You may recognize this as our Simplicity mantra for the month (found in our latest guide and on the back of this month’s art -- photos below!).

This theme is timely for me, as my wife and I prepare to welcome our first child to the world. The due date was May 19th, so it’s literally any day now!

I am excited to be a father, to see what my daughter looks like, to play with her and learn from her. But also circling my mind is the knowledge that the greatest gift you can give a child is time — something that there is never enough of, particularly when you run a small business.

Still, I am looking for ways I can further “focus on the essentials.” For example, I recently decided to step down from our local Food Co-op board. It was a really difficult decision, because I loved the community and felt fulfilled by the work. But I had to remind myself that saying “no” to things now means I’ll be able to say yes to other (smaller, far more adorable) things in the future.

Speaking of babies, I’d love to take the opportunity to learn from the collective wisdom of the Holstee community. If you have tips, books, or words of wisdom as I enter parenthood, I’d love to hear from you!

With Love,

Mike Radparvar
Co-Founder, Holstee

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Our Themes

Distilled from our Manifesto, positive psychology, the science of mindfulness, and ancient philosophic studies we have identified twelve themes core to living both fully and mindfully. We mapped these twelve themes to each of the twelve months in a year. Together with our community we explore one each month.