Guest Star: Stasha of The Good Life

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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.

10. One word to describe you.

Happy.

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?

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  • October 31, 2011 Erica M

    I loved this interview, Alison and Stasha! You two are such good people. I’m glad you let me brush up against your greatness with the sleeve of my jacket.
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    • October 31, 2011 Stasha

      Rather speechless and busy giggling at your comment so I will let Alison come up with a good comeback…
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      • October 31, 2011 Alison

        You’re the matchmaker Erica. I would say I’m the one trying to hang on to your coat tails!

  • October 31, 2011 Stasha

    Your editorial made me cry. Happy tears off course. Thank you Alison xo
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    • October 31, 2011 Alison

      I only speak the truth 🙂 xo

  • October 31, 2011 Life As Wife

    Love finding new blogs to stalk!
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  • October 31, 2011 Hopes

    Two of my favorite chicks in one place….I LOVE IT!! So excited to get to know more about you Stasha. You’re talent for taking photos is just so awe-inspiring!

    I’m so glad that you love our little neck of the woods!!
    Hopes recently wrote…Sunday Sweetness ~ A Normal DayMy Profile

    • October 31, 2011 Stasha

      This is one duo I am super excited to be a part of. Thank you my favorite neighbor. We do have it good up here, don’t we? And yes, yes, yes: how awesome is Alison 🙂
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  • October 31, 2011 RoryBore

    Great interview!! always look forward to the further adventures of Big M and Little J, and the astounding photos!
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  • October 31, 2011 Cookie's Mom

    So nice to Stasha featured here. She is one of my most supportive bloggy friends, and I have nothing but well wishes for her and her new business.

    Stasha, it was so nice to get to know you a little better. You DO seem to have The Good Life figured out!
    Cookie’s Mom recently wrote…Best of the Blogosphere: October 2011 Blog TourMy Profile

    • October 31, 2011 Stasha

      Thank you my dear lass. Cannot wait to pour you a glass of wine and share dessert or two!
      Stasha recently wrote…Monday ListiclesMy Profile

  • October 31, 2011 Kiddothings

    Great to ‘see’ you in ‘Malaysia’ again Stasha. You are an awesome lady and I love how you exude happiness wherever you are in Bloggyland.
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    • October 31, 2011 Stasha

      Thanks friend. You might not have fall and Halloween but Malaysia is spectacular. And you girls make me happy…
      Stasha recently wrote…Monday ListiclesMy Profile

  • October 31, 2011 Jamie

    I love you more than I did a few minutes ago. Both of you.I felt so calm and at peace while reading your answers Stasha. You made me feel your happiness!
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    • October 31, 2011 Stasha

      Thank you Jamie, what a sweetheart you are. I am always happy, but even a notch happier when featured by fab Alison.
      Stasha recently wrote…Monday ListiclesMy Profile

  • October 31, 2011 Kimberly

    Stasha, so glad to see you here! I am a little envious of your traveling though. But your photos? Amazing. Always.
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    • October 31, 2011 Stasha

      Oh thank you Kim. It was lovely to travel, but even better to be home.
      Stasha recently wrote…Monday ListiclesMy Profile

  • October 31, 2011 Jessica

    I’m so happy to see Stasha featured here. I love her.

    I would come over and eat chocolate with Stasha any day of the week.
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  • October 31, 2011 jacqui

    Awesome interview! I am a very big fan of the multi-talented Stasha and her sidekicks, Little J and Big M. Great questions and great answers!
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  • October 31, 2011 Ann

    What a GREAT interview! Thanks for the introduction! Your son and doggie are adorable! …and I admire your dedication to chocolate!

    Have a GREAT day!
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    • October 31, 2011 Stasha

      Thank you. Must sit down one day and rummage through your site to find some chocolate including recipes 🙂 Lovely to meet you and find your blog. We already share the love of food and all things Alison, so I believe we will get along swimmingly.
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  • October 31, 2011 Christine

    I enjoyed learning more about Stasha…she is waaay talented in the kindness department and a pretty darn good photographer too!
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  • October 31, 2011 Amanda

    Yay, Stasha! I learned something new about her today, too. We have the competitive skiing thing in common, among other things. Thanks for helping us get to know her better, Alison!
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  • October 31, 2011 Alexandra

    YOU are awesome for doing this, A.

    You just selflessly give.

    WOnderful job, and great portrayal of NW Mommy.

    Sometimes, I just can’t get over how much you do.

    I used to do a Thursday spotlight, but those posts, as anyone who has ever done a spotlight post knows…takes longer than a writing post.

    So, I know the amount of work you put in here with your featured bloggers.

    I just can’t get over it.
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    • October 31, 2011 Stasha

      Congrats on becoming an Aiming low girl, funny post. And I agree with you, Alison gives it her all!
      Stasha recently wrote…Monday ListiclesMy Profile

    • October 31, 2011 Alison

      As always, you honor me with your wonderful support and kind words, Alexandra. I love featuring my favorite people, the work is totally worth it 🙂

  • October 31, 2011 Mama's Introspect

    I love Stasha’s blog! I am also your newest follower! I love finding new blogs to read!

    • October 31, 2011 Alison

      Thank you for coming by and the follow, nice to meet ya!

  • October 31, 2011 Elena

    What a funny story on how she found Motherhood in NYC. Stasha is an awesome blogger & a great guest star. And that picture? So cool.

  • October 31, 2011 bestfoodies

    Thanks so much for the interview with Stasha. She is probably the nicest, most supportive blog friend I have. Stasha is funny, entertaining, helpful, friendly and creative. I can’t say enough about her and I loved a look into her life!

  • October 31, 2011 tracy

    Oh I love stasha! – and congrats on your photog business!!! xoxo

    • November 1, 2011 Stasha

      Thank you so much Tracy. One day, when I make it big I am sending your girls a pony 🙂
      Stasha recently wrote…Monday ListiclesMy Profile

  • October 31, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    What a wonderful lady! I love that the dog has an accent!
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  • October 31, 2011 Fabulosokids Bruce

    They say the key to success in writing is the subject that you choose–man, are you gonna be successful now Alison!

    Thanks for giving us a closer look at one of the nicest people on the planet.
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    • October 31, 2011 Alison

      The pleasure is all mine!

  • October 31, 2011 Desperate Housemommy

    Love the story of how you got started.

    And your mad skillz with the camera.

    And your dedication to chocolate.

    Nice to meet you, Stasha!
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    • November 1, 2011 Stasha

      Lovely to meet you. If you are half the chocolate addict I am, we have a bright future ahead of us!
      Stasha recently wrote…Monday ListiclesMy Profile

  • October 31, 2011 Kimberly

    I love hearing about new bloggers. Stasha you sound like my kind of gal. Off to visit 😉
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  • October 31, 2011 Mirjam

    Best interview ever!
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  • October 31, 2011 Regina Richards

    Fab interview. Thanks for helping me start off my day feeling good about my own life by sharing how you appreciate all the little happinesses that make up yours. It is the simple things that make a happy life and we are so lucky to live in this time and in this place and with these loved ones.
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  • October 31, 2011 Megan (Best of Fates)

    I’ve somehow never even heard of Stasha’s blog but she sounds awesome – off to check her out!
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  • October 31, 2011 Amanda Austin

    Sasha is beautiful! I just found her blog recently through the “listicles” and not sure how I missed it, but I’m enjoying learning mroe about her 🙂
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  • November 1, 2011 Jessica

    I am so glad you featured Stasha today because i didn’t know her until now and apparently didn’t know what in was missing. Now to check out her blog…
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  • November 1, 2011 Iza Trapani

    Oh how I love this interview! Stasha, it’s so good to learn more about you. You truly do have the good life and that is a beautiful picture of you with little J and big M! Thank you, Alison, for featuring this wonderful lady.

  • November 1, 2011 My Inner Chick

    —Looooved hearing more about Stasha.

    And I adore the photo above. Fabuuulous. XX Kiss to Stasha & Mama A.
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  • November 1, 2011 FranceRants

    I made the coconut bread (and thank goodness for your mL translation!) and the whole family concurred: YUMMY!

    Will make it again!!!

  • November 1, 2011 Ado

    I loved this – learning more about you Stasha on one of my favorite blogger’s websites. (-:

    • November 1, 2011 Stasha

      Don’t I look good over at Alison’s? Must visit more often, her introduction made me grow 3 inches today!
      Stasha recently wrote…Monday ListiclesMy Profile

  • November 1, 2011 Galit Breen

    Yay! Love seeing you here, girl!

    And seriously, how much do I adore that the word to describe you is “happy.” Wowsa- does that ever shone through!
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  • November 2, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    Oh, I love Stasha!! She makes me happy. Her photos make me happy and inspire me to take better ones too.
    Love this, Alison!!
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  • November 3, 2011 Twisted Domestic Goddess

    Ok Stasha first off you are absolutely gorgeous!!!! I so wish I was still coming over this month to get to meet you in person! Thank you for always visitng my blog and saying hi!

  • November 9, 2011 Anna

    “what’s your favorite time of the day”- waking up with my 3 kids!!! Each of them in his/her pyjamas, blond curly hairs and sleepy blue eyes!!:)
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