About Carlyn Shaw

Hi, I’m Carlyn Shaw, Your Stranger To Friend! I’m also an inspirational writer & speaker, an empowerment expert and a purveyor of personal strength. What does this mean? I share my personal stories and thoughts offering new perspectives and motivation to support an individual’s journey to become the best version of themselves they want (to choose) to be.

“We can not control what happens to us but we can control how we respond to it”

I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1997. In 1998 two of my best friends were killed in separate car accidents, 10 months apart from each other. I went from being an invincible 19 year old sophomore in college to a 20 year old served a huge reality check, forced to accept a new normal. Not only did I reevaluate my diagnosis, but also my life. My mantra became, “I’ll plant my feet all over this planet as long as I can!” Why? Because it’s hard to take anything for granted after experience how quickly it can change. But before I could shift my physical journey, my mindset needed a make over. Less negative self talk and more self love. Being open to who and what was meant to cross my path to help me heal both physically, mentally and spiritually, manifested a magical web of serendipitous strangers, all on purpose, as teachers and friends, some spanning years, some impact made in a single moment. But each person is on time. Each person my Stranger To Friend.

I believe everyone has a Hero’s Journey. Part of my purpose: help you along yours.

I see the best in people, so they can find the best in themselves, the greatest gift to give another. I provide a safe and non-judging space that allows people to share with me where they feel stuck, where they doubt themselves and where they self-sabotage. It’s my honor to lend a helping hand. I ask tough questions that require people to be real with them selves, and then I empower them to make the decisions to reach their goals. My favorite feeling: when someone looks at me and says, “I wouldn’t have done this without you.” This causes a huge smile to creep across my face. Why? Because YOU made the final decision to do it — I simply supported you in your journey.
We are here to serve each other and lift each other up. My job is not to do your work, my role is to guide through your own decision making process so you can create the outcome in life you desire. YOU are worthy of it.


I love to travel. Highlights include living with a family in Peru, eating my way through Thailand and working/backpacking in Australia.
I blow bubbles and believe they make anything better.
I’m a human garbage disposal; I eat almost anything.
I love helping others achieve their own goals.
I’m a sucker for cute animals, especially other peoples dogs and cats.
I have a very strong intuition. And I listen to it.
I am a connector. I get feelings to approach people!
I’m a runner with 18 Half Marathons and 3 Marathons under my belt.
I am my own best friend.
I’m not afraid to say I am wrong, even though I fight hard to be right.
I believe in angels.
I’m a manifesting machine (though I must be careful what I wish for!)
I know the power of forgiveness.
I Love Life so much… I tattooed on the back of my neck. It’s my bumpersticker.
I believe miracles happen every day.