Angie Belcher with her children's book, The Farm Yard Idol, performing with her child characters in front of the Greerton Library, during the Yarn bomb festival last Saturday.
What a fabulously creative way to involve your audience.
Dress them up as characters in your book with quirky hats.
The children and the audience loved it.
Angie bought her book to life and gave the children valuable performance experience in a fun and interactive way
The message of the book is really lovely and inclusive.
The illustrations were really colourful and exciting.
The hats were beautifully made.
Because of their simplicity it made it easy and inviting for children to participate.
There was plenty of laughter and you could see every child face was engaged.
Everyone lit up because Angie was so enthusiastic.
You could tell she loved performing and being with the children.
Seeing adults dress up is always fun for children.
Her dramatic joie de vivre was contagious.
That's what it's all about with competitions in life as far as I'm concerned.
Competing in anything and having fun while doing it is the key.
Whether it be art, photography, Toastmasters speeches, poetry and short story competitions; all of which I make a practise to regularly enter.
It's all about the participation and doing your best.
You learn so much while getting out of your comfort zone.
As a child I was bought up to believe that there is no point going into a competition if you aren't going to win.
To fail was to be ashamed.
Consequently I did not compete in very much and grew to really be scared and despise competition. This is not good for development.
So Angie's message is so important.
Too many people don't want to have a go because they are concerned they won't win.
While it's nice to win we can't gain first place all the time and you will learn a lot by putting yourself through challenges.
The journey is the important thing.
If you get into the habit of competing with yourself it is a lot less stressful than aggressively pitting yourself against others.
Have a go, enjoy the journey because you are all winners.
I certainly agree with her message because I think it promotes healthy self -esteem and mental resilience
The importance of learning through having fun is paramount.
The highest levels of performance come to people who are centered, intuitive, creative, and reflective - people who know to see a problem as an opportunity. Deepak Chopra
Greerton Yarn Bomb Highlights.
All the trees
with hand knitted and crocheted
Charlottes Web one of my favourite Children's fiction books, I bought a new copy of it a couple of years ago.
Cat in the Hat Character poses with Jing.
What a wonderful business this guy has.
and me ( Janet)
I love being around people who are living their creative dreams.
It is so compelling and motivating.
Keep up the inspiring work Angie...you are a winner in my books.
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What a fun day.
More to come in the next post about the Steam Punk people we met.
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