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.