Meet Arianna Merritt, MEd: The Voice Behind Arianna’s Random Thoughts


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).  

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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.

Photo Credit: KGOODPHOTO

Photo Credit: KGOODPHOTO

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.

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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!


33 Comments, RSS

  1. Amy Thackery January 12, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

    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 January 12, 2012 @ 10:10 pm


    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 January 17, 2012 @ 6:17 am

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

  4. figmentsandimagination February 2, 2012 @ 4:31 am

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

  5. Jack March 9, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

    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 March 13, 2012 @ 11:57 pm

      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 March 14, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    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 March 18, 2012 @ 12:25 am

      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 March 15, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    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 March 18, 2012 @ 12:30 am

      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 March 16, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

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

    • ariannasrandomthoughts May 9, 2012 @ 11:47 pm

      Hi Sharon, thanks for nominating me for so many awards :) Appreciate it! Feel free to do it whenever, I dont mind :P Hope you are doing well.

  9. Rita May 9, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

    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 May 9, 2012 @ 11:48 pm

      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 June 3, 2012 @ 7:55 pm

    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 November 17, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    Thanks for stopping by!

  12. IamNotARobot November 25, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

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

  13. Eva November 27, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    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 March 19, 2013 @ 2:10 am

    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 April 18, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    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 April 30, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    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 June 22, 2013 @ 2:00 am

    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 August 20, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

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


    • Arianna Merritt, M. Ed. August 21, 2013 @ 9:53 am

      Thanks so much, Andrew! Nice to meet you :) Looking forward to connecting with you.

  19. laurabennet March 10, 2014 @ 9:50 pm

    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. March 12, 2014 @ 1:07 pm

      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 April 9, 2014 @ 1:12 pm

    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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