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. 


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 …

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Working from home is the new journalism for me

betty ming liu Money, Writing how-to's 8 Comments

Home is the new newsroom. That became my deal when I started my job this year as an online reporter. And I totally love it because I NEVER EVER COMMUTE TO WORK. In my old school journalism world, freelance writers were the ones who usually worked from home. But as a full-time staffer immersed in 21st century media, I am …

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Wringing toothpaste from a tube

betty ming liu Art 17 Comments

Brushing my teeth a few minutes ago could’ve been annoying because there wasn’t much toothpaste left in the tube. Instead, I enjoyed dealing with the situation by taking out my…tube wringer. And, YouTube. I need to get better at this video stuff because it’s such a great way to communicate. Making videos is also fun. I need to do more …

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How to use Apple’s One-to-One program

betty ming liu Money, Writing how-to's 26 Comments

Note: At the end of 2016, Apple’s One-to-One program disappears completely. Too bad. But during 2016, a small segment of Mac owners — like me — can still access to the program. This is only because right before Apple announced the death of 1-2-1, I bought a new laptop AND a new 1-2-1 membership. So new Apple computers owners in …

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Steve Jobs’ view of life and death

betty ming liu Inspiration 8 Comments

Ever since Steve Jobs’ death last week, I have been watching and re-watching the YouTube video of his 2005 Stanford University commencement speech. And it makes me weepy every single time — because it’s so damn inspiring. While snippets from the speech have appeared in various obituaries, his talk deserves a space all its own. You’ll want to hear and …

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Why you need a Mac

betty ming liu Money, Writing how-to's 13 Comments

For most of my life, I’ve been a computer idiot. Even the act of emailing threw me into despair. Then around 2006, I dumped the PC and switched to a Mac. That began a re-invention that opened the door to new jobs, new dreams — a new me.   Of course, Macs are expensive.  Laptops and desktops begin at $1,199. …

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