The Art of Lifemaking
It's not too late.
What if you could heal the self-sabotage, scarcity mentality, and shame that launch a sneak-attack whenever you begin something meaningful?
(Spoiler alert: you can.)
For deep feelers, creatives, introverts and empaths like us, showing up will never not feel vulnerable. But what if you could show up anyway, and love every single minute?
⟶ What if you could be the boss of your fear—and use it to your advantage?
⟶ What if you could leverage the flow of your natural energy & creative rhythms for powerful-yet-easeful results?
⟶ What if you could amplify your resources—your time, energy, motivation, inspiration, creativity—and like a miracle, never feel depleted again?
⟶ What if you could heal & release beliefs and behaviors that block you from life you long for?
⟶ What if you could clear—for good—the emotional and physical clutter that keeps you tripped up, heavy, and struggling?
In Dear Artist, you will.
Did you know that you and your gorgeous ways are needed in this world? Your stories, your insights, your presence, your gifts—all belong. All are meaningful. Sometimes, though, you need to root through the mess of things to shake yourself free. It hurts like ripping off a bandaid hurts. It hurts like heartbreak hurts. But the poet Rumi wrote, “The cure for pain is in the pain.” And he's right. Avoiding the ache impedes recovery. And you know what else? When you find the courage to face the truth, a mysterious grace shows up, too. Of course it does, because it comes from the Artist who made you.
Art is a catalyst for transformation.
Whether you are an artist by trade or by heart, Dear Artist will open the door to a new way of seeing and being that will transform you. Whether you need healing, reinvention, or a deeper appreciation for what you already have, the power of creativity can stir up profound change in your life, and in Dear Artist, you will cultivate this power through intentional (yet sweetly simple) practices, rhythms, and rituals that will infuse you with purpose. This is the art of lifemaking. It is rooted in your tenderness and your truth. When you align yourself with truth, infinite wells of creative possibilities will open up for you. And guess what? You'll LOVE what happens next!
Say goodbye to mediocrity, futility, overwhelm, stuckness, boredom and status quo. It's time to launch a sacred rebellion into the life God made for you. (And you can do it in your pajamas).
Or you can….
Want to read the first chapter? It’s free!
In Dear Artist you’ll receive:
A life-changing journey
You'll receive a luscious downloadable program packed with rich articles, creative prompts, & inspiring field assignments.
Beautiful visual display
All of the Dear Artist material comes in high-res files you can easily view on any standard PDF reader or mobile device.
Included are fillable & printable digital journaling worksheets for enhancing your experience. Print & write by hand, or type first & then print out.
What to expect in the Dear Artist Program...
Highlights from Module One:
· Holy Wild Woman
· A Holy Wild Woman's Sacred Rebellion
· Art Without Apology
· Write Your Creative Manifesto
· Embodied Experiment: Boundaries
· A Holy Wild Woman's Blessingway
In Wild Woman, go to the heart: no more self-sabotage. No more shame. Heal everything that stands in the way of you filling your soul's purpose. You get to define what YOUR creativity looks like. Lay the foundation. Create the container. Make the time. Speak a sacred yes and a sacred no. Live a sacred rebellion.
Highlights from Module Two:
· Begin Moon Journaling
· The Depths of Your Creative Winter:Dark
· The Secret Corridor to Light
· Write Your Manifesto of Trust
· Embodied Experiment: Unmaking
· Create Your Own Rhythms & Rituals
In Moon Woman, learn to recognize your own seasons and cycles of creativity. Of rest & fallow ground. Discover the secret redemption found in emptiness. Heal scarcity. Trust the natural order of things.
Highlights from Module Three:
· Creativity as a Spiritual Practice
· Clearing the River 1: Release
· Create Your Own Ceremony of Release
· Clearing the River 2: From Clutter to Clarity
· Create an Elemental Cleansing
· Embodied Experiment: Move
· Create a Sacred Movement Ritual
· Create a Sacred Purification Plan
In River Woman, identify what makes you stuck. Stagnant. Dry. Barren. Clear the river. Clear the energy. Be your own support through observing patterns and healing the river of your creativity. Take your creative life from clutter to clarity. Protect your energy. Protect your time and resources while also trusting abundance.
Highlights from Module Four:
· Fire :: Tender—The Art of Firekeeping
· Becoming Firewise—Self-Care for Sustainable Energy
· Design Your Own Artistic Muse
· Embodied Experiment: Curiosity
· Secret Sources of Creative Inspiration
In Fire Woman, become a fire-starter. A burning, illuminated woman. Intentionally cultivate inspiration—don't passively wait for it to come. Create / design / give birth to your own artistic muse. The light, the heat, the energy...the alchemy, the transformation, all things made new, including yourself.
Highlights from Module Five:
· Beauty, Fire and Truth: The Secret Power of Belief
· How to Live With Self-Doubt as an Artist
· Exploring the Fruits and the Roots of Embodied Beliefs
· Wake Up. Show Up. Light Up.
· Embodied Experiment: Pleasure
· A Wise Woman's Feast and Fruit
· Make Room to Receive
In Wise Woman, learn how to heal obstacles through creative alchemy. Use pain / fear / vulnerability. Step into the light / be seen. Know your worth. Enjoy the fruit of your hands and heart. Receive—gifts, accolades, success, admiration, devotion. Dwell in truth and grace. Embody your senses to create a meaningful and intuitive creative life.
What folks are saying about Dear Artist...
Dear Artist: The Art of Lifemaking
My art is my life.
For years I would not call myself an artist. I felt like I didn't deserve this holy name. It belonged to poets, alchemists, healers. Dancers and painters. Bakers and mothers and tiny fists clutching broken crayons. Pretty much everyone but me.
I wrote my first poem at six years old and sewed my first little rag doll then, too. At eight I would make my little sister lie down on a sheet of fabric, draw around her body with a pencil, and sew actual clothes she happily wore. Even though I would stitch together layers of paper and write stories and draw horses and prairie girls and ball gowns; even though I did hours and hours of pirouettes and plies while listening to Tchaikovsky in my thick pink tights, I doubted myself.
In my twenties I wore the black belt of an artist. I was the mall girl carrying fluffy makeup brushes who swished bronze and violet along brow bones and in the hollow of cheeks. And then at night I typed away on my rickety keyboard so late that my husband decided to invest in his sleep and bought me a new, quieter one.
And yet, I still hesitated to call myself an artist.
I'm not a real artist, like she is, the little girl inside me says.
Dear Artist is for that little girl.
Dear Artist is for me.
Dear Artist is for you.
My name is Hillary McFarland and I am an artist who wants you to experience the abundant joy of a meaningful creative life.
Your soul knows you were meant for more. This is why you feel dissatisfied, restless, unfulfilled, always looking for “your thing.” Always hungry for something you can't quite define.
The truth is, you came to earth with sacred blueprints for the creative life you long for already written inside you. They live in the breathstream of the soul. They are holistic and holy, maps of your divine purpose, love stories of wisdom and work. I won't teach you painting techniques or how to write a book in thirty days. Instead, it's time to stop looking everywhere else for what has always been right here: home. Your true voice. Your true path. Your beautiful, transcendent, luminous life. A gift from the Artist who made you.