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Thursday, January 31, 2013

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Do you ever think about where you are going? You know, in the broad sense. Where is your path taking you? What are you doing to get there? These are things I think about pretty frequently. Perhaps it is age, perhaps it is the fact that I am a mother, but I often find myself wondering what road I am on exactly and whether or not I want to stay there. I find that this type of awareness lends itself to a life filled with inspiration. I find myself drawn to people who utilize their creativity to tap into something greater, something more profound. I find myself drawn to companies like Holstee.

By designing with a conscience, Holstee offers a place for mindful individuals to find meaningful products.

By their own intention, Holstee reminds me why I get up every day and make the choices I make. They remind me to be a conscious consumer, an avid learner, a trusted companion. Holstee reminds me to be the best me possible. They also create a desire to own every single product they make and I don’t think I’m the only one.  Life is short, friends. Live it.

Holstee is giving away one Holstee Manifesto Poster AND one Upcycled Wallet in Purple to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, February 7th. Comments now closed…good luck!
Please visit Holstee and tell us which part of the Holstee Manifesto speaks to you the most and why?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, February 11th, to see if you’ve won.
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  1. 1
    Sarah says:

    I love love love this. My favorite part is Travel Often. I really do think it’s the key to all happiness in life. 

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    Jenni says:

    “Do what you love, and do it often”
    Life gets so busy and complicated at times with all of the obligations I spread myself out in. I love the above quote because I need to remember to take the time and do more things for myself. To find a day to go out with my camera and just take photographs. To go to a small cafe, sip a cup of coffee and people watch. To dance in the bathroom while getting ready for work.

    I always remember to take a few minutes before bed to read at least a few pages from a book. I love reading and it helps me to fall asleep. It’s a simple thing but the impact is huge.  I need more of that in my life.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    i love the phrase Do What You Love. I’ve taken many jobs just for the money, but found that when my heart’s not in it, it doesn’t matter how much i’m being paid, because i just end up  miserable.

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    Tiffany says:

    I’ve seen this! It totally jazzes me up and I’m pretty sure I need to have this manifesto on my wall. It is really difficult to pick just one part that speaks to me because I really feel like the entire thing goes together, you can’t just take one part of it you need ALL of it. Reading it makes my mind wake up and I suddenly become inspired with thoughts of creating, loving, doing and sharing.

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    Emily B says:

    ‘Travel Often. Getting lost will help you find yourself.”

    This is so true for me, and related to much of what the manifesto says. When I was a junior in college, I felt trapped in my major (microbiology). I thought it was what I wanted to do, but what I really wanted to do was study literature. The problem with literature was that it seemed so impractical. How would I make money by studying literature? Well, I decided to go on a study abroad to England/Scotland/Wales and study Victorian Literature and Creative Writing. I spent months hiking from one end of the country to the other with 25 people, all of us learning about ourselves through the landscape. The trip changed my life. The friends I made on that trip are my lifelong friends. What I learned on that trip is that when you do what you love, when you push yourself out of your comfort zone, when you allow yourself to be the “other” for a time, when you step confidently in the direction of your dreams, you find people that you love and a path forms out of the darkness. I’ve never looked back.

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    Lydia says:

    “If you don’t like something, change it.”  

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    Amzi says:

    I like, “Travel often,” because most of my friends don’t appreciate travelling, especially internationally, but it’s really important…

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    Nikki says:

    “Ask the next person you see what their passion is, and share your inspiring dream with them.”  Because to have meaningful interactions, even fleeting, instead of superficial exchanges of bland, insipid nothingness is what makes life rich and stimulates our souls.  I believe that a life marked with meaningful interactions leads to true fulfillment and a more beautiful existence! 

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    Courtney J says:

    The part of the poster that speaks to me is, “Some opportunities only come once, seize them,” because while I know I definitely seize on opportunities that help me succeed in life, I do pass up other ones for stupid excuses. This is something I need to remember to do every day…that every day has many opportunities.

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    Angie says:

    The part about “Life is Simple” resonates the most to me because I have a really busy life, and I constantly have to remind myself to slow down a little and just breathe. Life is too precious to let it just go by like a blur, and I really want to enjoy everything to the fullest, even the littlest things!

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    jackeline says:

    The ‘always as why’ tee calls out to me because I preach this to my 7 year old constantly.

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    Heather N. says:

    I love “travel often, getting lost will help you find yourself.” From experience, I can say that traveling and opening myself to new and sometimes uncomfortable situations was a HUGE growing experience and did indeed help me find myself 🙂

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    Alexis S. says:

    “Stop overanalyzing, life is simple” speaks strongly to me, as I’m constantly overanalyzing every bit of a situation. I have to be reminded that nothing is as complicated as I make it in my mind.

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    sydney says:

    “Do what you love, and do it often.” – Life is far too short to waste time doing things you hate. Time is the most precious thing we have: time with family, time with friends, time alone. This gives me hope that even though life is not turning out according to how I “planned” it, but I’m figuring out what I love. So what if I can’t pay my rent at the moment? 

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    Rachael says:

    “Stop over analyzing” is a piece of advice that I really wish I could follow–I try but just haven’t been able to turn that voice off! 

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    sam says:

    “….Travel often, getting lost will help you find yourself.”   In the three years since my husband left me and the kids we have taken more road trips then ever before. Yes – we have gotten lost, we eventually found our way and therefore the kids have great stories to tell and memories for a lifetime.  

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    Allison says:

    …start doing things you love.
    Even if it’s not connected to stopping looking for the love of your life, it’s always relevant. We all have to do things we don’t love doing, but we can choose to do things that we are passionate about.

  18. 18
    Lizzy says:

    I love the manifesto. So well said!

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    candice says:

    Stop Over Analyzing – i’m absolutely terrible at this one!!
    x candice 

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    andrew says:

      “Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences.”  This line gives me goosebumps… it’s so true, and it’s such a good reminder that we are all different, and that is a beautiful thing! 

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    Paula Hedlund says:

    I have mine hanging in my office at work and my favorite 2 lines are “If you don’t like something, change it” and “if you don’t like your job quit”

    I often hear people complaining in the office environment and I just love to point to this line on the poster.  People feel so disempowered and if they would only see they are the only ones with true power over their lives!

  22. 22
    Andrew says:

    “When you eat, appreciate every last bite.”this line speaks to me the most because taking a break from a fast paced world and enjoying every last bite of a beautiful meal with beautiful company for me is one of the greatest pleasures in life.

  23. 23
    Mariano says:

    “If you don’t like your job, quit.” “Travel often.” “Live your dream and share your passion.”

    These three lines are my main life philosophy. Fortunately I have never had to quit a job because I didn’t liked it, but i’m very eager to do it if I need to. I travel, I invest in travel, I have fun travelling and there, I’m living my dream.

  24. 24
    Stephanie says:

    “If you don’t like your job, quit.” I recently quit the worst job I have ever had. I watched the Holstee spot online and made my choice that same day. I quit my job and I am  currently in a job hunt and feel so empowered and excited to finally find a joyful job. I’ve had two jobs call me for an interview already and its only been 2 days since I quit. Thanks for changing my life. 

  25. 25

    “Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them so go out and start creating.” Which I did. Together with other people, we are making from Antwerp (Belgium) an eco city. We stimulate people to buy local sustainable products and services. It’s a blast!

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    Heather Koffler says:

    This is an incredibly difficult question to answer because the entire manifesto is so incredible. Too often, we forget what life is about and get caught up in the crap. This brings us back to reality and helps us to foucs on what is important in life; it helps us to pay attention to the things we should be focusing our energy on.

    “Do what you love and do it often,” is my favorite part of the Holstee Manifesto. You can’t get better than that. This is something I strive to do each and every day.

  27. 27

    As an entreprenuer and maker of goods myself, I find the last  lines to resonate the most for me. “Life is about the people you meet and the things that you create with them. So go out and start creating. Life is short. Live your dream and share your passion.” This sentiment has echoed throughout my work for the last three years as I started my own accessory business straight out of college in a crummy economy, and have built it into a fulltime business since then despite less than prime conditions. I am currently moving into a full time studio/brick and mortar store; with the production studio onsite for people to see the process of making their handbags and shoes, I feel I am truly embodying the idea of creating things with others, going out and living my dreams, and sharing that passion with my community.

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    Marialaura says:


    I think the beauty of life resides in the people I have around. It’s amazing how a person, no matter how old, or the differences that set us apart, can make a unique and strong bound and just with a single glimpse, a radiant smile, a hug, a simple hi or may I help you with something? can change your day or entire life forever. The bounds we create, the moments we share with people, the hope we irradiate and pass to each other, the love we feel amongst us, the hope that is always there in the moments of crisis, sadness, the strenght of other people, make you a better human, but it only makes you more human if you are paying attention to those little details and moments that life puts you up through the amazing people around. To have someone to turn on to, is the greatest gift in life.

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    Erin says:

    “Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.” 

    I am about to go on my first solo trip to Southeast Asia. While I am nervous, I am also extremely excited to push myself out of my comfort zone and explore the world. I will have no one to rely on but myself which I think will be a wonderful learning experience. 

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    Lukas Korynta says:

    “LIVE YOUR DREAM AND SHARE YOUR PASSION” Everybody needs a dream. Something to live for. Something to wake up every morning for and something that is always there to remind you that you choosed the right path. Not everybody is lucky enough to realize that. That’s why it is important for those who have found their dream, their passion to share it with others and inspire them. I love Holstee for that, they opened up my eyes. Now it is my responsibility to look through them.

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    Laura says:

    ‘All Emotions are beautiful’ We’re taught that crying is for the weak, that sometimes if you laugh all the time you’re not serious enough, that you should feel a certain way… I love this because it’s true, all emotions are beautiful and you should feel what you wanna feel

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    Elisa says:

    ‘Live your dream and share your passion’ is something I strive to do everyday, and what keeps me going even on rough times. Live is too short to stay still, so what better way to live big but by chasing your dream and doing so with passion!

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    Brian M says:

    “Do what you love and do it often” Doing what we love makes us come alive. When we are alive, we pass that feeling alone and contribute to the well-being of others around us.

  34. 34
    Rifa says:

    If you don’t like your job, quit.
    Jobs are like relationships, you have to find your perfect place to work just like you have to find your mate. There is the right job for you out there, come from a place of strength and believe there is work always even in a recession. 

  35. 35
    Lisa says:

    Do what you love and do it often.
      This manifesto has changed my life for the better.  I happen to come upon this manifesto at the most perfect time in my life.  Monday Sep 24, 2012, everything was failing apart, I read the manifesto and then watched the video so many times and I cried.  I needed to hear/read this that very day.  I lost my job 4 days later, made the career change that I needed to do and now I could not be happier.  I have a grat career path and am truely enjoying my life as a single mom of two beautiful boys.  I tell everyone I can about this manifesto, it is life changing!

  36. 36

    “Life is about people you meet, and the things you create with them”.
    When I read, I was ecstatic because it has everything to do with my view of life. This means for me  people striking, unforgettable events in my life, a legacy! I believe so much that my first tattoo was this message  in my arm…
    See the link! Take care!

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    Annie says:

    For me, “if you don’t like your job, quit” and “travel often” go hand in hand for me. At the end of 2011, I quit the career I had been building up for seven years for the simple, yet complicated, reason that I was utterly miserable. With no job, more time, and more freedom, I was able and fortunate to travel around the world in 2012. Quitting was scary, yet one of the most important and life changing decisions of my life. Traveling was exhilarating. I was able to travel around the US, Costa Rica, Europe, and Southeast Asia. I feel very blessed that I had the chance to see new things, experience other cultures, meet amazing people.

    The Holstee Manifesto speaks encouragement into my life. I love it so 🙂

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    Brittany K says:

    Definitely the “If you don’t like something, change it” part. My dad is one of my best friends and heroes, and he always said this to me. Only you can get you to where you really want to be in life. No one is going to do it for you, so line ’em up and knock em down. love you da!

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    Katherine H says:

    The part that speaks to me most is “getting lost will help you find yourself.”  I love that, because the times we face the biggest challenges are some of the best opportunities we have to grow as people.  The process of rebuilding after a lost job, love, or something significant to us is just as important as understanding how to be comfortable with the uncertainty that comes after that loss- and embracing that uncertainty is always present.

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    Hanns P. says:

    The whole thing gets to me, every single word of the manifesto is there for a reason. If I have to choose I would say my favorite is “Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself”, all this because I at time of me finding out about Holstee and its manifesto I was studying abroad, meeting new people, places, experiences, etc. It really captured the feeling I had at the moment. Very inspirational.

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    Megan F says:

    One aspect of the Manifesto that I find extremely powerful is the concept that “LIFE IS SHORT.” This line can be both painful to except and difficult to face. We have all known someone who was taken from this life “too soon” or “before their time.” While we may grieve over this tremendous loss, we should use our pain as inspiration. We are each given a limited amount of time to fulfill a purpose within this life. The concept of a short life may encourage us to “live life to the fullest.” We should go on that adventure, discover our true passions, learn how to speak another language, and spend more times with those whom we care for. “LIFE IS SHORT” encompasses the whole purpose of the Manifesto and inspires us to appreciate what we have  in order to makes a difference within the world.

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    Suzi C says:

    I’ve been in love with this for years ever since I first saw it and now it’s all over the place- which I love even more!

    I have to admit, the whole ‘thing’ speaks volumes but the “If you don’t like something, change it” part, is my favourite. 

    I’ve been an emotional wreck for the past few years- well, forever- but mostly the past few years. I’ve battled a lot of demons, mostly outside of myself but taking responsibility for the ones INSIDE, was a huge step. I’ve learnt to love myself and now that I’ve accepted my flaws; no one can use them against me.

    I’m one of those people who has empathy to a certain point; because of the things I’ve been through, I can relate, but after a bit you sort of have to get your shit together and carry on- for yourself, your family, your children, your responsibilities… You have all you need, inside yourself. 

    So, yeah. My favourite bit. 🙂 

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    echo says:

    “If you don’t like something, change it.” No reason to be unhappy if you can change things around, do other things, make other choices.

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    Dany says:

    ‘Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them so go out and start creating” because it’s simply amazing how much love, energy and faith people who are going to be your friends can give you. Every moment is precious, just enjoy it deeply.

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    KelsAnne says:

    “All emotions are beautiful.”  I learned to accept the fact that I will feel unpleasant and over joyous things that I think I do not deserve. Communicating these emotions to others and – when I’m not brave enough – to myself is a practice I struggle to make daily.  I learned to embrace these emotions.  I learned that in my lifetime I am going to continuously learn about myself. 

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    Jasmin A says:

    I can’t believe I’m seriously ONE day late for this giveaway I just stumbled upon but I still want to answer the question!

    Favorite part: “Open your mind, arms and heart to new things and people, we are united in our differences.”

    I absolutely LOVE this line. It’s the essence what truly LIVING life means! It means stepping out of whatever zone we’ve currently put ourselves in and trying new things. It’s beautiful to truly live in such a way that you continuously evolve and grow. So, beautiful. I love this line.