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Let’s share immigrant stories as #MoreThanALabel

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 15 Comments

I’m thrilled that America’s future social workers have asked me to join their campaign against immigrant discrimination. To stop the name-calling, abuse and violence, they are using a very 21st century weapon: the hashtag. #MoreThanALabel is the brainchild of social work graduate students at Simmons College. They want us to attach #MoreThanALabel to anything we post on social media that refers …

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The price of freedom: My $9k dream vacation

betty ming liu Art, Food, Inspiration, Relationships, Travel 12 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 …

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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 …

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Gotta make time for what you love

betty ming liu Inspiration 19 Comments

Thank goodness for therapy. In my latest weekly session, I got some insight on how to begin living with greater satisfaction. As you know, I’m trying to write at least 1,500 words every day during November. The goal is to have 50,000 words by the end of the month. It’s a challenge! I’ve already missed both the word count and …

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Week 1: Starting that writing project with NaNoWriMo

betty ming liu Inspiration 6 Comments

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 …