30 Things To Do For a 30 Year Old

So. Happy. I’m. Thirty.

Y’all. My actual birthday isn’t for a few months, but I am anticipating this birthday like no other I’ve ever done. I’m not a big, celebrate my birth type of person. I appreciate a good party and love that there are people who are happy I was born. Love it. However, I much prefer celebrating other people’s days. Until now. Who am I? Just a small town girl, living in a lonely world. Anyway, this year I’m ready to celebrate. My decision now lies on the what. What am I to do? **cue distant pondering picture don’t mind if I do.


I read once that people who get older and are upset about it are the folks who haven’t lived up to their expectations for themselves. You know, the ones that are 5 years old thinking “When I’m 30, I’m going to be married, a self-made millionaire, I’ll have invented something like Facebook, and I’ll have abs.” Then, these folks are upset when they are 30 and are actually single, only a little in their savings and a six pack…of beer in the refrigerator. Lucky for me, I set no such expectations of myself. You know how most people “dream about their wedding day their whole lives”? Yeah, I never did that. I never fantasized about dressing up and being in love. I mostly fantasized about traveling and reading books. The projection I put on my life would be to be well traveled, well read, and happy.

Yeah, happy. Whoa.

When it comes down to it, I started this blog to become a better version of me. I have always wanted to write something and I figured I would need help forcing myself to sit down and actually write. I haven’t much improved, but I am definitely getting more writing out than I was before. I really need to just finish my GD book already. So I can retire in style. And since my upcoming birthday is bringing my retirement that much closer, it brought on a new wave of motivation. I want to see what I can accomplish. Here you go folks, 30 things to do before you turn 30.

You can follow along on my journey to completing this list on my Twitter @isqueso or Instagram @thisisquesoblanco.

  1. Travel somewhere new
  2. Do what you can to leave less of a carbon footprint. Here are some tips.
  3. Read books. (you can find my recommendations here)
  4. Learn a new language (hola, queso blanco aqui. Namaste, cabrons.)
  5. Set physical goals for yourself. If you’re local, try @EnergyXFitness and it was wonderful and challenging.
  6. See a therapist. By the time you’re 30, something has got to have happened to you. Just go see a therapist. Talk it out.
  7. Become good at your job. Word travels fast.
  8. Start saving.
  9. Nourish your friendships.
  10. Set mental goals for yourself.
  11. Give back.
  12. Do that one thing you’ve been wanting to do.
  13. Take a cooking class
  14. Take a dessert decorating class. If you’re local in San Antonio try @belleandunionco
  15. Cultivate a creative outlet.
  16. Understand taxes.
  17. Set your professional goals.
  18. Get that degree you keep wanting.
  19. Do what you can to clear up that credit card debit
  20. While you’re at it, tackle those student loans too. (My sister once said, “Live like you haven’t for a year, so you can live like you haven’t for the rest of your life.” Meaning hustle your butt off to clear debt so you will have that extra money.)
  21. Nourish those friendships that keep your strong and grounded.
  22. Cut off the people that bring you down.
  23. Stop hoarding and start selling things! Poshmark and Letgo are my go to apps for selling my stuff.
  24. Do what you can to learn your family’s history. Talk to your grandparents, take your 23 & Me test, read on your past.
  25. Try a new cuisine. You’ll thank me for this.
  26. Make new friends.
  27. Forgive.
  28. Life can get hectic when work and family become more demanding, but take time for yourself.
  29. Eat healthy. Follow my 10 days of no carbs, sugar and dairy here.
  30. Learn to live local. Ride your back, shop the farmers market, shop your local shops.
“He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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