If You Won the Lottery, What Would You Do?

My sister and I have this discussion often. What would you do if you won the lottery? Well, I cannot tell you our plan in detail, but I will list a few things on my list. This is in no particular order:

Immediately put a good chunk of my winnings in several interest bearing accounts

Write a significant check to my Alma Mater
Spelman College

Make a donation to the music program at Clark Atlanta University

See…AUC unity does exist. I was educated at Spelman and socialized at CAU. Shout out to the alumni members of the ESSENCE Dance Line!

SN: I have gained some of my closest relationships within the music program at CAU.

ESSENCE Dance Line



Start My Own Operation Wedding Fund

I’m sure someone will want to marry me someday…at least I will be able to afford my dream wedding (if I don’t elope)

Travel the World with Family and Friends

Make a “let me hold a dollar” fund

This will be for all of the fake family members and random people who will show up.. Once this fund is depleted…oh well

What would YOU do if you won the lottery?



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Wedding Programs: Buy vs. DIY

Weddings are expensive and it isn’t until you are preparing for your big day or the big day of someone close to you that you realize just what goes into it. In Operation Wedding, I told you that this wedding experience could reveal the possibility of a Buy vs. D.I.Y post. Well SMC readers, this is it!! Wedding Programs- Buy or D.I.Y?

Here are some pictures I used to get some inspiration:

There should be no surprise that I chose to DIY vs. Buy for this particular project. Financially, it appears to be more economically feasible to just make your own or someone else’s programs if you enjoy creative projects, which I do. Usually arts and craft projects relax me, but this time that was not the case. Between the weight of the deadline, the storms that kept knocking the power out (the same storm that caused the bride to be locked inside of a Hallmark store 2 days before the wedding, by the way), printer issues, and the pressure to get it just right, I almost lost my mind. Looking back, I learned A LOT about paper¸ people, programs, & printers and for the insight I gained, I am thankful for the experience. Bottom line is… I love my sister and my brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Phillip D. Williams, and I hope that they liked the programs and dinner menus that came from a place of love.

So that takes me back to the original question, Should you Buy vs. DIY? I’m still not exactly sure. Knowing what I know now, the process would be significantly smoother if I ever chose to do something like this again. See how the programs and dinner menu turned out, click here.

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