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Monday, January 8, 2018

Money to Burn in 2018!

By: Marcia King-Gamble

A very Happy 2018 to our readers and fans! It’s a brand new year, and what better time to assess what’s worked for you last year, and what’s held you back.  January is a time of reinvention and change.  It’s a time to get rid of the clutter from your house and your mind. That includes people who are no longer positive forces in your life.  If a phone or text comes in and you groan, then it’s time to say bye, bye to a person or a situation that no longer brings you joy. 

Now back to why I’m here.  This month’s topic is ‘If I was a millionaire’.  We can all dream, can’t we?  And what better way of making fantasy a reality than by putting it out to the universe, and hoping that dream comes true.

Like many of you, I contribute a dollar or two to the lottery, but usually only when the winnings are substantial.   There’s always the off chance I might get three numbers, and I always donate those few dollars back. Over the years, I’ve given it careful thought what I might do if I ever had substantial winnings.  My answers might surprise you.

First, before shouting my winnings to the world, I’d get a good lawyer. Because from everything I’ve heard, the moment you win, friends and family members you haven’t heard from in years, crawl out of the woodwork.

Okay, so let’s pretend I won millions.  I’d consider renovating my house and buying another or maybe a few. Since I like where I live, and with money being no object, I would buy something on the water, maybe some place where I can fully appreciate all four seasons. I like the changes of season.

Since I enjoy traveling, I’d go to places I’ve never been, and I’d travel first class all the way. There’s nothing like traveling in style and having the luxury to sleep in something that resembles a bed. I’d also start my own publishing house. This way I get to write what I want, and not what some publisher thinks is saleable.  All those rejected manuscripts (not necessarily mine), that are awesome, would finally find a home. Speaking of which you should pick up copies of my two recent offerings:

I’d also give money to people I think are deserving, and that doesn’t necessarily mean blood relations. It might be people that I’ve connected with over the years and people that I think are worthy.  I’d contribute to charities that mean the most to me.  Organizations like the America Cancer Society and St. Jude’s Children’s Research. Then vain person that I am, maybe I’d get a filler or two.  Forever 39 I’d be.

Another thing I’ve always wanted to do was establish a scholarship in my name. That scholarship would go to a poor but bright child from my island home, (St. Vincent), who couldn’t otherwise afford the tuition for St. Vincent’s Girl’s High School.  I got an exceptional education there.

Then practical person that I am, I’d invest what was left, and I’d continue to live the lifestyle that I’m used to, knowing that if I had an emergency, there’d be no need to stress.

How would you spend your millions? What would you do?

About Marcia King-Gamble
Romance writer, Marcia King-Gamble originally hails from a sunny Caribbean island where the sky and ocean are the same mesmerizing shade of blue. This former travel industry executive and current world traveler has spent most of life in the United States. A National Bestselling author, Marcia has penned over 34 books and 8 novellas. Her free time is spent at the gym, traveling to exotic locales, and caring for her animal family.
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Lynn Lovegreen said...

Hi Marcia--fun post! I really like your idea of a scholarship.

Marcia King-Gamble said...

Hi Lynn,

Thanks for stopping by. This was a fun post to write. If wishes were horses...

Judith Ashley said...

Marcia, In Oregon, our legislature created the "Dream Scholarship" for young adults who have aged out of foster care and aged out of resources (usually 21). However they did not fund it. I'd certainly make a healthy donation. So many charities and individuals and small businesses that could use a boost.

Interesting that you've mentioned the Law of Attraction. I've been a student of Napoleon Hill and am a part of a couple of Master Mind Alliances. What I can conceive and believe I will receive.

Marcia King-Gamble said...

I truly believe in the Law of Attraction Judith! I've lived it.

Diana McCollum said...

Great post, Marcia! All worthy ideas for your million!!!

Marcia King-Gamble said...

Thanks, Diana. I definitely need to make more than a million for all of my aspirations.

Maggie Lynch said...

Love this post. It's a great alignment of practicality and giving. One of the reasons I think lottery winners tend to go bankrupt within a few years is that they don't invest their winnings for the future. Instead, they get caught up in immediate wants/needs and then can't say no to all the other needs int he world--whether family or something else.

I can see that you definitely need several millions to get all your dreams. I like the idea of scholarships. Education is key to people being able to get ahead in life and to have a wider experience than their own back yard or family can provide.

I also like the publishing company idea. There ARE so many amazing manuscripts that never get a chance in trad publishing and for one reason or another the writer isn't able to do effective indie publishing. But I'd only pursue that with a great staff (which your millions could provide) because I want to continue writing too.

Marcia King-Gamble said...

Thanks Maggie for stopping by. I've enjoyed reading your insightful thoughts. Let's hope 2018 is filled with good things for both of us.