Are you CRAVING a place in your busy life to focus on your personal 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., a Canadian psychotherapist and thought-leader who empowers individuals with the strategies and support to reach their fullest potential. This truly is a space of emergence.
Arianna’s Random Thoughts’ mission is to be a safe haven where we can all access the inspiring essence of the beach, from wherever we are in the world. This web-based retreat space is designed to bring warmth and comfort through its tropical backdrop, where together we can learn how to apply innovative self-care practices in our daily lives.
While working on my Master’s degree and training/competing as a rower, my schedule and mind were so focused with school and work-related thoughts that I left little room and time in my schedule for self-care.
I knew that making my health a priority was important, but I lacked the resources, support, and courage to apply the lifestyle on daily basis. For many years, I had kept quiet about my struggles of bullying and self-image issues 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 change in environment (i.e., a trip to Hawaii with my family) served as a valuable reminder on how important it is to incorporate self-care practices into one’s daily grind. Taking the time to enjoy Hawaii’s beautiful tropical 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 one of our many beach walks (i.e., coffee, talk, and a walk) along the coast with my sisters, I was inspired to create this blog, Arianna’s Random Thoughts.
Initially, the site was based on sharing my Master’s research with a broader audience. My vision was to take all the random thoughts that were in my head and express them through writing. Over time, through interviews from mentors and visitors 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 kind individuals. We can all cheer each other on!
Nowadays, with the convenience of the internet – it’s the first thing we seek out for advice. I created a site built on the belief that when you share your story with others, you give them permission to do the same.
You don’t need to go on vacation like I did to learn that you need to make yourself a priority in your life. You can start exactly where you are now.
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!