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One year freelance!
It’s been almost a year exactly since I left agency and become a full-time freelance storyteller. From small businesses to start-ups, I’ve had the privilege of telling unique stories for amazing clients, and I’m proud to say I finally have a place to showcase some of my work. 
In addition to new branding, I’ve launched a portfolio section at katrinawollet.com. Read more about some of my clients, the projects and the results. I truly believe in the power of connection, and I’m using well-told stories to inspire it.
I also owe a big thank you to Brock Petrie for all of his hard work on my site, and the many hours he invested helping me find a beautiful and unique way to showcase my work.

One year freelance!

It’s been almost a year exactly since I left agency and become a full-time freelance storyteller. From small businesses to start-ups, I’ve had the privilege of telling unique stories for amazing clients, and I’m proud to say I finally have a place to showcase some of my work. 

In addition to new branding, I’ve launched a portfolio section at katrinawollet.com. Read more about some of my clients, the projects and the results. I truly believe in the power of connection, and I’m using well-told stories to inspire it.

I also owe a big thank you to Brock Petrie for all of his hard work on my site, and the many hours he invested helping me find a beautiful and unique way to showcase my work.

I have the sweetest clients. Seriously. It doesn’t get any sweeter than doughnuts. In the next few weeks, I get to launch Bogart’s Doughnut Co.’s new site! This Minneapolis-based doughnut shop is taking on classic doughnuts—and making them even better.
I’m always re-energized by people who will do whatever it takes to follow their passions. High fives to all you entrepreneurs, overtime workers, small business owners, freelancers, music makers, songwriters and dancers. You make the seasons change.
bogartsdoughnutco:

Welcome!
Hello, We’re so glad you found us! Bogart’s Doughnut Co. is a Minneapolis-based doughnut shop built in a traditional diner-style motif. You’ll find the courtesy and first-name greetings of a small town shop, sprinkled with a modern on-the-go attitude. Stay tuned as we gear up to open our doors in a few weeks! Until then, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news. We can’t wait to meet you soon!
Photo credit: Julio Rivera

I have the sweetest clients. Seriously. It doesn’t get any sweeter than doughnuts. In the next few weeks, I get to launch Bogart’s Doughnut Co.’s new site! This Minneapolis-based doughnut shop is taking on classic doughnuts—and making them even better.

I’m always re-energized by people who will do whatever it takes to follow their passions. High fives to all you entrepreneurs, overtime workers, small business owners, freelancers, music makers, songwriters and dancers. You make the seasons change.

bogartsdoughnutco:

Welcome!

Hello, We’re so glad you found us! Bogart’s Doughnut Co. is a Minneapolis-based doughnut shop built in a traditional diner-style motif. You’ll find the courtesy and first-name greetings of a small town shop, sprinkled with a modern on-the-go attitude. Stay tuned as we gear up to open our doors in a few weeks! Until then, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news. We can’t wait to meet you soon!

Photo credit: Julio Rivera

The Dress: A Morning at L’Atelier Couture

For me, a wedding has always been one of those big, scary traditions that I’m not quite sure I want—now or ever. I didn’t grow up dreaming of white dresses and strings of white globe lights. I’m not decisive enough to pick champagne and colors and floral arrangements. I’m lucky to be in anything other than yoga pants and tall boots.

While I’m no wedding princess, this morning I had the privilege of joining my lovely best friend Lauren and her bridal party at L’Atelier Couture, a Minneapolis bridal shop. In a groggy, post-travel haze, I had idea what to expect. I did know that I was joining a truly beautiful bride-to-be who was looking for a truly beautiful one-of-a-kind dress.

The minute we stepped in the door, we were greeted by incredibly welcoming—and fashionable—women eager to help Lauren and her party have a unique and personal experience. The pictures I captured only showcase a fraction of the gorgeous warehouse space and the dresses they carry. I must admit, I left with a tingling of wedding fever and my best friend with her perfect dress.

Five Watt Coffee Grand Opening!

When I left agency nearly a year ago, I made a conscious decision that I wanted to work on projects with the potential for positive change. Ones that meant something or made people laugh. One of those projects has been a website for Five Watt Coffee, a Minneapolis coffee shop featuring a rent-by-the-hour unicorn stable.

Five Watt Coffee is the dream of my best friend Lee, and tomorrow it opens for the first time. I’m sad to be out of town and missing the first day, so I’m sending everyone I know in my place. At 38th and Nicollet, there’s a big garage door in front. You can’t miss it. Please go and give Lee and co-owner Caleb high-fives and hugs.

Portrait Session with Julio Rivera

On a bright and blistering March morning, photographer Julio Rivera and I met at Lake Calhoun, each with hot coffees in hand.

We originally met a few weeks earlier at a photo shoot for Minneapolis’s newest (and only unicorn friendly) coffee house, Five Watt Coffee.

Since we had fun at Five Watt, we decided, why not another shoot? Here are a few of my favorites from our portrait session.

And, stay tuned for the release of our another collaboration project in the works!

Nobody Road Trips to Akron, Ohio!
In a few weeks, my partner Brock and I (and our newest furry addition, Penny) will be taking our first week-long road trip together—to Akron, Ohio.
It’s not exactly a tourist hot spot or sunny beach resort or the kind of place where you drink the water. Akron is our destination because I’ve been invited to be an opening reader for Meg Johnson's book release party on Saturday, April 19.
Meg is releasing her first full-length poetry book—Inappropriate Sleepover. Her poems have appeared in Slipstream Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, Stone Highway Review, Word Riot, SOFTBLOW, and others. She even read at the first ever Espresso Yrself reading (before it was even called Espresso Yrself)!
After the reading, we’ll head west and snake our way up the eastern coast of Lake Michigan, eventually crossing the Mackinac Bridge into the Upper Peninsula. This will be new territory for both of us and will probably include something like car camping, watery diner coffee and wrong turns (which can also sometimes be right turns).
To finish out the week, we plan to end up in Duluth, our first trip destination together almost exactly one year ago. Stay tuned through April. It’s guaranteed to be an adventure.
Graphic by Brock Petrie, my human GPS

Nobody Road Trips to Akron, Ohio!

In a few weeks, my partner Brock and I (and our newest furry addition, Penny) will be taking our first week-long road trip together—to Akron, Ohio.

It’s not exactly a tourist hot spot or sunny beach resort or the kind of place where you drink the water. Akron is our destination because I’ve been invited to be an opening reader for Meg Johnson's book release party on Saturday, April 19.

Meg is releasing her first full-length poetry book—Inappropriate Sleepover. Her poems have appeared in Slipstream Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, Stone Highway Review, Word Riot, SOFTBLOW, and others. She even read at the first ever Espresso Yrself reading (before it was even called Espresso Yrself)!

After the reading, we’ll head west and snake our way up the eastern coast of Lake Michigan, eventually crossing the Mackinac Bridge into the Upper Peninsula. This will be new territory for both of us and will probably include something like car camping, watery diner coffee and wrong turns (which can also sometimes be right turns).

To finish out the week, we plan to end up in Duluth, our first trip destination together almost exactly one year ago. Stay tuned through April. It’s guaranteed to be an adventure.

Graphic by Brock Petrie, my human GPS

Pledging to complete the 30 Days of Biking challenge in Minnesota is always a gamble of sorts. There’s the potential for spring and thunderstorms, warm wind and blossoms—and the looming possibility that winter hasn’t quite waved goodbye.

Tonight in Minneapolis we’re bracing for a record breaking April snow storm. And, for our community of joyful cyclists, we’re also doing our best to keep pedaling. To match the speed of my city, I rode to the cemetery, a peaceful winter wonderland. A piece full of winter and wonder and land.

It’s hard to imagine, at the moment, that spring will ever find the tree I’m under, the footsteps and tire tracks I left behind, or the tiny writing studio with the little pup named Penny. For now, the only thing I see is an open field of white for me to pedal through.

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Biker Chick

Upcoming Reading: Cracked Walnut

I’m excited to say that I’ve been invited back to read in the Cracked Walnut Literary Festival. (If you missed the last one, you can still listen to the recording of my piece The Old Peterson Dock.) I’ll be reading on Sunday, April 13th at C4 Creative Salon in Rochester, Minn. You can find more information, or RSVP, on the Facebook event page. You can even find the series highlighted in the Star Tribune.

Happy April 1st—and the first day of 30 Days of Biking! I’m so excited to kick-off daily April blog posts submitted by an awesome team of bloggers from around the globe. From illustrators to podcasters, filmmakers to song writers, follow the 30DOB Tumblr as our community joyful cyclists pedals through April.
And, I’m excited to say that both my mom and dad have registered for the challenge this year, too. 2014 is extra special since my dad is post-chemo treatments and on his way towards recovery. This realization has rekindled in me an appreciation for simple gifts like family and time and bikes.
Bike Firsts
On a whim, on the very last possible day to register for the 2013 Almanzo 100, I called my dad at work and said, “Would you bike 100 miles with me?” To my disbelief, he agreed, and I postmarked a single postcard with both of our names and callouts to “dad” and “daughter.”
For me, 2013 was a year of many bike firsts—first custom built bike purchase, first major bike accident, first feature for my bike fashion and first bike race with my dad, which was also our first Almanzo 100.
At the starting line, we joked back and forth that May was early in the bike season, hardly enough time to train for 100 gravel miles. (Although, a year wouldn’t have been enough for us.) We had only one goal. We were going to enjoy our ride together.
In the end, we didn’t make it to the finish line before the 12-hour cut-off, but we did ride further together than ever before. In fact, we forged rivers where bridges were out. As fatigue set in, we pushed it back out with bystanders’ water handouts. On fresh laid gravel, we fell—and kept biking. We both smiled at mile 62 where my mom and partner waited to pick us up.
Only a short month later, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. As they shared the treatment plan with him, the doctor told him overall he was really healthy, likely from pre-Almanzo training. They agreed it would make his treatment and recovery easier.
Our original panic at an early race date turned into an unforeseen blessing. Now we share an unforgettable bike memory together, one that has kept us laughing and smiling during his treatment and now, I’m proud to say, one that has taken him to cancer-free.
For the 2014 round, I’m riding for 30 days because everything seems brighter on two wheels, especially in a community of joyful cyclists that includes your dad.

Happy April 1st—and the first day of 30 Days of Biking! I’m so excited to kick-off daily April blog posts submitted by an awesome team of bloggers from around the globe. From illustrators to podcasters, filmmakers to song writers, follow the 30DOB Tumblr as our community joyful cyclists pedals through April.

And, I’m excited to say that both my mom and dad have registered for the challenge this year, too. 2014 is extra special since my dad is post-chemo treatments and on his way towards recovery. This realization has rekindled in me an appreciation for simple gifts like family and time and bikes.

Bike Firsts

On a whim, on the very last possible day to register for the 2013 Almanzo 100, I called my dad at work and said, “Would you bike 100 miles with me?” To my disbelief, he agreed, and I postmarked a single postcard with both of our names and callouts to “dad” and “daughter.”

For me, 2013 was a year of many bike firsts—first custom built bike purchase, first major bike accident, first feature for my bike fashion and first bike race with my dad, which was also our first Almanzo 100.

At the starting line, we joked back and forth that May was early in the bike season, hardly enough time to train for 100 gravel miles. (Although, a year wouldn’t have been enough for us.) We had only one goal. We were going to enjoy our ride together.

In the end, we didn’t make it to the finish line before the 12-hour cut-off, but we did ride further together than ever before. In fact, we forged rivers where bridges were out. As fatigue set in, we pushed it back out with bystanders’ water handouts. On fresh laid gravel, we fell—and kept biking. We both smiled at mile 62 where my mom and partner waited to pick us up.

Only a short month later, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. As they shared the treatment plan with him, the doctor told him overall he was really healthy, likely from pre-Almanzo training. They agreed it would make his treatment and recovery easier.

Our original panic at an early race date turned into an unforeseen blessing. Now we share an unforgettable bike memory together, one that has kept us laughing and smiling during his treatment and now, I’m proud to say, one that has taken him to cancer-free.

For the 2014 round, I’m riding for 30 days because everything seems brighter on two wheels, especially in a community of joyful cyclists that includes your dad.

Our Serenify team is busy getting ready for a spring 2014 launch! Until then you can follow our new blog at blog.serenify.com. We’ll be talking about everything online dating from tips for the perfect profile pic to keeping your personal info secure online.

Our Serenify team is busy getting ready for a spring 2014 launch! Until then you can follow our new blog at blog.serenify.com. We’ll be talking about everything online dating from tips for the perfect profile pic to keeping your personal info secure online.