The Thanksgiving holiday in America is one filled with giving thanks and gratitude for the people and things that have happened in our lives. How filled is it? Considering Americans are supposed to part with $51B on Black Friday alone and the world is predicted to give $3.2B on Giving Tuesday alone, there is no doubt that giving is big business. As the Oxford Dictionary defines gratitude.
"The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness."
What if we stopped trying to measure gratitude and embraced it for the feeling it gives us? After all
"In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships."
As we prepare to celebrate the holiday here at HomeRoom, we would like to express our gratitude to you. Our year of growth, transformation, and connections has been only possible because of people like you.
Our early pre-seed investors shared our vision and helped us get to where we are today. The investors that are believing in our next steps as we are in our seed round funding. And to our family and friends, who will be able to invest in us soon with our public fundraising.
We wouldn’t be here today without our clients. They saw the addition HomeRoom would bring to their organizations and worked with us. Many have stayed with us. Even those who only needed us to help their community launch provided so many insights into how we could improve our onboarding, research, and implementations. There is not one client whom we parted ways without having an open door to return if they ever need our contributions again.
Since HomeRoom is platform agnostic, we work with many different community platform companies. Our goal is not just to look at them as suppliers, but to be true partners. We look for ways that benefit our partners, our clients, and HomeRoom. A situation where everyone benefits. We’ve also explored working with community strategists and are forever grateful for their openness to seeing it as collabetition instead of competition.
Every single member of the HomeRoom team has contributed to the success of where we are today and set a solid foundation for where we can go in 2023 and beyond. We celebrate each of them for their achievements, individually and as a team. Most importantly, as people. Unique in their own ways. Seeing what they have achieved beyond work, this past year brings us so much gratitude they are part of what makes Homeroom the workplace that it is.
Each of us knows something about everyone’s family. They are there when we are struggling, down, or just need to have our space. They are also our biggest cheerleaders. So thank you to our partners, husbands, wives, girlfriends/boyfriends, mothers, fathers, and siblings. And for as unique as our company is, a family just isn’t because of blood. We all have special people in our lives whom we consider family and we are grateful for them.
As a Community Management SaaS company, HomeRoom is all about community. We even soft-launched our Varsity Club community for anyone interested in getting involved in a community position, transitioning into a career in tech, or any business leader who wants to learn how a community can change and impact their business. It may not have a lot of members at this point, but the members who have joined and participated already hold a special place with us.
Gratitude is not just a word at HomeRoom. It’s the way we view our relationships with investors, clients, partners, team members, and family as well as our community. We are grateful for each and every one of you and what you have brought to HomeRoom. How do you express gratitude?