About Laurie

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 undergraduate degrees are in Psychology and Education from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and I also have a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of British Columbia.

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, shortly after I started freelance writing for magazines. Talk about dreams coming true – and staying alive for a decade! I enjoy freelancing but love blogging for a living.

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My favorite blog is my newest and most adventurous one:

Traveling in Faith:

Tips and Tools for Travel That Transforms You.

Will you visit me there?

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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.

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.

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I’ll be 50 soon, walking into the second half of my life. That’s why I started Traveling in Faith: Tips and Tools for Travel That Transforms You. This is the blog I wanted to start a decade ago, but didn’t feel qualified. To be a “real” travel blogger, I thought, I should travel regularly. Often. Maybe even live on the road, or as an expat in Africa or Australia or even America. But things are different now. It’s time for me to travel faithfully into the second half of my life!

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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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35 thoughts on “About Laurie”

  1. Very interesting. What is your attitude toward Biblical prophecy today? I know sincere Christians who have no idea of how today’s events are prophecy unfolding but know they are missing a lot and try to get everyone interested. The Late, Great Planet Earth was just an appetizer and the feast is in full swing now. I hate for anyone to miss it.

    I’m glad you got to meet your father; I love the Jewish people and have been called a Noahide gentile. .

  2. Dearest Laurie ,

    It is with a grateful heart I write this. Your blog has empowered , encouraged and enlightened me.
    Your blog has taught me to take an honest look at myself and my marriage.
    I reas various articles about abusive marriages and husbands who criticize their wives . By the time I finished the article Bkit husbands who criticize their wives … I suddenly got a lump in my throat and thought OH OH, my behavior does warrant his criticism.. I’m late, unprepared, disorganized, lose or misplace things CONSTANTLY, spendthrift and spoiled rotten by my husband.
    We had a huge blowup this morning(and he just had surgery for a GIST tumor removal ..(cancerous ) I was FURIOUS that his son (my age) came to visit and spoke to me like crap in my house .. & my husband didn’t defend me! I was MAD. I defend him if anyone hints at treating my husband poorly. It just enraged me .. I said horrible things ..I asked(screamed) “why can’t you apologize to me for your son speaking to me like crap..?” my husband ignored me and said I’m a piece of sh* and he is not apologizing for anything.. meanwhile I am here caring for him and making sure he is ok.. that is my wifely duty and honor . Sickness and in health! I guess I’m writing because I feel lost. Sad, confused, unhappy and feel my husband is right. Maybe I do deserve what he says ..
    I’m in need of prayer .& like you .. I’m half Jewish, raised in a highly dysfunctional family.. damaging childhood, a mom who was def with issues..(never drank or smoked or left us to fend for ourselves ) but a manipulator & not a nurturer.. encouraged me with not so great decisions (being with a married man) I never did deugs, drank or acted in a disrespectful way to these.. just myself..
    I’m lost today.. and not sure what is right or wrong ..
    Again, your blog has helped to ease my heart, be rational in my thoughts & brutally honest about myself and my faults.
    I pray Thai too shall pass..
    by the way I’m 52 and my husband is 78 . I’ve been with him since I was 26!
    Who knows? You can follow me on IG .. my handle is Flipinista .. get an idea of who I am.

    Love,

    Monique

  3. Ive stumbled across your site in the small hours of another wakeful night – London UK. Struggling with attempting to reconcile with a long term partner after he cheated. Laurie, you’ve certainly got a varied past…present & future 😊. Looking forward to reading the various articles & postings on your site. Will no doubt give me food for (constructive [much needed]) thought.

    Like you, Ive travelled extensively, was in Vancouver recently.

  4. Laurie,
    You are a blessing…feeling alone as another Valentine’s Day looms.
    I resolve to get through all this and keep on believing that there is someone out there who is a good man.
    Blessings, V.

  5. Hello Laurie,
    I would like to ask you a favor please. I left a comment on your Love Blossoms page about my marriage. I am pleased to say my wife and I are ok now, and would like my comment deleted.
    Could I please ask you to remove my post?
    Thank you so much, and I look forward to hearing from you.