Are you CRAVING a place in your busy life to focus on your personal & professional growth, connect with others, and be inspired?
Welcome to Arianna’s Random Thoughts! I am delighted you found your way to this beach retreat to collect your thoughts and start taking action!
I’m Arianna Merritt, M.Ed., the voice behind Arianna’s Random Thoughts, which is an empowering dialogue to foster & facilitate healthy relationships with yourself and others. Drawing on my educational background in human development & applied psychology combined with my love of technology and involvement in sport, I aim to teach strategies and create content that empower individuals to reach their full potential while building a supportive community.
I have been involved in this area ever since I was young child when my parents enrolled me in Dr. Terry Orlick’s (a renowned educator, internationally recognized mental training consultant, & author of In Pursuit of Excellence) Free To Be Me Camp at the University of Ottawa. Free To Be Me is a positive living skills program that develops positive perspectives, life skills, and stress control strategies in children through a variety of group and independent activities.
- M.Ed. in Human Development and Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education).
- B.Sc. (Honours) in Psychology from Carleton University.
Since I can remember, I have always kept a journal where I wrote down my random thoughts. This strategy has helped me to achieve my personal and professional goals. It also lead me to create this space which started as an online journal.
How Arianna’s Random Thoughts Started:
As you can tell from the theme of my blog and the content of my posts, I am inspired by the water. From as far back as I can remember, water has meant a sense of calmness, joy, inspiration, and connection to others. Read why the blog is beach themed here.
The idea for this space came to me “randomly” while on vacation from working on my Master’s degree and training/competing as a rower. At this time, I had a vision for my future, but my lack of resources, support, and courage to stand tall and open my own coaching/counseling practice kept my ideas grounded.
I thought becoming an entrepreneur & opening my own business meant I had to do it all alone and that needing help is a sign of weakness but realized that reaching out for help on your journey and admitting that you can’t do it alone are signs of strength.
For me, a vacation to Hawaii with my family away from the hustle and bustle of my daily life renewed me with calmness, clarity, and warmth. Taking the time to enjoy Hawaii’s beautiful waterfront setting, combined with the support of the people I was with, empowered me with the courage to implement the ideas I had been holding inside.
Towards the end of the trip, while having a coffee, talk, and a walk along the beach with my sisters, I decided my first action step was to create this blog, Arianna’s Random Thoughts.
I created a site built on the belief that when you share your story with others, you give them permission to do the same. Initially, the site was based on me reaching out and sharing my random thoughts that came to mind while paddling through life post-graduation.
Over time, through interviews from mentors and peers sharing their personal narratives as well as my own, Arianna’s Random Thoughts has grown into an online retreat where we all come to embrace our inner selves and be surrounded by a supportive community. We can all cheer each other on!
I never imagined what amazing things have resulted when I started.
So come on down to the shore, where you can have fun getting sand in your toes, wind in your face, and soothing water sounds in your ears. Just like the world needs the sun, we need you to shine your light and be you! You have such a beautiful purpose. Go Be Seen!
See you at the beach!