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.
May 25, 2018

Reduce the noise, focus on the essentials, and keep it simple.

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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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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