26 Ways To Enjoy Your 30's

Welcome to the 30's club! Or if you aren't here yet, congrats on getting a head start for that part of your life!
It can be fascinating (or surprising) to experience the 30's. Your health might change, but you'll hopefully feel settled and focused in your vision, personal and work life. When you need extra inspiration 

Explore

  • What types of skill(s) do you need for a job or position you want? Make it a reality!
  • We all know about how great worldwide travel is/would be, but have you explored all of your city/state/local area?
  • Get outside regularly
  • Cultivate a listening ear and the ability to ask good questions
  • In a world where the online space is very common, invite people into your home on a regular basis, do real life with real people
  • Mentor and be mentored

Hobbies

  • Pick up a hobby you enjoyed as a kid or teen
  • Learn something (or a few somethings) new and enjoy the messy process of learning.
  • Teach a hobby, take someone "under your wing" and watch them thrive!

Health

  • Study how the body works. Once you have a basic understanding of how the different parts work together, it's easier to make healthy choices.
  • Research vitamins: they aren't all made the same and don't all work the same for every person. We also don't get everything we need from food anymore, so supplements are helpful.
  • Make your own food & snacks: splurging is fun, but making your own is usually healthier, can be fun, and is generally budget-friendly
  • Hydrate: I like to add flavored hemp to water. Yum :)
  • Sleep: neat tip: the body processes thoughts, toxins, etc while you sleep. It's a really necessary "vitamin" in and of itself!
  • Exercise for your body type AND to support where your health is right now.
  • Have healthcare professionals that listen to you (chiropractors and functional medicine docs are a great place to start!)

Finances

  • Start a 'retirement' fund, even if you don't plan to retire!
  • Get a financial coach (mine costs $40 a year! I'm happy to share more info!)
  • Give regularly. Sometimes the smallest amounts make the biggest difference! It's a blessing to invest in someone's music lessons for 6 months, or a food delivery service, etc.

Ministry

(for my fellow believers)
  • Keep growing spiritually (your relationship with the Lord is the most important one you'll ever have)
  • Serve your church
  • Send encouraging cards letting people know where you see the Lord working in their lives

Income

I'd love to hear what has helped you in your "journey through the 30's", feel free to leave a comment or send me a note! (I'll write back!)

Savory Sweet Potato Salad

This easy-to-make savory sweet potato salad is always a crowd-pleaser whenever I add it to potlucks or serve it at home parties!

It's especially perfect for fall meals, such as Thanksgiving, when you want to do something different with sweet potatoes (especially in warm climates!), or for summer picnics to change up the usual white potato salad. Some of my family members can't eat white taters so this is also a great alternative for dietary needs.

The flavor is even better the next day, so feel free to make it ahead of time. I use turkey bacon but regular bacon will also taste fantastic. Because of the bacon, mayo, and orange juice, I don't add extra salt or seasonings, so adding a no-salt herb seasoning is up to you!

INGREDIENTS: (for 6-8 servings)
3-4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into chunks
Orange juice
5-6 strips of bacon, cooked, crumbled
2 green onions, chopped (optional)
1 cup dried cranberries
Mayonnaise 

Preheat oven to 375F. Cut the peeled sweet potatoes into medium-sized chunks. They will shrink when cooked so they don't have to be bite-size.
Place chunks in a baking dish, add orange juice to until the potatoes are half-way covered. The orange juice is an important step because it will keep the potatoes from turning a weird brown color (read: unappetizing...trust me, I've tried simply roasting them in olive oil!) and also adds a hint of citrus flavor.
Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until tender but not mushy. They will be mixed with mayo so you want them to hold their shape.

When the potatoes are cooled, add to a bowl with all the remaining ingredients and mix. 
Refrigerate overnight for the best flavor and serve chilled.

Enjoy! Let me know if you added other ingredients or simply if you liked it!
 
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