My husband and I are coping with infertility. But getting pregnant isn’t our focus in life. In fact, we’ve given up on that dream…and it’s okay! Other dreams, plans, and activities have take its place.
I’m Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen – a blogger, full-time student, and adventurous writer who loves to get up at 5:30 in the morning (seriously – I’m a morning lark!). I live, write, blog, and study in Vancouver, BC.
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.
But, my “Quips and Tips” sites occupy me full-time (and beyond!).
Of all the websites I created — six “Quips and Tips” blogs — Achieving Your Goals is my favorite. I love the wide variety of articles and comments on this blog, and the dozens of authors I’ve featured.
My most recent website is New Beginnings, and it’s devoted to helping people cope with endings, transitions, and fresh starts in life. I’m currently working on my MSW (Master’s of Social Work) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) – so I know what it’s like to embark on a new beginning!
About me, you probably didn’t know…
- 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.
- 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 living from my “Quips and Tips” blogs and ebooks.
- I’m a full-time grad student at the University of British Columbia (UBC), in Vancouver. I’m working towards my MSW (Master’s of Social Work) – I want to get a job in a hospital or clinic, counseling patients who have been diagnosed with chronic illness.
- My husband and I can’t have kids because of azoospermia, and chose not to get fertility treatments (other than IUI, which is a simple little procedure).
Are you living with an illness? Tell me about it – go to How Do You Live With Chronic Disease? Stories From Survivors.
My “Quips and Tips” Blogs
Quips 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.
Quips and Tips for Successful Writers is 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 Money and Love 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. On that site, I write articles about getting pregnant, dealing with childlessness, and even improving sperm count.
Quips and Tips From the Working World is where you’ll find job profiles and interviews with people at work, such as private investigators, casting directors, university professors, and B & B owners. Each profile includes the best and worst parts of the job, career tips, salary expectations, and education requirements.
Quips and Tips for Giving Gifts was created to help people buy the right gift for the right occasion.
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.
To learn more about me (as if this weren’t enough!), visit The Adventurous Writer. And, feel free to ask me a question on any of my articles (but remember that I can’t offer personal advice, and I may not answer every question).
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