Erin – Red Debted Stepchild

Erin writes at Red Debted StepChild about her journey to beat debt while searching for freedom and quoting The Office along the way, these are her good things.

Good things to read.

I specifically did not list Harry Potter because that’s too easy. But, Harry Potter.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Food, travel, and self-discovery. What’s not to love? The Italy section is definitely the best because you know, Italian food. And Italian guys. And more Italian food.

I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi. Do you know why people don’t want to learn about finance? Because it’s so ridiculously boring. Ramit presents the “boring” information in an entertaining way that really speaks to twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings. And cracks a few good Indian jokes at his own expense along the way. Hilarious.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. Most of my life is dictated by food and entertainment, obviously. It’s a funny, light-hearted read that fans of The Office & The Mindy Project will love. Mindy is hysterical and incredibly relatable and I want to be her best friend.

Good things to watch.

Wicked. Actually any Broadway/off-Broadway/way-the-hell-off-Broadway show will do, but Wicked is just beyond belief incredible. I never did get into the book, but the show is gorgeous! The songs, the story, the set – it really can’t be beat. Anyone who is a fan of The Wizard of Oz will love it – it’s a whole new twist on a classic tale.

And as I recommend with any show, if you are going to see it, actually SEE IT. For real, don’t pay for obstructed view. Save up the cash and get close enough to see the actors’ facial expressions.

How I Met Your Mother. It’s worth it for the Canadian jokes alone (says the American).

Barney Stinson’s Canadian citizenship test: “Question One: Do you want to be Canadian? Question Two: Really?”

Other than that, it’s just an amazing show. You really can’t beat Marshall & Lily’s relationship, Barney’s hilarity, Robin’s Canadian references, and Ted’s neuroses and love addiction. The twists and turns are fabulous and the episode foreshadowing is brilliant. And obviously, it’s the most epic “how we met” story ever.

Food documentaries. I am OBSESSED with food documentaries. A few favorites include: Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead, Forks Over Knives, & Ingredients. There is nothing better than sitting on your ass learning about food. Check out Netflix for a great selection.

Good things to use.

Your freaking eyes. This is a rant. A two-part rant.

Part 1: Stop viewing the world through the camera on your iPhone. While you are picking out a filter on Instagram, you are missing out on really seeing what you just snapped a picture of. Live in the moment.

Part 2: Stop texting while driving. You are putting your own life and the lives of others in danger. I promise you, no text is that important.

Inspiration and a PSA – look at me being all awesome.

Erin Condren Life Planner. If you’re old school like me, nothing beats a good old fashioned planner. Erin Condren planners are cute and the setup is perfection. They are a bit pricey but well worth it in my humble opinion.

A corkscrew. You just can’t beat a nice glass of wine at the end of the day. Pour yourself a glass and curl up with one of the books I listed above. Bliss.

You can talk to Erin about food (movies) and wine on Twitter, @reddebted.



  1. I have so much in common with you! Loved the commentary on food docs and will try out ‘Ingredients” soon since I’ve seen the rest (Ummm…LOVED “A Place At The Table” which really isn’t a food documentary but rather a doc on the lack of food available…) and CORKSCREW?? How could I have left this off my list a few weeks ago! So glad you added it to yours!

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