Cherry Rose Tan

About

A celebrated educator and a serial entrepreneur, Cherry Rose has educated Canada's richest families. Driven by excellence, she started her career teaching in the oldest preparatory schools in the country. It was here that she observed the lifestyles of the one percent and asked the question:

How can we design the life we want, but more importantly, how can we leave a legacy that matters?

Born to a family of self-made entrepreneurs, her mission is to help people rewrite the stories holding them back. Starting her first business at age 20, a tutoring and consulting firm serving Toronto's elite, she has reinvented lives. Bridging the Being of Spirituality with the Doing of Science, she is excited to share her methodology for real transformation. She hopes to inspire others to unleash their gift and create their future.

Passionate about community, she is part of several business masterminds in Toronto, along with the Female Funders network, a global community of angel investors. She has co-founded two startups in education and has a love for early mornings and people watching.

 
 
 
 
 
 

"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.

"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with eternity."

-- Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

 
 
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MY STORY

In 2015, I realized I was alive but not truly living.

Spending the year in and out of clinics, I knew something was wrong. I was suffering from coughs to aches to migraines. I couldn't sleep at night. I would get heart palpitations, followed by chest and abdominal pains. I could feel myself wasting away. I was at the end of my rope working 100 hours a week.

Being type A, I fell back into unhealthy patterns. Rather than slowing down and looking at the mirror, I used my business and my friends to escape. It wasn't until I went to a two-week retreat where I spent the majority of the time alone, that I felt the sharp and gaping disconnect in my life. Misalignment. It was only fitting that life felt the need to reinforce this lesson when I came back a day later, to witness the almost-death of a dear friend.

In the most poetic demonstration of synchronicity, it was death that allowed me to wake up.

Suffering became the catalyst for my journey. I started to peel back the layers I had created to protect myself over the years. I began to listen to my heart and for the first time, I could feel everything from sadness to joy. I learned to love myself as whole and complete, so that I could love others the same way. I discovered the power of intuition and the beauty of flow, opening my eyes to a world that had been there all along. By embracing my humanity, I released the stories that held me back. I became the creator of my own future, in a world of infinite possibility.

I was called to start this platform because stories are what connect and light us up as humans. If there is one thing I have realized, it is that my story is universal because all human experiences, from love to suffering, are universal as well. It is not enough to know things; transformation comes from Being and Doing, which starts from the stories that speak right to our hearts. It is the most authentic and courageous of stories that change lives.

Once upon a time, a stranger-turned-best-friend trusted me with his most vulnerable story, which allowed me to take my first steps to awakening. Every day, I am thankful for this moment and I hope through this medium, I can give back to the world. I look forward to sharing the laughter and tears with you, as we return to our power.

Let us be the love in this world.