Welcome! I’m the creator of Uprooted 🌱 She Blossoms, the author of Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back, and the writer of a gazillion articles, blog posts and ebooks. I’ve been a freelance writer and blogger since 2008.
Vancouver BC is my home base, but my favourite place to live and write is on the road in Ruby, my Pleasure-Way Tofino camper van. I travel with my bike in the summer, my toque in the winter, and my notebook in all seasons.
Odds ‘n Ends
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.
I lived in Kenya, Africa for three years. I taught Grade 8 Language Arts and High School Journalism at Rosslyn Academy, an American school for ex-pat students in Nairobi.
My mother is Christian, born and raised in Canada. My father is Jewish, born and raised in Israel. I met him for the first time in Jerusalem when I was 29.
I started volunteering with the Big Sisters/Big Brothers organization in 2012; my “Little” Sister was 11 when we were matched. I myself was a Little Sister in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan when I was 10.
I didn’t get married until I was 35. Bruce and I met for the first time when I was an 18 year old waitress and he was a 21 year old bartender at Chi Chi’s Mexican Restaurant in Edmonton. We were friends for a 17 years before we married.
We struggled with infertility and can’t have children because of azoospermia (male infertility). We chose not to get in vitro fertilization (IVF), though we did try intrauterine insemination (IUI). The fertility treatments failed; we decided not to adopt or foster kids.
I started my original “Quips and Tips” blogs in 2008 under The Adventurous Writer, which means I have a gazillion blog posts from a million years ago. They represented who I was then, not necessarily who I am today.
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 and most popular ebook is Letting Go of Someone You Love.
I bought a 2021 Pleasure-Way Tofino camper van for my 50th birthday. Now all I want to do is wander the world, witness and write. And make videos…
When I turned 50, I started my Uprooted 🌱 She Blossoms YouTube channel. Here’s one of my favorite and most popular videos:
I made it before my first cross-Canada road trip – I thought a pixie cut would be easy to maintain on the road. It was my first time using clippers, and it turned out a lot different than I envisioned.
My “She Blossoms” Blogs
I created over a dozen blogs when I started my “Quips and Tips” in 2008. I dubbed myself The Adventurous Writer.
Here are the websites that lasted – they’re untended, wild and overgrown, but they still carry my fingerprints and heartbeat. They’re also a great source of income!
- How Love Blossoms (marriage, relationships, and healing from breakups, divorce, and other losses in love); and
- Blossom Tips (life, work, family, career, and spirituality).
And my really really old blogs:
- She Blossoms – my original love and relationship articles.
- Life Blossoms – my early articles about goals, life, family, and work.
- Writing Blossoms – the first blog I started in 2008! Writing, blogging, getting published.
- Health Blossoms – mostly articles about trying to get pregnant and dealing with childlessness.
My “Official” Bio
Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, MSW, is the author of Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back (Bethany House, 2019). She has over 25 years of teaching, social work and writing experience, and has contributed to publications such as Reader’s Digest, Chatelaine, Spirituality & Health, Writer’s Digest and More. She created the “She Blossoms” family of blogs and ebooks (including her bestselling ebook called How to Let Go of Someone You Love), and has recently finished her first novel (Almost Sage).
Voila! Now you know everything you need to know about me. Feel free to comment below; I’ll try to respond but I’m often on the road and have a hard time keeping up with the online world.
I love your spirit! Thank-you for never “settling”, in the sense of settling for less than you want. I live my life in that way, also, but sometimes it gets lonely. It gets lonely because it seems the world is designed for couples, thus it is difficult to find the thriving singles who tend to happily live in their backyard gardens, toiling away at growing both good and beauty.
Making meaningful connections is my biggest challenge, so “meeting you” has been an uplifting journey. Thank-you for allowing me to walk with you along your path!
Hi Laurie it was lovely reading about your journey and your fun time with your hair cut video.I loved it.You have such a nice way about you which is a blessing.I have been divorced years ago and it has allowed me to grow and blossom within myself.I found that when you grow apart you need to move on and be happy.I feel life is to short to be unhappy.I teach flower arranging to adults and I’ve seen women feel the beauty of flowers whilst teaching them and how refreshing it is after divorce or separation.Love who you are Laurie.Keep going
a nd love every minute Cherie
Thank you so much, Cherie! I’m so happy to hear that you blossomed after leaving your marriage. It’s such a huge decision, so full of unknowns and fears. Your positive experience inspires me.
There is no doubt we need other people. We can’t make it on our own, no matter what. We need to talk to people, relate and share our lives. Life was never meant to be perfect, everyone has bad days and good days. If you think for a moment we really don’t know how the brain works or at times not even understand what we are all about. So, be easy on yourself and others. We don’t know where or what is happening in their lives or theirs in ours. We need to be open and communicate and be patient with one another. Take care. love is all we got. We need it. We were made for it.
Love your stories and your desire to help others!
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Have a safe and wonderful trip home. I hope all goes well with your doctor’s appointment.
Take care. I appreciate you!
I added you to my list – thank you Gloria! 🙂
You put a smile on my face. You are living life to the fullest. With all the upsets and things that happen to everyone you have kept an upper lip. It is enjoyable to see one of the few human beings that’s not consumed with money and nonsense. Take care, be happy and keep on trucking. pch