30 Something - Kyla


On being thirty.  I was looking forward to my thirtieth birthday.  I felt no sense of pending doom or old age.  I was excited to start a new decade in my life.  It felt like when I turned thirty, I could hang up the stretched and worn wool coat of my twenties and let out a sigh of relief.  I could say, "Look at me world, I'm thirty!".

In my 20s I accomplished tasks on my to-do list with my high level of stress and worry.  I studied hard and enjoyed university life immensely.  I met new friends and strenghthened bonds with old friends.  I travelled bits of the world with school, with friends, with my future husband and with my brother and sister.  In my 20s I also experienced young love, heartbreak and met the love of my life.  I had my first new vehicle, my first home, my first job and started a family.

In my 30s I feel like I am enjoying life without the intensity I had in my 20s.  I feel more laid back and care free.  I don't let things bother me as much and I don't worry as much as I used to.  I am more aware of life and my role in it.  I am so content with my choice to be at home with my children.  My career can be on hold for now while I enjoy watching my darling girls grow and discover.  It excites me that later down the road I will be able to rediscover my career and perhaps even attend university again.  I loved going to school and wouldn't hesitate to go back.  I think being away from work has allowed me to think more of what I really want to do in my life and what impact I want to have in the world.

The days can be long but everyday there are those gleaming moments when I sit back, let out a deep breath and thank God for the life I have been given.  Jean Baptiste Massieu once said that "Gratitude is the memory of the heart" and I have learned not to take anything for granted and to also be so thankful for everything and everyone in my life.  Life is too precious otherwise.

When we started this project, we thought it would be wonderful to celebrate the beautiful women in our lives by capturing their beauty (sometimes unknown to them) on camera.  What we didn't realize that that through their words of wisdom, quotes and writing we would also see the outpouring of their inner beauty and what makes them the wonderful women that they are.

Thank you for sharing your joys, sorrow and wisdom with us.
 30 something, a beautiful place to be.


  1. Beautifully written, Kyla. Thanks to you and Deena for this project. I have enjoyed the beautiful women and all of their insight.

  2. I loved this post! The"stretched and worn wool coat of my twenties" really stuck in my mind. Thanks, I enjoyed this.


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