One fine (but cold) day Kirsten and I met at Park Avenue Coffee. We ordered and took a seat at the window, the sounds of conversation and coffee grinders mingling in our ears.
Love & Marriage
Born and raised in Imperial, Kirsten attended Seckman High School where she began dating her boyfriend Junior year. When we met for coffee they had been dating for 5 years and were living together, so I asked the obvious question you ask someone you’ve just met. “Are you thinking about marriage?”
It’s a good thing she waited, because soon after we spoke the relationship ended and Kirsten began seriously dating an old high school friend. Say congratulations, because she and her boyfriend were married this past September in a small backyard ceremony and are moving to Sasebo Japan next week!
A Practical Degree
Kirsten is currently working as a chiropractor’s assistant, but has considered returning to school for marketing. Usually one to be very level-headed, however, she has taken on some marketing challenges, like social media, for the chiropractor’s office to make sure it’s something she enjoys before spending time and money to earn her degree.
“I don’t want to just get a degree and not utilize it at all.” She gave the example of her previous boyfriend. He has a Bachelor’s in history and now, “It’s framed and sitting there not doing anything. I don’t want that to happen to me.” So she did the smart thing and completed only her general education courses and will return to school once she’s certain of what she wants to do.
The Family Business
“Shut your face,” was my reaction when Kirsten told me that she sings and plays keyboard in a band. But it gets even better. Called Woa Thunder, it’s a family band and they play “synth-y pop” at venues like The Schlafly Tap Room, Foam, and 2720 Cherokee (and there was talk of touring before she left the band this year). Kirsten performed with her family’s band since she was 6 years old. “It’s a good thing we all get along with each other, otherwise it would be kind of a pain in the ass.”
Music has always been an important aspect of her and her parents’ lives. “I grew up with music. My mom is into the choir thing and my dad’s been in bands almost since I can remember. So, it’s like, I’ve got to get into the family business, I guess!”
Her artistic abilities don’t stop there. Kirsten has a side business selling crafts. It all started when she and a friend decided it would be fun to create a YouTube channel where they drink wine and paint the wine bottles at the same time. They didn’t create the YouTube channel, but Kirsten did start painting bottles and selling them through facebook. The project ended up evolving and now she sells a variety of crafty items like hand decorated picture frames and vases.
That’s All Folks
During our coffee conversation a TV crew approached and asked us to say “Wake Up St. Louis” for a local newscast. After being coached on how to be enthusiastic, we delivered a stellar performance and shortly thereafter Kirsten and I adjourned.