Welcome to August, a month all about Rebellion!

To us, rebellion means standing up for what we believe in, even if it’s unpopular. It means refusing to buy into the “It’s ok to do this, because everyone else is” mentality. Taking a stand for the things you know are right opens the way for others to do the same. The power of our culture today opens so many channels to learn and speak our minds. But first, we need to reflect on what things we wish to change.



Every step forward starts with one person’s decision to stand for something that they know could be better. This desire to challenge the status quo has enabled new ways of thinking, living and being. It is up to each of us to stand up for what we believe in. If not you, then who?


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To experience this theme in more depth, we invite you to join us in reflecting on the following questions. Grab your favorite journal and get ready to write!

When have you stood alone in support of a person, idea or concept among a group that disagreed? What did you learn?

Take a break! Take a few days before diving in and journaling your response to this next question.

If you could change any one thing about our society today, what would it be? Be broad or specific, but just choose one and explain why.

If you are willing to share, we’d love to learn your responses. You’re welcome to share via email or even by posting this month’s art along with your response. Just remember to tag @holstee!

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Rebelling Against Society's View On You
Rebellion can take many forms, Yang-May Ooi used her opportunity on the TEDx stage to say forget the labels that society tries to put on us. Her story reminds us ‘to consider the small acts of rebellion that take us to the edge of our comfort zone that allow us to become our most vulnerable, powerful self.’ The one that listens to our gut and stands up for what we believe in.

Conformity And The Instinct of Rebellion
Let’s look at rebellion from a philosophy meets psychology perspective, Maria Popova of Brain Picking brings us to the worlds of author Norman Mailer and Psychologist Robert Lindner who both spent some healthy time exploring why rebellion is a human instinct, worthy of being exercised, from time to time. This post will likely whet your appetite to learn more about these ‘prolific’ minds, as Maria rightfully says.

How To Take A Stand
In his post on ‘Riskology’ founder Tyler Tervooren explains, breaks it down for the rest of us on how to take a stand for for the things we believes. He writes this as a self proclaimed ‘introvert’ and I personally found it be an excellent thought starter on how take small actionable steps after getting inspired by the posts above.

Below are just 2 of the many incredible moments in recent history, where one person’s rebellious act opened the doors for others to also speak up, ultimately changing the course of history.

The Salt March
This post breaks down one of Gandhi’s more memorable acts of of civil disobedience, the Salt March. It is one of the most powerful showings of self reliance and resisting decisions you know in your heart are not right.

A summary of Salt March from Wikipedia:
The Salt March, also known as the Dandi March and the Dandi Satyagraha, was an act of nonviolent civil disobedience in colonial India initiated by Mohandas Gandhi to produce salt from seawater, as was the practice of the local populace until British officials introduced taxation on salt production, deemed their sea-salt reclamation activities illegal, and then repeatedly used force to stop it.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott
This 5-minute video brings us back to a turning point in the US’ civil rights movement. Sparked by Rosa Park’s refusal to give up her seat on a bus, it opened the doors to many others to join a cause whose time had come. It was a big step, though as recent events have shown, there is still have much work to done for real equality in this country.

A summary of this boycott from Wikipedia:
The Montgomery bus boycott, a seminal event in the Civil Rights Movement, was a political and social protest campaign against the policy of racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama. The campaign lasted from December 5, 1955—when Rosa Parks, an African American woman, was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat to a white person—to December 20, 1956, when a federal ruling, took effect, and led to a United States Supreme Court decision that declared the Alabama and Montgomery laws requiring segregated buses to be unconstitutional.

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