About Blue Rose
The blue rose is one of the rarest flowers on the planet. The quest for refined breeding of this flower has become like a "Holy Grail" for rose breeders throughout the world. This is because roses are naturally "designed" to be pink. When scientists try to extract a gene from a flower whose petals are blue and inject it into a rose, the rose will fight to stay pink. The pH balance in the cells of a rose, when changed to become blue, will sometimes destroy the essence of that rose, changing all of its other functions and cells. It may have turned blue, but it is no longer a true rose.
By the same token, when a woman turns "blue" through depression or lack of vibrancy, she is no longer her true self. Her mind, beauty, spirituality, and personality have been changed and altered - right down to her DNA. She naturally wants to be "pink"…to be centered, alive and beautiful. The "blue" is not right; not natural. It is not who she was designed to BE.
Blue Rose Communications is an organization dedicated to preserving the livelihoods of women who have been "injected" with elements foreign to their bodies and spirits. Cherie Burton, President and Founder of Blue Rose Communications, states, "This is a company whose mission is to remind a woman of her natural, God-given state - her spiritual core, alive in joy, passion and purpose (who she REALLY is!) Through workshops, seminars, educational materials and training programs, we inspire women to magnify their gifts, awaken to their divine femininity and master the art of BEING."
About Cherie Burton
Cherie Burton resides with her husband Jeff in Utah and is honored to be the stay-at-home Mother of their three precious children. After serving an 18-month, full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to Texas, she received a Bachelors in Psychology and a Minor Degree in Sociology from the University of Utah. She has held group therapist positions at a psychiatric hospital, a residential facility for teen boys, a birthmother support group, and served as Family Education Director for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center.
A self-proclaimed "late bloomer," Cherie challenged herself to embark on a childhood dream and began competing in pageants as a wife and mother of young children. In 2004, with the social platform, Inspiring Greatness in Girls, Cherie was crowned Mrs. Utah. Ironically, Cherie's own sister, Shawna - a wife and mother of five - was losing her own battle with self-esteem that same year. On April 29, 2005, three weeks before Cherie was to pass on her title as Mrs. Utah, Shawna committed suicide. In Cherie's words, "It changed everything." Devastated and grief-stricken, her fervor and passion for increasing self-awareness in women took on a more intense and personal meaning. In her book, Where Depression Ends and You Begin: 4 Passages to Discovery , she writes, "One rainy, blustery afternoon in May of 2005, less than a week after we buried her, I stood over Shawna's grave with a promise in my heart to be her voice. It was one of those self-defining moments, albeit the moment of my greatest heartbreak and sorrow. I knew a big part of my life's work would be to try and grasp what Shawna was suffering from and to bring instruments of prevention and enlightenment to others."
In addition to working out of her home with female clients in her Operation Wholeness 12-Week Transformation Program, and pageant consulting, Cherie remains involved in mental health advocacy work. Since her sister's suicide, she has given speeches on depression with the Utah Attorney General's Office, at black-tie galas, in churches, at the Mental Health Association in Utah's Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk, and on television and radio. In 2006 she was invited to sit on the State Suicide Prevention Council with the Utah Department of Human Services.
As the facilitator of the Operation Wholeness Workshops throughout the United States, Cherie focuses on giving women "permission" to follow their ambitions and pursue their righteous desires as they define their personal life missions and refine their "inner magnificence" or "higher selves." She communicates that all females can develop a healthy outlook on life and a deep, abiding confidence by self-educating with classical literature in their fields of interest and working with personal mentors who will inspire and motivate them. She is a believer in reclaiming the "lost feminine arts": Etiquette, Self-Presentation, Poise, Character Development, Leadership, Natural Beauty and Personal Mission Discovery.
The emphasis of Cherie's message is not on the avoidance of depression or unhappiness, but on the active creation of joy and prosperity. She states, "We can create anything, and I mean ANYTHING, that we desire. I believe God implanted within us many glorious passions and gifts that we don't often recognize as righteous desires. As we nurture and magnify these divine passions -walking with trust and humility- beautiful miracles in mind, body and spirit begin to unfold." Cherie has been a regular co-host on TV and radio talk shows and has future plans to author more books for women and teens.