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23-10-2019 | by: Janneke Koelemaij
Introducing Holistik x 10DAYS
A collaboration that arose from the desire to share more of the values and lifestyle choices that are important to us. To do so we’ve partnered with the amazing girls from @holistiknl, with whom we’ve been preparing a lot of content that we hope you find interesting. Each month, we will share videos and blog posts with you that will focus on different topics.
At the bottom of this page you can find our first video of these series, in which Evelyn and Karlijn talked with 10DAYS founders Barbara and Myon about how to keep balance in life. We hope you enjoy it! ❤️ [audio only available in Dutch]
Because the holistic lifestyle is also gaining interest at the 10DAYS HQ, we collected some interesting questions for Evelyn and Karlijn from our office members. You can read their answers below.
What is the main idea / core of holism?
Karlijn: Holism is not a religion but a philosophy of life in which you see yourself as part of something larger. As soon as you feel connected to everything there is, you naturally act with more respect to people, animals and nature.
Yet holism is not just about being connected to the world around you. The relationship you have with yourself is just as important.
On an individual level holism can add lightness and meaning to your life. Living a live based on the holistic idea means that you aim to live based on love and faith instead of fear.
How can you integrate a holistic lifestyle into your daily work
Karlijn: You can start with super small decisions. Eat vegetables more often, change your toothpaste a couple of times a week for a fluoride-free variant and stop negative thoughts about other people when those come to mind.
Realize that as you make these micro decisions, you are contributing to a healthier, more loving planet.
What would a (working) day look like if you fully lived / organized this day in a holistic way?
Karlijn: That’s a good question... It would certainly look different from how we spend the days regularly ;-). We sit too much, we drink too much coffee (even though it is decaf: coffee = coffee) and, like most other Dutch people, we spend too little time outside. But what we do to get through the day as holistically as possible are a few things. We always start the day with a cup of coffee together. During these coffee dates we talk about things that are going on in our lives, apart from work. Also, the best ideas also regularly pop up during these coffee sessions.
Evelyn: Food is something else that is very import to us. We like to eat food that is good for our body, that is nutritious. We are not strictly vegan, but we mostly eat plant based, non-processed recipes at the office. Holistik works together with a team and we think it is important to create time for everyone's personal struggles that we all occasionally have. By having a cup of tea, talking about things outside of work and sometimes by saying "go home, there are more important things to do now than work" we have a hugely involved team.
"Holism is not a religion but a philosophy of life in which you see yourself as part of something larger."
What was the reason to start with your Holistik platform?
Karlijn: In 2015 we missed an online source to find inspiration in personal development, spirituality and a sustainable way of life with a "green glamour" touch.
In 3,5 years Holistik has grown into a platform where people can grow, celebrate life, help each other and take care of the earth.
To build the platform, we used our own savings that we earned in the past with the small jobs that we had as a student. A very exciting step of course, but we wanted Holistik to become a 100% independent title. We succeeded and that makes us completely free to design the platform exactly as we think it is.
How do you experience the growing social need for a holistic life?
Evelyn: Holistik reaches over 350.000 unique visitors every month. A holistic way of life is no longer a fleeting hype. It arouses the interest of an increasing group of people. Not surprising, because we live in a world that is becoming faster, more individualistic and more virtual. A place where millions of people feel depressed and disconnected. While we feel happiest when we live connected to each other. The instinctive feeling of wanting to belong somewhere is simply deeply rooted in every person. We want our readers to feel that they are part of something larger. Because if one thing is clear to us in life: happiness starts with connecting. Connecting with yourself, the people around you, nature and - for those who are open to it - even with the cosmos.
Holistik is like an online campfire, a place where you are always welcome. A safe place along your life path where you can relax, where you can listen to the stories of others while warming your body and soul. Are you coming to sit with us?
Setting up and running a business with 2 requires a lot of time from the owners. In addition, you are also the face to the outside and you put a lot of energy into it. (How) do you succeed in finding time in this extremely busy business life to consider health, sports, nutrition and spirituality?
Karlijn: We actually do this in a very natural way. During the day I regularly are on the go with Evelyn. We currently focus on visiting events, keeping up with our social channels, setting up partnerships and growing the 'Holistik' brand.
I usually end the day with an hour of exercise. From yoga to pilates and from high intensity training to movement therapy: Onefit is my best friend! It's in my DNA to move for an hour every day and to eat healthy.
I need to monitor my boundaries and I need to make time for things besides work. I need to prioritise and not enthusiastically say 'yes' to everything. First we have to feel good and also look at what the business can bring us financially.
Karlijn: I find happiness in nature, food, art and music. In fact, in everything created by people from their intuition, so a very pure source. It can touch me deeply. But I also find happiness in regularly leaving my comfort zone and feeling connected with others. Sometimes you have an unexpected conversation with an unfamiliar person, that really connects with you.
Life is full of surprises. Some small, some large. Happiness is in discovering these surprises and allowing yourself to trust that they are real - even if you cannot explain everything rationally."
What would the collection or a Chapter of 10DAYS look like if it had a holistic theme? Which items, fabrics and colors should definitely not be missing? And why? What makes 10DAYS and Holistik a good match?
Evelyn & Karlijn: We prefer simple but elegant clothing made from natural materials in soft, feminine colours.
We love 10DAYS because it is comfortable but unexpected. The brand is a great match with Holistik because it shows that stylish & sustainable can be combined perfectly. Items that should not be missing in our opinion? Clothing that is dyed with organic paint and with the lowest possible toxic load on the earth.
Curious about the answer from Barbara and Myon? View the interview below!