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Free writing workbook to save yourself

Everyone needs to write. Everyone. This is true even if you hate writing. My nine-page free writing workbook gets you started. See your badass self through fresh eyes. Make sure you’re avoiding the mistakes that wrecked me — until writing saved my life. 

 

Royal Caribbean cruise ship

My 1st time on a big boat: Sheila E. cruise

betty ming liu Travel 8 Comments

One more item crossed off the bucket list! I’m just back from a Sheila E. cruise — yup, that Sheila E., who was Prince’s drummer and Latina lover. The trip gave me the tropics and great music. Most importantly, it gave me a taste of diversity at sea. My daughter Gabi joined me for the first-ever “Sheila E. Glamorous Life …

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Happy Valentine's Day

Single & satisfied on Valentine’s Day

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships, Writing how-to's 5 Comments

Are you in love today — and every day? It can happen. That’s why this year, I’ve set aside my usually hating against hearts, roses and candlelight dinners. Every Feb. 14, I used to rant, even when I was in a decent relationship. But this year, I’m celebrating a new, different kind of romance. Finally, this girl is single and …

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How to use hyphens and dashes to look smart

betty ming liu Writing how-to's 7 Comments

A lot of smart people worry about how to use hyphens and dashes. Sadly, their insecurity makes them nervous about writing. I’d say 60%-80% of my college students need help with this issue. But once they learn the basics, they find such freedom in expressing themselves. So let’s figure out how to use hyphens and dashes. It’s time to boost …

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Finding sanity in the Year of the Rooster

Year of the Rooster: therapy talk for 2017

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 23 Comments

Year of the Rooster has me thinking about how happy I am to finally, truly appreciate my difficult parents. The two of them, plus my first shrink, now occupy the V.I.P seats in my head, reserved for my most precious ancestors. Yup, they’re both dead. A heart attack killed Dad when I was a teenager. Mom died seven years ago, …

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#LovetrumpsTrump

Love trumps Trump — if it’s true love

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 8 Comments

All the news coming out of the White House makes me insane. But after much gloominess and overeating, my doubts are gone. I believe 1,000% in my mantra. Against the odds, I know that love trumps Trump. The only way to carry on is with love — true love. While feel-good emotions can be nice, I’m chasing something more practical …

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Piggy dim sum buns

Taipei: Finding my cultural roots

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With this post, I wrap up my epic, month-long Asian vacation. The final stop had a mission: finding my cultural roots in Taipei, Taiwan. I spent four fascinating days in the capitol city of this tiny island nation. Between the food, conversations and art, I went home feeling updated, with a more global sense of self. Taipei gave me another chance to …

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