Through our Reflections series we share nuggets of wisdom from our ongoing research for the Holstee Membership as well as personal experiences that have changed how we see the world.
February 04, 2018

Be the light and feel the warmth.

“In many types of relationships as I was growing up, I always had a hunch that I was too something for people: too loud, too sensitive, too quiet, too serious, too silly. It took years to realize that true kinship doesn’t make you feel like you need to make yourself less, nor does it make you feel like you’re not significant.” — Mari Andrew

Mari Andrews is a writer and illustrator based in NYC. She is also the artist behind this month’s Kinship Art. Through thoughtful whimsy, Mari’s work communicates wonderful nuggets of personal reflection and wisdom that are both thought-provoking and relatable. The art she submitted for our theme of Kinship is no different:

When I looked at this illustration for the first time, it prompted me to reflect on the relationships in my life. I thought about the ones that are based on a deep sense of admiration, respect and desire to support one another.

And, perhaps more importantly, I critically considered the role I play in my relationships with others. I am sure I have unintentionally played the role of a cloud when I could have been a supporting sun.

How do your relationships compare to the ones in this month’s illustration? Who casts a shadow on your light? In what ways can you bring more warmth to the people around you?

Be the light and feel the warmth,

Dave Radparvar
Co-Founder, Holstee

P.S. We sold out of the Kinship Art and Guides waaaaay faster than we expected. Every month we send the art along with the printed guide to all of our members, and offer the remaining on our site. This month we sold out in less than a week. If you aren't yet, become a member today to make sure you get next months Wellness Guide and Art delivered!

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January 07, 2018

Life goals.

“Your audacious life goals are fabulous. We're proud of you for having them. But it's possible that those goals are designed to distract you from the thing that's really frightening you — the shift in daily habits that would mean a re–invention of how you see yourself.” - Seth Godin I was recently reflecting on what success looks like in my life. If I were to die in a week, a year, or a few decades, what would it take for me to be able to say, “Well, I did it — I accomplished everything I wanted. I lived a...


October 17, 2017


These days, I am finding myself wrapped up in the news — devastating tragedies, one after another.

My mind is filled with questions. Why would someone do this? How could it be possible? Why does it keep happening? What can be done now? The questions don’t seem to end.

I recently reached a point at which I was



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