ANY age older than what you are for that matter), girlfriend- DON’T BE. The best years of our lives are ahead of us. So long as you eat right, wash your face, and exercise. It’s going to be awesome!

Happy Friday!!


  1. Oh girl, you are so YOUNG!! 🙂 I wasn’t even married until I was 32 and now at almost 37 I have a 2.5 and 1 year old. Oy! 🙂 So my 30’s have been my best so far for different reasons, but I will completely agree that your 30’s are GREAT!! I saw this article years ago and it’s been one of my favorites. I actually shared it with my sister when she was turning 30 a few months ago and trying to figure out what she wanted her husband to plan for her birthday. I finally shared this and said ” by the time you’re 30 you have permission and the right to take control of your birthday and stop waiting for others to surprise you or figure out what you want. That holds true to so many things. By now you should have a pretty clear definition of what you want in your life and go after it. My 40th is around the bend and I’m already looking forward to it. I just love the wisdom & gained experience that comes with every year, and I’m excited to see why women who’ve gone ahead of us say the 40’s are the new 30’s! Enjoy the next 9 years!! 🙂

  2. By 30 I think the only thing you should HAVE is the ability to realize that you don’t KNOW anything and still have a lot to learn about life, motherhood, and relationships. All that bit about knowing how to deliver a kiss that tells what you want next and a past that is juicy enough to share in the future is degrading to women. And the whole, “you deserve it” piece…? I don’t know that seems very Oprah-esque. We really don’t deserve anything, we all have to work hard for whatever we aspire to be in life and some of us may never have the financial freedom to make frivolous purchases just because. We can certainly live extraordinarily happy lives though without thinking we deserve things to make us happy. Glamour magazine content deserves its place at the nail salon.

  3. It was fun to read the list and chuckle at some of the ridiculous stuff 🙂 I definitely LOVE what you took from it, and 100 % agree with you…you’re awesome and I love all your posts. Thanks for the encouragement…I am very much looking forward to 30 and am so grateful for all the learning and growth my twenties brought to my life! I mean seriously, AMAZING, HORRIBLE, THRILLING, DEVASTATING, EXCITING, TERRIFYING, how did that all happen? Ha! It’s been quite a ride…now we get to sit back and just enjoy 🙂 Thank you so much for this post! I will be passing it on 🙂


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