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. 

 

Happy 100th birthday: I love you Mom, thorns and all

betty ming liu Inspiration 12 Comments

Dear Mom, I used to hate roses because they reminded me of you: beautiful, with dangerous thorns. But when I planted your favorite flower on your 100th birthday, you sent me a sign. Now, I embrace you completely, Mother Dear. I love you, Mom, thorns and all. If you were still alive, you would’ve adored shopping for rose bushes at …

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Gotta get outta the house

Time to get outta the house — a hello from L.A.

betty ming liu Inspiration, Travel 4 Comments

Somehow, my daughter and I pulled together a last-minute cross-country road trip, from New York to Los Angeles. Coast-to-coast. It was time to get outta the house! I’m grateful that the drive went well — it’s just one of many gratitudes on my list right now. As you know, I’m big on being thankful. In fact, I find that daily …

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Dads never really die

Dads never really die

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When I was 19, my 70-year-old dad passed on from this world. But since I believe that dads never really die, my relationship with him keeps growing. And we’re finally in a very good place. This is huge. After all, I spent decades wrapped in outrage, venting about the tyrant who scarred me forever. Now, I look at my faded …

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Daughter graduates from college

Being the mother of a college graduate

betty ming liu Inspiration, Money 12 Comments

Here’s my big news: I’ve become the proud mother of a college graduate! And I’m also sort of speechless. Wow. What do I do now? During these past four years. I watched Gabi explore her passions, purpose and power. It was hard for me to let her make her own choices (but I learned). She graduated with honors, too — …

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Coach Diversity Institute president Towanna Freeman & senior vp Gloria S. Chan

Why I’m becoming a professional coach

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 4 Comments

This weekend, I’m in Arlington, Va. for life coach training, yay! Taking on this new role pulls together all the skills from my life journey. I only realized I was looking for coaching — when I found it. That’s why I’m becoming a professional coach.  :) The world of sports has always had coaches. But when I was young(er), other types …

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Maxine Hong Kingston & me

Writing tips from Maxine Hong Kingston

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Forty years ago, she wrote “The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts.” The book was a breakthrough bestseller about growing up in a dysfunctional Chinese immigrant family. Today, it’s an American classic. And now, here I was, actually chatting and getting writing tips from Maxine Hong Kingston. Maybe you’ve heard of Maxine’s woman warrior. In ancient China, she …