5 things that should stop when you are in your thirties

When you are in your 30s (ahem, mid to late thirties in my case but I currently reside on the island of DE-NIAL) one thing becomes apparent. People you know like your friends and family tend to highlight the fact that this milestone means you will need to change in some way. You no longer have that ‘leave pass’ that you did in your twenties. Here are some of the things you will notice become a little less acceptable once you are a thirty-something.

Carrie in Sex and the city

1. Partying through the week.

In your twenties it becomes a lot easier to go out and drink more than once a week. School-night catch ups with friends over a cheeky wine or vodka is something you do Tuesday through to Friday and getting up for work the next morning is a breeze. Hangovers seem to disappear after a coffee, panadol and a few hours sleep. Now that I am well and truly in my thirties, going out on a Saturday night alone means an early night on Friday and a grooming/beauty schedule that starts Thursday night. And maybe a nap.

Turning 30

2. Using your phone, as a phone.

When I was at uni, a one hour phone call with friends was the norm. Now, I am so attached to the ‘smart’ bit of my ‘smart phone’, I do anything but talk on it. Goodbye voice calls – I don’t need to talk to people. Keeping in touch with friends means Whats App, FB chat and the odd SMS.

3. Eating whatever you want.

No more late night kebabs, happy meals or soft drink/chips combos. Hellooo to healthy smoothies and learning words like ‘LSA’ and ‘Quinoa’. If you want to indulge a couple of times a week though, go for it.

Getting older

4. Backpacking.

You could still carry your 14kg rucksack but you don’t need to. All the hotels you stay in have elevators right?

5. Ignoring your fitness. This whole fitness thing becomes more important.

Regular exercise turns from a bit of a hobby to being a fixture in your day. No longer can those midweek work and social events be an excuse to skip your morning run or gym session. The takeaway pizza can take a little longer to digest. Damn my no longer youthful digestive system. I love pizza. Scratch this – keep eating pizza, just run more.

Rookie at the gym

5 reasons why Flickr is better than Instagram

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I am a convert. Again. Like a prodigal son I have returned to Flickr after years of wandering the plains of Instagram.

A first I was drawn to Instagram’s amaze filters and the easy to use iPhone app. However after recent news of Instagram’s privacy concerns which began 17 January 2013, and frustration over the inability to organizes my images, I logged back in to Flickr after reading about their new iPhone app, now including filters. Flickr greeted me like an old friend, and even congratulated me on my return with a present: a free upgrade for 3 months to its Premium account.

Here are my 5 reasons why Flick is better than Instagram

1. Ability to organise images
Photos can be organised into albums, known as sets and collections and assign tags to each. For example you can organize your summer photos into a ‘Summer’ collection and ‘sets’ by the year they are taken. In Instagram you simply have all your photos in your

2. Assign privacy settings by individual photo
You can assign different privacy settings for each photo. Instagram prefers are more ‘one size fits all’ approach.

3. Instagram uses the old square format
For more artistic users this makes your Instagram photos a more artistic feel of yesteryear. For the rest of us, the black bars that sometimes appear are frustrating. Flickr can accommodate the standard more rectangular pics that come from digital camera.

4. Organise your photos in batches.
Flickr lets you upload more than one photo at a time. You can update your photos in batches, so you can update privacy settings, tags and describe for multiple photos, rather than just one at a time like in Instagram.

5. Flexibility
You can’t deny the popularity of Instagram, with its millions of users it’s network of followers can not be ignored. But if you like your albums and like having different levels of privacy, consider Flickr.

What do you think about Flickr? Are you a convert or do you prefer Instagram?

If you are worried about having to start all over again on Flickr, never fear. There is a simple website called Free The Photos that moves all your Instagram photos to Flickr at the click of a button. All you need to so is sign in to both your Instagram and Flickr accounts. It couldn’t be simpler.