My name is Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, and I love new beginnings. I never know how to describe myself because I’m lots of things: survivor (you’ll see a list of things I survived below), writer, dog lover, Christ follower, wife, student, counselor, book worm, Big Sister, world traveler…
If I could live my life over, I’d be a gypsy. Like Johnny Depp in the movie Chocolat. I’d love to drift from one place to another, meeting people, living in different cultures, and learning new ways of life.
But alas, I have a mortgage, two dogs, and a husband. We live in Vancouver, Canada – where I was born. I’m also working on my Master’s of Social Work (MSW) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), so my gypsy days are temporarily stalled. And that’s okay.
Here are a few of the transitions I’ve gone through. I’d love to meet you – please feel free to comment at the end of this post! I won’t be long, I promise.
- Lived in three foster homes growing up
- Spent my childhood wandering around British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Ontario with a mother who suffers with schizophrenia
- Became financially independent at 16 years old – lived in own apartment
- Moved to Kenya, Africa for three years, to teach high school at an American school for ex-pats
- Married my best friend, after meeting him 17 years earlier
- Accepted the fact that my husband and I can’t have kids (infertility)
One of the reasons I am fine with all these changes is my spirituality. I believe in God, and my faith has been my foundation throughout my life.
- Dropped out of high school to move to Edmonton, AB
- Got my high school diploma
- Went to the University of Alberta, for Psychology and Education undergraduate degrees
- Am attending UBC, for a graduate level degree (the aforementioned MSW)
I love school! I thought I’d love teaching in a classroom, but it turns out Grade 8 and high school aren’t my thing.
- Employed in more than 60 jobs
- Worked as a freelance writer (my favourite job!)
- Currently employed as a professional blogger – created the Quips and Tips blog series in 2008
Phew! Enough for now.
If you’d like to connect with me, please leave a comment below. Feel free to ask me questions or make comments about anything, but remember that I can’t give you personal advice. I am, however, a great listener.
In peace and passion,