Did I ever think that the young girl who didn’t like public speaking and was nervous on stage would grow up & write a blog to share her random thoughts with the world? Many of you have asked “How did I end up here?” as they think I have had this vision for my journey all along. Truth is I haven’t.
For a long time in my life, I had been afraid to be seen, so I was hiding my voice, my capabilities, and my dreams. I was really shy as a teenager and was bullied and as a result downplayed my talent for fear of getting judged, slouched my 6 foot tall body, and silenced my voice. I avoided the attention and opportunities where I would stand out and showcase my potential. I spent most of my life seeing others and celebrating them, but I didn’t want them to look at me. What if I wasn’t perfect? What if I made a mistake? What if they didn’t like what I had to say? I’d look ridiculous, or so I thought. I didn’t want to be judged. As a result, I avoided the spotlight and dimmed my light.
Before, I believed that my talents, dreams, abilities, and beautiful self were unimportant; so I hid them and pretended I was invisible. Yet, what kind of a life is that if you are always hiding?
Over time, I realized though that my blending in with others was bad for my health & body (literally), so I stopped slouching and started Standing Tall in all areas. One of the best decisions developing the courage to put myself out there and be seen on a global stage. i.e., my blog. The internet is a platform to speak; starting a blog while I was a graduate student helped me reach new heights (literally and figuratively).
How Arianna’s Random Thoughts Started:
The idea for this space came to me “randomly” while on vacation in Maui from working on my Master’s degree. At this time, I had a vision for my future after graduation, but my lack of resources, support, and courage to stand tall and open my own coaching/counseling practice kept my ideas grounded. 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 to create my blog. Starting from the ground up with no blogging experience and very few readers, I created my own digital platform, Arianna’s Random Thoughts, five years ago as a side project to tell my story and communicate the valuable insights I was learning with a global audience.
Now, the site is an award-winning blog that is a well-known weekly resource for personal and professional development. 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.
I have learned that it is so important to shine your light and GO BE SEEN. It is a daily practice. Now, my professional mission is to empower recent grads, entrepreneurs, and professionals with the tools and support to realize their full potential by helping them authentically communicate your message online and build an audience around it. Hence, I created this retreat for you! I want to help you rise to your platform & shine by finding your voice and having the courage to use it.
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, the path is foggy, or you get rejected – you have to persevere as it is so worth it. It is in those hard times that you learn so much about yourself.
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!