Prompt: Pick one word that describes you right now. Just one word.

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Sometimes it seems like science is the new religion. No one questions anything unless they disagree.

What it amounts to is this:

I searched on unrelated topics, I filled a journal. I listened to my ideas of the way people are running this world and the way people think we’re running this world and the way people think they can’t do anything about it. I listened to my ideas of home, belonging, understanding– yourself and someone else. I’ve been listening to my ideas of friendship, love, connection, family. I listened to a lot of punk from Indiana and Illinois. I opened my heart.

What it amounts to is this. I won’t be posting regularly with Get Messy anymore: But I’ll share more on that later. Next month, you’ll see the normal Monday & Wednesday posts with projects, a wrap-up to the Peacock Vows project I took on this year with Mary and then for 2015, a change in format. The same heart-fueled content will come out of these fingers, no worries! Often, though, I find that I need a change of pace.


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

It’s the last weekend in November! The gift-giving holidays are fast approaching, and if you’re in the U.S., you might be off work for a long Thanksgiving weekend. If you have some time to sit down for a while, why don’t you immerse yourself into a new creative project? Remember, November has been all about action, and a long weekend is the perfect chance to wrap up some of those projects you bookmarked.

When I came across this Dino Electronics Stand idea, it was obvious that I had to make it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any dinosaurs of good size. Seriously. I ordered every pack of 12-72 dinosaurs I could find on Amazon, and none of them were large enough. So, what to do with 94 small dinosaurs?

  • Plastic dinosaur toys in desired size
  • Strong-bond glue/adhesive spray
  • Plaque-shaped wood large enough to support the toy
  • Decorative materials (paint, fake grass, etc.)

Plan where your dinosaur is going to stand. Depending on your preferences, you can either stick the dinosaur and plant grass and foliage around it, or put him on top after you’ve decorated to your heart’s content. You might also want to paint your plaques. Follow the guidelines in the kit to create their worlds.

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“Paying attention to the ebb and flow of your energy, and then calibrating it, choosing activities according to whether you have energy in abundance or need a refill, brings equilibrium to life. It also helps you have more fun, since you know when to go and when to stop.” *from The Introvert’s Way by Sophia Dembling

Today I’m bringing you the newest installment of the Creativity for Introverts post series. Last month, we visited the concept of flow and explored some of the different ways flow presents itself in life. I mentioned energy levels a few times and promised to talk about that a little more.

If you have any feedback you can comment below or email me at michelle@busyweekends.com.

Creativity for Introverts: Energy

Energy is everything.

You can’t avoid it. Whether you think of this in terms of ‘energy’ or you have your own word for it, we all have it. Every person, introverted or not, has energy! The next six months of posts will talk about energy levels, too, because introversion and creativity are so tied up in this. There’s no getting around it.

Last month, your exercise was to pay attention to yourself and your activities, learn how you react to different opportunities and challenges, and start to understand what causes tension. Today, I’m going to go into more detail about what to do with your energy, and how you can start to balance it between these elements of your daily life.

So, what is energy?

Let’s view energy levels as illustrated by a battery. Everyone has a battery, but it’s not universally the same capacity. Some extroverts may have low battery capacity while their introverted friends can expend more, so don’t think that “all introverts have low energy levels.”

I want to stress that everything is individual. Though I’ll be making generalizations for the purposes of explaining concepts, try not to group extroverts into one side and introverts into the other. There is simply too much variation among all people to do this! Just think of how you are; don’t you find yourself holding traits from both sides?

Just as the capacity is different for each person, so are the methods of draining and recharging.

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When I was younger I got a lot of shit for being an introvert. You can’t change the world with your mouth closed. I’m discussing this specifically in relation to creativity and balance, but I was set back in a lot of other ways, too.

I’m long-long over that now but it’s something to think about.

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I half-filled this journal all in one day, all in just a few hours. It’s that kind of motion that drives me to put down my thoughts.

I never felt like I fit in, I know this is common. I think when you’re younger you expect that some day you’ll figure that out.

What I’ve found to be true is that I don’t fit into the box that says I fit in, and I don’t fit into the box that says I don’t fit in. I don’t fit in anywhere, and because of that, I fit in everywhere. This is something I realized years ago and it changed everything.


Get Messy is an art journal challenge where a gang of crafty vixens are sharing art journal pages we have created to practise our skills and push past our creative limits with hopes to inspire. We share our pages without restraint every week, and once a month we create around a prompt. Go check out these crazy talented ladies who are creating pages who each have a unique perspective and style. We will be sharing our work around social media so follow the hashtag #getmessyartjournal.

This project may require you to plan ahead and create for more than just one weekend, depending on how many wishes you’re dealing with. I collected 100 wishes from my friend Mary so I had quite a lot of folding to get through. This gift is simple, fun, and colorful!

  • Paper, various colors (or just yellow). Preferably not cardstock.
  • Scissors, pen
  • Mason jar or other container

I didn’t make my strips the right size so my stars were much more difficult to fold than they needed to be. I had already cut 100 of them so I decided to just roll with it. I recommend playing with sizes before you cut all your paper! Once you have all your strips prepared, write down the wishes!

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