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

The Holstee Manifesto: Lifecycle Video

June 21, 2017

This is The Holstee Manifesto, the inspiration for my blog. I have their poster hanging on my wall and every line speaks directly to me.  I also believe that I live by this manifesto through my actions. I've lost track of how many people I've shared this manifesto with. 

"This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often." I do a lot of things for myself. I spend a lot of time on pers…

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Creating Your "To BE" List

June 7, 2017

This article is lovely. The quote about "human beings, not human doings" is spot on! I can admit that I have always been  a "doer." I live by my to-do list (I actually use an app called "todoist," which I highly recommend) and pack my days full on google calendar. Some of my friends have joked that I have more hours in …

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Can You Read People’s Emotions?

June 1, 2017

Check out this quiz!

FROM NY TIMES: "Are you tuned in to the emotions of others? Or have you been accused of being insensitive? If you are among those people who are mystified by moods, new research offers hope. A new study shows that certain types of reading can actually help us improve our sensitivity…

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The Journey Continues..

May 22, 2017

After almost a 3 year hiatus- I've decided to start writing in my blog again. 

Why do I blog? There are a plethora of blogs and articles on every subject imaginable. Everything I will write about has already been written about, possibly even by myself in old posts. I don't write in hopes of coming up with any grand or new ideas.

I want to write because it helps me make sense of the things…

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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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