Scrolling through Facebook one day last week, I came across an article in The Washington Post that intrigued me. A young, African American middle school math teacher had finished paying back his student loans. The young man, who is known as Dee-1, wrote a song celebrating his achievement, and posted a video for "Sallie Mae Back" to YouTube. I chuckled watching the video until I realized I graduated college twenty years ago. Although my undergrad loan has been paid, I still have one from grad school (16 years ago). Watching that young man's glee after receiving the loan cancellation paperwork, I made a decision to focus on getting my final student loan paid off before my 25th college reunion. This week, I sat down, calculated all my outstanding obligations, and created a plan for being debt-free in the next four years (excluding my mortgage). That's just one of the things I'm celebrating this week.
“The last 18 months have shown me that I need to temper my ambitions and motivations with wisdom. That means setting priorities and picking one new thing at a time to add to the mix of my wondrously full life. … I’ll move a little slower, more mindfully, as I try to have it all going forward.” I wrote these words just over a week ago. In the ensuing days, I have thought more about my desire to have it all and how plausible that desire is.
Another amazing week has come to an end. I continue to be amazed at the ways in which God is at work in my life--and the lives of those around me. Here are some of the things I'm currently celebrating:
The first few days after I lost my job in June 2014 were very difficult. I had been working hard for 18 months, trying to build a stronger financial foundation at the nonprofit where I had been hired to do so. I had faced the interpersonal challenges that arose in the office and was committed to being a team player—no matter how much I had to swallow my pride. Despite doing my absolute best, I was let go during a downsizing. It was hard to feel unwanted—and I had absolutely no idea what to do next.
As I sit on my couch with pen and paper in hand, light snow is falling outside the window in Washington, DC. The road are pretty empty for 8 o'clock on a Monday morning; most people are able to remain at home in honor of President's Day. I am so grateful I get to sit back and enjoy this beautiful sight, with nowhere to travel on this snowy morning. I can simply stare out the window, watching the snow fall to the ground. That's just the tip of my gratitude list for the week.
Crystal Moore began her wellness quest in 2003 after being diagnosed with lupus. Her quest has led her to embrace yoga, faith, exercise, healthy eating, and relationships. Share her journey.