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. 

 

How to use hyphens and dashes to look smart

betty ming liu Writing how-to's 7 Comments

A lot of smart people worry about how to use hyphens and dashes. Sadly, their insecurity makes them nervous about writing. I’d say 60%-80% of my college students need help with this issue. But once they learn the basics, they find such freedom in expressing themselves. So let’s figure out how to use hyphens and dashes. It’s time to boost …

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Finding sanity in the Year of the Rooster

Year of the Rooster: therapy talk for 2017

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 23 Comments

Year of the Rooster has me thinking about how happy I am to finally, truly appreciate my difficult parents. The two of them, plus my first shrink, now occupy the V.I.P seats in my head, reserved for my most precious ancestors. Yup, they’re both dead. A heart attack killed Dad when I was a teenager. Mom died seven years ago, …

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#LovetrumpsTrump

Love trumps Trump — if it’s true love

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 8 Comments

All the news coming out of the White House makes me insane. But after much gloominess and overeating, my doubts are gone. I believe 1,000% in my mantra. Against the odds, I know that love trumps Trump. The only way to carry on is with love — true love. While feel-good emotions can be nice, I’m chasing something more practical …

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Taipei: Finding my cultural roots

betty ming liu Travel 6 Comments

With this post, I wrap up my epic, month-long Asian vacation. The final stop had a mission: finding my cultural roots in Taipei, Taiwan. I spent four fascinating days in the capitol city of this tiny island nation. Between the food, conversations and art, I went home feeling updated, with a more global sense of self. Taipei gave me another chance to …

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Fear of traveling solo: 9 things I learned in Bangkok

betty ming liu Inspiration, Travel 8 Comments

On Jan. 1, my daughter Gabi and I flew to Bangkok. This was after 18 days of traveling together in Asia. She was heading home. Meanwhile, I planned to stay in Thailand’s capitol city and deal with my fear of traveling solo. As we waited for her flight, Gabi watched me fidget on my iPhone. “Why are your hands shaking?” …

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Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Why I loved visiting Cambodia, a tourism hot spot

betty ming liu Travel 12 Comments

Cambodia is a tiny country with incredible ancient ruins, brutal politics and really good food. Visiting here taught me so much about being human — and having hope. I went into this poor nation of 15 million people totally ignorant of its history. Turns out it consistently ranks on top-10 tourism lists for its huge, sprawling temples that date back 900 …

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