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Check Out Alyssa DiVirgilio’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alyssa DiVirgilio.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Well, looking back on it, I think mostly I’ve gotten to where I am by just asking questions, looking for answers, and continuing on whenever things haven’t gone as planned. I try to do what feels right at the time and honor my needs and desires as much as possible. It’s a process, but so far it’s going okay! I’ve made some good choices for myself along the way and feel more myself the more I can do this.

I think the first really defining moment for me was when I quit my job at about 21 to just go travel Europe with an acquaintance and her friend. I could tell myself all day how irresponsible it was and all the reasons not to go, but honestly, everything worked out. And it was the first time I got to really experience myself as brave. That’s something I can carry with me and bring out of myself forever. I don’t think I could say the same for my retail job at the time. No offense.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Oh, I’ve had a lot of privileges in ways. I’ve had some struggles, too.

There are times when everything feels stuck and like there’s no hope and all is lost and why even try. Of course, personal history and conditioning play a role in how hard things are sometimes and feeling like I’m starting from a disadvantage to people who maybe didn’t have the experiences I did growing up.

Then of course there are the same ol’ struggles no one is immune to. The unpredictable nature of life can be brutal. I was recently laid off for example and things like that just never cease to amaze me. There’s no way to prepare. You just wake up and think you know what to expect that day and you absolutely are thrown for a loop. But these things can happen to anyone. Whaddya gonna do.

But I’m getting a bit better about feeling my feelings and taking breaks and using setbacks as a way to reflect, reassess and clarify what I want and just keep persisting. It’s a practice. Fortunately, I’ve got a very good therapist and a few trusted supports. Just try to do my best to get through it and hope it’ll all work out in the end.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I really wish I had one definitive answer for this. The truth is, I’m still kind of learning what I’m good at and what my strengths are and what I like. I’m sure I’ll find it eventually. But for now, I’ve started a very sweet small business. It’s called Flower Tongue. I don’t know if I’ll keep the name or not, but for now, that’s what it is. I press flowers and frame them with different poems or words.

I just love to create beautiful little things with beautiful flowers and beautiful words and hang them in my space. I love giving them as gifts and I really hope other people will see them and feel excited about gifting them to a loved one, a dear friend, or just having one for themselves.

It’s just starting out and very small, but I’ve been encouraged by the overall very positive response.

We’ve gotta show ourselves and each other some love. I think this is such a sweet way to do that.

Sometimes little things make a big impact. Especially when you can look at it every day. That’s got to build up the love footprint on the planet, don’t you think? That’s the hope.

What makes you happy?
Well, now that I’m talking about my little framed flowers I guess that does! But also lots of things. Lilac season. The moon. Natural bodies of water. A glass of wine. Watching Real Housewives and ordering Red Cow. Waking up early in the morning on vacation to watch the sunrise. California mountains. Some days when I listen to Stevie Nicks sing like Silver Springs or her 24 Karat Gold Tour live really loud in my AirPods and it just reaches the deepest part of my soul. Taking walks in the middle of the day.

It honestly doesn’t take much.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @flowertonguemn

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