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Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen, MSW, is the author of Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back. She created the "She Blossoms" blog and book family; her degrees are in Psych, Education and Social Work from the U of A and UBC. She lives in a treehouse near a forest in Vancouver, Canada.

I Feel Bad About Myself

When You Feel Bad About Yourself…

Most tips on how to stop feeling bad about yourself are surficial, meaning they only skim the surface of the problem. They don’t dig up the roots of why you feel bad about yourself. Nor do they help when you're crushed under the heavy darkness of thoughts like “I feel bad about myself” or even "I hate myself." Surficial tips aren't good enough.
Tips for Being Happy Alone on Your Birthday

How to Be Happy Alone on Your Birthday

Being alone on your birthday isn’t just lonely, it’s also a little embarrassing. I spent my 34th at a neighborhood pub, sitting at the bar, feeling sorry for myself and wondering how to be happy alone. After a glass of wine, I admitted it was my birthday to the bartender and the guy sitting a couple stools down…and they not only bought me drinks and appetizers, they sang “Happy Birthday.” Several times.
ways to overcome money anxiety

Overcoming Money Anxiety: 4 Ways to Relax Your Grip

Maybe, like me, you can’t spend money without feeling anxious. Maybe you’re worried about running out of money and losing everything. What if you become homeless, or have to live in your car? What if you can’t pay for your medications, your kids’ school supplies and clothes, your pet’s food and treats?
When You’re Homesick for Your Old Life Feelings of Homesickness

When You’re Homesick for Your Old Life

These four tips will help you cope when you’re feeling homesick for your old life after a divorce, death or diagnosis of a deadly disease. Maybe you miss your old home, pet, or someone you love. You keep thinking, “I want my old life back” or even “I feel homesick, but I don’t know what for.”
Treasured Gift Idea for a New Mother Post Cesarean

10 Gift Ideas for New Mothers After a Cesarean Birth

These gifts and ideas for new mothers after a cesarean birth will lift her spirits and help her heal. The road to recovery after a c-section can be long and tiring; these gift ideas are inspired by advice from ob-gyns, family doctors and mothers who know about cesarean surgery and recovery.