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The Week in Review

Happy Friday, everybody!

It’s been a busy one here at PSS. I’m gearing up for Altitude Summit next week in Salt Lake City, putting the finishing touches on my roundtable discussion and even designing a few goodies for the discussion attendees. Will you be one of the lucky ones?

This was also a big week for us as we had our initial consult with the fertility specialist (I choose to think of it as fertility instead of infertility) after struggling to get pregnant (and STAY pregnant!). And you know, I am so excited. I have more hope right now than I’ve had in awhile when it comes to matters of expanding our family.  We left the appointment on Wednesday, and in my heart, I thought, “I’m as excited right now as if I actually were pregnant.” I read somewhere that for those of us struggling with fertility issues, taking that first step to doctor is like saying “this is the beginning of the end of the struggle.” Isn’t that fantastic? There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. When I got in the car, I said out loud, “I’m going to have a baby.” And I said it as if it is really true, with lots of enthusiasm. For too long, I think I’ve chosen to think that this is never going to happen. I particularly like what Mara over at A Blog About Love had to say on the topic too.  I’m choosing joy — I’m choosing positivity. God has a plan and I’m happy to go along with it, even though it’s far from what I had expected to be doing.

Changing the topic slightly. I have to say that I love all the discussion happening over on the hair post I did this week.  Oh, and you might want to check out my Pinterest board entitled Hair Fabulous if you’re looking to be inspired. That same day, I went in for a trim, the first actual haircut I’ve had in months. I’ve decided that I absolutely love having some kind of bangs to balance out my long forehead.

A few Valentine’s goodies are being added to the shop, starting with the cute xoxo iPhone case. More to come on that next week! Oh — and iPad mini cases are coming too!

Earlier this week I received my two books that I made with the free credit sent by Blurb in honor of the upcoming Alt Summit. Have you ever made a book online? It’s such a fun process, and there’s nothing like having your photos in an actual book. I made one of last year’s best Instagram photos as well as another one of Pencil Shavings Studio products (a portfolio, if you will). Blurb makes such a fantastic product; the quality is unmatched.  I’m unclear on whether or not I’m supposed to bring them to Alt. Is anyone else bringing their Blurb book?

Speaking of books, I’ve been reading a lot lately, and I’m particularly loving the section in the iBooks store on books similar to Downton Abbey. Have you read The House at Tyneford? If you love Downton, it’s a fantastic read that you won’t be able to put down. My other newfound (to me) favorite author is Susanna Kearsley. Oh, and definitely read anything by Kate Morton if you’re a Downton fan.

I hope you have a great weekend! I’m off to a client meeting and I’ll see you next week.

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