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Photo Credit: KGOODPHOTO

Photo Credit: KGOODPHOTO

I’m Arianna Merritt, M.Ed., the voice behind Arianna’s Random Thoughts, which is 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 teach strategies and create content that empower individuals to reach their full potential while building supportive communities.

I am passionate about creating meaningful dialogue around helping ambitious students, recent graduates, and entrepreneurs’ personal and professional development through building partnerships with leading experts, government officials, and individuals around the world. 

Professional Bio: 

Change agent, problem solver, strategic thinker, and leader. Strong analytical and scientific background – B.Sc. in Psychology (Carleton) and M.Ed. in Human Development and Applied Psychology (University of Toronto – OISE). Successful track record in gathering and analyzing data about human behaviour through both quantitative and qualitative means. Proficient in providing recommendations and reports on research findings for general and technical audiences.

Communications specialist, creating original educational and motivational content about human behavior, learning, and organizational wellness.

Also skilled community-builder, using social media and public relations expertise in stakeholder relations, marketing, and client-engagement.

Traits: Enthusiastic. Optimistic. Collaborative. Hard-working. Intelligent. Creative. Kind.

About the blog:

When I was working on my Masters degree and thinking about life after graduation, I lacked clarity for the future. Therefore, I created my blog from the ground up to connect with like-minded people and share my concerns beyond the classroom. Doing so really skyrocketed my personal and professional development. Since then, I have facilitated my blog, Arianna’s Random Thoughts, to become an award-winning and trusted dialogue in the online community for empowering persons of all ages – especially students, recent graduates, entrepreneurs, and professionals – to launch their ideas into reality. Along the way, I have personally interviewed over 100+  professional thought leaders from around the world about how they have risen to their platform and shined!

One of my mottos is “conversations change lives.” I love brainstorming sessions – using my creative and analytical abilities to turn ideas into action. If you have a project that you think I would be interested in or story I should hear, I would simply LOVE to hear the details! To get in touch please use my contact form, right here. I’m excited to meet new people and future conversations. Check out a list of my other projects below.



WRITING (Online):






  • Was a volunteer for Right By You at Clara’s Big Ride in Victoria, B.C.
  • Attended Therapeutic Conversations Conference by Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy, May 2014.
  • Western Psychological Association Convention, Portland, Oregon, April, 2009
  • Community Ambassador for the non-profit Fast and Female, which empowers girls to get into sport.


Click on the thumbnails below for the full-size images. Photos taken by the amazing Kelsey Goodwin of KGOODPHOTO.


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22 Comments, RSS

  1. Danelle Kabush July 20, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

    Love your blog Arianna!!

    • ariannasrandomthoughts July 20, 2011 @ 10:52 pm

      Thanks Danelle! I really enjoy writing it. I noticed you have one too. I will give it a read :)

  2. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen August 4, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

    Hello Arianna,

    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog, and your question! I wrote an article for you, and wanted to make sure you saw it.

    Tips for Bloggers Who Want to Help and Inspire Readers

    I hope it helps, and welcome your thoughts here or there. If you prefer that I don’t name you or link to your blog in the article, please let me know! I’d be happy to snuff you out :-)

    All good things,

    • ariannasrandomthoughts August 4, 2011 @ 3:22 pm

      Thanks Laurie!

      That was so helpful!! I really appreciate the post. You made my day.
      Feel free to use my name and blog there.

      I will ask you again if I have more questions :)

  3. figmentsandimagination October 7, 2011 @ 7:22 am

    What a lovely blog. Encouraging and caring!

  4. Anonymous December 10, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    Thanks for sharing. It helps others like me try to share more too. I am finding it takes courage to do it.

    • Arianna Merritt, M.Ed. January 2, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

      Thanks for stopping by :) Looking forward to being there for you on your journey!

  5. kez5 May 15, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

    Hi Arianna – Just stumbled upon your blog & have really enjoyed reading it. The world certainly needs more of the kindness, encouragement & honesty you display in your writing.

    • ariannasrandomthoughts May 15, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

      That’s so sweet! So glad you like it. Thanks for the kind words. Feel free to participate :) Hope to hear from you again soon :)

  6. stephenedwards425 May 18, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    Well I’m not exactly sure what possessed you to follow my blog…did you lose a bet?…I’m glad you did…but first I feel it essential for me to pass along a few suggestions first time readers have found helpful in creating a truly tremendous read:

    1) Prepare a large tumbler of your favorite ice-cold beverage.
    2) Find a supremely comfy area and recline.
    3) Put you feet up.
    4) Read.
    5) Have fun.
    6) Scratch the occasional itch.

    I believe you will join with others in clearly realizing how these few simple suggestions can heighten the reading experience… :)

    Have fun and be encouraged!

    • ariannasrandomthoughts May 22, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

      I just liked your honesty! Thanks for encouraging others :) Looking forward to hearing what you have to say.

  7. Anne Sikes May 20, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

    Hi Arianna! I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award…much deserved by you!! :) Whether you choose to participate or not, I hope it will make you smile! :)

    • ariannasrandomthoughts May 20, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

      Thanks Anne! It did make me smile – of course I will do it. I saw it on your post a while ago. That’s really kind of you. I will post it tomorrow or the next day :) Hope you have a great night. Glad things are going better for you :)

      • Anne Sikes May 20, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

        Thanks! :) And glad it made you smile. :) I’m about to ‘hit the hay’ as they say. It’s almost midnight here once again.

        • ariannasrandomthoughts May 20, 2012 @ 9:55 pm

          Good night! I’m on the west coast – so its still relatively early for me. PS I’m still going to do that post on control. Thanks again for being such an awesome support. I’m blessed to have connected with you.

  8. Curly Miri June 10, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. Your blog has such a positive and intriguing vibe; beautiful. I look forward to following! :)

  9. Nerissa Kanoa September 21, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

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  10. Shelley Tudin September 24, 2012 @ 4:17 pm

    Hi Arianna – I just stumbled on to your blog from a posted comment on twitter. It’s great to see a blog that highlights inspirational people. We all have a story to share,I just completed my first book about living with Limb-girdle Muscular Dystrophy. My inspirational story is living proof that the human spirit can be tested over and over. With a lot of perseverance, we can get through any difficult situation.

    • ariannasrandomthoughts September 24, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

      Hi Shelley! So blessed that you found my blog. Cant wait to hear your story. I agree completely that you need to persevere through any of the challenges you face in life. I’m going to go add you on twitter. Feel free to join in the conversation and share your story!

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