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Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

I’m Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen – a happy and peaceful Christian, writer, wife, entrepreneur, and adventurer. I started blogging in 2008, and it’s what I do full-time for fun and profit (because every worker deserves her wages, right?). I also play the flute and romp with my dogs in the forests of North Vancouver.

My “Quips and Tips” blogs occupy me full-time (and beyond!). I love blogging – I love the freedom, creativity, and connection. I just finished my MSW (Master’s of Social Work) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver.

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.
  • 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).

 

My “Quips and Tips” Blogs

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 my latest, greatest experiment in blogging. There is lots of overlap between Quips and Tips for Love and Relationships and The Love Blog, because I want to see if two blog help me reach more people. Plus, I love to create new 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 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. On that site, I write articles about getting pregnant, dealing with childlessness, and even improving sperm count.

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,

Laurie

  8 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Dear Victoria,

    Thank you for being here – I hope you are surviving this huge change in your life! You’re moving on to a new chapter, and it’s both scary and exciting. At least, I hope it’s a bit exciting for you :-) You are on the road to getting healthy and strong.

    I’m not sure what sort of advice you need about moving out, but I wrote this article for you:

    http://hopingfor.com/how-to-move-out-live-on-your-own

    I hope it helps, and wish you all the best as you move forward. My prayer for you is that you find the right friends to support you and the resources you need to be happy, healthy, and strong. Most of all, I pray for emotional and spiritual strength, so you can face whatever lies ahead. May you find the answers you seek, and learn how to live with the questions.

    Blessings,
    Laurie

  2. hello my name is Victoria and ive been dating a guy for 3 years and im in love but we have been fighting for a long Time nonstop its been to the point where im done for good but I need help moving on with my life hes the only I tought of being with but now im moving I did the first step by changing my phone number what do I do now?

  3. Thanks for your comment, Christine. While I wish I could respond to every person who writes in, I just can’t! I agree that I shouldn’t have missed the comment that particular reader made – but sometimes I get so many comments, I can’t keep up.

    That’s why I encourage readers to seek counseling in person, and tell them I can’t offer personal advice. I could make things worse by trying to advise people online, especially when it comes to love and relationships.

    I write articles that give information and try to encourage people to seek help in person. I try to encourage them to get support and guidance, and am honest and clear about the fact that I can’t offer personal advice or counseling.

  4. I read your blog this morning and there is a post from a woman who is wishing she would die. The post was made within the last month. Don’t you think you have a moral obligation to respond to her post or seek the advice of a professional? When you create a highly emotional meta tag site you should have a plan to respond to posts.

  5. Hello Tiersa,

    Here are my guidelines:

    Guidelines – Writing for Quips and Tips

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Laurie

  6. Hi Laurie,

    I have a guest post article ready for your site and was wondering if you could e-mail again, so that I can make sure it conforms to your guidelines. Thanks!

  7. Derek,

    Thank you for being here — I’m glad you took the time to comment! Good luck in your chosen path; I’m sure you’ll be incredibly helpful to people.

    Best wishes,
    Laurie

  8. I just wanted to say that I stumbled upon your website while visiting MyBlogGuest. I’m in awe of the helpful information you provide to your readers and your background and experience. I can see why you are a successful Author, Writer and Freelance Blogger. I hope to one day be able to help people mend broken relationships and better their lives as you appear to be doing through your websites and writing.

    Best wishes,

    Derek

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