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.

The 30 Before 30 Bucket List

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

The 30 Before 30 Bucket ListThis 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.

The 30 Before 30 Bucket List

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.

The 30 Before 30 Bucket List

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!

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Sarah enlightens us on a daily basis with the newest trends as (and often before) they transpire. She is the consummate globe trotter. Having traveled to over 70 countries, she earns her living writing, blogging (InsiderDiva.com) and modeling while on the road. In her spare time she gets manicures, suntans on yachts in Greece, shops for even more shoes, and lives in the limelight. She loves photography, elephants, sailboats, bangles and ballet flats.

Reader Discussion: 120 Comments

  1. Felicity Williams

    I love that idea about taking parents to dinner. My parents divorced, though they remained friends and didn’t make me feel like it is my fault or loss that they separated. I think I’ll plan to reconcile them by going out sometimes (which we haven’t done in a long time after I finished going to uni) and be one family again just for a sweet memorable albeit brief moment. I love them both.

  2. Naomi Vickers

    I am never against occasional fling, but toying with someone’s emotion is never good, I believe. What if the person you encounter for the first time falls for you? Though I guess it is everybody’s burden whatever consequences our decision will make. Your life, your rules, they say, but in the end, it is you who will suffer the most. Huh!

  3. Ocean Bickley

    I wish I can move to another country where I can start a new life and be far from everything I want to leave behind: undesirable experiences, haunting memories, and abusive persons. But I guess until then, what I need to do is to accept things the way they are and endure this pitiful state I am in right now.

  4. Phoebe Mueller

    Enjoy a one night stand?! Good luck not getting STD, HIV or even AIDS!!! Why include this one? What if you already have a partner? Is being loyal to one’s partner subjective nowadays? This one is unacceptable for me.

  5. Blanche Rivera

    Get inked! Permanence might be scary thought, and you are skeptical how you’ll change over the years. But getting inked is has charm of its own. Just make sure it’s something that represents who you are at this point in your life. If you don’t try it how will you know the magic it creates. ?

  6. Flora Kennedy

    Stop having regrets for the things you missed. Realizing that you’ve made a huge mistake might seem like the end of the world but it’s not. As you’ll grow older and wiser, you’ll understand that these things are better to be flipped as old pages and move on.

  7. Learn to forget the past. You don’t need negativity in life, and it’s better to set those cold feelings aside. Try and sort your differences with the other person and let go of something that’s not required in life.

  8. Let go of the past. Learn to leave all the negative things where they belong.; behind you in the past. You’ll be happier and peaceful. ?

    • Sherry Johnston

      I agree. Let’s leave all the negative things behind.

  9. I appreciate this article I’ve been thinking about the things that I have not done yet and things that I still want to do before I reach the age of 30, thanks for these ideas!

  10. Stop holding grudges. You’ve grown up enough to stop holding on to past grievances and understand that they are simply overrated. There’s no point in sticking on to something that has happened years ago and feeling low about it.

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