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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 …

Buying fish in Honfleur

Shopping for memories from my French painting vacation

betty ming liu Art, Food, Travel 7 Comments

Oh, this French vacation is zooming by, making me feel nostalgic. So I went shopping for souvenirs — memories to take home as I explored Honfleur during a very rainy day. Weather-wise, we’ve been lucky during this 10-day painting trip in northern France. It’s been sunny until now. The downpour started last night and it was crazy noisy. This morning, …

How to make more money in 2015

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In 2015, I plan to be powerful in managing my finances. It’s time to retire the wishy-washy worried woman act. Let’s go into the new year with confidence! I’m feeling inspired because I just read Suze Orman’s Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny. She said she finds that way too many women feel insecure about their finances and …

5 ways I’m losing weight as a healthy lifestyle

betty ming liu Food, Holistic health, Money 22 Comments

Over the past six months, I gained 10 pounds — the same 10 pounds I lose and gain every few years. Big sigh. I’m SO TIRED of this cycle — and I think I’m finally ready to break it. The motivating factor is a recent conversation with my 19-year-old daughter. I was enjoying a tasty snack, can’t remember what it …

Off-Broadway: 10 reasons to see “Kung Fu”

betty ming liu Art, Inspiration 13 Comments

Hurry — don’t  miss “Kung Fu,” a new play about the late, great superstar Bruce Lee. This colorful Off-Broadway production has actors and sets that are constantly in motion. In two hours and 15 minutes of dancing, martial arts and Chinese opera, we cover the 1940s to 1971 as we travel across Seattle, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and India. Bruce …

How to buy running shoes

betty ming liu Holistic health 11 Comments

As a non-runner, shopping for new running shoes was a chance to explore a world I didn’t know existed. I highly recommend the experience as a way to get on a happy, comfortable track for both exercise and relaxation. Running isn’t my thing because of painful shin splints. Even a jog would cause those nasty hairline fractures in my lower leg bones. …