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  • Pursuit, Passion & Paying it Forward

     * This March, Stephanie Rado Taormina; founder of Have Some Fun Today will be telling her story at the Women2Women luncheon event at Folino Estate Winery.  A link to purchase tickets for the event can be found below.

     

    Q&A With Stephanie Rado Taormina, Founder & CEO of HSFT:

    What words of wisdom would you offer to other women?

    To believe in yourself & have faith.

     

    What is the most valuable way women can support each other?

    I believe the most valuable way women can support each other is by giving each other the benefit of the doubt. So often when someone is different from us, we tend to be suspicious of their motives, but if we give each other the benefit of the doubt, we are giving them a chance.

     

    Is there an "aha" moment or experience that defines who you are?

    The moment when I had the vision to create with the slogan "Have Some Fun Today." since that day 8+ years ago I haven't looked back, and I feel such a purpose around creating a truly inspiring body of work for all people.

     

    What is your favorite mantra, favorite saying or words that keep you grounded?

    Have Some Fun Today!

     

    What's your mission?

    To make people smile and feel connected to each other.

     

    What do you consider women's main asset?

    The ability to multitask.

     

    What do you consider women's main threat?

    Other people's misperceptions of her.

     

    What three things do you recommend that contribute to your success?

    Belief in myself, being open minded, having laser focus on what it takes to get the job done efficiently and always doing what I say I will do.

     

    How do you want to be perceived / remembered?

    I'd like to be remembered as someone who shared her gifts to bring joy to others and to be a role model for others to break free from limiting beliefs to turn their dreams into reality.

     

    What is the best advice you have received?

    To: Have Some Fun Today - (from my dad.)

     

    You recently shared on social media that you'd like to change things up a bit and include more of what you love. That might include art? Tell us how you realized it was time to reinvigorate the brand / yourself.

    My company Have Some Fun Today was started in 2014 with the idea of a painting I wanted to make. My mind quickly envisioned the painting, then the tote, the pillow, the tees, the hat and so on. All in the span of five minutes one morning while doing my morning meditation. As I developed the brand over the coming months, including the initial pairings, I soon realized that I was stuck on the way the paining were coming out and so I didn't do much with them over the following years.

    Then there was this global pandemic and it seemed like people all over were discovering the artists inside themselves. I had been painting all along, but something moves me to try something again with the words of my brand Have Some Fun Today. Maybe it was the self-work I had been doing, including the therapy I started to do last year. Whatever it was, when I approached my painting with those four words this time in my handwriting, it didn't turn me off! To the contract, something clicked! This time my own handwriting felt just right. Like I turned a corner in my own self-acceptance. The handwriting didn't need to be perfect, it was perfect in its imperfection. Just like me. Just like all us truly are.

    That was a breakthrough. I worked on experimenting with the concept of doing some paintings in my abstract style, with the words Have Some Fun Today boldly written down the middle. I worked for months to find the right formula, and one day not too long ago it all came together. I found the style and it has reinvigorated the brand for me so much so that I am embracing my abstract colorful style back into the designs for the brand in the bags & clothing for 2022.

    You see, I am not a follower. Never have been, never will be. However, when you are making and designing things to sell you do need to balance what people like and want with what you like and want to do. But, now that I have done some substantial laying the foundation of the brand, it's time to be a lot more playful with what we put out there. It's time for color and pattern and some FUN energy in everything we make. Stay tuned.

     

    Please share why you believe W2W is important for the community:

    For a very long time as a creative, I didn't resonate with being an 'executive'. After moving back to Berks County from NYC 25 years ago, I worked for myself for a very long time as a design consultant. It wasn't until my career path changed that I really went past being a Creative and became a Founder. Now that I'm here in the C suite space of my won doing, I have this new awareness that yes, I am an executive and yes, organizations like Women2Women are really important for our community. I've had my head to the grindstone for the past eight years and finally looked up this past October to attend my first Women in Retail Leadership Summit, and what I experienced has opened my eyes to the benefits of hearing what other women in business leadership roles can offer to each other in terms of support & guidance. It is truly a wonderful resource for our community to any woman who utilizes it.

     

    Anything else you'd like to share?

    Just that it is an honor to be noticed by other business leaders in our community for my work and having this platform to share my experience. Over the years I've had many people privately reach out to me to give advice on starting their businesses and I am always happy to listen and give some advice. To me, it is very important to give back whenever I can to my community through the different events we have at Have Some Fun Today that often benefit local charities. Part of what makes what I do so special is that it is a way for people to connect and feel connected. Two strangers passing each other both wearing something from Have Some Fun Today are bound to strike up a happy exchange and your whole day feels warmer and brighter. No other brand does that. I'm not solving the homeless issue (although I'd love to work that someday) or curing cancer, but I am creating a way through my designs that reminds us to reframe our attitude. What you bring to your daily grind is a matter of choice. You can go to work or school with an attitude of drudgery, or you can go with an attitude of "Let's make this fun". It changes everything.

     

     

    Join us for the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance’s “Pursuit, Passion & Paying it Forward” luncheon:

    On Wednesday, March 16, 2022 owner and founder of Have Some Fun Today, Stephanie Rado Taormina, will be speaking at Folino Estate Winery from 11:30 AM to 1 PM for the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance’s “Pursuit, Passion & Paying it Forward” luncheon. Stephanie is a fine artist and interior designer who began her career in fashion over 30 years ago.  

    Learn more about how Stephanie's life experiences and abilities helped form her life direction, and see how she plans to take her brand into the future by purchasing tickets for the March 16 luncheon here, and be sure to read the full Cover Story in Women2Women's Winter edition here.

     

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  • Steph’s First Steps for 2019

    Starting on the Right Foot - Look Up & Ahead!

    We started the year off by looking up and ahead and writing down the things that will make 2019 the best year ever.

    I’ll share myself as an example. You can use it as a guide, but make it your own. This is your life, so live it how you see best!

    Please share your list in the comments or using #FirstSteps for what will make this YOUR best year! When we share our goals, we help keep each other accountable - we’re all in this together!

    Steph’s List

    I create a goal and guidelines for each part of my life that I want to improve upon. Some of these things I already do, some I need to get better at, and some I need to start completely new!

    Health

    Goal: To eat cleaner
    Guidelines: Don’t eat sugar after 7 pm, Prep healthy food

    Things I can do to help myself: Avoid sugar after 7pm. Prep proteins, and create healthy snack options the night before so I stay on track throughout the day.

    Family

    Goal:  For my children to become more independant

    Guidelines: Take the time to teach

    I will teach my kids how to handle their own finances, such as living expenses; things like rent and other monthly obligations.  Basically shifting the things I did for them, to them doing for themselves. It’s a big part of parenting and helping your children to "launch".

    Fitness

    Goal: Strengthen my whole body
    Guidelines: Be patient, one day at a time

    My personal problem areas … Do the work to tighten, tone and strengthen my whole body. After 3 years of hip degeneration and a bilateral hip replacement, I am ready to redefine my physique. Hitting the gym and at home workouts daily.

    Self

    Goal: Healthy nurturing
    Guidelines: Try something new!

    Finding new ways to nurture myself. Lucky for me I created the habit a while ago that self love comes in the form of doing healthy things for myself, and I want to try some new things this year such as night classes for yoga or meditation. 

    Relationships

    Goal: Be fresh in the moment!
    Guidelines: Do not project an outcome on any relationships

    I want to continue to be open and live in the now instead of projecting an outcome on any relationship I have. I think we almost automatically do this with relationships because of past conditioning. Let’s face it, every relationship we have impacts the next one we have. I am so guilty of this! (Sorry guys!) To be fresh in the moment is my main goal this year.

    Business

    Goal: Create Structure
    Guidelines: Create systems for each segment of the business

    This area needs a lot of work. I created this brand out of my dad’s saying and because it has been so organic, It’s moved too fast at times and I want to add more structure to the day to day operations so that it can grow from a more solid foundation.

    Home

    Goal: Move to the West Coast
    Guidelines: Break everything into manageable pieces

    So, another big one: I am moving my life from 53+ years on the east coast to the west coast. A move that is scary but also exciting.

    I have to pack up a life here, set up my two daughters, and think ahead for what they might want now and in the future. The move is daunting in so many ways, but the best way to get it done is to set priorities and tasks and start!

    And here we go!

    What’s Next?!

    Everything is interrelated in life! So I find it is helpful to break things down into manageable pieces and focus on one piece at a time. I’m looking forward to my best year ever and I hope you are too.

    Thank you for reading! Please share your thoughts and your list in the comments or using #FirstSteps on any of our social media. We are a tribe of dreamers and doers and I’m so glad you’re part of this!

    Love, Light, and FUN!

     

     

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  • 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!

    Cover Girl

    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.

     

     

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    Day 6 – Post Surgery 

    1. You have to be mentally strong to do a surgery like this
    1. Everything leading up to this surgery and since then, has given me an appreciation for a healthy body
    1. I have a renewed respect and fascination for medical innovation and science
    1. Sometimes you have to put your faith in the science to fix the problem, instead of putting a Band-Aid on it
    1. Recovery is a full time job, mentally and physically
    1. 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. 

    Unstoppable

    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,

     

     

     

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  • "Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air..."  -Emerson

     

    HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - The first Saturday in June has got us thinking 'bout our Happy Place. Cool beach vibes and sunshine; there's something about the beginning of summer that makes our skin tingle with the possibility of feet in warm sand and salt water in our hair.

    This is when we're truly living what  HAVE SOME FUN TODAY is all about. Pretty hard not to see the awesome in every moment when you're staring at the ocean. So, how do you find your "Happy"?

    Not Just An Imaginary Friend 

    The Happy Place is not just a figment of the imagination or just a trendy way to post that your somewhere really cool on social media. It's an actual thing. Mind Body Green.com explored explored this concept in an article about the "Happy Place" and discovered it's a "...place you go to be fully present with yourself, and you can savor the experience."

    Fully present with ourselves? Savoring the experience? That sounds like a no-brainer. Free from the constraints and confines of everyday life, our Happy Place can give us a sense of permission to unwind and let go. Kind of reminds of our Brand Mantra, Have Some Fun Today. 

    "Finding our happy place can give us pleasure, the freedom to lose ourselves in the moment, time to build relationships with our loved ones, opportunities to find meaning, and a platform for achieving greatness." - Mind Body Green, Deborah K. Heisz 

    Get Happy & Get A Free Tee

    In honor of our Happy Places, we're giving away our classic Original Crop Tank to TWO Lucky Winners. Here's what you do:

    • First, On Facebook, simply Like this "Happy Place" post 
    • Next, Tell us in the Comment Section where your Happy Place is!
    • Finally, you must share post to your page

     That's it! We'll randomly select two winners from the comment section and they'll receive our Original Crop Tank to kick off their summer fun. Summer. Happy Place and Have Some Fun Today. That's dope... 

     

     

    Written and contributed by HSFT writer Rebecca Doubek who has a Happy Place somewhere in Wisconsin....

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  • In loving memory of Joe Rado, who left this earth three  years ago.  

     

    HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - We believe in angels. We think they are all around us...

    That's kind of where it all started for HSFT. Founder and designer Stephanie Taormina was sitting in her living room a few years ago, practicing her meditation and gratitude ritual as she did every day, when she was hit with the most vivid vision. Her father had a recently passed and she was thinking of his mantra, the "tag line" he said each time someone left or said goodbye. "Hey, have some fun today." She pondered her Dad and those four words, and how it was so representative of the loving, kind man who just wanted everyone to see the "fun" in each day. 

    A Company Comes To Life 

    And then she saw it. Stark Black and White images and letters. Pretty soon "Have Some Fun Today" was more than the words her loving father said, it was now a painting in her head. A fine art painter and studied artist, it was not unusual for her to have a clear thought or ideas for a painting. But this was different. The image was vivid and alive.

    "I was in my mediation, sort of thinking, non-thinking and I got hit with that vision. And it was like, this is it. This is what it is gonna look like. And then I want to make a t-shirt. And a tote. A hat." 

    That vision became the painting, became the original graphic t-shirt, became the company that is today Have Some Fun Today. Those four, loving, sweet words her Dad had said every day were coming alive and manifesting in a way she never expected. He was gone but this was a part of him that would live on. 

    Is There Anybody Out There?

    If the souls and spirits of those we love move into some other cosmic plane or ascend to the "pearly gates", isn't it possible they're still trying to connect with us? Stephanie certainly felt in that moment that her father was trying to connect with her. 

    Experts in every field from mediums to spiritual guides have plenty to say on the topic. And while you can always find a fair share of skepticism, you'll also find some pretty common beliefs of how those near and dear to us may choose to send us a sign. 

    Dreams, thoughts, nature, a felt presence, fragrance, even leaving small objects are just a few of the ways that experts think departed loved ones choose to communicate. 

    The Legacy Lives On

    "I feel like what I'm doing everyday is my Dad. I rarely feel sad," Stephanie says. A spiritual medium told her several years later that it's because she was thinking the way her Dad would and that she is, in essence, channeling him. His thoughts and his messages are coming through her.

    Her work now is an expression of that first vision she believes came from her Dad. She is inspired to share this simple yet powerful philosophy with the world. The same one he'd call out as she left the house for school or when they'd part ways from a family gathering. Have Some Fun Today.

    It's safe to say, message received. 

     

     

    With respect and honor for the late Mr. Rado, this piece was written and contributed by HSFT writer Rebecca Doubek 

     

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