Life’s Little Victories

Life's Little Victories

Life's Little Victories

First of all, I apologize for not being here as much as I usually am. I decided to take a few weeks to get my head straight and take some pressure off of myself. I’m hoping to catch you up on everything from the last two weeks, but for now-I’m concentrating on a little positive thinking.

You know those things in life that you’re super proud of yourself for doing, but then you tell someone about it and then they look at you like “that’s something everything else in the world can do.” and then you feel really sad?

Well I’m here to tell you that I’M PROUD OF YOU! GOOD JOB!

Because that’s what we all need to hear!

Here are a few things I’m proud of myself for lately. Feel free to give me praise, even though I probably don’t deserve it.

Sewing small holes:

I’ve learned that I will probably never be a seamstress. I will probably also never be able to make my own clothes or sew curtains. This makes me sad, but it’s something I’ve learned to accept about myself.

I even have my very own sewing machine, that I have never been able to figure out how to use. I WILL do this one day, but for now, I’m just proud of myself for learning to get the thread through the needle. For the last year, I’ve kept a pile of clothes that I want to keep but that have small holes or missing buttons.

I’ve finally learned how to fix those! Sure, they will probably not stay fixed, but it’s good enough for me. Because now, I know how to fix them again! YAY!

Wiping up coffee from the counter:

My boyfriend thinks this one is a given, but for some reason, it’s been really hard for me to do. It’s not that I LIKE coffee dribbles on the counter, I just don’t always notice them.

I think I’ve finally formed a habit of checking for them every time I pour myself coffee.

For this, I’m patting myself on the back.

Eating all the vegetables:

It took me a long time to get here. Until I was 28 years old, the only vegetable I would eat was corn on the cob and baked potatoes. I’m not even sure either of those count as vegetables.

Over the last few years, I’ve slowly been adding more and more vegetables into my life, AND I LOVE THEM! The only one I haven’t tried yet is beets, and I’m not sure I ever will.

That’s ok, because I now eat brussel sprouts, broccoli, and green beans like a mofo.

Not taking a nap during my lunch break:

I still fail at this one from time to time, but I’ve gotten A LOT better at not using my lunch break as a snooze break.

Perhaps it’s because I’ve gotten better at getting myself into bed at a decent hour. Now instead of napping, I try my best to take walks and meditate. The crazy thing is after these activities, I feel even more refreshed than I would after sleeping for a few hours.

Not shopping:

I’ve successfully kept myself from shopping for the last month. I’ve mentioned before that I pretty much only shop at thrift stores, so I haven’t saved a huge amount of money, but I realized that I just don’t have room for more clothes.

I organized my closet and realized I have a lot of clothes that I like, but I rarely wear. It feels good to use some self restraint.


Eating leftovers:

It drives my boyfriend crazy that I have had a difficult time with this one. He hates wasting food, and I can’t blame him. I’m not fond of it myself.

I’ve finally gotten better at eating what we have, rather than making daily trips to the grocery store.

Huge success!
What little things are you proud of yourself for lately? I’ll give you a virtual hug, even if no one else will!


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  • Kathy@RealTalk

    beets are AMAZING in salads! boil them, slice them up and toss them in salads – they’re a great way to add flavour (they’re so sweet).

  • MilitaryWifeandPugLife

    I force my husband into eating leftovers. I hate wasting food. No victories here. Unless you count that I got my porcelain crown on so my tooth drama is over!

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities

    One of my favorite victories is deciding to eat things I have at home as opposed to going out and spending $$!!! HA Ha!

  • SuzLyfe

    I hereby bequeath you with a gold star for the day. PS I am the person that will force you to eat the leftovers as well. Seriously. You will eat them.
    My small victory… washing my hair? Oh, wait, I haven’t done that for a few days. I have washed my body though. And I am wearing real clothes today.

  • Bourbon & Lipstick

    I did a similar post Friday- sometimes you just have to pat yourself on the back and celebrate yourself! Good for you for not shopping- I need to get on board with that one myself!

  • Julia Strong

    Yes to eating leftovers! I always feel so good and adult when we eat what we have in the fridge instead of spending money on more food from the store or eating out! I also feel super grown up when we make a good financial decision, like NOT buying the Smart TV we want because we need to pay debt down. Yay for progress! :)

  • Danielle

    High five for all those totally legit little victories! Mine would have to be going for (and dragging my husband on) a hike this weekend. Sure it was only like 2 miles but we actually went instead of just talking about it on the couch.

  • Gretchen Braun

    Love this! It’s so good to have positive reinforcement like this. I’m happy you’re back, but hope that everything’s ok! Take care of yourself- we’ll still be here :) Sending good vibes your way!

  • Kersten

    Great things! I hate throwing food away too, so I always make sure that nothing will go old. That’s great to hear that you’ve been enjoying a bit more sleep! Napping at lunchtime might be good sometimes but I find myself cranky and craving sweet stuff when I wake up from the nap, so better to get a good amount of sleep at night.
    Have a great week!

  • Kendra Loisel

    You deserve a standing-o for doing all this!! I can’t say I can doing everything on this list. I always leave coffee dribbles and I like to snooze on my break!

  • Kati Rose

    I’m a very self-critical personal and one thing I’ve really tried to work on is small victories. You start to feel a lot more pride in those little things and seeing the good in everything a bit easier. Plus, let’s be real not shopping is a pretty big deal when there’s so much amazing stuff out there to buy, ha!


    i’m bad at leftovers. i get bored with them! i cannot do beets.nope.

  • Jenn @ Business, Life & Design

    I think it’s super important to celebrate small victories! I’m always proud of myself when I manage to form a new habit. Drinking at least 100oz of water every day is one that I don’t even have to try to do anymore, and I do a couple extra sets of stairs every time I go to the restroom at work. I am not a fan of leftovers. Which kind of sucks, because in order to eat healthy AND maximize my laziness, I basically make one big meal and eat it for the next 3 or 4 days. :'(

    P.S. I tried your apple cider vinegar thing. Blech! I can’t do shots (I mean, I can, but I don’t want to anymore), but it’s not so bad when it’s diluted.

  • Diana

    I’m sorry, but I think all of those things are awesome! Celebrate the small stuff yo! :)