Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Blog Every Day In May - A Million Dollars?

We're halfway through the month, and so far I have been successful with my goal to follow along with Cate and her challenge to blog every day in May. However, today's prompt really had me stumped.

What would you do with a million dollars? It's a pipe dream for many, winning the lottery. How would you spend the money if your numbers came up?

This is a difficult question for me to answer because, as a general rule, I don't spend money I don't have. (Not to mention the fact that I don't play the lottery!) I'm a huge proponent of living within your means. Don't misunderstand though, I definitely dream of things I'd like to have or places I'd like to visit or things I want to do (as evidenced by my 50 Things To Do Before I'm 50 list), however I'm realistic about which things are affordable right now. I'm also willing to work to make those dreams come true, whether that means getting a job to add more to our income or cutting back other expenses.

In all honesty, I have done more in my lifetime that I ever dreamed was possible as a young adult, so maybe that makes it easy for me to be a little glib about this question. It hasn't all come easily, but I've traveled places and done things that were never even on my bucket list. There are things in our life right now that we'd like to be different, but overall it's a wonderful life and I'm not sure that a million dollars could improve the things that really matter. Oh yes, we'd be able to help others more and give more to worthy causes and the money might make life easier and a little more FUN . . . plus Robbie could finally have that Corvette and a life-size Lost in Space robot.

However, it doesn't always take a lot of money to change things. One of my goals this year was to re-decorate our guest bathroom. I was tired of the yellow duck theme that I've enjoyed for many, many years.

It might be a while before we get around to installing new floor tiles and repainting the bathroom, so I simply took all the ducks and yellow items from the bathroom and added a few blue items to create a more refreshing updated room.

This was a quick and simple project with minimal cost ($30 for new towels & washcloths), but it makes me smile every time I see it!

Yes, I did just turn this post about a million dollars around so I could share this FUN re-decorating project! (sly grin)

So, what would you do with a million dollars?


Sian said...

Your bathroom really does look lovely.

I think I might buy a place in a different country...even a little flat in London would be nice

Cheri said...

So Robbie's "out of this world" dream is to own a life-size Lost in Space robot (cracks me up) but what is yours? There has to be something frivilous and not within your current budget that you wish for even if having it wouldn't really matter? Maybe you would just use found money to travel the world and meet all your blog friends in person? I think that would be a ton of FUN and very INSPIRATIONAL!

Ellyn said...

WHAT??? The ducks are GONE? Boohoo....

Melissa said...

LOL Cheri - yes, my dream would definitely be to travel around the world (& meeting blog friends along the way would make it so much more FUN).

Karen said...

Love the new look! A million dollars? I'd help my kids with a down payment for a house, save some for a rainy day, and travel more!

Susanne said...

The small change totally revamped the look of your bathroom - I enjoy a little rearranging/redorating now and then too. After donating to a few kid-focused charities, I think we would end up with a little cabin/cottage on a lake somewhere. Hubby would like that a lot - and I'd get to decorate it!!

MonicaB said...

The new look in your bathroom looks beautiful. If I had a million dollars I would spend it on experiences not things. Travel, Helping people, paying for my kids education and maybe more education for me.

Becky said...

The bathroom looks great! If I had that money I would like for Hugh and I to be able to give up working full time and take things a little easier. I would also like to buy both children a home so that I would know that they were settled.