If I start a new project, I need a little push. And it must be a timely one. That’s why I try to lose weight in January (never happens) or update my wardrobe in the fall (always happens). And although I knew this podcast was a project that I wanted to take on—it took me a while to feel that push. Anything new is unfamiliar and therefore uncomfortable and intimidating. This podcast had me asking myself questions, which is a slippery, slippery slope into a self-conscious cycle that leads to chin ache.
How will I create content that’s always funny or engaging? Who will say yes to coming on my show? Will my deeper voice sound like a tender young man named Simon? These questions lingered inside my head and created a beautiful procrastination process that lead my friends to ask me if this was even happening anymore. These things can’t be rushed, I'd say. I haven’t been pushed yet. That was until I was a month away from turning 30.
And just like that—push.
My first episode is all about turning 30. It’s a new decade. One that no longer asks the following: what am I doing with my life, how will I pay my bills, or is there a bar that stays open past 2am? Instead, it asks: how do I enhance my career, relationships, myself or find a happy hour that starts at 5:30, so I can go to bed early enough to function as a real life adult at work on a Wednesday.
To help negate my nervous butterflies that felt more like Boeing jets, I invited my friend Ryann to join me on my first show. As an Assistant Creative Director and a fresh 30 year old, she’s worked her way up by being witty, likeable, smart and a solid friend of mine since the tender age of 14. As you can see below, she is also a boss ass bitch. I knew with her by my side I’d be fine.
This episode tackles big questions. How does one celebrate turning 30? Why are young girls wearing denim underwear? Why is it important to know if your significant other ate beets? In this episode, we also read from a few articles geared towards people our age like, “30 Things Every Woman Should Know by 30” or “You Know You’re Thirty When…”. We agreed with some and disagreed with some. Here's a little list I created for you below.
Ten Things To-do Before 30
- Get a Netflix/Hulu/HBO Go account and or password
- Appreciate wine and cheese on an unhealthy level
- Start working out before your metabolism quits without giving two weeks
- Use a night cream to feel fancy-like and keep wrinkles at bay
- Try a budget (this may not work)
- Survey who your real friends really are (not just followers on snapchat and instagram)
- Don’t freak out if you see grey hairs, and strongly consider doing that one thing with your hair you tell your friends about
- Hang out with your parents and siblings if you’re not already
- Say yes to a trip you would normally say no to because it cost too much (see number 5)
- Decide it's finally time to go after the career you've always wanted