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The price of freedom: My $9k dream vacation

betty ming liu Art, Food, Inspiration, Relationships, Travel 8 Comments

Running away from home for a 10-day painting vacation in France came with a price — $9,079.80, to be exact. But it’s what I wanted to do. I had a great time. Plus, I learned the value of letting go. “Me first” is my new mantra! Everything was new. I’d never gone on a vacation by myself before. Never went …

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What I’ve learned about abstract painting & life

betty ming liu Art, Inspiration, Travel 4 Comments

The sun is setting on my 10-day dream vacation in France. When I fly back to JFK tomorrow, I will be packing a ton of new experiences, insights and concrete skills. Learning to paint abstract is all about simplifying what I see down to the elements that matter most — to me. Doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. I just …

Fight gun violence: Moms Demand Action march

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 11 Comments

A new experience: For the first time ever, I carried a sign and participated in a march. It was liberating, necessary and — now that I know what marching feels like, it will certainly happen again. Why now? Guns. I’m heart-broken and furious about the killing going on in this country. Every day brings new headlines about the murder of …

Week 1: Starting that writing project with NaNoWriMo

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It’s 7 a.m. on Nov. 1 and I’m at my desk. The challenge has begun. For the rest of the month, I am committed to writing at least 1,500 words every day. The goal is to have 50,000 words by the end of November. Welcome to National Novel Writing Month! I just registered on NaNoWriMo’s website to make sure I’m counted. There’s …