We had the good fortune of connecting with Alyssa Stevenson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alyssa, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
Oh this is a huge question when you are a small business owner, especially a new one. When things get particularly difficult, overwhelming or exhausting I always come back to my original “why”. Why did I start Laurusa Mystic in the first place? Why was this something I felt truly called to do? This is a question that grounds me and takes me back to the root of it all where giving up is not an option. Plus, I am not a quitter!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Laurusa Mystic is all about unlocking your magic! I am a psychic intuitive, medium, occult practitioner, educator, and a huge crystal and essential oils nerd. I offer readings and sessions, crystals, essential oil rollers, and other metaphysical and witchy items.
Laurusa Mystic was created from a place of passion, and without that passion I do not believe I would have been able to push through the difficult times. Jumping in head first is my style, and luckily I know how to swim but I also know when to ask for a floatie. There is no shame in asking for help when things get tough because they absolutely will!
One of the things I am very proud of is incorporating sustainability into my business. I am an Environmental Scientist by trade (I have a Masters of Science in Environmental Sustainability), and it is essential to incorporate this knowledge of sustainability into my business practices. For example, we only use organic essential oils for our rollers; eco-friendly packaging, such 100% organic biodegradable and dissolvable starch packing peanuts; and we offset 100% of our carbon footprint via renewable energy. Mother Nature always comes first.
Something that inevitably comes with being an entrepreneur and owning/running your own business is patience because you wear so many different hats. There is a steep learning curve, so allow yourself time and grace as you learn the seemingly endless list of responsibilities. I look forward to seeing how Laurusa Mystic continues to grow and change, and myself along with it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As a crystal collector and seller, the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase sounds like the ideal event to check out! Oh and the Grand Canyon of course.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would not have the courage or the fortitude to keep going without the love and support of my husband, Scott. Without him, my dream would have remained just that – a dream. Sometimes we need a life partner who will support you and push you to go after what sets your soul on fire – and he was my match in more ways than one.
While my story is still being written, I also need to take a moment to recognize my clients and customers without whom I would not be here. You are the reason I do what I do. I hope to be able to continue to heal, educate, and share my occult passions with you all for the long haul.
My friends, my coven, and my family are my support systems and I am so grateful to have so many beautiful souls in my corner. A million thanks to you all.
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