21 Little Moments When You Feel Like You're Absolutely Crushing It


If we have a word for deriving glee from another's misfortune ("schadenfreude") and another for the act of hurling someone out a window ("defenestration"), why don't we have a succinct way to describe the euphoria of a small victory? I'm talking about the rush that comes with accomplishing something really, really tiny: When you find the lid to a Tupperware container on the first try. When you finally figure out that mystery charge on your credit card statement. When you send a birthday card in the actual mail — and it's not even belated.

In some degree or another, these experiences involve being ~spiritually one~ with your adult self. (Stay with me here.) After that initial rush of accomplishment, you feel like you can take on the world. You stand up a little straighter. You walk with a pep in your step. You feel like a freakin' wizard. In other words, you're absolutely crushing it.

Some have called this "adulting," a word I refuse to accept, so I'm left without the vocabulary to describe this. But where words fail, photos can tell a story. To express our appreciation for the little things (and visual puns, and snacks), we present: Crushing It.

Here are 21 tiny things that bring us satisfaction and joy — and seven pairs of kicks to match the mood.

Matisse Graffiti Leather Boot, Nasty Gal.

Multicolor Heels, Shop Similar: Aldo

Glitter Sneakers, Shop Similar: Topshop .

YRU Jem Glitter Boot, Nasty Gal

Daisy Street Flower Detail Point Heeled Shoes, Shop Similar: Asos

Wize & Ope Pop Blue Light Up Sole Trainers, Asos

Red Heels, Shop Similar: Aldo

"When, for the first time ever, your dentist doesn't say you need to floss more." — Stephan

"When you buy more toilet paper or paper towels BEFORE you're on the last roll." — Rachel

"When you finish reading a book that you checked out of the library the day before it's due back at the library." — Hannah

Bottom line? It's OK to congratulate yourself for doing the little things. Now get out there and crush some stuff!

Images: Hannah Burton; Art Direction: Bry Crasch; Styling: Jenna Wexler & Irma Elezovic