I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Working in graphic design can be absolutely terrifying. You can never let your brain stop working, looking, or absorbing. You need to constantly adapt to styles, trends, and technology. And THIS.. is a huge part of being successful.
Recently, I had a few beers and found myself looking at some of my old work. And, occasionally, I'll come across something that is surprisingly exceptional. And I'll think to myself, "Wow. Great job, younger Catie!" But for the most part, I look at my old stuff and want to vomit. And no, that has nothing to do with the beer.
At times, I'm almost embarrassed by my previous self and think, I can't believe someone liked this. I find it hard to believe most designers don't go through this. Stumbling upon old work from college and almost laughing at it. And it's here you need to remember that because your work and design aesthetic is "keepin' up with the Joneses," that your style and your work has changed and developed.
And that's a great thing.
If you didn't think the old stuff looked silly, it means you haven't updated. Make sure your work is great and something you feel confident about. And it helps to check in every so often and make sure you do think your old stuff is, well, old.
I may have added this piece of work I did previously, but it's so applicable. It is a quote from one of my favorite humans, Ira Glass, radio personality of This American Life.
Enjoy! And let yourself laugh at your old self.