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.
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:
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:
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!