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Sometimes, adulthood milestones are more harmful than helpful. This video is a reminder that you aren't on any specific timeline, and age 30 is what you make of it, no matter where you are in your life and finances.

Through weekly video essays, "Making It Work" showcases how *real* people have upgraded their personal or financial lives in some meaningful way. Making your life work for you doesn't mean getting rich just for the sake of it. It means making the most of what you have to build a life you love, both in your present and in your future. And while managing money is a crucial life skill for everyone, there's no one "right way" to go about it — you have to figure out what works best for *you,* full stop.

Video narration by Sylvia Longmire

Video by Grace Lee

Based on an article by Kazandra Pangilinan:

The Financial Diet site:

Are you approaching the grand old age of 30, and worried you don't have a house, aren't working your dream job, and can't seem to reach your savings goals?

Because, same. There's no denying the overwhelming amount of pressure society places on us to achieve things by a certain age.

Social media doesn't help either. But if we take a step back and look at the bigger picture, beyond the small Instagram squares we scroll through every day, we'll realize there doesn't have to be a timeline for success. Here are some things you don't need to have figured out by the start of your fourth decade.

Number one, your dream job. There's nothing wrong with being ambitious, unless you're Macbeth level ambitious. But if you haven't yet landed your dream job, or even discovered what that looks like yet, that's totally fine.

Your 20s are a time to take chances, change your mind, make mistakes, and try again. If you've been focusing on climbing the career ladder from day one and only just realize that you're no longer passionate about what you're doing, don't be afraid to-- responsibly-- take a detour. If you took time for yourself straight out of college, don't worry that you've somehow fallen behind.

If you're not a manager, don't stress. If you're not a CEO yet, don't stress. And if you have absolutely no idea what you're doing, don't stress.

Not having your entire career mapped out from start to finish isn't a bad thing. In fact, it leaves you more open to opportunities, and hopefully more time to discover what you truly love. Number two, how to make sourdough bread, or homemade pasta, or your own range of artisan jams.

Lately, it seems like everyone and their dog is joining the sourdough craze. But I'm here to remind you, it's OK if you don't have yeast growing on your windowsill. In fact, it's OK if you don't know how to cook or bake, or anything beyond the basic essentials.

In your 20s, you're probably spending a lot of time outside the kitchen, living your life. So if throwing together the perfect four course meal is beyond your capabilities, give yourself a break. There'll be plenty of time to learn these skills later.

Number three, what your family life looks like. Maybe you're in a relationship. Maybe you're not.

Maybe you're actively looking for a partner. Maybe you're not. Maybe everyone seems to be married except for you.

Well guess what? There's no rulebook that states you have to be settled down and married by age 30, or any age, really. If you just attended yet another wedding where you finished the night with cake in one hand and your shoes in the other, and you're feeling pressure from friends or family to find the one, relax.

Number four, where you want to live. Perhaps you spent your 20s traveling the world, and no longer know where home is. Or maybe you've been stuck in the same job for years, and can't decide where to end up.

Maybe you just met the love of your life, who lives on another continent. My point is, it's perfectly fine if you don't know where or if you want to settle down. While not having a home or knowing where you want to live might make you feel restless or unsettled, consider this freedom a gift. , Before long you might be tied down by mortgage payments, or the perfect career, partner, or family life.

Enjoy it while you can. Number five, how to make six figures. Having an income goal can be super motivating.

The danger lies in obsessing over it. It's only natural that you work hard and want to be paid accordingly. But being consumed by the thought of earning a certain amount of money by a certain age can not only be damaging to your career.

It can also take a toll on your mental health. Whenever I find that I'm stressing out about reaching a money goal, I remind myself that salary doesn't necessarily equal success. While you should keep working hard, prioritize the things that make you happy, not the numbers on your paycheck by age 30.

Number six, starting your own business. If you're ready to throw in the towel on starting your own business because you think you're too old, give your head a shake. Last time I checked, there is no expiration date on when you can become successful, whatever that means to you.

Whether you want to launch a company or grow an online business, it's not too late to get hustling. In fact, post 30 might be the perfect time to take action, thanks to all the wisdom, knowledge, and connections you've accumulated along the way. Number seven, your purpose in life if there's one point that I really want to drive home, it's that life is not a race.

It's OK if you don't know what you're doing. If you feel unfulfilled in your career, and you haven't crossed every single item off your bucket list, if you haven't achieved financial success, guess what? It's not a big deal.

Many successful people were late bloomers, so to speak. You're doing great. As someone approaching 30, I understand how easy it is to feel overwhelmed by expectations, perhaps from your parents, society, or even yourself.

Especially now, when comparing ourselves to others is second nature, it can be easy to feel behind or stressed out that you're not making the most of your life or career. Just remember that we all live our lives at our own pace, and there's no right or wrong answer for when you need to get things done.