free writing workbook
Free workbook: What’s your next step?

If you’ve got decisions to make, your own words might offer the best advice. Your words are a source of power, insight and confidence for your badass self. My free, nine-page writing workbook can help you see yourself in a fresh, creative light. Even reading through the pages might spark new ideas. For sure, you can avoid the mistakes that wrecked me — until writing saved my life. 

 

Vegan dessert porn: 7 desserts made with my daughter at ICE

betty ming liu Food 15 Comments

If you think “vegan” and “food porn” are incompatible concepts, these photos will change your mind. The pictures are from a vegan dessert baking workshop that I took with my daughter Gabi. We enjoyed making these goodies — and then, stuffing ourselves with them afterwards. Let’s start with your first question…What is a vegan? Vegans are animal lovers who do …

5 ways I’m losing weight as a healthy lifestyle

betty ming liu Food, Health, Money 20 Comments

Over the past six months, I gained 10 pounds — the same 10 pounds I lose and gain every few years. Big sigh. I’m SO TIRED of this cycle — and I think I’m finally ready to break it. The motivating factor is a recent conversation with my 19-year-old daughter. I was enjoying a tasty snack, can’t remember what it …

9 scary facts about caffeine

betty ming liu Food, Writing how-to's 10 Comments

A new book about caffeine has me feeling wary about this psychoactive drug found in coffee and soda. The facts are so disturbing that I’m wondering if it makes sense to become caffeine-free. The author, Murray Carpenter, said he learned a lot in writing “Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us,” which was published in March 2014. …

Gluten-free pasta-making class — photos & review

betty ming liu Food, Health, Relationships 4 Comments

Now that gluten-free goodies are a booming multi-billion dollar industry, it’s no longer hard to find decent, wheat-free boxes of pasta at the supermarket. Even more exciting — it’s also possible to easily buy ingredients to make fresh, gluten-free pasta from scratch. Delizioso! My daughter Gabi and I recently had a great time exploring this tasty world. We took a …

Letting go of the kid so that we can both grow up

betty ming liu Art, Food, Inspiration, Relationships 13 Comments

How did this all happen so fast? My daughter Gabi has only a few days left of high school. Then we’re into prom season, summer goodbyes and then…packing my only child off to college. After that, we are each on to totally new lives. This is one of the moments I’ve been working towards since the day she was born. …

Who am I? Humor for self-awareness & identity issues

betty ming liu Food, Inspiration, Relationships 2 Comments

A good friend of mine says that reading my painful blog posts about childhood traumas and cultural issues is only bearable when I’m funny. Agreed! Humor goes a long way in sharing the truth effectively and then, growing from the experience. The tricky part here is that looking in the mirror can be tough. But lately, that’s gotten easier as …