If I had a million (or 500 million) dollarsPosted: March 30, 2012
I didn’t even realize it at the time, but yesterday was my 200th post! Happy 200 to me.
Like pretty much everyone else in the rest of the country that believes in a 1 in 1.5 (or maybe 2 by now) million chance, I bought a Mega Millions Lottery ticket yesterday.
Well, technically Greg bought the ticket, but I was standing there next to him. As we pulled into the parking lot of the nearest liquor store I said to Greg “I don’t know why I only ever buy a lotto ticket when it gets crazy high like this. Honestly, winning one million dollars would by amazing. Or half of that! Or even a thousand!”
I asked Greg what he would do if he won the lottery. My wonderful husband, being the imaginative and creative guy that he is said “I don’t know.” Lame.
So I started thinking about my list. What would I do with 500 million dollars….
1. Pay of the mortgage on our townhouse AND our house, as well as the rest of my car (Greg’s is paid off) and student loans. Luckily that’s the only debt we have.
2. Move to Colorado- buy a dream home right outside of Boulder, and another one in Frisco or Breckenridge.The dream house would have an indoor pool and massive gym, a huge kitchen, and a big vegetable garden in the backyard (and a gardener to tend to it, since I don’t have a green thumb). And I’d be able to see the Flat Irons from my bedroom window
3. Donate a large sum of money to the ASPCA and Humane Society so that they don’t need to run those commercials with Sarah McLachlan anymore asking for money (seriously, I can’t watch them. I have to change the channel whenever I start hearing In the arms of the angel…)
4. TRAVEL. The only international travel I’ve done was to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and a few different parts of Canada. In no particular order, I’d go to: South Africa, Italy, Spain, Iceland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Belize, Prague, France, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Japan and Austria. In the U.S. I’d go to places I’ve never been like Santa Fe, Austin, San Diego, New Orleans, and anywhere in Hawaii or Alaska
5. Start a foundation/program to get kids healthy and active (similar to Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign)
6. Finally be able to afford something from Lulu Lemon
7. Buy every expensive piece of cookware, kitchen appliance, and kitchen knives that I’ve ever wanted
8. Hire Cesar Milan to train my dogs (and to get them to stop freaking out about squirrels, bunnies and the doorbell)
9. Pay for professional chefs like Rick Bayless, Eric Ripert, and Art Smith to come to my house and host private dinner parties. Oh- and probably Rocco and Curtis Stone too – you know why. 😉
10. Get a tummy tuck. When I lost a bunch of weight, I was left with very unsightly loose skin on my stomach, inner thighs and the inside of my upper arms. There are muscles under there, damnit! I just want to be able to wear a bikini- which ain’t happening without surgery.
11. Buy every expensive anti-aging cream on the market
12. Build a separate storage facility/garage on the side of my dream home to store all of my husband’s mountain biking and snowboarding gear (and to hold all of the new stuff that he’d buy)
13. Fly my parents and in-laws in to visit several times a year
14. Start a scholarship program at UMBC (my undergrad alma mater)
15. Pay an interior decorator to make my home look amazing- and to hang the one of a kind multi-million dollar paintings that I buy
16. Start a Golden Retriever Rescue Organization (and have the staff to run it!)
17. Hire Jillian Michaels and Jackie Warner to come teach me everything they know
18. Hire Bob Harper to teach me yoga in my own home
19. Hire Matt Kearney to play a private concert in my beautiful garden for me and Greg (and the pups)
20. Shop at Whole Foods every day without looking at a single price tag
21. Give a bunch of money to friends and family
…and that’s just the beginning
I would still work- but not at my full-time job. I’d get a few other Les Mills certifications and open a Les Mills gym (and pay other people to run it) and teach a few classes a week there.
One more thought:
Yesterday I attended a funeral for a very close friend’s mother who had lost her long and courageous battle to breast cancer. Her son gave a really beautiful eulogy, and the words that he spoke have been echoing in my mind ever since. He spoke about how selfless his mother was and how she never took anything for granted. He also reminded us all that life is too short to miss out on opportunities or to let anything stand in your way of your dreams. I know that this isn’t really anything new, but can’t stop thinking about how I really need to start living by those words a bit more. Life really is too short!
He ended by saying this: “Right before my mom died, I called her up and said ‘Mom, I just did something really stupid. I told this girl that I love her.’ I had only been dating her for a month, but I just knew, and had to tell her. My mom said ‘That’s not stupid- it’s never too early to tell someone you love them’ and you never know when it may be too late.”
The reason that I wanted to share that last bit, is just because I got to thinking. It shouldn’t take winning the lottery for you to go after your goals and dreams- anything really is achievable in this short time that we have on earth.
Your turn: What would you do with a million (or 500 million) dollars?