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.
August 16, 2017

Tomorrow / today.

“What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you were grateful for today?”

I came across this question recently and love how powerful a thought exercise it is.

I started thinking about all the minutia in my life that I take for granted. The list snowballed to include items large and small that I rarely consider.

Socks, spices, fruits, hot water, water at all, a warm place to sit, a safe place to call home, people I care about, people that care about me… and I am only a few seconds of thought in.

Then I imagined that I woke up tomorrow and all the things I didn’t express gratitude for were gone.

Shoes, all clothes (except my socks), vegetables, nearly my entire kitchen, my bed, the people I have yet to meet, the people I forgot to thank, everything, everyone... all gone.

If I really wanted to keep the things I value, then following the rules of this thought exercise, I would need to spend all day, every day, being grateful!

Then again, I guess there are worse ways to spend my days. ☺️​

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



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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