About Me


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.

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Jackson and Me

Who are you, where in the world are you, and what brought you here? Your story is deep, wide, and rich – and I’d love to hear from you! Are you Blossoming into who God created you to be? Stick with me; I share tips and tools to help you flourish and thrive, no matter what season you’re in.

I’m glad you’re here.

Introduce yourself in the comments section below, tell me how you are. Share something you’re excited about or proud of! Or, unload something you’re struggling with or can’t figure out. Are you winning this race or fighting a hard battle?

My purpose is to help you Blossom by accepting the rainy seasons of life, walking in the valleys, and worshipping the Son. But don’t let the poetic language fool you; I love discovering and sharing practical tips and tools for healing and growing.

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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 above!

 

  • 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 and advice 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 into all good things. Mostly, however, my ebooks are a vibrant, rich collection of wisdom, tools, and solutions for difficult problems.

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She Blossoms how to let go of someone you love ebook

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In How to Let Go of Someone You Love: Powerful Secrets and Practical Tips for Healing Your Heart After a Breakup, I’ll walk with you through the stormy waters and dry valleys, over the rocky mountains, to the fields of freedom. But first, you’ll say goodbye. It hurts to let go of someone you love, to cope with the pain of breaking up. Take heart, for you will heal! You’ll Blossom into who you were created to be and you’ll thrive in your new life.

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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. I’m so sorry for your loss. It always hurts to say goodbye – and you may be surprised at how terrible you feel. I’ve lost two dogs and four cats, and each loss brought its own unique pain. Life without your dog is a sad adjustment of heart and home. Whether your loss was planned or accidental, you’re grieving the end of a season of your life…and you’ll never be the same.

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

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Kitty Comforts: Help and Hope for Coping With the Loss of Your Cat – You’ll find companionship, hope, and healing after the loss of your pet cat. You’ll never forget your beloved animal, but you will feel less alone. You won’t “get over it”, but you will feel less burdened by grief, guilt, or regret. Your heart will heal, your spirits will lift, and your soul will lighten. I guarantee you’ll feel better as soon as you open your email, see Kitty Comforts in your inbox, and read my messages of hope, healing, and comfort.

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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 “She Blossoms” ebook, I more books, blogs, and resources on women’s cycles than I could count, and found the best and most reliable ways to balance hormones and get healthy.

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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.

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Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

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 me in a nutshell!

Your thoughts are welcome on any of my blogs – I’d love to hear from you. Share your story, tell me a joke, give me advice, unburden your soul. Tell me how you’re Blossoming in your life, or what’s holding you back.

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

In peace and passion,

Laurie

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24 thoughts on “About Me

  • Alison Maxfield

    Dear Laurie,

    I love your blog. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and new to the professional of freelance writing. I would like to write an article for your blog: “How to Feel the F.E.A.R. and Write Everyday.” With humor, tips and hope, this article would breakdown the acronym F.E.A.R. (False, Evidence, Appearing, Real.) and provide ways to counteract the fears many new writers face so that they can start writing everyday. Please contact me if this sounds like an blog for you. On a personal note, congrats on getting your MSW!

  • Michael Robertson

    Hi Laurie, I am writing a writing book and would like to run some quotes from your blog by you, quotes that I want to use in my book. Please contact me ASAP. I thought I put a comment like this here before, but didn’t hear from you and don’t see it now. Going to print very soon… Thanks! Michael

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Post author

    Hi Latayne,

    Thanks for your question – it’s a great one! I answered it in
    http://theadventurouswriter.com/blogwriting/how-to-be-a-freelance-writer/
    because I had too many thoughts to put here 🙂

    The short answer is that I’d wait for at least 2 months, if not longer. Reader’s Digest gets hit with tons of pitches, and it can take editors a long time to go through them all. Since you’re a published author, you might have better chances of getting published.

    If you have other magazines to pitch the same article, you might start sending those out in a couple of weeks. It’ll take other editors a long time to respond, as well….and the worst part of freelancing is waiting for a response!

    Be patient, and know that God will do what He intends in your life and with your writing. You are in good hands, my friend. So whether you wait for three months or three more days, know that He is guiding you and the editors, and He will do what He plans. While you’re mulling over your next steps, ask God what He thinks you should do. Ask Him if you should wait longer, or proceed.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  • Latayne C. Scott

    Laurie, I very much appreciate your insights. I, too, am a Christian writer (17 books) and have published in quite a few magazines (Guideposts, Writer’s Digest, others). But I’d really like to sell to Reader’s Digest. I was encouraged that you got your first article with them through the slush pile. That’s the way I sent my first query a couple of weeks ago, but I haven’t heard anything. How long would you advise me to wait for a response? I have another high-profile article I’d like to pitch to them, too.

    Thanks so much for all your helpfulness!

  • Joan Webb

    I found your information about query letters and your sample letter helpful. However, in the finale sentence of your sample letter you ask, “Can I write this article… Shouldn’t it ask, May I write this article….?

  • Laurie Post author

    Hi, thank you for your comments! I’m so glad you found Quips and Tips for Successful Writers 🙂 I’ve emailed you directly, md ashraf hossain and Kelli.

  • Kelli Faulkner

    Hello!

    My name is Kelli Faulkner and I was wondering if there was a way to submit a copy of an eBook called “Sweet Surrender” to you? I am not looking so much for a review on it but I am trying to get a very strong message out that was written within it and possibly get others to help pass it around? Even if you are not able to do it due to your schedule is there a way you can direct me towards others who might be able to read it and possibly speak about it on their blog?
    Please feel free to email me with your reply or whomever you may feel might be a better fit.

    BTW…I love your site!

    God bless,

    Kelli Faulkner

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Post author

    Hi Julie,

    Thanks for your request! If you’d like to share that article online, then I ask you only share the first 2 tips, and link back to Quips and Tips for Successful Writers. If you share it in print, feel free to publish the whole thing, with credit to Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen.

    Cheers,
    Laurie

  • Julie Douglas

    Laurie,
    I’m wondering if it would be okay to share your 5 tips for getting rid of writing distractions came my way via Ragan’s daily update) with out City employees.
    We’re always looking for ways to improve our working efficiency, and your article makes an informative and memorable read.
    Do you provide permission to share this way?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance…

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen Post author

    Thanks for your interest, Sean! I’ve emailed you directly.

    Andrea, thanks for including Quips and Tips for Successful Writers in your list! I really appreciate it.

    All good things,
    Laurie

  • Sean Platt

    Hi Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen,

    My name is Sean Platt and I run Ghostwriter Dad, a site aimed at helping struggling writers make more money for every word they write, by building a strong reputation based on quality content.

    I’d love to submit a guest post, if you’re interested. I’m a regular contributor at Copyblogger and have posted at ProBlogger, Write to Done, Zen Habits, and many other leading blogs.

    Please let me know and I’ll get something to you right away.

    Thanks!

  • Andrea McDougal

    Hi Laurie,

    I just posted the article, “Who’s the Boss?: Top 50 Freelance Blogs” ( http://mastersinprojectmanagement.com/whos-the-boss-top-50-freelance-blogs/ ) on my site. I’m happy to tell you that your website has been included in the list. I thought I’d email you about it in case you think your readers would find the article interesting enough to warrant you giving the article a quick mention on your site.

    Either way, hope you have a good week.

    Best,
    Andrea McDougal

  • Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Hi Amy,

    Welcome to the world of freelance writing!

    I don’t know of any sites that have work available (do you mean e-zines? blog sites?) — but I have tons of tips for freelance writers!

    Learn as much as you can from successful writers. Read as many posts on writing blogs like these — and put what you learn to work.

    Here are two articles to get you started:

    Starting a Magazine Writing Career – How to Make Money as a Freelancer

    6 Secrets From Successful Freelance Writers

    And remember: freelancing is a business, and it takes time to learn and establish yourself as a writer. Like ANY career, it takes dedication and effort. But once you get the ball rolling, you’ll find that it gets easier and easier….

    Happy writing, and feel free to ask questions on any of my articles.

    Tally ho,
    Laurie

  • Amy Shields

    I’m a beginning writer, looking for freelance work, and experience to do writing. Do you know of any sites that have some work available, or any tips on how I should get started?

    I hope to hear from you, any writing opportunities I would appreciate.

    Thanks, Amy

  • Reed Fisher

    Right, Laurie, great post. It’s always difficult for writers to know how much time they spend on each project. I’ve tried time-capture products but never had any luck with those stopwatch-based systems; I always forgot to start and stop the timers so they were less than successful for me. Don’t you wish you had one that was completely automatic? One that would start and stop itself, and even know when you had several windows open and just time the one you’re working in? One that would recognize your idle time and then tell you how many minutes it was and let you assign the time to projects or just let it be idle time?

  • Laurie PK

    Thanks, Tina, I’m glad you like Quips & Tips! If you have any questions or comments on anything here, please feel free to jump in.

    I’ve never been that far east; my dream is to take a road trip across Canada one day — from ocean to ocean. I’d LOVE to see the Maritimes.

    Take care of your end of Canada, my friend, and I’ll take care of mine 🙂

    Laurie

  • Tina L. Ray

    This is the best – and I mean THE BEST!!!! writing, kick in the pants, cry in my coffee, keep writing, site I have ever found…

    I don’t even know how I found it?!?!

    Thank you, keep it up.

    plus you are a fellow Canadian – I am so proud of us!!! 🙂 Your out on Bowen Island – I am here on the opposite coast in Saint John, NB – we got the country covered lol!!

    Tina