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. 

 

I’m proof that slackers can fulfill their dreams

betty ming liu Health, Inspiration 32 Comments

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a teacher. But my parents told me to be a doctor. To thwart their plans, I screwed up in college. So instead of teaching the ABCs, I covered my college transcript with A’s, B’s, C’s, D’s and F’s. Somehow, I eventually went from this passive-aggressive disaster to Columbia University’s Graduate School …

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Adding a dog to a cat household is woof

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 20 Comments

My daughter Gabi has always wanted a little dog. And I always said “no” because, well, guess who would have to walk it? Ha. But three weeks ago, Rosebud adopted us at the local animal shelter. Now we’re becoming a cozy household of two humans, three cats and one adorable canine. Gabs and I weren’t looking for more critters. We …

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Amy Chua can’t be trusted

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships, Writing how-to's 76 Comments

On Tuesday night, I heard Amy Chua speak at the Time-Life Building in midtown Manhattan. Even though her whole Tiger Mom phenom disturbs me, I was curious. In the end, the opportunity to see this controversial author up close was a revelation…Wow. Amy Chua is actually a confusing, ideological mess. She constantly contradicted herself. She chattered away without providing real …

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Why I need my shrink right now

betty ming liu Relationships, Writing how-to's 21 Comments

Getting divorced in 2000 destroyed my life. When I walked out of my 18-year marriage and a beautifully furnished home, I was an unemployed stay-at-home mom who relocated to a strange town and moved into an empty house. Hey, that was the easy part. It’s taken me a solid decade to figure out a new routine, re-invent my career and …

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How to become a model in Seventeen Magazine — like my daughter!

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 77 Comments

Hey, guess what — my baby’s in the April issue of Seventeen Magazine! Look for her on page 82! She’s in the upper right-hand corner of the “pretty prom styles!” photo layout. That’s my Gabrielle, the dimpled cutie with the elegant updo! Sorry for putting you through all those exclamation points. But we’re just so excited! Gabi loves fashion and …

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How to overcome childhood traumas & troubles: new possibilities for a new year

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 34 Comments

Happy Lunar New Year! Here’s an old photo from the holidays. I remember when Mom took it. We were in a Chinese restaurant. She kept telling me to smile but I refused. How could I, when the fabric of my China Doll was so uncomfortably scratchy? Besides, everyone was watching our little drama — and I just HATED being on …

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