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. 

 

Letting go of the kid so that we can both grow up

betty ming liu Art, Food, Inspiration, Relationships 13 Comments

How did this all happen so fast? My daughter Gabi has only a few days left of high school. Then we’re into prom season, summer goodbyes and then…packing my only child off to college. After that, we are each on to totally new lives. This is one of the moments I’ve been working towards since the day she was born. …

Who am I? Humor for self-awareness & identity issues

betty ming liu Food, Inspiration, Relationships 2 Comments

A good friend of mine says that reading my painful blog posts about childhood traumas and cultural issues is only bearable when I’m funny. Agreed! Humor goes a long way in sharing the truth effectively and then, growing from the experience. The tricky part here is that looking in the mirror can be tough. But lately, that’s gotten easier as …

Do you think it’s possible to unplug?

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

The other night when my daughter Gabi and I were out to dinner, she scolded me for taking pictures of our food and instantly sharing them on social media. “This is the most anti-social meal I’ve ever had,” complained my 17-year-old. Since that moment, I’ve been rethinking the insanity of my life. After all, she had a good point. We …

Why it can be good to lose weight

betty ming liu Food, Inspiration, Relationships 8 Comments

With Lady Gaga, Katie Couric and Demi Lovato all going public about their bulimia, I hesitate to say anything about my food issues for fear of seeming trivial.  But hey, that’s never stopped me before! A pop star, a TV anchorwoman and a judge from the TV show “X Factor.” Wow,  big personalities. I applaud them for sharing their struggle …

How to spend 36 hours in Little Tokyo, L.A., with photos

betty ming liu Money, Relationships, Travel, Writing how-to's 5 Comments

Just got back from the V3 Digital Media Conference in Los Angeles, which gave me a chance to explore both blogging issues  — and Little Tokyo. What a great chance for me to expand my sense of community! The trip got off to an excellent start because I flew from JFK to LAX on jetBlue. The airline’s New York terminal …

Unity 2012 Convention in Las Vegas for journalists

betty ming liu Money, Travel, Writing how-to's 7 Comments

LAS VEGAS — Being in this strange American city for a major journalism convention is a blast! What a great chance to schmooze, sunbathe and renew my passion for entrepreneurship. Did I surprise you with that last word, entrepreneurship? Well given the sorry financial state of the profession, the only ones who are going to survive are risk takers with …