Project Runway? Hunger Games?

Hunger Games costume sketchWas it a dream? Was I chosen to participate on Project Runway? Oh, wait, no, that was my 13 year-old daughter who designed, sketched and requested a Hunger Games costume for the midnight premier showing.

I hadn’t read the books but didn’t need to. Melea read them all three times and quoted the whole thing-start to finish. I was rather pleased with the results. And, quite impressed with myself that it was finished on Monday before the Thursday showing. (miracle of miracles) Only thing left to find on Wednesday was shoes. On a necessary trip down the road to the “big city” (no, not Atlanta, but Gainesville), we found theher first high heels perfect pair waiting for us at Goodwill and for only $5.95! Perfect match to complement the outfit and perfect challenge for the basketball player to learn a new way to walk. 🙂 

Yes, I was impressed with our success with Project Runway. But even more impressed with the execution of another “project.” I had watched my daughter “think big.”

According to Michael Hyatt, Intentional Leadership, on a recent “This is your life” podcast, he gave seven keys to thinking big and I had watched her execute them (without listening to the podcast!).

  1. Imagine the possibilities. (she imagined meeting at friend’sHunger Games costume house for the dressing up part, then going to the movie with her costume-adorned friends with great flare and then continuing the adventure at Waffle House afterwards! yes, it was 2:45am, oh, think of the possibilities)
  2. Write down your dream. (she sketched her dream)
  3. Connect with what is at stake. (she wanted it for opening night with her friends who too would wear costumes, it had to be done)
  4. Outline what would have to be true. (we would need supplies, time to create, …)
  5. Decide what you can do to affect the outcome. (get the materials and nag, nag, ask me to make it)
  6. Determine when this will happen. (by Thursday’s show at midnight)
  7. Review your goals daily. (this was easy-it only took two days, one of gathering materials and cutting the pattern out and one for putting it together)
And, a special fun thing (a sweet reward for her “thinking big,”) was being photographed with two of her friends for the newspaper before the showing and a phone interview coming after the show…later (the reporter wanted to go home and go to sleep! not watch the movie) 
Have you seen the Hunger Games? What would your costume look like? Go ahead, “think big” about it! Are you a big thinker? Do you know any big thinkers?

Hunger Games costume finishedHunger Games group


About deairby

From a small Mississippi town and have lived my adult life in the south. I am the wife of Tom Irby since 1974, mother of 8, grandmother of 8, lover of Truth, previous owner of The Baron York Tea Room Cafe and Gift Shop (7 years), cookbook writer, moderator of the Small Business forum on Social Media Examiner, enjoy life and all the adventure God brings my way.
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6 Responses to Project Runway? Hunger Games?

  1. Wow – good for you and good for her too! They all look incredible 🙂

  2. Diane says:

    All the kids looked wonderful and had a great time. Thanks for staying with them.

  3. That’s just so awesome! This is the kind of stuff our kids remember FOREVER 🙂

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