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 writing saved my life: Part 2

betty ming liu Relationships, Writing how-to's 7 Comments

Note: Welcome to Part 2 in my 3-part series about how writing saved my life.  My father’s fatal heart attack brought a weird peace to our Chinatown apartment. Yet, the tough-love patriarch still lived on in my head. I was 19, and clueless about making my own choices. There was only one thing to do. I decided to become an …

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How writing saved my life: Part 1

betty ming liu Relationships, Writing how-to's 15 Comments

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series about me, writing and how writing saved my life. Everyone needs to write — everyone. By the time we get to Part 3, you’ll know why your words are so important, too. Okay. Here we go… My Chinese immigrant parents expected my birth to make them lucky. Instead, they felt cheated. They …

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Up next: trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangkok, Taipei

betty ming liu Inspiration 6 Comments

Get ready for our mother-daughter trip to Asia! That would be thrilling enough. But, there’s more. After two weeks together, my princess goes home. Then, I journey alone another week. It’ll be my first real vacation as a single woman. Even though I’m a bit nervous, the queen is excited about celebrating her independence.  :) Here’s the plan… Once the Fall …

3 reasons to start walking for personal growth

betty ming liu Health, Inspiration 8 Comments

I’ve starting going for walks. This will shock anyone who knows me. As a busy, indoors-y kind of gal, walking always felt so boring. But that’s only because my world was too small. These days, walking opens me up. I’m part of a bigger landscape, a bigger story, a bigger sky. Of course, once a city kid, always a city …

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Cauliflower steak recipe with chef Peter Berley #vegan

betty ming liu Food 9 Comments

All hail the star of my Thanksgiving feast: the lowly cauliflower. Rise up, you lumpy, white cruciferous. Dazzle us with your transformation into cauliflower steaks. That’s right. A meatless steak. Actually, even better than real steak. Instead of 500 calories for an 8-oz. beef steak, a plate of that much cauliflower weighs in at barely 50 calories. Even if you …

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Storytelling & microaggressions in #TrumpAmerica

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships, Writing how-to's 6 Comments

When I showed up for my Wednesday evening communications class, the mood was miserable. Donald Trump’s victory at the polls was just hours old. Everyone was angry and scared. Most of these students are people of color, with many from immigrant families. What kind of America is this, where it’s suddenly okay to be racist, sexist, anti-LGBTQ, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-everything? …

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