Tuesday, July 25, 2017

FRIENDSHIP THAT LASTS


 


Friendship has been our primary theme from the very birth of the Red Hat Society.  Usually we discuss it in the abstract; this time I’d like to talk about the particular friendship that Esteemed Vice Mother, Linda Murphy and I share.  It has endured for 40 years, surviving and flourishing through moves and all manner of life dramas.  

There were many years in which our friendship was nurtured, almost exclusively, by long, heartfelt letters and occasional phone calls.  Other years found us living close together (and it was during one of those periods I gave her the first red hat).  She was also the one who was responsible for landing us in “Romantic Homes” magazine; and it was her friend, Nancy Manning, who started the first-ever, second chapter – in faraway Florida.  
In retrospect, I cannot think of anyone better suited than Linda to co-host our international conventions and represent the RHS in her area.  The Red Hat Society came into being directly as a result of one special friendship between two women.  And look what has happened!  The most marvelous aspect of this is that thousands upon thousands of women have met each other – and bonded – as a result of the relationship Linda and I share.  That fills us both with gratitude, as well as pride in the ability we women have to draw close to each other and share our lives with one another.  

In friendship, Sue Ellen Cooper, Founder and Exalted Queen Mother of The Red Hat Society
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

FREE GROUPS

What motivates you? Is it money? Recognition? A sense of belonging? We all have needs that drive us, inspire us, move us to action. My passion is helping people live healthy fulfilling lives. This is what motivates me to do all that I do to encourage my Red Hat Society Sisters to Stay Active.

Ten years ago, I planted the seeds within the RHS. Ten years ago, I started my virtual chapter, Fit n Fabulous.  Fit n Fabulous was created to focus on building up the fifth F in the RHS mission: Fitness.  Hatters in Fit n Fabulous post their workouts, their adversities, their progress, their inspirations, and their chuckles. I post an exercise of the day to give everyone ideas of exercises they can do at home. Fit n Fabulous is a closed Facebook group only for Supporting Members of the RHS.

At the same time that Fit n Fabulous was getting off the ground, I started posting in the RHS forum highlights from interesting and relevant wellness and fitness articles. Hatquarters staff reviews these write-ups and selects the best ones for inclusion in the RHS Friday Broadcast Newsletter.

To do more for my RHS Sisters. I started running monthly Free Groups outside of the Fit n Fabulous group page.  These 5-day Free Groups are always theme based.

For example, we did:

Be a Rainbow in July … where we learned to eat a variety of colorful foods,
               Mid-Summer Mindfulness … where we practiced meditation,
               Move More in March … where we tracked our steps and
               Absolutely Abs … where we strengthened our core.

 The Free Groups have been a huge success with over 100 participants each month. Announcements are made about upcoming Free Groups on my Facebook wall and via emails within the RHS site.

 I am committed to helping Hatters reach their health and fitness goals, whether it’s to lose weight, get stronger, or have more energy. I am here to help.

Sunny Mathews, your Fabulous RHS Fitness Facilitator.  

Join the Red Hat Society to learn more about these activities and how to contact our fabulous Queen Sunny.       Click here.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

FRIENDSHIPS SOOTHES THE SOUL


“There is no wilderness like life without friends; friendship multiplies blessings and minimizes misfortunes; it is a unique remedy against adversity and it soothes the soul.”  Baltasar

Those are quite enough reasons to make sure you have a good supply of friends, don’t you think?  They are exceedingly handy to have when we encounter difficulties, disappointments, challenges, and the like (in other words, every day we live in this world).  When you’re handed a big bowl of lemons, the first thing you do is pick up the phone, in search of a familiar, caring voice.  Friends are the ones who will help you come up with the unique recipe for whatever kind of lemonade you’re going to need to make out of those lemons.  But if that formula proves elusive, they’ll gather around and help get you through the situation.
This sounds like making friends is all about building a safety network to get you through the bad stuff.  Not true.  Loving and being loved are fundamental to being human.  Friends make glorious playmates, fabulous fellow explorers and marvelous companions for all kinds of light-hearted activities. Your Sisters in the red and pink hats (some of them, perhaps, relatively new to your life) have already proven that point to you.   But, you know what? Undergirding all of the Red Hat Society fun and frivolity, rock-solid friendships develop. So, next time you hit a bad patch, call one of your Chapterettes.

I’ll bet she makes a mean lemonade!

In friendship, Sue Ellen Cooper, Founder and Exalted Queen Mother of The Red Hat Society
For more information on Sue Ellen Cooper click here.
www.redhatsociety.com
http://www.redhatsociety.com/mpage/hattersretreat
 
http://www.redhatsociety.com/mpage/no2018