30 things I’ve learnt in 30 years

On May 7th 2018 I turned 30, which seems like such a long time ago now but I wanted to mark the occasion in some way. Anyone else think this year is really flying by?

I celebrated my 30th birthday with a Star Wars themed party which my sister planned for me. It was a surprise party and I honestly had no idea she was doing it. It was perfect from themed food, to family and friends in costume and props being on display – I loved it. She also held it on May the fourth: Star Wars day.

Here’s a few photos from the night…
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30 things I’ve learnt in 30 years.

* It’s OK to let go of toxic friendships.

* You’re never too old for Disney (or anything for that matter), and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

* It’s OK to let go of possessions that no longer hold value for you. In fact having a clear out can be a great way to clear your mind.

* Make time for your family, your friends and most importantly, yourself.

* Budgeting is important!

* It’s OK to return unwanted items to the store – within the return T&Cs.

* It’s never too late to seek help.

* … and, it’s not a sign of weakness if you ask for help.

* It’s OK to cry and it’s OK to be not OK.

* It’s not too late to apologise.

* When life gets rough you find out who really cares.

* Find things you truly enjoy instead of things that just fill time.

* Not everyone will like you or needs to… and that’s OK.

* Be honest about who you are and what you enjoy in life and never apologise for who you are.

* Be nice to everyone. You never know the struggles they are going through, just as they don’t know yours.

* Experiences are far more valuable than possessions.

* Stop comparing yourself to others.

* Take care of your mental health – it’s just as important as your physical health.

* Exercise can be fun.

* University isn’t for everyone.

* It’s OK to change your career path.

* Take a picture (or a video) – it’ll last longer. Cherish those memories.

* Not everything needs to be posted on social media.

* Always trust your gut instinct.

* Mayonnaise isn’t as bad as I thought it was – I hadn’t tried it until I was 26 years old!

* Self-care is always important.

* Always stay in contact with the friends that show they care.

* Do what you love. If there’s one thing you’ve ways wanted to do, do it. Time is short.

* Learn to say ‘no’ and be more assertive.

* But on the flip side, learn to say ‘yes’ and do the things that may scare you. Try and get out of your comfort zone.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much I enjoyed writing it. 🙂

26 thoughts on “30 things I’ve learnt in 30 years

  1. These are great things to have learned! I am looking at changing my career path, I have learned if you are unhappy and you can change it you should. Thank you for sharing!

  2. This so true honestly and it’s never too late to learn any of this. never too late because we always have the present to grow.

    I just turned 29 so I totally understand how you’re feeling as I remember being 18, 21 and lastly 25 and now I’m here and I’ll make the most out of it.

  3. Love this post. I’m 31 and I think you learn a lot by the time 30 hits. You do see more things from an actual adult perspective but you’re still 18 in your head!
    P.s. I’m a massive star wars fan too! Your party looked amazing!

    • I know exactly what you mean! I’m constantly looking for more adult adults to help me out with things.

      Star Wars is awesome❣

  4. What an inspiring post. I turn 30 next month and can relate to a lot of these. Also, as someone who visits Walt Disney World frequently, I can attest that you’re never too old for Disney!

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  5. These are great lessons. I definitely needed to hear that I’m not too old for Disney or anything else.. so thanks for that! ♥

    Also.. your photos from your birthday look fab.

    • Thanks! My sister really pulled out all the stops with that one. Still can’t believe she cut that Millennium Falcoln pizza!

  6. This was such a lovely post – and your Star Wars party looks amazing! I completely agree with you about never apologising for who you are, it’s a lesson that took me a long time to learn but now I have. And, in a similar vein, learning to say no and being more assertive is something that I’m trying very hard to do right now – so far so good, fingers crossed. Although, I have to disagree with you about exercise being fun – NOOOOOOOOO, haha! xx

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    • Thank you! My sister definitely out did herself with my party. Assertiveness and saying ‘no’ is still a work in progress for me, but I’m certainly saying it more often recently. Which I think is a good thing!

      Haha, it took a long time for me to enjoy exercise! I think it’s about finding the type that’s right for you. I’m definitely not a gym bunny, but I enjoy group exercise classes, especially zumba or dance fitness.

    • Thanks for your comment and I’m glad you enjoyed my post. 🙂 Disney is the best and I find I enjoy it even more as an adult – there’s some hidden adult humour in Disney movies. 💗 x

    • Thank you! 🙂 I tried it by accident, I ordered a tuna mayo sandwich without mayo and they put mayo on it. I decided to try it instead of complain and ended up liking it.

  7. Love this post! Such great life lessons and ways of life to follow through, I agree you’re never too old for anything especially Disney!

    • Thank you. 🙂 Disney is great at any age, and I think I love it more now I’m older. There is a lot of hidden adult humour in Disney films that I missed as a child.

  8. Love this post! Being 22 myself, it’s great to get some life advice! Definitely need to work more towards some of these – especially learning to say no!

    • Thank you, I hope it helps. 🙂 Saying ‘no’ and being more assertive is still a work in progress for me, but I am getting better at it. I think it’s a good thing.

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