About Laurie

My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen; I’m a full-time writer and blogger. I created Blossom, which is a series of websites to help you listen to the still small voice, put down your burdens, and Blossom in your life.

Can you believe I’ve been earning a living as a full-time blogger since 2008? Amazing! 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. Keep moving forward.

Random Stuff About Me

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Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

  • I lived in Kenya, East Africa for three years. I taught Language Arts and Journalism at Rosslyn Academy – an American school in Nairobi.
  • My undergraduate degrees are in Education and Psychology from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton.
  • Until recently, I was a full-time grad student at the University of British Columbia (UBC), in Vancouver. I earned my MSW (Master of Social Work), and I now work on contract with Big Brothers and North Shore Crisis Services Society.
  • I was a volunteer Big Sister through the Big Sisters organization for three years. I was a Little Sister when I was 10 or 11, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I’m still in touch with my Big Sister, who 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. I also wrote monthly articles for BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver.
  • I earn a pretty good income from my Blossom blogs and ebooks.
  • 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. Instead, we’re focusing on the blessings and benefits of not having kids (and there are many many many).
  • 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.
  • Blossoming After a Breakup: 28 Days to Recover and Discover Your Sparkle is my favourite ebook, because it’s my latest one .

My purpose is to encourage people by sharing what I’ve experienced and how God has helped me through. I write to inspire people to listen to that still, small voice.

I’m particularly enchanted with the idea of encouraging women over 40 to flourish in a new season of 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.

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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 who are going through relationship breakups by helping them change what they tell themselves. Read Help Getting Over a Breakup – How to Change Your Story to learn how it works.

Blossom in Life was originally Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals. It covers everything from overcoming career obstacles to making more money. Articles range from toilet training your cat to the best investments for your money. That blog was supposed to help readers achieve their personal, professional, and financial goals…but my most popular article is 40th Birthday Gift Ideas for Her – Creative and Thoughtful.

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 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. Now, I write posts such as 9 Easy Ways to Make Your Menstrual Cycle Regular.

My 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 Lovehow 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 me, in a nutshell. What say you? Comments and questions welcome below. I can’t give advice, but I’m happy to listen to that still small voice inside you…

Blessings,

Laurie



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18 Responses

  1. Congratulations on your blog, Sumudu! It’s beautiful; I love the mauve flower theme and the variety of topics you write about.

    You have created a beautiful space on the internet, a cosy home for you and your heartfelt words of wisdom and encouragement. I look forward to reading your posts, and wish you all God’s best on your journey.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  2. Sumudu says:

    Hi Laurie,
    I came across your site over the summer when I was looking to start a blog myself. I had the idea of calling my site ‘something’ writer, and was searching to see what was out there. That was when I stumbled on your site. I was still very uncertain about starting the blogsite, a little nervous. But your site was one of the sites that really played a significant role in encouraging me to start. So on August 26 I started mauvewriter.com and just thought I’d pop by and say thank you for the inspiration to move forward. I would like to mention this site in one of my blogs – I don’t have many, but if you do visit, please let me know what you think.

  3. Cosmin Novac says:

    Hi Laurie, my name is Cos,

    I developed an application for writers to organize and visualize their stories – It’s called Storyline Creator and it’s a pretty cool app you (and your readers) might be interested in.
    I’m at storylinecreator.com, feel free to drop by and say hi 🙂

    Thanks,
    Cos

  4. Laurie:
    This looks like fabulous information. As a budding writer, I am looking forward to reading more of your posts. Thanks

  5. Laurie says:

    Thank you for your comments, Tobias! It sounds like you are very energetic and successful 🙂

    I will give your offer some thought, and contact you if I see an opportunity for us to collaborate.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  6. Tobias Wade says:

    Hello, my name is Tobias Wade, and I’m a professional novelist. I’m reaching out to you because I follow your blog and would like to contribute to your site.

    As much as I would love to hide in a tree house and write my books all day, I’m aware that I need to actually interact with people to generate a greater online presence and build my author platform for my stories.

    If you are interested, I would be happy to write a guest article for your blog, promote some of your work on my own platform, or share one of my stories with your readers. I also love your work, and would like to offer any assistance I can give with researching or editing material for your blog. I do not wish any monetary compensation, and my sole self-promotion will be a link to my own new website and an author accreditation for any articles I write.

    Thanks for your time. I look forward to hearing from you, and keep up the good work!
    -Tobias

    A link below contains an example of one of my articles where I share my thoughts on overcoming obstacles to writing. Other stories and writing samples are available on my blog and facebook of 20,000 followers. Cheers.

    http://tobiaswade.com/latest-blog-post-what-stops-you-from-writing/
    facebook.com/tobywriting

  7. mindy trotta says:

    Hi Laurie,
    We are Betterafter50.com really liked you article, “55 Travel Tips for Women.” We would love to get permission to reprint it in our travel-themed issue NEXT week. (Of course you would get full credit and we would link back to any site you choose.) Take a look at our website–we have a readership of ver 75,000 and that would give you lots of exposure. Let me know what you think, and of course, time is of the essence.

    Thanks,
    Mindy Trotta

  8. Pastor Eric Johnston says:

    Hello,

    I’m a regular advertiser on your site (theadventurouswriter.com) through Google Adwords, and that’s how I found you. Over the last few months you’ve sent good traffic to our site so I’ve been digging deeper and I like what you are offering to the community.

    Would you be able to link to our Christian Prayer Center as a resource for your readers? We allow people to post prayer requests and in turn get thousands to pray for them.

    God bless,
    Pastor Johnston

  9. Michelle says:

    Hi Laurie,
    I produce a parenting segment for CBC Radio. I’m hoping to talk to you about your journey with infertility. Please feel free to contact me via email. Thank you very much.

  10. amy greenberg says:

    Hi Laurie,
    I am the co-founder of the website http://www.thegrandparentsguide.com. I came across your article “Busting cold and flu myths” and I was wondering if you would be interested/agreeable to us reprinting that article with a link to this site. I see a lot of content on your site that might be interesting to our readers and I have had good experiences partnering with other writers. Let me know if this is something that you would be interested in. Check out our site.
    Thanks,
    Amy Greenberg

  11. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Dear Cora,

    Thank you for letting me know that the Deep Cove Forum link didn’t work! I’ve been having some problems with the site — but it’s all good now 🙂

    http://theadventurouswriter.com/deepcovevancouver/index.php

    Cheers,
    Laurie

  12. Cora says:

    Hi Laurie. Something seems amiss with the Deep Cove Forum link. I’ve tried it in 3 browsers and all return a “Unable to load the ‘html_above’ template” (whatever that means.) Cheers.

  13. Ana says:

    Dear Laurie,

    If you are still looking for experts on incense, please do send me your interview questions.

    Spiritual Science Research Foundation (www.ssrf.org) has done extensive spiritual research on incense sticks, the Divine principles attracted through various fragrances and has also made available graphic art of how some incense sticks emanate positive frequencies. You can read more about our research on incense sticks and spiritual healing at http://www.ssrf.org/healing.

    We also produce incense sticks for spiritual healing and cleansing the environment. SSRF is a non-profit organisation. The specialty of our incense sticks is that they are produced with the blessings of a higher level Saint, and thus have a higher level of positivity than the average ones available on the market. They are mainly intended for spiritual healing.

    I am based in Europe, however we have volunteers in Canada (Toronto and Vancouver) as well.

    I would be happy to tell you more about any of the above in more detail.

    Best wishes,
    Ana

  14. chantelle hildreth says:

    Hi Laurie, I did not receive your email. Please try me at borisangel@aol.com.

    Thanks,

    Chantelle

  15. Hi laurie I am a fellow Vancouverite noew in santa barbara -I was intereste din your work on ‘Fear of Intimacy” i want to share with you some work we are doing on this topic..
    thanks

  16. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen says:

    Hello Chantelle,

    I’ve emailed you directly — thank you!

    Laurie

  17. Chantelle Hildreth says:

    Dear Laurie,

    I am writing in response to your inquiry regarding losing a pet. My book, Once In A Lifetime Dog, My Borisangel has just been published. It is the story of loving and losing a very special dog. I would be happy to answer your questions for your article.

    Sincerely,

    Chantelle Hildreth

  18. Mary Morrison says:

    Laurie, i have removed the article. sorry, i am now reading all the tips on your web site about blogging. Your site is awesome. I really need a writer for my site! You have a gift with words. again, sorry i never meant any harm, i am a learner! Have a great day Mary

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