Pieces of Me

Random Act of Spending 50K in One Day


Imagine you had fifty thousand dollars to spend in one day. Pay off the mortgage, go on a holiday, upgrade the car, renovate the house, pay for the kid’s education are all the instinctive bells that would ring and fifty thousand dollars could be spent in an instant.

But what if all those things were taken care of and you could spend the fifty thousand dollars any which way you liked. How would you spend fifty thousand dollars in one day?



A brown paper envelope full of ten thousand dollars to give to my mum and dad. Hardly much in comparison to all that they have given me over the years. But it is a little something in saying thank you for all the support, all the advice, all the encouragement that paved a life for me that I am grateful for every single day. My parents packed up their life overseas and moved to Australia saying good bye to everything they knew and starting from scratch here. All for a better life for us. My parents worked hard to build that life and worked hard to support me building mine. Always giving me the right advice and the invaluable financial and emotional support I can never stop thanking them for. Maybe this random act could pay for a much needed holiday? Either way, my life wouldn’t be what it is without them and for that I am infinitely thankful.



A brown paper envelope full of ten thousand dollars to give to my sister. Where do I even start with my sister? She is my partner in crime when it comes to all things in life. She puts up with my obsessions and my crazy phases. She gives me good advice when I need it, blunt and to the point sometimes, but that is what you need to stay on track. She gives me her full support and endless help when the times get too hard to manage on my own. And what’s more? She is the best Aunt and Godmother my boys could ask for. Maybe this random act could go towards the dream house she is building? Building a house is tough going, even at the best of times, so this little random act could go a long way in making the process a little bit easier. And the quicker it is built, the quicker I can go over for coffee.



A brown paper envelope full of ten thousand dollars to give to my godmother. My parents bought me books my whole life. I remember trips to the store always ended with another book to add to my collection. But there was someone else who bought me books, my godmother. She bought me many books, but I especially remember when she bought me Emily of New Moon for my birthday. Reading that book was when I started to think: maybe I could write too. I always loved books, but the idea of writing – well that was the spark. The spark of a dream finding its soul. From the pages of Emily to writing today I will always be thankful to my godmother, for the books, the love, the unconditional support. Maybe this random act could go towards something that she loves? For I will be always grateful for having her in my life, giving me every reason to believe that all my dreams could come true.



A brown paper envelope full of ten thousand dollars to give to my two boys. Now it would seem crazy to give an eight and six-year-old ten thousand dollars. But adults can get so responsible when it comes to spending money. When I asked my boys what they would spend the money on – well firstly they needed to understand exactly how much ten thousand dollars was. “It is the same as being able to buy twenty Xbox One consoles,” I told them. Their faces lit up. “We would go straight to the shops and buy tickets to Disneyland and Lego Land Mum. We would take everyone, you, Dad, Nanna, Nannu, Aunty – everyone. We would stay at the Disney and Lego hotels and we would play all day and take a rest in the pool if we got tired.” Sounds like a good idea to me don’t you think? There is something about children and their belief that everything is possible that gives me hope in this life.



A brown paper envelope full of five thousand dollars to give to my much neglected back garden. Well to give to the gardener who will do a much better job than I ever have to breathe some life back into a space now that is now overgrown with weeds and dead trees. We built the house we live in, designed and poured over every detail. But the moment we had our boys the little details started to get neglected around here. So much so, that my once beautiful backyard is a space we do not use anymore. Sad really, since it was once a space to host parties and sit and watch the sun go down, glass of wine in hand. A random act of garden love could change all that and give us back a space we so need. Dreams shift and change, so do priorities, but the garden is part of the soul of this house and needs to come to life again.



Five brown paper envelope full of one thousand dollars each. One to give to the barista who makes my coffee every Friday morning. The only question he asks is “how are you and the boys?” and starts to make my short black. Something about our connection over coffee that makes my Friday, every single time.

One to give to the courier who graces the door at my sister’s office with our online deliveries. He delivers our little bundles of happy with a smile each time. With Christmas coming, how nice would a brown paper envelope of happy be to give to him to say thank you?

One to give to my dear friend who lives interstate. One thousand dollars could go a long way in flights to catch up in real life instead of on the phone or via text. Friendships have so many ways to connect in our modern world, but nothing beats a fireplace, two coffees and friends as old as time catching up.

One to give to the junior coach: two training sessions a week and game day, rain, hail or shine he is out there motivating my boys, getting them excited about sport and giving them new bonds of friendships – all for free. He volunteers hours of his time to the team. This random act of happy could go a long way to say thank you.

Now after a long day of spending 50K in one day I’m not making dinner. We are calling for a pizza and I’m putting my feet up instead. As for the last thousand dollars? My pizza delivery guy is by far the best. I’m sure he has phone number ID on his end and starts to make our pizza before he even picks up to take our order. We have never waited more than fifteen minutes for piping hot delicious pizza. I always try and give him a little extra each time he comes, but this time, he gets my last random act of happy.


How would you spend fifty thousand dollars in one day?


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  • LydiaCLee

    Infinite possibilities….what fun to think about.

    • Yes it is fun to think about – how amazing would it be if it were real…. 🙂

  • 50K would be the start of a deposit for us. If only!

  • I am too taken with your gorgeous pictures up there to think about the 50k. How did you do them? Did you actually paint those signs, or did you do something fancy with the computer and some fancy lettering? Gorgeous Josefa!
    Oh, and the 50k … um … mortgage debt for sure. But maybe I’d keep 10k to play with. Depends on the day as to how I’d want to play … today I am thinking home decorations including new carpet and a splash of pain on the walls.

  • Beautiful post Josefa! The pictures are gorgeous! If I had $50k I’d divide it, like you have, and give it to those close to me and those who I know are struggling financially to help them out.

    • Thank you Bec I really enjoyed putting the images together for this post…I’d find it hard not to share my 50K with those I love. I sometimes day dream about winning tattslotto and my first instinct would be to divide it up and share with the people I love xx

  • MissMandy

    I always tell my kids, if we landed a wod of cash I’d give them an inground swimming pool in the backyard. It’s definitely the gift that would keep on giving and bring us so much happiness. Lovely post.

  • Gorgeous pictures Josefa!
    As for the 50k, I’d use it to help my sister-in-law fix up her home. She’s a single mum, and barely gets by. She has a heart of gold and never asks for anything.

    • Thank you Jodi, your way of spending the 50K so far sounds like the absolute best way – wish I could really make it happen xx

  • Oh I love the illustrations you’ve done with this.

  • Oh, lovely! Such kindness 🙂 #TeamIBOT

  • I’m sure I would have no problem at all spending $50k in a day. I love your illustrations and kind heart Josefa 🙂 xo

  • Okay… so now I feel bad cos I wouldn’t be that selfless. My brother and many of my friends have more money than me anyway, so I’d share some with my mum and then buy stuff for me!!! New iPhone to replace my iPhone 4 which broke 3 yrs ago but I still use. New iMac and new laptop, new TV, new mattress, get my spa fixed, get my curtains fixed, get my oven fixed and pay for a fabulous holiday to Italy. I would spend it all on frivolous stuff!

    • Oh that is not frivolous stuff at all! We so desperately needed a new mattress earlier this year, so I get how important that is and everything else, 50K could go a long way in ticking all those boxes especially a trip to Italy! How fabulous would that be 🙂

  • I love the way you spend your imaginary windfall – giving is the best way of spending I reckon. Having said that, my car is almost 15 years old (I’m not a car person) and although we have a much newer family car I probably couldn’t go past spending some of the money on a newish car for myself.

  • Isn’t it sad to think that $50K wouldn’t come to close to being enough to do all the things I would like to do? In this modern world with a family to think about, it’s hard to make money stretch. So I think you’re spot on in how you’re imagining spending the money. Giving it to people you love most or who least expect it seems like the best way to maximise the value.

    • Angie I think that is the stark reality of the world we live in today – 50K simply doesn’t stretch that far! I really like the idea of giving it to people who least expect it – a little random act of happy can go a long way in someone’s life xx

  • Natalie @ Our Parallel Connect

    I love your video and hope you win the competition with all that work you put into it.

  • Beautiful words and images, Josefa. Just gorgeous. You are such a kind-hearted person. I’m working on my post at the moment, so you’ll find out soon how I spend mine 🙂 xx

    • Can’t wait to read it Renee, how awesome would it be if all this money was real and all these posts sprung to life? xx

  • I think we would all love to have enough money to be wildly generous with our friends, neighbours and relatives.

  • Congrats on the win! xx

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