30 Things I Did Before Turning 30

This week I turn 30, and to keep the reflection going on this side, I thought it would be fun to create a list of things I did before actually turning 30. This is more of a challenge to my own ability to think and find 30 different things I can feel proud of than actually a deliberate act of bringing you something useful, but maybe this is also a way to let you know a little bit more about me. I hope I don’t bore you!

So, before I turned 30, I…

  1. survived psychological bullying at school
  2. overcame morbid obesity
  3. won a third prize at a national scientific fair
  4. won a ticket to the United States
  5. tried out USA’s food portions
  6. had a three page interview on a magazine
  7. graduated in psychological sciences
  8. was interviewed in television three times
  9. had two plastic surgeries
  10. created a free digital magazine
  11. published my first book in Portuguese
  12. graduated in social and organisational psychology
  13. won a doctoral scholarship
  14. moved abroad
  15. shared a house with strangers
  16. made my everyday life in a foreign language
  17. learned how to cook
  18. learned how to wash and iron my clothes
  19. attended a mindfulness international conference in Rome
  20. had three professional burnout crisis
  21. acknowledged God
  22. accepted my mediumship
  23. learned to listen to my intuition
  24. learned to recognise abusive relationships
  25. got certified in wellbeing/life coaching
  26. bought myself a MacBook
  27. accepted that it is ok to be different
  28. assumed myself as a blogger
  29. chose wellbeing over money
  30. became a cat lover

I’m curious about you. What did you do before turning 30?


  1. Very happy with number 30 – everyone should be a cat lover. I plan on doing something similar for my 27th birthday. It’s nice to look back and reflect on what we’ve learnt throughout our lives πŸ™‚

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  2. Holy shit you’re 30? Never would of guessed that. Happy birthay, interesting little read I enjoyed how the flucuatates from major to minor, but I intuit your the kind of person who’s able to understand that the minors often become the majors.
    Notice the small things. The rewards are inversely proportional. -​Liz Vassey

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    1. Thank you! Haha, I don’t know if that means you thought I was a dinossaur or younger. I think you’re right, smalls things more often than not are even more important to me than the bigger ones. β€œAnd now here is my secret, a very simple secret; it is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”– Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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      1. The terradactor… Kidding! I guessed you were closer to my age (20). That’s a nice one aswell πŸ™‚. Even staring at a candle or your hand can become a powerful practice.

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  3. Happy 30th! That’s quite a list of accomplishments to achieve by 30. I’m curious what this one means: made my everyday life in a foreign language
    and how did this one turn out? tried out USA’s food portions
    love this one: had three professional burnout crisis, teaches us to keep going even though times can get tough. that they are experiences we can learn from. πŸ™‚

    Regardless, I thought it was useful! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! β™₯️ πŸ˜„ My native language is Portuguese and I moved to England. Since then, I rarely spoke Portuguese – more often than not I now struggle to find words in my own language, haha. The burnout crisis were definitely a wake up call to say that we should stop walking a path that we know it’s not aligned with our soul. The side effects are still kicking in today πŸ˜… If the crisis hadn’t happened, this blog wouldn’t however exist today… life is really a box of chocolates, we never quite know what we are going to get πŸ’

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  4. You have SO much to be proud of. Celebrate your amazing achievements please! I love this post, I want to do one but I have 4 years left before I turn 30.
    Loved reading this.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  5. What a lot you have accomplished so far… Such an incredible journey.
    Before I was 30 I can say that I was with you on Numbers 5, 14, 15, 16, 27. Sort of 17 and 18. And definitely 30. Always a Cat Lover! πŸ™‚
    I had to wait for my early 40s before the professional and personal meltdown so you’re way ahead of me there πŸ™‚ You have the tools to make your 30s (and the rest of your life) so meaningful…
    Happy Birthday! xxx

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    1. Dear God, living with strangers for me was a nightmare, hope the experience was rather enjoyable for you πŸ˜†πŸ˜† I honestly did this list to make me feel better about my current reality and don’t focus so much on the feeling that I’m failing at life πŸ˜‚ I’m letting the universe have my back, hopefully I had the meltdown earlier so I can have the kids in my 30s, hehe. Have to find the father first though. And a paying job. I wish I could put pictures on these comment boxes because I got my cat today in a pose that totally said ‘hakuna matata’ πŸ¦Ήβ€β™€οΈπŸ¦Ήβ€β™€οΈ Thank you for your support, it has made a great difference in my life! xxx

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      1. I am terrible at living with strangers. I’m bad enough at living with people I know πŸ™‚ (and by the way, I haven’t worked out how to use any emoticons except the smiley face yet on my laptop – πŸ™‚ ). Oh that is so sweet to say I’ve made a difference… same to you! xx

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      2. Now that you mention that, I must say I’m working on that too. It’s not always easy to ask people we know “can you just leave me alone and in silence for half an hour?” – at least, this is the struggle I might face, haha. Finding humour has been life saving. I’m going to share the trick I use for emoticons: https://getemoji.com – I copy and past πŸ˜€ xx

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  6. I loved this idea and patterned a post after yours, but my magic number is 48!😩πŸ₯° Grateful for another year of life though. Check my post out if you get a chance, please. This is a great idea!

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    1. Thank you! I will definitely check it out right away! 48 is a beautiful number – it emanates nice energy, with 4 being the number of responsibility and creativity, and 8 the number of balance and harmony. πŸ₯° Happy birthday to you too, lovely lady!!! πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸ˜„

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