You Can do Whatever You Want (Alt Summit Recap)


Yes, that’s right. You can do whatever you want*.

Not in a no-consequences-juvenile-delinquent kind of way, of course. But in the way where you figure out what you want from life and you go for it.

Of course, I know it’s not always as easy as that. It might mean sacrifices. It might mean uncertainty. It might mean spending years figuring out exactly what you are really good at and really passionate about and then just when things are starting to fall into place, those things change and evolve and you start the process all over again.

For me, it meant starting a letterpress company straight out of college and then re-building that same company 5 years later and then once things were falling into place with that, starting a side business making films. (I know, what?! More on that later…)

For Alison, it means lounging on tables and making the most adorable sugar cookies and dancing like crazy and making women laugh and feel good about themselves.

For Elle, it means making the softest baby wraps that magically lull newborns to sleep and traveling the world with her family and being great at connecting with other mothers.

For Alma, it means being super organized and knowing how to say no and being a fantastic graphic designer and knowing how to break that down and teach it to others.

These are just a few examples. What does it mean to you?

Another thing to keep in mind. Elle noted in her panel that success looks different to different people. It does no good to compare. I love that.

So yes, I learned some great little tips on blogging and social media and running a business while at the Alt Summit last week. But as always, my favorite part was just being surrounded by so many inspiring people.

- Eva

* I’m pretty sure I’m quoting both Alison and Elle here. 

Summer Cheer

Midsummer Mingle

How about some summer cheer in the middle of winter?

You might remember the Midsummer Mingle we threw with some friends and colleagues last June? It was magical night and we had so much fun chatting with everyone who came, seeing the maypole dancers perform, eating the delicious food.  Here’s a charming little video that Steve Olpin made documenting the festivities.  Music by Kevin Macleod.

See photos from the Mingle here and here.

Holiday Gift Guide: Last Minute Gifts

Holiday Gift Guide: Last Minute Gifts

  1. Give a friendly reminder
  2. Love this hand carved rosewood salt and pepper cellar.
  3. Candles are always my go-to gift, plus 10% of sales of this one are donated to dog rescue!
  4. Chocolate is always a good idea.
  5. Make it personal. Pick the perfect saying for any occasion.
  6. Bake  a pie and deliver it in this wooden pie box!


By SSP contributor, Annie Steward. Also find her at Postcards From College.

Holiday Gift Guide: Her

Holiday Gift Guide: Her


  1. I love the minimal style of this clutch.
  2. Give your favorite hostess a brass crescent bottle opener.
  3. She’ll love this hand dyed shibori tea towel.
  4. For the aspiring chef.
  5. Get your pen pal an assortment of cards, like this gold foil card.
  6. Pamper her with a facial kit.


By SSP contributor, Annie Steward. Also find her at Postcards From College.