Every year I try to take a long hard look at my business. First I look at the simple math. Did I make money? Was I profitable? The second thing I consider is did I do good work? Did I strive to put good into the world around me. I have ( excuse me while I cross my fingers and knock on wood) always been able to say the answer to both those questions has been yes. But recently I've stumbled a little. There is a tremendous amount of talent out there all doing the same thing I do and I've made some changes to my shop, my designs, my pricing. I've seen these spikes in my interactions with clients. Some days it's more than I can handle and some days it's more than I can bear My confidence has been bruised and I have started to doubt myself. What if, why not... maybe I am just not.... Doubt is not good company. It's not your friend. But just as this girl was about to have a meltdown I remembered something my mom used to say... 'It's not about the size of the dog in the fight but about the size of the fight in the dog.' The strength of overwhelming odds never outweighs the strength of the indomitable spirit. It boils down to this: you have to choose to believe. Well the whole dog metaphor is not nearly as cute as a poster so I created a rough translation for ya... Fight on.