At HAVE SOME FUN TODAY, we're inspired by women. We love powerful, creative, thoughtful, unique women who follow their hearts. Women with vision and passion. Women with soul. It's the reason our founder Stephanie Taormina started the HSFT fashion and lifestyle brand aimed at celebrating women and honoring her late father's lifelong mantra. Our mission at HSFT is to lift women up, share empowerment and passion, and connect women to a community where we celebrate each other. There's beauty and compassion when we honor each other, and ourselves, by sticking together and rising above.
1) Be The Light, Share the Light
Empower other women when they have a victory and take it as a win for all women. Yay women! Pettiness and jealousy can often derail us from supporting other women's success. Don't fall into the catty cliché that we see on reality TV. Let other women's victories inspire and motivate you. We all move forward when a woman succeeds. It's called progress and we need more of it...
2) It's No Contest... We're All Winners
It's life, not a beauty pageant or a Spelling Bee. We don't need to compare ourselves to everyone woman that walks in the room, or for that matter, into our lives. It's way better for all of us when we're all on the same team. Let's not worry about beating each other at the game but rather cheering on our fellow women as they cross the finish line.
3) Common Threads
We are all someone's daughter and granddaughter, some of us are sisters and mothers. There are so many common threads that connect us as women. We've come a long way, baby! We've only had the right to vote in this country for 95 years. Many of us get paid less money to do the same job as our male counterparts. And all of us at some point have had to overcome at least one stereotype about being a woman. Let's celebrate our similarities AND our differences and remember we are all in this together.
4) Cultivate Friendships, Not Rumors
We've all be guilty of it.... You've heard something about someone and you can't wait to dish with a friend. It's a bad habit but it's easy to break. Be true and authentic. Instead of playing the junior hight game "telephone" and passing the rumor on down the line, what if you just called the person you've heard the gossip about? Maybe she needs a friend. If you've got an issue with another woman, be brave and straightforward enough to say it directly to her and not through someone else. Let's model positive behavior for our daughters and for young girls when it comes to how we treat other woman. Be THAT kind of woman.
5) Hold On Tight To Your Girlfriends
Our girlfriends have been scientifically proven to be good for easing stress and making us feel better! If you have a group of women who lift you up or just one bestie who keeps you grounded, count yourself lucky. Research has shown that being with our girlfriends creates oxytocin in the body, which feels good and soothes anxiety. Add a glass of wine to that time with your bestie and it's bound to be sheer bliss! A good girlfriend will get you through the hardest of times of your life and be there when you're celebrating the best. Keep them close and love them up. They're irreplaceable.
As women, being nurturers and caretakers runs deep in our DNA. We do it for our families but when we do it for each other, we're a force of nature. There's a palpable energy capable of changing the world when we empower women with love and support. That's our mission at HSFT, share the love, spread the vibe. Live. Love. Wear. Share. And be part of the positivity. It's that easy.
Written and contributed by HSFT writer and blogger Rebecca Doubek who treasures her girlfriends and the power of women
Have Some Fun Today founder Stephanie Taormina with daughters Allegra and Gabi.
They call me Mom
I cried behind my sunglasses today as I put my 5-year-old on the bus to her first day of kindergarten. Yesterday, my 13-year-old daughter started 8th grade and my stepdaughter heads to 10th grade next week. They are distinctly different girls all in very different places in life. It is sometimes a struggle to meet each of them right where they are and give them what they need.
HSFT founder Stephanie Taormina is also a mom, raising two beautiful girls, in addition to her many other roles like entrepreneur, artist and interior designer. She packed up her oldest for her second year of college just last week and her youngest just started her senior year of high school.
It's a Girl's World
The milestones of our girls lives upon us, Steph and I were talking last week at the HSFT studio about the amazing gift and ridiculously challenging work of raising women. Okay, I might have been complaining about the difficulty of teenage girls, but the conversation led to what it means to parent girls.
When HSFT started our re-occurring series on the blog "Inspiring Women" earlier this year, it was to create and connect community of women, sharing their many diverse talents and gifts. We've had some truly amazing women featured. As mothers, we strive to raise daughters who can someday be inspirational women.
New Series on the HSFT Blog
At HAVE SOME FUN TODAY, we're movers and shakers, artists and creators, daughters and mothers, so we're proud to announce our latest series on the blog called "Raising Women".
There are few tasks more daunting than raising children. As parents, we are limited by the scope of our own experiences and what we know, or what we don't. I think we're all just aiming for our kids to be happy, productive and nice people who give a damn about something besides themselves. That would be inspirational.
Written and contributed by HSFT writer and blogger (and mother) Rebecca Doubek