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Things You Should Know and Accomplish Before You're 30

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In 1997 Glamour Magazine created a list of things that every woman should have and should know before the time she's 30. I have accomplished a few on the list, but not enough of them! I am only 23 though, so I still have some time on my hands. But, I wanted to share this list with you all to get your opinions on it. 
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According to Glamour Magazine, by the age of 30, you should have....

1. One old boyfriend you can imagine going back to and one who reminds you of how far you've come.
2. A decent piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in your family.
3. Something perfect to wear if the employer or man of your dreams wants to see you in an hour.
4. A purse, a suitcase, and an umbrella you're not ashamed to be seen carrying.
5. A youth you're content to move beyond.
6. A past juicy enough that you're looking forward to retelling it in your old age.
7. The realization that you are actually going to have an old age -- and some money set aside to help fund it.
8. An email address, a voice mailbox, and a bank account -- all of which nobody has access to but you.
9. A résumé that is not even the slightest bit padded.
10. One friend who always makes you laugh and one who lets you cry.
11. A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra.
12. Something ridiculously expensive that you bought for yourself, just because you deserve it.
13. The belief that you deserve it.
14. A skin-care regimen, an exercise routine, and a plan for dealing with those few other facets of life that don't get better after 30.
15. A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better.

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By the age of 30, you should know ...

1. How to fall in love without losing yourself.
2. How you feel about having kids.
3. How to quit a job, break up with a man, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship.
4. When to try harder and when to walk away.
5. How to kiss in a way that communicates perfectly what you would and wouldn't like to happen next.
6. The names of the secretary of state, your great-grandmothers, and the best tailor in town.
7. How to live alone, even if you don't like to.
8. Where to go -- be it your best friend's kitchen table or a yoga mat -- when your soul needs soothing.
9. That you can't change the length of your legs, the width of your hips, or the nature of your parents.
10. That your childhood may not have been perfect, but it's over.
11. What you would and wouldn't do for money or love.
12. That nobody gets away with smoking, drinking, doing drugs, or not flossing for very long.
13. Who you can trust, who you can't, and why you shouldn't take it personally.
14. Not to apologize for something that isn't your fault.
15. Why they say life begins at 30

What do you think of the items on this list? Have you done these? What is on your personal list of things to do and know before the age of 30?

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Loved the lists…Considering I am 55, I did pretty darn well on the first 15!

Good Job Mom! You are a wise woman! Let's get you a lace bra....HA! Kidding :)

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Maura Bannon

Hello all! My name is Maura and I am your fashion guru on Saratoga.com! I am from Lake George, New York and am here to help you channel your inner fashionista! I don’t believe that fashion is about obsessing over the latest trends, but more about finding clothes that make you feel like a million bucks-who says that models are the only ones that can strut on the cat walk? Former Editor in Chief of Vogue, Edna Woolman Chase once said, “Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.” Let me help you discover your unique style! Read my blog for fashion tips, tricks and inspiration. I would love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to e-mail me with your comments. Be bold, be brave, be you. And that’s my two cents!