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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 / Facebook

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