My book is a whimsical and inspirational handbook on my life as a single woman, which offers helpful, cost-saving tips and ideas, for a healthy and wealthy mindset for anyone to use, wherever you live.
Many individuals and families are feeling a lot of stress and struggle during these challenged economic times, and are making adjustments to just put food on the table and gas in the car!
In financial survival mode, we all do what we have to do to get through, as long as it’s not criminal, unethical, or immoral and doesn’t harm yourself or others.
In this fun handbook, I present my life and challenges, living on a shoestring spending plan, to stretch the dollar, while having a happy and upbeat attitude with my spiritual faith, that it all will work out. I’m sharing my experience to help others, so take what you want and leave the rest!
I am kind to others and live life to the fullest each day, even if I have one dollar in my bank account between paydays! I use humor and empowerment to help people feel and think better each day.
In the spirit of giving, I will donate a portion of proceeds from this book, to some non-profit organizations that are dear to my heart, as I feel it’s always important to give back.
I’m honored that my book Foreword was written by my long time friend Louise Fletcher, Academy Award winner, Best Actress, 1975 “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.”
I work in “Camp Hollywood”, as I call it these past 25 years – I am pursuing my creative goals and dreams, working part-time and full-time on film, music, television, theatre and commercial projects, which help to make a difference and carry humanitarian messages. Most work is on a project-to-project basis, and often these projects do not happen one after the other, so you have to learn to stretch your dollars. Some projects pay low wages, so that, too, has kept me on a shoestring spending plan. However, the impact of what messages a heartfelt project, can bring to the audience worldwide is worth the time, even at a lower wage. To endure this shoestring mindset, one must have a realistic, yet optimistic, never give up attitude with a shield of strength and confidence.
I have an 8×10 frame in my kitchen placed where I can see it each day. On the paper inside I have typed:
Put God First Each Day And All Will Be Handled
This is how I get through each day — knowing ‘all’ will be handled personally and professionally as I stay in faith.
Think of these challenged times as an exercise in forward movement to be a better person living in gratitude for the very basics you have, hopefully decent health, shelter, food, clothes, phone and a car to get around or money to take public transportation.
In my opinion, having a shoestring mindset, doesn’t mean that you are a cheap person, it means that you are careful and practical, with your spending, savings and investing. Also, as you may have heard before: Money doesn’t buy class. It is the richness, generosity and character of one’s soul that gives them the class.
I’m just sharing my experience from my heart with you, the reader, in hopes that it will bring some helpful information and add levity to your day! I only want to suggest and not preach nor advise. We all work at life each day, whether we are paid or not. Sometimes we are teachers, and sometimes we are students. If readers can take away some ideas from my book to help them feel and think better, I would be extremely happy!
Another thought to remember during a challenged economy is …”This too shall pass.” Meaning, that nothing is forever and all we can do is live life one day at a time. It could be awhile before our economy and lifestyles are better and more people will be earning, saving and investing, so we need to be in acceptance of that possible time frame.
You are as healthy and wealthy as you make up your mind to be, no matter where you are living, even if that might be Life On A Shoestring … in Beverly Hills?
Christine Redlin resides in Beverly Hills, California, for the past 26 years. Born and raised in and around Chicago, Illinois, she is one of five siblings. She enjoys life with her significant other, Mark Castaldo (a film producer–http://www.destinypictures.biz/), who resides in Santa Monica, California. Christine also enjoys her time with her mom, Lorraine Redlin, who is sharp and healthy in her late 80’s, living just adjacent to Beverly Hills. Christine is her mother’s primary caregiver.
Christine works in the entertainment industry — “Camp Hollywood” as she calls it. Since age 19, she has worked in entertainment related jobs, pursuing her creative goals and dreams, working part-time and full-time on film, music, television, theatre and commercial projects.
Christine is an award-winning film and educational television producer, a creative writer/marketer, production executive, actress and voiceover talent, who enjoys experiencing all that life has to offer. Christine was the co-producer, marketing & promotion supervisor, music clearance supervisor and voice of “Sue”, for the 10-time award winning film documentary MY RUN (2009) – the Terry Hitchcock Story, narrated by Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton, which tells of one man’s journey to raise awareness for single parents everywhere after losing his wife to breast cancer and raising his three young children on his own. MY RUN received 10 Best Documentary awards. MY RUN had its nationwide release March, 2011 in over 535 movie theaters, in the top 140 markets with over 200 million impressions. MY RUN is now on DVD and Netflix with a portion of proceeds being donated to LIVESTRONG.
Christine gives back by volunteering her time and sharing her experience and talent with many charitable causes. She can start her day outdoors, casually dressed for a hike, and finish the day dressed up, attending the symphony in a dress and heels at night! She likes to use humor and empowerment each day for herself and to help others feel and think better.