Work is NOT the Four-letter Word Some Think it is

I snuck in the new header earlier this month but haven't had a chance to talk about it. This is another one of those "happy accidents" and another piece where I break the traditional rules. Here is the full image: August Header Full Sheet

This is a triple overmarble. It started as circles and then I overmarbled chasing circles (remember my circle phase?), but I didn't like the way the white paint took to the paper so I then overmarbled again--a nonpareil over straight-up stones (no gel-git first...I was living dangerously!). This was not a simple process. It involved alumming, planning the layout, marbling, drying, alumming, drying, planning the layout, marbling, drying, alumming, drying, planning the layout, marbling, and a final drying before weighting down, waiting three days, and finally holding the finished piece in my hands.

For those who don't marble, you're probably scratching your heads going, "Huh?" and wondering what language I'm speaking (and considering I used English, French, and Turkish in that previous paragraph, I was actually speaking THREE languages!). But hopefully that makes sense to the marblers out there...and maybe even to some of the awesome people who took one of my Experience the Tank classes this session!

I chose this header this month because it's a great example of how sometimes you have to work to make something work. I'm not sure when "work" became such a four-letter word but it seems that people have taken to using "work" as an excuse NOT to do something. "Man, that seems like a lot of work," is something I commonly hear when people ask me what project I'm working on or what grand idea I'm thinking about executing. And they aren't saying it like it's something admirable...more like I just put something bitter on their tongue; as if putting a lot of effort into something leaves a bad taste in one's mouth.

I have two Big Dreams (which are actually sub-dreams of two Monster Dreams of mine) that I've started to outline and put into action. The more I strategize, outline, coordinate, and execute various details of these Big Dreams, the more work I create for myself. But you know what? The more work these dreams create, the more excited I get. The more exhausted I feel after working on them all day, the happier I am. The more my head spins, the longer my to-do list gets, the crazier my schedule becomes...the more jazzed I become about doing MORE.

A friend once told me that she really wanted to climb Mt. Whitney but that training for it was too much work. She completely resigned herself to the fact that she'll never stand at the top and take in the 360-degree view of the world this beautiful mountain offered her--even though she wanted to. I can't help but wonder how many other people have passed on such desires simply because it took more than a Google search to accomplish. I will admit to not bagging a peak or two that I've considered scaling...but only because I had other peaks I wanted to bag more. I can't do it all.

Not all at once, at least.