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A little tough love

So many of us face the same challenge: finding time to work on your projects. I've written before about how to find time to knit, but all those suggestions won't work if you don't do one thing.

It's tough love time. You're never going to find time to knit/crochet just by wishing you had more time to knit/crochet. You have to

Make time to knit/crochet.

As I've said previously, you have to believe, truly believe, that knitting/crocheting is worthy of your time. You have to believe that you are worthy of your time. Because knitting/crocheting is a huge form of self-care. I know that's true for so many of you based upon your responses to my previous survey about what happens to your mood when you don't find time to craft.

I know what you're saying. But I have to work. I have to take care of my kids. I have to take care of my elderly parents. I have to volunteer at the school. I have to... I have to... I have to... I know there are several guys reading this, but most of you receiving this are women. And our society teaches us women to be selfless, that taking care of others is what we need to focus on and anything else is being selfish.

But you have to take care of yourself. It's not being selfish at all. This might be an overused metaphor, but it's so appropriate. What happens when you get on a plane and hear the safety information? When they talk about the oxygen masks, what do they say? Put yours on first before you help someone else. They don't directly say it, but basically you need to help yourself first because if you pass out from lack of air, you're not going to be able to help anyone else anyway. In order to be able to take care of anyone else, you need to make sure you can breathe first.

Until you fully commit to the idea that self-care is a top priority (and that knitting/crocheting is a form of self-care), you're always going to be complaining that you don't have enough time to knit/crochet. (This is the tough love part.) Stop complaining and do something about it.

So what do you do after you make that commitment? Make time for knitting/crocheting a priority. Schedule a date with yourself. Seriously. Put it on the calendar and mark the time as busy, something that you and the others around you honor. If you take it seriously, the other people in your life will learn to take it seriously as well.

Get out of the house if possible (if you can, meet up with other crafting friends, but even a date with just you and your knitting can be a lot of fun). Even if it's just once a week for an hour, make that your "me" time to recharge and take care of yourself so you can in turn take care of those around you.

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