St- Olaf

St. Olaf

I'm not sure I knew how good I had it when I was at St. Olaf. I knew it was great, and I felt lucky to be there, but visiting this weekend just reminded of how wonderful those four years were for me.

At St. Olaf I was encouraged and challenged to write and put out my first CDs. What other musicians get to spend the first four years of their songwriting careers in such a supportive environment?

I also took my first service trip to Oaxaca as a first-year at Olaf. At 19, I met Gaby, Nacho, entire Casa Hogar family.

Going back to St. Olaf was a full-circle moment for me. My passions were inspired, nurtured and encouraged there. I am so fortunate to have had such a wonderful college experience.

California Day 11 (really Ft. Collins and Denver)

Yesterday started off with a jog past some cows! I thought that was a pretty great way to start the day.


After singing at a local Methodist church (one that just organized a counter protest to the Westboro Baptist church- so yeah- they're pretty great!) I got to share lunch (an awesome falafel) with my friend Christy.

It is so cool to connect with people that knew me when I was still a teenager. There's something fun about being with someone who's seen you grow up. And has grown up with you!

I finished my last concert last night- a nice low-key living room show at my friend, Karissa's house. The conversations with guests went late into the night with a lot of laughs. It was the perfect way to finish up the trip.

I'm blogging from the plane, and will keep you posted on my upcoming shows in Green Bay!


Thanks CA and CO friends for an amazing trip, Kristen