Writer & Blogger
I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I was six years old. When I held my first scribbled book in my hands, I just knew.
So I read compulsively, earned a perfect score on my verbal SAT II, and graduated from Vassar with an honors degree in English Literature.
But of course I still had lot to learn, so I started a blog in 2011. To this day, I write about getting past perfect and rising up real at A Wish Come Clear.
In June 2015, I became a contributor at The Huffington Post. I’ve had several front-page posts at HuffPost Women. This one went viral.
My husband Jonathan and I offer a full suite of web development services, helping nonprofits and small businesses put their websites to work.
Together, we transform sub-par sites and help people feel confident about sharing their work with the world.
We specialize in working with organizations in the special needs sector, thereby utilizing our work experience as caregivers and administrators for L’Arche.
Visit us at TheMcGraws.net to learn about our combined offerings.
I’m an introvert through and through, but I love getting up in front of a crowd and telling true stories. I’ve given talks and breakouts at events across the country.
I get pre-talk jitters like everyone else, but taking the mic? That part is magic.
In September 2014, I gave my first TEDx talk, “Perfectionism Doesn’t Protect Us.”
In September 2016, I returned to the TEDx stage as an All Star speaker with my second talk, “You Don’t Owe Anyone An Interaction.”
Caroline Garnet McGraw is a would-be childhood paleontologist turned writer and speaker, digging for treasure in people and uncovering sacred stories in ordinary days.
Like Dory from Finding Nemo, she has a kind heart, lots of enthusiasm, and a tendency to forget what she knows about the journey home. (Fortunately, writing helps her to remember.)
Caroline is the creator of A Wish Come Clear, a blog devoted to getting past perfect and rising up real.
Her pieces have been featured on the front page of The Huffington Post's Women and Religion sections, and she is popular keynote speaker and 2016 TEDxBirmingham All Star.
My Myers-Briggs type
INFJ: I love going past shallow-end small-talk and wading into deeper conversational waters. (Big 5 fan? I score high on Agreeableness & Conscientiousness.) Let's have tea and discuss our favorite authors from Martha Beck to Anne Lamott to Phillip Pullman to Charlotte Bronte.
I figure skated competitively.
When I mention this, people nod as if to say, "That explains a lot." Yet it took me years to recognize my competitive streak, because I love the idea that when one succeeds, we all succeed. The best description of these dichotomies I’ve seen was a t-shirt that read: "I will kick your ass at yoga. Namaste."
My Top 5 Desert Island Movies
Strictly Ballroom, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, About Time, Proof, and Good Will Hunting. I’m not sure why 2 out of 5 are about math geniuses, since being a math genius is not something I can relate to at all …