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Why I Tattooed “♥ Life” On My Neck

“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease” - Hippocrates MARCH 18, 2010: In 2007 I was one of the first 10,000 people in the United States to start taking the latest FDA Approved Multiple Sclerosis Drug, Tysabri. For 2.5 years, I'd go to Scripps Clinic...

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It’s a Big Small World: The Carlyn Connection in Bali

Having lived life “turning strangers into friends” for the last decade,  you can imagine the countless times I’ve called my Mom, slightly hysterical with a, “Holy Moly, you’re never going to believe this strangers to friends story!”. But after 10 years of me spewing tales of synchronicity, she’s never really surprised. Because…it’s me. And this is the story of my life. BUT, this story in particular, how I unknowingly created connection on November 20, 2018, took my “Holy Moly, Mom!”… to the next level.

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Choose To Have No Shame

What do you do when something bad, that might have been preventable, happens to you? And by preventable, I mean... YOU feel you are the one who caused it to happen. Therefor, you beat yourself up thinking of all the ways you could have avoided it, happening. The more...

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Giving = Receiving

"For it is in giving that we receive.” ― St. Francis of Assisi I love helping others. I especially love helping others without them asking for it. It fills me with joy to take the initiative and choose to make a difference. Whether I surprise someone with a smile,...

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Choose Love, Blow Bubbles

5 years ago I stumbled upon a 12 week class teachings of the book, The Artist's Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering your Creative Self. Feeling the flow of my personal journey, I immediately signed up, excited to dive deep and learn more about myself. One of...

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Never Stop Day Dreaming

"Today is the first day of the rest of your life." This time last week I was employed as a Travel Nurse Recruiter. Every Monday I put on my business casual attire, prepped for my commute and committed 50 hours a week to my cubicle. I was unhappy in this role and had...

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It’s About Time… Literally.

It's been 141 days since my last blog post. And, it's safe to say I've met at least 141 Strangers to Friends since that day, too! So... why haven't I written about them? The girl that blows bubbles. The guy that I met on a mountain. The small world connections. The...

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Some days we guide. Some days we are guided.

Sometimes it's funny, the way life guides us. Days like today I have to laugh at the synchronicity of all the little moments that created my day. One in particular makes  me giggle so much that I feel inspired to write about it and share with all of you. The...

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10 Friendly Reminders

1. Greet everyone with a SMILE 🙂 2. If you have a question; ASK someone! You never know where the conversation will lead. 3. When MEETING someone, repeat their name; it makes a great first impression. 4. Practice makes Perfect! The more you introduce yourself, the...

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Practice Meeting People While Waiting in Line

  Compliments = Connections How often do you find yourself waiting in line for coffee? On average, a person spends 45-62 minutes waiting in line every day! AND, if there is a line, you obviously are not alone. 🙂 One of my favorite ways to "practice" meeting people...

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Bumps = Blessings. Finding Joy in the Journey.

2 weeks from today I'll be traveling to Sedona, Arizona to join 20 other "strangers" for a 5 Day Writing Retreat. Taken from the website for the program: For most people, “I don’t have time” is the number one reason (read: excuse) for not writing that book...

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Cross Country Connection

Since I have not written in detail about the past few months in my life I will sum up how I came to this next Stranger to Friend moment. To make a very long (exciting) story short, I left San Diego, CA on Jan 14 to embark on a six week Cross Country Road Trip to start...

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Public Transportion = People Possibilities!

I’ve always been fascinated with the various forms of Public Transportation. Having never lived in a city that relied on someone or something else to take me from point A to B, I jump at the chance to blend in with the daily commuters and submerge myself in...

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A “Sign” from a Stranger

It's crazy that I can say that I've been "living" in Wilmington, NC now for 5 days. Five days doesn't make it feel like home, but every day gets better and better. But what really brings a smile to my face is looking back on the 6 week drive I created to get here!...

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Meeting in the Middle

While on my 2 week job training in Little Rock, I had the unbelievable opportunity to take a trip "home" to the Big D-- Dallas, TX!!  I've been dying to get back so it was a win win: save the company some money on my expenses and see some of my most favorite people...

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Continental Connections

I LOVE stumbling upon new people while I am traveling! I can honestly say it is favorite way to meet someone... ever. Traveling offers the best excuse to strike a conversation- for whatever reason. It puts you on equal terms with everyone around you. You are all...

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What is a “Profile Page” ?

The other night I literally woke myself up from a dream, grabbed my newly purchased notebook from the sale section at Urban Outfitters and began to scribble down my thoughts. This is what I wrote: What really is a Profile Page? We are given a template. We chose what...

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