Hi there. My name is Katie, and I am the founder and editor of Off Switch Blog, Magazine, and Shop. I like to think of myself as an all around creative gal with a love for pretty things and people pursuing their dreams. Born and raised in a western suburb of Chicago, Illinois, I hold a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from an Illinois university and spend my days creating and organizing content for Off Switch.
BLOG: It’s important to me to push past my comfort zone, hopefully exceeding my expectations of myself and sharing my creative life with others in the process. Here at Off Switch Blog you will get a clearer picture of my daily life and personal interests, as well as updates on the shop and magazine. Consider this blog your one stop shop to everything Off Switch!
MAGAZINE: After a couple years of blogging, I launched the first volume of Off Switch Magazine in December 2011. Off Switch Magazine is a print and online publication with the goal of inspiring readers young and old to live full lives. We believe in doing what you love, creating and appreciating beautiful things, and living passionately—without an off switch.
SHOP: Off Switch Shop is an exciting new venture for me! I design the majority of all items sold and they include anything from paper goods and photography prints, to hand-crocheted scarves. Sign up here for monthly shop updates!
I am always working on new posts and blog series to share with you. Just like you and I, this blog is ever evolving and I welcome its growth as much as I welcome my own personal evolution and growth. Posts of years past may not have the focus of current ones, but I hope you’ll find enjoyment in all the content you find here whether past, present, or future. Take a look around, read a post or two or twenty, and feel free to say ‘hi’ in any of the methods listed on my contact page. Thanks so much for reading!About photo courtesy of Kate De La Rosa. Location courtesy of by the barkers.
Where did the name “Off Switch” come from?
The name Off Switch began as a remark my parent’s would make about my never-ending chatter as a child. “She wasn’t born with an off switch,” they would say. The phrase stuck, and I have since evolved the meaning to embrace living a full life, without an off switch. To me this means looking at the big picture. Every day has its ups and downs, but what direction are we choosing to take our lives? Do we choose to look at the positive over the negative? Do we choose creativity and inspiration as the driving force in our lives? Do we choose to go after our dreams despite fear of the unknown? For me Off Switch embodies my journey toward this way of life—this blog is my way to inspire and learn from others along the way.
How long have you been blogging?
I began blogging in 2008 under a different title and with far less conviction. I believe blogging—like life in general—is an evolution meant to form and reshape as a person grows into herself. While my old blog posts make me cringe, I keep many of them up simply because they prove that change is inevitable and everyone starts somewhere.
When is Off Switch Shop opening?
The shop is now open!! Check it out right here: offswitchshop.com
Who takes the photos for Off Switch blog?
I take all the photos you see on the website, unless otherwise noted. Photography has been a passion of mine since college and I am slowly developing my style and skills. // Photos of me are often taken by my mom or one of my photographer friends. // Any photos found on the internet are credited with links when available.
What camera equipment do you use?
I love photography and enjoy being able to use the skills I have on blog content, collaborations with friends, and special projects. // If you are local and interested in collaborating, let me know! // Inside my camera bag: Canon 5d Mark ii | 50 mm lens | 85 mm lens.
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