Here's the real opportunity: create a NEW normal that is better than anything we have ever seen.
As we are faced with social upheaval on every level, we have a unique opportunity to branch out and throw away what has not been serving us as a whole, and reprogram our daily experience with what does serve our changing world.
This is not only an American issue, this is a Global issue. To begin to do this, we need to take a look at our own lives and re-evaluate what is no longer serving us to live our best life. After all, we have nothing to lose as we have already lost so much.
It is a great time to still have those igniting talks with our children, friends, family and co-workers. To simplify our lives into categories and then decide how we can integrate it all together to be better educated on global & local issues, how we can also be healthier, so that we aren't so vulnerable as a society to health concerns. How we go about our days with earning a living and caring for ourselves, our children and the elderly - maybe going to an office rain or shine, in sickness and in health isn't the best way anymore?
Even where this social phenomenon of 2020 has impacted my personal life as a female entrepreneur in the lifestyle sector has given me pause on what I make, what I say and how I integrate my work, my duties as a mom & daughter and how that reflects my joy and hope for the future.
I have changed a lot over the past 8 months in terms of how I am seeing the world and what my place is in it. There are times when it gets me feeling down and instead of brushing it off I deal with it. I feel it, I cry, I withdraw. But, then a new morning comes and I feel empowered to use my voice as a designer, a creator, a woman, a mom, an American and so much more to realize that this is an opportunity to learn and evolve.
Our lives have many facets, and even though life hands us some unbelieveable challenges, we truly do have the opportunity to work through them to unexpected & better outcomes. As the designer and founder of Have Some Fun Today, the legacy brand I started 6 years ago, I have decided to move my brand even more towards being a global participant in making the world a better place.
We understand our mission is to celebrate life, celebrate diversity, celebrate our planet and to do that is to tackle some of the big issues we face today. All we can each do is try. Try to be better, try to accept our challenges with grit and integrity. Try to do our part to extend some optimism to others, wherever we can.
Help us succeed by supporting our brand, join our email list, engage in our social media platforms and what we will give back to you is positive inspiration, quality products that are accessible, uplifting & will be using more recycled and ecofriendly materials made in factories that care about their employees. We will donate to your charitable causes and we will do our part to be the brand with soul.
As always in my monthly blog I am offering a discount code to help you HSFT:)
Try a Tote Bag, a hat, or gift our Gift Box to someone you haven't been able to visit because of Covid. How nice would it be to receive a beautiful black box filled with a nice selection of HSFT gifts such as: the mug, a keychain, a pack of our embossed crown notecards and more... these are all simple little ways to make the world a friendlier and better place:)
Use the code: 2020 and get 25% off your order right now....:)
"Have Some Fun Today." - Joe Rado
Love & Light,
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I feel like we just lived an extra two years of madness crammed into the last 6 months - right? Well it has felt like that to me:)
As I have been thinking about this months blog and all the topics fresh in my mind that I have been dealing with, I'm going to start with what my dad was thinking when he began saying "Have Some Fun Today". I know he was juggling a lot: a big family, lots of bills to pay, running a midsize company that he started from scratch with two manufacturing facilities and over 100 employees, several major health issues and his love of having a balance of work and play. Basically a full and complex life like many of us have. Somewhere out of that, this kind, outgoing guy that could sell ice to a Eskimo started to say "Have Some Fun Today." Now I get it more than ever.....
And to be honest I have had my share of moments where I had to dig deep to find my sunshine. This is what I do for a living right? How can I feel so worn out emotionally and mentally that I can't be authentic in my job of sharing how to HSFT? It happens to the best of us. I have cried more in the past 6 months than I had in the past several years. Cried for the world, cried for those who have lost loved ones, cried for people who have been isolated and depressed, cried for the lack of compassion and leadership our world so desperately needs and when I was done crying I became grateful for my position and grateful to be a voice and a vessel for some happiness that others can feel and wear and share.
Yes we have a lot to figure out and improve and Yes we aren't out of the woods yet, but these things are here and we either evolve and find ways to uplevel, fix some of these problems and enjoy life, or we don't.
The past six months have awakened so many of us to the corruption of "the system". If we dwell in the media amongst the childishness of our politicians, and how this storm is whirling over us from so many angles, it is easy to fall prey to becoming depressed and anxious. I have felt this deeply and it has given me a new perspective. We all don't have to agree, but we should be able to respect our disagreements and still play in the sandbox together. That is how we progress as a nation.
When all the racial riots were in full swing I received an email from a customer of my brand. It was in response to my email that Love is the Answer. While she was polite and well meaning, she wanted to let me know that while she didn't expect me to send out a racially apologetic marketing email addressing the issues at hand, she felt my Love is the Answer email was naive at best.
I welcomed the conversation and ansered her about my feelings regarding BLM from my heart (as I am a mother of 1 millenial and 1 Gen Z and we had many many conversations about it) so I was able to share my position with her that I have always had the utmost respect and have worked with and support Black artists, Black models , Black designers, Black photographers, Black customers and Black friends and truly believe that the most beautiful world is one where we respect all races equally. But what came out of my final comment in my conversation with her was that my purpose with my brand is to share something simple that lifts peoples spirits and reminds them whoever they are, whatever race, color, sex or political affiliation to enjoy your life - to Have Some Fun Today .
She told me she didn't expect to hear a reponse to her email at all, especially from the founder, she thanked me and it felt good to hear her, and for her to hear me and to give each other the mutual respect that everyone deserves. That is who we are. That is what this brand is about. That is my purpose. That is the brands purpose. We stand by that simplicity and honor the words : Have Some Fun Today.
So for everyone of you who is reading this, don't forget to have a little fun today.... you never know what the future holds as we have clearly been shown.
Carry one of our tote bags, wear a baseball hat, try a graphic tee or send someone who needs a pick me up our new HSFT Gift Box. So many ways to lift your spirit, share a great vibe, feel empowered in caring for your own happiness or to bring some sunshine to someone else. Use the code: 2020 and get 25% off your order right now....:)
"Have Some Fun Today." - Joe Rado
Love & Light,
A Father's Day dedication to a great man, my dad Joe Rado.
I believe that everything happens for a reason and that even when people are no longer here they are still teaching and influencing us from that other dimension. My dad had to be my dad. He was the most positive and loving man I have ever known. And even though he is gone, I still feel his lessons; his positive spirit that anything is possible. He kept things simple, family, friends, love and always integrity. And he ended every encounter with the words: Have Some Fun Today.
I wrote that post two years ago and now 6 years past his leaving us, the man who inspired me to create this brand so that the world could have reminders to Have Some Fun Today is loved more now in his absence than ever before; if that is even possible:)
As we honor our fathers, the men who stood for us as: protectors, teachers, coaches and providers, let us also be conscious of those fathers who also inspired us through their legacy of love. As a man who diligently shared a mantra that made people smile and took many people off guard with this simplistic message, my dad would certainly say bravo to what Have Some Fun Today has become and where it is going.
The times we face right now are certainly challenging. It is a time when we may need to dig deeper in exploring what strengths we have that need to be tested and put to work. A good friend recently shared the thought that whenever we have maximized what we have been given, we will always be blessed with more. God didn't make chairs but he did make trees and it is up to us to be resourceful with what he has given us to make the most of it for the future of ourselves and mankind. It's in our DNA to be resourceful.
Now is a time to reconnect with the source. Dig deep to find our strength. Look for inspiration in every nook and cranny and embrace the good things in life. As a reminder to the beauty of life, fathers who embraced their duty to protect, lead and inspire I share my brand dedicated to the legacy of love that my father started and my family and I are nurturing.
Throughout this year I am sharing through my blogs a discount code: 2020 to my readers to receive 25% off Have Some Fun Today so that you can participate in this experiment of love and feel the good vibes of our brand message originated from my dad to you.
A very happy Father's Day to everyone......:)
"Have Some Fun Today." - Joe Rado
Love & Light,
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There is a Buddhist quote I remember that the only moment we are truly alive is now. Not a minute ago because that is the past and not the next moment because that is the future, but this moment now.
I am contemplating thoughts like these now, because that is the kind of person I am. When I was younger, in my college years people would tell me I'm too deep and I wondered if that was a bad thing to be and why.
As I got older I often didn't feel like I fit in. Even though I was part of various groups throughout my life, I've never really been a "group" person. Not because I was trying to be different, I was actually trying to fit in... but the way I processed ideas was usually different than the people I thought of as friends, and so I always came away from things wondering if I was doing a good enough job to fit in to get people to like me, so that I could have a life that was "normal" and good.
For the many people who don't feel like they fit in, I want to tell you that is actually a great thing. I will tell you that today, and I will tell you that tomorrow, and the next day (and the day after that.)
So how do these two ideas fit together now with Covid19?
Well, we have been social distancing for about two months now... I know - #HSFT:) and I think its safe to say we are getting sick and tired of it. I sure am. BUT, I am not one to complain, whine or feel victimized so instead I philosophize.
AND I am going to change up my routines now after months of doing certain things in a certain way so that I can reinvigorate myself NOW which is living in the moment and I am going to celebrate my perserverance in having my own perspective, which I hope inspires others to celebrate their uniqueness so that they may stop belittling themselves because they dont think they "fit in".
I don't care if you are 18, 21, 27 or 47. Many of us question ourselves, are we good enough, are we smart enough, do we say the right things, do we wear the right clothes to get that person to think we are cool. It's an epidemic of our society no matter what age some of us are. So for as many times as it takes, and as many people as it takes we need to keep reminding ourselves that we are enough.
Right now as things slowly open in certain areas over time we can remember to live again in the now. Your town may not open for a few weeks or longer, but that is no reason not to be living your truth now. You dont have to wait until the gym opens to get back in shape, you don't have to wait until restaurants and bars reopen to get cleaned up everyday and wear something more than PJ's. You dont have to wait until schools reopen to learn... I'm loving the Masterclasses btw:) and you don't have to wait until the things that we took for granted come back at some level in order to live with appreciation. This includes you - you don't have to wait until that person you want to be friends with notices you to realize you are a great person, you don't have to wait to be recognized for some unique gift you have, to appreciate and share your gift anyway.
We all can live now. We can simply be ourselves, bad skin, short legs, frizzy hair, beautiful smiles, longing hearts, singing to the radio, having crushes and letting them know, whatever is inside you and how you are is all good. We need to let each other know that we are good enough just the way we are.
In the spirit of celebrating the now... in the spirit of gratitude and appreciation I am sharing with those of you who love an uplifting message my brand Have Some Fun Today. Here is a sweet discount code : 2020 to get an extra 25% off the site! Enjoy!
Simple as that....
"Have Some Fun Today." - Joe Rado
Love & Light,
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Time is precious. We really have no idea just how precious it is until its gone. While we are entering week 4 of social isolation and self quarantines no one could have predicted the world would be forced to come to a halt from living our usual lives.
When I first heard that the new target date is April 30th I thought "no way", but I quickly surmised that this is a situation that demands all citizens to comply so that we can slow down the spread of this virus and get our world back to functioning capacity as soon as possible.
So, we are Surviving.... we are taking the necessary precautions, taking extra supplements, getting rest and staying hydrated, remaining inside our homes and updating what we need to do as we learn more about how to prevent the spread of this virus.
More than that some of us are even Thriving... going back to the drawing board and working on elements of our business, education & health and even many types of relationships that we hadn't had time for before.
I am enjoying taking this time to speak with my daughters about how they feel about things like social anxiety, work stress, and rethinking a direction they were previously heading toward. The kind of conversations we are able to have now are deeply healing ones.
In a way this is a huge gift to be able to have this opportunity to look at our lives from a very basic slowed down pace so that we can really see and feel who we are now compared to who we were 5 weeks ago and from that we can start to put down a framework of where we want to go in the coming weeks.
By May 1st hopefully we will have clean houses and closets, we will have emerged from social distancing a little leaner and a lot more grateful for even the little things. During this time I have been especially grateful for many things, but most certainly that Have Some Fun Today is more relevant now than ever.
I started this brand to remind people to appreciate life. Through strife & through the doldrums of life we can often forget to appreciate these little things. But they should never be forgotten because they are the fabric of our lives.
As my 55th birthday approaches and the 6th anniversary of the passing of my father, the person who inspired me to start Have Some Fun Today and as a nod to all the people who are down on life right now I am sharing a code for 50% off HSFT this week. ( code only works from April 25th - May 1st)
* Use CODE : Fab55 during checkout & get 50% off.
More than ever we should all be sharing the mantra HSFT or Have Some Fun Today and getting ready for the next chapter of 2020 which will be the big rebound...
As always sending you light & love :)
Stay safe, stay at home and #havesomefuntoday
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Well now 2020 is really turning out to be quite a new decade! So many thoughts are going through all of our heads as we deal with this Covid-19 pandemic. It's more than dealing with not going to our jobs or school or doing all the social things that made up our lives, it is the constant thoughts that are spiralling through our minds from trying to stay positive, staying informed, being prepared and being mindful of balancing these things without losing it.
So let's help each other through these tough times, by sharing positive inspiration and methods for making the best of a bad situation.
1. Number one thing I can suggest is to do what you can to get your mind in the right place. To do that I need to make my surroundings comfortable, clean and decluttered. Then I can light some candles, brew a cup of stress free tea, listen to a led meditation or a sign up to the To Be Magnetic program where I see they are doing a free Self Quarantine workshop! ( I'm going to check that out this weekend!)
2. Think about or make a list of all the ideas that pop into your head of stuff you want to do, but havent had the opportunity to do. My list is: cleaning out my basement, reorganizing my showroom, painting, getting back to my home workouts, finishing my friend Michelle Davis's book! - I've never been busier !!
3. Take care of yourself! Even though we may not be seeing too many people on a daily basis, it still makes me feel good to get dressed and put myself together. The more you take care of yourself and keep good habits in place, the easier it is to feel positive that we will get through this and be better off than before.
4. If you always wanted to start taking health supplements now is a great time to start. My sister Lisa Rado's online nutrition company; Rado Nutrition is stocked up on all kinds of healthy supplements ready to ship out, she has been a life saver for me and my family.
5. Keep yourself inspired! Listen to great music, watch some great films and yes indeed get some HSFT! Have your morning coffee in our Have Some Fun Today mug, slip on one of our cozy fleece pieces, go for a walk and wear one of our baseball caps. Send a friend who is down and isolated a gift from us...we will gladly put an inspiring note inside for you!
6. The Code: 2020 - use this code at checkout when you shop today and it will give you an extra 25% off
This challenge will not break us. If anything it inspires me to do more, to be better, to rise to the challenge and to Have Some Fun while I am doing it. Sending you all Love, Strength and Inspiration :)
"Have Some Fun Today." - Joe Rado
Love & Light,
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