I think this is something every photographer struggles with at one point or another, so I'm going to throw this out there.
I love to photograph other people's lives, but sometimes I get so busy doing my job that I don't photograph my own. Or worse yet, I take pictures with my phone that never see the light of day.
Photos are meant to be shared, printed, and enjoyed. They can't do that if they're trapped in "the cloud". There are plenty of people out there (My favorite photo professors included) that will tell you that the best camera you have is the one you have with you. Which is true. All the expensive equipment in the world won't magically make a great photo if you don't know how to use it.
My SLR pictures are typically better than my phone pictures for a few different "quality" reasons, but most of all they're better because when I have my camera... I'm in photog mode. I think about lighting, composition, mood, and the story. The weight of the camera and the feel of the lens remind me to think things through. When I have my phone... I'm way less likely to think about those things.
So I set a goal for myself last week to photograph everyday moments with my camera...instead of my phone. I forgot about this goal until one evening when I was sitting in my apartment, and I heard the beginnings of a thunderstorm. One of those wonderful, night time, summer storms. I knew I had to grab my camera.
I headed outside, and took about 10 shots. None were gallery worthy images. But there was a strange exhilaration in going out to shoot, even if it was something "meaningless" that was just for myself. It's not often enough that I go out just to shoot.
I plan to continue shooting for myself, and I want to challenge you to do the same. Whether you're a fellow photographer or a regular mom taking pictures of her kids, give it a try. Put down the phone, and pick up your camera. Experiment and don't be afraid to fail. You don't have to keep them all; but with a whole lot of practice and a little bit of luck, you might just capture something worth sharing.