In January 2011, after a health crisis, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. For the first time in my life, I was debilitated and wiped out for weeks. I couldn’t work and could barely leave the house for more than an hour at a time while I recovered. It was a friend of mine, an urban shaman, that met me for coffee one day and told me that body just manifests what the head and heart are struggling with. “What are you holding onto?” she asked. “Shut UP!” I laughed. She was right. I was holding onto a job and a career that wasn’t satisfying or fulfilling any part of me. I was holding onto the fear of actually and actively making a tangible change in my life.
I had found the Holstee Manifesto through Twitter. Twitter has become a massive thing in my life. It has opened me up to content and thought leaders, enabled real life friendships that began online and have provided me opportunities that I never would’ve found otherwise. So, I used these positive decals like the Manifesto that I found online to create two vision boards on the closet doors in my office. Holstee’s Manifesto played prominently and I looked to it every week for inspiration.
A year later, I left the old industry and the old job and I’m finally immersed in a place and culture that feeds my soul, each and every day.

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