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.

-DON'T LIVE BENEATH YOUR PRIVILEDGES!!!

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:)
JANUARY:
-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!!
FEBRUARY:
-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 ;)
MARCH:
-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:)
APRIL:
-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!
MAY:
-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!
JUNE:
-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:)
JULY:
-LAKE, lake, lake, lake, lake, wakeboarding, lake, lake, lake, SUN, lake, lake, friends, lake, lake, lake, FUN, lake, lake, lake, LAKE!!!
AUGUST:
-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!!
SEPTEMBER:
-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!
OCTOBER:
-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!
NOVEMBER:
-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:)
DECEMBER:
-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!
2011:
-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!!