The Holstee Pharmacist

"Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -Howard Thurman

I am Alive, I am this Moment.

September 8, 2014


During my trip to Japan, we visited the Daisen-in Zen Temple in beautiful, blossoming Kyoto. Soen Ozeki, the author of this poem, had our group recite this together, one line at a time. This poem is short but each word, each line is so powerful. I bought a copy for myself to hang in my living room.

This is my interpretation of this poem, for myself: 

We each have our own battles, internal a…

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Are You Human [Ze Frank]

July 23, 2014

TED: Are You Human?  [Ze Frank]

I love this talk because Ze Frank balances humor and seriousness in his “Are you Human?” test to show us our shared humanity in the life experience, despite our differences. We share many of the same joys, hopes, moments of embarrassment, heartaches, and fears. He begins with mild, funny questions and progresses into something more intimate.

“Have you ever …

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July 15, 2014

 This excerpt is from the book I'm currently reading, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig. "What should I be when I grow up?" --"Honest."

This quote makes me feel hopeful, because growing up is a lifelong process. I think this is as relevant to a child as it is to any one of us.Why does honesty  matter?

As individuals, we each have our own un…

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You are more than your perceived limitations

July 8, 2014


This past weekend I completed my first GORUCK (Light) challenge. It was 7.5 hours of running with about 20 lbs on my back (backpack, water, food, 2 bricks, and gear), over 11.6 miles, team challenges, weights to carry, and more. Over the past few years, I have completed the GORUCK light, Spartan series (Sprint, Super, and Beast), Warrior DashCrossfit Open 2014, and hiked a handful of long a…

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TED- Why 30 is NOT the new 20[Meg Jay]

July 1, 2014

TED talk- Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20

This is one of those talks that I have gone out of my way to share with people. I have literally paused mid-conversation, pulled out my phone, and sat and stared for the entire 20 minutes at whoever I was making sit through and watch this. Why? As Meg says in her talk, "one good conversation, one good break, one good TED talk, can have an enormous …

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TED- The Danger of a Single Story [Chimamanda Adichie]

June 23, 2014

TED talk - Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story

After watching this TED talk a few years ago with my roommate, I remember driving by a Wienerschnitzel and saying out loud "I heard that place isn't good, the chili dog gave my friend the runs." She gently joked about how I was judging this restaurant by the single story I had heard. That one story that I heard was enough for me to fe…

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TED talk: Less Stuff, More Happiness?

June 17, 2014

Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? 

Graham asks us to recall a time when we had less stuff, such as during our college years or while camping.  We managed to survive fine with less. As a student, we worked hard and sometimes daydreamed of how nice it would be to finally make money, to eat delicious food that didn't come from the din…

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What Good Shall I Do This Day?

June 7, 2014

The idea of doing acts of kindness is a theme you may have noticed throughout my blog. It is something I truly believe in: the power of gratitude and having an open mind and heart to everyone I encounter. I think this article is a very convincing about the power of kind acts. 

The authors discuss how many millennials wish…

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4 Steps to Find More Time for Your Health

March 9, 2014

4 Steps to Find More Time for Your Health |

How many of us find it hard to make time to exercise or eat healthy? As health care professionals, we dedicate our lives to improving the health our patients. Among many things, we educate patients on their disease states, optimize their medications and treatment, and emphasize the importance of lifestyle modifications. However, when it comes to our own health, we are even quicker than our patie…

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[Guest, Business&Strategy Analyst] Kim Ngo- The Love of Your Life, Discovered: From the Perspective of a Millennial INTP Female

February 14, 2014

As a Millennial getting lost in the trials of quarter-life crises, when asked to contribute to The Holstee Pharmacist blog, I considered many of the inspiring themes of the Holstee Manifesto to focus a few hundred of my bumbling words upon.  Since an arguably controversial love-themed (or at least red-heart-themed) holiday is nearly upon us, I decided to take a dive into the excerpt from t…

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