As I get closer to the “mid-thirties” age, I’ve been thinking about how life is different now to when I was in my 20’s…..vastly different, but there are a few main areas that I think deserve to be shared and written down. If you’re in your 30’s, or getting close, here are ten things you should really start doing!
- Wear sunscreen. Yes, in my 20’s I went to tanning beds, put on tanning oil and baked in the sun….and now I have some lovely age spots starting to show up. Any time I go outside I lather up, not only for protection from cancer, but also don’t want to look 60 when I am 40!
- Have a skin care regimen. Two kids (lack of sleep), gravity, sun damage, and aging…..there are skin care lines that can help treat and prevent most of it! This can get pricey, but I think its well worth the extra time and money.
- Don’t wash your hair every day. Yeah, I used to think that was gross and that I couldn’t possibly skip hair washing….but now that I have “trained” my hair to only need washing 2-3 times a week, it is so much thicker, shinier and healthier!
- Exercise. Even if its just walking around the neighborhood, some type of exercise a few times a week will work wonders for your body, mind, and self esteem! Carving out just 30 minutes in a day can really change your state of mind and how you take on your day!
- Read the Bible daily. I’ve found that in my 30s, life just gets more real and tough things start to happen to you and to people you know and love. If you aren’t armed with scripture, its difficult to fight through.
- Invest in one or two really close friendships. Real, raw and honest friends are hard to find. When you find someone you can be the real you with, hold on to them and invest even more into them than they do to you.
- Drink more water. Just do it. I carry a big cup of water with me all day and it makes it so much easier when its handy.
- Give back. Do something that is outside of your norm, whether its donating time, money, talent. Just do something to benefit someone other than yourself or family.
- Spend time with your parents. If you’re getting older, that means they are too. Spend quality time and appreciate them for who they are.
- Go on dates. Don’t forget who your spouse is, or why you fell in love and married them. This stage of life is crazy and hectic, but it won’t be that way forever. Remember “us” and keep growing and investing in that relationship.
And one more bonus….
*Grace. Don’t be too hard on yourself. This world is full of demands, and we can’t be everything to everyone. Just do your best and use the talents and gifts you’ve been given wisely.