Prior to February 2011, I was on a path to attend medical school. I had graduated with a degree in biochemistry in December. I was on the Dean’s List for six consecutive semesters. I was volunteering at a local hospital, teaching an undergraduate biology lab, and putting in hours in a genetics research lab. When I graduated my busy life came to a screeching halt. I was forced to take a look at my life in a way I had not done in a very long time. I felt lonely. I felt empty. I felt angry. Coincidentally, I ran across the Holstee Manifesto shortly after my post-graduation meltdown. A post on Facebook grabbed my attention, and I decided to take a closer look. While reading it, I was in denial that it applied to me. This feeling was almost immediately followed by one of the most enlightening experiences of my life. I later set the Manifesto as my desktop background as a daily reminder, and there it has stayed for several months. I was inspired to take a look at my life and the path I had chosen to take thus far. What I found was that many decisions I had made were not intrinsic, but rather an effort to please those around me. It all became so clear. I had to stand up for ME. I had to stop being afraid and go after the life of my dreams. The truth is that I am creative, artistic, free spirited, and deeply philosophical. Since I was a kid I have loved writing, drawing, and making short movies with friends. These are my true passions. I had been told most of my life that these were not passions worth having. After making these discoveries I accepted my passion as not only acceptable, but a gift that should be shared with the world. I picked up a pencil for the first time in five years and started drawing. My ‘right brain’ was resuscitated and creative energy moved through me once again as it had many years before. I plan to attend art school to pursue my passion of conveying and evoking emotion in others through various media types. I know not where this next venture will take me, but I do know that if I diligently follow my passion and my intuition I will wind up finding my purpose. I can confidently say that I am on the road to making my dreams come true and ultimately living my best and happiest life. When there are rough days I just say to myself, “life is short” and everything falls into perspective. I thank the writers of the Manifesto for articulating it in such a way that so many of us now feel validated in our own personal truths.

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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.


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