About Laurie

 

My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, creator of Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility. 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.

quips and tips for couples coping with infertility

Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

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 medical or health advice about trying to get pregnant, coping with infertility or regulating your period, but I’m happy to answer questions about me and my life.




I send my newsletter once or twice a month. Not often enough to bother you – just often enough to help you remember that life is sweet! :-)

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

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 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.

Bounce Back Babe is where I write articles about anything and everything, from money to career to health to personality psychology. It’s a general clearinghouse for all the stuff that doesn’t fit anywhere else.

The Dog Blog is my latest, greatest blog. I have two dogs – Georgie and Tiffy – and really enjoy learning as much as I can about dogs. The more I learn, the more I share!

The Love Blog is sort of an experiment. My Quips and Tips for Love and Relationships blog was so popular, I was curious to see what would happen if I created a sister blog. The judges are still out on that one.

My Quips and Tips eBooks

Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

Quips and Tips for Couples Coping With Infertility

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,

Laurie

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  1. Dear Priya,

    Thank you for being here. I’m sorry you’re having trouble with your periods, but I can’t offer medical advice. I encourage you to see a gynecologist or family doctor, and ask for help. The internet is a great place to get general health tips, but you really need to see a doctor in person for specific medical support.

    Sincerely,
    Laurie

  2. hi laurie,
    I m 19 yrs old I m facing irregular periods since i was 16 but from last two months i m not getting my periods my sonography reports were all normal and the pregnany test was also negative  last week i joined gym and because of this tension i couldnt sleep from last two nights could u please help me as soon as possible

    Regards

    Priya

  3. i m 19 yrs old i m missing my periods from last two months. My sonography reports were all normal and had my pregnancy test it was also negative.I m very worried due to irregular periods and cant sleep from last two nights please help me

  4. Hello Leo,

    That’s great that you’ve been helping people virtually! Infertility is a huge issue, and painful for many people.

    Here’s an article that I wrote, to share tips on making money blogging:

    http://theadventurouswriter.com/blogwriting/how-do-bloggers-earn-money-ways-earn-income-online/

    Best wishes,
    Laurie

  5. Hi Laurie,

    Great for ur research work on the fertility….u have been helping many people virtually..
    Have a long journey….
    I am an Asst. Professor in an Engineering college in India…
    I want to earn some money through blogs by writng….can u guide me how to move …

    Regards
    K.Leo Rajesh
    India

  6. Hi Meghan,

    Thanks for your message, I’ll look up your website.

    Cheers,
    Laurie

  7. Hi Laurie –

    I wanted to let you know that the full list of SharecareNow Top 10 – Infertility influencers has been announced. Here is the infographic: and the press release:

    If you’re available and interested, i’d like the opportunity to shoot you an email or have a phone conversation on what exactly Sharecare is and how it’s relevant to you and your community.

    Cheers,

    Meghan

  8. I came across your blog and thought it was a great fit for an infertility awareness opportunity we have coming up.

    Clear Passage Physical Therapy, a national network of clinics, is sponsoring a National Infertility Awareness Week campaign called Bundle of Hope. Bundle of Hope is a giveaway meant to raise awareness and support for the infertility community. During National Infertility Awareness Week (April 23 – 30), infertile couples will have the opportunity to share inspiring quotes on social media and enter to win awareness-themed prizes, including a Bundle of Hope gift basket.

    To enter the giveaway, your readers can share their favorite inspirational quotes or words of wisdom that help them cope with the toll of infertility. They can send their submissions by:

    Posting their submissions on Clear Passage’s Facebook page or
    Tweeting them to @clearpassage using the hashtags #NIAW #clearpassage.

    We would love your help in promoting this infertility awareness campaign. We feel that Bundle of Hope will resonate with many of your readers and give them an opportunity to share their inspiring quotes with others in the infertility community.

    If you are interested in being a voice for infertility advocacy, here are more details about getting involved: Bundle of Hope Giveaway. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at alishiac@clearpassage.com.

    Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Alishia Curtis
    Director of Public Relations

  9. Hi Laurie,

    I am a pursuing a masters in visual anthropology at Goldsmiths University of London, UK. I am doing a research project on representations and imagery of infertility and am wondering if you would be willing to engage in an email correspondence regarding your thoughts on the matter. You can be named or anonymous in the final report, that is entirely your choice.

    I am looking for any observations you’ve had- either images that you felt reflected your experiences, or the lack thereof, inappropriate imagery, symbols you’ve come to identify with- really, anything that comes to mind for you. I’m interested in your opinions and feedback as a ‘lay-expert’ in the world of conception.
    Images within clinics, popular media, art history and art therapy are all of interest to me, as I am trying to gain an understanding of the types of visual representations that are available to couples, and women in particular, who are going through fertility treatments.

    Please let me know if you are interested in participating. Anything from one email to a back-and-forth ‘conversation’ via email would be really beneficial to my research.
    I greatly anticipate your response.

    Thanks,

    Britt

  10. Hi Laurie. I hope this finds you well.

    Have you heard the latest evidence in a government funded study at Adelaide University has found Traditional Chinese Medicine to be more effective in the treatment of female infertility achieving, on average, a 60% increase in pregnancy over 4 months compared to only 30% acheieved with standard allopathic, western, medical fertility enhancing drug treatments or In-vitro fertilization (IVF) over 12 months.

    In summary, female patients who see an licensed herbalist trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine are twice as likely in 1/3 of the time to get pregnant.

    Fantastic news to report!
    Sincerely,
    Kristen N. Burris, L.Ac., M.S.T.O.M.
    p.s. I was interviewed by the Dr. Oz show today and they are letting me know if I will be featured on their show next week! Exciting! Do you know Dr. Oz or is that an American phenomenon?

  11. Hi Laurie,

    I’m Kate, the Health and Entertainment Editor at Opposing Views in Los Angeles. I really enjoy reading Quips and Tips for Couples Coping with Infertility — great content. I’d like to invite you to share your work with our readers.

    We’re a media site that publishes content from hundreds of contributors and experts like the NRA, PETA, the DOJ and Amnesty International. Our traffic is over 750K a month and growing.

    In order to build out our health and fertility section, we’re reaching out to qualified writers on the subject. I think your blog would be a strong addition.

    What does that mean exactly? Essentially, you would give us permission to publish content from your RSS feed. You’d be listed as a contributor, which includes bylines, a profile and links. You get full attribution (promoting your site), and some of your content will be added to Google News, Facebook and Twitter. Your work will also be seen on associate sites run by Deep Dive Media. This way, you’ll reach an even wider audience.

    Thanks for taking a minute to consider joining us, and please let me know if you are interested.

    Kate Wharmby Seldman
    Health and Entertainment Editor
    healtheditor@opposingviews.com
    Opposing Views
    http://www.opposingviews.com
    Los Angeles, CA
    310-488-6847

  12. Hello.

    Please read how IVF medications led to my breast cancer and how a breast cancer study using genetic testing to check estrogen metabolism is saving my life.

    Please share my story with all women who have used or are considering IVF, HRT and anyone with estrogen positive breast cancer.

  13. Hi Laurie:
    I was really pleased to find your site, particularly the piece about pregnancy over 40. Ironically, I received your information from one of my readers in Australia. I’m a Canadian (visited Bowen many times and believe I connected with Gini Grey when I was in North Van) who is now living in California.

    I was blessed to conceive both of my children naturally and give birth just before turning 42 and 44. I was so affected by the societal, cultural, psychological and physical issues facing over-40 moms that I launched a website to support them: , along with a networking group for over-40 moms and childbirth, wellness and financial professionals.

    I write regularly on fertility over-40 and many readers are women who are trying to get pregnant after 40. I think they could really benefit from your site. I wonder if you’d like to link? I would also love to interview you for my blog–would you be interested?

    Hope to connect with you soon! Angel

  14. Thanks for your comment, Kristen — you sound like just the infertility expert I’m looking for!

    I’ve emailed you directly, and hope you’ll be part of Quips & Tips :-)

  15. Hi Laurie,
    What a fantastic blog you have! Please let me know how I may help you with my expertise. I have been treating infertility for 10 years and have personally avoided getting a hysterectomy with Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, and Supplement Therapy. I treat complicated infertility cases with natural medicine ranging from unexplained infertility, endometriosis, annovulation, PCOS, and luteal phase defect (to name a few). I am happy to answer any questions for you and your bloggers. I have also served on the board of RESOLVE ( an non-profit supporting couples who have a difficult time getting pregnant). Over the years I have attended hundreds of embryo transfers and know the benefits of ART with Acupuncture very well.
    To Fertile Findings,
    Kristen Burris, L.Ac., M.S.T.O.M., Dip. Ac.

  16. Thanks, InfertileNaomi — I look forward to checking out your blog…

  17. Best of luck on your fertility journey!

  18. Thanks for the tip, Kelly…I’ll head over to Dawn’s site now!

  19. You should interview Dawn Davenport at Creatingafamily.com – she has an adoption book and a great radio show.

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