The Story Behind “Elysian Storytelling”

I thought the name for my business would come to me in a dream. Or when I was dancing around my kitchen to “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake. Or when I was adding Morgan Harper Nichols quotes to my “Inspiration” Pinterest board on a rainy Friday night. I thought I would have some profound, breathtaking "story behind the name." It may not be moving, but it’s certainly serendipitous.

Elysian Storytelling came to fruition over Shirley Temples and Thai Lettuce Wraps at The Cheesecake Factory bar with my dad.

After settling into our small, uneven high-top in the middle of the cheesecake chaos, ordering a Shirley Temple, and then a Bombay Sapphire on the rocks, my dad leaned over and asked, “Have you thought of a name yet?” I paused and sighed. “No. Not yet. But I do have some ideas.” He smiled and said my two favorite words, “Let’s brainstorm.” The atmosphere was hardly inspiring as we could barely hear each other over the Maroon 5 music, but it seemed like that moment was as good a time as any.

I had a lettuce wrap in one hand and my phone in the other, and we started going back and forth discussing the importance of storytelling. I was throwing out word after word to describe it, but none of them stuck. “Soulful” resonated and was a step in the right direction, but I knew that I could do better. Maybe it was the grenadine from my third drink or the energy from the sports fans at the bar, but I felt inspired to start googling “the most beautiful words in the English language.” Five minutes later, I stumbled on “Elysian.”

Elysian (adj.) 1. Beautiful or creative. 2. Divinely inspired or delightful. 3. Peaceful or blissful. 4. A characteristic of heaven or paradise.

We stopped eating, looked at each other, and smiled. That was it.

And so Elysian Storytelling was born.

It wasn’t the environment that I imagined I would have named my business in, but it was perfect.

I created this business so we could have powerful, creative discussions just like my dad and I had.

There will be no pressure or judgement. There will be just honest connection, reflection, and collaboration in a safe space where we can expand and develop our most aspiring ideas.

I left stuffed full of excitement for what was to come, and was maybe a little full from Salted Caramel Cheesecake too. Now it’s your turn. I invite you to get comfortable and join me in continuing the creative conversation. Let’s brainstorm.

Why I WriteEmily Heidt