Friday, October 29, 2010

Motivational Corner: "Haters" by Maya Angelou

Again, I fell off of the wagon, but I'm human, and unfortunately us human's fall short, despite the fact we seek perfection. This poem, "Haters" by Maya Angelou was recited on Howard University's Radio Station, I fell in love with it and its meaning. This will be our motivational corner for the week- I hope it inspires you to shake the haters off as it did for me.

By Maya Angelou

A hater is someone who is jealous and envious and spends all their time trying to make you look small so they can look tall.
They are very negative people to say the least. Nothing is ever good enough!
When you make your mark, you will always attract some haters…
That’s why you have to be careful with whom you share your blessings and your dreams, because some folk can’t handle seeing you blessed…
It’s dangerous to be like somebody else… If God wanted you to be like somebody else, He would have given you what He gave them! Right?
You never know what people have gone through to get what they have…
The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don’t know my story…
If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, you can rest assured that the water bill is higher there too!
We’ve all got some haters among us!
Some people envy you because you can:
a) Have a relationship with Godb) Light up a room when you walk inc) Start your own businessd) Tell a man/woman to hit the curb (if he/she isn’t about the right thing)e) Raise your children without both parents being in the home
Haters can’t stand to see you happy.Haters will never want to see you succeed.Most of our haters are people who are supposed to be on our side.
How do you handle your undercover haters?
You can handle these haters by:
1. Knowing who you are & who your true friends are *(VERY IMPORTANT!!)
2. Having a purpose to your life: Purpose does not mean having a job. You can have a job and still be unfulfilled. A purpose is having a clear sense of what God has called you to be. Your purpose is not defined by what others think about you.
3. By remembering what you have is by divine prerogative and not human manipulation.
Fulfill your dreams! You only have one life to live…when its your time to leave this earth, you want to be able to say, ‘I’ve lived my life and fulfilled my dreams, Now I’m ready to go HOME!
When God gives you favor, you can tell your haters, ‘Don’t look at me…Look at who is in charge of me…’
Don’t worry about it, it’s not your problem, it’s theirs.
Just pray for them, that their life can be as fulfilled as yours! Watch out for Haters…BUT most of all don’t become a HATER!
‘A woman’s heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her.’

Maya Angelou

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Raising Money by Raising Hell

It’s true that sometimes you have to stir the pot up in order to make things happen. What’s not a good fundraiser without a little friendly competition? Sometimes in order to raise money, you have to raise some hell to get what you want. Humans are naturally competitive by nature so what better way to get those fundraising juices flowing by setting up team events to raise funds. Not only are these events fun to plan and execute but it can also help with the goodwill of the community and bring a community together.

You know in the South, there’s football, religion, and football, its as American as apple pie. When I worked for a blood donation center as a donor recruiter, one of our best events was our Iron Bowl Classic Blood Drive. This was where supporters for University of Alabama and Auburn would compete to see which side could recruit the most blood donations. People were actually excited to donate blood and where their shirt (be it orange or red)! A donor from the winning team would be entered to win tickets to the Iron Bowl Classic so there were definite incentives to give the gift of life.

A few tips in order to plan the perfect competitive event would be to figure out a theme or a cause to rally people together. Make sure its something where you can compel people to join in on the cause. It also helps when there is a goal for your group to achieve and there’s an end in mind. Also have a prize, even its something as basic as a team trophy to allow for bragging rights. That way, the prize can be a motivator for your team members even when you’re not there. Sometimes, you will be surprised what can motivate people to work harder for your fundraiser. So just remember that when planning your event, if you can rally people to donate blood to win tickets to a football game, you can surely raise money the same road.

For more tips, stay tuned next week as we provide other tips on how to save your event and your sanity. If you are looking for an event planner to assist you in creating an awesome event, please visit our website at