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Book giveaway: Live a Life You Love! by Dr. Susan Biali

Susan Biali

I can’t give you a life you love, but I might give you a book after the jump.

I sometimes get the opportunity to review books here at Casa de PastaQueen. Recently I received a copy of Live a Life You Love!: 7 Steps to a Healthier, Happier, More Passionate You by Dr. Susan Biali. The blurb was very promising, telling me that “the author recounts how she went from a depressed, unfulfilled medical resident, to a flamenco dancing physician performing on an international stage.” How cool, I thought. It’s like Grey’s Anatomy meets Dancing with the Stars!

I received Dr. Biali’s book and read through it this week. I greatly admire the author’s brave life choices, which included ditching an unfulfilling though lucrative medical career to pursue dance, something she was truly passionate about. However, the book didn’t quite click for me and I ended up liking the idea of the book better than the book itself. But as an author myself, I don’t want to stomp on anyone’s hard work with my clodhoppers. (I don’t even own any clodhoppers.) This book might be just what somebody else is looking for, so I’m giving it away in the hopes that it will find a warm home with a cozy bookshelf and controlled humidity to house its tender, acid-free, pages.

If you’re interested in winning a copy of Dr. Biali’s book, leave a comment telling me what dream you would like most to pursue, no matter how outrageous or silly it might seem. Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on Sunday, March 21, 2010. Winner will be chosen randomly.

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JEM • March 17, 2010 at 11:08 am

I could drop everything and do whatever I wanted without fear I would definitely move to New York and try out for broadway shows. As a singer/actress/dancer all through high school and college it was my dream, but life got in the way, bills kept coming in and the fear of being too fat hindered me, so I never pursued it, but I think about it all the time. I just inspired myself to try out for some local productions, it may not be broadway…but it would still fulfill my creative needs! :-)


JEM • March 17, 2010 at 11:09 am

@JEM – *If


kat • March 17, 2010 at 11:22 am

I would love to quit my job and take classes forever. Classes on cooking, sewing,…Now if only i could find someone to help me finance this education dream.


Megan • March 17, 2010 at 11:32 am

I’m not even really interested in the book but I would like to go on record as saying that I would like to perform with the Metropolitan Opera in NYC!


Lesli • March 17, 2010 at 11:56 am

I would love to quit my job and be a writer, but five childern and lots of bills have put that dream on hold for the moment.


Eva • March 17, 2010 at 12:09 pm

If I could do anything, I would run from Prime Minister for India (my country and there Prime Minister is same as President in this country), I feel I have so much to offer to my country – i would eradicate corruption. Can you believe that ex-convicts can run for elections in india? and more often than not, they win cuz they threaten people if they dont vote for them.
Oh i wish!!!


FrogSong • March 17, 2010 at 12:09 pm

At age 51, after many years of reading them by the ton, I have developed a severe allergy to most self-help books, and have no interest in this one either. This is as good as it gets. However, I would very much like to hear how the chard/dill thing turned out. I loved your book and I love your blog devotedly, but this is the first time I’ve written. FYI.


Alison • March 17, 2010 at 12:16 pm

My dream would be to have an animal sanctuary type place for Chinese Shar Pei dogs. They are misunderstood, and frequently abandoned by owners who are dismayed when their puppies abundant wrinkles decrease, and overwhelmed by vet bills if they happen to have a pup prone to so many of the Shar Pei – specific ailments. Or disappointed if their Pei isn’t a lazy lap dog (most of them are independent and not super snuggly). So I would like to save those misunderstood, abandoned dogs.


Jamie • March 17, 2010 at 12:18 pm

I would travel the world, not in short bursts but living each place at least a year, get the feel for it, teach my son that there is so much more out there. and i am actualy trying to find a career that will kind of support this dream- i am going to school to get my master’s in International Relations so i can leave the night shift of florescent lights and white walls in the hospital behind!


ChrissyS • March 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Hey, Jennette~I’m not going to sign up for the book draw since it didn’t keep your interest. I don’t feel like I take tooo much time to read, so it would have to be something that keeps my attention. I am reading Jillian Michael’s “Master your Metabolism” right now, and have finally ordered YOUR book (linking through your blog for my whole amazon order of course!)

I did get a kick out of the word “clodhoppers” though. Such a great word. Be well, friend.


Vicki • March 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm

I’d love to pursue my dream of being a philanthropist.


Andrea • March 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Of course, I am the most boring person ever. I dream of not working and staying home with my girls, nurturing a garden, getting to know my neighbors, finding the hidden treasure locations in my area, volunteering at the library (one of our favorite places and woefully underfunded), starting a blog, helping out my elderly parents more, and finally organizing my home. About once a year I add up my savings, vacation time and try to figure out how to make it happen. Sigh….


Rebecca • March 17, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Well, if we’re really talking dreams – Queen of England.

Too much? :)


Cara • March 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm

One day I would like to open a cupcake bakery. Ok, if I had my dream come true, I’d like to open a cupcake bakery in downtown Manhattan, but I realize that is a bit crazy being as I live in Orlando Florida and have no means of moving my family to NYC an know no one who lives there to even help out. But you said to put my dreams no matter how crazy.

I’d like to sell cupcakes as well as mini pies and mini pastries and have a small cafe type of diner for people to enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea while eating sweet yummies.

That’s my dream!


Brandi G • March 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm

I would like to do anything other than what I’m doing (health insurance!). What I’d like to do, but not sure I have the talent, is something in music. Promoter or something of the sort. I just don’t know where to start! Plus, I have two small kids at home and travelling doesn’t mesh well!


Cara • March 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm

@Cara – I think I’m technologically challenged today. = ]

I tried replying to my comment but it didn’t take. My website address, when you click my name above, didn’t work right. So here’s the link: http://www.CarasWeightLossJournal.com

I hope this reply works.


Jessi • March 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm

My dream is to go down to part-time work, so that I could become a tai chi master. I started learning tai chi 3 years ago, and I’m addicted. I am now one of the lead students in my class, and am helping teach the other students. I might have found my calling.

After being fat most of my life (I was 325 by my senior year of high school – and then slowly lost 130 lbs through my 20’s) I could never have imagine loving movement, loving my body, and being in a position to help others get grounded and centered in their own bodies. I’ll never be a petite woman at 5’8″ and 190lbs, but when I practice tai chi I feel graceful and strong. My dream is to help other people feel that.


Sarah • March 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm

My dreams… so many to choose from. Here are three of my top options from the if i could give it all up and money wasn’t an issue:
– Run a dog rescue!
– Move to Italy and just cook all the time and find people to eat my food!
– Be skinny and just bike ride/kayak/walk/picnic all the time in gorgeous 60-80 degree weather


Fanny • March 17, 2010 at 2:51 pm

That book sounds like a rip-off of “Live the Life You Love” by Barbara Sher which is an excellent book. Highly recommended.


Jenny • March 17, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I’m hoping to start a custom cake business if the stars align correctly. Sorry if that doesnt fit very well with your ‘half of me’ theme! My grandma always says that a little of what you fancy does you good though, and I figure a small piece of excellent cake is 100 times better than a nasty slab of foam with crisco on!


Shanna • March 17, 2010 at 3:32 pm

I have a crazy dream… and that is to compete an Ironman in the next couple of years. In the next 5 years I want to compete in the Ironman in Kona. In the mean time, I am working on losing weight and getting in shape. This journey is really bringing out the real me and showing me things that I have done in the past that are not so healthy (like being addicted to fastfood… well food in general) I am finding that triathlons are not only physical but emotional and mental as well.

Maybe you should start a bloggerhood of the traveling book… and pass around books to readers of the site! What a way to pass on inspiration! Love reading you pastaqueen!


Mare • March 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm

I would love to go back to school, get a law degree, and go to work for the ACLU.


Beth • March 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Dreams to pursue no matter how outrageous or silly…I have a few in the back fo my mind. I would love to qualify for the Boston marathon. I’d love to complete a full Ironman. I’d love to be a certified personal trainer. I’d love to go back and get my Masters (maybe even PhD?) in Electrical Engineering, focusing on some facet of signal processing.


Amy • March 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Chase tornadoes. Seriously. lol


Deb G • March 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I would love to buy a Harley Davidson and ride in the springtime and under the stars.
I would also like to train seeing eye dogs for blind youth.


Christina • March 17, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I already accomplished dream #1 last year, which was to quit my job, but dream #2 is to run a half-marathon and I’ll be working towards that this year!


Amy • March 17, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Get my doctorate…


Neena • March 17, 2010 at 10:00 pm

If I had an endless stream of income to support the fam and pay the bills, I would quit my job and start my own business!


cindy • March 17, 2010 at 10:25 pm

My dream? Graduate school in NYC. A five year plan to make it happen… and George Clooney on the side. Too much? If I’m going to dream, I’m going to dream big!


anniegirl • March 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I would have a loft apartment in Paris and travel all over Europe, painting. :)


Lesley • March 17, 2010 at 11:43 pm

I’d like to go back to school and receive a degree in something I’ve never studied in-depth yet piques my interest nearly every day of my life (e.g., zoology, nutrition, religion, child development).


Adrienne • March 18, 2010 at 12:04 am

I would love to move to northern Minnesota and open a resort! Meet new people all summer and have winters off to read! :) — Adrienne


Dawn • March 18, 2010 at 12:19 am

Moving to Italy, art + coffee + chocolate = bliss and I’ve never been out of the country


Sheryl • March 18, 2010 at 8:53 am

I would like to go back to singing opera, which was my undergrad major, but I never pursued it past then – I have a desk job. But I still sing solo at area churches, so it is actually possible that I could work my way back to singing opera.


Trini • March 18, 2010 at 9:14 am

I’d like to open a sustainable farm and spend my days outdoors eating yummy fresh foods. :-)


Beth • March 18, 2010 at 9:21 am

I love bugs. Ever since I was a child, I dreamed of becoming an Entomologist. I would work around the world, studying different species of insects, inviting their buggy legs to crawl across my hands & arms. I would sink low to the ground and watch the armies of ants go about their daily routines, and feel nothing short of ‘utterly facinated’. After my worldly travels, I would settle in an insect exhibit in a local zoo, caring and nurturing their tiny worlds, and also educating folks about their importance and of course, their awesomeness. I would also like to become a tight lacer, but thats a story for another time. ;-)


psychsarah • March 18, 2010 at 9:48 am

Before pursuing my more practical dream of becoming a clinical psychologist (mission accomplished), I dreamed about being a rep for a record company, discovering new bands/musicians. I don’t even know if such jobs exist anymore, but it seems like fun!


Alyssa • March 18, 2010 at 10:06 am

Hey Jennette

My dream doesn’t make a lot of sense, but it still combines everything I think that I would love doing – definitely want to finish my undergrad degree (hons biochem) and go to med school and become an OB/GYN – can’t think of a more rewarding career. But, I also love to cook and so if I could do that while also owning a small bed and breakfast for tourists near my hometown in Italy, I would love that too! So if anyone has any tips for surgeons in Canada who live and have businesses in Italy send them my way!

Alyssa :)


PJ • March 18, 2010 at 11:51 am

I love big old houses. I love driving around looking at them and every time I see one that catches my eye, I say, “Man I wish I could get inide there and look around, what do those people do for a living?” So my dream would be to live a life where I tour old private homes at my leisure and have access to the owner’s personal finance records. I would split my time between that and spending sunny days with all the girls in my family, lounging by a glorious in ground pool located at a fabulous, gigantic, old house of my own. We would do nothing but sunbathe, read celebrity magazines, shop online, and drink cocktails. On rainy days we’d explore the attic of said house which I would own due to old filthy rich family money, finding heirlooms and treasures, and discovering family secrets. We’d bake cupcakes in our fabulous kitchen while singing and dancing to Miranda Lambert and Dixie Chicks songs. Um yeah, part Nancy Drew, part Practical Magic, part Walton’s Mountain.


Dr. Susan Biali • March 18, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Well hello everyone!
I got a google alert about this giveaway of my book and came over here to check this out – and as I began to read through all of your dreams my smile got bigger…and bigger…and bigger…until I eventually had tears in my eyes.

This is why I do what I do and why I wrote the book that I did (and no, I haven’t seen or read the book with a similar title, but maybe I should!). I say it time and time again – we are so unique, each of us with our own unique path that calls to us. You can observe this most clearly when you ask a person to describe their biggest dream.

Go to New York and start auditioning for those Broadway shows! Take those cooking classes! Get involved in government in India! Start volunteering at an animal sanctuary or rescue until you’re ready to have your own! Take that next step towards your dream, whatever it is, and you will be amazed where life takes you.

For Cara – a great friend of mine just launched a successful chain of cupcake bakeries, if you contact me via my website I’ll put you in touch with her. Alyssa – I’m a Canadian medical doctor, so if you have any questions about your dream I might indeed be able to help you…

I have been so touched by all of your comments that I’d like to do something I’ve never done on a blog event before – I’ll also give a 30 minute coaching session to whoever it is who wins my book, to help you get that much closer to your dream, just contact me through my website.

Love to you all! You made my day : )
Susan Biali, MD
Medical Doctor, Wellness Expert, Coach, Speaker & Flamenco Dancer


Amy • March 18, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I want to go back to school to become a public defender.


BridgetJones • March 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I want to become a professional novelist. Sounds pretty crazy, huh? If only I could actually edit my work…maybe I would have something there…? Anyway, I have not yet submitted any of my work to, well, anyone. But this is something I want to do — indeed, need to do. Wish me luck! And — please send me the book about Loving Your Life : ) Thanks Pasta Queen!


she overflows • March 18, 2010 at 3:19 pm

My dream is to be an author. I know I’m a talented writer, though that sounds a bit conceited, but I just don’t have (or make) the time to devote to pursuing writing full-time. So, that would be my dream! To say the hell with school and work and take a year or so to focus on writing my first novel.


Mary • March 18, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I really gave it some thought and I would like to become a personal trainer/motivator. I will be 60 in about 3 weeks so this is a stretch but just might be doable. Also please check out my blog, would love some feedback from you.


Rachael • March 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm

My dream is to raise a child. I have been making lists of my future child’s name since I could hold a crayon. Then I fell in love with a guy who told me right off the bat that he didn’t want kids. Ever. I married him anyway because I was (and am) that smitten. I accidentally got knocked up and had a miscarriage. He freaked and had a vasectomy. Somehow we settled on older child adoption and have been matched with a nine-year-old girl that we hope to bring home soon! The adoption process has been the most exhausting, overwhelming, frustrating, difficult thing I’ve ever done, but I know it will be worth it in the end.


Melissa • March 18, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I’d love to become a professional chef… Which is sadly like a recovering drug addict saying she wants to become a pharmacist. *sigh*


Emily • March 18, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I would become a photographer for National Geographic Traveler Magazine!


Emily • March 18, 2010 at 11:05 pm

I would love to complete an Ironman Triathalon sometime before I’m 50.


Beep • March 18, 2010 at 11:47 pm

I’d become a gynecologist. Actually, this is what I have wanted to do since I was 12 and now at 35 I am in my last year of medical school… Residency yet to go!


Must Be Motherhood • March 19, 2010 at 4:05 pm

I would refocus my artistic sights on my flute and hook up with cool bands–techno, jazz, whatever. And make music again.


Vanessa R • March 20, 2010 at 4:50 am

I’d love to just hike around Europe and see all of the gardens there. Really, I’d love to just wander around the world and try to see as many countries as I can.


Mindy • March 20, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I would like to be the voice of the princess or the fairly godmother or even a cute fish in all future Disney movies. It would be like living in a fairy tale world! I would use my vast fortunes from doing this to travel all over the world!


Sarah • March 20, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Wow, what a good question. I’m in the midst of my second application to medical school, but if I could do anything? I might like to be a travel photographer or a sitcom actress or a ballerina. I dabble in those things…but school has always come first. Right now I’m just trying to get my life sorted out…


Eileen • March 21, 2010 at 2:12 am

I want to travel, travel, travel. I would love to take groups of innercity kids to Europe for museums and history, and then take them someplace like Puerto Rico for ecology.

For an even wilder dream, I want to help colonize Mars.


Renee • March 21, 2010 at 9:58 pm

My dream? Run the Hawaiian Ironman.


Just Kelly • March 22, 2010 at 12:35 am

Own and operate a non-profit dolphin assisted therapy center.


dehlia • March 22, 2010 at 7:30 pm

my dream is to be a successful art therapist, author, and lose half of my weight, just like you :)


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