About Me


Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Vancouver blogger writer

Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen; I’m the Adventurous Writer who created the “She Blossoms” blog and book series. I write full-time from my treehouse overlooking the beautiful waters of Indian Arm in North Vancouver, BC, Canada.

You’re here for a reason, and I’m glad you found me!

My purpose is to help women Blossom into who God created them to be. I write articles to help people cope with loss and let go of the past, and I love sharing practical tips and tools for healing.

I’ve experienced many losses in my life. It hasn’t been easy, but it was worth it because it brought me where I am today. I’m a woman of faith; I believe in Jesus Christ and am eternally grateful for the power, wisdom, and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Joy, freedom, peace and strength – that’s what Blossoming is all about.

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A Glimpse Into My Life

 

  • My mom struggled with schizophrenia and nervous breakdowns my whole life; I lived in three foster homes and was on my own at 17 years old. My mom lives in a group home on an acreage outside Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. That’s where I met Jackson – the horse in the picture below…

 

  • My dad is Jewish, born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel – where he still lives. I didn’t meet him until I went to Israel when I was 29 years old.

 

  • I lived in Kenya, East Africa for three years. I taught Grade 8 Language Arts and High School Journalism at Rosslyn Academy, an American school for missionaries’ and ex-pat kids 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.

 

  • I didn’t get married until I was 35…and I married Bruce, who I met 17 years earlier! He was a bartender at Chi Chi’s Mexican Restaurant, and I was a waitress. We were friends for a long, long time before I finally proposed! 🙂

 

  • We struggled with infertility, and can’t have kids because of azoospermia. We chose not to get in vitro fertilization (IVF), though we did try intrauterine insemination (IUI). Those fertility treatments didn’t work; we decided not to adopt or foster kids.

 

 

I’ve been earning a full-time living as a blogger and writer since 2008. Amazing, I love it! 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.

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 🙂

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I created the Blossom Tips and How Love Blossoms books and blogs to encourage women to flourish in new seasons of life, ground themselves in God, and trust in Jesus and the Holy Spirit to help them Blossom into who they were created to be.

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My “She Blossoms” eBooks

All my ebooks include information from a variety of sources. I don’t focus on my own stories or tips, though I do share glimpses of how I survived foster homes, a schizophrenic mother, family estrangement, a home invasion, three years living and teaching in Africa, infertility – and how I Blossomed through it all.

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She Blossoms how to let go of someone you love ebook

.How to Let Go of Someone You Love: Powerful Secrets and Practical Tips for Healing Your Heart After a Breakup, is my bestselling ebook. I share emotional, spiritual, and practical tips for coping with the end of a relationship. It hurts to let go of someone you love – but it hurts worse to hold on to the past.

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Blossoming After a Breakup ebook laurie pawlik kienlen

Blossoming After a Breakup: The Courage and Creativity You Need to Restart Your Life! is one of my personal favourites because it combines creativity, courage, God, and Blossoming. It’s about starting over after a relationship ends – and finding your creative self. Painting, writing, acting, traveling, volunteering, dreaming – it’s all there. What’s not to love? 🙂

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Farewell, Friend: A Gentle Guide to Saying Goodbye to Your Dog.Farewell, Friend: A Gentle Guide to Saying Goodbye to Your Dog – If you’ve ever lost a dog, you know how hard it is. It always hurts to say goodbye! I’ve lost two dogs and four cats, and each loss brought its own unique pain. Living without your dog is a sad adjustment of heart and home. Whether your loss was planned or accidental, you’ll never be the same.

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Kitty Comforts: Help and Hope for Coping With the Loss of Your Cat

.Kitty Comforts: Help and Hope for Coping With the Loss of Your Cat – One of the most difficult parts of grieving the loss of a cat is the regret and guilt. In this ebook, I offer companionship, hope, and healing. Cat owners never “get over” their cat’s death, but they can feel less burdened by grief, guilt, or regret.

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Healing Your Cycle

I wrote Healing Your Cycle: Your Guide to the Safest Solutions for Irregular, Spotty, or Missing Menstrual Cycles for the hundreds of women who asked for help regulating their periods. To write this ebook, I read more books, blogs, and resources on women’s cycles than I could count! I found the best and most reliable ways to balance hormones and get healthy, and organized them into a handy guidebook for women.

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My “She Blossoms” Blogs

My blogs and books help women survive trouble and turmoil by trusting God through difficult problems. I write about real life struggles such as letting go of a loved one, healing a broken heart, coping with infertility depression, or even finding the best jobs for introverted personality traits.

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.

Life Blossoms 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.

Laurie Pawlik Kienlen Vancouver blogger writer Blossom

Jackson and Me

Writing Blossoms 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.”

Health Blossoms – 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.

And that, my friend, is a peek into my “She Blossoms” garden.

Your thoughts are welcome on any of my blogs – I’d love to hear from you. I don’t give personal feedback or counseling; God created me to write, not give advice 🙂

The best way to keep in touch – and Blossom into who you were created to be – is by signing up for my free weekly Blossom Tips email

Take good care of yourself, for you are worth taking good care of.

Blessings,

Laurie

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19 thoughts on “About Me

  • Laurie Post author

    Dear Priya,

    Thank you for being here. I’m sorry you’re having trouble with your periods, but I can’t offer medical advice. I encourage you to see a gynecologist or family doctor, and ask for help. The internet is a great place to get general health tips, but you really need to see a doctor in person for specific medical support.

    Sincerely,
    Laurie

  • priya

    hi laurie,
    I m 19 yrs old I m facing irregular periods since i was 16 but from last two months i m not getting my periods my sonography reports were all normal and the pregnany test was also negative  last week i joined gym and because of this tension i couldnt sleep from last two nights could u please help me as soon as possible

    Regards

    Priya

  • ruhi

    i m 19 yrs old i m missing my periods from last two months. My sonography reports were all normal and had my pregnancy test it was also negative.I m very worried due to irregular periods and cant sleep from last two nights please help me

  • Leo Rajesh

    Hi Laurie,

    Great for ur research work on the fertility….u have been helping many people virtually..
    Have a long journey….
    I am an Asst. Professor in an Engineering college in India…
    I want to earn some money through blogs by writng….can u guide me how to move …

    Regards
    K.Leo Rajesh
    India

  • Meghan Butler

    Hi Laurie –

    I wanted to let you know that the full list of SharecareNow Top 10 – Infertility influencers has been announced. Here is the infographic: and the press release:

    If you’re available and interested, i’d like the opportunity to shoot you an email or have a phone conversation on what exactly Sharecare is and how it’s relevant to you and your community.

    Cheers,

    Meghan

  • Alishia

    I came across your blog and thought it was a great fit for an infertility awareness opportunity we have coming up.

    Clear Passage Physical Therapy, a national network of clinics, is sponsoring a National Infertility Awareness Week campaign called Bundle of Hope. Bundle of Hope is a giveaway meant to raise awareness and support for the infertility community. During National Infertility Awareness Week (April 23 – 30), infertile couples will have the opportunity to share inspiring quotes on social media and enter to win awareness-themed prizes, including a Bundle of Hope gift basket.

    To enter the giveaway, your readers can share their favorite inspirational quotes or words of wisdom that help them cope with the toll of infertility. They can send their submissions by:

    Posting their submissions on Clear Passage’s Facebook page or
    Tweeting them to @clearpassage using the hashtags #NIAW #clearpassage.

    We would love your help in promoting this infertility awareness campaign. We feel that Bundle of Hope will resonate with many of your readers and give them an opportunity to share their inspiring quotes with others in the infertility community.

    If you are interested in being a voice for infertility advocacy, here are more details about getting involved: Bundle of Hope Giveaway. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at alishiac@clearpassage.com.

    Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Alishia Curtis
    Director of Public Relations

  • Britt

    Hi Laurie,

    I am a pursuing a masters in visual anthropology at Goldsmiths University of London, UK. I am doing a research project on representations and imagery of infertility and am wondering if you would be willing to engage in an email correspondence regarding your thoughts on the matter. You can be named or anonymous in the final report, that is entirely your choice.

    I am looking for any observations you’ve had- either images that you felt reflected your experiences, or the lack thereof, inappropriate imagery, symbols you’ve come to identify with- really, anything that comes to mind for you. I’m interested in your opinions and feedback as a ‘lay-expert’ in the world of conception.
    Images within clinics, popular media, art history and art therapy are all of interest to me, as I am trying to gain an understanding of the types of visual representations that are available to couples, and women in particular, who are going through fertility treatments.

    Please let me know if you are interested in participating. Anything from one email to a back-and-forth ‘conversation’ via email would be really beneficial to my research.
    I greatly anticipate your response.

    Thanks,

    Britt

  • Kristen Burris

    Hi Laurie. I hope this finds you well.

    Have you heard the latest evidence in a government funded study at Adelaide University has found Traditional Chinese Medicine to be more effective in the treatment of female infertility achieving, on average, a 60% increase in pregnancy over 4 months compared to only 30% acheieved with standard allopathic, western, medical fertility enhancing drug treatments or In-vitro fertilization (IVF) over 12 months.

    In summary, female patients who see an licensed herbalist trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine are twice as likely in 1/3 of the time to get pregnant.

    Fantastic news to report!
    Sincerely,
    Kristen N. Burris, L.Ac., M.S.T.O.M.
    p.s. I was interviewed by the Dr. Oz show today and they are letting me know if I will be featured on their show next week! Exciting! Do you know Dr. Oz or is that an American phenomenon?

  • Kate Seldman

    Hi Laurie,

    I’m Kate, the Health and Entertainment Editor at Opposing Views in Los Angeles. I really enjoy reading Quips and Tips for Couples Coping with Infertility — great content. I’d like to invite you to share your work with our readers.

    We’re a media site that publishes content from hundreds of contributors and experts like the NRA, PETA, the DOJ and Amnesty International. Our traffic is over 750K a month and growing.

    In order to build out our health and fertility section, we’re reaching out to qualified writers on the subject. I think your blog would be a strong addition.

    What does that mean exactly? Essentially, you would give us permission to publish content from your RSS feed. You’d be listed as a contributor, which includes bylines, a profile and links. You get full attribution (promoting your site), and some of your content will be added to Google News, Facebook and Twitter. Your work will also be seen on associate sites run by Deep Dive Media. This way, you’ll reach an even wider audience.

    Thanks for taking a minute to consider joining us, and please let me know if you are interested.

    Kate Wharmby Seldman
    Health and Entertainment Editor
    healtheditor@opposingviews.com
    Opposing Views
    http://www.opposingviews.com
    Los Angeles, CA
    310-488-6847

  • Stacia

    Hello.

    Please read how IVF medications led to my breast cancer and how a breast cancer study using genetic testing to check estrogen metabolism is saving my life.

    Please share my story with all women who have used or are considering IVF, HRT and anyone with estrogen positive breast cancer.

  • Angel La Liberte

    Hi Laurie:
    I was really pleased to find your site, particularly the piece about pregnancy over 40. Ironically, I received your information from one of my readers in Australia. I’m a Canadian (visited Bowen many times and believe I connected with Gini Grey when I was in North Van) who is now living in California.

    I was blessed to conceive both of my children naturally and give birth just before turning 42 and 44. I was so affected by the societal, cultural, psychological and physical issues facing over-40 moms that I launched a website to support them: , along with a networking group for over-40 moms and childbirth, wellness and financial professionals.

    I write regularly on fertility over-40 and many readers are women who are trying to get pregnant after 40. I think they could really benefit from your site. I wonder if you’d like to link? I would also love to interview you for my blog–would you be interested?

    Hope to connect with you soon! Angel

  • LauriePK Post author

    Thanks for your comment, Kristen — you sound like just the infertility expert I’m looking for!

    I’ve emailed you directly, and hope you’ll be part of Quips & Tips 🙂

  • Kristen Burris, L.Ac., M.S.T.O.M.

    Hi Laurie,
    What a fantastic blog you have! Please let me know how I may help you with my expertise. I have been treating infertility for 10 years and have personally avoided getting a hysterectomy with Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, and Supplement Therapy. I treat complicated infertility cases with natural medicine ranging from unexplained infertility, endometriosis, annovulation, PCOS, and luteal phase defect (to name a few). I am happy to answer any questions for you and your bloggers. I have also served on the board of RESOLVE ( an non-profit supporting couples who have a difficult time getting pregnant). Over the years I have attended hundreds of embryo transfers and know the benefits of ART with Acupuncture very well.
    To Fertile Findings,
    Kristen Burris, L.Ac., M.S.T.O.M., Dip. Ac.