Millionaire Over Night

Someone posted the following question on one of the Tiny House Facebook pages I follow:

“What if you became a millionaire over night? Would you still live in a Tiny House?”

It was the kind of question that really made me stop and think. What would I do with that kind of money? Where would I want to live? How would it change how I lived? Would I stay in my Tiny house? Here is what I decided. . .

A million dollars would certainly give me a level of financial security that I don’t currently have. It would allow me to pay off all my debt and let me put a substantial chunk of money into a rainy day fund. The money would also allow me to travel more. I would finally get to see Australia and Scotland. . .which I am convinced would be amazing. I would absolutely start ballroom dancing again! And I would focus on growing my own business. Here is what the million dollars wouldn’t change.

The money wouldn’t change what I enjoy doing in my free time. I would still want to spend time with family and friends as much as possible. I would still want to spend time engaging in my hobbies. Ballroom dancing, triathlons, reading and writing would still be the things that made me smile. A million dollars wouldn’t dramatically change how I use my space on a day-to-day basis, nor would it suddenly make my house feel too small. I am sure I would upgrade a few things like my iPad and my computer (I really want an iMac!), but it wouldn’t change how I feel about my home.

Ultimately I realized a million dollars would give me more security, some more opportunities and a few more coveted personal possessions, but it wouldn’t change me. It wouldn’t change the reasons I chose this lifestyle to start with, and it wouldn’t change the things that are important to me in this stage of life. I was excited to realize that if someone said:

“What if you became a millionaire over night? Would you still live in a Tiny House?”

My answer would be, “yes!”

Would you stay where you are if you won a million dollars? If not, what would you change? What’s stopping you from moving in the direction of your dreams?

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