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Up next: trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangkok, Taipei

betty ming liu Inspiration 4 Comments

Get ready for our mother-daughter trip to Asia! That would be thrilling enough. But, there’s more. After two weeks together, my princess goes home. Then, I journey alone another week. It’ll be my first real vacation as a single woman. Even though I’m a bit nervous, the queen is excited about celebrating her independence.  :) Here’s the plan… Once the Fall …

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3 reasons to start walking for personal growth

betty ming liu Health, Inspiration 8 Comments

I’ve starting going for walks. This will shock anyone who knows me. As a busy, indoors-y kind of gal, walking always felt so boring. But that’s only because my world was too small. These days, walking opens me up. I’m part of a bigger landscape, a bigger story, a bigger sky. Of course, once a city kid, always a city …

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Cauliflower steak recipe with chef Peter Berley #vegan

betty ming liu Food 9 Comments

All hail the star of my Thanksgiving feast: the lowly cauliflower. Rise up, you lumpy, white cruciferous. Dazzle us with your transformation into cauliflower steaks. That’s right. A meatless steak. Actually, even better than real steak. Instead of 500 calories for an 8-oz. beef steak, a plate of that much cauliflower weighs in at barely 50 calories. Even if you …

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Storytelling & microaggressions in #TrumpAmerica

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships, Writing how-to's 6 Comments

When I showed up for my Wednesday evening communications class, the mood was miserable. Donald Trump’s victory at the polls was just hours old. Everyone was angry and scared. Most of these students are people of color, with many from immigrant families. What kind of America is this, where it’s suddenly okay to be racist, sexist, anti-LGBTQ, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-everything? …

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Vote for Hillary & save America from cheating White boys

betty ming liu Relationships 6 Comments

More than once, I’ve been involved with men who cheated on me. More than once, I stayed too long and loved too much. There’s a lot of women out there who can relate. We’re a huge voting block in the 2016 presidential election. Yet, where are the fancy experts analyzing our political clout? Then again, who would they interview, if …

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Read your work out loud to find your voice

betty ming liu Writing how-to's 6 Comments

To rock your writing, read your words out loud — to yourself. Your most important audience will always be that Audience Of One. Over the years, I’ve used out-loud reading to transform myself and hundreds of students. But for even more proof of its value, I have tips from three bestselling authors. If we do as they say, we’ll get …

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