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Conversations with the Inspiring Tarena Cannon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tarena Cannon.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My name is Tarena Cannon I am a single mother of four, grandmother to two. I live in South East Aurora where I have resided for the past eight years. I am a Native of Denver, graduating from Montbello High School, my college education was 2 1/2 years of Business Management at Colorado Christian University. I am a licensed Life Coach focusing on the inner healing of a wounded person. Like so many others, I have been abused, mentally, emotionally, & sexually. I survived for many years on the cusp of my life. One day, all hell broke loose with these four words; “What are you on”? I did a ton of inner searching to figure me out and as I dived in; this workshop/conference was birthed. I am grateful to God that this came from my brokenness. I found my healing all alone in my home. No one there holding my hand, walking me through the steps I took to go within me to figure out what I was truly on. I found my triggers to move into this wonderful place to assist you to do the same. My process was just that mines, yours will be different, but in the end, it will bring healing and wholeness.

What are you on? The first time I heard those words my life changed forever. I remember the day I received them via a text message from KJ. We had been seeing each other for a while and we shared moments where I just knew he & I would be moving to another level. but to my dismay, we had not. By nature, I am a fighter; not physically, but with my words. So, on this particular day was no different for me to give him a piece of my mind. You see we had been communicating for a couple of days & then boom! All communication stopped. So, that triggered me, my trigger sent me on an emotional roller coaster to my past relationships of hurt. I went for a couple of days in silence and then I did it; I snapped. I sent this lengthy message all in my feelings. It was so lengthy that I don’t even remember what I said, but whatever I said triggered him to say this to me “what are you on”? Wow! I dropped the phone on the bed and sat in shame and questioned myself. Girl, what are you on? I was embarrassed and ashamed that it came to that. Him asking me those four words “what are you on.” From that day forward, I sat in silence daily and spoke to God and asked the question to him. It became an inner journey & tour of myself that lead me to become a life coach. Now, I want to share the information about how I was able to move past “what I was on” internally to get to a better place in my life. This is a journey I took alone without the help of any one person, but God himself. This workshop/conference is to help you go within yourself to see; why you do what you do, why you respond the way you do, why you react the way you do, why you shut down the way you do.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The journey has not been smooth by far it is a journey into a place I would have never thought I would go. To travel into your soul and figure you out was a tough road for me. I was subjected to the views of my mom and the world on how a woman “should” grow up. The stigma of going to college getting a good education, meet a good man fall in love and have children, build a career, have great credit and live happily ever after. No, that was not how it went for me. I used to read the book Cinderella and think that every man that came into my world was my knight in shining armor! Turns out, that is a fairy tale, that society makes us believe. My personal struggle drove me to many mistaken relationships and beliefs that I had about myself in relationships. I struggled to be the perfect mate and woman to the men I selected. In my journey, I realized that I was making all the selections in my life to provide me with secure protection, so secure that if I wanted to make sure that if I was hurt, I could leave at any moment. I would sabotage all relationships when they felt out of control or when I didn’t want to deal with the pressure. The pressure came from not knowing me well enough to honor me in the relationship and to stop seeking the validation of a title in my job, career, family and mainly my relationships. The title doesn’t make you it is your character that makes people want to do one or two things: 1 deal with you 2. or not deal with you. It’s that simple.

The advice I would give to young women on their journey is to honor the process. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and to always listen and value what someone is saying to you. To value the words and not take them personally. To be honest, humble, compassionate, sophisticated, peacefully, kind, endearing, pure, whole, courageous, dynamic, exceptional and overall YOU!

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
What I have found in my journey is that I am a coach, teacher, educator, and motivator. What I do is I go to the core; the middle part of who you are and we begin to deal with you in such a way that you will have no other choice but to deal with what is surfacing, whether you like it or not. I specialize in inner healing, breaking down walls, barriers, and mistaken & limiting beliefs. I specialize in changing mindsets, providing the courage and capabilities to navigate to the next place in life. I am known for helping young women transition from young adult to women. To guide them in successful careers to help get focused with plans, dreams and goal setting. What I am most proud of as a brand is that my brand didn’t come from someone else, it came directly from my daughter. I believe in who I am and what I do. I am a proud person to say that if I can change, anyone can change, using the same tactics and processes I did to get to this place in my life.

What sets me apart from others is that I am honest, humble, true to my word. I want to help others get free from everything that limits them in life. I want women to be free in every area of life. I am not just talking, I am true to my brand; destroying limiting/mistaken beliefs, starting a new beginning, and having infinite freedom in those places. Eleven80 is not just a brand, it is my lifestyle! I just don’t talk about it, I live it every day, even now.

Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
The women that inspire me in my life are my own children. The reason is I see myself in them; a young woman looking for someone to grab them and guide them in the best possible way. I see the terror, the fear, the anxiety and the stress of just being a woman, young and in this world of stigmas, agendas and the need to be someone “socially.” Growing up, for me, it was more of a Southern thing where you represented family and the name. Which I have upheld in my own family. But what is that exactly? I see my children struggle with being accepted by family, friends and loved ones for a long time. I realize that my children are suffering because I had no guidance on what it was to just be me in a world full of other women that would be more successful, more driven, more talented, prettier, etc… I did not have the values of being me, I was who my mother wanted me to be, I liked what she wanted me to like, I did what she wanted me too. I see my children struggle with self-worth, self-love and father issues because I carried them with me in every area of my journey. I never allowed them to be them and I have a bit of regret, but I am on the road to change that to have them be successful, driven and powerful women not looking for validation from society, but from within. Doing what makes them feel good about being them. They inspire me every day to be a better mother first, businesswoman, entrepreneur and overall person in society. They inspire me to continue on my journey to help others just like them; find peace and solace with who they are and what their assignment is in this world.

Pricing:

  • Three month coaching session $526
  • Six month coaching session $1526
  • Nine month coaching session $2526
  • Year coaching session $3526

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TeJae Cannon

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