spending my $1,000,000

Hello, and welcome to November! I’m Lori, and I’ll be your tour guide through a post a day. I have decided to do NaBloPoMo (or National Blog Posting Month), a spinoff of the better-known NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), which I hope to do someday as well.

I’ve decided to follow the NaBloPoMo writing prompts given on BlogHer; they post them all in advance, which is really helpful for me since my writing energy goes in spurts. This way, I can plan ahead and make the most of my time.

NaBloPoMo November 2013

NaBloPoMo Day 1:
If you found one million dollars in the morning and had to spend it by nightfall, what would you do with the money?

Well, by “found,” I hope they mean “found in my bank account,” so that I don’t have to spend the whole day trying to figure out to whom I need to return the money. But if we have established that the money is mine to spend, then here we go!

Of course, the first thing to consider is where I want to make an impact. Do I use the money for my little family of three? My slightly-larger extended family (parents and siblings)? My community? The world at large? Hmm… let’s think of how I’d spend it on each.

  • If I had to spend the money on my little family of three, I’d buy a piece of land in a cool, walkable area of Portland and hire a builder – I guess I’d have to pay the builder up front since I have to spend the money by nightfall – to build a one-level house for us to my exact specifications. (MS makes me worry about my future mobility in a three-level house.) It would have high ceilings for David, a flat yard for gardening (and a party deck), lots of parking space, and a soundproof studio where Q could bang on the drums all day. (Musical reference definitely intended.) Then I’d pay a landscaper (I’d have sprinklers!) and buy some furniture (I’d have a sectional for TV-watching fun!). I’d look at my balance at that point and start spending on vacation fun. I’d put all my well-honed European traveler skills to work and book apartments, rental cars, and airfare. I get excited just thinking about it. (I’d like to fly friends over from Europe, but if that wasn’t allowed, we’d just have to fly over to see them.)
  • If I had to spend the money on my parents and siblings, I’d give $100,000 to each of the adults with one stipulation: the money would have to be used on something that would reduce their stress, whether that was a second car, a safety net in the bank, some assistance with home or yard or bills. My niece and nephews would each get $100,000 for college tuition or room and board.
  • If I had to spend the money on my community, it gets trickier! There are so many people in need, so much that one could do, that a million dollars seems like a drop in the bucket.  I think I would use it to open a school. That way David and I could both work doing something we loved in an environment that supported our ideas about what is best in education. (That would be a month of posts in and of itself, so I won’t go into detail at this point!)
  • If I had to spend the money on the world at large, it gets more difficult still. The sheer number of people who don’t have the bare necessities of life puts my fancy house-building ideas to shame. I think I would give the money to a charity that provides shelter to those who are living in sub-standard housing (a definition that varies depending on the location and culture). Habitat for Humanity does amazing work around the world, for instance. Perhaps I would give it to them.

I see a bit of a theme here: HOME. I think that shelter is stressful for many people, whether it’s figuring out how to navigate one’s surroundings with a disability, how to make a monthly house payment in a tough economy, or even where to lay one’s head down for the night. I’d love to have the chance to relieve any of those issues with my million dollars. What would you do?

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3 thoughts on “spending my $1,000,000

    1. Thanks – you, too! Of course, I have just posted my Nov 2nd post past midnight, so I’ve kind of messed it up already, but I think as long as I keep on track, I’ll do it! Thirty posts in November, here I come!

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