Strangers To Friends

Our Stories Connect Us All.

Live Authentically. Create Connections.
                 Play In Synchronitiy! 

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In A World More Connected Yet Disconnect, Our Stories Connect Us All


Do you want to:
Connect with like-minded people
Engage in inspiring conversation
Experience “small world” stories with strangers
Expand your social circle & business contacts

Hi, I’m Carlyn Shaw. Authentic CONNECTION Is My Story. 

An MS Diagnosis. The Death of Best Friends.
A Job Loss. Relationship Endings. Moving To New Cities.

Our Stories Are Catalysts For Connection.  


In 2009, my life dramatically changed. I lost my job and ultimately, lost my business card. I wanted to exchange my contact information but didn’t know, how! So, I created a “connection card” giving myself the title ‘Turning Strangers Into Friends‘. Initially I didn’t know how to lead with what, “I did”. The only “job” I had was to show up, 

I felt it a personal mission to show up authentically, without judgement and completely wide open to who I’d meet — and why. This approach, being me, invited people to feel safe to show up as the real them, too. The ripple effect from my connection card was wild! All sorts of people I “needed” in my life began to appear! And best part, I seemed to show up on time for the people who needed to know me for my story, too. From MS, to job loss, to grief to a sense of adventure inspiring my worldly travels, the more stories I shared, the more they shared too! At first I called them weird coincidences. But, my connections were not accident. And each person I met, always had a purpose. It was if the Universe looked down and said, “She’s ready to play, let’s send the right people her way!”.

What I’d learn: I was experiencing, SYNCHRONICITY. 

Over the last 10 years I’ve perfected a Synchronicity Formula,
promising people will experience real, authentic connection for friendship, business… and good, ol’ fashioned fun conversation.
When we meet others who understand us and can support us, everything makes sense.
We Are All, On Time.   

Small World Stories Are Not Coincidence,
Small World Stories Are Synchronicity

Create Authentic Connection

Authentic Courage + Vulnerable Confidence = Supportive Synchronicity
Click on the videos to hear first hand testimonials from past attendees at
Strangers To Friends Events. 



About Strangers To Friends

The Strangers To Friends inspires real action and real connection.  Embrace uncertainty and the possibilities of people. The person you least expect is often the next person you are meant to meet.

About Carlyn Shaw

What began as a fun way to exchange contact information in the form of a “connection card”, became Carlyn’s invitation to share her stories, one stranger at a time. Having overcome extreme obstacles in life, Carlyn understand what it means to be in transition. Armed with curiousity and self-confidence, Carlyn navigates life being open to new people and endless possibilities. Carlyn’s journey and wisdom inspires you to create connection and live your most authentic life!

STF Events

Step away from your screen, come out and be seen! Unplug from technology and plug into the people around you! Strangers To Friends is your opportunity to create new possibilities through meant to meet people. Feel super human with other super humans.