Guest Blogger

Ultimate 30 While In Your 30’s Checklist

8:00 AM

Ultimate 30 While In Your 30’s Checklist
Just because you’re grown up and then some doesn’t mean settling into the doldrums of predictability. Surprise people. Surprise yourself.
-Victoria Moran

If you’re freaking out because it’s as though you’re just aging but you’ve accomplished nothing, don’t worry. You’re not alone.

Guest blogger Ifeoma of Purposeful and Meaningful will show you how to age or more appropriately, how to handle your big 3-0 gracefully:

Turning 30 or in your 30’s and have read a lot of ‘before 30 bucket list’? How does that feel? Mixed emotions?

Interesting that it means a lot to us approaching 30 or in our 30’s. If you’re like me, you may have written a list you wish to accomplish before you reach this milestone.

Pressure builds when friends and family remind you of the things in your life that aren’t working or unaccomplished. I don’t like that pressure. Do you?

Don’t let others insist their dreams on you. Relax. Write your own checklist. Give yourself grace if they don’t go as planned.

Here’s mine:

Ultimate 30 While In Your 30’s Checklist

  1. Learn something new often. Make it count. 
  2. Be serious about building your financial life.
  3. Move to somewhere new especially when you’ve been there too long. New places come with fresh ideas and new friends.
  4. Live simpler. Less whining, more grace. 
  5. Get a better job or change careers if you’re not happy anymore. Get over fear, and venture into a new career.
  6. Redesign your home. Find new home design inspirations.
  7. Up your game. Dress better, speak better. Carriage is important to boost self-confidence.
  8. Books are worthy investments. Invest in them. 
  9. Visit new places; try their dishes. You never can tell what goodies abound.
  10. Ask your friends to describe you in “One Word”. True friends would tell you who you are even if you don’t like to hear the truth.
  11. Never give up on your dreams and passion. Miracles still happen.
  12. Write your life history to see how God has been faithful. It’s a game-changer.
  13. Married? Go on vacation alone. Re-examine your life. Are you lost caring for everyone else but yourself?
  14. If there’s anything worth committing to, it’s your spiritual life. It’s the foundation for every area of your life.
  15. Be intentional. Invest time growing your relationships
  16. Take time each week to appreciate nature.
  17. Write an appreciation list, a gratitude journal, or your thankful list with people who’ve been there for you.
  18. Write a forgiveness list; all the people your heart needs to release including yourself and your past.
  19. Write a help list. Extend kindness to someone on your list.
  20. Make a friendship list. Old friends are great, new friends are fun but you need a blend of both.
  21. Write positive notes each week to glean your thoughts to focus.
  22. Attitude matters. Laugh more, smile more, pray more, and believe more. Be joyful.
  23. Social media may be stifling your real-life connections. Do a recheck.
  24. Health is important. Take it very seriously.
  25. Join a gym, dance club, and take regular walks.
  26. Join positive online communities. Sign up with my sweet friend Lux on About life And Love and come chat with me on Purposeful and Meaningful.
  27. Volunteer. Get involved in community projects.
  28. Make goals. Plan better.
  29. Find a mentor. Mentor someone.
  30. Write a living list and avoid a bucket list that works you up. I’m giving you this as a compliment. See and use mine as a template, and fill in yours! Download Living List.
Excellent, right?

Now your turn...what’s on your ultimate 30 while in your 30's list? What advice can you share?

About the author:
Ifeoma Samuel is happily married to her sweetheart Obiora Samuel. She is an author, a blogger, and a Speaker at various women conferences in South Africa.  She uses her writings to share everyday life stories about God's immense love. She is the author of  My 30 Days Journey To a Fulfilled Life. Visit her blog Purposeful And Meaningful and follow her on  Pinterest | Google+Facebook

Wait! I've got more stories for you...


Trouble posting your comment in the box below? Please comment here instead.

  1. I think it is good to have a bucket list of items you want to do... I hesitate to put a date on any of them as circumstances can change drastically and really most things are not out of reach ... someday xox

  2. I liked Numbers 4, 11, 12, 17, 23, 24 and 28. I hope to live by through the lines of these lines.

  3. just because you are in 30s doesn't mean you can no longer enjoy life the way you used too right?.. waahh.. 3 years na lang and I am on that stage na ^_^

  4. OH gosh this is just SO GOOD!! I absolutely love this list. LOVE it. My favorite? #12. It IS a game changer!

    My list would look very much like yours... :)

  5. I have 3 more years to 30. Time to write down a list similar to this and work my ass off. Ajaaaaa!

  6. Yyyyyaaayyy! I friGGing Made it! I made top 10! I am actually #5! Wowzaa! lemme post this quick before someone tales my spot :)

  7. Okay! So as a follow up to my hexSCited mail of life Yeah! I am realizing gradually and surely (as i hit the Big 25 soon) that Life is about happiness and nothing more.. hence that #22 is everything.. I mean live more smile more love more! This was quite a ghen ghen read! thanks for Sharing Lux of laife and Big uP's to teh Amazing Ifeoma of Life for making such a ghen ghen post...

    P.S: Yyyyaaayyy!! I FriGGing Made Top 10! I CaNNot Frigging Believe it still! **Pops Collar :)

  8. I've turned 30, then 30 again and am now 66. I have learned if you hang on to recommendation #1("Learn something new often. Make it count."), the rest of the list pretty much follows on its own.

  9. Great Points!

    lovely Greetings to you, kisses <3

  10. I love to take walks every day!
    Good wishlist!

  11. ;)

    Hummm! Bem bacana.

    Ótima segunda!

    Beijo! ^^

  12. Encouraging and helpful post for those nearing 30 and not knowing what to do.

  13. Fantastic post dear! Hope you have a lovely day.

    ** I'm inviting you to join Love, Beauty Bloggers on facebook. A place for beauty and fashion bloggers from all over the world to promote their latest posts!


  14. Hi, Ifeoma and Lux!

    My next round number is 7-0 and I am still tweaking my checklist which includes most or all of these principles. I believe that you are never too old to improve and refine your skills. They include career skills, skills that enable you to perform spare time activities more elegantly, and social skills that make you a more effective communicator and enhance your relationships with family and friends. Life is about making plans, setting goals and striving toward them. If you give up doing this, there is no reason to go on.

  15. that's a lovely checklist! x

  16. Great job. Let's see for my list? More boating, more traveling, more fun, more...

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  17. Great read, thank you Lux :)

  18. I love this. I will be 32 this month! And I have never heard of a 30 before 30 or a 30 bucket list. Not sure how I feel about it, because I feel the best now that I ever did. I don't have that silly self-consciousness from my teen and early 20's, and I am still young enough to be active and have fun with the wisdom to not be stupid (at least not too stupid, lol!) But I did like your suggestions. All in all, a great list.

  19. Such wonderful things to do on this list. I have one objection though: Your list items can apply to us who are beyond their 30s, of which I am. You are never too old to do many of the things on this list.

  20. great advice at any age! Lovely list.

  21. Awesome post!!! <3

  22. Lovely post Lux..I have also made a checklist for myself :) Leaving the job that I don't like and following my passion is the most important one in mine..Hope all your wishes come true :) Best of luck :)

  23. I agree with your checklist

  24. What a brilliant round up, and I think this could apply at any age!

  25. How fun to find two friends in one place this week! You're prompting me to think about doing a list for us oldies who are in our {gasp!} 60s!

    Let's see ...

  26. I am no longer in my 30s so this is not applicable to me.

  27. I think we dont have to wait until 30s to appreciate things, I think it is such a good feeling when we feel appreciated about what has happened to our life!

  28. I love lists like these! :)

    Happy Tuesday!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  29. What a fantastic list, Ifeoma! So many great and important things to focus on. Many blessings to you while you enjoy the journey of checking each off :).

  30. such an encouraging post. i need to keep a note on many of the points above

  31. good bucket list :) I nearly done mine... :D
    Have a nice day!

  32. This is an amazing list! Even though I'm past the 3-0 already ;) I would love to make these goals my goals, too. I love how they are not materialistic but for the search of true happiness. Very well done, Ifeoma.
    Thank you for sharing with us, Lux!
    Have a beautiful day, both of you :)

  33. This is a fantastic list! I think it's so important to learn something new every day. I also think it's important to be intentional about building close, honest relationships. Thanks for this!

  34. There are some very interesting points in this list :)
    Have you a good day dear.

    La Flò ♡ blog

  35. I just turned 30 and I'm soo gonna save this checklist ... Thanks for sharing .

    xoxo - Style.. A Pastiche!

  36. Love your list, Ifeoma! If you are able to check off all of those great goals, you will be one wise, godly and fulfilled 30-something! And thanks to Lux for sharing your inspiring words!

  37. This is a really great bucket list! I would love to be able to tick these off by the time I reach 30 :)

    Rachel xx

  38. Love this post! I'm almost 30 *GASP*

  39. Loved the post and the way you presented it lux.. Short , sweet and impactful :)

  40. My husband just turned 30 yesterday, thankfully I still have another year. ;) He's all about celebrating and enjoying the ride while I'm the one freaking out about being so old, haha! Great ideas, thanks friend!!

  41. I like all the suggestions, Lux and Ifeoma! They're good for any age.

  42. What a lovely post and with many of the words applying to any and all ages! I love the concept of surprising yourself by not stepping into line with predictability - a lovely concept :) Have a wonderful weekend.

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

  43. In a couple of years, I would be 30 too.. Though I believe that age is just a number, this post really want to revisit the life i have been living... Thanks for sharing!

  44. Thanks for posting this great piece by Ifeoma. Ifeoma also guest posted for us this week at the Literacy Musing Mondays Linkup #LMMLinkup.

  45. I like that your lists focused on being more intentional internally versus external things.

    Choosing joy daily ranks high on my list along with being diligent in all that I do.

  46. I love the check list for those approaching or in their 30's. At age 60 I decided on a new career. I had always worked in accounting, but decided to apply for a job at our local hospital in physical therapy. I was hired and enjoyed working there for two years. They made changes and let 4 of the aids go as the insurance company no longer allowed aids to write the treatments down. Immediately I was hired by the country and began in their accounting department. Now after 10 years I draw a small pension which helps greatly. Thank you for saying here as a guest and for Lux to invite you !

  47. Hi, I wish I had made an ultimate list in my 30s and 40s. I guess with one year to 50, I can come up with an ultimate 50 list. Thanks for sharing on Literacy Musing Mondays.

  48. I'm not 30 yet (turning 25 in a few months) but I can relate to some things listed. Being intentional about my friendships is one of my goals for this year!

  49. Great article, Ifeoma! I think you hit all amazing points to balance each the spiritual, physical, emotional and mental aspect of our lives. Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! So cool to see you post on Lux's site! (Hi, Lux!) Blessings to you both :)

  50. Oh the very best of luck with it xx

  51. I might not be thirty yet, but I do think a lot of these ones are good for any age. I would have to say that about some of them. I think I like the idea of living simpler at the moment with less whining and more grace. Oh, and I definitely agree with books being worthwhile!