About Me!

Well hello there!

I recently was assisting another Chicago Now blogger set up their "about me" page and it made me want to come back and revise.  You see, I learned something from online dating, yes it's true, it can teach you things. It is better to write bios for you and not for anyone else. So sorry- I'm not writing this to please you.

I realized that I often try to portray myself to be someone the reader will admire.  What I've come to realize? People, guys on dating sites (except for complete douchebags), readers on my blog, and people in general, like me better when I'm me rather than being the version of me I believe they may love.  Confusing? Yes- but guess what!? I'm a confusing person from time to time.

So who am I? I'm Katie. I love trying ethnic foods. Give me Pad See Ew over a burger any day. I hate eating meat off the bone because I am empathetic towards poor animals in meat factories.  Hell- I rarely eat meat at all and envy vegans for their will power.  I want to be you. But seriously, Cheese? 

I enjoy nerdy activities like knitting, coloring in adult coloring books (as in for adult, not naked people... come on now), and playing the same board games I was playing when I was 10 years old. 

Don't get me wrong- I love going out on the town, too.  It's just that I'm more likely to get into trouble... you know the sort where you ruin your sister's shirt with a random cup of Hawaiian punch that was sitting on the sidewalk or where you ruin your best friends shirt with a shot of Katiemeister- eh I mean, Jagermeister.  Basically, don't wear nice shirts around me when I'm drinking. Granted, this was the past version of me.  Now I don't drink. Read that again.  I know, right?!

Truth is I enjoy life from my couch, sitting by my overly annoying cat, eating guacamole and watching documentaries, sci-fi shows, or Schitt's Creek on Netflix.

I'm recently single; not by choice. I'm a bachelors and masters grad who is done with formal education and regrets ever attending college.  I'm very hard to put into a category and I recently learned it's okay to be your own person. I'm a traveler which is probably my favorite thing about myself. I used to love to read but now do it through Audible. 

I work to live but I don't live to work (sorry work- I do love you though). My side hustle, selling dry nail polish, is a different story though. One day, I hope to be making 6 figures doing this, living in an RV, traveling the country.  Oh yea- and I have the benefit that my nail polish doesn't spill.  This is somewhat of a conundrum as I am not a girly girl.  I don't wear dresses often. Any jewelry I'm gifted will be lost. I have no idea when it's okay to wear white and that's okay with me. I wear the same Teva sandals every day, almost year round. 

I envy the way most European countries live and will probably vote for a president that takes us that way even if it means higher taxes. I love to sing but will pass out if you try to put me on stage. In the past I've made my own lip balms, foot soaks and other natural goodies to sell on Etsy. I once created a darkroom for processing black and white film inside a 1 bedroom Chicago apartment. I currently raise monarch butterflies in an RV names, you guessed it, "The Rooted Wanderer".

I support student loan reform, gay rights (I still won't spend money in Indiana due to their Shenanigan's), Alzheimer's Research. In fact, my brother runs one of the top fundraising teams in Kankakee County.

Recently, I was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. I am a huge supporter of Mental Health awareness, not just because of my own life with PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, and now BPD, but because it is so absolutely misunderstood and stigmatized.

Want to know more? Find me on Facebook or check out my blogs!


Katie, your Rooted Wanderer