Carrie Cariello on Building the Bridge from Awareness to Compassion


Being a mother may be the single most under-appreciated job in today’s world, but every day I have the gift of meeting phenomenal women who have found a way to do their life’s great work while simultaneously raising a family.  

Today’s guest, Carrie Cariello, is no exception. Carrie is an author, blogger, public speaker and  mother of 5 children, one of whom was diagnosed with autism at a very young age. She shares her story of raising a family, and specifically her experiences with her son Jack, in her two books What Color is Monday?, Someone I’m with has Autism, on her personal blog and as a contributor on platforms such as Huffington Post and TODAY.

Carrie’s work is incredibly moving and insightful, and regardless if you’re a mother or not, today’s episode will help you understand how to assume less, understand more, and bridge the gap between awareness and compassion with anyone you meet.

In This Episode:

  • iTunes review of the week [ 1:32 ]

  • Today’s guest, Carrie Cariello [ 3:00 ]

  • What inspired Carrie to begin writing about her journey and experience of raising a son who has autism [ 6:20 ]

  • What her son Jack’s diagnosis has since taught her about herself [ 10:35 ]

  • How Carrie creates space for herself [ 13:13 ]

  • The impact Carrie’s work has had on her own life and the lives of others [ 19:59 ]

  • How WE can be more compassionate when we experience others differences [ 21:00 ]

  • How Carrie has learned to slow it down [ 24:55 ]

  • The biggest lessons about marriage that Carrie has learned along the way [ 30:29 ]

  • How Carrie was able to claim her own truth  [ 35:20 ]

Soul Shifting Quotes:

  • “We’re very intentional about what we let into our lives and what we participate in.”

  • “Our family is ours, and it is ours only.”

  • “I want everyone who is exposed to autism, on any level, to come away with a good feeling.”

  • “I’m seeing more and more, that the obvious answer, is not always going to be the right answer.”

  • “You are more than this minute.”

  • “I think there’s a very big divide between knowing what we want, and knowing how to do it.”

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Be sure to follow Carrie’s journey over on her blog and on Facebook!

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