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Minnesota_Kara Eastlund

Meet Kara Eastlund, 2023 Minnesota Mother of the Year®

March 2, 2023


Kara Eastlund is a proud native of Cambridge, Minnesota. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Sean, and is honored to be the mother of their son, Braxton. Kara is a licensed social worker with a master’s degree, serving as the director of Adults Adopting Special Kids, a statewide program that provides adoption services to children in the foster care system. Kara serves on several boards, with a focus on helping children, families, and vulnerable populations. She acts as the deputy treasurer in her local township and is the board president of a Cambridge wedding venue. As a supervisee working towards clinical licensure, Kara is a part-time mental health practitioner at a local counseling agency. Kara’s passion for children and families radiates in all she does. She is grateful to serve others through her involvement in many communities. She loves iced coffee, walks, Hallmark, and quality time with family.

Who has been impactful in your journey as a mother? What lessons do you carry with you and often share through motherhood?

My mom has had an incredible impact on my journey as a mother. Many of the life lessons I cherish come from what she taught me: -Practice unconditional kindness to others. Every person has their own life story and extending kindness will never steer you wrong. -Always do the right thing, even when it is uncomfortable. Integrity is one of the greatest moral compasses! -Do your best in everything you do. If you give your best, that will always be enough! -Be YOU! Make mistakes and learn through challenges. You will be accepted for every bit of who you are.

What continues to inspire you in your motherhood journey?

I love how many resources are available on a local, statewide, and national level. It is an inspiration to learn from moms with varying professions, skills, and experiences who are willing to contribute their knowledge to others. I am always looking for ways to grow as a parent and have been blessed to learn about different parenting techniques and new innovations from moms with similar morals and values. I appreciate how much love and gratitude moms have for their families!

How has being a mom shaped your life?

Being a mom has reminded me of my own core values and the importance of modeling and supporting my son to build core values of his own. I get to be intentional and walk with him through making mistakes, in learning through challenges, and in practicing compassion on himself. I get to model integrity, honesty, and kindness to support him in becoming the person he is intended to be in the world. Each day brings great joy to cherish and new challenges to navigate—all contributing to this wonderful world of being a mom!