This is a selfish post - it says so right in the title, so if that doesn't sound like something you'd be interested in, nows the time to get out.
Over the last couple of months I've found myself doubting my abilities, doubting myself, and doubting almost everything in my work. I used to be so confident in my photography and work abilities, I believed that nothing could stop me, I would get exactly what I want because I worked hard for it and enjoyed every bit of what I was doing.
In a world full of 'No' it's hard to feel even the slightest bit proud of yourself. I have struggled, worked hard, succeeded at times, and failed at times. No matter how much time and effort I put into every image I take, it could still not be good in someone else's mind. Thinking about that really aided in my distrust of my own work, what were other people thinking of what was being posted? Was it too racy, too blah, too something?
There was this one time in particular, I remember feeling terrible about myself and my work because someone that I respected and had looked up to for most of my life removed my business page because they didn't like the content. It really hurt me to think that something I had posted was not acceptable enough for someone I had looked up to for years.
I realize now that it's not a reflection of my work but of their personal preferences. You can't please everyone and you'll just make yourself crazy if you try.
I know people who have their accomplishments proudly displayed on their walls, their diplomas, certificates, design work they're proud of. I don't have a single item on my walls. That's about to change.
So the moral of the story is - Be proud of everything you do, It's a part of who you are and makes you your wonderful self.