11 Questions with… Kathryn Howell. @h2okathryn #bdk11Qs
26 Nov 2018
Welcome to “11 Questions with…”. This edition’s guest is Kathryn Howell.
11 Questions with… Kathryn Howell
1. Elevator pitch… tell us about yourself.
Hi, I am Kathryn Howell. I have often described myself as a multi-tasking Mom! Juggling the world of being an involved Mom, wife and entrepreneur. 3 years ago, I took a leap of faith and started my own digital marketing agency H2O Digital with my business partner Zeev.
2. Your spouse… tell us about him.
I met Eren in 1996 and have spent the last 22 years enjoying endless adventures with him! He has guided our family through hundreds of forests and paddled down many great lakes. He is the rock that keeps us all calm and the one we know we can always count on. When he’s not coaching our kids hockey & ringette teams he is helping those who most need it working at a mental health agency in Toronto.
3. Your kids… tell us about them.
Kailey has been my miracle baby since she arrived into this world a month early at just 2lbs. She is the strong and silent type, who quietly protests all the injustices that she sees in the world. She is a feminist, an activist and a lover of music. Together we have enjoyed countless concerts together.
Dylan is my mini me. He is strong, kind, outspoken and passionate about all that he believes in. At just 3 he decided to become a vegetarian and spent 4 years dedicated to his choice. When he isn’t playing defence for his hockey team, he can usually be found looking for the latest magic trick or cool prank on YouTube!
4. Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.
Finnley our rescue pup is our families furry joy. Found in a snow bank and rescued by Just Paws Animal Rescue – Finn found his way to us and we couldn’t have been happier to welcome him into our family. He just celebrated his gotcha day by hiking around his favoUrite local lake. When he is not hanging out at my office he is off enjoying a hike, a snow shoe, a paddle or chewing on sticks.
5. What have been your biggest challenges as a parent?
Finding ways to inspire my kids to be the best that they can be without inflicting my judgements or expectations on them. My hope for them is to always find what makes them happiest and let that inspire them to achieve great things.
6. If you could pick any career in the world for yourself, what would it be, and why?
I spent many years working towards my dream career and now that I found it, I wouldn’t dream of anything else.
7. Growing up, who inspired you the most?
I watched in awe as my Mom a strong entrepreneur built her business and took care of our family day in and day out. She led the path for me and many other successful women entrepreneurs.
8. How do you balance work life and family life?
It has taken me a few years to find the right balance and its always a work in progress, but I would say being an early riser helps. That quiet time in the morning before the sun rises where I can catch up on email and plan for the day ahead. It helps to have a hubby who is an amazing partner, cook and Dad. We split all the household chores and always share dinner as a family.
9. What advice would your “current self” give to your “just about to have my first child” self?
Time flies by, it sounds like a cliché but its so true. The kids grow up so quickly and those precious moments are fleeting. Take that extra day off, let the kids skip school on their birthdays, go out and enjoy those special moments together.
10. Has there been a piece of advice you were given about parenting that really stuck with you?
The best piece of parenting advice I received was from Alyson Schafer, its simple but man it has stuck with me. Never do for a child, what they can do for themselves.
11. What advice would you give to new parents?
Enjoy every moment. Take time to stop and just relish in the little memories. Tuck them in and enjoy that snuggle for as long as they ask for it!
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