Gratitude through growth.

The fall season is the perfect time to think about all that we are thankful for. For many of us, that means looking back on our year, reminiscing about our positive experiences, gaining perspective on obstacles we’ve overcome, and celebrating how much we’ve grown.

But regardless of what has you reflecting, one thing is clear: Fall is a great time to practice an attitude of gratitude.

What exactly is gratitude?

It’s the act of feeling thankful—often for an outcome that we created ourselves, someone else created for us, or maybe an act of pure luck (thank those lucky stars!).

But the truth is that gratitude doesn’t just find us through individual positive (or lucky) moments. Sometimes it comes to us as we look back on a challenge we’ve overcome, or a journey that’s helped us evolve as people.

We’re always facing shifts in our lives. And just as we are able to appreciate the beauty in the changing seasons, we can learn to appreciate the beauty in how our lives have unfolded over the past two years, while building HiRoad.

To celebrate our second birthday, we asked a few HiRoaders to share their gratitude through the growth while building HiRoad:

“In the day to day work, pre-launch, I almost forgot that we were building a company from the ground up. It actually wasn’t until I came back from maternity leave in January of 2019, that I realized how much we had grown. I am so incredibly grateful that I work for a company I had a (small) hand in creating. I take immense pride in what we have become and I can’t wait to see where we go from here.”

Cara, Operations

“I’m so grateful to be able to help build something with our team and customers that’s trying to show how the little things we do everyday can add up to something bigger for all of us.”

Kayla, Marketing

“From my first day as a claims specialist in a brand new Providence office, through the present with over 100 people,  I feel grateful that I work for an insurance company that is focused on not only creating mindful and safe drivers, but also mindful behaviors across the board. So happy to be a HiRoad Pit Crew Member! Let’s keep building this together!”

Ryan, Claims

“As I think about HiRoad’s journey up to now, it is important to look at the big picture and appreciate what we have accomplished.  At any given time we’re going to face some challenge or hurdle – but when you step back from that, you see an incredibly dedicated team and a brand you can feel good representing. When you look at things that way, you see that those challenges we have faced are actually learnings that will only make us better in the future.”

Jay,  Leadership

“My first day here at HiRoad was quite literally the day we went live to customers. We were a blank slate: a big office with bare walls, few employees, and endless potential! It’s incredible to see how far we have come, how people have responded to our message and become so excited about HiRoad.”

Katie, Claims

“I’m able to help council others with challenges or obstacles in their lives that they may have a difficult time working through or dealing with. I’m grateful that close friends and family are able to lean on me for comfort or advice. It brings me joy to know that the strength within me is admirable to others and can bring inspiration.”

Stefanie, Human Resources

“Before I joined Customer Care, I participated in some of the initial customer marketing sessions and attended events learning and providing feedback on HiRoad. I’m grateful to have been a part of the early days, and grateful to work for a company whose overall mission has created a positive culture for our customers and employees.”

Ashley, Customer Care

Want to find that gratitude attitude in your everyday life? Here are a few tips:
  1. Set your morning off right by stating at least three things you’re grateful for. Try and make them different each day.
  2. Start a gratitude journal where you are able to put down on paper your reasons to be thankful. The more specific the better!
  3. Pay it forward – Send a thank you note to someone who deserves it, even if the positive action was in the past.
  4. When faced with a challenge or obstacle, change your thought language from “Why is this happening to me?” To “What is this teaching me?” so you’re able to gain perspective and learn from it.
  5. Celebrate! Be sure to acknowledge the positive progress in your life so they’re not taken for granted.