There’s a polyglot on YouTube who goes out and speaks a bunch of languages with random strangers. He enjoys going out and practicing a language in a conversation, and he calls those videos “Leveling Up.”
‘Cause he recognizes that “leveling up” is just vocabulary for “getting better at the stuff you do.”
Really, that’s all leveling up is. So when your players level up, think about how to frame that in that way.
What, in-character, does leveling up “mean” for you?
Wizard’s Latest Epiphany a Bunch of Dumb Nerd Stuff – Dungeon Master’s Workshop
RDD Podcast: Elegant Fantasy Creature Generator – Red Dice Diaries
Random Thing: Perfumes – Red Dice Diaries
The Half-Cask Tavern – Dyson’s Dodecahedron
Spell Spotlight: Chromatic Orb – DnDBeyond
Angry’s Guide to Experience – The Angry GM
Aurora’s Whole Realms Winter Catalogue – DMsGuild – $4.95
The Friend Folio – DMsGuild – $2.99
Now get out there and tell a story!