Media Appearances & Press

Arianna’s Random Thoughts is the brainchild of Arianna Merritt, MEd.  Launched in 2010, the site is a digital platform dedicated to supporting the social and economic development of women & youth. Drawing on Arianna’s educational background in human development & applied psychology combined with her love of technology and involvement in sport, she created the space to be what she wished she had access to when she graduated to support her on her transition including the community, resources, interviews, and inspiration. 

Professional Bio: 

An innovative applied psychology specialist, change-maker, communications specialist, and community-builder who is deeply committed to empowering individuals, organizations, and governments to reach their full potential through education, engagement, and financial commitments.

  • 15 years of providing academic and holistic advising (teaching/ mentoring/ coaching/ training/ facilitation) to individuals and groups of diverse ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
  • 14+ years working with collaborative research teams to plan, develop, and disseminate learning strategies that enable policy, program development and implementation, and training curricula for Canadian primary, secondary, and post-secondary institutions as well as non-profit and athletic organizations.
  • 10+ years creating original educational content about individual and organizational wellness.
  • 10+ years in community-building and engagement by facilitating holistic learning environments.
  • 5+ years in social media marketing, web design, branding, and online reputation management.
  • Certification as Registered Clinical Counsellor in process.

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.

22 thoughts on “Media Appearances & Press

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

    1. 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 :)

        1. 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.

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  4. 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.

    1. 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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