My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen; I’m the Adventurous Writer who created the “She Blossoms” blog and book series. I write full-time from my treehouse overlooking the waters of Indian Arm in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
You’re here for a reason, and I’m happy to meet you. The best way to stay in touch – and blossom! – is by signing up for my newsletter. When you get my email address, you can send me a little note. I’m curious about who you are and hope you’ll respond to the welcome email you’ll get when you sign up 🙂
My purpose is to help women blossom into who God created them to be. I write articles to help people cope with loss and let go of the past; I love sharing practical tips and tools for healing.
I’ve experienced many losses in my life. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been deep, rich, and fulfilling. I’m a woman of faith and a follower of Jesus.
Join me, and we’ll walk into a new season of life together. We’ll find the joy, freedom, peace, strength and hope that God promises, and we’ll become who He created us to be. That’s what blossoming is all about!
A Glimpse Into My Life
- My mom struggled with schizophrenia and nervous breakdowns my whole life; I lived in three foster homes and was living on my own at 17 years old. My mom lives in a group home on an acreage near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.
- My dad is Jewish, born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel – where he still lives. I didn’t meet him until I went to Israel when I was 29 years old.
- I lived in Kenya, East Africa for three years. I taught Grade 8 Language Arts and High School Journalism at Rosslyn Academy, an American school for missionaries’ and ex-pat kids in Nairobi.
- My undergraduate degrees are in Education and Psychology from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton. My Master of Social Work (MSW) is from University of British Columbia (UBC), in Vancouver, Canada.
- I started volunteering with the Big Sisters/Big Brothers organization in 2012; my “Little” Sister is now 18 years old (she was 11 when we were matched). I was a Little Sister myself when I was 10 years old, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I’m still in touch with my Big Sister today! She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
- As a freelance writer, I’ve written for a wide range of magazines such as Reader’s Digest, Woman’s Day, MSN Health, Natural Health, Spirituality & Health, and sometimes More.
- I didn’t get married until I was 35…and I married Bruce, who I met 17 years earlier! He was a bartender at Chi Chi’s Mexican Restaurant, and I was a waitress. We were friends for a long, long time before I finally proposed! 🙂
- We struggled with infertility, and can’t have kids because of azoospermia. We chose not to get in vitro fertilization (IVF), though we did try intrauterine insemination (IUI). Those fertility treatments didn’t work; we decided not to adopt or foster kids.
- I’ve written several “She Blossoms” ebooks, which you’ll see below. How to Let Go of Someone You Love: Powerful Secrets and Practical Tips for Healing Your Heart has been on my own personal bestsellers’ list for years.
I’ve been earning a full-time living as a blogger and writer since 2008. Amazing, I love it! Every day I wonder if today is my last day of work (will the internet suddenly implode and disappear? Boy, I hope not). I love my job, and am awed by God’s blessings.
After I turned 40, I got my Master of Social Work (MSW), taught myself to play the flute, and started painting with oils and acrylics (a dream come true for me). I also went on my first missions trip to Haiti. The older I get, the happier and more peaceful I become. And the bigger I Blossom 🙂
I created the Blossom Tips and How Love Blossoms family of books and blogs, to help women get up when they’re down and arise afresh. Join me — because the journey is better and brighter if you aren’t walking alone.
My “She Blossoms” Blogs
The purpose of my blogs and books are to help women walk through loss. Letting go of the past and moving into a new season of life is a process that takes time, energy, hope, courage and faith! I write about real life struggles and serious problems, such as letting go of a loved one, healing a broken heart, coping with infertility and depression, and dealing with guilt and shame from the past.
Relationship Blossoms started out as Quips and Tips for Love and Relationships. I found my new identity in God and am now Blossom. My purpose is to encourage and empower women in all types of relationships.
How Love Blossoms is an offshoot of my original love blog (Quips and Tips for Love and Relationships). That blog grew way too big, so I had to weed it out. So now I have two love and relationship blogs. There’s not much difference between the two, which is crazy. Someone needs to do something about that.
Life Blossoms was originally Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals. It covers everything from overcoming career obstacles to making more money. That blog was supposed to help readers achieve their personal, professional, and financial goals…and my most popular article is 40th Birthday Gift Ideas That Will Surprise and Delight Her.
Blossom Tips is an offshoot of the original Blossom in Life blog (Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals). Again, that blog got way too big! So I had to more weeding. I dug up the most popular blog posts, and replanted them as Blossom Tips.
Writing Blossoms was first called Quips and Tips for Successful Writers. It’s the first blog I ever started, back in 2008. I love that blog, dude. It’s all about writing, editing, getting published — and blogging! There, I combine quips from famous published writers with practical writing advice. My most popular article is 11 Types of Articles to Write for Magazines, and I write about everything from “how to grab your reader by the throat” to “reasons book manuscripts are rejected.”
Health Blossoms – originally Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility – was the blog I started when we found out we can’t have kids. Infertility is a drag, but it doesn’t have to destroy our lives! My husband and I are riding the infertility roller coaster, but it hasn’t destroyed our dreams or crushed our spirits. Back in the day, I wrote articles about getting pregnant, dealing with childlessness, and even improving sperm count.
My “She Blossoms” eBooks
All my ebooks include information from a variety of sources. I don’t focus on my own stories or tips, though I do share glimpses of how I survived foster homes, a schizophrenic mother, family estrangement, a home invasion and attempted rape, three years living and teaching in Africa, infertility – and how I survived (and, yes, Blossomed!) through it all..
How to Let Go of Someone You Love: Powerful Secrets and Practical Tips for Healing Your Heart After a Breakup, is my bestselling ebook. I share emotional, spiritual, and practical tips for coping with the end of a relationship. It hurts to let go of someone you love – but it hurts worse to hold on to the past.
Blossoming After a Breakup: The Courage and Creativity You Need to Restart Your Life! is one of my personal favourites because it combines creativity, courage, God, and Blossoming. It’s about starting over after a relationship ends – and finding your creative self. Painting, writing, acting, traveling, volunteering, dreaming – it’s all there. What’s not to love? 🙂
.Farewell, Friend: A Gentle Guide to Saying Goodbye to Your Dog – If you’ve ever lost a dog, you know how hard it is. It always hurts to say goodbye! I’ve lost two dogs and four cats, and each loss brought its own unique pain. Living without your dog is a sad adjustment of heart and home. Whether your loss was planned or accidental, you’ll never be the same..
.Kitty Comforts: Help and Hope for Coping With the Loss of Your Cat – One of the most difficult parts of grieving the loss of a cat is the regret and guilt. In this ebook, I offer companionship, hope, and healing. Cat owners never “get over” their cat’s death, but they can feel less burdened by grief, guilt, or regret.
And finally, I wrote Healing Your Cycle: Your Guide to the Safest Solutions for Irregular, Spotty, or Missing Menstrual Cycles for the hundreds of women who asked for help regulating their periods. To write this ebook, I read more books, blogs, and resources on women’s cycles than I could count! I found the best and most reliable ways to balance hormones and get healthy, and organized them into a handy guidebook for women.
And that, my friend, is a glimpse of who I am.
Your thoughts are welcome on any of my blogs – I’d love to hear from you! And don’t worry: I don’t give advice. It’s your turn to talk.
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Take good care of yourself, for you are worth taking good care of.