When I first saw the Holstee Manifesto poster, someone had posted a picture of it on Facebook.  You know the picture I’m talking about, a girl is standing on a city street holding up the poster. I loved it so much that I made it the background to my computer. I was going through a weird transition period. Everything in my life seemed to not be going the way I wanted it to. I was living in a new city, hating my job, not in a relationship, my best friend had moved away…I was in a rut.  I kept feeling like something was missing. Every time I would open my computer I would read the Manifesto, and it gave me the courage I needed to actually BE the change I wanted to see in the world. “If you don’t like your job, quit”–so I did. “Open your mind, arms and heart to new things…Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself”–so I did. I packed up my apartment, gave my dog to my friends to watch for a while, and moved to Costa Rica.  I wanted to learn Spanish and get lost in a new culture and new people. And boy did I! I lived with a host family that spoke no English whatsoever. I volunteered my time with a non-profit organization teaching art classes to kids, completely in Spanish.  I met some of the most amazing people from all over the world, people I will never forget. I learned to surf! I rode my beautiful hot pink bike everywhere. No cars, no traffic, no stress. I was able to take a minute and breathe, and find myself again. My time there totally proved that “Some opportunities only come once, seize them. Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them.”  I came back to the states six months later, completely rejuvenated and ready to take on the world.  Tears are coming to my eyes as I sit here and write this.  This is usual for when I read the Holstee Manifesto. I had a blank wall in my room right by my bed. I stared at the blank space for over a year, not hanging anything up, because I couldn’t figure out exactly what I wanted. One day it hit me! I wanted to frame the Holstee Manifesto so I could read it every morning. There has been no piece of writing that has touched my soul as much as this…I feel like it was written specifically for me. For a while I was looking for love, in all the wrong places.  I still haven’t found the one yet, but I just keep trying to do things I love, knowing that the “love of my life will be waiting for me” just around the corner. Above all else, the Holstee Manifesto gives me hope. Hope for love, hope for myself, and hope for the future.

– Debra F, 29 years old, Colorado