I had many inspiring and heartfelt submissions come through for the Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo social media contest so rest assured choosing one “winner” was no small task.
With apologies for the delay, here’s a presentation of our candidates starting with our winner Emily at the top. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to write in.
May your windfalls come to you all in pleasing and unexpected ways so you may achieve your goals.
- What would happen to my life and me if I won 1st division lotto? I was asked this question when I did a presentation course a year ago as my off-the-cuff question and guess what? You’d think it would be an easy question but I actually stumbled and did very badly. Some attendees at the course later said they wished they got asked that question, as they would be able to answer very well. It’s not because I have no idea what to spend my money on, oh no, I am a Fashion Buyer as a profession so I spend big as part of my job! It’s not because I have no material dreams or things I want to buy. No. I stumbled on this question when I was asked on stage was because I wanted to give a meaningful answer. I wanted to answer with truth and authenticity. Oh yes, I could buy as many designer items I wish to; I could buy a house, a new car…a this and a that. My life would not be very fulfilled and the lotto prize would be a waste on me if that were the case.
- I spent 18 months 5 years ago, travelling around Asia exploring the world and myself. I also achieved one of my life dreams of volunteering in an orphanage. The work itself was very challenging as it opened up my heart the way I did not want it to. The volunteering work I did as well as the travelling took me to all extreme emotions one could ever feel. Frustrations, sadness, anger, happiness, aliveness, peacefulness and the list goes on. But, amongst all the emotions, I felt fulfillment and contentment for the first time in my life! I was not only putting my energy in doing something for myself but also giving in a selfless manner that gave a meaning in my life.
- I am still looking for that meaningful answer to what I would do with my life and myself if I won 1st division lotto but I am not sure that I will ever stop looking for an answer as life will not be a mystery if I knew. I want to end with this quote from Rumi
“You may make a jewelry flower out of gold and rubys and emeralds, but it will not have fragrance.”
- If I won the lottery I would spend my every waking hour training and inventing three ground based acts to perform with a travelling circus called Spark in Thailand – who fundraise for a month by performing their acts to tourists on the popular Thai islands, then take their troupe to the Thai-Burmese border to perform there show to Burmese refugee children while also bring support supplies, such as firs aid kits and food. I can’t think of a more rewarding audience to perform acts to and Wanderlust Taupo would really help my partner acro routine I’m planning with my mum. I also want to do a doubles fire poi routine with her and I haven’t yet come up with a third. But one of the routines need LED to be involved – I’m thinking an LED costume for doubles acro. Living in New Zealand Christchurch I’m finding a very limited amount of Acro yoga teaching. None in fact. Although I have found an absolutely amazing acrobatics teacher called Mim Syme, but I am always wanting to expand my knowledge. After travelling with the Spark circus I would spend a year in yoga training to prepare myself for yoga teaching level 1 immersion in Thailand, and then level two in either Bali or the Amazon (probably the Amazon as that will be the perfect opportunity for me to meet some sloths, which I have always wanted to do). From there it’s unknown but by then I will have a qualification under my belt and will perhaps be ready to Acro yoga training in America. Honestly I will do this without winning the lottery it might just take me a wee bit longer.
Thanks so much for the opportunity to tell you my plans (lottery or not) and being able to enter this competition.
- Passion to me is learning. Learning that goes above and beyond a massive student debt! At 24 I am a student, collecting qualifications that intrigue my mind. I have little money, yet being a light for a friend who’s blue or seeing a stranger smile because you’ve given them the time of day reminds me that I wouldn’t have it any other way. I wish to inspire people to lock into their own potential for happiness & wellness. Winning lotto would be the ultimate chance to fullfill this dream. I would use the money to expand my experience, to search for the roots of many of our ‘modern’ philosophies on wellness, the mind, spirituality and self actualisation. I would love to develop my interest in natural healing by seeing how it’s done around the world, To experience and embody the culture and their origins, in places like India, Africa and Indonesia. I would do Bikram teacher training somewhere fabulous like Thailand, and stay until I got sick of coconut water, long hot nights, dancing and living on the beach! I would bring this insight back to NZ and settle in my own little piece of paradise, in the greenery overlooking the sea, with a Lotus Belle tent in my back yard-so sleeping under the stars is always a possibility! My house would be cosy comforting and self sufficient-I’d live off the land growing my own herbs veggies and teas! I’d do endless raw ‘baking’ and brew my own organic cider. Inviting friends over to try my treats! I would set up a practise for people and offer wellness retreats, for people who want to escape the hustle of city life, to see the stars without light pollution, and to ponder how incredible our human experience.
- If I won the lotto, the first thing I’d do is go to the bank and pay off all of my parents debts, then show up at their house with champagne and a letter confirming their financial freedom. After this I would travel, taking part in yoga and meditation workshops/ retreats all over the world, and learning as much about natural wellness for animals from people everywhere who may have knowledge in this, as this is my passion. I would also visit and donate to many animal rehab centres and conservation projects. After this, I would return home to NZ and buy a lovely, sunny and cosy home on a few acres of land where I could have horses, my beloved dogs, and maybe a few other animals, as well as grow all my own fruit and vegetables. I would also build a studio on my land with a beautiful view, with a room for yoga and meditation and another for art, and a second lovely little house for my parents to retire in. I would still finish my degree and continue to work with animals after my travel break and follow that career path, but the lotto would surely make things easier!
Thanks and bless,
- As the question “What is my passion” goes around and around in my head – I sit on my work chair contemplating all the superficial and mundane things I enjoy: material goods, aesthetics, pleasures of the ego: pleasures of the mind and body… But those don’t sit long with me…. and soon enough I get this feeling of shallowness that takes away what I just though was my “passion”… and then something different arises.. and that’s when I realise that I am most passionate when I am Inspired.
- My passion lies in being inspired and from there everything else cascades into different areas of love, internal movement and passion. I am most passionate and eager to share myself to the others when I am inspired by experiences that are brought to me by: seeing the world, spending time with people who I truly love and admire, animals who show me an instinctive intelligence we all have underneath our complex minds; special encounters that change how I perceive myself and give me a hint of possibilities in change.
- If I had all the time and money in the world I would dedicate myself 100% to being Inspired, through cultivating my own receptivity and sensitivity to the world – through yoga and meditation, healthy simple and clean eating. I would ensure that my environment is positive and supportive by living in a creative, diverse environment – most likely in a beautiful place in a coastal and sunny town.
- I would love to tap into my passion for animals while training dogs for The Blind Foundation for instance – incorporating that mission into my daily life and creating an opportunity to help people in need.
- I would also like to think about spending more time being kind to others and really listening to those who trust me with their stories, experiences and feelings. I would like to think I would spend more time trying to do my bit to make my friends and family happier – by being a better friend, a better person and dedicating quality time to others by putting my ego aside and being present for them.
- One thing I would love to dedicate my life to if I could is to create and support environmental awareness that shifts us from self-centred economical gain to long term responsible solutions towards a World we all share and we all want need to look after: a disruption of our accepted norms of thinking to consider how we treat our Planet and everything on it – a goodness to be spread right across all parts of life and living in this temporary yet transcendent life.
- Last but not least, it would be a legacy to have the chance to inspire others by living a purposeful life that reflects intention in action for a life lived with Passion. Melisa
- I have already won the lottery of life. My belly is full, I am warm and dry. I swim in the freshest water, and can touch my toes (finally). I am in abundance. So if more money than I could possibly need arrived, unannounced, I would do the following:
- My aim would be to maximise daily joy and well being. I would wander round my world, and neighbourhood, giving it away in lots of small, unexpected ways. On my travels those I loved would find their mortgages paid, unannounced. Kids who needed stationary and uniforms, in the poorest schools of the world (and just down the road) would find them supplied by a stranger. My friend with cancer would never have to worry about her daughter’s wellbeing. A great street performer would be gobsmacked by the cash a passer by with a smile dropped in their hat. My Mum would see the Taj Mahal, at last. A kid who had never been anywhere would go more than just somewhere. And someone very special, who’s never been to Paris or New York, would see both. I might just tag along…
Second, I would fund my passion. It’s a charity we’re setting up to make a big difference to many Kiwis, from all walks of life. It would be an investment of the best kind, paying increasing dividends over time. And the winnings meant it would get the best possible start.
For me? Well, all things wanted would be for me too, because giving is a joyously satisfying act. It’s taken me awhile, but I know that now.
If any of you were curious what I would do with a sudden windfall, well I would open my own yoga studio; something I have dreamt of doing for at least six years now.
Happily that dream has finally come true, not through a sudden windfall but through a series of planned, and unplanned, steps and missteps that led me in the direction of the people, places and experiences I needed to reach this destination on my own.
I am ever so grateful to all those individuals who helped to propel me along this path. So if you are travelling through Auckland, please pop in to say hello at The Yoga Tree (new schedule coming soon!!! upon completion of the amazing new look there).
Love and light, Amanda