florals-and-thoughts

My detour - what's next for me!

Deidre Kindall

If you've been a long time follower of mine on Instagram you might remember back in late 2016 where I deleted nearly all my posts and dramatically changed the look of my account overnight.

I had decided to finally listen to an "inner voice" that had been nagging me for a few months. I desperately wanted to make an artistic shift with my designs. I knew it would take time but the first step for me was to VISUALLY change things - thus deleting half my feed. Normally one would just organically do that over time - but not me - I like to be drastic.

I remember taking a screenshot of my feed, you can see it below, I only wish I had captured more of my posts. I will also share a current screenshot of the bottom of my feed. 

 

See the style change? See the colors? This was what my inner voice was whispering to me; make what you WANT to make - not what you think you SHOULD make.

THEN BOOM - I took a very MASSIVE DETOUR! haha. In December of that year, I launched my first ever online course and that's probably how most of you know me - from taking my classes. 

Instead of combining teaching with the tug of my inner voice I simply surrendered to teaching what my students wanted to learn. I knew it was inevitable, my first-time students knew my work for what it currently was - not for what I wanted it to be. Plus I knew if I was going to grow my education business I needed to listen to my customers.

Detour is defined as a long or roundabout route that is taken to avoid something or to visit somewhere along the way. Who knows maybe I was avoiding something (like a huge aesthetic change to my work - haha!) but honestly I know now that it was to VISIT. I was visiting the importance of sharing.

With each course I created I was able to share not just useful information but parts of my life as well. Many times it felt awkward and I would often get annoyed when I came off as robotic or rehearsed but I continued doing it. And despite the many cringe-worthy videos I made, something awesome happened...I learned who I was. It's the truth, teaching online courses helped me find myself. Plus on top of all that I developed some of the sweetest online friendships and connections a girl could ask for. 

Now the detour is coming to an end and I'm ready to get back on the course I visualized four years ago. In addition to revamping my entire IG feed that one night I made myself a vision board...

This is what beats inside my Artistic heart. This is a glimpse of where I want to go. I realize that for much of my audience it's a huge shift and many of you may not be joining me down this new path. THAT'S OKAY - cuz you got the memo about following my personal IG account - right! haha! Just kidding. If this is where we part ways just know I love you, I'm grateful for you, and I hope I left you with some awesome information about creating felt florals.

  


9 comments

  • So excited for your new journey, for all the love and sacrifice it took to make the classes and to be available to so many BUT especially excited you’re following what brings you JOY! Keep on trailblazing!

    Christine

  • “If you build it, they will come.”

    Following along and getting glimpses into your life has been nothing but pure joy. Life is one detour after another and if we have little voices that seem to point us to the next right turn, we should often heed that voice, for our intuition is far better at steering the bus than we are. Without change we fail to grow.

    I am excited to have a seat on your bus to see exactly what is next. I enjoy what you share and often wish I could be so bold. You have so much to offer the world as your light shines so bright.

    My journey with the beautiful felt florals took a very fast turn for many other things my life dealt to me. I have lots of felt and all the tutorials and will definitely be working on them as time goes on but I’m glad they will be in a forever spot for me to work on as I can. Each time I do I will think of you, remember your infectious laughter and thank you again and again for introducing me to something so beautiful.

    Wishing you and your sweet family all the best as I wait for the bus to depart. Thank you, Deidre, for your friendship.

    Traci Severson

  • Deidre,
    I have been so blessed by your friendship and all of the amazing things you have taught me. I continue to be impressed by how open & giving you are. I will look forward to seeing your new ideas & creations! I am always inspired by your creativity. You are truly talented!! I know that God has big plans for you. Keep following your heart! I can’t wait to see what’s next for you!

    Sarah’s Holland

  • Hi Deidre!
    This makes me sad, but happy! Do what you feel called by God to do and everything else will fall into place. I will still follow you. Things have changed for me as well. I fell in love with felt flowers before my stroke and felt flower learning/making gave me a reason to get up each morning and either watch you or try to do it on my own. It was my therapy! However, there are not a lot of people in my area who appreciate or desire to buy felt florals. (I have a ton of felt too!). About 20 years ago I learned to decorative paint and I have picked the paint brush back up. This time in the form of door hangers. I am hoping to combine the two arts from time to time. If you would like, you can check out my FB page @petalsandpaintables. I would love it if you could share it every once in a while. I am SO thankful for your inspiration and education. I have enjoyed learning and getting to know you and your family. Thank you from the bottom on my heart! I wish God’s best for you. He is the BEST!

    Pamela Honaker


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