One Word

img_0866Guess who has joined Facebook Live? I have and I’m loving it! After conducting a survey in February, I discovered that a large portion of my audience is on Facebook. Right now I’m only broadcasting live from my personal page and Accented Glory’s business page. On my personal page I share live video shorts about how to be a better you, small business owner, or organization leader. Last week I challenged my viewers to ask three people to describe them in one word. Below are the responses I received when I did the challenge.

Michael – Busy. My husband for over 20 years was able to give one word off the bat. His word was VERY accurate. Building a brand occupies much of my time, but I’m able to find balance. Thursday night is date night and it’s an opportunity for us to spend quality time together and catch up on what’s been going on with each other.

Desere’- Multifaceted. Desere’ is Accented Glory’s social media specialist and my oldest daughter. She’s also the reason why I have four responses instead of three! She said she had to think about it…by the time she got back to me, I had already asked two other people. Despite her late response it was on point, because I do wear many hats!

MJ – Innovative, Caring, Oriented. I recently met MJ this pass November. I was very surprised by his words considering we just met. I’m glad I made a great first impression.

Donna – Engaged, Determined, Entrepreneur, Devoted, Committed. I’ve known Donna for over ten years and she’s a registered pharmacist too. I’ve had the pleasure of working with her at two different job locations. Even though she couldn’t think of just one word, her description let’s me know that I’m exemplifying great qualities.

Candace – Awesome, Kind, Proactive. I met Candace over two years ago via Twitter when I launched Accented Glory. I consider her one of my business besties! We share resources, bounce ideas off each other, and support one another in any way we can. Her description is a direct reflection of how I feel about her!

As you can see, I truly enjoyed this challenge. I also look forward to the regular engagement I have on Facebook Live. It gives me an opportunity to interact in “real time” with my fans, followers, and customers. Be sure to like  Accented Glory‘s Facebook Page to catch my “Hair Accessory Myth Buster” Facebook Live video series I kicked off this week!

Tonya Cross – Visionary of The Vine Events and Accented Glory

Did You Know…

img_0786I was recently invited to speak at a health and wellness conference at a local church. I was asked to share about taking medications from a pharmacist perspective and decided to address prescription non-compliance. Prescription non-compliance is the failure to take prescribed medication and/or follow prescribed medication instructions.

I shared three DYK (Did You Know) compliance stats with participants. The conference attendees were given an opportunity to share their personal experiences and opinions about prescription non-compliance. It was a very engaging dialogue and we all learned much from each other. Below are the DYK’s and collective conclusions and solutions we developed during the workshop I facilitated.

#1 DYK- Up to one-third (1/3) of prescriptions written get filled at a pharmacy.1 Many of my workshop guest were not surprised by this stat. When asked why they feel prescriptions don’t get filled, the reasons ranged from some people don’t like taking medication to not making time to go to pharmacy. However, the majority agreed that cost was the primary reason. A solution we came up with is asking their provider (doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner) to write for generic drugs and larger quantities, which are usually more cost-effective.

#2 DYK – Fifty percent (50%) of people taking chronic medications stop taking it in first year.1 I also shared that the largest drop is within the first month.1 The reasons guests offered for this stat was patient not fully understanding why they’re taking medication, medication side effects and cost once again was the primary reason. This opened the door for me to introduce the importance of patients being their own advocates. I encouraged them to ask providers questions about things they’re unsure of and not to be afraid of getting second opinions.

#3 DYK – The annual cost of non-compliance in the U.S. is ~ $290 billion.1  Participants all agreed that not taking medications prescribed has the potential to lead to worsening of the condition that you initially sought medical attention for. Which in turn leads to more medical visits, labs, and even hospitalization, all along driving up cost. I shared the importance of being proactive towards any physical ailments or conditions they may experience, whether they choose traditional therapies or home remedies. I emphasized the importance of listening to your body and being cooperative in its healing or restorative process.

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own…I Corinthians 6:19 NIV

I closed the workshop with the above scripture and a quick review of stewardship. According to the scripture, our bodies don’t belong to us; they belong to God. We are simply stewards over the body we have been given. As good stewards, it’s our responsibility to properly care for our bodies by eating healthy and exercising. My stewardship course is a scriptural based self-study guide that gives you a better understanding of stewardship in the three areas of finance, health, and resources. To learn more visit Stewardship Course.

Tonya Cross, Rph

Tonya Cross is the organization leader of The Vine Events. She has over 20 years of experience in pharmacy services as a registered pharmacist. She also has a passion for accessory design and natural hair! To book her for workshops or speaking engagements visit contact us.

 

1. Insights Advancing The Science of Pharmacy Care – Adherence: Why it’s so hard and what we can do about it. http://www.cvshealth.com

“Justice is what Love looks like in public” – Mia and Dre’s statement for March 4th

The Vine Events is proud to call Mr. LeAndre Blakeney a friend! Continue to fight the power.

Amplify Voices Inside

At 7:45 on March 4, 2016, while the community roared outside Disney’s The Lion King at DPAC, Le’Andre Diamond Blakeney and Mia Hutchins-Cabibi dropped a banner inside the theater, reading “This Jail Kills: Enjoy the Show.”  They were removed and detained by police and, thankfully, later released without charge.  This is the statement that they wrote ahead of time to explain their action, which was also released to the press while they were in custody.

A great divide exists (Lk 16:26) between the ostentatious entertainment and frivolity of the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) and the starving, tortured, and dying prisoners in the Durham County Jail.  DPAC profits off of the invisibility of the lynching of black bodies across the street while exoticizing all things African on its stage.  On January 19, Matthew McCain died in the Durham County Jail after detention staff had medically neglected him for months.  As…

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Win A Hair Accent

Our Sister Company, Accented Glory, is giving away a hair accent! One of their priorities is to provide great content to their fans, followers, and customers. To effectively do this, they need feedback from you. For your time and input, they will enter your name into a giveaway for one of their hair accessory designs!  *US Residents ONLY – Giveaway Ends 2/24/16* #AccentedGlory #HairAccent #Giveaway #NaturalHair Survey Link: https://accentedglory.typeform.com/to/Jq6kol

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Our specialty is informative events such as, Q&A parties, screening dialogues, interpersonal workshops, and community forums. We offer both face-to-face and online event designs. Contact us today for a “free” consultation for your next meeting/event.

“I Can” Switch Careers!

Our very own Tonya Cross was featured in #ICAN Blog Series! She is our February – Black History Month feature. For daily post relating to African American History, visit our social media pages listed below this month.

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The Vine Event Planning Facebook – TheVineEventPlanning
Twitter – TheVineEvents
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Our specialty is informative events such as, Q&A parties, screening dialogues, interpersonal workshops, and community forums. We offer both face-to-face and online event designs. Contact us today for a “free” consultation for your next meeting/event.

tonya cross Tonya Cross – Founding Owner, “Accented Glory”

This week,  our pharmacist-turned-entrepreneur shares her compelling “I Can” story.  Read what Tonya Cross has to say. Enjoy:

What made you begin your venture?

I have a passion for natural hair and enjoy creating beautiful things. I’ve been natural for fourteen years and making things by hand since I was a child. I launched Accented Glory two years ago with my three daughters when I noticed that most hair accessories in retail stores cater to a much younger demographic and were not natural hair friendly. Accented Glory offers grown-up designs that minimize damage to textured hair and provides comfortable wear.

afropuffTell #ICANreaders what obstacles you overcame?

One of my biggest obstacles was not having any sales or marketing experience. My professional background is in pharmacy; I’ve been a registered pharmacist for over 20 years. To overcome this, I took small business classes…

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