About


Here’s my story. And I’m sticking to it.  :)

My short bio

Betty Ming Liu (she/her) is a holistic life & career coach. She specializes in inner child work, storytelling and Classical Chinese Medicine meditation and wellness techniques. At New York University, she works part-time as the life & career coach in the journalism graduate school, and as a professor for journalism undergrads. A proud single mom and daughter of Chinese immigrants, Betty is also a former New York Daily News columnist who grew up in NYC’s Chinatown. Today, in her 60s, she and her rescue pit bull have relocated to Los Angeles, where they live just minutes away from her daughter.

 

And, for more details…

My struggling Chinese immigrant parents raised me in survival mode. We shut down our feelings and focused on work. I was their success story – until I wasn’t.

On the “success” side: I grew up to be a journalist and professor. During my marriage, I had Louis Vuitton and Prada bags, a Lexus, a Mercedes and a big house.

Then, the other side: Divorce. Money trauma. Intergenerational trauma. Coping as an older, single mom of color. Family issues related to immigration PTSD, alcoholism and domestic violence. But that’s getting way ahead of the story.

My first career as a journalist gave me the tools to observe, question and discover my truth. I started out with a success perm, an accounting degree from Baruch College and a master’s from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

I was the first Asian American staffer at every newsroom that hired me. For 15 years, it was a wild ride of chasing headlines and the world’s trauma. Once I quit to do the mommy thing, I began new chapters. Divorce. Single motherhood. And, blogging, which held me steady. I had lots to share; my post about the tiger mom went viral.

Another chapter began during a career makeover that fulfilled a childhood dream. In junior high school, I belonged to the “Future Teachers League.” Over the past 20 years, I’ve taught at half a dozen universities, training generations of students to be sassy, succinct storytellers.

I’m known for teaching three subjects at three places, right through the pandemic: Journalism at NYU, creative writing at The New School and speech communication skills at Westchester Community College. I’m also a recipient of NYU’s “Outstanding Teaching Award.”

In 2021, I transitioned from mostly teaching to mostly coaching. During these recent years, I’m finally understanding the impact of my childhood. Little Betty was a sad kid, filled with wordless rage. But now, as a grownup, I found the words: Depression. Anxiety. Low self-esteem. And, all of it followed me into adulthood as triggers for self-sabotage.

Welcome to my inner child. This new self-awareness motivated me to reframe my relationship to my past. Everything’s changed – my thinking, my life. My story.

In 2022, at 66 years young, I moved cross country to Los Angeles. Today, I live just minutes away from my daughter. Home is a sweet little bungalow, which I share with Bobo, my rescue pit bull. My inner child is safe, loved and ready for play. Happy at last!

Thanks for reading.  :)