30.8.13

Important Lessons at 30

by Billie Jo Ross

I’m in my 30’s and tend to lie about my age.  Okay…I lie about my age ALL the time!! It started as a joke and it’s continued through the years.  Why lie about it? At 30 you hit your stride, you’re sure of yourself, and more comfortable in your own skin. Right?  


To help embrace my 30+ years here’s a list of important lessons I’ve learned:


Love your family & all the flaws. Just love them. It’s your only job.


Motherhood is the hardest job you’ll ever love. 


Spend less than you earn, go without until you have the money. Possessions are harmful and they add no value to your life! 


Find a few recipes you are really good at. Pull them out when you have company over for dinner. Save the NEW recipes for testing on family. 


You are never, ever ready for kids! If you wait…you’ll never have them. 


No one keeps secrets. Remember this when you’re telling people all of your business. 


It is okay to say NO!


Ask people questions. People feel loved when you listen.


Only shop in store’s with flattering lights and slimming mirrors. Life is too short to look like shit when shopping for a swimsuit. 


Tell your kids how much they are loved. 


Be a good friend. Be the kind of friend you want to have. 


Invest in a pair of Spanx. Trust me, they really do even out the lumps and bumps. 


Pretending to be perfect, doesn’t make us perfect. 


Change makes you smarter. If things never changed, you’d never learn anything. Change reminds us that anything is possible. 


Chips and dip, pizza and french fries don’t taste near as good with a diet coke.


Practice shaking hands…there’s nothing worse than a limp hand shake. 


Things end. Even those things you could never imagine your life without. 


Health is more important than most of us treat it. 


When you feel like you are on the verge of an epic meltdown, call a faraway friend. She will lift your spirit.  


Invest in experiences not stuff. Focus on people and memories; you can always buy more stuff. 


Open a nice bottle of wine, burn the candles and use the nice sheets. Don’t save things for a special occasion. 


My mom says ‘I move every time I need to clean my house…”  I believe moving helped to broaden my circle of friends. 


Anger. Let it go. Anger is a cover-up for fear, hurt or disappointment.    


When you can’t decide which one to go for, pick chocolate.


© Billie Jo Ross
You don’t NEED everyone to like you. 


Dress to impress. Always over dress... unless it’s heels in a park…that doesn’t work. Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.  


Don’t settle!  Don’t settle for less in work, in love, in life. 


Believe in yourself. There’s nobody else in the entire world like you. 



About Billie Jo Ross:  Billie Jo is the morning co-host on Lite 95.9.  She's also the host of Chatelaine Radio Sunday Mornings from 8-10am.  

She's a daughter, a sister, a niece, a friend and a mother.  
Follow Billie Jo on twitter @BillieJoLite959 
Read Life Lessons ~ at 50 with Wanda Love, ~ at 40 with Christina Rowsell ~ at 30 with Billie Jo Ross. ~ at 20 with Megan Robinson.

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