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. 

 

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 9 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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10 days in Vietnam changes my life

betty ming liu Inspiration, Travel 15 Comments

Our mother-daughter dream vacation just wrapped up 10 days in Vietnam. The trip made memories that bonded us as adult buddies for life. How marvelous to have a 21-year-old adult child who is now one of my best friends. And the trip isn’t over yet! Vietnam offered us everything from nature and incredible eats to military history. Gabi and I kayaked …

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My 1st full day in Asia: Hanoi, Vietnam

betty ming liu Art, Inspiration, Travel 11 Comments

Greetings from Hanoi and the continent of my immigrant parents! I am deep in the land of selfie sticks and fantastic food. After only one whole day in Asia, it’s already obvious. This trip takes me far beyond my comfort zone. And I will be better for it. Already, I feel so, so blessed to be on this journey. It’s …

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How writing saved my life: Part 3 (Independence)

betty ming liu Relationships, Writing how-to's 11 Comments

Note: This is Part 3 and the final installment in my series. Part 3, with three key words: writing-saved-life. During my 30s, I played the Asian babe. There was a hot journalism career and cool husband. We owned a Manhattan condo with marble bathrooms and a fireplace. By day, I ran around the city, writing about immigrants. At night, I …

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