Now that I’m in my late 20s and soon approaching 30 (why God, why?), it’s time to share some wisdom. As a 20 something blogger, this is my list of things every 20 something woman needs to have (or know). Whether you’re in a relationship, unattached or “it’s complicated,” check your purse, closet, car and house for these must-haves items, ladies! Your 20s are about growing up and becoming independent, and here are things every 20-something woman needs to have in order to get there.
#1 – Enough money to take care of her needs without anyone’s help
Not only does this mean paying your own bills, but I personally think every girl needs to have enough cash stashed away for emergencies. Don’t keep relying on your parents, boyfriend or some other dude for cash.
#2 – A set of jumper cables in her car
Even if you don’t know how to use them (I certainly don’t know how to use mine), you should always keep a set of jumper cables in your car for that random day your battery dies.
#3 – A GPS or Google Maps on her phone
You don’t want to get lost in the middle of nowhere with no means of finding your way back on the right path.
#4 – Black lace lingerie
If you’re currently attached, this will come in handy. If you’re unattached, save this for a special someone. If it’s complicated, well you can always put this on from time-to-time to remind yourself of what he’s missing.
#5 – The experience of living alone for at least a year
This means no parents, roommates or boyfriends. Living by yourself is a great way to learn some independence. Every girl needs to know what it’s like to live alone, eat alone and sleep alone… in her own place.
#6 – A good bottle of wine and set of wine glasses
You never know when you’ll be called on to host a small gathering. Entertaining a few friends is fun and simple when you have a good bottle of wine handy. This is also useful if you have a date that ends really well.
#7 – A set of tools in her house
Again, even if you don’t know how to use them, keep a set of tools around for a time when handy work is needed.
#8 – A killer outfit she can throw together in 5 minutes
For those moments when you’re asked to “meet me for drinks in 10 minutes” or “come outside because the cab is waiting,” you need a quick bombshell outfit that’ll drop any jaw.
#9 – The wisdom to know when to walk away from a toxic situation
Not everything will work out in your favour, and not everyone will bring value to your life. As a woman, you’ll need to understand when it’s okay to push harder and when you have to walk away.
#10 – The courage to leave a bad job, end a bad friendship and break-up with a bad boyfriend
At one point or another, you will have to do all 3 of these. Surround yourself with good friends who’ve been through these situations already and can offer sound advice, support and a cocktail when you need it.