I'll go first:
Monday started off about as horribly as I could have imagined, and I took it as an omen, a harbinger of DOOM and destruction.
I was all set for a horrible terrible no-good very bad week.
To my everlasting surprise, it...wasn't. It's actually been pretty frakking amazing.
I have had several really instructive conversations with my manager - I finally screwed up the courage to ask her for her feedback on my performance (I don't have to do performance reviews/evals) and she gave me some great constructive criticism that didn't leave me feeling defeated. It left me feeling...I don't know...fired up to do better.
She wants to help me get a full-time job, and she's the kind of person who follows through on her word. So...yay!
Then I had word of a tantalizing opportunity (which I need to follow up on and see what it is)! And I re-connected with some of my old teammates, who love me. People still tell me they know who I am because my old team keeps telling everyone about me.
Then today. Today was one of those days that ran me through the wringer. I was multitasking so hard, I felt like my head was going to fall off. But everything I had to do came through, and I received glowing feedback from a senior member of my current team - verbal and written, first and secondhand - on the tasks I completed today.
After the day was over, my manager came over to me and told me that I had taken her critiques and completely owned it and that I should be so proud of the work I did today. Which, you know what? I am.
I went to the gym with the intention of taking it easy, but because I had all this positive energy to burn off, I ended up going further and faster than I had previously. It was my best recent workout, without a doubt. (And dinner was a croque madame, salad, and orange juice. Nothing tastes better than dinner after a workout.)
This feels great. I haven't had a day like this in AGES. And just when I'm interviewing/applying for several positions, too. I feel confident. I feel sure-footed. I am reminded that, you know what? I'm good at what I do. I am my own worst enemy, so I make mistakes and think they're the end of the world and I'm horrible and what the hell am I even doing here I'll never get a job omg I suck. But NO. I have actual proof that the work I do is great, and that I have it in me to do even better.
It's like I've finally hit my stride.
(And, on a completely superficial note, I feel hot. As in attractive hot. My haircut has done wonders for my confidence in my appearance, which ALSO helps - even on a bad day, I look at myself and think "Yeah girl, GET IT." Maybe that's vain, but...whatever. I spent 25 years thinking I wasn't pretty enough to be noticed. I may relapse every once in awhile, but I'm not going to spend the next 25 years thinking the same.)
What awesome things are happening for you?
(Also: shoutout to HoneyHeart's thread, and LemonadeLover's, which I missed because I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off, and prettyingeek's! Pretty, I've stolen your Leslie Knope gif because that's how I feel too!)
BRAG ABOUT YOURSELVES, GT. DO IT.
BRAG ABOUT YOUR DAYS.
BRAG ABOUT YOUR DOGS/CATS/ANIMAL FRIENDS/HUMAN FRIENDS.
BRAG AWAY! WHAT ABOUT YOUR LIFE MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE EVERYTHING'S COMING UP MILHOUSE! I want to hear about it.