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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  • Chrissy

    where is that yellow dress from? So cute

    • RachelShingleton

      Thanks! It’s actually more of a chartreuse. I got it from BCBG (by way of EBay).

  • Positive Preggo vibes headed your way…

    • RachelShingleton

      Thank you, friend!

  • I am so loving your spirit of consciously choosing joy and positivity! It is very inspiring. I hope to see you at Alt Summit!

    • RachelShingleton

      Yay for Alt Summit! I hope to meet you!

  • Kim Tran

    Glad to hear your appt went well. Staying positive about our fertility struggles was always the hardest part for me. The lawyer in me had to research and worry about every worse case scenario. Trusting that things will work out is not something I’m used to when my line of work involves constant damage control. But in the end things do work out, even if the path to get there is not what you ever imagined. Praying for you. 🙂

    • RachelShingleton

      I hear you. I’m a googler deluxe, and getting away from googling every last possible scenario is hard for me!

  • Rachel! I love this post! I also have struggled with fertility and our baby girl was a miracle. Talking about trying to have another scares me to death but this makes me think I need to change my perspective. Thank you for sharing!

  • Yay for positivity! Sending you good vibes from the west coast! 😀

    PS: You are gonna look rockin’ at Alt Summit! Hope you have an amazing time, can’t wait to hear about it. So bummed I missed it again!

  • Vanessa Roth

    I’ll be one of the lucky ones attending your roundtable discussion. My
    blurb book arrived just in the nick of time and I do plan to bring it to Alt.
    Though I can’t imagine actually pulling it out of my bag and sharing it with
    anyone. Thank you for the book recommendations, they’re always much appreciated.
    Your outlook on fertility is inspiring, even for those of us not trying to
    procreate at the moment. P.S. Lovely locks!


    • RachelShingleton

      ACK! I am so excited to get to meet you!

  • Sue

    Don’t be so selfish – there are too many children in this country and world that are in desperate need of a loving home like yours. Adopt, don’t pro-create and further pollute this planet of ours.

    • Excuse me, but creating another child is not “polluting” this planet. Lovely choice of words there, Sue.

      • Sue

        Children are not polluting themselves, but people pollute. Forcing yourself to have biological children is selfish.

    • Having a child of your own is beautiful. Adoption is also beautiful. Please don’t pollute the world with unnecessary and hateful words.

  • Please, *do* be selfish. If there’s any one spot where it’s more than justified, I’d say your family is it. 🙂

    • RachelShingleton

      Thank you. 🙂

  • pippinpearl

    Sending you lots of baby making luck. As they say, “Damn the torpedoes (SUE)– full speed ahead!” xoxo

  • Keri Bradford

    Oh man! I’m behind on your blog, just read this post! I’m so excited for you! Love your positive attitude, cannot wait for you. What an amazing journey this will be.