My Sister’s Keeper

We’re celebrating Black History Month! Join us for “My Sister’s Keeper” on Saturday, February 25th at 4pm at Westridge Place Apartments Clubhouse, 100 Donner Dr, Salisbury NC. We will have a panel discussion about financial literacy, group economics, and community development. Also there will be local female business owners vending their products at the event so, bring your dollars to circulate!  Photo Source: Createher Stock

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Nutrition: The Missing Link

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In November, I started a new journey. I hired a nutritionist with hopes of maintaining my health. I recently took an extensive health assessment at my job and my only low score had been my BMI (Body Mass Index). After talking with my company nurse, we both concluded that because I exercise regularly and have good eating habits my blood work and other assessments were great!

Being 40+ and on no medications, I was pleased with my results, however my BMI still bothered me. I decided to hire a nutritionist. I had a consult with the nutritionist and in a few days she sent me my eating plan. Interesting enough, everything that was on my plan I already had in my kitchen! So, I was eating the right foods, but not the right combination of foods. I also wasn’t drinking enough water and getting proper rest.

I have been amazed at the difference these small changes have made. Not only have I lost weight, but I’ve lost inches in my chest, waist, and hips. I finally realized that nutrition was the missing link in my health plan. Shout out to my nutritionist ShLanda of Balanced By Burton. She is very knowledgeable and has been my biggest cheerleader!

To learn more about nutrition and what impact it has on weight loss you can contact ShLanda at Balanced By Burton. Nutrition could be your missing link too!

Tonya Cross – The Vine Events Visionary

 

 

 

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First Legacy CCU – New Account Drive

P8perglass Jewelry/Beads and The Vine Event Planning is co-hosting a “New Account Drive” during the entire month of September at First Legacy Community Credit Union in Salisbury, NC. We’re encouraging the local Salisbury/Rowan County African American community to “bank black”. This is a movement taking place across the United States signifying a shift towards economic empowerment at a local community level. Our hopes is that this is the beginning of greater things to come towards building a stronger community. First Legacy Community Credit Union website link: http://www.firstlegacyccu.org/   Photo Credit: CreateHER Stock

For The Love of Men

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

It’s Not Too Late 

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

 

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

January is National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month! Spending one hour each week– whether it’s helping with homework, playing games or just hanging out – helps a young person know he matters. Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters. – Mentoring.org Follow us on Facebook for daily post about National Mentoring Month!

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Tectonic Impact of Conversation

img_5973Below is a Facebook post shared by one of our Peace Circle community partners Pastor Anthony Smith of Mission House. We felt like our readers would enjoy it!

In a world full of injustice we rightfully long for change now. Not just any kind of change but big change. When I consider this need for big change I think about natural occurrences that represent big changes to the landscape of our world. Like tsunamis and earthquakes. Natural events like these alter our world in profound ways.

But…

Before there are tsunamis and earthquakes there are the unseen subtle shifts in tectonic plates under the ocean. Seemingly insignificant and unnoticed.

So it is with the community transformation that we long for. We long for the big changes that will turn things around. And we often undervalue the small seemingly insignificant tectonic shifts and movement needed to create the big change.

This is how I see ‪#‎PeaceCircle‬. Peace Circle is tectonic movement. It is the calling forth of meaningful, challenging, and hospitable dialogue that helps create the Big Change we want to see in the world. No tectonic shift no tsunamis nor earthquakes.

Tsunamis and earthquakes don’t just happen!

This is a hard sell in a world of instant gratification. But what must be remembered is that patient conversation after conversation seeds of deep transformation are being sown in our community.

I really want you to consider being a part of this tectonic movement called Peace Circle convened by our lead organizer Tonya Cross of The Vine Events.

It’s easy to make light of and undervalue conversation among fellow community members. But history teaches us that major social change was started by such conversations.

See you at this upcoming Peace Circle!

#PeaceCircle ‪#‎TheVineEvents‬ ‪#‎MeanMugCoffee‬ ‪#‎ArmyOfLove

Pastor Anthony Smith

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**We host Peace Circle every first Tuesday at 6:30pm EST at Mean Mug Coffee, Salisbury, NC.**

Peace Circle – What’s Your Role In The Village? 

Peace CircleThe Vine Events has partnered with other local businesses and organizations to create the Peace Circle. The Peace Circle is held every first Tuesday of the month at Mean Mug Coffee, 1024 S. Fulton Street, Salisbury, NC at 6:30pm. The Peace Circle creates a safe space for open and honest dialogue about social divides within our community.

We’re hosting parent/child workshop sessions this September that address how systemic racism, discrimination, and stereotypes impacts our community. The workshop facilitator will be Carla Marlin Smith; a Parent Engagement Specialist with Chapel Hill-Carboro City Schools. The workshops are for 7th-10th grade (12-15 years old) youth.

Our first workshop kick offs TUESDAY, September 15th at 6:30pm at Center for Faith and the Arts! Because limited space is available, please register at our Eventbrite Page to attend. See below for workshop sessions agenda.

What’s Your Role In The Village?
Center for Faith and the Arts
207 W. Harrison St
Salisbury, NC 28144
(Located behind/below Haven Lutheran Church)

Workshop I: Tuesday, September 15th at 6:30pm
Subject: What’s Your Role In The Village?
Audience: Community Members/Parents (Maximum Participants 30)

Workshop II: Saturday, September 19th 9am – 1pm
Subject: Stereotypes and Art Project
Audience: Youth of Color 7th – 10th grade (12-15 years old – Maximum Participants 20). Parents need to participate in Workshop I.

Panel Discussion/Gallery Walk: Tuesday, September 22nd 6:30pm
Subject: Importance of Counternarratives
Audience: Community Members/Parents/Youth Workshop Participants

**We’re asking for donations from the community to supply art supplies and lunch for youth and travel expenses. Click here to support. Thanks!**

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