Strangers To Friends

Our Stories Connect Us All.

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

Authentic Connection Begins With You.

 It’s Time To Show Up for Yourself,
So Strangers Can Show Up For YOU!
From a New Diagnosis to a Divorce to a Job loss or Death of a Loved One…

But, Something Holds You. Back. A Story.
Perhaps You Got Divorced, A Loved One Died.
You Received A New Diagnosis, You Lost Your Job.
Something Happened.
Beyond Your Control
And, your life forever changed.

You Want To Find New Friends Who Understand You.
You want to Meet New People and Experience New Possibilities.

You are Tired of Feeling Alone, In YOUR STORY. 

But What If the Story Actually Happened To Create Connection, FOR YOU?

This is Carlyn Shaw’s Personal Journey.


Self-navigating through self-transformation, Carlyn struggled to define herself.

With one foot in the past and one reaching for a future,
Carlyn found herself “in-between stories”.

Her MS Diagnosis. The Death of Friends.
A Relationship Ending. Moving To A New City

Eventually… A Job Loss.   

Re-defining her identity, Carlyn faced serious questions:

Who Am I?
What Do I Want In Life?
How do I Introduce Myself to People?
Where Do I Go To Connect with Others Who Understand?

With a Job Loss Also Came The Loss of… her Business Card?

This was 2009,
Before the Facebook Boom,
Prior to Instagram.

POOF! She had an idea….

Carlyn heard the whisper, created a “Connection Card” and give
yourself the title, 
 “Turning Strangers Into Friends

THIS was her invitation to CONNECT. 


The Power of Face to Face Connection

Carlyn quickly realized the card empowered her to not only lead with herself, but invite others to do the same.

The more authentic and vulnerable stories she shared, the more authentic connections she created.
Her ability to be own her stories from a place of self love versus shame,
offered an opportunity for others to feel safe, to do the same. 

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

With a smile and a spirit that shines on everyone she meets,
the more Carlyn’s showed up at the “Stranger To Friend” the more small her world became.

Her strong intuitive guidance, unmistakable curiosity and love of adventure, continues to pave her path around the world .
If you are fortunate to meet her along the way, you’ll are invited to join her journey, too!


Create Authentic Connections!

Strangers To Friends invites you use your story to serve you versus set you back!
Vulnerability = Synchronicity = Possibility

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.