Elysha's World

Elysha's World

Saturday, August 15, 2015

A Slice of American Pie

Slice. I LOVE this song! I totally forgot about this song until yesterday. I was sitting at work after we’d closed the door for the day, and it came up on my Pandora station. I kind of stopped what I was doing and just sat and listened to it. 

Our world is so busy. We are constantly bombarded with news, YouTube videos, Facebooks, Instagram, Twitter, and my personal favorite Netflix. I’m amazed with what kind of trash we let come right into our own homes. Not only into our homes but we carry it around with us everywhere we go. 

What ever happened to talking to the person in front of you at the Grocery Store, to your roommate, to old friends? Now a day’s people will text people…maybe. Send an email, perhaps. We all feel entitled. I’m included. Sometimes I think, “Why hasn’t anyone invited me to do something tonight.” Lately, in response to that I think, “Why haven’t I invited someone to do something tonight?”  In a time when people are so focused on their needs and wants, occasionally we need to step back and think about others.

Earlier today a friend told me about their day yesterday. They were complaining about someone at work. I felt for my friend, but at the same time I wanted to say, “I’m sorry that happened, but why do you think that person acted that way? Maybe they were having a bad day. Is that an excuse to be rude to other people? No. However, maybe if you look outside yourself, you might find that everything and everyone has a story and a reason. We’re all intricately connected. We’re all from the same slice.” 

I used to be terrified of driving. I had anxiety. I was so sure that I was going to die every time I got onto the road. I had some friends die in a car accident around the time I was learning to drive, and I didn’t want that to happen to me. 

One day my mom asked me why I was so afraid of driving. I told her my reasons. She then told me something that I’ve never forgotten. She told me that everyone that gets on the road has a destination. Everyone has a family, and while every once in a while a crazy person will get on the road and cause an accident; most people don’t get on the road intending to kill other people.
I knew that. However I was having a hard time looking past myself and my fears to realize it at the time. The people that get behind the wheel are parents, brothers, sisters, cousins. They all have a family. Driving on a road isn’t like bumper cars or Mario Kart, it’s a different thing entirely and I was looking at it the wrong way.

I had a similar experience when I thought about marriage and dating. From personal experience my views were totally skewed, and left me thinking that every marriage will fail and end in divorce. Then I went to an institute class and found this amazing quote that I could totally relate to by President Boyd K. Packer:

Some marriages do bend, and some will break, but we must not, because of this, lose faith in marriage nor become afraid of it.
“Broken marriages are not typical.
Remember that trouble attracts attention! We travel the highway with thousands of cars moving in either direction without paying much attention to any of them. But should an accident occur, we notice immediately.
If it happens again, we get the false impression that no one can go safely down the road.
One accident may make the front page, while a hundred million cars that safely pass are not regarded as worth mentioning.
Writers think that a happy, stable marriage does not have the dramatic appeal, the conflict worth featuring in a book or a play or a film. Therefore, we constantly hear about the ruined ones and we lose our perspective.
I believe in marriage. I believe it to be the ideal pattern for human living. I know it to be ordained of God. The restraints relating to it were designed to protect our happiness.
I do not know of any better time in all of the history of the world for a young couple who are of age and prepared and who are in love to think of marriage. There is no better time because it is your time.”

Once again I found myself looking at life through fogged up glasses. It was time to take those glasses off and try life at a new angle. 

Take a step back. Turn off the TV and pick up the phone. Write a letter to your best friend. Ask a stranger how their day has been. The only difference between a friend and a stranger are the words “Hello, what’s your name?” Think about it. Most if not all of your friends were strangers that you met at school, at work, or at church. They were people that you had no idea existed, until you ended up at the same place at the same time as them. Take advantage of where you are in life, and meet the people that are in the same place as you. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Exchanging Clothes For Cash

This blog post will teach you how to update your wardrobe, without really trying. However I must point out that if you wear mostly outdated styles, at first it might cost you a little more to update your wardrobe.Once you’ve updated your clothing style, It's a lot easier to cycle through your clothes and sell the ones you don't wear back for cash. 

 Are you slightly overwhelmed by your closet? Do you have too many clothes and don't know what to do with them? Do you have trouble rotating through your clothes? Do you find yourself wearing the same 5 outfits every week? Then I have a solution for you! 

Shopping: A word that brings music to my ears! (As a side note, I actually really enjoy the music that is played in the stores that I shop at.) For some people it’s an exciting enthralling endeavor, for others it’s miserable and done only out of necessity. However shopping doesn’t have to be a scary thing. I think a lot of people get over whelmed by all of the different stores and options. The key is to find your style, know where to go, and know how much you are willing to pay for it.
I love a bargain! I love deals, and sales, and bright big signs with lower prices. I like to shop in the off season, so that I can get the clothes I like at a cheaper price. Here is a blog post about that: Confessions of a Shopaholic. I find this works really well for me, because I’m still in style, but I’m wearing clothes that other people are no longer all wearing. It’s a VERY rare occasion for me to see someone wearing the same outfit as me. I can think of maybe 5 times ever that I’ve worn the same shoes, coat, or shirt as someone. I have a particular style and I like to stick to it. 

The most important thing about buying new clothes is that you’re cute, confident, and comfortable in what you are wearing. One of the best ways to update your wardrobe for a very small price or free, is to sell back your clothes to a clothing exchange store. Depending on where you live, will depend on where you can sell back your clothes, and what kind of stores are available. A popular store to do this at is Plato's Closet. This used to be my favorite store! However I’ve found that they’re prices have gone up, and they don’t pay as well as other stores for the clothes that they buy back from you. Of course this might be just because I don’t like to wear a lot of the brands that they buy back and sell. I’ve sold back to a few different stores, but I’ve found that my favorite store to sell back to is Trendy Exchange. (Before they closed down)They'd give you more money back for what you sell, and they'd give you an option of on the spot cash, or in store credit that is usually about $10-$15 more than the cash value they offer you. I’ve gone both ways. 

It’s important to not be upset if they don’t buy anything back. At times they already have too many items in stock and so they can’t take your clothes. You have a few options when this happens. 

1.      Usually I’ll take it to one store like Trendy first, and see how much money I can get back from them. Then I’ll take what’s left in the bag and take it to Plato's, and see if they will buy back anything.

2.       If they both don’t take very much, and I think that I have high quality clothing, I’ll save the nicer clothes and in a week or two go back to the stores. Sometimes you don’t have to wait that long, maybe just a few days and then go back to the stores, on a different day and at a different time than you originally did, and try selling back to different workers in the store. I’ve sold more items like that multiple times.   

3.      I’ll post some of the clothes on a 24/7 Yard Sale page on Facebook and sell some of my clothes like that. I can usually get close to what I paid for them on these websites. (Like I said, most of the clothes I sell back I’ve only worn a few times.) I find there is a lot more hassle doing it this way, because you have to meet up with the other person, and they might buy it, and then take it home and say it doesn’t fit and bring it back. However, I’ve had a pretty good experience with it.
4.      I’ll have a Clothing Exchange with girls from my church/neighborhood. Every girl brings items from her closet that she doesn’t want/need anymore. Everyone swaps clothes and anything that we have left at the end we take in a big bag to Deseret Industries or Good Will. 

5.      My sisters and I save up clothes that don’t fit us anymore/we never wear, and every time we all get together we go through the clothes and jewelry. Usually I’ll take the bundle of clothes that no one wants, and try to sell it back to the stores. If that doesn’t work that I’ll repeat steps 3 and 4.
I tend to go through my closet about once a month. When I go through my closet I pull out all of the clothes I haven’t worn in a while. I’ll stick them in a different closet, or in the front of my closet. If I can’t bring myself to wear those clothes, I stick them in the get rid of pile. At work we’ve started doing “challenges” as mentioned in this blog post: Disney Challenge

Shopping out of your closet challenge day 2! I've never worn any of these items before. Skirt $6, shirt $2, necklace $2. ‪#‎thrifty‬
These are all tags I cut off today! The $10 was actually only$2.
This week we’ve started another challenge. This challenge is called “Shopping in Your Closet!” For a few weeks we’ll mix and match our wardrobes and make ourselves put together new combinations of clothing that we’ve never done before. I have to wear a skirt to work, so this just livens up our day a little bit. If after a week or two I find a few of my skirts aren’t being worn, or I can’t bring myself to wear a certain shirt or pair of shoes, I throw them in the pile. Then, when I have a big enough bag, I take it to the store.  

9 items for $10!
One other thing I should mention is that these buy back stores often have sales. They often have too many clothes, because of the constant turn over, and so they always have new clothes for sale and need a quick way to get rid of their old clothes. 

When this happens they'll do a grab bag sale where they'll let you stuff as many clothes as you can into a bag for only $10. Also, they'll mark down their clothes so that you can get skirts for $3 each! 

$3 each
I find that these are some ways to update your wardrobe without spending a lot of money!Happy shopping! 

Here is some of this information in a short YouTube video:

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Inspirational Music

To quote an admired song writer, "It's not hopeless. It's just Friday, but Sunday's coming soon!"  - Michael Mclean

I tried to type up some words of wisdom for today, but I couldn't come up with anything. I went to a cousins mission farewell at church today, and I sat by an adorable little girl. She colored the front of a hymn book for me, and then the notes inside. I asked her if I could keep her drawing. When it was time to sing the hymns, she opened her fake hymnal and sing out of it. It was adorable, and reminded me of how important music really is in my life.

 Music helps me cope with life.

“Sacred music has a unique capacity to communicate our feelings of love for the Lord. This kind of communication is a wonderful aid to our worship. Many have difficulty expressing worshipful feelings in words, but all can join in communicating such feelings through the inspired words ." -Dallin H. Oaks

Do you want to know who inspires me? All of these artists! They're spending their lives spreading happiness and hope into the world through music.

If I'm searching for peace, hope, or assurance, I always find it through music. "For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads."( Doctrine and Covenants 25:12).  So for today's blog post I'm going to post an array of songs that I love from all sorts of Christian artists. The videos will all probably be lame, but the peaceful feelings that these songs bring into my home are priceless. I hope one day to write songs that bring that same sense of peace. Enjoy!

“Don’t be gloomy. Do not dwell on unkind things. Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. Even if you are not happy, put a smile on your face. ‘Accentuate the positive.’ Look a little deeper for the good. Go forward in life with a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your face, with great and strong purpose in your heart. Love life.”
― Gordon B. Hinckley

Happy Sabbath!