Meet Arianna Merritt, MEd: Arianna’s Random Thoughts Brainchild

I’m Arianna – an applied psychology specialist with a deep passion to #fuelpersistence in individuals and organizations. (5)

Did I ever think that the young girl who didn’t like public speaking and was nervous on stage would grow up to write a blog to share her random thoughts with the world? Truth is, I didn’t.

Becoming an author and blogger was something that I never planned. Rather, the idea for Arianna’s Random Thoughts came to me “randomly” in 2010 while taking a coffee, talk, and a walk on the beach while on vacation in Hawaii with my family. Just a few weeks before my final year of graduate school, my mind was filled with anxious thoughts of what life would be like after graduating. At the time, I felt unprepared for the future, as it was an unknown and new frontier.

Instead of keeping my thoughts about life after graduation inside my head, my sisters encouraged me to take action and share my ideas with others.  From there, Arianna’s Random Thoughts took shape. The blog would be my way for showcasing my love of journaling, technology, and connecting with people, while sharing and connecting with others regarding positive ways to move forward after finishing one’s schooling.

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When I returned home from Hawaii, the blog began; I created the site from the ground up, without blogging experience or readers.  Just a ‘can do’ attitude. I was also guided by a personal vision and a strong passion to empower others to reach their full potential and to understand they have support. Following this vision for the world has been one of the best decisions of my life. That was five years ago…

Today, my passion for helping young people on their personal and professional journeys is as strong as ever – it keeps me awake at night, brainstorming how to share the insights and support I wish that I’d had when I was about to graduate.

Your Journey Matters!

Each step of the way, I kept getting the following reminder: You have to figure out what you were meant to do in this life – then once you find it – you have to develop the courage to act it out DAILY – even when people don’t understand your vision, when the path is foggy, or when your job application is rejected – you have to persist. It is in those hard times that you find your strength and you learn that you had the power within you all along. In life, there will constantly be waves crashing at you and trying to get you to be something that you are not.  After many “random” thoughts, I came up with this mantra:

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I don’t want you to give up. You got through so many obstacles at school, and you will persist through the job search. One of the applications will work. Keep moving forward one step at a time.

Keep trying! One of those tries will lead to something better than you could have ever imagined!

I know, because I have been through the job search myself and that is why I’m so empowered to help others who are in my shoes. Initially, I was ashamed to talk about my struggles finding work after graduation because no one else seemed to be having difficulty. I thought I was the only one going through this struggle and thought something was wrong with me. However, through graduating twice, five years of blogging, experience in four post-secondary institutions, and putting in countless applications, I know that my story isn’t unique; rather, MANY young people are experiencing the struggle, regardless of their level of their post-secondary education. This has got to change! Hence the mission for my blog:

Me at my Graduation from the University of Toronto, June 2011.
Me at my Graduation from the University of Toronto, June 2011.

This struggle was never my plan for life after graduation, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way! We needn’t struggle alone. Together we can change the story for students and recent graduates by helping them #fuelpersistence in their dreams and envision a bright future ahead!

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!

Let’s sea where the journey leads. See you at the beach!

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33 thoughts on “Meet Arianna Merritt, MEd: Arianna’s Random Thoughts Brainchild

  1. What a beautiful soul!

    I’ve only communicated with you from afar, but can certainly feel your genuine love for life, human nature and people in general. I’m thrilled at your recognition of your calling. You are an inspiration and without doubt, fuel for the mind, body and heart. Please keep your zest for life alive and strong. I believe in you and look forward to meeting you in the future.

    Best, Amy

  2. Amy,

    Right back at you, friend. You are so sweet. I’m so glad I found you. I really am going to have to come to Portland soon and meet you. The logo you created for me is so beautiful. I was speechless when I saw it. You’ll always be part of it this. You have to stay in touch!!! Thanks for your support. It means a lot.

  3. Hey Arianna, I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful blog. I have been following your for just over a year now. I am enjoy reading what you have to say and seeing the world from your prospective. It is great to hear your call for people to respect each other, be more active in each other’s lives, and to stand up in our own lives so to live more fulfilled lives even if it is just to be yourself with out fear. Please keep writing. It is greatly appreciate.

    1. Thank you for reading and for the compliments, Jack! So glad you like it. I would love to hear your perspective too. It sounds like you have a lot of insightful things to contribute. Looking forward to hearing from you soon :)

  4. Arianna and I met in the first year of our Masters and I know we will be lifelong friends. She is one of the most kindest, thoughtful, intellectual and beautiful people I know. She is also an amazing listener. Anytime I have needed anything, she is always the first one to run to my side and offer all of her caring and support. I know Arianna will be a fantastic life coach as she puts others needs and concerns first and above her own. She is truly a remarkable person and I know she will be extremely successful at whatever goals she sets.

    1. Awww Shantelle, thanks for the kind words. I’m flattered and kind of speechless. I’m blessed to have you as a friend. So glad we were on the same team and bonded over wearing the same shirts at ultimate frisbee. We have shared some amazing memories. Thanks for inspiring me to go after my dream and encouraging me to never give up. I’m so excited for your future plans at the Washington Opera. Cant wait to come watch you perform. :)

  5. Arianna aka BG: it’s rare to find people who genuinely care about the welfare and well being of others, and are deeply passionate and motivated to empower them in overcoming obstacles. Your ambitiousness, enthusiasm, and boundless positive energy are truly infectious and I consider myself very lucky to have you in my life. Your blog is a testament to your kindness, generosity, and determination to follow your dreams and I’ve no doubt you will make a difference in the lives of many. All the best my sister from another mister – I believe in you! :)

    1. Saba – I’m so glad I came up to you at the rowing meeting. I know we will be lifelong friends -sister! Thanks for the kind words! I’m really flattered and speechless like Shantelle’s comment, especially coming from you who is amazingly accomplished and a remarkable person herself. I’m so blessed to have you in my life. I hope we get to work together or train together again in the future. We make a good team. So excited for what the future holds for both of us. You rock :)

  6. Arianna. Thank you for sending the email so that I might come and find you. I can’t tell you how perfectly timed it is that you contacted me when you did. I will share more when I respond to your email but wanted to comment here so you’d know i’d been by, read this and can’t wait to collaborate with you. Amazing! And welcome to #yyj. We are lucky to have you.

  7. I’ve been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, and I am now sharing the love with you… I think your blog is inspiring, well written and thoroughly worth reading, so I have nominated you for the award too: consider yourself a Very Inspiring Blogger! If you would like to accept the award, click on the following link to read the rules and the post in which you are listed: http://evaames.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    Congratulations!

  8. Thanks so much for checking out my blog. I’m glad you liked what you found there. I love your beach background. I’m a beach girl through and through, and I can so relate to what you’ve written about how you reflect and find yourself at the beach. I love walking at the beach by my house. It’s one of my favorite spots to chat with God, my husband and my friends. I collect sea glass and shells too. Such beauty there. I can see how inspired you are to help people know their worth. That’s great!

    1. Thanks Laura! Love your blog too and am looking forward to following you! The beach really is a place where I come to collect my thoughts as well a place where I come to be inspired so I had to make it the theme of my site :) I love collecting sea glass too. You never know what you will find at the beach.

  9. Arianna, I am ever so proud of you! Watching you grow and strive towards your goals and dreams, envisioning your book and making it a reality, taking your blog to a whole new level. You are a truly amazing talented woman and someone that I look up to. (and not just height wise! LOL) I’m proud to be your cousin. Your blog and book are inspiring and amazing, Congrats to you! Much love & god bless! xo

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