It's amazing what people will say when they feel vulnerable, and for so many people being photographed is a truly terrifying experience. You are being seen, and what I've realised is that people are SO hard on themselves. I have never heard people be more brutal and critical than when they are sitting in front of me. I have now officially introduced a negative self talk ban!
I used to be just the same. About 5 years ago my bedroom was right next to the bathroom, so every time I walked into my room I had to walk past a massive mirror. One day as I was walking past, I heard myself say the most vile things to myself. I was shocked. I wondered how long I had been so mean to myself, and how many times a day I had been doing that! It was no surprise why I didn't feel good about myself. I would never ever speak to anyone else like that, but for some reason I thought it was okay to berate myself.
While we all probably need to give ourselves more TLC, I want to encourage everyone to not be too soft either. By that I mean, don't settle. Don't allow yourself to fall into mundane routines where you stop growing, stop pushing, stop expanding who you are. We have one life, and we all deserve happiness, health, abundance. Sometimes the loving thing to do for yourself is to push yourself through fear. Do the things you want, no matter how challenging they are, or no matter how many barriers there are. Dare to be bold and to expect more from yourself, because you've got it in you!