About Laurie

Laurie Pawlik Kienlen bouncing back from life
Me, horseback riding in Jamaica.
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My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, creator of Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goals. I’m an adventurous writer, wife, Christian, gypsy, blogger, and entrepreneur who started blogging in 2008. I also play the flute and romp with my dogs in the forests of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Me, horseback riding in Jamaica.

My “Quips and Tips” blogs occupy me full-time (and beyond!). I love blogging – the freedom, creativity, and inspiration. On my blogs I recently started Putting Parables Into Practice, which allows me to connect stories and fables with practical tips for dealing with problems. This suits my personality and passions perfectly!

Random Stuff About Me

  • I lived in Kenya, East Africa for three years. I taught Language Arts and Journalism at Rosslyn Academy – an American school in Nairobi.
  • My degrees are in Education and Psychology from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton.
  • Until recently, I was a full-time grad student at the University of British Columbia (UBC), in Vancouver. I earned my MSW (Master of Social Work), and I now work on contract with Big Brothers and North Shore Crisis Services Society.
  • I’m a volunteer Big Sister through the Big Sisters organization in Vancouver. I was a Little Sister when I was 10 or 11, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I’m still in touch with my Big Sister, who lives in Toronto, Ontario.
  • As a freelance writer, I’ve written for a wide range of publications, including Reader’s Digest, Woman’s Day, MSN Health, Natural Health, Spirituality & Health, and sometimes More. I also wrote monthly articles for BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver.
  • I earn a pretty good income from my “Quips and Tips” blogs and ebooks.
  • My dad was born, raised, and currently lives in Jerusalem, Israel. He’s Jewish. My mom lives in a group home on an acreage outside Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She’s Christian, and has struggled with schizophrenia my whole life. I lived in foster homes as a child.
  • My husband and I can’t have kids because of azoospermia. We chose not to get in vitro fertilization or IVF, though we did try intrauterine insemination or IUI. We also chose not to adopt or foster kids. Instead, we’re focusing on the blessings and benefits of not having kids (and there are many many many).

If you have any questions about me, please feel free to ask below. I can’t give advice or offer feedback on your situation, but I’m happy to answer questions about me and my life.

My “Quips and Tips” Blogs

Quips and Tips for Successful Writers is the first blog I ever started, in 2008. It’s all about writing, editing, getting published — and blogging! There, I combine quips from famous published writers with practical writing advice. I write about everything from how to grab your reader by the throat to reasons book manuscripts are rejected.

Quips and Tips for Love and Relationships blends my two favorite topics: love and money. There, I weave finances with relationships — and all articles contain practical money and love tips for couples. My most popular article on that site is about dealing with a toxic ex-wife.

Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility — because infertility is a drag, but it doesn’t have to make us bitter, angry, or depressed. My husband and I are riding the infertility roller coaster, but it hasn’t destroyed our dreams or crushed our spirits. I write articles about getting pregnant, dealing with childlessness, and even improving sperm count.

Quips and Tips for Achieving Your Goalsquips and tips for achieving your goals covers everything from overcoming career obstacles to making more money. Articles range from toilet training your cat to the best investments for your money. This site helps readers achieve their personal, professional, and financial goals.


My Quips and Tips eBooks

The “quips and tips” in my ebooks are not the same as the “quips and tips” on my blogs! All my ebooks include information and advice from a wide variety of sources.

My ebooks aren’t just my tips — they’re me tapping into the brains of smart, experienced, educated, helpful people, and sharing what I learned.

75 Ways to Let Go of Someone You Love – to help people let go of the past and move on with their lives. Letting go is one of the most painful things you’ll ever do…but there are ways to make it easier.

80 Ways to Say “I Love You” – to help people like me, who struggle to find the right holiday, anniversary, and birthday gifts for their partners! This ebook is about more than gifts, though — it’s about saying “I love you” and building a more meaningful relationship in small, incredibly important ways every day.

Letting Go of an Animal You Love – for people who are struggling to cope with pet loss. I interviewed veterinarians, grief experts, and pet owners who loved and lost their animals. This ebook contains 75 tips for healing after pet loss.

75 Ways to Make (More) Money Blogging – to help writers and bloggers make money doing what they love! If you spend time and energy on your blog, you deserve to earn a few bucks for your efforts. This ebook isn’t just about making money blogging, it’s about building a better blog.

73 Ways to Fire Up (or Just Fire!) the Muse – to help writers and bloggers overcome fear, self-doubt, criticism, and uncertainty. After all, who wants to read age 95 and wish they had written that bestselling novel? Who wants to die with unfulfilled dreams and desires? Not me.

That’s me in a nutshell! I’d love to hear from you – feel free to comment below.

All good things,


20 Responses

  1. wayne says:

    We are facing this with our Yorkie “Jasper” this week..He is 17 and has been athletic and wonderful his whole life. Our heart aches !! Thanks for making this article available..wayne

  2. Iz says:

    We had to put our dog down today….heartbreaking but your dog blog pulled me through my tears.
    Thank you for your wisdom, sharing and caring, qualities the world needs more of.
    Best to you and your family,
    Iz (www.rabbisson.com)

  3. Sarah says:

    my dog, my soulmate, my heart, my child, my life it seems. I work independently, and she is with me 24/7. Have not been away from here for 11 yrs, so far. 24/7. God help me when she goes. I have pre grieved for 3 yrs, and she may hopefully have several more yrs..left. I pray so.
    I almost have learned to live in two different worlds now, just to cope. One here and now, and one spiritual, WHERE I will mostly live when she goes. You know, the kind of intense place you go, where no one can , except you to be with your dog, in your mind. One GOD has established in your own spirit. Can you relate?

  4. Matt says:


    When I came across your article and blog, I couldn’t stop reading! Your story is very inspiring – keep up the great work :)

  5. Laurie says:

    I emailed you – thanks Carolyn!

  6. Carolyn M says:

    Hi! I NEED to have your postal mail address to let you know you one a COUPON for $1.00 off the wine that I wrote about this morning on UBC blog entry for the day! So can you contact me with your address at carolyncavies@yahoo.com Thanks and congrats!

  7. Laurie says:

    Hi Carolyn,

    Thanks for this – how exciting! I appreciate it :-)


  8. Carolyn M says:

    Hi! I didn’t have your email address to let you know you one a COUPON for $1.00 off the wine that I wrote about this morning on UBC blog entry for the day! So can you contact me with your address at carolyncavies@yahoo.com Thanks and congrats!

  9. Laurie says:


    Thank you so much for your comments! I really appreciate your words, and am very glad you’re here. I’m re-reading Corinthians so I can see what you’re talking about :-)


  10. Tracy Goodson says:


    Thanks for your honesty! You may not be a traditional publishing success story, but I know that your honest writing has touched the lives of many. I see 2 Corinthians 1 lived out through your writing. What an inspiration you are!!

  11. Laurie says:

    Dear Laura,

    Thank for your interest in interviewing me for your Journalism assignment! However, I am going to Peru in a few hours, and don’t have time to answer your questions.

    I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful — if you can wait until I return on Feb 26, then I can answer your questions then!


  12. Laura Blanc de Silva says:

    Dear Laurie,
    I am taking a Journalism class in College. This week assigment is to write an article about Valentine’s Day and it should have 3 interviews. I started doing research online and I found your excellent blog with a lot of tips that can help me write my article. But in order to do that I have to ask you some questions. There is a lot of info about yourself online so it is hard not to be repetitive. Forgive me if the info I am asking, you have alredy posted. Here they are:

    List your favorites (book, movie or play, quote, poem, website, type of food or individual dish, music genre, song, band or individual musician, perfume, clothing style or designer, etc.)
    What are your greatest stresses and what causes you the most anxiety in your life?
    What is most rewarding about your job; what makes it all worthwhile?
    What are the most critical problems faced by people in your field in this city/state/country? How do you think these problems should be handled?
    What’s the hardest thing for you about being a blogger? How do you address that?
    Favorite weekend activity?
    What’s your favorite funny story about yourself?
    Name one thing about yourself that most people don’t know.
    What makes you laugh?
    Do you have any plans to spend a different Valentine’s day?

    Thanks so much in advance.

    Warm regards,


  13. Laurie says:

    Dear Pete,

    You made my day – thank you so much for your comments! Sometimes I wonder what difference I make, so it’s good to hear from my fellow writers :-)


  14. pete says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I’ve been reading your blogs on writing for some time now, and I’ve learned so much from you! You were the inspiration that started my desire to self-publish some of my writing, and your advice has been indispensible. I really appreciate your experiences and your willingness to share your advice. Please keep it up, because I know there are a lot more “writers” like me who just need the extra push and advice that you provide to start their career.

  15. Laurie says:

    Hi Dale,

    Thanks for your comment! I think you’re doing such a great thing with your blog – I love the idea of building a community to help people who are bouncing back and healing from heart disease.

    I’ll go check your site out now.


  16. Dale says:


    I just celebrated my one year anniversary from an emergenccy open heart procedure. My blog HeartFeltNews.com is my way of trying to help others in what I refer to as Our Community – those who have experienced heart disease, want to avoid it, or care for someone is dealing with it.

    My brief story is one of ignoring clear and obvious signs that something was very wrong, and very luckily going to the doctor just before I would have had a fatal heart attack – at age 53. I continue my recovery every day and I’m learning every day more about who the members of Our Community are.

    Very few days go by that I don’t think about how lucky I am to have been given a “second chance.” It has bee a humbling experience.

  17. Laurie says:

    Dear Nicola,

    Thank you for being here! I really appreciate your kind words, and hope that you continue to find inspiration and encouragement on this site.

    Some days are certainly heavier and harder than others, aren’t they? I heard Jian Ghomeshi interview a professor yesterday; he said we shouldn’t expect to be happy all the time. Life can’t be all ups — there has to be downs — and we have to learn how to ride the downs.

    I hope you keep in touch during the ups and downs!


  18. Nicola says:

    Laurie, I happened on this site and I’m glad I did, I’m living in North Vancouver and was pleased to see you live nearby! You have amazed and re-inspired me and I want nothing more than to be inspired to become the positive, happy woman I was a few years ago after reading your story. I’ve had some setbacks in the last few years, including losing a lot of money to a dating scam and am suffering still as I struggle to make ends meet (my income is mostly low) after losing my “cushion” to the scam. I’m living alone which I don’t do well, my daughter moved back down the road to live with her dad (and older brother) as it truly is her “home” and I only wanted her to be happy so I let her go. It wasn’t a reflection of my mothering abilities at all. I spend as much time as possible with her and see her most days as she goes to the highschool just down the street from my home, but I miss having her living here. Anyway, I have been with my boyfriend nearly 3 years now and I just posted on the site about his “need to be alone” shutting me out when he’s suffering with anxiety hoping there will be some other women who have similar issues. My boyfriend love each other deeply and are very content and happy when we’re together but he shuts down sometimes. thank you Laurie for being such a great inspiration and role model for me.

  19. Laurie says:

    Thank you so much, Dava! I really appreciate your kind words :-)

  20. Dava Stewart says:

    You aren’t ONLY the Bounce Back Babe, you are also a Energetic Inspiration. You are one busy lady. Thanks for sharing your trials and successes with us. (Also, the fact that you haven’t been published yet says more about the failure of the industry than your failure as a writer.)

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