The Careerista: Lindsay Everitt is married and the director of communications at a top law firm in Toronto.
What’s the coolest thing about being 30? It’s liberating to realize I don’t have to settle. Not in relationships, friendships, or in a career that doesn’t satisfy me.
What’s the scariest thing about being 30? Knowing life can be shorter than you think, and at any point you can be robbed of something or someone. Turning 30 has been a wake up call to not take what I have, or the people I love, for granted. Everything in life is a gift.
You have very high-powered career. What did you do in your 20s to get where you are now? I’m always working on things, whether it’s my friendships, my marriage, or my career. If everything seems easy, it probably means you aren’t trying hard enough. For me, that’s not an option. I also realized early on, the importance of strong mentors. Having someone to challenge you, bounce ideas off of, and be your cheerleader is an invaluable gift.
How do you imagine being 30 today is probably different from a generation ago? Professionally, we’ve made significant advances. And topics that were once taboo are fair game today. Last week at a girls’ dinner, we covered Friend A’s sexual (mis)adventures, Friend B’s pro and con list for cosmetic surgery and Friend C’s trip to her therapist – and that was before our mains arrived! Women in their 30s today have a stronger sense of confidence about ourselves and the choices we make.