I just really want to say thank you.
These two words are so commonly used, especially by us 'polite Brits'. But what do these words mean to you?
Thank you. From the bottom of my heart.
Thank you for your endless support, your respectable hard-work, your eagerness to do good in this not-so-nice world. Without you, I couldn't do the things I do.
The words 'thank you' mean a lot to me. People deserve to hear these words after doing things that require energy, hard-work and a strong mindset. Wait, no, everyone deserves to hear those words for existing - life is such a beautiful thing and no matter who you are, what history you have...you make the world the way it is. So thank you. You give me a reason to push myself to my limits to make the needed changes in the world.
I organised a Women's Empowerment Charity Gig at the Komedia, Brighton last night (13th April, 2018). Yes, me. Yes, at the Komedia. It was one of the biggest successes of my life. I couldn't have done it if it wasn't for you.
I am so blessed. I really am. I had so much help for my gig last night. There was such a huge group of people offering their time and hard-work to help me put on a spectacular evening. The talent...it blew me away.
Now, pride is a word that has multiple meanings to different people. Me? Pride is the feeling I felt every second of the show. My heart felt so full, so complete. My stomach was at ease from the usual destructive butterflies. My brain stopped racing with thoughts for the whole show because the talent I saw before my eyes was glowing, it was so comforting, so fulfilling. I have never felt so proud of a group of people in my whole life. You did it, people, you blew everyone away.
It's such an incredible thing to see so many people unite for charity and to raise awareness about important issues in the world. When you think there's a divide in the world, charity brings us all together because we all want one thing - peace in the world, in whatever form that is (equality, battling poverty...). It's humbling.
Bear with me for a minute, this needs to be done...
Thank you to the friends, family and strangers who attended my event last night. It was a turnout that I was not expecting, if I'm honest - so many people showed up and I had numerous people approach me to tell me how much they enjoyed the night. Supportive of every performer, you helped us to raise a lot of money for charity that is going to help so many young girls and families in their fight for education, fight against poverty and give them a second chance at life. Thank you.
Thank you Chrissie Beck, Luke Alexis, Christian Le Surf, Spraxa, Tamara Buckley, Ava, Kyle Montague, Ben Douglas, Amy Ramsay, Indie, Lyss, Holly Bradley, John Timpson, Pascale, Brenden Francis and Molly Courtney for helping me out with this gig. You all have the potential to do something incredible with your life. When you ever feel like giving up with this musical path or if you hit a block in creativity, never stop, keep pushing on. There is nothing holding you back, be free and show off the talent you all have, the world is waiting. Thank you.
Thank you Katy, Louis, Poppie, Jacob, the rest of the wonderful people at WE and the amazing people at Virgin Atlantic. I have met so many of you over the past few years and I have loved it. I will continue to love meeting all of you people. You inspire me to be myself, to push myself and to live out my dreams. WE and Virgin Atlantic gave a scholarship for a trip to India that really changed my life. Pre-India Allyshia doesn't exist anymore...I've evolved into someone a lot better and more confident - all because of you. The opportunities you've given me are once-in-a-lifetime and I am forever grateful for it, really. Don't stop doing the work you do, please. You inspire so many young people to see their potential and reach their goals, we need more people like you. Thank you.
Thank you Mr Flynn. This thank you is extra special to me. I could go on for days and days why I'm thankful for you. You have been an important figure in my life for over 5 years now. Without you, I really wouldn't be here. 5 years ago, you encouraged me to join the Social Action Committee. Now look at me... I will always see this successful journey as a result of your dedication and hard-work. Your passion for social action work and encouraging young people to achieve their goals and dreams is admirable and inspiring. Every day, I'm grateful for you. Even though I've left secondary school and I'm in college now, I have never given up charity work, I've only worked harder. It makes me emotional thinking about how big an impact you've had on my life. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you to my dear friends. If I were to name you, I'd be afraid of missing someone out. But you know who you are. You have supported me from day one, through my awful struggles, through my negativity and through the high-points in my life. You didn't care who I was, you loved me for me. I'm thankful for that. You allowed me to be myself and live my passions without shooting me down. Whether we manage to keep in contact regularly or not, I know I can rely on you to have my back in whatever circumstances in. I have a special kind of love for each one of you. Seriously, thank you.
Thank you Mum, Dad, Paul, Luke, Dan, Sophie, Nan and the rest of my beautiful family. Mum, you have been there for me every second of my life. You gave up everything for the family and helped us scrape by in the rough times. We've come so far... Dad, you always have a special place in my heart with our music chats - it used to be football but I found an even bigger passion. Luke, Dan... the best brothers I could ask for. We have the typical sibling relationship of pointless arguments and bickering. But at the end of the day, you both have supported me through everything I do. Sophie, you are such an incredible person and it's a pleasure to have you in the family. The relationship you have with our family is precious and unbreakable and I'm grateful for every little thing you've done for the family and for me personally. Paul, you are wonderful. You have done so much for our family since you came into our lives. There aren't enough words to describe how thankful I am for all you've done for us and all the help and support you've given me. Nan, everything I do is for you. I work so hard for you. I perform my heart out every time for you. I hope I make you proud. I hope I make Nana proud, too. I feel as if you both believed in my music before anyone else - it was like you could sense the musical route I was going to take in my life. All of my family has shaped me into the person I am today. You have toughened me up, lifted me high and helped me achieve my dreams. The support I have received from you all is very important to me and I hope you know that I appreciate it and appreciate you. Thank you.
Thank you, me. Years ago, I would never believe in thanking myself because I never accepted myself, I never believed in myself, I was never proud. But thank you, me, for never giving up even when it felt as if life was at the lowest point. Thank you for pushing through those unbearable bad days. Thank you for never stopping what you do, even when you felt like you had reach the end of the road. Thank you for putting so much work into your passions and into helping others. Your love for making people happy and helping them to have an incredible day is valuable and important to so many people. Giving up is not an option anymore. You can change the whole world. You will change the world. You have your dreams, so reach for them. Put 110% into your work. You can do it. Just look how far you've come...
Thank you for reading. All the love, always.