Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen


The Worst (and the Best!) News You’ll Get Today

In 7 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Through the Divorce Process , I shared one of the most painful truths about being an adult: if we don’t take good care of ourselves, then nobody will. Isn’t that sad? If you don’t take care of yourself, who will? And if […]

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7 Ways to Be More Courageous Today

Hands shaking, mouth dry, heart beating wildly, unable to breathe — that’s how my 14 year old friend felt when she told the police about the Very Bad Thing he did to her. Actually, she didn’t tell the police first. She told the social worker. Before that, she told the […]


The Real Reason You’re Not Blossoming 1

I’m in a “support group” of sorts – it’s a recovery program that helps people overcome addictive thoughts and behaviors. We’re all dealing with different types of addictions, from overeating to overthinking. One of the women in the group – let’s call her Bliss – is struggling with her husband’s […]

The Real Reason You’re Not Blossoming

The Space Between the Blossoms

The Space Between the Blossoms

Are you waiting for something to end, or to begin? Maybe you’re in a season of indecision or uncertainty, grief or hopeful expectation. The waiting space is that fallow time when your garden looks bare but you really want to believe something is happening underneath, in the loamy soil. Take heart! […]


God’s Dreams for Your Life – and Other Blossoms

Would you agree that who you marry has a bigger impact on your life than any other decision you could make? A reader’s comment captured my heart this week – it was from someone I’ll call “RosyBelle.” “I’ve been dating this guy about a year and a couple of months,” […]

God’s Dreams for Your Life – and Other Blossoms

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6 Months Left to Blossom? How Not to Write Your Obituary 

In 1888 Alfred Nobel’s brother Ludvig died. A French newspaper mistakenly published Alfred’s obituary, condemning him for inventing dynamite. “The merchant of death is dead,” said the obituary. “Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday.” Alfred – who […]


Say “Meeeoowww” and You Will Blossom Like a Cat 4

I recently spent 5 or 6 days wandering around Los Angeles, meowing like a cat. “Meeeoww!” said I out loud every time I caught myself judging a person, place, or thing. For example, some areas of some Hollywood streets are smellier than others. When I found myself wrinkling my nose […]

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