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. 

 

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, …

4 reasons to avoid sugar

betty ming liu Health 11 Comments

If you’re not interested in dealing with the issue of sugar addiction, the new August issue of National Geographic might change your mind. The cover story on the evils of sugar uses gorgeous photos, historical facts and trending data to show why we’re in big trouble. Refined sugar is amazingly delicious but offers absolutely zero health benefits. In fact, it …

What is your spirit?

betty ming liu Inspiration 19 Comments

Racism in this country has me so bummed right now. Given the latest headlines, I find myself thinking about how horrible some people are. And yet, thankfully, we have among us those with righteous, compassionate spirits. Which has me wondering about my own spirit. What am I really about? I just finished the draft for my book. Yes, a miracle, …

Check out my latest abstract paintings :)

betty ming liu Art, Inspiration, Money 21 Comments

For me, nothing beats the wordless joy of globbing paint onto canvas. It’s all about the trance of letting go. Stop thinking. Do it. Overthinking kills spontaneity. Overthinking makes me miserable. Overthinking obstructs the truth. Overthinking is a bad habit ingrained by my control freak Chinese immigrant parents. Haha, you knew I’d work in that last point somehow. But seriously, …

Why I’m unplugging for the next two weeks

betty ming liu Health, Inspiration, Relationships 6 Comments

Who needs Santa? I am here to deliver a huge gift to myself — and you. From now through Jan. 7th, I am shutting down my social media and pretty much getting off the Internet. The goal is to detox and return to you fresher and more relevant than ever. For those of you who already live an unplugged life, …

“Trying” is a dirty word

betty ming liu Inspiration 15 Comments

After a few weeks of conducting a personal experiment, I am here to report my findings: “Trying” dooms my efforts to failure. “Trying” shows a lack of confidence. This discovery process started a few weeks ago when I was overwhelmed by Superstorm Sandy. After the electricity was restored in early November, I was swamped with things to do. From juggling …