My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen; I’m the Adventurous Writer who created the “Blossom” blog network in 2008 and – more recently – the “How Love Blossoms” book series. I write full-time from my treehouse on Indian Arm in North Vancouver, BC, Canada.
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I help women Blossom by discovering their true identity, letting go of whatever is holding them back, and becoming who God created them to be. My blogs and books help women survive trouble and turmoil by trusting God through difficult problems, such as letting go of a loved one, coping with infertility depression, or even finding the best jobs for introverted personality traits.
I’ve been earning a full-time living as a blogger and writer since 2008. Amazing! 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.
Do you wish you could do more of what you love – and even make a living from it? Take heart! All things are possible if you listen to that still small voice inside of you. You can follow your dreams and become the writer, wrangler, artist, astronaut, preacher or photographer you always wanted to be.
You will Blossom if you keep listening for His voice.
A Peek into the Tangled Garden of My Life
- I lived in Kenya, East Africa for three years. I taught Language Arts and Journalism at Rosslyn Academy, which is an American school 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.
- I started volunteering with the Big Sisters/Big Brothers organization in 2012; my “Little” Sister is now 16 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.
- My dad was born, raised, and currently lives in Jerusalem, Israel. He’s Jewish. I’m Christian. My mom lives in a group home on an acreage outside Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She’s struggled with schizophrenia my whole life. I lived in several foster homes as a child; I didn’t meet my dad until I went to Israel when I was 29 years old.
- My husband and I can’t have kids because of azoospermia. We chose not to get in vitro fertilization or IVF, though we did try intrauterine insemination or IUI. Those fertility treatments didn’t work; we decided not to adopt or foster kids.
- I’ve written several “Blossom” ebooks. How to Let Go of Someone You Love: 3 Powerful Secrets (and 75 Tips!) for Healing Your Heart is my most popular.
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 🙂
My purpose is to help women flourish in their lives – which is why I created Blossom Tips and How Love Blossoms. I love encouraging women over 40 to flourish in a new season of life, let go of whatever is holding them back, and know who they are in Him.
Other ways to see me online:
However, I spend almost no time on Facebook or any social media site because I’d rather be writing!
Your thoughts are welcome in the comments section below – but I don’t give advice. I’m a writer who shares general insights and wisdom, but I can’t offer personal feedback. However, I do encourage people to share their stories on any of my blog posts. Writing can bring insight and healing, and is an excellent way to discover the truth. .
My Blossom Blogs
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.
Blossom in Life 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.
Blossom in Your Writing 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.”
Blossom in Your Health – 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 Blossom eBooks
The “quips and tips” in my ebooks are not the same as the “quips and tips” on my blogs! All my ebooks include information and advice from a wide variety of sources. My ebooks aren’t just my tips — they’re me tapping into the brains of smart, experienced, educated, helpful people, and sharing what I learned.
75 Ways to Let Go of Someone You Love – to help people let go of the past and move on with their lives. Letting go is one of the most painful things you’ll ever do…but there are ways to make it easier.
How to Survive the Loss of Your Pet – for people who are struggling to cope with pet loss. I interviewed veterinarians, grief experts, and pet owners who loved and lost their animals. This ebook contains 75 tips for healing after pet loss.
75 Ways to Make (More) Money Blogging – to help writers and bloggers make money doing what they love! If you spend time and energy on your blog, you deserve to earn a few bucks for your efforts. This ebook isn’t just about making money blogging, it’s about building a better blog.
73 Ways to Fire Up (or Just Fire!) the Muse – to help writers and bloggers overcome fear, self-doubt, criticism, and uncertainty. After all, who wants to read age 95 and wish they had written that bestselling novel? Who wants to die with unfulfilled dreams and desires? Not me.
80 Ways to Say “I Love You” – was to help people like me, who struggle to find the right holiday, anniversary, and birthday gifts for their partners! This ebook is about more than gifts, though — it’s about saying “I love you” and building a more meaningful relationship in small, incredibly important ways every day.
That’s my tangled garden of wildflowers (and a few weeds!). What about you? Feel free to share your stories and thoughts below. I can’t give advice, but I’d love to hear from you.
In peace and passion,