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Members on our Print + Digital Plan receive a gallery-quality 5”x7” letterpress print made in Los Angeles, CA!
"I love the quality of the prints, the wonderful sentiments and thoughtful explanations of the art, and it's an affordable way to enjoy and pass along great work."Emily in Indiana, United States
"Holstee doesn’t tell people what to believe or do, but awakens them to their own genius by inviting them think about things in a new way that inspires them to create their own reality."Pamela in Michigan, United States
"I love Holstee and the new points-of-view one gets with the membership. Okay I don't “love" Holstee, I love my wife ;-) But the work from Holstee is highly impressive and helps me to self-reflect each month."Tobias in Vienna, Austria
"This membership is such an experience! Not only do you get a gorgeous print, but also inspiration, motivation, and an opportunity to reflect on yourself."Kristen in Alabama, United States
"Great tools, brilliant insights, and loving care given. I respect what Holstee does and how they do it."Dan in Oregon, United States
"In a world that increasingly seems to want to subtract light from our existence, my monthly membership brings light back into my life."Lisa in Colorado, United States
Who is this membership for?
If you found your way through the maze of 4.7 billion pages on the internet, and you read your way through our site to this very question, our membership is most definitely 100% for you. You are someone who questions how things are and dreams about how they could be. You truly believe that the world can change for the better, and that change starts with each individual person. But you are not just a dreamer, you are a doer (one of the things we love about you!). You know that reflecting is an important part of growth, but you are also busy because… errr… life, and this is 2017, and shit is non-stop. You know that taking the time to set your intentions will lead to more clarity and fulfillment, but it feels impossible to prioritize “me-time” amidst the chaos of everyday life. In these ways you are just like us, and we made this membership for you!
You want to get more from life but don’t know where to begin. Well, this link right here is where you begin :-D
I love this concept, but how can I find the time?
The busier your life feels, the more important it is to take a step back and make sure you are on the right path. It’s easy to get caught up in the rat race and lose track of how you’re spending your time. Is it on activities that help you live up to your own measure of success? Or activities that support someone else’s?
We make answering these big questions easier. We spend the time to curate and distill, so you don’t have to. We spend hours reading through the ideas of ancient philosophers and the learnings of modern positive psychology. We then boil down key nuggets that you can apply to your everyday life, and we neatly organize our sources of inspiration so you can dive into the primary resources as they interest you.
What is the difference between the Print + Digital and Digital Memberships?
Our Digital Membership offers the same thoroughly researched content and inspiring designs as our Print + Digital Membership, but it’s paperless. We take the beautiful illustrations made by world-class artists and we format them to fit perfectly on your phone and desktop so you can be reminded of the month’s theme no matter where you are. We also create a digital version of our monthly Action Guide that you can view, download, and/or print out. Our Digital Members also get access to monthly curated content on holstee.com. By becoming a member, you don’t just access new content — you also get the keys to all past months’ content as well!
Do I really get 20% off all products in the shop by being a member?
Yes! All members get 20% off all designs in the Holstee Shop. All you need to do is log in and the prices will drop like they’re hot.
What if I don’t like the art one month?
We work with incredible artists from around the world to create art that we feel is beautiful, thought-provoking, and inspiring. It’s probably one of the hardest parts of our jobs but also one of the most rewarding. We actively seek to embrace new artists and styles each month to keep your walls fresh and interesting. This also means that some styles may not be your favorites — the good news is that we have you covered. If for any reason you don’t feel like you got what you paid for one month, just let us know and we will cover the costs of that month, shipping included. Crazy, you say? Why yes, we are. Crazy about making this the best possible experience for you.
I live outside of the U.S. — can I still get the Print + Digital Membership?
Perfect timing! We recently added the ability to sign up for the Print + Digital Membership and have it delivered (almost) anywhere in the world for an additional $5 per month to cover shipping! It takes a bit longer for your print materials to fly across the ocean to you, so please be patient with us. We are actively finding faster routes for our fearless carrier pigeons to get to you, wherever you may be.
How does gifting a membership work?
Simple! For gift memberships, you select your plan type (Print + Digital or just Digital), choose the duration (from 3 to 12 months), and tell us when you want your gift to be delivered. On that day, we will send an email to the gift recipient with a special note from you. This email will contain a unique link for the recipient to enter their shipping information. From that moment, the membership will begin! For every month after, the recipient will receive Holstee Membership content — and at the same time be reminded how thoughtful, wise, and awesome you are for getting them such a rad gift! You go on to win a “Best Friend of the Year” award, and we shed a few tears of joy during your acceptance speech. You made us proud, so very proud!
How did you come up with these 12 themes?
TL;DR: By reading, thinking, and talking... a lot :-D
Ok, you want the long version? Here it goes… It all started with our Manifesto. We wrote it for ourselves in a moment of clarity when we first started Holstee. As it turned out, the message clicked for many people around the world. For the next several years, the Manifesto took off in ways we couldn’t have imagined. It started popping up everywhere... on Facebook posts, in Kuala Lumpur cafes, tattooed on someone’s back in Sweden, on Paris Hilton’s Instagram feed, painted on a three-story building in Los Angeles... when we say everywhere, we mean it! Then the questions started coming in: “how do I live this?”, “should I quit my job?”, “how do I find my passion?”, “should I marry this person?” Believe it or not, we really got these questions! We felt totally unprepared to offer any answers, but we were fascinated by these big life questions. So we started asking ourselves what it really means to live by the words of the Manifesto, and we took a step back to dig into what others had said on the topic of living well. What have past philosophers learned? What does modern science have to say?
We went deep. And we found that our ideas about living well echoed much of the discourse from philosophers like Aristotle, Seneca, and Nietzsche. We also learned about the growing field of research around Positive Psychology and the science of mindfulness. We were particularly inspired by Martin Seligman and Christopher Peterson’s Values In Action (VIA) Inventory of Strengths, which identified 24 virtues informed by religions, cultures, philosophy, and psychology.
We cross-checked this list with our own list of what we found to bring meaning and purpose into our lives, and we mapped the resulting 12 themes to a month that felt fitting. We went back and forth on these themes with our team, challenging each other on each theme until we felt we had a strong framework for living both fully and mindfully.
And that, my friend, is the long story on how we chose these themes.
Will you use the same themes every year?
Ahh, thinking ahead! Remind us to never play you in chess! Seriously though, great question. The answer is yes! We will use the same themes (though from fresh angles) each year, and this is by design. We think that reflecting on these themes at least once a year is the best way to really make them a part of our lives. We have found these 12 themes, mapped to the 12 months of the year, to be a strong framework for exploring what brings the most meaning to our lives. For example, we love kicking off every new year with Intention and ending it with Reflection.
What if I need to pause or cancel my membership?
Easy! We can do that too. Just drop us a note and we can pause or cancel your membership at any time. If you purchase an annual membership your cancellation will take effect at the next renewal. Our memberships are commitment- and risk-free! There is literally no reason not to give it a try.
I think everyone in my office needs this. Do you offer bulk memberships?
Why yes we do! We work with a number of mission-aligned companies to deliver our membership to their employees, clients, and partners each month. Depending on the size of your organization and your needs, we can also customize our offer to suit your style. In the past, we’ve partnered with NPR, Sweetgreen, Wanderlust, TED, and other organizations. Learn more about working together!
Have another question we didn’t answer here? Get in touch! We would love to hear from you.
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"I love receiving inspiration each month from my subscription! Also, I have used the cards as gifts to many people over the years. I get so excited when I see the Holstee card in the mail every month as its a great way to give yourself a little lift each month!"Taylor in New York, United States
"I am a new subscriber and have received two months of "treats." The manifesto is framed and seated on a bookshelf where all can see. Many have paused to take it inward. The second I sent to a wonderful young man who is an artist and who is struggling at the moment. He said the Creativity print and accompanying pages were just what he needed."Stephanie in Michigan, United States
"I love the quality of the prints, the wonderful sentiments and thoughtful explanations of the art, and it's an affordable way to enjoy and pass along great work."Kathleen in Illinois, United States
"The Holstee message is one that can appeal to everyone. There is something in it for everyone. No matter how much, or how little you want to integrate it into your life, you can find an area that can benefit from Holstee. Holstee takes their philosophy and makes it accessible."Alta in Ontario, Canada
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"I think the message the Holstee is trying to convey is amazing. I love the artwork and the meaning behind each monthly piece. It also feels like a very small and personal company. Thanks for being awesome!"Elizabeth in Alaska, United States
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"I love receiving the letterpress cards each month. So beautiful and grounding. I think anyone would love to receive one."Mary in Missouri, United States
"First of all, team Holstee is a creative bunch entrepreneurs who are trying to awaken people to consciousness about who we REALLY are and why we're REALLY here. Secondly, you're NOT telling people what to believe or do, but you're awakening them to their own genius by inviting them think about things in a new way that inspires them to create their own reality. The world today is a reflection of who we are collectively, and we can, with more self-awareness, create a world that works for ALL of us, ALL life. I feel you are helping to do this in your own way, and I, for one, appreciate you! Thank you!"Pamela in Michigan, United States
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"Since I've started my monthly subscription, I have painted more, made it a point to be more consciously thoughtful to others, and simply unplugged way more than I have in years. The action plans help keep me accountable and true to myself and my goals. Thank you!!"Delilah in Texas, United States
"As you might imagine or know, grad school is very difficult. Receiving my Holstee card each month is one of the things I do to give myself a treat, as well as bringing some consistency to the milieu that is my life at the moment. As with most months, opening my card this morning was a pleasant and emotional experience. Thanks to you and everyone at Holstee."Georgia, United States
"Your messages resonate with me and are needed now more than ever. From the uplifting to the more reflective I stop and think about what I'm doing. I'm working to be more intentional and present and your artwork and sweet words helps me with that. Thank you. With gratitude, Jenny from northern California."Jenny in California, United States