Stacey Rutus

Anastasiya (a.k.a. Stacey), a native Ukrainian who has called San Francisco her home since 2014, is a strong advocate for women’s rights in business and in play, and loves to promote self-care and me-time. Becoming a mom two years ago allowed her to reevaluate what self-care means and put her on a path towards freedom from the corporate world. Anastasiya is an avid traveler, speaks 5 languages, loves good food, good books and chilling on Ocean Beach after getting a much needed manicure! She has lived in Greece, traveled to 5 continents including Antarctica (the one near South Pole), visited 25 states in the continental US, and was on track to hit 30 countries when COVID hit. She has turned her passion into the profession of Travel Designer, saving clients countless hours and energy spent in front of search engines and transforming the way people think about planning for getaways.
Changing the quality of life through joy, rest and self-care

Changing the Quality of Life Through Joy, Rest and Self-Care

I am Ukrainian and for the last 45 days, I have been through things I would not wish on anyone. I have felt guilty for being safe and not sitting in the bomb shelter with...
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How to Visit US National Parks as a Pro: Top 5 Tips from a...

The biggest traffic jams occur on highways these days.  Probably. But not always. Try to visit one of the national parks during the most touristy times like the 4th of July, Labor Day, or even regular...

Top 5 Travel Tips for Military Moms

Military moms and moms in military families, I bow to you and thank you for your service, both on the military and mom fronts! You are amazing and unbelievable! Having a day job on top of...

Making Your Dreams Come True

How do you feel about extreme speed on the highway?  Do you dream about riding away from daily grind feeling the wind in your hair?  I like the wind part, but to be honest - I...

Do You Like Stand-up Comedy?

My opinions in this article are my own and not sponsored by the performer or San Francisco Bay Area Moms. Do you think humor is still alive? If you ask me, having a sense of humor...

Enjoying a Family Get-together? Self-care Can Help

After staying at home with only my husband and a two-year old to keep me company, I was ecstatic to get vaccinated and schedule a holiday getaway with extended family this spring. I even...

Traveling Tips for Your Next Trip

When was the last time you left your home for longer than one day?  Have you started looking for plane tickets to see friends and family or brave the new world again?  Are you scared of...


Last week was a new moon cycle. The energy says: "Time to take action." I heard this message loud and clear. This week I decided to take action. I pitched and landed a new client for my...

My Breastfeeding Journey: Guilt and Joy While Raising a Human Being

Today marks the first month of my boobs being child-free. Again. After 23 months of non-stop attention. It is still weird and exciting at the same time. As time goes on, you forget the craziness...

My Go-to Korean Spa is Back Open

These days it is not difficult to bring joy into my life. When I see flowers blooming on the streets, ocean waves curling by my feet and my baby girl laughing at my silly...
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