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If I won the lottery...

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Powerball lottery is up to $425 million now...the biggest one ever.

My husband and I don't play the lottery, except when it gets to historic numbers like it is now. When that happens, we join the masses and we each by one, and only one, ticket. We carefully pick our numbers and then for a couple days until the drawing, we have fun dreaming and talking about what we would do differently. It's worth $2 a couple times a year, just for the fun of dreaming.

Anyway, this morning at breakfast, we talked about what we would do if we won. We would still go on our planned bicycle tour after my husband retires in June, but we'd probably get a "Sherpa" to help carry our "stuff" and we would probably stay in hotels more and camp less.

We both agreed that we wouldn't want to buy more "stuff". We feel weighted down my all the stuff we already own. We'd give part of our winnings to our families and charities that concern us and use the rest to take vacations. That is what we would do!

Anyway, after breakfast, I started looking around our condo. If I won the lottery, I realized I would actually get rid of a lot of "stuff" I've been hanging onto. I hang onto these things just in case we need them. After all, we paid good money for all this "stuff!" Even though I try to be good about cleaning out closets etc, I still have clothing I haven't worn for several items I never use.....funiture I don't particularly care for.

You get the idea.

Not to change the subject completely, but with my husband retiring in June we are in the process of moving a lot of our "stuff" from our condo in the Chicagoland area to our retirement house in Tennessee. In fact, we plan to do a partial move over the Christmas holidays and I've been trying to figure out what to move and what to leave behind.

Mind you, we have had our house in Tennessee for almost seven years now, so it's pretty much completely furnished. (Did I mention we have too much STUFF?)

As I was looking around the condo this morning, I realized I could use the "what if I won the lottery question" as one of my decision making tools to decide what to take with us and what to leave. If I won the lottery, would I still want to keep a particular item, or would I feel that it's too old, too worn out, too unliked to be cluttering up my life. Using that criteria, there would be very little that would actually get moved. Most of it would be given away.

I'm a big believer of needing to let go of the old to make room for the new. So as I spend the next few weeks packing before the Christmas holidays, I'll be asking myself...what if I won the lottery.....

A lot less stuff will have to be moved!

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    I love to dream about hitting the 'big time' too...but not so much for ourselves...more so for Josh's friends. My dream would be to get a handsome R.V. hire a pro driver and make the rounds to all of Josh's many scattered friends. We'd see NY, and Boston, and Hawaii, and Colorado, and Maine, and even jump over to England...his friends are far flung.

    My dream would to visit them for a few days and shadow what they are doing in their lives and find out what kind of goals and objectives they are striving for but maybe money holds them back from living out their dreams. Then we'd set up a trust for them that could be monitored and activated as they worked through the necessary steps in achieving that dream.

    In other words the hubs and I could be their rich 'auntie and uncle' and join in the wonder for making dreams come true.

    That's MY dream...and I hope some day it comes true!

    Hope your dreams come true also!

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    1912 days ago
    That's an excellent technique for deciding how to deal with stuff!
    1974 days ago
    I hate stuff and I have so much stuff and it is such a problem!!!
    I try and then I got sucked up into cyber monday and bought more stuff-but all purple. Have to stop with the stuff!

    If I won the lottery, I would charter a small ship and fill it with friends and family--do you want to go?
    1974 days ago
  • MISSG180
    I'm trying to control the stuff inflow into our house, and it's HARD! When I'm cleaning out junk, and I come across something I'm not sure about, I ask myself, "If the house burned down, would I actually miss this?" If not, out it goes!
    1974 days ago
    That's a great strategy!
    1975 days ago
    I think it's great that you have those "what if" dreams. It keeps you young! emoticon
    1975 days ago
    It's fun to daydream about winning the lottery....hey you never know somebody always wins eventually!
    1975 days ago
    What a great insight you had about why you have your stuff.
    1975 days ago
    And you'd remember what a dear friend Slimmerjesse is and surprise her with a modest gift. (just kidding)
    I wish you good luck and hope you
    1975 days ago
    It's always fun to dream!!! If I won the lottery I would pay off my bills and try to get my kids well situated (but not to the point that they would become bums). I would also give a lot of $$$ to the rescue organization that brought us our dog 7 years ago. They are trying to build a house for rescue dogs, and if I won the $425 million (even if I had to split it a couple of ways), I would gladly buy the place for them. I also like scholarship funds.

    As for "stuff", I hear you!!! We have too much. I am not so much into material things. My husband is into them a little more so. I see the point that having money would probably render a lot of the things that we have unnecessary (i.e. could always buy them on the off chance that we ever needed them).

    A nice vacation would be nice, too!!
    1975 days ago
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