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Simple Ways to Use Crafting and Sewing as Me Time

Life is stressful and hard.  It is super important to find ways to unwind and relax.  We all need a good hobby or craft to help us balance the craziness of life.  Perhaps, like me, you enjoy sewing and crafting because it has become a stress reliever in your life?  Maybe it helps you take extra time to take care of yourself.  I know for me, sewing is therapeutic and helps me think, ponder and get some much needed ME time.

Over the past few years I have found that when I sew and craft, this is the perfect time for me to not only get some Me Time, but also to help me improve myself as a person, wife and mother.  I've taken the few hours I spend crafting to listen to a good podcast or watch a webinar.  As I sew, I put in my earbuds and enjoy a good ebook or watch a show I've been behind on.  While not everything I listen to and watch is for my ultimate improvement, there are several times that having these uplifting and strengthening programs to listen to have helped me improve my own outlook on myself and life.  This is what I call Sew and Grow.

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What do I mean by Sew and Grow?  I will admit, sometimes just a bit of peace and quiet is all I want when I work on a project.  But I also know that when I use my time wisely I get a lot more out of my Me Time.  When I listen to an uplifting podcast, I get to Sew and Grow in my personal life.  When I watch a webinar that talks about the importance of spending time with your family, I Sew and Grow in my family life.  When I multi-task like this, I also just feel better about the time I spend enjoying my own craft.

That being said, it can be difficult to find great products and shows to listen to or watch.  I've put together a short list of some of the products I've enjoyed using over time to help me Sew and Grow.  Most of them are free or include a free trial period so you can try them out for yourself.  They are each great tools to improve your own family relationships, your business or your own personal self.

#1  Audiobooks
Listening to audiobooks is probably the easiest and most entertaining way to occupy your mind while crafting.  Why?  Not only can you enjoy a great book, but books open your imagination which always helps you be more creative.  I enjoy listening to all sorts of audiobooks from Young Adult Novels to parenting books.

One way I find audiobooks for free is through my local library using the app Overdrive.   I can download the app right to my phone and browse through great books and it doesn't cost me a dime!!  I can connect to my bluetooth speaker and get my crafting on without missing a beat {or chapter}.

Another option is to sign up for an audiobook service like Audible by Amazon.  Audible has so many great audiobooks, including the parenting book I'm listening to right now.  Just by signing up you will receive a 2 free audiobooks.  Plus, you can listen in the car or while at your kids soccer games too, not just while sewing.

If you decide to try Audible, you can get two free audiobooks which is awesome since you'll be getting yourself something just for you.

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#2 While She Naps Podcasts
Do you enjoy learning from other crafters or sewists?  You might enjoy Abby from While She Naps podcasts.  Each episode is a new interview with some type of creative "maker".  Guests include people who sew, crochet, craft and design.  Each episode is informative and insightful.  They last about 70 minutes and are a great way to pass the time and learn something new while you get your creative on.  This is a great way to learn from others and see how they have created successful businesses.  Especially if you are working to grow your own sewing or craft business.

#3 Amazon Prime
I don't know about you, but I love all things Amazon.  Not only can I get anything I ever need shipped right to my door, but with Amazon Prime you have access to so many other great things like Prime shows or videos.  What this means is you can access TV shows and movies for free with your membership.  I will admit, they can also have a lot of what I call "garbage shows".  However, they do have some really great shows.  Some of my favorite shows to watch while I sew are Poldark, Dr. Who, and Downton Abbey, just to name a few.  They are all free on Amazon Prime.  

With your Prime membership, you also have access to Prime Music.  Which means if you don't want to watch a show, you can listen to some tunes instead.  Build a playlist and enjoy.  Try the Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial 

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#4  Power of Moms
If you've never heard of Power of Moms, you are totally missing out.  This website is chalk full of great ideas, webinars, articles and radio program just for moms.  Not only do they focus on strengthening your home and family but on how YOU can be a better you.  Not just a better mom.

Why not spend those minutes you sew and craft strengthening yourself and your relationships with your family.  Power of Moms have a great free webinars and videos you can watch or listen to while you sew.  I know I always feel better about taking time for myself to sew when I listen to anything from Power of Moms.

#5  YouTube
How about trying out YouTube?  There are SO many FREE choices of channels to watch and follow on YouTube.  When you need some silly entertainment, go watch Jim Gaffigan the comedian.  If you feeling like some yummy food, maybe pull up Tasty. Or if you want to watch sewing while you sew, head over to Sewing with Nancy.  Each of these sites have loads of free videos that will entertain you and also bring out your creative side.

You can even check out our Sew Simple Home YouTube channel.  We've got a bunch of great and quick tutorial videos.  You might find something that you like.

#6  The Balancing Act Webinar
Perhaps you have heard of Ultimate Bundles.  This group puts together "bundles" of online resources like this amazing Handmade with Love bundle that includes tons of patterns for crafting, sewing, quilting and handmade items.  

Well, their newest bundle, Ultimate Homemaking includes a FREE webinar!!  Not only is it free, but it is perfect for busy mom's like you and me.  In fact, the webinar is called How Busy Mom's Take Time for Themselves!  I love this!!  
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These are just a few ways to keep your mind focused and happy.  What do you listen to while you sew and craft?

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