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.
November 05, 2017

You are enough.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melody Beattie


I love this quote because it so clearly captures the power of gratitude, especially this line: "It turns what we have into enough, and more.""Enough". A simple, unassuming word with a powerful meaning. Enough — it’s all we need. The challenge is that we so often feel like we don’t have it.We feel like we haven’t checked off “enough” items from our to-do lists.
We feel like we don’t have “enough” — that a certain material purchase will bring us closer.

We feel like we aren’t “enough”, so we constantly push ourselves to live up to other people’s expectations.

The truth is — whether we realize it or not — we have, we do, and we are enough. This is a personal mantra for our Creative & Communications Lead, Jennifer Lioy, and it was the inspiration for this month’s Gratitude Art, which she designed.

Each November, the theme of Gratitude is front and center at Holstee and I am reminded that what I have is, indeed, enough. And that despite what the outside world tries to tell me, or sell me, I am enough, too.

Once we fully internalize and believe this, we can start living with a mindset of abundance rather than scarcity — a concept we will explore further in next Monday’s Reflection post.

You are, and that is enough.

Dave Radparvar
Co-Founder, Holstee

P.S. This month’s Gratitude Guide challenges each of us to keep a running list of all the things we are grateful for and, each day, add a few more items.

Here are mine for today:

  • It was raining earlier, so I am glad to be warm and dry at home.
  • I am grateful for video calls. Since I live far from my family, I appreciate being able to see and speak with them. It brings me a lot of joy.
  • I am grateful for crisp apples that are now in season.
  • I am grateful for jazz music.
  • I am grateful for you. You are the reason I am writing this right now, and you are enabling this deep sense of gratitude I am feeling. Thank you.

P.P.S. Here is a quick look at the Gratitude Art!

Gratitude Art

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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



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