We’re hosting “For The Love of Men” on Saturday, July 30th at 1pm EST. This event is for women who have fathers, husbands, sons, brothers, and/or nephews of color. We will have a conversation about loving the men in our lives, knowing our rights, and the importance of restoring and replenishing ourselves. Visit our Facebook event link for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1725819641001724/. **This program is not sponsored by Rowan Public Library** #ForTheLoveOfMen #LovingOurMen #KnowingOurRights #SelfCare #TheVineEvents #TheVillage #TheTimeIsNow
RSVP stands for the French phrase, répondez, s’il vous plaît, which means please reply. I recently did a Facebook Live broadcast about RSVP and received much feedback from viewers. There seems to be a lack of respect for RSVP in our society. As an event planner, I know first hand the fallout of when event guest don’t honor RSVP and treat it as optional. I personally feel like it’s just a matter of most people not understanding what’s fully involved in planning an event and need to be educated or brush up on guest etiquette. So, here’s a quick Event Planning 101 overview for event guest.
1. Event Purpose – Most great events don’t happen spontaneously; most start with an idea or purpose. The host must design an event that incorporates the ultimate purpose whether it’s to celebrate, honor, or educate. An effective event design must be developed around the idea that creates a memorable experience for all guests.
2. Event Location – Location is key in hosting the perfect event. There’s research involved and site tours that must be taken of top choices. The event host must be able to transform the location into an environment that lends to an unforgettable guest experience.
3. Pre Event – Every event needs a way of notifying guest about the occasion whether it’s through invitations or an online event page. Some events requires that host actively promote event to create a buzz that encourage guest to attend. Other events may also include getting event sponsors and vendors.
4. Day of Event – The host must make sure everyone and everything that’s a part of the event is in place and on time. Proper pre-planning will minimize mishaps on event day. A good host will work the room to ensure everyone has what they need and are having a great time. At end of event there must be a breakdown and cleanup of what ever props/setups and equipment used at event.
5. Post Event – The most important part of event planning is evaluating the event; being open and honest about what went well and what didn’t. The host must also send thank you responses to guests, vendors, sponsors, and anyone else who was involved in making the event a success. It’s also helpful for the host to get feedback from those who participated in event as well.
I hope this gives you a better understanding of what’s ALL involved in planning an event. As you can see a great host puts a lot of heart and soul into creating a memorable event for their guest. So, the next time you get an RSVP invitation don’t take it lightly. It’s an invitation to enjoy the fruits of someone’s labor who consider you special enough to share the event experience with!
Tonya Cross – The Vine Events Visionary
Recently I did a Facebook Live broadcast titled “It’s Not Too Late” and got a great response. People notified me and shared how encouraging and inspiring the broadcast was. The conversations reminded me of the beginnings of my brand launch of Accented Glory. In June Accented Glory will be celebrating 3 years of being in business! I launched Accented Glory, a handcrafted hair accessory brand for women, at the age of 43! My husband said I was going through a mid-life crisis. I say I finally found my passion!
So, to ALL my fellow “Forty Pluses” out there it’s NEVER TOO late. For you it may be learning a new hobby or experiencing a new activity. We should forever be students of life and always learning something new. Some may desire to go back to school or even go for the first time; just do it. Others may want to simply just become a better you, by eating healthier and exercising. My personal motivation is that I never want to have to ask myself “What If?”. Be encouraged and always remember it is NEVER TOO late!
Tonya Cross – Visionary of Accented Glory and The Vine Events
(Excerpt from The Vine Events’ visionary guest blog post on kurlquest.com)
Too often, hair accessories get a bad rap and are accused of causing damage to hair. One of the primary suspects is the headband. As a hair accessory designer and natural, I embrace opportunities to educate other fellow naturals on what to look for in hair accessories. So for the record, it’s not the headband that’s the problem. It’s the misuse of it, bad fit, and materials used that create the problem…Learn More
Tonya Cross – The Vine Events and Accented Glory’s Visionary
Guess 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
I 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