Small one, but first that I've really noticed. My retirement accounts just reached a total of a quarter million (about 50K of that is Roth).
$100K felt great, I remember... but $250,000 is different. Just feels like a real step towards that seven digit milestone I've been eying. Starting to see that mark on the horizon.
I started contributing 8 years 3 months ago and I turned 31 this year. Have seen a horrific market and managed to stick it out through the recovery. When I started investing I had estimated getting to $1 million around the age of 40-45 (42 in an idealized 11% returning market) but a few years ago that seemed out of reach. Not as much anymore. I realize it's a bit out of my hands now since from this point a larger percentage of my growth will be compounding rather than contributions. Just waiting for the wave that gets me there as I continue to throw aside 25%.
(fwiw, 1 million is not my final destination. I'm planning to work until at least 50... need to keep track of inflation between now and then to really come up with that final number - still is fun to track progress towards these milestones)