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 13, 2017


It seems like every day, I encounter someone who is in transition.

A friend looking for a new job, a co-worker moving into her own apartment, a cousin starting at a new school, a family member preparing for a mid-life career change and another preparing for retirement — all of these pivotal and magical moments setting the stage for an exciting if unknown future.

Fabian, our best friend and third Holstee co-founder, embarked on his own journey of transition a few years ago, when he took a step back from his work at Holstee to reflect on what he wanted to do next. He did an incredible service in documenting his process, then building a framework for transition that can be used by anyone.

For those in a transition or about to embark on one, we highly recommend checking out Fabian’s notes on transition, especially his Transition Framework.

It requires a good bit of effort but is an incredible tool for navigating the in-between phases of our lives.

Cheers to what lies ahead,

Mike and Dave Radparvar
Co-Founders, Holstee

P.S. In our experience, taking time to reflect is the best way to open ourselves up to the inevitable moments of transition we’ll encounter in our lives. Our monthly guides can be a helpful framework for making reflection a constant practice!

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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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