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.

"When you wear the exact amount of outfits you pack for on a trip... or at least the exact amount of underwear." 
— Kara
"When you just make it onto the train as the doors are closing. I always look around like, 'Did you guys see that?'" — Bry
"When there's no garbage at the bottom of your purse."
— Christine 

Multicolor Heels, Shop Similar: Aldo

"When you've set up automatic online payments."
— Meghan 
"Every single time I pay my entire credit card bill at once, I feel like I should be elected president."
— Erin
"That 15-minute window every month when I have paid all outstanding bills."
— Margaret 

Glitter Sneakers, Shop Similar: Topshop.

"When all of the dirty laundry is in the hamper and all of the clean laundry is put away."
— Suzanne
"When you know what day garbage and recycling pick-up is. And never get them confused."
— Christine
"When you finish your laundry and all of your socks match up."
— Danielle

YRU Jem Glitter Boot, Nasty Gal

"When you have a heart, comment, and a new follower on Instagram after ONE refresh. I feel damn good."
— Allison P.

"When you get screenshots on your Snapchat story."
— Irma
"When someone you don't know IRL retweets you."
— Hayley

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

"When you make the exact right amount of pasta (it's impossible)."
— Jenna

"When you change that Brita filter!"
— Nancy
"When you use all of the veggies in your fridge."

Wize & Ope Pop Blue Light Up Sole Trainers, Asos

"When you bring lunch to work more than once in a single week."
— Erin
 "When you're walking somewhere and every time you hit a traffic light, it comes up green."
— Riesa 

"When you don’t pick your outfits based on which items of clothing are the warmest/coolest/least crinkly."
— Jenny

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 

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