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. 

 

Happy 100th birthday: I love you Mom, thorns and all

betty ming liu Inspiration 12 Comments

Dear Mom, I used to hate roses because they reminded me of you: beautiful, with dangerous thorns. But when I planted your favorite flower on your 100th birthday, you sent me a sign. Now, I embrace you completely, Mother Dear. I love you, Mom, thorns and all. If you were still alive, you would’ve adored shopping for rose bushes at …

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Dads never really die

Dads never really die

betty ming liu Inspiration 10 Comments

When I was 19, my 70-year-old dad passed on from this world. But since I believe that dads never really die, my relationship with him keeps growing. And we’re finally in a very good place. This is huge. After all, I spent decades wrapped in outrage, venting about the tyrant who scarred me forever. Now, I look at my faded …

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Coach Diversity Institute president Towanna Freeman & senior vp Gloria S. Chan

Why I’m becoming a professional coach

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 4 Comments

This weekend, I’m in Arlington, Va. for life coach training, yay! Taking on this new role pulls together all the skills from my life journey. I only realized I was looking for coaching — when I found it. That’s why I’m becoming a professional coach.  :) The world of sports has always had coaches. But when I was young(er), other types …

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Know the history Chinese immigrant women

Why the shocking history of Chinese immigrant women makes us powerful

betty ming liu Inspiration 8 Comments

Trump’s anti-immigrant policies are terrifying but not new. That’s why I’m calling on the ancestors for help.  The early history of Chinese immigrant women is an American story of survival. They were banned for looking different and being poor. They were aliens — exotic freaks who dressed in strange, long robes. Sound familiar? And yet, here I am, an Asian …

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Royal Caribbean cruise ship

My 1st time on a big boat: Sheila E. cruise

betty ming liu Travel 14 Comments

One more item crossed off the bucket list! I’m just back from a Sheila E. cruise — yup, that Sheila E., who was Prince’s drummer and Latina lover. The trip gave me the tropics and great music. Most importantly, it gave me a taste of diversity at sea. My daughter Gabi joined me for the first-ever “Sheila E. Glamorous Life …

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Finding sanity in the Year of the Rooster

Year of the Rooster: therapy talk for 2017

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships 23 Comments

Year of the Rooster has me thinking about how happy I am to finally, truly appreciate my difficult parents. The two of them, plus my first shrink, now occupy the V.I.P seats in my head, reserved for my most precious ancestors. Yup, they’re both dead. A heart attack killed Dad when I was a teenager. Mom died seven years ago, …

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