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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  1. July 12, 2017 at 11:24 am

    What a lovely reflection Hanna. It is a blessing to find the ‘right fit’ in life! I find it inspiring that the empathy you shared for others who have had many hardships to overcome led to helping others navigate the path. This is truly what I feel we were put on earth to do! Blessings and continued joy…

  2. July 12, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    As someone who has known you since you were a child, I can say your passion for life has been unwavering! How wonderful that you are creating a life you love!

  3. ann
    July 12, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    I was just on a phone hold at Hay House listening to Louise Hay talk about creativity. She said there are millions of ways of being creative. We’re all creating all the time. Your post supports that we can have satisfaction and deep fullment in all we do.

    I remember a time at work where I was always looking forward to the next job and what could be better. Then I would look back recognizing the good things from the previous job without having enjoyed them at the time. Reading your post feels so much more fulfilling.

    Thanks for your inspiring Guest Blog,

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