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HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - You know that innate feeling you get that if you push a little harder or dig a little deeper, you just know you're going to do "it"? "It" could be nailing that interview, or pushing that extra mile during your morning run or sealing up that job promotion. You've worked hard. You know it's going to happen. You're determined and fierce. That is powerful stuff. And that is powerful enough to propel a rocket into space, launch big ideas into bigger realities, and help inspire one woman to start a "mindset" brand in a small town of PA.
It's grit, and guts and tenacity. And that, we know, is one of the biggest influential factors in succeeding at anything. A recent article in Inc. magazine, "How Grit and Determination Exceed Talent and Intelligence Every Time" exposes the idea that working hard and being persistent are powerful forces in our success.
Have Some Fun Today was started on those same principles of grit and determination. HFST Founder Stephanie Rado Taormina is a do-it-all kind of entrepreneur. She's set her sights on being a global brand. A global "mindset" brand with a positive message and a community who follows.
"No matter what success means to the individual, studies actually show that those who exhibit more "grit" and persistence have a better chance of reaching milestones and exceeding personal goals. And guess what? Grit, like many other competencies, is something that can be developed with practice." -Brent Gleeson, Inc Magazine
It's not always easy being a one-woman-show. On any given day, she's packing up her car with HSFT gear for an event, looking over the books, writing checks, implementing new designs, checking emails, creating looks for her social media accounts, and hand-packing orders from her website. She often squeezes all that in before noon. Sometimes it's overwhelming. And she's the first to admit, it doesn't always all get done.
"A lot of stuff falls through the cracks, because it's just me," Stephanie says in the upcoming YouTube episode of HSFT: Building a Brand With Soul. In this episode, we see her spending a much-needed afternoon in her PA studio, getting caught up with the many tasks required to run a company.
She still sees clients with her interior design business, is a single mom raising two daughters, and tries to find time to work out and keep healthy. She likes keeping her hand in all details of HSFT, big or small, because after all, it is her vision. And it's a vision she fiercely protects as she builds her brand.
"I actually write a little thank you note on most of the orders....," Stephanie says in the upcoming vlog. "....I really try to add a personal touch to everything that we do, to make people feel special for buying Have Some Fun Today."
Catch Episode 5 of HSFT: Building A Brand With Soul - "A Day in The Studio" on HSFT's YouTube Channel tomorrow!
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - Stephanie Taormina was sitting in her living room one day, shortly after the passing of her father, when she began to visualize a painting she wanted to create. As an artist and designer, she was inspired by something her father had said every day; Have Some Fun Today. She saw this painting so clearly and immediately knew she wanted to design a t-shirt, a beach tote, a hat. That was the day she started this brand.
That was over two years ago and since then, Stephanie has worked tirelessly to share her message of positivity and pass on the legacy of her father's love through her chic and stylish goods. She started the HSFT online store and began to use social media to tell her story. It's been a grassroots effort from the beginning, with local pop-up shops in Pennsylvania and event parties in people's homes. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut. Packing and unpacking her wares and setting up shop in unlikely places, all to keep building a brand and sharing the message of Have Some Fun Today.
Stephanie will be taking HSFT to the west coast soon and hosting event parties in Los Angeles and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She's racking up the mileage and the social media followers and showing people what HSFT is all about.
The message remains the same; life is short, it's fleeting, it's weird and wonderful. And beautiful. Life, is what you make it. So make it fun....Have Some Fun Today.