Hi, I’m Arianna Merrritt, M.Ed. Thank you for visiting my site. I’m a Learning and Development Specialist who specializes in respectful relationships (with yourself and others).
I believe :: creativity takes courage. Entrepreneurship runs in my family. I come from a long line of individuals that took risks in their businesses and lives and manifested their dreams. Through my personal, academic, professional, and athletic experiences I have learned that no matter what life throws at you, one must keep the joy in their heart and press on.
As a Learning and Development Specialist, my ultimate goal is to empower YOU to persevere despite the circumstances life throws at YOU. Tools in my repertoire include specific strategies to help you thrive, and a lifetime of personal experience to pull from.
I was stuck along the way figuring out how to manifest my dream. My path required lots of planning, stopping along the way to ask questions, taking some U-turns, getting to some dead-ends. I persevered and did not lose hope.
Years ago when I was unclear about my path, a good friend of mine gave a heartfelt piece of advice: By sharing your personal journey and thoughts, you will be giving others permission to do the same.
I’m a thoughtful person in more ways than one. As you can tell from my academic background (Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology from Carleton University, Master of Education in Human Development and Applied Psychology from the University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) – I’m a thinker, but what really lights me up is using those ideas to help people on their journey.
I studied how individuals solve and cope with problems and how such strategies can be applied in a broader context. A powerful way to educate the heart is through storytelling.
I believe :: stories are universal. They are a way for lessons to be passed along to others. From my travels around the world, I have learned many life lessons through meeting new people and hearing their stories.
People confide in me and tell me their stories and seek guidance. Throughout my travels and conversations, I have discovered that many others also struggle in their understanding of, and more importantly, appreciation of self-worth. One of the ways I could encourage them on their journey was to let them know they weren’t alone.
For years I hid my talent, slouched my tall body, and softened my voice, because I didn’t want to stand out and be judged. I was too afraid to share my random thoughts with the world – however, on vacation in Hawaii I finally decided to risk and stood tall. The background of my blog is a picture of a beach to serve as reminder to keep the light inside my heart and spread it around. That day I faced my fears, embraced vulnerability and share my random thoughts with the world – I became my best.
Incorporating this understanding into my life has made a world of difference. My goal is to pass this knowledge along to you and help you discover it for yourself! You will find your way by developing the courage to stand tall and speak from the heart.
I created this platform to empower you to stand tall and to reach your full potential based on storytelling. If you embrace your self-worth and focus on the positive in life, you will change the outcome of your story to become better than you ever imagined.
As I always say: “You cannot control what will happen to you or how you will be treated by others. You CAN control, however, how you react to the situation. Learning how to do that in a positive manner is key!” If you want to read more about my journey and the lessons I have learned, please consider buying my book: Stand Tall & Speak From the Heart: How to Find Your Way.
If you would like to work with me or just to say hi, please feel free to contact me here. Hope to hear from you soon!