Hey everyone! I hope you’ve had a great week so far, I know it’s only Tuesday but I feel well into this week. My personal boot camp is still in full steam, and my knees and hips are really feeling it, but it’s a great feeling overall! I feel more energetic and fresh? Not sure if that’s the right word but anyways hehe, to today’s blog post.
Here in the land down under, everyone has gotten a bite of lotto fever! Not sure if you’ve heard but a whopping AUD$70 Million Dollars is up for grabs. While I was at the shops today there was long lines of people winding down corridors and into others shops to get their numbers in. Now, while I’ve never really been into lotto, I did put in a quick pick, I spent $3 dollars and felt rather guilty about it but I saw people who knew all about syndication and shares for lotto (which I have no understanding of) spending up to $300! Anyways so all this money madness got me thinking, what does it really mean to someone? I’m not really a materialistic person but I began to think about my life and if I won the jackpot what would I do with it? What would you do with it? Would you help other people? Help your family? Invest some of it in a business or something? Or go crazy and spend large amounts of it on things you don’t need? Be realistic, even if you did win this money, it would still go by very fast. What would you do with so much money? Do you really need that much money? So many ideas were spinning in my head…and this is a rough idea of how I would spend the money…
I think I’d let it sit for while, grasp the momentous jackpot, I wouldn’t go out spending it on cars or whatever and then be left with nothing, how silly. I wouldn’t tell anyone except really close family as I know how crazy people can get when it comes to money.
Firstly, I would give part of the jackpot to my parents. For their unending belief in me, love and support. I would want to make sure they were able to do anything they wanted and not be held back financially, so they could travel the world and stay at some really comfortable and beautiful places. I know that the money isn’t so important to them as they are happy as they are but I would feel great knowing I could give back all they had given me for school and college etc.
Next, I would give part to my sister and her husband for their budding family.
Then, I would give part to my mother-in-law and her partner. They’re my partner’s family which makes them mine too. I would love to share it with them.
Following this, I guess it would be time to be smart. I would invest part of the money into my hubby’s business to help build it up and provide the lifestyle we wish to have so we don’t have to rely on the jackpot. I would also invest in other select projects that are proven to give results, so I could use that money to help other people. Part of the funds from these investments and also from the jackpot would go towards research into autoimmune diseases especially in children, research into the cure for dementia & Alzheimers in the elderly, and then to the RSPCA because of my passion for animals. If those investments could help fund them more consistently I would really be happy to see that.
After that I guess I would allocate some money to some life-long dreams. It would help me to complete my bucket list and pay for trips all over the world. I would love my partner and I to spend a year or two traveling the world and then traveling every so often in the years after that.
One of my biggest dreams is to live the lifestyle were I am mobile to live in both Australia and the Philippines. I would spend part of the jackpot money to buy a cozy apartment in Brisbane, and build our dream house on the cliff side in Siquijor.
Looking over this, I’m sure I’d have alot of money left over, but I think I would choose to spread the money out over the next 25-30 years so that I could use the money for other things as they arise. I would use it for my personal health fund – for massages, medicine, doctor appointments, fitness and nutrition.
As I read back over my ideas, I believe I could do this even without the jackpot! albeit it may take a little longer, but when I look at the deeper meaning underneath each of the choices, there are themes that recurrent and reflect me – my priorities which are my husband, family, health, positive lifestyle and being able to help others. While financially it would help, I would like to think that I won’t really change, that I’m still happy, that I use the money well and help not only myself but others with it. But this is what I believe is true – what we really need, and what’s really important, is that we have our health, safety, love in our lives and our dreams in motion! We can do it!