Stasha of The Good Life represents a lot of firsts for me in blogging: she was probably my first bloggy friend (I say probably as I can’t recall exactly, it was so long ago!). She was the first person to ask me to guest post ever. She was the first to inspire me to take better photographs.
She is awesome in so many ways. Aside from her amazing photography, I love her sense of humor, which comes across in every post, such as this one about how she pretended not to be home so she wouldn’t have to tell the neighborhood children they can’t play with her dog Big M. She also writes beautifully about her wonderful life in the Pacific Northwest and of course, many gorgeous stories about her son Little J and his constant companion, Big M.
Say hi to this gorgeous lady, Stasha!
1. When and why did you start blogging?
As my son started turning into a chatterbox, I realized little notes on Facebook were not enough to document our Good Life. So one sleepless March night I went from watching stand up comedy online to setting up a blog. The rest, as they say, is history.
2. What do you love most about blogging?
Initially it was the joy of writing down my thoughts. But because I did not know much about how to create a blog, I started reading others. Next thing I know, I have a group of friends that I can talk to, laugh with and look at their family photos without ever leaving my house or brewing them a cuppa.
Also the inevitable immortality that my blog will provide me, clearly. I was born to be famous. For terrible typos and dry sense of humor, but I am hoping to turn that around.
3. Who is your favorite blogger ever?
I do not read the super duper, madly famous ones. Not for any reason, I just don’t. A few years ago I read the worst reviews about a Uma Thurman movie. Apparently it opened to 14 tickets sold and went straight onto DVD. I was intrigued and a new mom, so I wanted to support poor Uma and ordered the DVD. I will refrain from my critique in case Uma reads this. I did remember her portraying a blogger. So that was my first Google search the night I set up my blog: Motherhood in NYC. And Marinka from “Motherhood in NYC” was the first blog that popped up. I spent the next few hours reading her archives. As you can see, I get easily distracted. In any case, months later, I still think she is my biggest blog crush. Marinka, not Uma.
4. Is there a post you regret publishing?
You know, I am not very controversial. I have a post I wrote about a charity I support, sitting in my drafts. I don’t think it will ever see the light because I would regret publishing it. I wrote it a few weeks ago, when I realized they redid their banners and the one I placed on my blog is no longer visible. I spent hours trying to find a URL for it but they now only provide videos as blog material. It made me really sad. Furthermore, they keep sending me fancy snail mail that must cost them a fortune, which to me defeats the purpose of me contributing to them monthly. So I poured my heart out, but then I realized the cause is valid and I will forever believe in it, even if I disagree with the way they go about doing their business. So I suppose the answer is NO.
5. What do you love most about being a Mom?
Everything. My friend is visiting us at the moment and was playing with my boy this afternoon. I rarely get to watch him from a distance. But I can tell you, my son is pretty much perfect. Of course I love him more then words can say. But I really like him too.
6. What’s your favorite time of the day?
My days are generally very nice and stress free. There is no time I don’t like. I usually look back on the day and a certain moment would make that day perfect. And it would be my favorite time of that day.
7. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I traveled the world in my twenties. Kuala Lumpur actually used to be one of my favorite destinations. I had a monkey steal my golf ball once at the Saujana Country Club. Right off the green too.To this day I am sure I would have scored a birdie on that hole.
Saying that, if I never board another plane or drive across the bridge to mainland, I am happy. I think never truly having a place to call home made me love mine today. We do live in paradise. So anywhere in the world? I would stay right here, the small island in Pacific NorthWest we call home.
8. What could you eat every single day?
Chocolate. In fact I do, my dedication is renowned!
9. Favorite season and why.
It used to be winter. Growing up I spent my life becoming a competitive skier. Emphasis on becoming. So there is a special place in my heart for snow and cold, crisp mornings. Then I moved into the desert and lived under the scorching sun. Which I liked because you cannot wake up unhappy when it is sunny. But living there made me appreciate seasons and the unpredictability of the weather. So I am now in the ‘all seasons are great’ camp.
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11. Your adorable son Little J and Big M, your awesome dog are stars of your blog. Tell us more about them.
They were both born in England. They were both planned. Dog was expensive, kid was free. It has since shifted, if you saw my son’s toy storage, you would understand.
They both have British accents. My son is the talker and the dog is more the silent type. They both love to eat meat and drink water. Big M likes to pose for photos and generally seems to be more obedient. Little J refuses to have his picture taken. However he is miles better for snuggling and in the kissing department. Also my son does not shed or drool, yet. They are both sweet and funny and great company. And best of all, they care about each other, a lot. I like to think they love me unconditionally too.
12. You recently started a photography business, Stasha B Photography. Tell us how you decided to be a business owner.
I love taking photos. Everybody says I am very good at it. Who am I to deny the world the opportunity to view my work? The trouble is, in order to take photos of strangers you generally should ask their permission. I am rather shy, so to be able to feed my creativity and snap away, I must charge people for photo sessions. But if you look at my bookings so far, you will quickly realize I am the queen of pro bono. Still, I love this and look forward to calling it a career. Doesn’t that sound fancy?