Life Lessons:
Kathryn Lagden


*Are you happy at the moment?

YES! It has taken me a long time to get here but I can say, without a doubt, that I am happy in my chaotic, uncertain, and always changing life.

*If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

Don’t be so afraid. Change is OK, it’s often even really good. Embrace new experiences, challenges, and opportunities.

*What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

That old saying, “you are what you eat”, really is true. I felt like I wasn’t keeping up with my 2 young boys as well as I’d used to. I stopped eating processed sugar, packaged food, and started a mostly-paleo diet. My energy has tripled!

*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

Better focus. There are so many competing priorities. I’d like to let more things go so I can feel less overwhelmed and focus on what’s really important.

*What’s your secret to happiness?

Acceptance of myself.

*What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

Getting up before my family for a sunrise run or my own “basement bootcamp” routine.

*What’s your biggest regret?

That it took me until I was almost 30 to take the kind of risks that change your life. At 28 I separated from my husband, lost my job, and moved into a friend’s second bedroom. Best thing that ever happened to me.

*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

Hard to say for sure as they’re still young but I hope to teach them how to adapt. Kids like routine and schedules and they’re important. But I like to shake it up so they learn how to deal with the unexpected.

*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

Biting my nails. I’m no longer a nervous nelly but it’s a bad habit that’s hard to break.

*Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

Climbing to the top of Mt. Kiliminjaro, and leaving full-time work to get more mom hours.

*When were you happiest?

The summer I cycled across Canada sleeping in a tent and finding adventure at every stop.

*What ten words best describe you?

Kind. Energetic. Strong-willed. Smart. Empathetic. Introvert. Unpredictable. Creative. Sporty. Determined.


Kathryn Lagden is a part-time digital strategist and a busy mom to two young boys (5 and 2). She’s always tweaking her schedule and priorities to maintain the right balance between work, family, and personal growth. She’s an avid runner and cyclist and competes in local races a few times each year. As a proponent of embracing new experiences and taking risks she aims to try 4-5 new things each year, they don’t have to be big, just new to her. She blogs regularly at www.homeroommom.com and talks a lot about parenting, tech, marketing, and her local community at www.twitter.com/klagden.