Five ways to build my brand as the journalARTist™

betty ming liu Art, Money, Writing how-to's 10 Comments

Was that really me the other night? Me, lugging a big drawing pad to a packed lecture hall at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism! I was there for an advanced, sold-out social media training workshop — but not as the typical attendee. With my graphite pencils and pastels arranged on a side table, my mission was to make the …

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 …

5 ways to unplug from electronics & social media & reconnect with your life

betty ming liu Health, Inspiration, Relationships 11 Comments

My goal for the past two weeks was to unplug from social media. But the break from Facebook, Twitter and blogging turned into something bigger. I’m now reorganizing my life for 2013. Since I was off from work during most of this experiment, I really had a chance to turn off the devices and recharge my personal energy. For the …

Do you think it’s possible to unplug?

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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 …

Giving thanks: you helped my kid’s video to win!

betty ming liu Inspiration, Relationships, Travel 16 Comments

Back in September, I asked for your help in “liking” and watching a video that my daughter Gabi made about her summer camp trip to Tanzania. Guess what — she won! The photo here is of us at JFK International Airport on that July afternoon when she set out for that adventure. The journey changed her from a somewhat spoiled …

Photos: Sistahood at the 2012 Women’s Media Center Awards Dinner

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The really bad news is that women are appallingly underrepresented in the media industry. The good news? Women are doing something about it — and having a good time in the process. The 2012 Women’s Media Center Awards was a marvelously glam networking event and here are some photos to prove it. Held on Nov. 13 at the lovely Gustavino’s …