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Compass FYI LIFE SWOOSH Your 30s are probably the most powerful decade in your life. You’ve finally figured out who you are and what you want, and now you’re chasing your dreams like a coyote on a mission. Here are a few basic things you should already have down by the time the Big 3-0 comes around. T E X T BY R O S PR A D O HOME LIFE By this point in your life, you should know how to live comfortably on your own without fearing solitude. If you just can’t stand the idea of an empty home, get a dog…or a cat…or a fish…or someone to love you. Crashing in your parent’s basement or on a friend’s couch is only acceptable on holidays or crazy nights out. Roommates are OK, in moderation, if you haven’t found a spouse or a cohabiting love interest. PROMOTION TIME In the professional realm, regardless of your field of choice, not every resume is created equally. By the time you’re 30, you should have a couple of accomplishments under your belt and an impressive spiel to go along with it. If you don’t, you might be outta luck. But don’t fret. Your 30s is also a great time to consider other career opportunities and potential side-gigs that can earn you extra cash. You may even want to start working from home more. MONEY MATTERS You want me to pay how much for that?! Hey, haggling’s an art and it’s hopefully something you’ve learned to perfect over the years. No more having daddy negotiate your deals. Need to purchase car? A home? A whole new wardrobe? Don’t be afraid to ask for a pricecut, a discount or some frequent buyer loyalty points. You work hard for your money, don’t spend it all in one place. LOVE WOES By the time you’re in your 30s, you’ve pretty much been able to figure out the types of people you want (and don’t want) in your life. If someone isn’t contributing to the quality of your life or helping make you a better person, don’t hesitate to kick them to the curb without feeling an ounce of guilt. Just realize you may be on the receiving end of the rejection sometimes. And that’s OK. THANKS, BUT NO THANKS One way or another, if you want to maintain your sanity and keep moving forward, at some point you’re going to have to learn how to decline advice. You, more than anyone else, know exactly what you need and what path to take; learn to trust your intuition. Your gut never lies. Listen to it and life will be a breeze. 38