Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Hatter’s Guide To Living

While the Red Hat Society is all about fun and play, we are also well aware of the facts of life. We know that life holds some difficulty for us sooner or later. But the beauty of the Sisterhood is that we can always find someone who has been in our shoes and genuinely understands what we are going through. Although it may not always be possible to do anything to improve the situation for a Sister, we can certainly be there listening and lending a helping hand whenever possible.

Queen Shirley B of the Regal Red Belles of Bakersfield Chapter (California, United States) wrote to tell us about the kindness of her Chapter after she lost her husband to cancer this past March. Her Chapter banded together to bring her family food during the stressful time. They let Queen Shirley know that she was in their thoughts with phone calls, prayers and flowers.

“I am touched and comforted with their caring, and I feel privileged to call these ladies my Sisters,” Queen Shirley B said.

We are very sorry for your loss Queen Shirley, but we are thrilled to learn how the Regal Red Belles have been a support for you.

For many Hatters this scenario is all too familiar. We recently came across an article that shared some tips to help you adjust to living independently and they shared some gems that we put an RHS twist on to share with you.

Continue or (Start) To Play
Your Sisters can be your saving grace. Chapter outings will help take your mind off of yourself and give you something to look forward to.

Find Opportunity In Your Alone Time
Use your alone time to do the things that you love--  Practice an instrument, get in the garden, finish that painting you started years ago. You could use this time to reignite an old passion.

Try Something New
Hatters do it all! We’ve received stories about Hatters trying everything from sky diving to zip lining and attending safaris to shake things up. If you’re not feeling so adventurous, join a dance class or walking group bring a Sister along with you!

Say Yes
Say yes to any new opportunities or invitations coming your way. You never know where a simple yes could lead you.

Do One Thing That Cheers You Up
One thing we love to do is hop on the Queens and Members Board or Facebook to interact with Hatters daily. You are sure to get a good laugh from the many stories, photos and videos the women share each day, and there is never a shortage of women who are ready to chat.

We hope that you will find these tips helpful. Be sure to share them with your Sisters or friend who could use them. You never know, you just might be her reason to smile that day. 

Not yet Hatting? What are you waiting for? The Red Hat Society connects, empowers and transforms the lives of women from all walks of life through the power of fun and friendship. Women of any age are encouraged to join (those under 50 don a pink hat until they "REDuate"), emphasizing the value of cross-generational friendships and mentoring. 

Click here to learn how you can join the fun! 

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