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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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    HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - Want to find a calmer mind, great workout and spiritual peace all wrapped into one? Yoga has taken a foothold in the fitness world as one of the best ways to stay in shape and offer a multitude of health benefits. At HSFT, we've long been fans of getting on the mat. Here's our 14 favorite reasons why yoga should be in your life:

    1) Just Breathe

    Sounds funny to say, but too often we forget our breath. Vinyasa flow and asana-linked practices in yoga put a big emphasis on breath connected to movement. Our breath can slow us down and deepen our practice. And has been proven to lower stress levels and high blood pressure. 

    2) Feel the Stretch 

    You'll stretch muscles you didn't know you had and release tension and tightness all over you body.

    3) Strength 

    You'll be amazed at how strong your body can become by simply doing yoga. Building core strength and toning muscle as you move on your mat is a bonus to your practice. 

    4) Accessories, please!

    Everything from mala beads to lotus flower yoga mats have hit the market and you'll have plenty of beautiful products to support your practice from the perfect mat to your idea wardrobe. We're fond of our HSFT sports bra and leggings, of course!

    5) Sweat

    Whether you chose a heated Bikram-style class or not, yoga releases heat from the body so many classes will leave you glistening and glowing. 

    6) Better Digestion 

    Moving our bodies, twisting our torsos, and the constant shift of our organs in yoga gets the blood flowing and the body moving. It's deeply powerful for improving the body's general functions, like digestion.

    7) For You Health 

    Yoga has been shown to lower heart disease, increase brain function, increase bone density and lower blood pressure. That and you'll look great in your clothes? We're in!

    8) Rock Your Body

    Build core strength, strengthen and tone your legs, butt, thighs and abs, and watch your biceps, shoulders and triceps come to life with plank pose and downward facing dog. Yoga builds muscle, literally, from head to toe. 

    9) Quiet the Mind

    Yoga helps us focus on movement and breathe and takes us out of the mind and most classes open and close with a few minutes of a meditative practice. There's no better way than to slow down the hamster wheel than to get on a yoga mat. 

    10) Yoga = Happy

    A research study from Harvard found that women who had been through an emotional trauma and were experiencing depression and anxiety, decreased their depression and anxiety by 50% after three months of yoga, just twice a week. #yogamakesyousmile

    11) Community

    Yogis who frequent classes and their mat are typically kind, loving, accepting and tolerant. There's a warm feeling when your in a class with people who aren't judging you for what your wearing and how long you can hold a pose. Most yogis don't bother with that and are always glad to move their mat over to make room for one more. 

    12) Build Your Core and Your Confidence 

    Getting toned and fit is always the goal with exercise, but there is so much more to a practice of yoga. You'll find a renewed confidence in yourself that comes from learning to accept yourself and to just "be on your mat" no matter what. A regular yoga practice gives you strength and the ability to feel confident that YOU have got your own back. 

    13) Change the Way You See the World

    When we quiet the mind, strengthen the spirit and the physical self, we shift our thinking. We drop the judgement of ourself and others, we find patience more easily and we stop blaming. 

    14) Hormone Balance

    When we twist and turn and move the body, all while releasing sweat, toxins, we give our organs a rinse, release hormones and increase blood flow. Yoga has been proved to help with painful periods and cramps and improve hormonal imbalance. 

     

    A yoga mat is the doorway to a better you. Try a local class or search online and see what the yoga buzz is all about.

     

     

    This article was written and contributed by HSFT writer Rebecca Doubek who is a certified yoga instructor and a yoga believer... #getonyourmat 

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  • You can still look chic and cool, even if you're sweating. Our original crop tank, crown baseball hat and hsft water bottle are a perfect part of the morning workout.  

    HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - We all know trends in exercise, health and fitness come-and-go, but the "yoga trend" seems to be here to stay. At HSFT, we're "all in" with the amazing benefits yoga has to offer. With so much research about its positive effects, it's pretty clear, yoga is the bomb. 

    Have a mat but don't know where it is? Never tried it because it's not your thing? We think we can change your mind when you read our 5 reasons that we all should be doing down dog and chanting Om

    1) Your Yoga Mat Will Keep The Doctor Away

    There's enough medical science and research about the positive effects of yoga on the body to write five more blogs on the topic. In a nutshell, you'll be lowering heart disease, increasing brain function, increasing bone density, lowering blood pressure, and improving lung capacity. And those are just a few of things that happened when you hit your yoga mat. Study after study has supported the positive effects your body enjoys when you practice yoga. It's like a multi-vitamin for your health. #getonyourmat

    2) Mind, Rocking Body and Spirit 

    Yeah, we are all about the "holistic health" of the mind and the soul, with our physical selves. But we love seeing the results in our body from all the hard work. Unless we're taking a restorative yoga class, chances are, we're moving and maybe even sweating on our mat. Try a vinyasa flow or power yoga class and we may have to re-think that whole "Yoga is just stretching" theory. You want defined abs, increased core strength, great legs and a perkier posterior? Oh, and did we mention the "gun show"? Triceps and biceps love a good plank pose and build muscle quickly. Yoga builds muscle and strength, literally from head to toe. And it isn't in isolation, like weights in a gym. This is a full-body workout that stretches and releases the tension and tightness in our muscles and builds flexibility, not just strength. Want to get ready for bikini season? Get to yoga! #yogarocksyourbody

    3) Meditate and Motivate

    We've all seen the lots of people jump on the meditation trend. From Oprah to Cher and everyone in between, meditation has been linked to increasing good health and undoing stress in the brain. Here's the best part about yoga; it's like a two-for-one, because any decent yoga studio's classes will be a hybrid "yoga and meditation"; a mindful movement practice that takes you inward. Most classes will also encourage "the breathe" and a breathing practice as you move. After all, the beginnings of yoga were a spiritual practice geared toward moving us to enlightenment. It wasn't until several hundred years later that yoga also became a physical practice. In the end, a good yoga studio or yoga practice is intended to take you inward, to breathe, and to find your peace and inner bliss. And that, is some dope shit. #yogaisdope

    4) Yoga Makes You Happy

    Yep, you'll be smiling ear-to-ear, with your mat under your arm, and the sweat pooling at your neck, when you leave yoga class. Call it "yoga euphoria". The movement in yoga releases toxins and hormones ,which help to stabilize our brain function and our mood. Think of it like squeezing out a sponge at the kitchen sink. In yoga, when you are twisting and turning and bending and sweating, you are ringing out your organs releasing all those toxins. You are also oxygenating the blood which is an instant mood boost. A research study from Harvard showed that women who had been through an emotional trauma and were experiencing depression and anxiety, decreased their depression and anxiety by 50% after three months of yoga, just twice a week. #yogamakesyousmile

     "If you practice yoga once a week, you will change your mind. If you practice yoga twice a week, you will change your body. If you practice yoga three times a week, you will change your life." -Poster at local Yoga Studio

    5) Yoga Makes You Strong 

    We all know that it takes being Wonder Woman these days, to juggle the demands of our busy lives. Women are doing more than ever in the work place and in the world. The best balance we can offer ourselves is to be soft and vulnerable, but strong and wise. There are going to be days when you're gonna have to strap on your shit kickers and take charge. And there are going to be days where everyone around you is leaning on you and your strength.

    And then there are days when you need strength just to get by. Physical strength is one thing. But when we are strengthening your mind/body/spirit while you optimize your health and lift your mood, that's a trifecta. And that's why we do yoga. Strong women get shit done. Strong women also know that every day is a gift, so you always gotta Have Some Fun Today. Get strong. Go to Yoga! #hsftyoga

     

     

    This article was written and contributed by HSFT writer Rebecca Doubek who is a certified yoga instructor and a yoga believer... #getonyourmat 

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  • Think Happy, Be Happy, Wear Happy. We've got some cool clothes to help.... Get this look with our Muscle Tank with Serif Graphic, a sassy skirt in the on trend pale pink and some strappy, sexy sandals. This will make anyone's day... 

     

    HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - We've just shifted into a time of seasonal re-birth, all things shiny & new, and green. It's Spring! The world around us is buzzing with growth, but for some of us, 2017 still has us stuck. Maybe we've missed the boat on some of those well-intended resolutions, and we're not feeling the love of the "New Year/New You". Let's not forget we're only four months into the year and there is still plenty of time left to kick it into gear and make some positive changes. 

    These 3 tips are Game Changers because they'll have a powerful impact on your life with minimal effort. And the best thing is, they're all free. You don't need to spend a dime to make a powerful change and mix it up in your life. 

    1) Practice Meditation

    You don't need to look far to find countless articles, studies and research touting the benefits of meditation. It's no longer just a new-agey thing that yogis do, it's been put to the scrutiny of scientists and doctors alike who have discovered it has a profound effect on our bodies and our brain. We're big believers of meditation here at HSFT, and most of us practice some form of meditation on a regular basis. Whether you want to focus your intention on one specific outcome or just release your mind from it's hamster wheel of thoughts and stress, meditation has a big payoff. 

    It's known to lower stress levels, increase our attention levels, and actually alter the brain by increasing grey matter and specific brain functions. Here's the best part about meditation; it's a powerful tool that is accessible to anyone and it doesn't cost a thing. Start in a comfortable space. Close your eyes. Begin by focusing on your breathing. You don't need to sit there for hours, just start with five minutes. You'll be amazed at how quickly it goes. You can find some very cool resources on line for meditation like this one at UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center where you can download several different guided mediations to get you started. 

     

    2) Develop A Ritual

    Forming a new habit can be as challenging as breaking a bad one but a ritual goes one step further. Blogger Daisy from Simplicity Relished describes it as this, "Rituals are simply habits imbued with meaning..."  The beautiful thing about infusing rituals into our life is how they give us a go-to familiarity that is like a rhythmic touchstone in our day. Maybe you already have a ritual; morning mediation, 3-mile run, prayer, journaling time at night, a walk in nature. Whether you know it or not, you may have already carved out your own, but a ritual is personal and it's something you do for you.

    "So...you think about the things you are grateful for, and the people that you love, and the things you need to do in a day to thrive..." - HSFT Founder Stephanie Taormina on her daily ritual.

    HSFT founder Stephanie Taormina talked about her own daily rituals that help to keep her centered and grounded in her busy life in a recent HSFT vlog episode on HSFT's YouTube Channel. "It's always good every morning to take some time before you start your day. I like to do my runes, they're really amazing. They are these very old Viking symbols and they are these little discs have symbols on them. So every morning I like to come here and say thanks and regroup my thoughts and my goals. So you kinda think about the things you are grateful for, and the people that you love, and the things you need to do in a day to thrive. It's a journey." 

     

    3) The Power of Positive Thinking (And a Fab t-shirt To Remind You)

    There is no shortage of negativity in our world; your own personal world and the great big one we live in. We get bombarded pretty frequently with negative thoughts, actions, events, or even others, in the course of day. It can be overwhelming and difficult not to feel the effects of all those negative vibrations. We're pretty good at filling our own heads with negativity already. And then there's what exists around us every day.

    That's when you have to just STOP. Remove the source of negativity. Don't read the news or scroll through Facebook if it upsets you. Don't take that call from a friend if it's more negativity.

    START by having SOME FUN TODAY. You're gonna miss the beautiful parts of your life if you keep yourself focused only on the bad stuff. There really is a great, big, beautiful world out there full of pretty amazing people. Choose Positive! Choose that world and choose FUN over the "everything is going to hell" mentality. Shift one negative thought to a positive and you will add some much needed color to your canvas. We highly suggest wearing a really cool t-shirt just to remind you. C'mon... Have Some Fun Todayyou know you wanna.

     

     

    Written and Contributed by HSFT writer and blogger Rebecca Doubek who is having some FUN right now...

     

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  • HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - We've just closed the book on January of the New Year and for many of us, resolutions have come and gone. We've all but forgotten what our intentions were to make this a fabulous year. But 2017 is still in our reach and it's never too late to make a few simple changes that will have maximum positive impact on our lives. We are in the driver's seat to creating our world and our success. Let's grab hold of these next 11 months and see what the world brings us!

    1) Practice Meditation

    You don't need to look far to find countless articles, studies and research touting the benefits of meditation. It's no longer just a new-agey thing that yogis do, it's been put to the scrutiny of scientists and doctors alike who have discovered it has a profound effect on our bodies and our brain. We're big believers of meditation here at HSFT, and most of us practice some form of meditation on a regular basis. Whether you want to focus your intention on one specific outcome or just release your mind from it's hamster wheel of thoughts and stress, meditation has a big payoff. 

    It's known to lower stress levels, increase our attention levels, and actually alter the brain by increasing grey matter and specific brain functions. Here's the best part about meditation; it's a powerful tool that is accessible to anyone and it doesn't cost a thing. Start in a comfortable space. Close your eyes. Begin by focusing on your breathing. You don't need to sit there for hours, just start with five minutes. You'll be amazed at how quickly it goes. You can find some very cool resources on line for meditation like this one at UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center where you can download several different guided mediations to get you started. 

     

    2) Develop A Ritual

    Forming a new habit can be as challenging as breaking a bad one but a ritual goes one step further. Blogger Daisy from Simplicity Relished describes it as this, "Rituals are simply habits imbued with meaning..."  The beautiful thing about infusing rituals into our life is how they give us a go-to familiarity that is like a rhythmic touchstone in our day. Maybe you already have a ritual; morning mediation, 3-mile run, prayer, journaling time at night, a walk in nature. Whether you know it or not, you may have already carved out your own, but a ritual is personal and it's something you do for you.

    "So...you think about the things you are grateful for, and the people that you love, and the things you need to do in a day to thrive..." - HSFT Founder Stephanie Taormina on her daily ritual.

    HSFT founder Stephanie Taormina talked about her own daily rituals that help to keep her centered and grounded in her busy life in a recent HSFT vlog episode on HSFT's YouTube Channel. "It's always good every morning to take some time before you start your day. I like to do my runes, they're really amazing. They are these very old Viking symbols and they are these little discs have symbols on them. So every morning I like to come here and say thanks and regroup my thoughts and my goals. So you kinda think about the things you are grateful for, and the people that you love, and the things you need to do in a day to thrive. It's a journey." 

     

    3) Stop the Negativity  

    There is no shortage of negativity in our world, your own personal world and the great big one we live in. We get bombarded pretty frequently with negative thoughts, actions, events, or even others, in the course of day. It can be overwhelming and difficult not to feel the effects of all those negative vibrations. We're pretty good at filling our own heads with negativity already. And then there's what exists around us every day.

    That's when you have to just STOP. Stop the madness and the dance of negativity in your head. Remove negative external influencers. If watching the nightly news upsets you, then stop watching it for a while. If you're spending time with people who have a negative outlook on life, take a break from that energy. START by having SOME FUN TODAY. You're gonna miss the beautiful parts of your life if you keep yourself focused only on the bad stuff. There really is a great, big, beautiful world out there full of pretty amazing people. Choose that world and choose FUN over "The sky is falling!" mentality. Shift one negative thought to a positive and you will add some much needed color to your canvas. And yes, Have Some Fun Today... c'mon, you know you wanna.

     

     

    Written and Contributed by HSFT writer and blogger Rebecca Doubek who is having some FUN right now...

     

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