My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen; I’m a full-time Master of Theological Studies student and writer. I created my She Blossoms blog family 10 years ago (originally as Quips & Tips for Achieving Your Goals). My most recent blog is Echoing Jesus.
I live in a treehouse overlooking the Pacific Ocean and study at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada.
I’m glad you’re here, and encourage you to stay in touch! Feel free to sign up for my blog posts or weekly Echoes of Joy newsletter. I write to help people hear the echoes of Jesus, sense the presence of the Holy Spirit, and walk humbly with God.
In my book Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back (published by Bethany House), I help women move forward 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.
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.
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 traditionally published book is Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back.
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 God on my Echoing Jesus blog.
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.
Originally called Quips and Tips for Love and Relationships, She Blossoms in Love and Relationships contains my first love and relationship articles. That blog grew too big — a victim of its own success — and I had to create a new garden.
Once called Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals, She Blossoms in Life has all my first articles about goals, life, family, and work.
Originally Quips and Tips for Successful Writers, She Blossoms in Writing 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. She Blossoms in Health 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.
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In peace and passion,