This Poster Might Just Change Your Life. ~ Nicole Duncan

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on Apr 20, 2011
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Lost? Find yourself with the Holstee Manifesto.

Before I even knew what was wrong, I knew how to fix it.

I had to make a change, a big change.

As far as I could tell I had everything, and nothing to complain about. Reliable employment, a coveted corner office, a loving boyfriend and supportive family, my good health.

I was living in the most beautiful town in the US, and I was (somewhat) financially secure…the list goes on. Fellow Americans, these days, are wondering where they’ll get their next meal…and I’m pondering personal happiness. Call my discontent pathetic, but it was ruining my life.

My life was empty, somehow. No peers challenged me or my beliefs. My community rarely inspired me, and my ambition was stagnant. Work felt unimportant, pointless. Just about every day, I woke up to the screaming question, What are you doing with your life?

My internal compass pointed toward change. And lots of it. So, finally, eventually, I quit my job, broke up with my boyfriend, and got out of town. Almost instantly, and surprisingly, clarity came. As it turns out, I was living my life by the Holstee Manifesto before I even knew it existed. I haphazardly stumbled upon this graphic one day while surfing the web.

While I was in the thick of making change (otherwise known as disrupting and destroying my life), shoulder-deep in judgment from the people in my world, and bailing buckets of tears trying to stay afloat, this credo brought reassurance. Despite everything, I knew I was right, and carrying out my plan was somehow instinctive. When I read the manifesto for the first time, my whirling world slowed—its words affirmed me, and the flat-out changes I’d made.

I couldn’t help but smile at its simplicity.

Therein lies the power. I love this progression of words because they simplify a prescription for happiness, without oversimplifying it.

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

It’s plain and simple, yet so difficult in practice. The message inspires me to never settle, and it reminds me that happiness is a choice.

Now, the Holstee graphic adorns my Mac desktop, prompting me to “wear my passion.” So I am. After all, what’s the point if you’re not?

“Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them. So go out and start creating.”

You can visit the Holstee site here to learn more about how the manifesto was born and to get excited about their sustainably made, socially conscious products.


Nicole spends her free time in the outdoors via kayak, ski, bike, trail, rope, rock, water and mountain. Although a writer and editor by trade, she ventured out as a sea kayak guide in Alaska, and most recently ski-bummed in Telluride, CO. When she’s not plotting her next big adventure you’ll find her with a Colorado microbrew in hand, a good read or with friends. Nicole has zero tolerance for to-go cups, pickles and complainers, and she challenges you with the question:
“How intensely do you wish to exist?”


From the folks at Holstee, good people all: “We just launched the Holstee Manifesto in poster format, after it has been posted over 60,000 times over the internet. In good Holstee tradition it is printed on 100% recycled post-consumer paper that was made with hydro power.”


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70 Responses to “This Poster Might Just Change Your Life. ~ Nicole Duncan”

  1. John says:

    try this one instead

  2. Katie says:

    OH MY GOD I was loving the article and then I got to the bottom and saw the poster… to discover that this is the poster I have had in my kitchen for months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Jim says:

    I have experienced just the opposite of you. Create your own reality, the rest of us will create ours.

  4. Jen S says:

    I agree with you Patrick. Unfortunately not all of us are able to do this with our lives. Some people have kids, some people have elderly family members they take care of, and others may not be lucky enough to have the physical capabilities to live such a life.

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  6. Sam says:

    I think you are missing the point of this; it doesn't mean that everyone has to up and quit their jobs to go travel the world. It means that you have to evaluate your life and find what it is that makes you happy within your situation. Have an abusive husband? Then leave him. Have kids? Love them, teach them and show them how to be happy. Have a mundane job? work towards obtaining a promotion. It means that you must seek personal happiness and satisfaction through passion and love.

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  8. Beatriz Flores says:

    Me gusto mucho leer sobre el manifiesto que nos inpulsa a la creatividad, realmente los seres humanos a veces nos conformamos con cierta conducta que nos perjuidica. si escribieras algunos articulos en español te lo agradeceria ya que no entiendo algunas palabras.pero me parece que haces buen trabajo.

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  15. Kris Lord says:

    Very inspiring! I went through something similar about a decade ago, along with some pretty harsh judgement from certain circles. Just have to keep wading through to the other side!

  16. Sujal says:

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  18. Amy E says:

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  19. Sabran says:

    I was given this by my first love way back in 1977, and every time I see this it reminds me of all the beautiful time I had with him, even though it was never to be forever but the memory of that has gotten me through the toughest times in my life. Thank you for the reminder again.

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