One of the amazing lessons that has been coming across to me over the past year is how much I love my sisters. My real sisters: Lisa, Susie and Joselle for sure are my best friends; but I am also talking about women in general.
The tide has turned for women to no longer be competitive against each other. It is time for women to be competitive FOR each other.
In my line of work, which is loosely defined, artist, designer, entrepreneur, lifestyle blogger. I am seeing the effects of what happens when we are inclusive with our love, encouragement, support and knowledge. There is an energy of women rising to be their best selves, to rediscover their dreams, to open up to possibilities and have a great belly laugh while doing it. This is when life gets FUN and we want to share that joyful vibe.
It's not our fault; as women we have had a lot of pressure to be educated, to be successful, to be attractive, to be a good partner, to be a good mom, etc. Along that journey there can be a lot of bumps in the road. It's just called LIFE.
People project their personal failures onto others who seem to be "living the life" by the way they treat them and talk about them. This is where the sister disconnect begins, and it starts at a young age. It gets perpetuated by the moms to the daughters and their friends and before you know it some girl or woman is ostracized for no good reason other than the fact that she pissed off some womans' ego. Better known as Jealousy and in the modern social media world they are called " haters". If you put yourself out there in any way you've got em too.
How do we end this? We can put on our designer tephlon coats and go out there in the world and do what we feel is right. You can't dim your light to make other people feel comfortable. I am seeing and feeling the change. More and more women are understanding our strength collectively and realizing that we are all in this together. It is happening now! It is amazing shared energy that we are in the midst of and this is what will take us all to a new, happier and more fulfilling place in society.
WE ARE SISTERS! Celebrate each other. Your dream is my dream. Your desire to find love and happiness is my dream for you also. Your success is my success. This is our world. We need to collectively support our sisters and we will.
To all my sisters out there; if what I say touches you in any way please leave a comment below with the hashtag #sisters.
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Love & Light,
Ready, Set, Christmas
Are you ready? Like it or not, the Christmas and holiday shopping season has arrived and we’re determined to Have Some Fun along the way.
The bedrock of Have Some Fun Today is all about our mindset and putting out there what we want to receive in return. So let’s give fabulous, let’s put out there positivity and let’s rejoice during a season of giving and love.
That’s what HSFT is all about… live, love, wear and share.
Membership Has Its' Privileges
Our "Countdown to Christmas" will include clever gift ideas for all those on your “Nice List" and little treats for you, too! You’ll get special offers and sale codes for big savings, but only if you’re signed up for our “Nice List"...
You’ll get our 12 Days of "Countdown To Christmas" Codes, special offers, and surprises, so you can share the FUN and have a little for yourself, too.
Spoiler Alert: There will even be a few chances to buy our new, unreleased HSFT items like our special edition black-on-black luxe tote in limited quantities! But only if you get our emails, so don’t miss out!
Giving Is FUN
Tis’ the season when finding joy and having FUN is much better shared with those we love. The HSFT mindset is a magnet and a multiplier; the more you feel it, the more you share it, and so it goes and grows…There’s plenty of joy and FUN to go around.
We kick off our "Countdown to Christmas" with a bang and our 12th day of Christmas FUN with a fabulous sale code for our embroidered fleece. It's soft as cashmere and cozy for winter and one of our most beloved HSFT pieces. Enter the code: 12thdayofchristmas for 30% off the embroidered fleece.
We’ll be sending a different code every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Each email will be a chance for you to get great deals and load up on your favorite HSFT pieces. All you have to do is check your inbox for FUN.
It couldn’t be easier to share the HSFT love, knock out your gift buying and get a little something for yourself.
Whatcha’ waitin’ for? Sign up, stay tuned, and get ready to Have Some Fun for the holidays!
Peace, Love, and FUN,
Stop The Holidaze
Do you ever feel like the end of October and early November has you blazing towards the holidays at warp speed?
I love this time of year, with beauty of the fall and the beginnings of cozying up to winter, but it always feels like we’re knee-deep into Christmas before we’ve emptied the Halloween candy bowl and tossed out pumpkins.
Less Stress More FUN
The holidays can create more stress than actual joy and FUN. And since we’re all about the “Have Some Fun Today” mindset, we’ve been thinking of ways to keep the HSFT in our holidays this year.
We've created our HSFT checklist to help you do more than survive this Holiday Season. Here's to less stress and more ways to Have Some Fun this year!
1. Check the Box
We’ve always believed that HSFT is a mindset and a choice that we make each and every day. Let’s take back our power and own it this holiday. Just decide right now that you are going to Have Fun. No. Matter. What. It really does start with that.
I find that there are always plenty of reasons for me to be stressed out and overwhelmed, but when I am mindful enough to choose to look for the FUN, it changes the course of everything else.
2. Wear Your Positivity
Start with something simple, like what you’re wearing. A great outfit that’s chic and comfortable can make you feel good and change your entire attitude. Don’t overthink it.
We love a “uniform” of classic pieces that you don’t have to think about and that interchange with things in your closet. A sleek legging, a fantastic fitting jean, a black fitted skirt. I love the versatility of our embroidered off-the-shoulder-fleece whether you're running around to do holiday shopping, checking off you errand list, a business lunch, or office holiday party
It pairs perfectly with classic staples and is super flattering on everyone. Add boots or a blazer and it’s flawless. Most important, its embroidered with your holiday mantra of Have Some Fun Today. Every time you catch yourself in the mirror or in those holiday shop windows, you’ll be reminded of that holiday promise you made. Have FUN!
I swear by this in my own daily routine and think it is a powerful way to keep stress free. I always start by writing it down.
I like to create a blueprint or an action plan that keeps me on task and keeps it SIMPLE. When you start with simple, you’re one step ahead of the stress.
Maybe you won’t do holiday cards this year or maybe you’re not giving all the neighbors homemade Christmas cookies, -and that’s okay! Set your intention by writing down not only what you will do, but also what you won’t do. It’s like giving yourself permission to not overdo it.
Studies show that when you write something down, you are twice as likely to follow through or meet your goal…. So, stick to your plan.
What overwhelmed you last year? Don’t give a repeat performance, make it different this year and sketch out a less-stressed holiday plan.
4. Put YOU On Your List
I am a big believer in rewarding myself or treating myself when I’ve had a particularly challenging day or a grueling task. There’s nothing like a relaxing bath for me where I just indulge in the ceremony of preparing a sacred space and I can just let go. That’s the ultimate HSFT.
I draw the water, add some nourishing bath oils and light candles. I love our HSFT essential oil candle and some relaxing music to create that peaceful ambience. The smells, the hot water; it’s heavenly.
Make time for you! It’s a must when we get so busy and overwhelmed. Creating moments like this for yourself is crucial for creating balance and gratitude.
5. Give The gift of A Good Vibe
Our gift line of totes like our new deluxe shopper, candles, hats, and wristlets are perfect for everyone on your list. And don’t forget the HSFT tees, muscle tanks, and workout gear.
I always love seeing how happy people are when I give the gift of HSFT. It instantly brings a smile. We all need more HSFT in our lives, so spread the love. That’s what this brand is all about, and our holidays should be, too.
6. To Your Health
I’ve always believed in the mind-body-spirit connection in my life and it’s never more important than during the holidays. It’s easy to lose ourselves in the holiday party food and a few glasses of bubbly.
I love to indulge in my Italian family’s delicious cooking, especially during the holidays. But keeping my time at the gym keeps me grounded and stops the guilt trip when I do indulge. The holidays can be physically taxing so we need all the strength we can get. Working out makes us feel good and it keeps us strong.
Don’t skip your workout, just make it more FUN. We’ve got a whole line of HSFT work out leggings, sports bras, muscle tanks and hoodie that are perfect for working out and keeping you in the HSFT state-of-mind.
Get Jolly With Our Black Friday Sale
To help you get this holiday season started right, we’ve got a dope sale for Black Friday/Cyber Monday at Have Some Fun Today going all weekend long, beginning November 23rd.
We’ve also got a fabulous event for locals at our Wyomissing studio, if you need some in-person shopping. We’ll be sending invitations by email for 50% off online codes and the times you can swing by the studio and shop with even more holiday savings!
Whatever the holiday season brings you, keep it simple, stylish, and always, -keep it filled with the HSFT spirit…
Love, Light and HSFT,
That's A Yes!
Validation. We all need it. Sometimes more than others. Sometimes we need it just to know we’re on the right path or making the right decision. And sometimes it’s just the icing on the cake; the exclamation point on what already feels like the right thing.
I’ve had a lot of those moments when it came to starting and running my brand Have Some Fun Today. Seeing my brand take hold in my hometown, watching the positive response to our brand message and of course, seeing pics of celebrities like Brooke Shields with the luxe tote, Reese Witherspoon in our muscle tank and Kate Hudson in the zip hoodie. Those are moments that have inspired me to keep going and to explore what else is out there!
Certainly, being featured on the cover of a magazine with my HSFT luxe tote is one of those moments. When Lehigh Valley Style approached me about a story, I was already flattered. Sure, it’s great for any brand to land a cover story, but honestly, I love telling the story of my father, his legacy and how I was inspired to start the company after his passing.
Those validation moments are important guides when we take any journey. I take them as signs to keep going and inspiration to do things my own way, even when it isn't what everyone else is doing.
I’ve always felt confident in my vision, even if it wasn’t the popular one. I can visualize where I’m going when I create and design. Not everyone is going to agree. And that’s ok. I feel like that was the gift of my art and being a painter. You have to trust the vision and the process. Your vision. It’s not supposed to look like anyone else’s.
It All Started With A Painting
It's been over four years since I started and I've now got a beautiful collection of those moments and stories as HSFT has grown. Even from the very beginning when I went back to my old stomping grounds in NYC to Parsons School of Design and begin designing our popular Luxe Tote. I learned so much through each of those experiences and those stories have become the fabric of the HSFT story.
Each time I become inspired to try something new or create another direction for HSFT, I take time to be reflective and really tune in to what it could be. It's less about a hot, new trend and more about the big picture of what I'm trying to create with HSFT. I'd rather create something classic and reflective of our brand than just a seasonal fad.
I've long been a big believer in meditation and I've openly shared in this blog my daily ritual of Rune Stones as a guide for my life. Those things help me tune in and connect energetically to my vision.
A Vision Turns Into A Brand
And when you get that validating moment, a pic of a celeb wearing HSFT, a note from a customer fighting cancer who connects to the message, that's when I know I'm right where I need to be.
I know I have a story to tell but to have the privilege of sharing it on a larger platform like a magazine, and for others to have a chance to share in it, that just feels good.
It’s in those moments when I realize I’ve created something real from the legacy of my father’s words. The vision I had for an HSFT painting that day sitting on my couch, took on a life of its own. And now my brand is sold all over the world. It’s humbling and it’s beautiful and I’m proud of what’s come from it.
I know my Dad is, too. He’s beaming from ear to ear up there with that unmistakable Joe Rado smile and reminding me to just revel in the accomplishments, stay on my track and always, "Have Some Fun Today".
Love & Light,
You can read the whole article featured in Lehigh Valley style here.
Day 6 – Post Surgery
- You have to be mentally strong to do a surgery like this
- Everything leading up to this surgery and since then, has given me an appreciation for a healthy body
- I have a renewed respect and fascination for medical innovation and science
- Sometimes you have to put your faith in the science to fix the problem, instead of putting a Band-Aid on it
- Recovery is a full time job, mentally and physically
- Being as healthy as possible going into any surgery will make recovery easier
Just a little over two weeks ago, I had a bilateral hip replacement. It was a bold decision to have both my hips replaced at such a young age, but with the help of an incredible doctor, some indisputable facts and knowing I had tried everything else I could, it was time.
Why did I do it?
I’ve had some time to think a lot the last few days, as I watch my body go through the incredible process of healing. A walker, my bed, my laptop, occasional visitors; this has been my world.
The biggest gift of this whole process is what it’s taught me and reminded me about myself. A double hip replacement forces one to slow down, but it’s also an invitation to go inward and reflect. I can clearly see now that my whole journey through pain, treatment and eventually surgery, has truly been such a gift.
I’ve been living with intense physical pain in my hips the last four years. And I spent a large part of that time seeking alternative treatments and doing everything I could to make it better. I was determined to change it.
Your Body Really Is A Temple
For most of my adult life, the one thing I’ve been able to control was my fitness and body image. After my youngest daughter was born, I made a commitment to take better care of myself so that I could be healthy and strong for my daughters. I truly believe that’s one of the most important things you can do for your children.
By my late 30’s, I had a better, stronger, and leaner body than ever before in my life. When my sister started RADO Nutritionin California, it opened me up to a whole world of nutrition and natural supplements. My workouts moved to things like Pilates, yoga and personal training. I loved the way I felt.
My journey to stay fit and eat healthy foods opened up a more evolved sense of self in my 40’s. I began to study spirituality, psychology and really make a mind-body-spirit connection through things like yoga and meditation.
I’ve found that being healthy and strong both mentally and physically, carried me through the difficult times that were ahead for me, like the ending of my 17-year marriage and several years later, the death of my father.
A Brand Comes to Life
When I started Have Some Fun Today4 years ago just after my father passed, I knew it would take my blood, sweat and tears to bring this brand into existence. It was an enormous amount of work that would require all my stamina and strength and anyone that knows me, knows that I wouldn’t be doing this half-ass. This was going to take my everything, if it was going to be something worthwhile.
A year into the building of my company, I started having difficulty with my hips and movement. I initially thought it was a minor injury or strain on my joints. But soon I was having a hard time working out and even walking. I started looking for anything and everything to help me; chiropractors, physical therapists, sports medicine therapists, Pilates instructors, strength trainers and massage therapists. In addition to my new company and being a mom to two teenage girls, attending to “my hips” was becoming a full-time job.
A Crystal Clear Revelation
A few months ago, I was reading about some alternative therapy for joints. I scheduled an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon and another doctor to start some alternative therapy. ”Hip replacement” was not even on my radar.
As I chatted with the physicians assistant about my plan, the doctor came in and bluntly said, “You need a full double hip replacement”. For the first time since this whole thing had started, I was able rationally able to see it. I needed a double hip replacement and no amount of alternative therapies were going to change that.
I realized that everything I was doing would not result in me being able to move without pain the way I wanted. Sitting there in that doctor’s office, it became so crystal clear to me that it was the right thing to do. I didn’t want to waste any more time and scheduled the surgery as soon as I could.
Re-building and Reconnecting
Looking back, I think I was learning to live with my pain, without realizing how much of a limitation it was really putting on my life.
In the days since the surgery, through all the pain and the slow recovery, I keep coming back to this one thing. With my legs numb and swollen, as I push myself to get out of this bed and walk every hour, the message is loud and clear. The only person that I have to answer to is me. If I want to get better, then I have to push myself. If I want to heal and be strong again, I have to dig in and get on this road to recovery, because no one else is going to put me there. I want to get better for me.
As I work daily and hourly to re-connect my mind-body, it takes an excruciating amount of concentration between my brain and my body to just move. Small steps with a walker, little victories as I see things changing in the smallest of ways, I feel the shift. I realize how much our thoughts control our actions. I’m using those same tools that I honed through my health and wellness journey all those years ago. Then I get back in the bed, prop my legs up and rest until it’s time to do it all over again in another hour.
Gratitude Is A Game Changer
And through all of this, I do NOT feel sorry for myself. I just feel grateful. The gift is that when I am better, I will have joy of knowing what it means to move without cringing pain or limping. I will know the difference.
My fitness, nutrition and spiritual habits have been my go-to for coping until the storm passes. I feel like taking care of myself this way has saved me from the depths of despair when things have been most challenging. And now my body will be even stronger, wiser and healthier as I continue to climb the challenges that life brings me every day.
A steady mind, a healthy life will persevere through almost anything.
I cannot wait for what is in store and what life has for me just around the bend.
What I’ve come to understand is that this was about quality of life. My wise father said these four simple, sweet words when you left his company, “Have some fun today”. And after he left this world, his words are still with us. They mean more to me now then I could ever know.
Those words are brilliant. And that philosophy, the HSFT mantra, is why I ultimately said yes to the double hip replacement. Have Some Fun Todayis seeking quality of life, searching for that little bit of magic, reaching for something higher. Something better.
I said yes to something to give me back my quality of life so I could truly live the “HSFT” life. I knew I had to make a change to be free, and live unhindered by pain. There’s nothing stopping me now from having “fun”. We are not here for that long. Our time is fleeting in this world and what lies in between should be our own wonderful, crazy, interesting and unique story. Stake your claim. Make the decision to do something bold and unexpected so you can live the best life you can!
That’s what I think my Dad was saying. Have some fun. Today. Don’t put it off. Don’t find another excuse. You don’t get another shot at this.
Thanks, Dad. I really needed to hear that.
Love, light and HSFT,
Something New For HSFT
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the power we have to shift our lives when we use our mindfulness and positivity. Like living the HSFT mindset. I love how contagious it is and how it can impact everyone around us.
That’s why I’m so excited to announce our new HSFT affiliate program. So many of you fell in love with the HSFT philosophy over the years and have been asking how you can be part of spreading the HSFT message. We can’ think of a better way.
From Vibe To Tribe
It couldn’t be easier to link your vibe and your energy to our mission and spread the word about HSFT. You can start by simply going here and apply to join as an HSFT affiliate.
Once you’re approved, you will receive your own personal link, which you can begin sharing with your friends and followers! You’ll be able to use your link to log-in and track your sales, too. Any purchases made with your link earns you a 10% commission, just for sharing the vibe you already love!
All the details and specifics about becoming our affiliate are on our website and if you have any questions, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s Celebrate With A Summer Sale!
It’s the perfect time to start sharing HSFTwith our huge “End of Summer” Clearance Sale. I always like to make way for the new with a good clearing out and that means fabulous shopping. It’s literally our biggest sale of the year with 60% off!! (Use code endofsummer at checkout.)
And it is a perfect reason to re-stock your arsenal of your “daily mantra” wear. The hoodies, the muscle tees, the tanks, oh my!
Welcome To The HSFT Community
This is one of the by-products I’ve loved about starting this brand; bringing like-minded people together and sharing the message that my Dad shared with us. Have Some Fun Today.
And the affiliate program is just another extension of that for me. When I started Have Some Fun Today over 4 years ago, it was to honor the mantra my father said as he parted company with anyone. My Dad lived his life with love and intention. And through my brand, HSFT, I’ve given life to those words again.
I hope you’ll join us and in sharing Have Some Fun Today.
Live and Love & Always, HSFT,