13 Life Upgrades To Make Before You Turn 30

by Katie Mitchell
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A lot of people use birthdays as a way to measure how much has changed from year to year. Some birthdays feel like a bigger deal than others, though. The transition from 23 to 24 probably isn't met with as much excitement as leaving your twenties behind and turning 30. Many people have big goals they wan't to reach before they turn 30, but it's important to not overlook the life upgrades you should try before turning 30 while you're pursuing those goals. Because life upgrades — aka, small changes that can vastly increase your quality of life — can actually help you reach your overall goals faster, and they allow you to enjoy yourself in the process of pursuing your dreams.

Let's say you want to quit your job and become an entrepreneur before turning 30. That's a big step. So how do you make the transition from employee to CEO? Life upgrades can seriously help. You may want to tighten up your personal brand so folks take you seriously as a business owner. If you haven't already started saving money, a little extra stack of cash will definitely make your entrepreneurial journey a little easier. Those small life upgrades can set you up to reach your major goals in no time.

Here are a few examples of life upgrades you can consider implementing in your routine before turning 30 — to make your #adulting experience that much easier.


Add Plants To Your Living Space

Plants bring life to any space. Watching them grow as you do will be really rewarding.


Join A Food Co-Op

If you value organic food and supporting your local community, a co-op is a great way to be involved in the sustainability movement. You'll also meet your neighbors and get delicious produce out of it.


Start Saving

Having a savings really comes in handy when emergencies come up. Also, the sooner you start saving for retirement, the better.


Travel Alone

Traveling alone can teach you a lot about yourself. Plan a solo trip before you turn 30 to a destination you've always wanted to go.


Build Your Personal Brand

Personally branding is so important even if you aren't planning on being a social media influencer — in today's day and age, everyone who's on the internet has a personal brand to share. Companies are looking at job candidates' online profiles before they ever meet them in person, so make sure your branding is saying what you want it to say.


Volunteer Regularly

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Everyone has a cause they're passionate about. Before you turn 30, find an organization you love and use some of your time to volunteer. It's a great way to meet people who have the same values as you, and make a simple but effective change in your community.


Learn Your Family History

Learning about your family history can teach you a lot about yourself. Before your 30th birthday, sit down with the elders in your family and get as much knowledge about your ancestors as possible.


Improve Your Cooking Skills

Cooking is a basic survival skill that everyone needs to have. Try limiting eating out to only once a week, and make a resolution to follow a new recipe a night. It'll make you hone your skills in the kitchen so you're not 30 and still ordering Seamless every day.


Learn Another Language

You never know when you'll need to communicate with someone who doesn't speak your first language. Learning another language can open up a whole new world of possibilities for you in your 30s.


Buy An Original Piece Of Art

Having a one-of-a-kind piece of art is a great way to show off your personality, bring something special to your home decorations, and support working artists. Absolut Art is a platform that showcases emerging artists and lets you shop for (fairly affordable) art online, but you can find amazing artists selling their work everywhere — try your Instagram feed.


Learn How To Negotiate

As you progress through your career, you're going to have to negotiate. Knowing how to negotiate well could be difference between being underpaid and being adequately compensated for your time, expertise, and labor. Don't lose out.


Date Someone Who Isn’t “Your Type”

If you only date a certain type of person, you may be missing out on someone you could be really compatible with. Before you turn 30, take a risk and date someone who doesn't fit exactly into the idea of a "perfect partner."


Be A Kid Again

Turning 30 doesn't mean you can't have fun and do the things you enjoyed as a kid. Read a YA novel, play with a dog. Aren't we all just kids walking around in adult bodies anyway?

#Adulting can feel hard to do, but life upgrades aren't. Changing small aspects of your life can make a major impact, but you won't know until you try. Here's to 30 being your best year yet.