Sh@y's Proverbs

-To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else, is the GREATEST accomplishment... Ralph Waldo Emmerson

-If at first you don't succeed, try not to act surprised...

-Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out!

-You can't fix stupid! Period.

-Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together!

-Attitude is a small thing, but makes a BIG difference!

-Our eyes are placed in front because it is more important to look ahead than to look back.

-Don't play games with a girl who can play BETTER:)

-The average woman would rather have beauty than brains, because the average man can see better than he can think

-The BEST thing about chasing your dreams is... You can have as many as you want, and they can change anytime. Life is ALWAYS going to be full of surprises! In order to WIN the race, you've got to actually be IN the race!

-Our inside jokes, too many to name. When we're apart, it's never the same. When we're together it's nothing but fun. Replacing my girls, just can't be done.

-If she is amazing, she wont be easy. If she is easy, she wont be amazing. If she is worth it, you wont give up. If you give up, you are not worth it!! Period.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Road to Recovery and Life in Utah Valley

I feel like the worst blogger in the world! I have been out living my life and having all these sweet experiences and I have failed at informing you folks of them! I am truly sorry I have been holding out on you! So to make up for lost time I will provide you with not only hilarious stories but pictures to go along with it! I know, I know, that's so nice of me! But please save the praise for the end!

So in September of 2012 I moved up to Orem UT! I had planned on moving up here long before I broke my back! I was not about to let the fact that I compressed a vertebrae keep me from moving up here to change my scenery up a bit! A bit, is a huge understatement! The whole bubble that people talk about does exist! Not to hate on my own religion I was just not raised to be the type of person who would seriously strive to live in this bubble! All that aside I can honestly say that I LOVE living up here! I have meet some seriously amazing people and have been having a blast ever since I moved up here!
 Oh yeah that's right! Meet Gloriana too!! What can I say I am kind of a big deal up here hahaha!!
 My girl Alyssa!! Meet her at the R. Lob! Seriously have some of the coolest co workers ever!! She is such a blast! Super fun, super funny! Always have a good time with this chica!!
 What? No big deal just meet this guy from Love and Theft!! Good concert!! Amazing day!!!
My FIRST major hike since my compressed vertebrae! Super proud of myself! Quads hurt for days! Random day of finding gems in the city of Ogden with this dime piece Lenzie and her bro!
 Miss Tawny Dee!! She's on her mission now in New York!! Beyond happy for her! Miss her like a fat kid misses twinkies!! One of my greatest life long best friends! She's amazing, period.
 hahahaha don't ask! Halloween is all I am going to give you for this picture!! Such a fun night!!!
 This babe right here is my "adopted" niece! As in her mom is my best friend and she lives up here! I play with her all the time! And words cannot express my love for this little human being! Love my little Dezy girl!! Even though she's a momma's girl through and through!!!
 I can't even put into words how amazing this girl is!! Natasha Sunshine seriously is the funnest most amazing friend ever!! ALWAYS happy, always positive, always smiling! LOVE HER TO DEATH!!
 SNOW!!!!! What can I say... I hate it! I am warm blooded!! It could die! I could go my whole life without seeing this disgusting white stuff ever again!! Take me to Hawaii... California!! PLEASE!
 THIS GUY.. Chaco!! Aka Chase Comrie... aka Chyla Nichols "fiancĂ©" love 3rd wheeling with them!
 Can't ever say anything bad about T.Quist! That man has been an amazing friend for years and has helped me so many times that I will forever be in his debt! Plus he's a blast to hang out with!!
 Lindsey Tuaileva!! Super nice and friendly!! Beyond a great person love her and her family!
 Chyla Nichols is seriously one my new best friends love her to pieces and her soon to be Fiance!!

FINALLY saw the Temple Square Christmas lights!! So beautiful! I got up to SLC temple a lot! Something about this beautiful Castle of God sitting in the middle of this chaotic city is peaceful!

Since I have been up here I have slowly started working out more! I have to be honest with you folks, it hasn't been easy and it's hard!! It's hard to build back up the muscles I had worked so hard for before I broke my back then lost completely while recovering in that fantastic brace! I can sort of slow run/jog! I have done up to 2 miles on the treadmill! I have started to do some strengthening work outs as well! My list consists of: lunges, squats, planks, crunches, wall sits, and this thing I call knee high planks! It's where you are in a plank position but you bring your knees to your chest as you twist from side to side from each leg!! REALLY works out your core and serratus side muscles! Anywho it's been doing wonders! But my back still hurts occasionally! My new found assistant in helping me drop the extra pounds I gained after getting out of my brace but not being able to work out! It is this thing called skinny wraps!!! BUT before you harp on them let me be the first to tell you, I was EXTREMELY skeptical of it! I was all "seriously, you can't wrap your stomach and just magically get skinny" OH NO!!! YOU CAN!!! I had results from the first wrap! I have done 6 wraps total and I am down 3 sizes! My stomach is flatter, and toner! I'll post a link for you to check out in case you may be interested!!

Other than that I have been working like a mad woman at the R. Lob! Making the green to get a new car! YES... A NEW CAR!! I am looking at the Chevy Equinox! Small SUV that I can have for awhile hopefully until I have 1 kid or so! But yeah super stoked about this new big girl decision in my life!! Dating is so-so! That has weird stories in and of itself that I will blog about some other time hahaha yeah right! My blogging repetitiveness  is not that great! But I am single, no potentials, no guys that could develop into something great! Don't be expecting any wedding announcements from me yet, or anytime soon! Not that I don't want to get married yet, I'd love to, it's just I haven't found anyone worthwhile yet! Maybe it's just me.... who knows!! Happy Valentines day to everyone! Love you all to the moon and back! Thanks for all your prayers and well wishes, I am doing great:)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Just Living on the Edge!!

I just got in from my 30 minute walk!! I had my 1 MONTH doctors appointment last Thursday! I am happy to report that my bone is healing well! The only concern at the beginning was the worry that my compressed vertebrae would continue to compress and squish out! Luckily it has not! It is healing the RIGHT way! We found out that I'll be golden after 12 weeks aka. 3 months! I am 1/3 of the way there! ONLY 2 months to go!! WOO WOO!! ALSO I was told to start taking 30 minute walks EVERYDAY and slowly work my way up to more and more time!
That being said, I must inform you that, that simple 30 minutes is an incredibly intense slow gander around the neighborhood! I can't help but laugh at how my body has gone from the capability of working out for 2 hours straight to BARELY being able to walk... let's be more realistic... "saunter" for 30 minutes straight!
Gotta love life! :)
Everyone will constantly ask, "What are you up to?" hmm... let's see, I broke my back... I can barely walk... I AM TRAINING FOR MY FIRST MARATHON!!! bahahaha BAZZINGA!! That's been my go-to response for the past month! The funny thing is, it's almost like I am training for a marathon! I am just starting from the very, VERY basics... like: walking, strides, back posture, and form! I know what you're thinking... "Dang! Shay's crazy, just living her life on the edge!" I know, I know so cool! In reality, I am a professional "chiller"! I am and expert at hanging out and chilling with whomever cares to join! Oooo... and a FANTASTIC tag-alonger!
That's me, Shay Harvey, taking life at a turtle pace in this awesome turtle like shell of a brace I have to wear! Living my life at half the speed of smell! Slow and steady right?!?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

There Once Was a Girl Who Fell Out of a TREE!

There once was a girl who fell out of a tree! What was she doing in the tree? That my dear friends is a good question. Was it because the tree looked inviting? Or maybe she was peer pressured? It could be that she was just having fun, and things just went wrong! Whatever the case may be, we all now know that "tree-hugging" is dangerous. For some people particularly named Shay it can be costly!
For those of you who may not know, I, Shay Harvey being 22 of age fell out of a tree on February 18th 2012 and BROKE my back!! According to my friends who were with me at the time, I landed in the best possible way! And after seeing the picture I am about to post you will most likely agree! I, myself after checking out the pictures realized I am very fortunate to be in the situation that I am in!
To make a long story short, I will condense the accounts of my fall as to keep this blog post from being a serious novel!
I climbed up the tree, was on a branch that was roughly 15 ft. above ground and I then proceeded to grab the tree branch above me. Then I wrapped my legs around it and hung on it like a monkey (that is where my blond roots kicked in). Well as I brought my legs back down to the branch I was originally on my hands slipped and I fell! BAM!! Feet, sort of tuck, and BUTT hits the ground! Immediately, I felt stupid and started laughing saying, "Why did I do that?" Well I realized my back hurt, and I couldn't really feel anything below my hips!! I then rolled to my side (cause is felt better on my back) and I started to move my legs! I could feel them both, but I couldn't feel my left foot! I could move it, but I couldn't feel it! Well Thad (one of my friends who was there) picked me up straight off the ground and they helped me to the truck! We then headed straight to the hospital! Once at the E.R. Chantel ran into the building to tell them her friend had fallen out of a tree and had hurt her back pretty bad! The E.R. personnel came out to assess the situation! They opened the back door and were surprised to see a 22 year old, instead of an 8 year old! They put me on the board, then on a stretcher and take me inside! I explain what happens, they run tests, IV me, and take a CT scan! My parents arrived at the hospital by then and they told us that I had a burst fracture of my L4 vertebrae! The doctor on the clock said he wanted to life flight me down Vegas ASAP because it was critical and I needed to get down there right away! They strap me down and put a catheter in me (yeah, that was fun, I was like WHOA there, take me to dinner first haha), took me out to the helicopter, where I then asked "do I get any salted peanuts on this flight?" NEGATIVE! You'd think with how much the flight cost I'd get some sort of complimentary items!! Oh well! We got to Vegas in 30 minutes or so! And the next morning (which is Sunday) I receive a series of test! We started with an X-ray, CT, and an 1 1/2 hour MRI!! Come to find out I have a 30% compression fracture of my L4 vertebrae and slight paralysis in my left leg! I have the option to do surgery or heal naturally! I decided to heal naturally! That means 3 months in a back brace, that I wear all the time, except when I'm laying down in bed!

GREAT STORY, yeah?!! So awesome!! I left out a lot of the boring stuff! But what you should know is that I laugh when I'm in serious pain and I become even more of a smart alleck (that's how I "deal" with pain)!! I'm not gonna tip toe around the bush and tell you that I'm doing good, and things are going smooth because that would be a lie because I am in pain almost all the time!! But I will tell you that your ATTITUDE is a 100% of how things go and turn out! YES, it sucks going from being extremely active, to barely being able to walk... yes, it sucks not being able to drive, bend, twist, go up OR down stair, put on your own socks, pick things up you drop on the ground, or lift things.... yes, I hate being dependent on people.... yes, I realized I took SO many things for granted!... and YESSSS, I don't see the need to be nothing less than happy all the time!! WHY??
Because, WHAT IS THE POINT OF BEING SAD OR DEPRESSED ABOUT SOMETHING YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OVER??? Life is for living! And even though I can't do a whole lot, I am still living it!! I have races with my fellow old lady neighbors in their walkers... and yes, I do win!! I still go to Costco with my mom, mostly because I have nothing else better to do, but also because there is no point to sit at home and mope!! I am 6 ft tall... I stand out... I stand out even MORE, with a VERY slow limp walk, and a bright colorful brace around my torso! It would be easy to say I was the star at Costco yesterday! :)
But I just laugh about it! :)
I guess what I am trying to say is, Tree-hugging is dangerous!hahaha... And that things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out!
Just a little something to think about:)
I am happy to report I am doing pretty dang good! I can walk around withOUT the walker and I can get up and down a lot better! Stairs on the other hand are a NO-GO! But, I would like to thank everyone for all the prayers, thoughts, and good well wishes! I truly am so blessed to have so many AMAZING people in my life! It's sad to admit that you usually don't notice how good you've got it, until something crazy happens!! So, from the bottom of my heart AND broken back I want to say THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU muchos times infinity:):)

Monday, January 9, 2012

2012.... it's not the END! It's just BEGINNING!

Well my friends 2011 has come and has gone! I'm going to try and do one of those "reflect over the year" kind of posts, but I have a hard time dwelling on the past, because it's just that, THE PAST! Nevertheless I think it will be fun to see what was going on in my life month by month last year! So without further ado, here you go! 2011 from the eyes of SHAY:)
-I was just starting my last semester at Dixie State with a heavy load of ONE class! Small group Communications to be exact! Let's just say I can see why athletes with scholarships take comm classes!
-AND I just started serving at the Lobster! Can you say PROMOTION!!
-Oh yes "Singles Awareness Month" hahaha I actually don't really mind Valentines! I get presents and I love seeing all the creative things that couples come up with for each other! PLUS V-day at the Lobster is a BANKING$$ day ;)
-The best thing that happened in March was my trip to Southern California for Spring Break! It was hands down one of the most fun, most relaxing, and chill trip I've EVER been on! Lots of swimming, wakeboarding, shopping, eating, and outdoor greatness! TIP: Go to California with someone who is from there! That way you don't have to drive and someone always knows where you're going! Oh and I didn't have a camera at the time, so I have no pictures:/ just take my word that it was beautiful there and stupid fun:)
-Oh and my best friend Jules Braten got engaged to her best friend in March:)
-School was wrapping up! I apply for graduation for the Centennial year at DSC! Come to find out that I didn't need to even take that comm class, I had, had enough credits anyways and was ALREADY awarded with my Associates of Science Degree as of December 2010! Still, I was going to participate in the Commencement Ceremony for Graduation in May!
-A lot of wedding planning was underway for Ju-Ju's BIG DAY!!
-I move into APT#9 with these lovely ladies and we start many, MANY fun adventures!
-I, Shay Harvey receive my Associates Degree from Dixie State College! First EVER member in my family to get a degree from college:)
-Julia and Benton get MARRIED on May 27th 2011!
-Summer starts and we ALL know how much I love the lake, the sun, the warmth, the watermelon, the long days, and did I mention the lake!?
-Also took a mini vacay up to Provo area to support my roomie Sarah Ann Roseman in her first MARATHON! We celebrated this great accomplishment by going out to Texas Roadhouse for some meat:)
-LAKE, lake, lake, lake, lake, wakeboarding, lake, lake, lake, SUN, lake, lake, friends, lake, lake, lake, FUN, lake, lake, lake, LAKE!!!
-I take a trip to the "Colorful State of Colorado" to see Geneva-Sacaguea! (future cousin-in-law) at that time! I was her bridesmaid and she was having her bridal shower! Plus she lived with my family so I got to hang out with them too! It was a way fun trip!
-And since I wasn't going to school for fall semester, SUMMER continued for me bahahahahah:) I luff Jana-Banana!!
-Was still so warm you can't really call it "fall" but we had a Washington YSA Ward Camp-out!!! And let's just say I love camping!! It was such a blast! One of my best friends T-had aka Thad came and together with Jessica we found A POND!! With... a ROPE SWING!!! Yeah baby!! Let's just say it provided hours of entertainment!
-Came and went so fast I can't really remember what went on that month!! But I did find a picture from one of my adventures!! The Fort Peirce Massacre haha a story concocted by Amanda and D. Legg for Thad, Thad's bro Bryce, and I! We ate it up, but figured out it was false! Still, the fort was pretty neat! "isn't that neat? Neature" (hahaha inside joke for Amanda!)
Quist #1: Thad, Me(Harvey#1), Quist #2 (technically 3, but 2 cause there's only 2 in this photo) Bryce!
-Mean FOOD!!! Lot's of it!! Thanksgiving!! And fun times with the family!! We always go over to my Aunt Valerie's house, where I kill everyone at pool:)
-I may be slightly biased but I think December is the BEST month out of the whole year!! Mostly because my birthday lands in the middle of this month ;) I had a super fun birthday the big 22 (double deuce) I went to dinner with, Beth, Tiera(roomie), Sarah (roomie), Nikki, Caleb (married to nikki, both REALLY good friends), and T-had! We went to Outback for My first time! It was pretty dang tasty! Also had excellent service there (shout out to MikeLangstino:) After I partied it up with my Red Lobster family at Applebee's! Let's just say I have the best friends in the whole world!
-On the 30th I had 2 cousins get married! My family is extremely close to both of these families! I'd say they're the ones we stay the closest with on each side of my parents family!!
-Andy and Geneva Harvey (from dad's side) were married in the Denver Colorado Temple! Line dancing commenced at the D-Barn later that night, it was super fun!
-Trenton and Sarah Housley (from mom's side) were married in the Baton Rouge Louisiana Temple! Cheesecake, and mountains of pasta were gorged on later the next week on the 7th of January here in Southern Utah! BOTH couples will be living in Cedar City! And I am super proud of all of them and excited to add Geneva and Sarah to my amazing family!
-All in all I had a fantastic year! I was surrounded by great people, and made a TON of fun memories that will last a lifetime! Thank you to everyone who is apart of my life! You will NEVER know how much each one of you has affected my life! I am the person I am today because of every single one of you! You know the saying; you can tell a who a person really is by looking at their friends/family? (something to that effect) WELL, I can just say I am truly blessed and love every one who is in mine! Let's make it ANOTHER great year! Actually, let's make it a new year, A BETTER YEAR!
Cheers everyone:)
2012 it's not the END!! Psh, it's just the BEGINNING!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

I Wish, I didn't need to Wish!!

So last Friday was 11.11.11!!! And it got me thinking... What do I wish for?? All jokes aside I really took some time to figure out what was really important in life!
-I wish that sometimes life would just stop moving, so I could enjoy life in the present!
-I wish all the happiness, success, blessings, and love to my ever so AMAZING family! I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for them and their love and encouragement!
-I wish that all my days at work were this smooth and easy!
-I wish that I could turn off typical girl mode AND not be so hard on myself all the time!
-I wish everyone had the opportunities that I've been blessed to have in my life!
-I sometimes wish that I wasn't so nice! Because I get used and ran over a lot because I can't be mean!
-I wish I could STOP thinking about him!
-I wish that he would figure his shiz out and realize that I've been here the whole time, I'm one of the few that KNOWS him and truly likes him for who HE is!
-I wish that regardless of "our" outcome, that he is happy!
-I wish I had more faith in God's timing for me!
-I wish for my friends is that "this life becomes ALL that you want it to" and that amazing opportunities will always be rewarded to them :)
-I wish that I could express myself more in words! I've always been someone who goes by the saying "you can tell how much someone cares for you, by what they DO for you!"
-Sometimes I wish actions DID speak louder than words!
-I wish I was confident enough in myself to just say how I really feel ALL THE TIME!
-I wish I wasn't afraid!
-I REALLY wish that there was an "EASY" button to life :)
-I wish I knew what was going to happen next in my life!
-I wish I looked like this! EVERYDAY!!!!! haha:)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

...go on and brush your shoulders off!!

WHAT UP people?!! I have exciting news!!!! Drum roll please....... (insert drum roll here).... I (Shay Harvey) am no longer the Relief Society President for the Washington YSA Ward!!!!! I know what you were thinking, "that's not exactly what I was expecting." ME NEITHER!!! I thought I'd be in this calling forever!! But alas it's been a year and it's time for another gal to step up to the plate! AND can I just say, "WHEW!!" That calling is such a humbling overload. I will say this though, I truly loved every single moment of serving in that calling! I got to know and love every single one of those girls in my ward, and I may be biased but I think they are all so amazing, unique, different, AND beautiful inside and out! My wish is that the new Pres. grows to love them as much I do! I know that she'll do an amazing job and know that she is the one the Lord wants in at this time! TAKE LUCK my dear:)
Well "er"body my cousin Trenton is officially engaged and I am so STOKED for him!! Little background information about him. He is my mom's, sister's, son. In fact he's the cousin I've probably the closest with! We grew up together and he's pretty much like my big brother even though we're only 7 months apart! I remember we did everything together when we were young. Like play Power Rangers, he was the red power ranger and I was the pink power ranger! Needless to say we pretty much rampaged through the streets of Hurricane protecting the innocents from foreign villains looking to take over the world with our amazing Jackie Chan like skills! Anyways the point I was originally getting at is that I LOVE his fiance! I definitely approve! She is from Mississippi (where Trent served his mission) and she has a gnarly accent! She is the cutest southern belle I did ever see! I wish nothing but the best for those two!!
LIFE is amazing and I don't really have any complaints! I have an amazing family, fantastic friends, and nothing but great people all around me! At the end of the day whether it was good or bad, I am happy and am truly blessed!!
P.S. Today I was told by my Uncle that I have 7 months to get dating and married off.... no pressure right?!... and that's about all I have to say about that!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Life, love, happiness, joy, enduring, enjoying, NO REGRETS!!

My deepest apologies to those(Tia) who like to read my blog and my lack of maintenance/updates!! It has been a long stinkin time since I've posted a blog!! And thanks to Tia I have found that I have followers who actually do read this!! Which surprises me because I feel that my life isn't that interesting to others, but to me it's the best life anyone could live!!

Well quick update on my life!! I am single (still) not a big deal because I don't mind!! But at the same time I hate being "just the bud" that guys hang out with!! It's not that I want to date the guy it's just, it kinda hurts to think that all they see me as is "just one of the guys"!! And that's not cool, not cool at all!! How am I supposed to date anyone if I'm just seen as a "bud" to them all the time??? Good question, I dunno!! I guess I'll just keep you posted!! So in essence Shay does not have a love life!! NCMO's are a whole different story!!

Let's see, I am still working at the Lobster!! I love my job! I love meeting new people! I have some REALLY awesome tables sometimes!! I'm starting to get to the point where I have regulars!! I don't wanna toot my own horn, but... TOOT, TOOT!!!! Also I have acquired a new skill at the Lobster!! Drum roll please... dun, dun, na, na, na.... I am now also a BARTENDER!!! That's right Shay, the Relief Society President is bar tending too!! hahaha it's actually really fun and I get more money in the morning than just serving alone!! I tell everyone it's just quality control cause they know I won't try and drink any of it hahaha:)

I received my associate of science degree at DSC!! So now I don't know what to do with my life and am taking a semester off school!!! It's weird cause I wanna finish school, and I wanna figure things out! But right now at this time in my life I feel that I don't need to rush into anything!! I am at a very interesting stage in my life!! I can pick up and do WHATEVER with my life!! I can move and go to another school, I actually have time to date guys, and I'm not in any sort of pressure to do anything right now!! As strange as this may sound, instead of panicking I feel a sense of calmness as if some thing's coming and things are going to work out!! What's coming? I have no idea! What's gonna work out?? Your guess is as good as mine!! Don't worry I'll be sure to keep you posted on my happenings (to the best of my ability)!!!

As you can tell I am still the R.S President!! And I'm starting to hit the point where I've gotten things going, it's keeping the drive and the flow of things that I need to do now!! Like I totally forgot to put my V.T. reports in last week type of problem that I am starting to run in to!! I know I can do this!! I just need to keep my head up and GET ORGANIZED!!! Organize the stuff that I need to take care of!! I GOT THIS:) Also another plug for the church... I freakin L.O.V.E my ward!! It is by far, HANDS DOWN, one if not, thee greatest (singles) ward I've been in so far!! We are so bomb!! Our ward is so close, that we hang out with each other on a regular basis! Like I see everyone easily 2-3 times a week!! It's so much fun!! I love it! I am going to be so sad when the day comes where I am no longer in that ward!!

Well I don't know what else I can tell ya that you probably don't already know!! Hope life is treating everyone well!! Lub you all!! STAY CLASSY!!

-shay harvey
Have you met my new best friend?? He's pretty cool! He plays baseball, actually he's the pitcher!! I'm a sucker for a guy in a baseball uniform ;)