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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.
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August 20, 2017

The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts.

“The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts.

Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day.

The content of your character is your choice.

Day by day, what you do is who you become.

Your integrity is your destiny — it is the light that guides your way.”

I love this quote by Greek philosopher Heraclitus (c. 535 – c. 475 BC).

In fact, it was the inspiration for our artwork on the theme of Integrity this year.

It’s the idea that every day, we are further defining who we are.

More than our words, more than our past, more than the stereotypes — our actions, today and every day, are what’s sculpting the masterpiece of our lives.

Tomorrow is a new day.

Who will you become?

Our Integrity Kit featuring art with this quote was sent to all members this October. In it, we share more from this great thinker as well as exercises to help you reflect on the role of integrity in your life.

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Mike Radparvar
Co-Founder, Holstee

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October 17, 2017

Drowning.

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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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

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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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