Elysha's World

Elysha's World

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lyric Letter To Myself

Today I was thinking about the person I used to be. I thought about myself in my awkward teen years, and I thought about the person I am now. I thought about all the really hard things I’ve gone through in my life, and I wondered what kind of a letter I would write to myself, if I got the chance. I decided that I would probably write a letter in song lyrics, because I would understand that at any age. 

I was surprised at how fast I was able to write it all out, and tried to use many of the songs that have helped me throughout the years. 

“Hey Soul Sister,

Let me riddle you a ditty, it’s just an itty biddy little thing on my mind. I bleed my heart out on this paper.  Whenever I see your smiling face, I have to smile myself, because I love you! Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away. So far away, so far away from where you are. Here comes the sun do-do-do-do, and I say, it’s alright. Her face is a map of the world, you can tell she’s a beautiful girl. Look at this photograph, every time I do it makes me laugh. Laughter is the very best medicine. So, here’s the story from A-Z:

Hey, don’t write yourself off yet. I used to care so much about what other people thought about. Your exceptional, the way you are, no need to change for nobody. You don’t have to try so hard. Just take one step at a time, there’s no need to rush. And I ask myself, who do I wanna be? I see your true colors shining through. Baby, you’re so classic. Are we human? Or are we dancer? You and me baby we’re stuck like glue.  Made in the USA. In your blinding beauty, you remind everyone who your maker must be.

Have you ever been alone in a crowded room? Well I’m, here with you. Everybody looking at you, here take my hand. Everybody talks. No matter what they say, no matter what they do. When you dream, dream big! I could really use a wish right now. Hakuna Matata - it means no worries, for the rest of your days. Tonight’s gonna be a good good night. I’m gonna swing from the chandelier. Why do I feel this good sober. Because I’m free, free falling. Shake it off, shake it off. All the single ladies. I proudly stand up, next to you and defend her still today.  You’re never fully dressed without a smile!

Live like you were dying. Jesus take the wheel! God bless this broken road, that led me straight to you. You find out who your friends are. Hey now, Hey now, this is what dreams are made of. Dream, dream, dream, dream. A dream is a wish your heart makes. When you’re dreaming with a broken heart, the waking up is the hardest part. Don’t you worry child, see Heaven’s got a plan for you. There’s something bout love. I will love you forever, forever and always. You’re worth more than gold! Stay beautiful!

I will love you, unconditionally.”

The Artist and Titles of the songs I used in order:

Train  - Hey Soul Sister
He is We – Happily Ever After
Hot Chelle Rae – Bleed
James Taylor – Smiling Face
The Beatles – Yesterday
Nickelback – Far Away
The Beatles – Here Comes the Sun
KT Tunstall – Suddenly I See
Nickelback – Photograph
Weird Al – Horoscope
Spice Girls – Wannabe
Jimmy Eat World – The Middle
Natasha Bedingfield – Freckles
Jo Jo – Exceptional
Colbie Caillat – Try
Jordin Sparks – One Step At A Time
Aly and AJ – No One
Phil Collins – True Colors
MKTO – Classic
The Killers – Human
Sugarland – Stuck Like Glue
Demi Lovato –Made in the USA
Cherie Call – No Ordinary Girl
Jack’s Mannequin – Dark Blue
Tori Amos – Silent All These Years
Neon Trees- Everybody Talks
Christina Aguilera – Beautiful
Ryan Shupe and the Rubber Band – Dream Big
B.O.B. – Airplanes
Lion King – Hakuna Matata
Black Eyed Peas- I Got A Feeling
Sia – Chandelier
Pink – Sober
Tom Petty – Free Falling
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
Beyonce – All the Single Ladies
Lee Greenwood – God Bless the USA
Annie – You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile
Tim McGraw – Live Like You Were Dying
Carrie Underwood – Jesus Take the Wheel
Rascal Flatt’s – Bless the Broken Road
Tracy Lawrence – Find Out Who Your Friends Are
Hillary Duff – Hey Now
Vince Gill – All I Have To Do Is Dream
Cinderella – A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes
John Mayer – Dreaming With A Broken Heart
Sweedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child
 David Archuleta – Something Bout Love
Parachute – Forever and Always
Britt Nicole – Gold
Taylor Swift – Stay Beautiful
Katy Perry – Unconditionally

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Birthday Parties!

Birthdays! They come around about once a year. I personally don’t really like to celebrate birthdays. I’m happy to take a friend out to dinner or something, but my birthday doesn’t fall at the ideal time of year. Usually all my friends are moving away at the end of the semester, so by the time my birthday rolls around most of my friends are gone. 

This year however, we decided to do some low key things that actually ended up being really fun and just what I needed! It’s interesting because people keep asking me what I did, and I’m very happy to tell them. However, it is a shock to my system every time someone, after hearing the story says, “Wow Elysha, you are really loved!” I didn’t really stop to think about that. I just figured they’d come if they want to, and we were throwing a party and people love parties! But when I stop to think about it, I really am loved and surrounded by amazing friends and family. 

It’s amazing how many things you can get for free on your birthday! I’ve never really been in a big enough town to go and get any of these “freebies” before, but now that I know about them, I feel obligated to share what I know. I found out a lot of this information on this website: Free Birthday Stuff!

As my friend Taylor Swift said, “It feels like a perfect night, for breakfast at midnight.” So, that’s what we did. We went to Denny’s at midnight. 25-30 people showed up and we ate breakfast. It’s amazing how many single college students are awake that late. If you go to Denny’s on your birthday they’ll give you a free Grand Slam. All you have to do is show them your Drivers License.

For lunch I found online that Fire House Subs gives away a free sub to you on your birthday. I’d only ever eaten there twice, but I thought I’d give it a shot. So I went, showed them my ID, got a free sub, and came home. It was messy and delicious. I even got a free pickle. 

Later that day my roommate surprised me by giving me the movie “Into the Woods.”  She knows I love musicals. We went to Family Home Evening and my ward had a pool party. It was cold and rainy, so I didn’t get in, but you better believe I danced on the sidelines for 2 hours. I must add that I received an incredible amount of cookies, brownies and other delicious treats throughout the day.

There were phone calls, Facebook messages, texts and cards I received throughout the day.
After that was over I came home and thought about going to bed early…but my friends know me better than that. About 6 people showed up with chocolate and cake to watch a movie with me. We didn’t end up watching the movie, but rather engaged in a crazy game of “Sweedish Twister.” 

………Fast forward to the next week……….

My aunt and uncle invited a friend and I to go to the opera for my birthday. I’d never gone to the opera before, but it seemed fancy and I was excited. We saw the most amazing performance! It was unlike anything I’d seen before! The 3 hours surprisingly flew by, and I found myself wanting the intermissions to be shorter so we could get back to the story. 

A few days later my roommate and I went out to eat at Noodles and Company. I really love this restaurant. I joined their email club, and they sent me a free meal birthday coupon. I feel like this place is over looked often, but they give you the whole month to redeem your meal. Pesto noodles never tasted so good! 

There are a few other things that I got from signing up for email lists like a free appetizer or desert from Olive Garden, a free Blizzard from DQ,  a free sandwich at Red Robins, and a buy one get one free meal from Tucano’s. 

Needless to say there are some pretty fun and free things to do on your birthday!