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.
October 04, 2017

I learned this way too late.

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It’s your breath.

For most of my life, I didn’t hear much about breathing.

Then in the last year, it seems like everywhere I turned I picked up a new nugget about the importance of the breath.

Breathing is something that happens with and without our intention or control. It’s a bridge between our conscious and unconscious minds.

From my SCUBA instructor, to a meditation teacher, to my taxi driver (the lung researcher), to reading about Wim Hof, to an article on how David Blaine holds his breath for so long… each of these interactions reiterated the power of breathing with intention and the fact that I could be intentional about mine.

Once I started to understand the importance of breathing, I tried to become much more aware of my breath — not just in meditation or when out of breath from exercising, but in small moments throughout the day.

Like right now, when I’m sitting at my laptop writing this email... am I breathing in through my nose, deeply into my solar plexus? Or am I taking short breaths through my mouth into my chest? Am I holding in the new oxygen or quickly exhaling? What is the rate of my inhales?

It’s an incredible practice that only takes micro-moments of reflection throughout the day — but can make a difference in how I feel.

To start, right now take the deepest breath you’ve taken all day — slowly and deeply into your solar plexus. Then exhale gradually and with intention.

Gift yourself some nice breaths today!

Dave Radparvar
Co-Founder, Holstee

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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



October 03, 2017

Sandwich of the future.

I love sandwiches — both making and eating them. So when I heard that there was a famous man in Syracuse, Sicily, who makes just a few dozen sandwiches a day and has a constant line out the door, my interest peaked.

Turns out he doesn’t just make sandwiches but he



September 28, 2017

Wait till you see the flowers by the pool.

September 2015 was a big month for us.

I was about to get married, Dave was turning 30, and our third co-founder, Fabian, was about to start a new project after eight years of working with us on Holstee.

So at the very last minute, we decided to go on a combo bachelor-birthday-send-off weekend trip. We booked the only place we could find that was near nature and had availability that night. We borrowed a car and made our way north up Route 28 out of New York City.

When we arrived at the bungalow we’d booked, we looked around. Without saying anything, we knew exactly what one another was thinking



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