About a year ago I was introduced a blog/magazine called The Messy Heads, and I've been hooked ever since. Its a small operation (kind of like Little Egg and Carrot!) that showcases artists, creativity, and human emotion. I love their blog posts because they're filled with colorful pictures and meaningful stories, but I've never purchased a magazine.
The name magazine is deceiving, because if you pick up a copy of The Messy Heads you won't find perfume samples, personality quizzes and the latest fashion trends being displayed by models. You'll find poems and stories and watercolor art and doodles and experimental photography and an eclectic collection of things that inspire creativity. They had a special sale on their magazines where you could buy a pdf version for 5$, so I got the Self magazine, the very first one ever published.
It was a look into "who I am, how to love myself, and how to express the inner workings of my mind." There were interviews and pictures and interactive pieces where you were given the space to answer questions and create. It was a very well-put together magazine visually. It was filled with color and the layouts were unique and appealing to look at. There were a lot of spelling mistakes, which given that this magazine was put together by two girls with virtually no funding and it was their first time ever publishing something like this, a few spelling errors are a minor thing.
The topic of 'self-care' is very prevalent right now, and even though the magazine was published a while ago it still reflected today's self-care oriented culture. A lot of the stuff included in the magazine was nothing new, it was the same 'self-care' tips I've been reading for years and the same lengthy paragraphs talking about how beautiful we all are and how worthy we are of love and everything else. While this is all good and important, I felt like those messages have gotten worn out, and at this point influencers on Instagram saying every body is beautiful is going in one ear and out the other. The best parts of the magazines were the parts that were new and different and were able to talk about the self in a way that was thoughtful, not just the now meaningless regurgitation of 'You are loved' and 'You are beautiful'. The section where readers submitted letters to their past self was especially moving, because even though the exercise was aimed at specific people addressing specific things, I felt like all those letters could've been addressed to me and my past self. The interactive questions were also very nice, because it made the magazine feel like a journal, like something you could take away, not just something you read and never touched again.
The next Messy Heads magazine is coming out in early 2019, and I am very excited to buy my first physical copy of the magazine. The Self issue was very inspiring, and it made me want to journal and start writing again. If you're feeling out of tune with yourself or with your creative side, I suggest going onto their website because you'll be sure to find something there that will speak to you.
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