A Story of Blooming Beyond Anxiety: Alyssa's Journey from Darkness to Floral Delight...And This is the Story She Wears
November 28, 20232 min read
"Stop worrying about how others perceive you. It is so easy to get caught up in the comparison game. Comparison is truly the thief of joy."
Alyssa Lindstrom is not just an avid reader of fantasy novels, but also a wife, mother of two children and two dogs, a lover of music, a gardening enthusiast, and a woman who has overcome anxiety and depression. She shares her life-changing journey in an interview with us and how she found solace in books. Alyssa spent many years battling anxiety and depression alone but eventually found her way back to reading and rediscovered her identity. It was not just an escape from reality but a chance to be who she wanted to be outside of her introverted and anxious self.
Apart from reading, gardening is a huge hobby of hers, that has a calming effect. She also loves the creativity behind it and watching a flower pot come to life. Alyssa's father was an important influence on this part of her life. As a financial advisor, he did not have a lot of free time outside of the office, but whenever he was home, he would always be working in their yard. Alyssa recently redid her home landscaping and plans to wait a year to see what areas get enough sun or shade before planting, but in the meantime, she makes floral arrangements for their home.
As an influencer, Alyssa has faced criticism and negativity from time to time. But she handles it with grace and civility, always responding to negative comments with kindness and sympathy. Her goal is to keep her space positive and bright, just like the book community that has brought her so much happiness.
Alyssa's mantra in life is: "shikata ga nai", which means "it cannot be helped" or "nothing can be done about it." Her late grandfather would tell her to live in the moment and not worry about the past or future because what is important is right there, right then.
The advice that Alyssa would like to leave her audience with is to stop worrying about how others perceive them and to avoid the comparison game. It is vital to do what brings them peace and happiness, whether it is reading books, listening to music, gardening, or enjoying sweets. In closing, Alyssa shares that if she were to go on a solo backpacking trip and had to bring only one book, it would be The Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. Alyssa found herself in this book, and it became a part of her life-changing journey.
In conclusion, Alyssa is an inspiration to many - a woman who overcame her personal struggles and found her way back to what she loved, while also discovering new hobbies and passions. She reminds us that sometimes, we need to take a step back, live in the moment, and focus on what brings us joy.