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. 🙂


  • Girls Can Like Star Wars too – Chimmyville

    January 24, 2021 at 17:29

    […] I think the main reason was fear of ridicule. It took me many years to be OK in my own skin and to embrace my geeky side. But now I love going to comic con which has become one of my favourite hobbies. I wear Star Wars clothing out and about, celebrate Star Wars day, and even had a Star Wars theme for my 30th birthday party. […]

  • Lauren

    September 13, 2018 at 20:10

    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!

    1. Kim

      September 15, 2018 at 09:12

      Another great lesson to learn. Thank you for your comment. x

  • Michelle

    September 9, 2018 at 02:47

    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.

    1. Kim

      September 10, 2018 at 19:20

      Thanks for your comment Michelle. I’m still learning, especially to say ‘no’ and to get out of my comfort zone.

  • Carly

    September 5, 2018 at 06:13

    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!

    1. Kim

      September 6, 2018 at 16:14

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

      Star Wars is awesome❣

  • Merkitty Blog

    September 4, 2018 at 15:31

    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.

    1. Kim

      September 4, 2018 at 16:44

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

  • Rio

    September 4, 2018 at 15:45

    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!

    Rio | https:oppositetourists.com

    1. Kim

      September 4, 2018 at 16:45

      Haha, definitely never too old for Disney! 😉 I’d love to visit Disney World one day, I’ve only been to Paris so far.

  • ebony

    September 4, 2018 at 11:11

    love this post!

    1. Kim

      September 4, 2018 at 11:21

      Thanks, glad you enjoyed it.

  • LaDarius Davis

    September 3, 2018 at 16:31

    This is really A1 advice. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Kim

      September 3, 2018 at 17:06

      Thanks, I hope you find it useful. 🙂

  • Lisa McLachlan

    September 2, 2018 at 19:52

    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

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. Kim

      September 3, 2018 at 12:32

      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.

  • Bexa

    September 2, 2018 at 17:38

    This is such a brilliant post with so many important lessons. My favourites are: Experiences are far more valuable than possessions and you are never too old for Disney. So true! Thank you for sharing! 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. Kim

      September 3, 2018 at 17:08

      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

  • Raki

    September 1, 2018 at 20:51

    This is really some really good advice.

    1. Kim

      September 3, 2018 at 12:29

      Thank you, I hope it helps. 🙂

  • Jam Macmac

    September 1, 2018 at 16:41

    I don’t like mayonnaise too but after reading this, I might have to try! Belated happy birthday! ❤️

    1. Kim

      September 3, 2018 at 12:28

      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.

  • Hannah

    September 1, 2018 at 16:29

    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!

    1. Kim

      September 3, 2018 at 12:29

      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.

  • Nele

    September 1, 2018 at 09:06

    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!

    1. Kim

      September 3, 2018 at 12:33

      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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