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Things to do Before “Settling Down”

Hey, not everything in this blog is for moms!!! This is my list of things to do before you get married and/or have children. They are in no particular order. Feel free to share with your non mom/younger friends.

1- Meet people and make friends of all ages and walks of life, and spend time with them. They will enrich your life now and later.

2- Go home for holidays and attend the weddings you are invited to, no matter how difficult it is to make it happen. Even if you don’t see it yet, you’ll soon find out just how important being with family and friends on special occasions is.

3- Buy classic and good quality accessories. You’ll have them for the rest of your life and will dress up any outfit, even the ones you’ll have when you are pregnant and when you are trying to lose baby weight.

4- Travel! Take the trip you’ve been dreaming of, even if you think you can’t afford it or you don’t have enough time. It will never be any easier or cheaper to travel than when you are single, except when you are retired.

5- Eat at that fancy restaurant, even if you can only afford a drink and appetizer at the bar, and at the hole in the wall that serves great food. Expose yourself to all kinds of food.

6- Take a class on something you are interested in but is not related to your field of work, whether it is at the community center or at a university.

7- Find the exercise routine you love and make it part of your life.

8- Find the joy in hard work, make a good name for yourself and be proud of what you do. It will open many doors later in life, including those of a flexible work schedule when you need it.

9- Finish your degrees.

10- Save and invest. Take advantage of the saving and retirement options your job offers, buy a house you can later rent or sell, or work with a financial advisor to invest your savings. You’ll appreciate the financial cushion you’ll accrue.

11- Take time to take care and love yourself, this is the best way to have healthy and long-lasting relationships

I feel fortunate to have done many of these, but also wish I had known to do more of some of them, my life may be a bit easier than it is today. Of course it is never too late to do anything, and I have found that having kids has given me a level of efficiency I did not have before.

What else would you add to this list?

 

 

 

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