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.
New Year, New You?
Each New Year, we mark the passage of time with a celebration. Big or small, black tie or ball drop in our pjs, many of us begin January with high hopes for change, personal goals and better versions of ourselves.
The New Year is an opportunity to begin again as the calendar page turns. We set the bar, we scribble down goals, we join gyms and make promises to ourselves. This is it. This is the year. This is where I start.
What is your starting point? Where and what do you start with to get to your version of your best self? It is different for all of us, unique as our fingerprint.
Reflections With Rocks
Each morning, I take time to meditate and do a reading with my Rune Stones, a tradition that uses polished rocks with letters from the Runic Alphabet. I find the quiet time in the morning with the Rune Stones helps me start my day with more mindfulness. It helps me set an intention and grounds me.
Today's Rune Stone was "possession". Here is what the stone means..."This Rune calls for a deep probing of the meaning of profit and gain in your life. Look with the care to know whether it is wealth and possessions you require for your well-being, or rather self-rule and the growth of a will."
It struck me that this rune is exactly the starting point that many of us need to help us get to to our "happy'. I think it's asking, "What is really important to you? What does profit and gain or "wealth" mean to you? And maybe we already have it.
My Father's Daughter
As I walk through my own journey in life to find my highest self, help others and give just a little something back to the greater good, my father's words take on new meaning. He wanted me to find my joy. He wanted me to have happiness and fun because he knew life was precious. He loved golf, a great meal, time with his family. That was his joy and fun. What is it for you?
The passing of another year for me is less about making hard and fast rules or resolutions for the New Year to help me be my best self. I've never really liked rules anyway, and anyone that knows me, knows I'm likely to break them.
What I have been doing these first days of 2018 is to reflect on all that I've gone through to get here, what I'm grateful for, and how much I've learned from the past year. I just have this feeling that I'm going to be unstoppable in 2018. It's going to be a really, really good year...
Peace, love and FUN,
What's your vibe? Founder Steph and a few from her "tribe"...
A Lightbulb Moment That Created A Lifestyle
I started my brand, Have Some Fun Today, 3-and-half-years ago, inspired by something my late father always said. I’ve created an entire company from those four words; a company about positivity, finding joy and being mindful everyday. I took that sweet sentiment my father said to me, and anyway else as they would leave his presence, “Have some fun today” and created a mantra for my life and a lifestyle brand that reinforces living and appreciating life.
And as I began this journey to building a brand and creating this business, I’ve tried to live that mindset and that mantra. Last week in the blog, I shared how my challenges with chronic pain have made that more difficult some days. But I truly have tried to embody what I think Have Some Fun Today really means and what it stands for.
Your Vibe Really Does Attract Your Tribe
The beautiful thing I’ve encountered over the last three years are all the incredible people who have taken HSFT and made it their own. And they’ve embodied the HSFT mindset and it means something a little different to everyone. It’s connected me to all these amazing people and truly created a community. Many of them have become friends. And what I’ve realized as the path continues for me and HSFT, is that this grassroots company I started has set the tone for my vibe. And so yeah, my vibe has attracted my tribe.
And oh what a tribe! From CEO’s to artists, to Moms and models, and every beautiful thing in between. What an eclectic, eccentric and fantastic tribe I’ve watched emerge and circle around my “brand with soul.” Have Some Fun Today has connected me to some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met.
What You Get Is What You Give
The Law of Attraction is pretty simple. What you think, feel, speak, and otherwise generate, whether from your mouth or from your brain, is what you are putting out into the universe. And the universe will respond by bringing you more of the same. So, like attracts like. Negativity brings more negativity. And positivity, well, you get the idea.
It’s never been more clear to me at this place in my life that I create and control my happiness. Living the HSFT mantra and the brand that I created has brought me to a deeper place of understanding about really being present and mindful enough every day to enjoy and be grateful.
For me, it has proved to be powerful and palpable. And a little bit magical. And that’s been the beauty of living those four words every single day.
Love and Fun,
By Stephanie Taormina
Founder and CEO of Have Some Fun Today
Chronic pain sucks. It sucks the life out of you. The fun out of you. It sucks to hurt and have your whole perspective tainted by physical pain. And lots of people have it. For the last two years, I've been living with excruciating pain in my hips. And for two years I've been on a quest to understand what it is and how to stop it.
I fully believe that the physical body is an expression of the spiritual, emotional and mental body. My chronic pain, it turns out, is arthritis. Through mindfulness and learning to be present, I'm learning that it's less about stopping the pain and more about being the best expression of myself. With diet, exercise, awareness and openness, my pain is pushing me to be a better and stronger and me.
My arthritis is a blessing. It's brought me to a completely new consciousness and awareness about myself and my place in the world. When it hurts and when I can't sleep at night, I've found myself digging deep. I have a whole new level of appreciation for my body, wellness and my life.
Finding Joy Through The Pain
It may sound strange, but this pain has brought me to a place of bliss. I'm so inspired and motivated to learn, share and connect with people who are the same path, and who work to be better every day. I want to be strong again. I will be strong again and this journey is putting me on the road to something greater.
What I'm coming to realize is that every day, our challenges in life are the biggest opportunities on our path to finding true happiness. Think about that. Things that may seem like obstacles or road blocks to getting what we want, are actually things that can help us. My arthritis has been a challenge but it certainly isn't my first and won't be my last. What I do with this opportunity and this new found awareness is what counts. I think that's why I'm inspired to share it with people and talk about it.
Something My Dad Used To Say
I started a brand almost four years ago based on something my father used to say. Have Some Fun Today. I design cool t-shirts, bags, totes, a whole line of products with those four words. I think about my Dad everyday and why he said that to anyone as they left a room.
I think what my Dad was really saying was, "Hey, take a moment today and enjoy your life. It goes too fast and you'll miss the good stuff if you're not looking. So look up, take a beat, and soak it in."
That's mindfulness. My Dad was talking about being present and aware and looking for a moment to be grateful. And so now, more than ever, I am living that every single day.
That's the beauty. It's taken the pain to show me the pleasure. It's the days I feel good that give me the greatest gift and reminders of how much I have to feel grateful for. And even when it hurts like hell and it's my darkest, I'm still going find the joy and the light. I'm going to work that much harder to Have Some Fun Today.
Peace and Love,
Our new Have Some Fun Today leggings are the perfect fit for anyone on your list this year!
HAVE SOME FUN TODAY - It's beginning to look a lot like the holidays...sparkle and lights and all the glitz of the season. It's a pretty good reason to be happy and HSFT. Those four little words on our clothes and chic accessories are the vehicle for spreading energy and positivity. And don't we need more of that in the world? That's how we roll with Peace on Earth.
It's The Season Of Giving FUN
In the interest of sharing the love and spreading our message, we're all about giving the gift of HSFT this holiday season. It's the perfect time of year to shop for clever gifts and one-of-a-kind items for everyone on your list. Our customer fav and best seller Limited Edition Embroidered HSFT Hoodie sported by Kate Hudson this fall, is the perfect way to give FUN. We seriously can't keep it in stock, but don't worry, it's currently freshly re-stocked and available now.
Our HSFT gifts have so many options for even for the "hard-to-buy-for" on your list. Our gift line has the perfect combination of fabulous and practical.
"When we designed our gift line, we kept in mind things we love to share and use ourselves," says founder Stephanie Taormina. "Like the umbrella, stationary, cashmere beanie, and crown necklace. And the utilitarian items, too. The water bottle and luggage tags, the every day items are such a great gift and cool way to share our HSFT vibe."
The Gift Of Being Your Best Self
We believe in caring and nurturing the body, mind and spirit. Daily meditation, proper nutrition and exercise are a key part of keeping us in the HSFT state of mind. We're all about hitting the gym or pilates in our HSFT leggings and HSFT sports bra. Perfect for the gym rat on your list.
Give A Gift That Matters
Maybe it's simple and clichè, but we think you can share positivity and promote change with a t-shirt, a tote, or an umbrella. Give the gift of FUN and HSFT and help us change the mindset of world with a tee shirt, or any of our other goodies! Check out our online shop at HSFT.
Live. Love. Wear. Share. Spread the word and the Love.
Written and contributed by HSFT blogger and writer Rebecca Doubek who loves her black slouchy HSFT tank.
Here’s a little story we’ve got to tell….
So we've been working up a little something at the HSFT studios that we're beyond excited to share with the world. Today we officially launched the First Episode for our new vlog series, Have Some Fun Today: Building a Brand With Soul, Episode One "It Started With A Vision". We think the story of how we came to be is a really good one and it makes us who we are, a brand with soul.
Have Some Fun Today is so much more than luxury goods with a positive message. It’s the legacy of a father’s love, it’s the mission of one woman to change the world, it’s a “kick-your-ass-claw-your-way-to-success” kind of story.
It Started With A Vision
We hired an amazing videographer, Patrick Corcoran, who followed us around with his camera for a while and helped us capture the essence of what Have Some Fun Today is all about.
In Have Some Fun Today: Building a Brand With Soul, you’ll see the blood, sweat, and tears of manifesting an idea, with a fire in our gut and sheer determination. You'll see that time we hosted a Happy Hour at Facebook. Or the time we got lost in Philly on our way to an event. Real life. Real heart. A real brand, with soul.
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We'll post new episode of our HSFT Vlog every few weeks. Check out our HSFT YouTube Channel and Share the Love. Life is what you make it, so make it fun...