If I were a millionaire

If I were a millionaire, and money was absolutely no object for the rest of my life, what would I do?

I would totally live in this house.

Why I ask this question

I love this question, it keeps me real. If what I’m doing now is completely different from what I’d do if I had financial freedom, then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate my life. Having financial freedom means not working just to get by, just to pay the bills. It means having the space to pursue passions in life.

You don’t have to be a millionaire to pursue your passions – that’s the point. But sometimes we get into the mindset of, “If I had X amount of money, I can do this,” or “maybe one day”.

And yes, from a practical standpoint, many of us need that job we don’t love, but if you don’t love what you do, maybe it’s time to start transitioning to that which you do. Maybe that means picking up a hobby or taking night classes or starting a blog. Maybe it means baby steps in the direction of your most exciting life.

So ask yourself, “If I were a millionaire, how would I be spending my time?” Journal it and see how well your current life lines up with your ideal life.

My list:

If I were a millionaire, I would travel like a maniac. My main points of interest might be boring to some – I’d travel to every province in Canada (I haven’t been to the Maritimes or Territories), and I’d travel through every state. And Europe – especially the Netherlands, France, and Germany. I’d travel to visit all of my friends, and often.

If I were a millionaire, I’d make sure to bring people along on these trips. I’d much rather make traveling a party.

If I were a millionaire, I’d learn a language. Maybe more than one. Maybe I’d go to a country and spend several hours each day taking a language class.

If I were a millionaire, I would pay off my mortgage. Scratch that, I’d probably buy a new (not too crazy, but nice) house.

If I were a millionaire, I might not be living in a small town. I might live in my favourite city (Toronto) and have a winter vacation home (like Austin).

If I were a millionaire, I’d probably still teach piano, but likely less of it. Kids keep me real.

If I were a millionaire, I’d definitely be blogging.

If I were a millionaire, I’d have a housekeeper. Just saying, vacuuming is something that I would happily pay someone to do for me.

If I were a millionaire, I’d read voraciously – not only that, but I’d have an epic home library with walls of books. Fiction, non-fiction, and manga. This home library would also have the comfiest chill-out spot ever.

Something crazy like this.

If I were a millionaire, I’d have this kick-ass makeup/dressing room. A huge closet of beautiful clothes and shoes, and a mini-Sephora at my disposal. Of course, I’d have a personal shopper to help me out with finding great clothes.

If I were a millionaire, I’d make friends and family my priority, instead of being so “busy” all the time.

If I were a millionaire, I’d have a part-time chef. I love cooking, but I’d be happy to have someone do it for me sometimes. Then I could spend more time hanging out with my friends and family. Or reading, or blogging.

What I’ve learned from my list

And that’s my list. I’m sure I could think of dozens of points, but these were the ones that came to me first. It’s a selfish list – no “donate to charity” or any such thing. Please don’t judge me. 🙂

What I’ve learned from making this list is that I love my job, thank God for that. My current home isn’t my forever home, and this isn’t my forever town, but I’m content where I am right now. I don’t need a personal shopper or housekeeper – those would just be really fun perks.

My biggest lesson is that I need to make travel a priority in my life. It gets pushed back because of money, but we can definitely afford a good trip – and since both of us are teachers and have the summers off, we have a perfect yearly opportunity. No excuses – next summer we’re traveling!

Now I toss the question to you: What would you do if you were a millionaire?


  • http://www.itscarmen.com ≈ CARMEN ≈

    I love & respect your answer. I would travel like a maniac as well. I think that’s the best thing one can do with their money. Meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, trying new food. Nothing beats it. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

    • http://www.ohwaffle.com Allysia K

      Absolutely! I have done a fairly sorry job of travelling outside of North America, so that is the next step. Trying new food is a big part of it as well. 🙂

  • http://lindalibraloca.blogspot.com/ Linda Libra Loca

    Similar things, I guess.

    Spend more time with friends and family, learn a new language, focus more on the blog. The other things, like traveling, having a cleaning lady, I already do. I realized after a divorce that there are a few things I would happily pay for and so I did. And I found my dream home in my dream place already and will be moving there next year.

    Everything without being a millionaire. Just by having a job that I like, and that pays for the things I love.

    Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • http://www.ohwaffle.com Allysia

      You know, I was thinking about it after I posted, and I realized having a housekeeper is not a crazy expense, so that’s probably something we’ll work into our budget at some point (especially once we start having kids). I’m so happy that you have a dream job and home on the horizon, congrats! 🙂

  • http://www.kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    I wouldn’t necessarily focus on buying things rather than on buying time. Money can buy time after all, and that is exactly what I need to allllll the fun and exciting things on my to-do list 🙂

    • http://www.ohwaffle.com Allysia

      I think you’re right, buying time (time with friends, family, fun stuff) would be the best part. Still, I would definitely treat myself to a few nice things…lol.

  • http://turquoiseandteale.com/ Ashley

    That house is adorable! I’m totally with you, travel would be in the top 3 of my list!

    • http://www.ohwaffle.com Allysia

      Absolutely! At heart I’m still a homebody, so I’d also need somewhere nice to return to after long and exiting travels.

  • http://deasynoel.com/ Deasy Noel

    I would definitely add that closet on the list! Haha. And perhaps pursue other business ideas that wouldn’t have been possible with no money. And of course, travel :B