This season’s artwork is created by @laurenoneillart

Dear Messy Artist

You are glorious. Dr Seuss said it pretty well, actually:

“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”
– Dr Seuss

For the Season of Self, we’ll be digging into that trueness and that gloriousness. In the recent Season of Collaboration, we looked outside of ourself for support and this month we’re turning inward. This season, we’ll be digging deep, unfolding, and uncovering ourselves.

We will be doing this in three parts over the next few weeks, focusing on one part of ourselves per week – mind, body, and soul. Each week will have a mini project and we’ll create a zine to house it in.

Week one – MIND

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” ― Plutarch

Week two – BODY

“The human body is the best work of art.” ― Jess C. Scott

Week three – SOUL

“Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are.” ― José Saramago

You’ve spent enough time living for others and putting them first. This season it’s all about you.

I have a printable as a gift for you. Why don’t you create a gift for yourself and create this week? See you again on Monday.

So… Are you in?

If this season has sparked something in you and you’d like to nurture that spark into a flame, go through the action steps below. Take what you need from this season. Create with abandon and ignore perfection. Get Messy is the catalyst, but ultimately, this season is what you make of it.

Get excited. 

Art + love, Caylee

Action Steps to kick off your season

Welcome the new season in your journal

Introduce your journal to the season. You can do this by binding or starting a new journal, or by turning the page. If you’d like help with this, go through Bootcamp.

Answer these questions in the forums and/or your journal:

  1. What does this season mean to you? What is your personal definition, and what does it mean in the context of your life right now?
  2. What do you need this season? How can you show up for yourself this month? How can your fellow Messians help you?
  3. What would you like to explore this season? Which part of your heart would you like to dig into and what techniques would you like to hone? What new art supplies would you like to try? 

Share your commitment + be accountable

Create accountability for yourself. Announce it on Instagram, start or continue a Progress Log in the forums. On Instagram, the main hashtags are #getmessyartjournal, #getmessyart, and the season hashtag (#gmseasonof…). Tag @getmessyartjournal, especially in stories so that we can reshare. 

Pass on the love

This is a community genuinely and authentically rooted in kindness. Go through the hashtags and the forums to cheer others on.