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Job Leads to Path of Gratitude

executive-2051412_640Hanna Friess

It took me a long time to find my professional passion. I’ve had more jobs than my parents and most of my friends. Moving from job-to-job, starting out excited and ready to take on the world, then slowly learning that this role/position/field just wasn’t for me, has been extremely frustrating. However, after being accepted into Arizona State University’s (ASU) Masters of Higher and Postsecondary Education program AND landing a job as the Communications Specialist (almost within the same month) for ASU Online, I finally feel like I’m in the right place. I couldn’t be happier.

It’s amazing what having a fulfilling, enjoyable job can do for a person. Every day, I feel grateful that my boss selected me (out of almost 200 applicants) for this role, and it has forever changed my life. I am constantly impressed by the people I work with and the things that we accomplish. ASU is truly a special place. Thanks to my positive professional situation, I have found that I am so much happier in all other areas of my life.

Knowing that a (very close to) perfect professional role is out there for me, makes me want to show gratitude by helping others find that as well. As a result, I’ve worked with friends to revamp their resumes, review cover letters and practice interviewing skills in order to prepare them for the next steps in their career. Instead of being envious of other friends or coworkers having professional success, I now feel truly happy for them!

This position has also opened my eyes to the many struggles and hurdles that students must overcome in order to achieve higher education. I was fortunate enough to have parents that saved for my education from the day I was born, however, that is not the case for so many. I speak with students who have overcome deaths, illness, financial hardship, unemployment and worse, and yet they still fight to pursue their ASU Online degree. I feel hugely grateful that my parents were prepared and admire those who battle so much to achieve a degree.

I never thought a job would lead me to a path of gratitude, but that is exactly what this role has done.


hanna-friessHanna Friess is a Midwestern born and raised millennial now living in the great desert of Arizona where she thoroughly enjoys outdoor living, sunny skies, and warm temperatures. Her summer goals are doing well in her University class, going on day trips around her amazing state and making it to four weddings back in the Midwest.




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Momentous World Game-Changer


Ocean Cleanup ProjectOcean Cleanup

The biggest momentous world game-changer since landing on the moon begins within the next year,  and this one is much closer to home… our Ocean Cleanup!  This brainchild of Dutch teenager, now 23 year old Boyan Slat, is the largest ever environmental rescue.  Indeed, Boyan announced his highly optimistic project update this week leading up to Mothers Day. The Ocean Cleanup project is two years ahead of schedule. Happy Mothers Day Gaia! Especially relevant, 50% of the oceans plastic is expected to be removed within 5 years when the project is fully operational. Doesn’t that bring  a lot of hope to our world?

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Notice Three Things

Look around! Can you name three things that you are grateful for in your immediate surroundings? There are so many things to be grateful for that you could probably name many, many things if you really tried! The thing is, we get caught up in the lack in our life, or the worries and ‘what’s not going right’. The good news is that a regular gratitude practice helps bring us into greater harmony with ourselves, our relationships, our work, our play and our Soul!

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Creating More Peace in our Lives

Peace GratitudeA way to create more peace in our lives is to first notice the many ways peace is already present. You might be surprised how it may take some practice at first. We often think of peace in terms of what’s missing. Aside from meditating or doing yoga and looking at Nature, how is there peace in your everyday life?

Have you had the experience that energy follows attention.  We place our attention by choosing our thoughts. Consider how energy follows our thoughts.  Think of a time when you met someone new whom you really enjoyed and then you saw their name everywhere including on restaurant or street signs that you hadn’t noticed before. Gratitude for what brings us peace helps us see the peace that is already here as well as attract more peace.  Bringing a full focused, embodied appreciation to anything is a powerful attraction energy for more of what we want.

Mother Teresa’s quote about peace, however,  emphasizes the power of energizing what we are wanting by how we place our attention:

“I will never attend an anti-war rally; if you have a peace rally, invite me.” ~ Mother Teresa

Dancing Gratitude offers a powerful One Gratitude Practice, that can be applied to your desire for peace. Notice as many moments of peace as possible and how that feels in the body, heart and mind.

Peace Gratitude:
Waking up without an alarm clock and feeling my feet touch the floor.
Feeling wind blowing in my face as I walk from my home to my car.
Praying over a meal.
Being with a friend coming to equanimity with a very difficult situation.
Following my breath for a minute.
Listening to a friend share how they were able to have a more peaceful experience with someone following them a little too close in traffic.
Walking to an appointment and thinking about so much good that has happened over the last 3 years.
Exchanging a smile having relaxed into patience with someone backing out of their driveway who didn’t seen me waiting to cross.
Not getting worked up when a project was going to take longer than expected for something  I thought had been previously solved.
Appreciating the sound of trees rustling in the wind, going with the flow.

What everyday experience(s) of peace have you enjoyed today? Please share in the comments below.



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One Gratitude for feeling good and support

One Good Gratitude

When you practice focusing on one gratitude, it can feel really good. Did you know there is an inherent power in choosing gratitudes that can also support your dreams and the change you want to see in life? This year has been challenging in so many ways. These challenges have let us know that we are all needed to make this world a better place. We each have our role.  So, how might you invite gratitude for the extra support and help in feeling better, as well as, for spreading hope and good cheer this Thanksgiving holiday season?

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The World

Nasa EarthHappy World Gratitude Day!  We are all connected by our very nature as human beings, the air we breath and our shared Earth home.  Today is also International Peace Day. The Equinox was selected for World Gratitude Day by its founder Edna Fuerth Lemle as a symbol that we all matter and are needed, just as day and night are equal.

A path to world peace is similar to that for our personal relationships.  Focus on things we appreciate about each other. When we feel appreciation, we don’t feel fear in that same moment. Appreciation and gratitude help put us in a vibration of love.

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You Are Special

Gratitude Game

You are Special

You are one in seven billion plus! You have unique gifts that only you can offer to help transform the world. It has been said that we can only love another to the extent we love ourselves. Finding specific gratitudes for ourselves helps cultivate self love.

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