If I won the lottery...

I've been thinking a lot lately about how I would like to blog more often... so I've decided to take some of the thoughts from my brain to the keyboard and share them with you. 

I was listening to the Scrap Gals podcast, this week (If We Won the Lottery - May 15, 2017) and it got me thinking... what would I do if I won the lottery? More specifically - how would winning the lottery affect my scrapbooking?

Now, I don't actually play the lottery so my chances of winning are pretty much NOT HAPPENING ... but a girl can dream. 

Obviously, I would start by paying off my debt (stupid student loans). I'd also give some money to my family and friends to help them with their debts. It breaks my heart to think I have friends who are struggling and I can't help them. 

Then, I would have an epic tiny house of my dreams built... my Pinterest board is overflowing with ideas. I would put that adorable tiny house on some beautiful land and build a FANTASTIC studio next to it, where I could scrapbook, paint, design, create and do all things creative. 

Would I quit my job? Yes (sorry mom). But, I would be free to spend my time doing the things I'm really passionate about. I would do creative things though. I would still do my YouTube channel and digital design work - I would just have more time for it. I would figure out how to incorporate missions/ministry and art together to serve the Lord and others. Maybe that would mean traveling... maybe that would mean doing it here at home... I'm not sure. But either way, I would get to serve God and love others while being creative. Now I know that I can serve God now and use my creative gifts now... and I am.. but winning the lottery and paying off my student loans would free up so much time, effort and stress that it would be a lot easier to do those things I'm passionate about. 

Tiffany and Tracie were chatting about... scrapbooking and asked "what would change? would anything change?"

Hmmm... I think I would still scrapbook in the same way, but I'd definitely have more freedom and time to do it. I'd have less guilt over how much I spend (oh that would be nice). I would absolutely become a "scrapbook groupie" like they chatted about. Oh, Paige is in Germany teaching a class... hopping on a plane to see that. Oh, the Scrap Gals have a retreat in Utah... I'm there! Crop and Cruise coming up ... I'm in! Plus, there would be no guilt in going, in spending the money, or anything. I'd also get to visit all the countries on my bucket list and get to scrapbook the journey... that would be so much fun!

But seriously, the thing I'm the most excited about would be, building a studio/craft room that is exactly what I've always dreamed about. It doesn't need to be huge... but the ability to make giant mixed media/painted canvases would be awesome! I dream of doing that, now, but don't have space. I would love to have big windows so there would be tons of light. I'd love to have a whole filming station set up so that Youtube would be a lot easier... with a great camera and fantastic lighting. My videos would be ON POINT! I don't think I would buy a bunch of stuff... but I would love to invest in 5 things: a pink typewriter, a silhouette cameo (I'd trade in my portrait), a new FANTASTIC camera, an iPad pro/apple pencil (for design work) and a Mac desktop computer. I would love to have my computer, silhouette, and printer set up and ready to go at all times. I'd love to have a gorgeously decorated and organized studio to boot.

I think my favourite part of the podcast was listening to Tiffany and Tracie chat about what they would have their make believe assistant do for them. To be honest, I can't think of anything crafty/creative that I'd want help with. But I'd love to have a gardener, an accountant, a housekeeper, a driver and someone to buy my groceries. Gee, wouldn't that be nice. 

Seriously, it's so interesting to imagine what I would do if I won the lottery. I loved hearing Tiffany and Tracie chat about it. There's even a fantastic discussion happening over on Facebook in the Scrap Gals community

What about you? What would you do?

xoxo fingers crossed,

Tori

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