Strangers To Friends

Our Stories Connect Us All.

   Courage, Confidence, Connection



Connect With Carlyn

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

                                                            Connect with like-minded people

Engage in inspiring conversation
Experience “small world” stories
Feel safe to be seen and heard

Hi, I’m Carlyn Shaw, Your Authentic Connection Catalyst. 

In 2009, after losing my job in the market crash, I had to start over. This was PRE Facebook and the invention of “an app”. This was before Instagram and Hashtags. This was a time when you shook hands and exchanged business cards. What was I going do if I met someone and wanted to exchange contact information? That’s when the idea came to me: A Connection Card. A personal way to connect with people.

Standing in the print shop (2009 style!) I had to fill out a form. Email = check! Phone Number = Check! Job Title. Um… Title? This wasn’t a business card. I wasn’t selling or promoting anything. I was simply showing up as, ME. Starring at the form, questioning what to call myself. the craziest feeling came over me and I literally… heard a whisper, “You Turn Strangers Into Friends”. As if my soul tapped me on the shoulder, it was impossible to ignore the message and feeling I felt from the sound of those words. I stood in silence, repeating to myself, “I turn strangers into friends’.  It felt, aligned. It felt, empowering! It felt… like me. And, POOF, just like that, I gave myself a new title.. and a new purpose.

                                                                  Little did I know one sentence would change my life forever.

The more I handed out my cards, the more synchronicity I experienced.
Meeting strangers, authentically, without judgement and completely open to possibility, invited the people I met to feel safe to show up authentically with me, too! When learning my only objective was real connection, I took the pressure off of them to be anything other than, themselves. The more people I met, the more cards I exchanged. Not only did my self confidence grow, so did my circle of influence, opportunities and experiences. People I “needed” in life began to appear! And best part, I seemed to show up on time for the people who needed to know me for my stories, too. These 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!”.

Our Stories Connect Us All. We Are All, On Time.   

Create Authentic Connection

Authentic Courage + Vulnerable Confidence = Supportive Synchronicity
Testimonials from 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.