Welcome, I am so glad you’re here! My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen; I’m a full-time blogger and writer in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I’m a married introverted soon-to-be 47 year old woman. I’m full of spirit and soul – and absolutely a Believer in God the Father, Jesus the Son, and Spirit the Holy. I’m a sinner and a saint, and I was created for this.
What about you – how are you? What is your source of life, joy, energy, strength? If that’s a little too personal (or controversial), maybe we could start with something more safe (and less meaningful). What’s your name, how old are you, and what brought you here? Where in the world are you right now? I’m also curious how you landed here on Blossom…maybe you were searching the internet for a problem I’ve written about – which is why I created “SheBlossoms.” I write articles to help people get through painful situations, such as coping with an empty home after your dog dies or emotionally detaching from someone you care about.
Here’s something incredible: I’ve been earning a full-time living as a blogger and freelance writer since 2008. I am amazed by this, and every day I wonder if today I’ll get fired (will the internet implode and cease to exist?). I’m not paranoid, but it’s just so wild that I get paid to Blossom!
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took
– Anais Nin
If you have a dream that you’d love to get paid to do, take it from me: it is possible. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t make it as a writer, artist, doctor, astronaut, preacher, or surfer.
Listen to that still, small voice inside of you. You will Blossom.
Random Stuff About Me
I love to hear what people think – so if you have anything on your mind, feel free to share below! This is a safe place to talk about anything….the only thing is, I don’t give advice. I’m a writer and I love to share general insights and wisdom, but I can’t offer personal guidance or thoughts. I encourage people to share their stories because writing is healing, but I don’t tell people what to do with their lives.
Here’s a glimpse into my world…
- 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 publications, including 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 foster homes as a child.
- 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. We also chose not to adopt or foster kids.
- I’ve written several ebooks. How to Let Go of Someone You Love: 3 Powerful Secrets (and 75 Tips!) for Healing Your Heart is my most popular.
My purpose is to help women Blossom – which is why I created BlossomTips.com and How Love Blossoms. I love encouraging women over 40 to flourish in a new season of life, to ground themselves in the river of divine love and life, and to know who they are in Him.
I help people cope with difficult problems, such as how to let go of someone you love or thoughtful sympathy gifts for the loss of a mother. I created a series of blogs to help you listen to the still small voice, get out of your own way, and Blossom in your life.
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 🙂 That’s because of God.
Other ways to see some of my stuff:
But I spend no time on Facebook or any social media site. I’d rather be writing! So you can go there, but there I won’t be.
My Blossom Blogs
Blossom in Love started out as Quips and Tips for Love and Relationships. I “rebranded” and am now Blossom. My purpose is to encourage and empower women in all types of relationship situations.
- How Love Blossoms is an offshoot of my original love blog (Quips and Tips for Love and Relationships). That blog got 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.
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 is my most popular ebook. I wrote it 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 Heal Your Heart After Losing a Pet: 75 Ways to Cope With Grief and Guilt When Your Dog or Cat Dies is the ebook I wrote for people who are struggling to cope with their dog’s or cat’s death. I interviewed veterinarians, grief experts, and pet owners who loved and lost their animals.
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 me, in a nutshell. What say you? Comments and questions welcome below. I can’t give advice, but I’d love to hear from you!
In peace and passion,