How I Turned My Thoughts into Action


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., an innovative educator, community builder, and the voice behind Arianna’s Random Thoughts – 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 transform ideas into action.

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, perseverance, and connection to others. Read why the blog is beach themed here.

The idea for this space came to me “randomly” while on vacation in Maui 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.

Where I came up with the idea for Arianna's Random Thoughts.

Where I came up with the idea for Arianna’s Random Thoughts. Dream Big!

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 & the spirit of aloha, 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 initially called the blog, EveryBODY beautiful – as both everybody and every body are beautiful. However, the name of the site switched to the current one a few months later simply because it felt right.

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.

what i learned from the sea

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.

power for yoursef

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!


33 Responses to How I Turned My Thoughts into Action

  1. Amy Thackery

    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. ariannasrandomthoughts


    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. figmentsandimagination

    Hi Arianna, I nominated you for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’! :)

  4. figmentsandimagination

    Hi, I love your Blog, so I nominated you for the ABC Blogger Award, see it on my blog! :)

  5. Jack

    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.

    • ariannasrandomthoughts

      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 :)

  6. Shantelle Przybylo

    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.

    • ariannasrandomthoughts

      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. :)

  7. SM

    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! :)

    • ariannasrandomthoughts

      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 :)

  8. figmentsandimagination

    I nominated you for the HUG Award, check it out at my blog! xx

  9. Rita

    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.

    • ariannasrandomthoughts

      So glad I connected with you Rita! I had to, you inspire me and made me smile :) Keep it up. This beautiful city is lucky to have you too :) Looking forward to connecting and collaboraing with you.

  10. stephenedwards425

    Hi Arianna, I took the liberty of nominating you for the Liebster Blog Award…I believe it is second in prestige only to the Nobel Prize.

    Be encouraged!

  11. 2ndhalfolife

    Thanks for stopping by!

  12. IamNotARobot

    Your blog is soooo inspiring, and I’m just so glad there are people out there like you being bright!

  13. Eva

    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:


  14. confessions-of-a-nomad

    It’s so lovely to know there are people out there who are genuinely caring, selfless people. You have a lovely blog and I look forward to exploring it more!

  15. kindredspirit23

    I truly wish you could meet my son. The two of you are so similar in beliefs and all. I know you would get along.

  16. confessions-of-a-nomad

    Hey, I think your blog is great, so i’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award! Congrats! You can check it out on my recent post – Celebrating Bloggers.

  17. figmentsandimagination

    Hi Arianna, it has been a long time. I haven’t been around for a long while due to family issues and other things popping up, I have been popping in to see how your blog is going and read some of the inspiring stories on this lovely blog. I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

    Sharon xx

  18. Andrew Blumetti

    Hi Arianna- love your blog! Keep up the great work!


  19. laurabennet

    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!

    • Arianna Merritt, M. Ed.

      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.

  20. Jessica Peter

    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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