Hello and welcome!
Sass & Balderdash is a blog that lightheartedly explores important topics like body image and identity and satirizes aspects of everyday life and pop culture through conceptual humor, personal essays, and the occasional fiction piece. Always tongue in cheek, sometimes heart on sleeve, and often egg on face, Sass & Balderdash sprinkles substantive content with LOLs and brutal honesty.
In my spare time, I enjoy watching true crime dramatizations and reading the Wikipedia pages of troubled grunge artists.
I’m Katie, a writer, content creator, and wannabe-photographer, personal trainer, graphic designer, comedian, and founder of any business with a pun in its name. I split my time between the south suburbs of Chicago and the city.
Writing funny stuff is my passion, but professionally I also have experience creating training-focused content for eLearning courses that teach financial institution employees on bank regulations as well as marketing content landing pages, with newsletters, SEO articles, and blog posts in the mix, as well. My freelance writing has appeared online at Bustle, Scary Mommy, Women’s Running magazine, Thought Catalog, Huffington Post, and The Financial Diet.
I founded this (mostly) humor blog in 2012, and it was almost named “Of Misc. and Manicures,” because deep down I have very bad taste. In 2016 I was recognized as one of BlogHer’s honors for Voices of the Year for my blog post, “An Open Letter to My Alternate Password.”
Between August 2011 and October 2012 I lost 120 pounds, and I’ve managed to keep it off since then through the very unsexy method of exercising regularly and eating less junk food and more normal-sized portions. I love writing about the realities of food and fitness not because losing weight made me some kind of expert, but because it made me realize a lot of things I thought about my body and about health were completely ridiculous.
To consolidate every controversial aspect of my personality: I’m a morning person, a Gemini, and a fan of Atlas Shrugged. I love rap music as much as I love ’60s music. In my spare time, I enjoy watching true crime dramatizations and reading the Wikipedia pages of troubled grunge artists. I eat broccoli every day. The number one thing on my bucket list is going for a ride in a hot air balloon.