Welcome to February, a month all about Kinship!

Life is about the people we meet and the things we create with them. The bonds we share are constantly in motion, balancing what we give and what we need. There’s nothing quite as inspiring, loving, or challenging.


The term friendship often gets commodified (thanks, social media). And while being open to new people and making connections is important, philosophers and researchers tell us that quality of friendships is more important that quantity—in the short and long term.



Nick and Jeanie both live in Los Angeles, California. Nick is a graphic designer who can find inspiration anywhere and Jeanie is an art director who enjoys combining the digital and analog worlds.


As a company, it’s always been our intention to help people live a more meaningful life. The “how”, or the goals, we have set for ourselves in this process have evolved over the years - from T-shirts to posters and most recently to our monthly subscription. Throughout the years, our intention has always kept our compass on target for the same overarching mission, grounding us and motivating us to continue building the Holstee community.

This month you'll be receiving our Kinship Guide to help you take a closer look at the relationships in your life. How can we improve our communication? How can we keep our hearts open by being more vulnerable? What does being there for someone else really look like?

To our subscribers who receive a physical mailer, you will be receiving your guide with this month's kit. To our digital subscribers, you can download your guide via the link below.

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Articles to read:

Reclaiming Friendship: A Visual Taxonomy of Platonic Relationships to Counter the Commodification of the Word “Friend” via Brain Pickings
"I often puzzle over the nature, structure, and function of friendship in human life — a function I have found to be indispensable to my own spiritual survival and, I suspect, to that of most human beings. But during a recent interview on Think Again, I found myself concerned with the commodification of the word 'friend' in our culture."

The Ancient Greeks’ 6 Words for Love (And Why Knowing Them Can Change Your Life) via Yes! Magazine
"...what were the six loves known to the Greeks? And how can they inspire us to move beyond our current addiction to romantic love, which has 94 percent of young people hoping—but often failing—to find a unique soul mate who can satisfy all their emotional needs?"

The Noble Eightfold Path by Bhikkhu Bodhi: Chapter III RIGHT INTENTION via Vipassana Fellowship
"The Buddha explains right intention as threefold: the intention of renunciation, the intention of good will, and the intention of harmlessness. The three are opposed to three parallel kinds of wrong intention: intention governed by desire, intention governed by ill will, and intention governed by harmfulness."

Videos to watch:

What Makes A Good Life? Lessons From The Longest Study On Happiness via TEDtalks
What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're not alone – but, according to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger, you're mistaken.

Friendship & Vulnerability via The School Of Life
"We often think that the best way to have friends is to be deeply impressive and accomplished. In fact, the route to true friendship always flows through vulnerability."

Books to check out:

Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life by Massimo Pigliucci

How Should We Live? by Roman Krznaric

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