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 budget a Miami vacation & not feel like a loser

betty ming liu Travel 8 Comments

My daughter and I recently discovered Miami and can’t wait to go back. This crazy, seaside metropolis delivered excellent surf, shopping and dining on a budget. The trip left us rich in memories from our first mother-daughter vacation in three years. That’s right. Three. Whole. Years. Between her doing her thing and me doing mine, our priorities and schedules just …

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Starting a new year without my sweet, old cat

betty ming liu Relationships 25 Comments

I began the Year of the Sheep by making a painful decision about Lucky, our ancient cat. My first act of the new year was to put him to sleep. Dealing with death is considered a no-no during such an auspicious holiday. But Lucky was a black cat with great vibes, enough to overcome Chinese superstitions. Besides, I miss him. Talking …

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5 ways I’m losing weight as a healthy lifestyle

betty ming liu Food, 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 …

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3 ways to get richer in the Year of the Horse 2014

betty ming liu Money, Travel 10 Comments

This is the year that I makeover my finances by transitioning away from credit cards. So bye-bye, plastic. Hello, cash. This new strategy has also been kinda painful. To my surprise, it’s creating a completely different lifestyle. But in the long run, I’m sure I will be better off. The Year of the Wood Horse is the perfect time to …

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Happy holidays from the land of Betty, with photos

betty ming liu Inspiration 8 Comments

Well, we made it through another rollicking year! Thanks for being here as I dealt with my work, family, relationships and creativity. With your support, I’ve gotten to a very good place. The best, as they say, is yet to come. Meanwhile, it’s a relief right now to take stock and…just relax. The fall semester is over, yay! No more …

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5 ways to embrace the Year of the Snake

betty ming liu Inspiration 11 Comments

As we slither into the Year of the Snake, I have been dragged against my will into its call for reflection. The most enigmatic creature of the Chinese zodiac is all about carefully contemplating solutions — and I have found one. For me, the challenge ahead is simple: I can NOT give in to inertia. I really didn’t want to …

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