As you well know by now, I am a quote girl. I believe in their power to inspire and entertain.

In my experience, the right quote delivered at the right time can truly change someone’s life. Pithy but profound nuggets of big-picture wisdom can give anyone direction, courage and inspiration.

A new gem I just discovered is “Dance First. Think Later.” This book is a collection of 618 “rules to live by” compiled by siblings Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras. Can I just say that I adore the diversity of the quotes? They cite figures from  Marilyn Monroe to Colette to Alfred Hitchcock and beyond.
“Dance First. Think Later.” is the perfect gift for family members, colleagues, recent graduates, newlyweds, new home owners, or anyone looking for a direction. (I personally took it to work and added it to that collection.) A sampling of the wisdom you can find:

Rule No. 176

“Be aware that most people are operating on a very condensed version of the Ten Commandments: the part about murder.” – Mark Bricklin, Journalist (Ouch! Something to think about though.)

Rule No. 97

“If you’re not in the parade, you watch the parade.  That’s life.” – Mike Didka, Football Coach (My new personal favorite quote.)

Rule No. 406

“A life directed chiefly toward fulfillment of personal desires sooner or later always leads to bitter disappointment.” – Albert Einstein, Physicist (So unbelievably true!)

Rule No. 103

“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” – Julia Child (Bravo, sister!)

Good news! I am giving away a copy of “Dance First. Think Later” to one of my lucky readers!

Here’s how to enter:

  • Either “like” Hip As I Wanna Be on Facebook


  • Tweet out I entered to win “Dance First. Think Later” from @mammamania :

Please leave  a comment letting me know that you did one of these steps. Bonus entry if you leave me your own personal favorite quote! This contest ends on Sunday, February 27th at noon.

FTC Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own. This book is so right up my alley!

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