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About Laurie

Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Vancouver blogger writer
Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

Greetings from rainy Vancouver, BC, Canada! My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen; I’m a full-time writer and blogger. My degrees are in Psychology and Social Work from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and I also have a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of British Columbia. I love learning 🙂

I live in a treehouse overlooking the Pacific Ocean with my husband, two dogs, cat, and other assorted animals. We live across the street from a forest, and often run into bears, coyotes, owls, raccoons, skunks, bats, and even the occasional bobcat. Meow. I mean, Rooaaarrr!!!!!

Growing Forward She Blossoms Laurie Pawlik

My first traditionally published book is called Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back and published by Bethany House. Growing forward is about moving through loss into a new season of life. I’ve been through a lot – and I bet you have, too. It hasn’t been easy, has it? But our stories aren’t over yet! The echoes of Jesus tell us that best is yet to come.

I created my She Blossoms blog and book family over 10 years ago. Talk about dreams coming true – and staying alive for a decade! I love blogging for a living. I started Quips & Tips for Successful Writers (now called Writing Blossoms) when I first started freelancing for magazines in 2008. My most recent blog is Echoing Jesus

A Glimpse of My Life

My mom struggled with schizophrenia and nervous breakdowns my whole life; I lived in three foster homes and was living on my own at 17 years old. My mom lives in a group home for elderly adults with mental and physical disabilities in Saskatchewan.

I follow Jesus but my dad is Jewish, born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel. He still lives there. 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 the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada.

I started volunteering with the Big Sisters/Big Brothers organization in 2012; my “Little” Sister was 11 when we were matched. Soon I’ll be visiting her in Quebec — her dream is to attend university in Montreal! 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. I married Bruce, who I met when I was 18 and he was 21. He was a bartender at Chi Chi’s Mexican Restaurant, and I was a waitress. We were friends for a long, long time (17 years!) before we finally got married. We struggled with infertility and can’t have children 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.

Laurie Pawlik Kienlen Blossom Tips ebook

I’ve written several “She Blossoms” books and ebooks, and have been earning a full-time living as a blogger and writer since 2008. My first ebook is How to Let of Someone You Love: 3 Powerful Secrets (and 75 Tips!) for Healing Your Heart.

Currently I’m studying Christian theology at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. My goal is to earn my Master of Theological Studies degree within the next couple of years. I’m a full-time student, writer, and follower of Jesus.

After I turned 40, I got my Master of Social Work (MSW) and taught myself to play the flute. I also started painting with oils and acrylics (a dream come true!). I also went on my first mission trip to Haiti.

I’ll be 50 soon; I dream of wandering the world, seeing what the Holy Spirit is up to, and writing about stuff.

My “She Blossoms” Blog Family

I started blogging as a way to make money more than 10 years ago, which means I have a huge variety of articles. I’ve changed so much since I first started The Adventurous Writer and my “Quips and Tips” blogs – and I’m not thrilled with everything I wrote. I’m a new person now, but I don’t want to delete or erase my old blog posts. I’m trying to update them to reflect the new me (the Holy Girl God created me to be!), but it takes a lot of time to rewrite 2,000 blog posts!

My past is part of who I am today, and who God is creating me to be. Thus, my past articles and blog posts reflect who I was when I first started writing. They aren’t who I am now. Though I’d love to rewrite all my old articles (for both writing/editing practice and to reveal who I am today), it’s not a top priority because I’m no longer concerned what people think. I know who I am in Christ, and that’s all that matters.

My two most popular blogs are: 1) How Love Blossoms – articles about marriage, relationships, and healing from breakups, divorce, and other losses in love; and 2) Blossom Tips – articles about life, work, family, career, and spirituality.

Laurie Pawlik Kienlen Vancouver blogger writer Blossom
Jackson and Me

Originally called Quips and Tips for Love and Relationships, She Blossoms contains my first love and relationship articles. That blog grew too big — a victim of its own success — and I had to plant and grow a new garden.

Once called Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals, Life Blossoms has all my first articles about goals, life, family, and work.

Originally Quips and Tips for Successful Writers, Writing Blossoms is the first blog I started, back in 2008! My goal was to share my writing journey and help my fellow scribes get published.

And finally, I started Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility when my husband and I discovered we can’t have kids. Health Blossoms contains my articles about trying to get pregnant and deal with childlessness.

Farewell – For Now!

Your thoughts are welcome on any of my blogs – I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to introduce yourself in the comments section below, or on any blog post.

Take good care of yourself, for you are a child of God…and that means you are worth taking good care of.

In peace and passion,
Laurie

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20 thoughts on “About Laurie”

  1. Stephanie Hamilton

    Hi Laurie,

    I found you when I was researching for my infertility blog. Thank you for your Christian witness and words of encouragement for couples struggling with infertility. I am a fertility specialist who utilizes the Creighton Model to help my clients identify their fertile days and to help me identify potential factors of infertility. My latest blog is Infertility is Not a Disease. I would be happy to write a guest post for your blog if you are interested.

    Stephanie

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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?

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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 🙂

  14. 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.