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Laurie’s Books: Growing Forward and Letting Go

My first traditionally published book is called Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back and offers a fresh, practical perspective on moving through loss. In it, I share stories of contemporary and biblical women who transcended extraordinary pain and grief.

I weave in my own experiences of growing up with a single schizophrenic mother, living in foster care, and then coping with infertility.

Every chapter includes five Blossom Tips, to help readers:

  • Accept—and even embrace—a new season of life.
  • Take small steps forward in practical, creative, delightful ways.
  • Weave faith, trust, and hope into your heart, thoughts, and daily lives.

At the end, readers have 50 creative, encouraging ways to move forward after a loss. Each activity highlights a different aspect of who we are: spirit, heart, soul, body, and brain. This holistic approach ensures the whole self is addressed by incorporating spiritual, emotional, creative, physical, and intellectual growth.

Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back is a comforting, encouraging book for women walking into a new season of life…which also makes it a great gift for women coping with death, divorce, or a difficult diagnosis.

Letting Go (my self-published ebook)

Letting Go of Someone You Love is the ebook I wrote to help women loosen unhealthy attachments. No matter how tightly we hold on to the past, we can put down our burdens and find happiness today.

Letting go of the past – or someone we love – isn’t about “getting over it.” Letting go doesn’t mean forgetting, ignoring the pain, or guarding our hearts so we don’t get hurt again.

How to Let Go of Someone You Love

Rather, letting go is about loosening unhealthy attachments to the past. When we let go of a person we loved and lost, we heal our heart. We find peace. We can move forward with strength, faith and joy.


About Me

I’m Laurie Pawlik, creator of the She Blossoms blogs and books. My life with a schizophrenic mother, absent father, foster homes, family estrangement, attempted rape, infertility, a failed marriage and three years in Africa taught me that choosing to grow forward is essential. We can never go back.

Laurie Pawlik Midlife Blossoms
Laurie and Growing Forward

I have 25 years of teaching, social work and writing experience, and have written for magazines such as Reader’s Digest, Chatelaine, Spirituality & Health, and More.

To learn more about me, read about Laurie Pawlik.


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