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Episode Info: Heidi Gustad is a knit & crochet designer, Midwesterner, & one-time Librarian who is obsessed with colorful knitting, crochet & yarn crafts. She is also the creator of Hands Occupied, which features dozens of free knitting & crochet patterns, over 250 step-by-step How-to posts, and 100+ inspiration posts to help you dream up your own DIYs. Full shownotes: http://yourcreativepush.com/heidigustad In this episode, Heidi discusses: -How she got into knitting as a child as a way to battle anxiety and insomnia. -How she pushed her knitting to the side because of her talent (and responsibility) with the oboe. -Getting involved with blogging. -Her realization that she could have been monetizing her side hustle for years. -How much easier it is for younger people to learn things. -Why she finally made the decision to quit her job as a librarian and pursue her creativity full-time. -Dealing with the question of Am I defined by what I do for a living? -The importance of finding your own happiness so that you can help others. -Balancing a knitting and crocheting world in which some people have a lot of money to spend while others do not. -How she achieves flow state. -Being able to get to know yourself. Heidi's Final Push will inspire you to just put one foot in front of the other!   Quotes: “I was Knit-Flixing back before that had a name.” “Creativity has always been a way that I’ve handled my anxious behavior and anxiety within myself.” “It’s so funny to me now that this is my full-time job that I just sat there missing all these opportunities to monetize my side hustle.” “I just had this gut knowledge that I needed to come back to creativity as the foundation for my life.” “You can sit there forever and not pull the trigger on doing your creative work, whether its as a side hustle, or part-time, or full-time or sometimes.” Links mentioned: Heidi's Free Patterns Youngman Brown on The Blue Magic Podcast Connect with Heidi: Website / Facebook / Instagram / Pinterest / YouTube / Twitter On the next episode: Cindy Hohman : Website / FacebookRead more »

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