The Holstee Manifesto

The Holstee Manifesto

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About a year or two ago, I came across a company called Holstee, a curated goods store that originally had only one good to sell – The Holstee Tee. It’s made of 100% recycled material. The shirt featured a unique holster positioned pocket … rethinking the classic t-shirt with focuses on fit, style, sustainability and functionality.

Over the course of the first year of business, the team designed and produced half a dozen new products including the recycled wallet, which is made of newspapers and plastic bags collected off the streets of India; The People Pendant, made of recycled acrylic scraps from a Chicago-area sign maker; and their Upcycled line of t-shirts, which highlight the lasting value of apparel. The reason I am so intrigued by this business model is because they are trying to drive social change, while making a lasting impact, but they are making some profits at the same time.

As the owner’s business starting to grow, they decided to write a manifesto of how their business was going, which became viral across the internet. The other day my brother shared with me a discount to their online store. I ordered a poster of the manifesto, which I will put on my wall so that I can look at it every day. Some of my favorite parts are:

  • If you don’t like something, change it.
  • Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.
  • Some opportunities only come once, seize them.

Lastly, my favorite part which inspired the quote I put for the Mount homepage … Live your dream, and wear your passion. Basically, it is important to do something you enjoy, love to do everyday and will make you happy. A lot of the quotes relate to my Spain study abroad experience coming up in less than two months as well. Crazy! I hope this post inspired you to make a change, do something different and out of the ordinary or just help you ponder life.

The New Guy

The New Guy

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If you are reading this, thanks! I appreciate anyone that takes the time to read my blog and everyone’s blog. If you don’t already know, I am an athletic training major, wrestler, student ambassador, Preview and Orientation guide, member of SAAC and the Athletic Training Club and I still get the recommended 8 hours sleep (usually). Oh yeah, and I play intramurals.

I was born and raised in Lyndhurst, which is about 25 minutes east of Cleveland. I have 3 siblings – Kanani is 31, Derek is 25 and Layla is 17. I also have 2 nephews named Juni and TJ. Although I’ve lived in the same city my entire life, I still travel nearly every year.  I have family in Florida, California, Hawaii, New York and Oregon.  I visit them when it is convenient, and my friend just got a job in Los Angeles, where he works for Joke Productions. I actually visited him this summer. I love to travel, yet I continue to stay in Ohio and at Mount Union.  I don’t what it is about Mount Union, but it’s my kind of place. It is welcoming and nature loving, which is good since I was born on Earth Day (April 22).

I went to Charles F. Brush High School, where I played trombone in the band, soccer, wrestling and I even played rugby during my senior year. Sports have always been a part of my life and they continue to be at Mount Union. Poetry and writing make their way into my life occasionally too. For more than a year, I wrote a poem every day.  It was a new way for me to express myself that I’ve never felt before.  It’s probably the same with blogging as I am still having a conversation with myself except I let people read this and not my poems.

Now that you know nearly every major thing about my life, continue on with your life until my next blog.  I will make my blogs as interesting, random and easy to read as I can.  One last thing… if you see me on campus, say “Hi.” It always makes my day better and hopefully my giant smile will make yours better too.