Laurie

Hi, I'm glad you're here! My name is Laurie Kienlen; I'm a travel nut who has lived everywhere from Africa to Alberta. My husband Bruce and I are hunkered down in North Vancouver with our dogs Georgie and Tiffy, and our cat Nunki. We can't have kids, and have embraced the freedom! I have an MSW (Master of Social Work) from UBC, and degrees in Education and Psychology from the U of A. I hope to hear from you below...

Jan 082013
 
How to Make a Good Decision About Anything

Can’t make up your mind? Here are five simple decision-making strategies to help you decide about anything life brings to you. Maybe you’re not sure if it’s time to say “I love you” – or how you should propose to your girlfriend. Or, maybe you’re confused or even paralyzed about buying a cell phone, car

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Jan 082013
 
How to Decide Where to Go on Your Next Vacation

Sometimes it’s easy to decide where to go on holiday – our last vacation was in Jamaica, where we celebrated my friend Gayle’s 50th birthday party. Other times, you know you want to get away…but you have no idea where in the world to go. Bruce and I recently decided to go to Peru, after

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Jan 072013
 
How to Include Your Dog in Counseling Sessions – Tips for Therapists

My long-term career goal is to include my dog in my counseling sessions with clients. If you’re a therapist who wants to use your dog in couseling, you’ll find my research helpful! Counseling can be greatly enhanced with pet therapy dogs; these animals are known to improve the therapist-client relationship by encouraging a strong social

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Jan 012013
 
When Your Wife Maxes the Credit Cards and Depletes Your Bank Account

What happens to a marriage when your wife almost bankrupts you? A husband describes how he survived financial infidelity in his marriage and offers tips for couples in similar situations. “The worst thing I ever survived was the financial infidelity of my wife, which to this day remains a life-changing experience,” says Ray. “When it

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Jan 012013
 
How to Stop Worrying - 6 Tips From Really Smart People

Here’s a round-up of the best ways to stop worrying – plus links to helpful websites about being happier, enjoying life, and finding inner peace. Worry destroys the moment (and your life is made up of moments!), depresses your mood, and can evolve into obsessive thinking patterns. Worrying puts you at risk for mental illness

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Dec 212012
 
10 Gifts for People Who Travel

These gifts for people who travel range from practical to sentimental, but focus mainly on practical. Finding the right gift for your traveling friends or family members depends on where they’re going, how long they’ll be away, and how they feel about the trip. A travel journal. The Valery® Vintage String Classic Leather Blank Notebook pictured is

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Dec 132012
 
10 Signs of Flirting in Men and Women – How to Read People

Reading nonverbal cues is an important part of knowing how to flirt and how to recognize flirtatious behavior. These signs of flirting in men and women will help you see who is interested in romance, and who isn’t. Not only are there specific signs of flirtatious behavior in men and women, there are actually five stages of flirting.

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Dec 122012
 
How to Survive Your First Christmas After Divorce

The first family Christmas after getting divorced is difficult, especially if your ex-spouse wants the kids on Christmas Day. These suggestions for surviving a divorced family Christmas aren’t easy tips or secrets that will erase the pain for you or your kids, but they may help you get through the holidays. The most important thing

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Dec 072012
 
10 Most Expensive Gifts on Amazon - and 10 Affordable Alternatives

A diamond necklace is one of the most expensive products that Amazon sells.[/caption] Money can’t buy love, but it can buy quality. This list of the most luxurious, expensive gifts on Amazon will help you figure out what to give a loved one, because they include the alternatives you can afford to buy. You don’t

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Dec 072012
 
Gifts for People With Cancer - Don't Make Them Feel Like "Patients"

What do you give someone with cancer? These gift ideas and tips won’t make people feel like “cancer patients”, yet they encourage healing and balance. “I suspect that the most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen,” writes Rachel Naomi Remen in Kitchen Table Wisdom. “Just listen.  Perhaps the most

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