I've written about my friend Mari on numerous occasions. So much so, that I'm sure at times "The Bumpy Ride" seems like I'm campaigning to be the President of the Mari fan club. But if you've ever seen any of Mari's scrapbooking layouts or craft projects, then you KNOW that I have not exaggerated her talents one bit. And if you haven't had the privilege of viewing any of Mari's masterpieces;let me just say that I can't imagine that it will be long before you do.
If you're not a first time rider, then you know that I frequently mention my interest in the (say it with me) "Greater good." Usually I refer to the Greater Good of mankind, but I'm also dedicated to encouraging individuals to strive towards achieving their "personal" Greater good; which is why I praise Mari so much. I think that Mari has an incomparable talent and I see how happy her creations make people. One of Mari's current projects is what I'm going to call, "Inspiration charms";and last night while we were chatting about them, she asked me, what word I would choose if she was to make me a charm. M first inclination was to say "BELIEVE", but I really wanted think about it and make sure that I chose the most appropriate word for me right now; and then I said "ASPIRE."
The definition of ASPIRE, per Dictionary.com is:
1. to long, aim, or seek ambitiously; be eagerly desirous, especially for something great or of high value (usually followed by to, after, or an infinitive): to aspire after literary immortality; to aspire to be a doctor.
2. Archaic . to rise up; soar; mount; tower.
YES, I think ASPIRE is the perfect word for me right now, as I feel incredibly, inspired, not only by Mari but by another frequently mentioned friend - Rachel K. I have been so impressed and influenced by Rachel's achievement with Scrapbooking from the Inside Out and how her dedication and diligence have manifested itself into the CRAFT Beach Retreat. Registration opens for CRAFT on Saturday, June 18th at 9am Pacific time and I'm so excited about it, that I added the CRAFT blinkie to my sidebar.
If you haven't been following the CRAFT blog to date, please check it out. Not only because you might be interested in attending; but because I want you to see what my remarkable friend has created. (OK, with a little help from me.)
To quote James Howell, "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."
Well Rachel truly is a candle. Rachel has been able to pursue her dream and at the same time promote and encourage others to reach their own potential - myself included. Rachel's example inspires me to ASPIRE; and I hope that I've done the same for you.
Till next time...
Queen of EVERYTHING