The rest of my loans go back into repayment the first of December and I just crested the $100K mark. I don't have a high-paying job, but I have a modest home, the best wife in the world, the greatest baby that was ever born, and I enjoy working the for the small general practice firm in the small town where I live. I won't have much money at all for the next couple of years, but I'll have just enough if I'm lucky. So it sounds hokey, but I guess I just focus on what I have right now. Maybe I'm unlike a lot of law school students in that I never really had my sights fixed on biglaw so maybe my expectations in terms of salary were lower going into this whole thing. I also imagine it's more difficult to feel content if you don't have a wife, child, and a job. Regardless, being cash poor isn't really that big of a deal so long as you have some sort of plan to be more well off in the future. Sure, I have no money right now but I'll be making a decent salary in five or ten years if everything goes according to plan.