Know Your Self-Worth

Freelance, Writing

As writers, we are all familiar with those feelings of self-doubt. We never think that we are good enough, and we certainly don’t think that our work is anything to shout about. In fact, the term “fraud” is often thrown around the writing circles, as so many of us feel like we’re just faking it, waiting with baited breath for someone to catch us out, and point at us with accusing fingers and reveal us to be the complete charlatans that we honestly believe ourselves to be.

This is all despite the fact that we have several years of experience behind us, a nice collection of satisfied customers and people telling us that they like what we do (it does happen occasionally!).

So, if we are really so amazing at what we do – writing – why do we not believe in our own abilities? When did this become a standard disposition of the writer?

I can’t answer that question, but it is without doubt that all of us – no matter what industry we work in, and even those who aren’t writers – need to learn: how to know your self-worth.

Knowing your self-worth is never an easy task, whether a butcher, baker, athlete, accountant, scientist or lowly writer, because there is always that overwhelming self-doubt. However, learning to train your brain into accepting that you are a talented individual, that you are amazing and you can do every single thing that you tell people you can do, in your CV, could be the simple key to success in your career.

How do you make yourself? Well, here are a few things to remember when your self-worth does come into question:

  1. Okay, so maybe one person wasn’t honest about how good you are (but they still could have been telling the truth, you know!), but surely several people telling you the same thing, can’t all be “being nice”.
  2. Do you have clients that keep coming back? Well, there you go. You can’t be all that bad.
  3. Even if your customers don’t come back, that’s not to say that that’s anything to do with your abilities. As you gain experience, the chances are that you’ll put your rates up (and if you’re not putting them up, you should be!). Sadly, for some clients they can’t afford (or don’t want) to pay your higher rates.
  4. Ask yourself if you enjoy what you are doing. My Mum always used to tell me (and we all know – now that we’re all grown-up – that mother’s are always right), that we are always the best at what we enjoy doing, because we are more willing to exhaust ourselves in the areas that we are most passionate about. Therefore, if you absolutely love what you do for a living, the chances are that you are doing great!

Believe in You

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A Week of Barefoot Girl: 14.07.2013

Diary of a Freelancer

a week of barefoot girlHey guys, I hope that everyone is having a great Sunday and enjoying the lovely sunny weather. I love summer, because it means that I can get my bare feet out without worrying 🙂

Anyway, I thought that it would be fun to start a new feature, looking back at what I’ve been up to over the past seven days, in terms of writing and blogging etc. That way, if you’ve missed anything, well you can catch up – how awesome is that?

 

Monday

WRITING. Monday, on Barefoot Girl Writes, was all about Camp NaNoWriMo, and how I was getting on, as I reached Day 8 and 5,859 words towards my 15,000 word target, which left me feeling incredibly positive about my mini adventure.

Catch up on my Day 8 update from Camp NaNoWriMo, right here. And the next update will be with you tomorrow!

BEAUTY. Over on the original Barefoot Girl Beauty Blog, I reviewed Yves Saint Laurent’s The Black Eyeliner, a liquid eyeliner that I was hoping would be a great alternative to the cheaper Rimmel Glam’Eyes liquid liner. How did the YSL liner fare?

Read my review and comparison here, to find out.

Tuesday

WRITING. Tuesday was Word of the Week day, with this weeks addition being: Myth.

Find out the origins of the word Myth, and what it actually means.

RE-BRANDING. Tuesday was also the day when I officially wrote the final blog post over on my original freelance writing blog; Kat Musselwhite Writer, which seemed a little bit sad. However, this blog was designed to take it over, so it’s not all sad 🙂

If you want to check out my final post, relating to the re-branding, then you can read that here.

Wednesday

RE-BRANDING. After writing my final blog post as Kat Musselwhite (well, I’m still Kat Musselwhite, but that’s no long my professional “brand”), I decided to have a play around with the Barefoot Girl website.

First of all, I added a sub-domain for this very blog, so that I could run the blog a little independently of the website, but it is still connected to it, literally, so the domain is just http://www.abarefootgirlwrites.com/blog, but it’s actually separate. If that makes sense!

By splitting the website and blog, I allowed the main page to be dedicated to my freelance writing as a whole, with the blog a part of it. I wanted to do this, because I felt like the blog was taking over, a little bit too much, from what I actually do.

I also felt that the original Barefoot Girl Writes website was a little bit complicated, so splitting the website in two (hypothetically) allowed me to simplify everything, and I’m very happy with the results.

WRITING. In the meantime, this weeks Confessions of a Bookaholic looked at writing that scares you, and whether it’s possible to write about what you know.

Read my confessions here.

BEAUTY. On Barefoot Girl, I shared my latest Bargain Hunting spoil, which amazingly didn’t come from a Charity Shop. Instead, this eye shadow (which only cost £3) came from T.K. Maxx – a shop that I love to hate – and was a colour that baffled me a little. Then again, I’m pretty easy to baffle!

Check out my new eye shadow, and decide for yourself what colour it really is.

FILM. Wednesday was definitely a very busy day, but I also managed to squeeze in a quick review (that wasn’t really that “quick”) of Anne Hathaway’s One Day.

Find out what I thought of One Day here.

Thursday

WRITING. Thursday came was a writing inspiration from my favourite children’s book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I chose this book because I felt that the time had finally come to read the series all over again, and it seemed fitting!

Do you remember the opening and closing line to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone? Have they inspired you to get writing?

BEAUTY. I re-visited a topic that I’ve covered a number of times on Barefoot Girl, which was the question of What is Beauty? I love this question, because everyone has a very different outlook on it. I also like to re-visit it every-so-often just to see how much my own opinions have – or haven’t – changed.

Here’s my 2013 response to What is Beauty?

Friday

After a busy week of writing, I ended with a easy-to-follow guide to moving images from your phone, into your PC (or laptop) without the need for cables. This is something that I find myself needing a lot, since my cables have a habit of going AWOL on a regular basis.

Find out how here.

So, that’s it for this week’s round up. Thanks for reading, and if there is anything you would like me to blog about, or if you have a question about my writing, blogging or you’d like to hire me, then please do feel free to get in touch 🙂