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Laurie Pawlik ~ An Adventurous Writer in Canada

Laurie Pawlik, MSW, is a writer with 25 years of writing, teaching, and social work experience. Her degrees are in Psychology, Education, and Social Work. She wrote Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back, started the “Midlife Blossoms” and “She Blossoms” blogs and YouTube channel, and has been published in magazines such as Woman’s Day, Reader’s Digest, Women’s Health, and More.

Now that our formal introduction is over, here’s a peek into the juicier bits of my life…

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 was born and raised in Saskatchewan, 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, and were married for 17 years.

We struggled with infertility and couldn’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.

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 bought a 2021 Pleasure-Way Tofino camper van for my 50th birthday. For a couple of years I wandered, witnessed, and wrote. I also made videos!


When I turned 50, I started my She Blossoms YouTube channel. Here’s one of my favorite and most popular videos:


What NOT to Do When Giving Yourself a Pixie Haircut (I Accidentally Gave Myself a Buzz Cut)

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.

The Official Bio

Laurie Pawlik, 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).

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Thank you for being here! Feel free to say hello below.

Stay amazed,

Laurie

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20 thoughts on “Laurie Pawlik ~ An Adventurous Writer in Canada”

  1. Hello Laurie
    Good to have face and your biog
    I live on a different continent ,but that does not make death and grieving any different
    Enjoy Life ,and find something positive on a bad day
    As a busy lady I now find sitting down doing nothing a treat
    As today is another milestone 1yr and 1 mnth I realise that the hair on my head was probably just sprouting last year a connection for the next 12 months ,
    I am planning my next travel adventure today while I am dog sitting ,2 very lazy family dogs
    Recharging my batteries
    Enjoy the open road
    Love and kind thoughts
    Susan

  2. 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!

  3. 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

    1. 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.

      With love,
      Laurie

    2. Patricia Costey-Henry

      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.

  4. Greetings Laurie,
    Please add me to your email list.
    Have a safe and wonderful trip home. I hope all goes well with your doctor’s appointment.
    Take care. I appreciate you!

    1. 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

  5. Hi Laurie,
    My name is Grace and I follow you on YouTube. Your videos resonates with me because I’m in a similar situation.

    I send loving hugs,
    Grace

  6. Hi Laurie, just wanted to say how inspiring a person you are and I hope you are taking care-your articles have been a great help and really improved my life for the better. You make a wonderful and positive difference and are a great example of how to live life to the full

  7. Dear Lorie, you’re video about Jaz and Tiffaney was heartwarming. You are a beautiful soul. When my first dog died I wrote a book, If Dogs could Talk! Love, Joy, and Tears, which can be gotten on Amazon. I swore I would never get another. I did years later. The same type, a toy poodle, only female. The first one was named Caper. This one is Copper. For the last five years she as been a God send. We never can forget but we can expand our love to another be it animal or human as we go on our journey through life.

    1. Thank you, Patricia. What a pleasure to meet you, and what a beautiful story – I love that you won’t ever forget Caper, but you expanded your love and opened your hearts to welcome Copper! Wonderful.

      I looked up your book on Amazon – If Dogs Could Talk! Love, Joy, and Tears. Well done. It takes a lot of hard work, time and energy to write a book. Then comes the formatting, uploading to Amazon, selling it. Big job, but worth every second.

      Take good care of yourself – and your human and animal companions 🙂
      Laurie

  8. Hi Laurie, I came across your website late last night when I was looking for something else and what a find! I am struggling with finishing a military memoir of my service as an American teenager in the WWII Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC). I spent the winter of 1943-44 living in the cow barn of the Saskatoon Exhibition Grounds and later a closed Badminton Court which was opened for us.
    From Saskatoon, I was transferred to the dream posting for a CWAC–Army Pacific Command Headquarters in gorgeous Vancouver, BC! We were housed in the Old Vancouver Hotel which was reopened as a barracks in 1942; it was closed as a hotel in 1939.
    I visited Vancouver a few years ago and I recognized nothing but the former courthouse, now an art museum, with the two big lion statutes in front where we used to kiss our dates “goodnight.”
    Finding your website gave me a lift which I needed. Thank you!
    Good luck on your 2022 trip across Canada. I have great memories of visiting western Canada but did not travel east beyond Toronto.
    Cheers,
    Joyce (former proud CWAC W1958)

    1. Joyce, thank you, I’m glad you found me 🙂 Your military memoir sounds like it’d be a fascinating read. What memories and knowledge you have of Canada, and life in the military. And big lion statutes 🙂
      Thinking of you today, on Remembrance Day in Canada.
      With love and gratitude,
      Laurie

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