Green Festival Expo — photos of new food & home products

betty ming liu Food, Holistic health, Money, Travel 4 Comments

For three intoxicating hours at Green Festival Expo, I stuffed my face on organic food samples and marveled at hundreds of new products. This was heaven for impulse shoppers, which meant I went home with a bunch of excitingly odd items to try out. This annual weekend event continues through today at New York City’s Javits Convention Center (April 24-26). …

Books to help us write smart at work

betty ming liu Money, Writing how-to's 8 Comments

Beware of career self-sabotage. It lurks in how we write office emails and memos. This has nothing to do with being a good writer. The problem is decoding office politics — most of us were never trained to deal with it. But not to worry. I’ve gathered some great advice that will help. Workplace communication is such a beast. It’s …

My messy kitchen drawer, with photos: why cleaning at home is good

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 16 Comments

I’m always wondering what to keep and what to discard. Over the years, the issue comes up during changes in everything from career and relationships to personal goals. Letting go and moving on can be super difficult. So the other day when I opened my kitchen drawer, I was reminded of the fact that transitions can take time. In 2005, …

Finding myself: 3 reasons why we can all learn to draw

betty ming liu Art, Inspiration 12 Comments

I just took a drawing workshop that changed my life. Oh sure, I’ve sketched before. But sitting very, very quietly with pencil and paper was a new level of intimacy with myself and the world. If you’ve ever fantasized about being more art-y, read on, because we are all capable of drawing — and accessing the confidence and creativity it …