Kate Irwin Lerna Instructor


Kate is the Founder of Beyond the Safe Harbor, a women’s lifestyle blog, and also manages several other side hustles including a successful Etsy shop and freelance writing and consulting business.

Her blog provides practical tips, empowerment, and inspiration to women looking to live their fullest and most meaningful lives, whether that be making an impact in their communities, mastering their finances, or bettering themselves as individuals. Beyond the Safe Harbor is all about exploring the magic that lives just outside our comfort zones, and how to navigate the waves of change that arise when we push ourselves to grow.

A proud Canadian, Kate graduated from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and spent the first 9 years of her career working in marketing and strategy roles for large multinational corporations. She took the leap into full-time self-employment in early 2017 so that she could pursue her entrepreneurial passions full time.

Kate thrives in helping women save time, money, and stress when it comes to pursuing their goals. Whether it’s through her viral wedding planning articles, super-helpful templates and spreadsheets, or insider hacks, she’s dedicated to bringing her skills and experience to help as many people as possible.

Her teaching style is warm and approachable – like you’re talking to a friend.

She believes that by working together and helping one another, anything is possible.

Loves: baking, reading legal thrillers, This Is Us

Kate’s areas of expertise include:

– Wedding planning
– Productivity and time management
– Meal planning
– Side hustle creation and growth
– Etsy shop management
– Blogging


Latest courses by this instructor

“If you’re in the midst of planning your wedding, you know how stressful it can be. You’re already trying to juggle work, your hobbies, and time with your partner, friends, and family. Add to that planning a big event with a lot of pressure, and it’s a recipe for overwhelm! Here are a few tips for staying sane and feeling more in control when planning your big day.”

Craft a Wedding Day Vision

"To give yourself some concrete direction, work with your partner to get clear on your wedding day vision. How do you want the day to feel? What components are most important to you? What values do you want to incorporate? By having a vision to work towards, you'll be more easily able to focus on the important things and push the other distractions to the side."

Identify What You Have to Do and When

"Brides-to-be report that the most stressful part of planning is simply getting it all done. To manage your seemingly endless list of tasks, create a comprehensive, prioritized to-do list of everything you need to accomplish with timelines. By having everything written down, in one place, and with dates assigned, you'll be able to be more deliberate with your time and energy."

Find Smart Ways to Save Money

"The sheer cost of a wedding is enough to make your head spin, and finding ways to cut back on expenses can make all the difference to your sanity and bank account. One surefire way to save is to opt for non-wedding things where possible. For example, source a regular cake that's not a "wedding cake", opt for a regular limo package versus a "wedding package". You can also buy a generic guest book versus only shopping from wedding vendors. These types of swaps can help you avoid paying unnecessary premiums for things you don't need."