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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Laurie Pawlik Kienlen Vancouver blogger writer Blossom

Jackson and Me

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.

 

 

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. .

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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.

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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 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 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,

Laurie

xo


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24 thoughts on “Welcome!

  • linda moskovics

    I stumbled across your site as I was looking for help with writing a query letter. I am the author of a newly self-published cookbook called the Fiber Rich Kitchen Cookbook. I am looking for ways to market and promote my book. Hopefully, I will gain some insight from your writings, blogs, website etc.

  • Alison

    Hi Laurie!

    You write such thoughtful content that I’m so glad I stumbled upon. There’s so much here that feels really helpful to me and surely to so many other women. Since I think your readers and our customers may have lots in common, I’d love to email you to chat about collaborating! Please go ahead and email me if you’d like me to send you some lovely stuff to try out. If you feel super inspired by them, we’d love for you to share with your readers in a review. Have a wonderful day and thanks for contributing such valuable perspectives for women publicly! I look forward to checking in here for new posts.

  • Berlina

    Hi Laurie,

    I am a 42 year old single mother with two beautil kids. I came across your side while I was trying to find out axactly the kind of job an introvert can do because I have been working for a very long time without progressing further, I feel very stagnant and irritated by what I do and most of the time I will hear like voice telling me that this is not for you and I am currently trying to find out passion. I hope landing on this site will help me realise my purpose in life and pursue it.

  • Esther

    Hi Laurie,
    I stumbled on your blog posts by accident while I was trying to distract myself from thinking about my ex. I feel it was no accident that I found your blog posts. It was a sign from God trying to help me out to let go of my ex to whom I was so dedicated about for the last 3 years..I struggle through the days trying to let go of the past but fail miserably..Your blogposts are filled with just the advice and encouragement i need..Thank you..God bless your heart and please continue posting..I look forward to it..I just love how you incorporate God’s word into your posts..Thank you Laurie..

  • Patti Brice

    I’m 58 and was single parent to both my children and we beet the odds. My daughter has a BA. I’ve always been so very proud of my daughter until she became a mother. She uses my beautiful grandson against me. I think she’s proud of it. I’ve never ever felt such pain. I was single with my daughter and my mom died when I was six months pregnant. I cried every night now I’m crying every night to be a grandma.

    • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Post author

      Thank you for sharing your story, Patti. I am sorry for the pain you feel, and my prayer is that you find healing and hope in God’s love. The grief of letting go of family is heartbreaking…but take heart! You never know what the future holds, or what God’s love can do for relationships.

      What would happen if you let go of the pain, and started a fresh new season of your life?

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Post author

    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

  • Sumudu

    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.

  • Cosmin Novac

    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

  • Laurie

    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

  • Tobias Wade

    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

  • mindy trotta

    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

  • Pastor Eric Johnston

    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

  • Michelle

    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.

  • amy greenberg

    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

  • Cora

    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.

  • Ana

    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

  • Chantelle Hildreth

    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

  • Mary Morrison

    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