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Rebel, Rule Breaker, Entrepreneur

Rebel, Rule Breaker, Entrepreneur

[0:00] Tammy Pereira, Tammy P. has been in marketing for over 20 years. She a Facebook Ads, Facebook Ninja expert. She’s a speaker. She’s an online business owner that practices what she preaches


[2:08] Tammy’s back story and how she found her way to live video and Facebook Ads


[8:41] Choosing simplicity and consistency in business and how Tammy leaned into visibility


[11:24] Doing it scared


[13:42] Creating, reinventing, and a thirst for knowledge


[20:52] Choosing alignment, being a rebel, and doing things her own way


[27:15] Connect with Tammy inside her Facebook Group


[28:10] Tammy’s recommendation for showing up and Amplify Your Awesome


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Yong Pratt 0:00
Have you ever felt like there is something missing in your business? Something holding you back from the success you're seeking? If so, you are not alone. For nearly 20 years, that's exactly how I felt as a business owner. It wasn't until I discovered Human Design, that it all became clear. And it turns out that I was the missing piece in my own business. Join me on this journey of discovering the real me and hear stories from other business owners, building businesses around all of their awesomeness. I'm Yong Pratt, and it's time my friend to Amplify Your Awesome™.

Welcome back to The Amplify Your Awesome™. I am so glad you are tuning in today because today's guest is someone that I've connected with a couple times before and every time we connect and chat, we just there's this inspiration that happens. And I cannot wait to introduce you to Tammy Pereira, who actually has been on the show before. So let me tell you a little bit about Tammy. Tammy has been in marketing for over 20 years, which is an amazing feat to be in one particular industry for that long. In that time, though, she has morphed and changed and now really focuses in on Facebook ads. But she is definitely more than just a Facebook ads expert. She is also helping people in the corporate space with their marketing and advertising, consulting. And she's a strategist. She's a speaker. She's an online business owner, who definitely definitely practices what she preaches. Tammy, I'm so glad you're back for another interview here on the podcast.

Tammy Pereria 1:46
I'm happy to be here, Yong. And thank you for that wonderful introduction. You're amazing too. So amazing.

Yong Pratt 1:53
Yeah, my pleasure. So tell me, can you take us back because you you've been in business for a very long time, and you've done different things in this realm. Can you take us back to the beginning of your story about, you know, why you chose to be an entrepreneur and what that has looked like for you? Yeah, actually,

Tammy Pereria 2:08
I want to go a couple years back, because, for me, it was really what I've been thinking about most recently, over the past weeks and months, is kind of my my step into the online space. Because as you said, I've I'm not new to marketing and advertising, definitely not. I pretend like I am younger than I am don't tell anybody

And um, but yeah, it was an interesting journey. Even coming in from working, I was working in advertising. I've been also working as a corporate consultant, with marketing teams and things like that. And when I started to see other opportunities, and specifically starting to kind of dip my toes into the online space. I started to realize that it's a whole nother world out here. Like it's a whole nother world. And it was almost like learning a whole nother language. And so it was an interesting journey, because I was unaware even of how to market my business in the online space versus corporate. It's a totally different world, totally different world. Um, but I'm so grateful that I have done that, because I've really worked to really work to make my business successful, and especially over the past year. So I'm excited about that. But I'll take you back a little bit. I actually, this is going to be funny.

But when I came into the online space, I was on Pinterest. This is like my point of entry, I would say back in way back in 2016. Yong. So I think it was 2016 pretty sure. And I went on Pinterest and Pinterest told me that I needed to blog every day in order to build a successful online business for real. So that was like the advice that I did four years ago. So I think I went through about 100 blog posts and I was like, This is exhausting. This is not for me. And this is not really working. So there's got to be something else out here that I'm not seeing. I don't know, like I wanted to figure it out. I felt like for some reason, I had this I had this calling for whatever reason, I can't even explain it. But um, to to kind of kind of shift my business a bit and I didn't know exactly why. And so I started to I joined a mastermind I actually was in this kind of digital marketing mastermind because at the time, I considered myself a digital marketer. I was just doing digital marketing. I was filling in that gap for marketing people from marketing teams and corporate. So it's like okay, yeah, I could call myself a digital marketer. And I was in I joined some different groups. I joined some masterminds, I joined some courses, things Like that. And I started to realize that this is great. And there's like a whole nother world that I definitely want to jump into. I was really started to be interested, I really started to see kind of where this could go where this could take me. And one of the things that was really, it's so, so basic, but it is also about creating content. And it's always also about using the skills that we already have, is I had something to say, and a lot of us I know are experts. And we have something to say we have something to share, we have something that can help other, you know, can help other people, right, because everybody's at different stages along their path along their journey.

And for me, I just started talking, and specifically, I wasn't super fancy about it. But I just started talking into my iPhone or onto my computer, publicly, not in public, but in the like, on the computer, on my Facebook page. That's it, or on the computer, not mostly on my personal profile, because I was too shy. And a lot of people now are like, you're too shy, what are you talking about? You talk all day long. And I was shy because I was used to being this person that was behind the scenes, I was used to be this person that was not in the front, that I wasn't I didn't know what that was like. And when I started to go on camera, so to speak, just in a small way I found my voice. And so that was really, really instrumental for me more so than blogging, was putting my face on camera talking about something that I know marketing for five or 10 minutes. That's how it started. For me Simple as that. Not any more complicated than that.

Yong Pratt 6:45
Well, isn't it interesting that when we find these things in our lives, it usually is the simple things. It's not the things that are super complicated, because for me, when I switched from, you know, brick and mortar business to online, everyone's like, oh, it'll be fine. It's all the same. But like you said, it's a different language. And you know, brick and mortar businesses have their work cut out for them. Because not only do they have to do that, they also have to be really good at online marketing, in order for the businesses to stand out in their particular areas. So yeah, it's the simple things that are usually the things that lead us to success, the fastest. And the most, I guess I'll say, easy. And I know in the digital world, the entrepreneur space, the word easy, is not always one that people celebrate. Because sometimes, you know, we think, oh, it has to be complicated, we need a funnel, we need all these things with 55 steps, and everyone has to go through this way. And we're going to hide behind all of this technology, we're going to hide behind all of these things that we build, which are exciting because we build them. But then when you realize that, oh, gosh, all those years, it didn't have to be so hard. So I love that you made it simple. You just pulled out your camera, and you just started talking. And that really kind of propelled this whole business of yours now where you just got on camera, and I love it because you always have the pink headphones on. So I know you're very identifiable. But yeah, it is just those little baby steps. It doesn't have to be huge. This doesn't have to be, you know, webinar right out of the gate, it can be five or 10 minutes. And then what Tammy can do with that on the back end, you know, that's really where the magic comes in. Because you just show up as yourself. And you know, then she takes it and makes sure that you have all the right people coming to watch your video and supporting you. So amazing. Simple is always best love it.

Tammy Pereria 8:41
Yeah, and the other piece of it was talking and doing live video. But there is a piece there that it was me becoming unseen me becoming. And people talk and throw around the word visibility a lot. But it really was that simple. And there was a thing of consistency. So I did decide that I was going to show up every single week. I didn't, I didn't really set it as like, Oh, I'm going to do this as a goal. It's just something that evolved over time is that I enjoyed doing it. I didn't enjoy doing it. When I first started, I was terrible at it. But I kept going with it. I'm not I don't I can't tell you why I just did it was one thing that I was able to be very consistent with where I would do one video a week, go show up live on my Facebook page five or 10 minutes. And I would talk about what I already know. And I would do that one time a week. And I would do that one time a week. And I would do it consistently until I did it for a solid year. Um, and that's how I started actually growing my business in the online space. It wasn't any more complicated than that.

Yong Pratt 9:44
Oh my gosh, I love it. Simplicity and consistency. Deciding. Making a choice in the moment that I'm going to do this and the way I'm going to do it is this and it doesn't have to be fancy. It doesn't have to be complicated. I'm just going to go on camera and share and I know video for a lot of people is daunting. In the beginning, it was for me as well. And I've shared with you before, Tammy that, for me to be here on video to like, it feels so natural, and I have so much fun doing it. It's my favorite way to create content out of all of them. However, it's been a really long time in the making to get here. And the way it happened was to do it over and over again. And to feel insecure about doing it. But then just saying, you know what, Okay, next time, it's going to get better. And next time, I'm going to get better. And you'll learn every time you do a video, and then to do a whole year being consistent on weekly video. That's a huge accomplishment. So if you're out there listening, thinking, marking, marketing is super complicated. Take Tammy's words of advice to heart. Think about the simple. Think about the easiest path, what is the easiest way for you to to let people know that you do awesome things and that they need to connect with you. I mean, that's all it took. And I love that and to see the progress because we've known each other now for a couple years, I think to see this transformation of, you know, you just showing up in the beginning. And now like you're you're rocking it's like, I mean, you're helping other people be seen now. Because you you went out there, you were the scientist, you tested out what worked and what didn't work. And now you're giving your clients such huge results. So congratulations.

Tammy Pereria 11:24
Thank you. Thanks a lot. I love that. I love it. Yeah, it's great. And it it really, um, it really propelled me it really was the kind of the catalyst I guess would be the word. When I was dipping my toes in, I was a little scared. But I just did it. And I got so much encouragement from others to keep going as well. They would tell me that they watched my videos and things like that. And now it feels so natural to me to just come in and do a podcast with you. It feels natural to do a live video. I have interviews this week. I have presentations this week. And I just love it.

Yong Pratt 12:03
So good. And I think that part of the moment you get there in your business and you love what you're doing, that's when things get really, really fun. Because it doesn't feel like work. It just feels like you're playing it, it feels like you get to show up as the real self. You don't have to hide behind anybody else or anybody else's rules. You just get to go out there and make your own rules. And that's really what this podcast this season is all about about us being able to as entrepreneurs, take the reins and say, You know what, okay, I like these things over here. But no, like, not everything on this list works for me. So to take the things that were for you that serve you, and then leave out the rest. So if you're out there, and you're someone like me, who is a course junkie. I love learning. I love different marketing tactics, and just learning about a lot of different things. I have a lot of courses. And I say that proudly now, because now I know, from each of those things, I gleaned at least one nugget that I have literally applied, it may not have been what they were promoting in the program. But I have gained something from every single investment that I've made. And I know Tammy, you create a lot of courses and your courses are so fun, so full of value, and they're so actionable, which I get. I love I love courses where you can actually go in, do the thing, and then you see a result. So amazing. I want to commend you also for the courses you're creating, because you're able to impact more people who may not be able to hire you one on one quite yet. But they have access to you in a different way that you can actually leverage that in your business.

Tammy Pereria 13:42
Yeah, and I actually love creating courses as well. That was something that I started doing actually over the past year. And that was something that I realized, you know, I used to be, this is another lesson. Actually, I learned over the past year. I don't know if this will help anybody to say it, but I'm just going to say it is I used to only believe that I could serve people on only the highest level. So this is kind of a bit of a I don't know, mindset issue or limiting belief like I can only help them if I work with them one on one. And what I discovered and it still comes back actually sometimes for me, although I still enjoy I enjoy working with clients one on one, but I discovered that I also love creating courses. And this is this whole other thing that opened up for me this past year. And again didn't plan for it kind of stepped into it a little bit backwards. Just like anything else kind of going with Okay, let's see, I have this idea. I'm just gonna put it out there. Um, and so I truly love one of the things that I love doing is I love creating like, I have eight ideas lined up already over the next like I can't stop coming up with ideas. So it's and I know that's a lot of entrepreneurs have that, but the difference for me over this past year was that I had a lot of ideas in the past as an entrepreneur. And I didn't actually do them, I didn't take the action. So I've broken it down recently into three parts, it's almost like the decision part. So for me, like deciding that I want to create, do a course, right, like, I like doing courses, I'm going to do courses, and they help people enjoy them, right. And so once I got anchored into the fact that courses can help people, and that people have can can learn from me, and I enjoy teaching, and I enjoy people learning from you, then I then I will create the course idea. So it's sort of like deciding what it is that you want to do. And then creating, which I love creating, like, literally, I can't stop creating. Um, and so whatever the idea is, I always have new things that came up with, I just came up with something new today. Always reinventing all these things. And so if you're a person that loves creating, um, then definitely, this can work. And courses can work. And I still believe that there is a place for courses, I know people talk about the market saturated and all this stuff. But some people they are busy, the like you said, they don't have a ton of time, they don't have a ton, you know, maybe they don't want to invest right in a kind of a bigger program. Or maybe they don't have time to have time, right. They just want to learn on their own, but they still want to learn there's still a thirst for knowledge and thirst to learn, then you can still create these courses. And what I learned was that it's a way for people to come in and kind of experience experience a little of me, right and experience kind of what I'm all about and how my perspective on teaching what I teach. The other piece, though, is that before I had all these ideas in I did not execute on the idea. So what changed for me this past year, and this is why I'm sharing this with you is that I actually took action. And I know, I know, I know, I know that when we are creative people when we are people that like to create for me when I create it like comes from my heart. So it's like I know what it is it comes from my heart. I know that people are going to love it. Um, but there's something about actually putting it out there creating something and then saying, hey, people, do you want this thing that I created? And it's almost like, it's an artistic thing, even though what I create is courses, and quite quote practical, I guess, practical marketing advice. But um, yeah, there's something to creating something and then actually taking action and putting that thing bringing it to life, and having people experience it. So the big step for me this past year was actually the fact that I created courses. But I actually allowed myself to put them out there and allowed people to experience them them by basically saying, Hey, guys, they're for sale, I created some things, and here they are, and do you want them? And then people were like, yes. And I'm like, oh, why didn't I just do that before? Like,

Yong Pratt 18:07
I love that Tammy, and I've been giggling throughout this process, because you and I have talked off camera several times about this idea that we are compulsive creators. We never stop creating, and to have these ideas. And, you know, I'm sure people who are listening can relate to the fact that these ideas spring up. And you know, sometimes inspiration hits us when we are least expecting it. And then we just don't know what to do with this thing. You know, we we think about it like, Oh, that's a good idea. And then we just, we talk ourselves out of doing it. So I love that your first step is making the decision that you're going to do this. And then and then asking people if they're interested and then taking action and making the thing and putting it out into the world where people can actually consume your information and get to know you and have a result in the process. I think that's such brilliant advice that you just have to decide. So if you have a course inside of you, and you're thinking, Oh, I would love to teach people this. People always ask me about doing this. What if you could do this, you go out there, you make a decision. You ask people, if they're interested, you put the thing together. And then you offer it to the world. I mean, that coupled with just showing up and doing the thing, like the action piece, I think for a lot of us gets lost in the shuffle of the everyday to do list. Like there's so many things that we're all doing every day, but to commit and then to take action on me like I think you have summarized several different courses I've created, or several different courses I've taken on creating courses and marketing courses. Like it really can be that simple. And I just again, I'm going to come back to that word because in business, yeah, it's almost a bad word to say simple or easy. When you find the right things. When you find the right tribe of people and you find this place where it feels like it's more fun. It doesn't feel like work. You're excited to get up every day. That's what business needs to be. And not everyone experiences that in the beginning. And, you know, you've been on this road for a long time, as have I. And so finally to get here, you know, 20 plus years later for both of us, and like, all those years of hustling and thinking, we need to get into the blogging every day, and following all these rules, and this is the way to success. And if you do this, you'll make a million dollars. And that's never the case. Because there's always a bit of disconnect in those scenarios about who I don't, I don't feel good about that part of it, or like, you, I don't want to do that. You know, so wouldn't when marketing can be fun, creation can be fun, and it's just joyful to, to have this business of yours. And you're eager to serve people. I mean, that's really what business, I would love that to be business for everybody, because it feels amazing.

Tammy Pereria 20:52
Yeah, and I got to say with that last part of like, people telling me what to do. I'm an entrepreneur, and I'm a rebel. And I'm also an I'm a rule breaker. So when people give me like a linear line to follow, it never works for me. So that was another thing that I discovered, is, uh, I have to do it my way. And if it's somebody says, you have to do these eight things, and four of those things don't feel aligned for me, and I'm not going to do them. I don't care what they say, like, you can make a million dollars if you do these four things, or eight things, and I can only do four of them. It's actually me wanting to do it. Because if we don't want to do it, then we're not going to do it. So, um, there's many, like you said, there's many, many different ways to market a business, many, I mean, I've been doing this for 20 years, it's, it's really all the same. And I have so many of these discussions every day. But that is the point. I mean, actually, that's what I love about marketing and advertising is that there are many ways to do it. And the point is, we get to decide. So once I realized that piece was like, I don't actually need to follow advice. But I like this little advice over here, and I like it over here, and I'm going to mix it up, and I'm going to make it into my own recipe, then it works for me, then it all of a sudden started to work for me. And if somebody said to me, okay, in order to sell 80 of your courses, you need to post eight times a day. And I don't want to post eight times a day, because that doesn't feel good to me. Because I feel like I'm spamming people, guess what, I'm not going to do it, right, just not going to do it. So that was a huge realization. Also, for me this week, this past year, I would say, I do things my way. Now I it's not like I'm not ever taking other people's advice. But when it comes down to it, I already know, it all comes from me, actually, it all comes from me. So I so I have to be the one that decides like this, I have to you know, I want to feel it's not I have to that is totally the wrong word. I want to feel proud about things that I'm creating. And I want to also like, the way that I'm putting it out there, it can't feel icky to me. So again, it doesn't matter. Because if I don't feel good about the way that I'm creating, if I don't feel good about the way that I'm marketing, it's just not going to happen for me. Um, and so that was another big thing. And so many people come to me because I do some coaching and things like that. And they say, well, so and so told me, I had to do it this way. And I'm like, do you want to do it that way? And they're like, no, and I'm like, you don't have to, you don't have to. Nobody says, and once I realized that that was the truth, my business just absolutely changed. It changed. Because every day I get to decide. Every day I get to decide, it's every day could be a blank canvas, I could just decide, you know what, I'm gonna do things completely different tomorrow. And that's it.

Yong Pratt 23:54
So good. So for all of you out there, you have been given permission to break the rules and do things your own way and do in a way that feels good. Because sometimes I know, I was that rule follower as a kid, I didn't ever want to break the rules. So when it came to thinking outside this, these boxes of do it this way, this way. I had a really hard time with that because, like, ooh, I don't want to break the rules. But I think somewhere deep down for all of us. We all do know the way we sometimes get in our own way and say, Oh, that's that wouldn't work because oh, because of this, right? We put these excuses in these roadblocks. And I think we all do it. But as an entrepreneur, you know, entrepreneurship is really about taking these risks and and doing these things and going out on there. You know, jumping off the ledge, knowing that there's going to be a parachute and saying, Oh, awesome, okay, I get I get to choose I get to wear, you know, the cap or whatever. Whatever it is for you, like signifies like your headphones, and I love it. Yes, we all need a pair of pink headphones in our lives for sure. But yeah, knowing that, at the end of the day, I think we all deep down know, we just don't always take the time to stop and listen to what is already inside us. And that real us bury deep inside. It is now time like this year has thrown us for a lot of loops, it is time to dig down, you know, grab out those big dreams, grab out those things you've been putting off and do them, you know, reach out to Tammy reach out to me, you know, let us help you get to where you want to go. Because it really is possible to build these amazing businesses had just feel amazing, that really shine the light on who we are as humans, how we can offer those things to the world. You know, and since my background is in performing arts, I always think about, you mentioned earlier that even though what you do is not necessarily creative, it's a creative process to put all these things together. And I always think about everything that I do, as choreographing, because it's no different than that. So the analogy of coming up with this idea, figuring out okay, what do I need to make this idea work? How can I arrange it? Okay, I'll try it like this, oh, well, that doesn't work. So let me rearrange these people on the stage or in the business, we're in the program. And then at the end, you have this beautiful thing that has the capability and the ability to to reach people at an emotional level, where they feel things where they are inspired to take action, where they're inspired, just to go out there and really show up as their real selves. And that is definitely you know, such a great way to summarize this whole, this whole interview, Tammy is being the real you is possible, we just need to be a little bit open to the possibilities of what we know is inside and allow those ideas to be brought into the world in any way that we can imagine them because we get to make the rules. It is our business. To me, I want to make sure that people who want to know more about you and how you help people build businesses online using Facebook ads, where is the best place for them to connect with you?

Tammy Pereria 27:15
Yeah, the best place is in my group that is called it's a free group. It's Facebook Ads for Women Entrepreneurs.

Yong Pratt 27:23
And the name says it all. I know, you recently went through a name change and this one is so spot on, because it talks about exactly what you do and how you serve. And yeah, the women and they're always excited when you're in there, doing your videos showing up. You're always giving great value. And Tammy, I want to ask you one final question. And it's kind of a doozy. Are you ready for it?

Tammy Pereria 27:44
Oh, boy, let me prepare. Okay, yeah.

Yong Pratt 27:46
Okay. Tell me what is your number one tip or piece of advice. For everyone listening who's out there thinking, Okay, have a business or have an idea for a business, but I just, I don't know how to show up as the real me? How would you recommend that people find the real them so they can show up and amplify all the stuff that makes them awesome?

Tammy Pereria 28:10
That's a big, that's a really big question. Um, the thing is, is that. The thing is, if you don't show up, you're not really bringing to life, your gifts. And so I don't have a choice anymore. In showing up. I don't, it's not something like, Oh, I'm tired, I don't feel like getting out of bed today, I don't have a choice. Because if I don't bring my gifts, then I am not helping others. And I'm not doing what I'm supposed to be doing in my life. So I know that right now is what I do. This is what I'm supposed to be doing. I've had all of all, all roads have led me to where I am right now. And is sometimes listening is sometimes sometimes we know what those paths are. So if you're in a state of, let's say, kind of a lot of people, we use the term of like stuck, not sure where to go, whatever it is fill in the blank. But deep down, we know where to go and what to do. And we know if there was path a or Class B, which one feels better? And really it comes down to that like which one would you rather do? It's not any more complicated than that. If somebody said to me came out and said, Hey, I'm gonna give you a million dollars. If you go back into your corporate job, I would say no, because I don't want to do that. I want to be an entrepreneur. I want to help women succeed in business.

Yong Pratt 29:43
So good. And again, I love that you brought it back to like the theme of this episode, simplicity. It doesn't have to be hard, and we stop ourselves by making it more complicated than it needs to be. If you can embrace the simplicity. Listen to those those Inklings that come up sometimes and you just these ideas of inspiration. Those are the things we need to be doing every day. And just to show up, because if you're not sharing your gifts fully with the people around you, and helping them do whatever it is that you do, you're doing them a disservice. And if you can always come from that place of always wanting to serve and knowing that someone is missing out, someone's not accomplishing their goals, someone is not reaching their potential because you didn't show up. That's a big deal. It is a really big deal. We're all put on this planet for a reason. So when you can show up fully in that and serve and find joy, and embrace the simple. That's the magic of being an entrepreneur. Tammy, I want to thank you so much for being here today and sharing your wealth of knowledge. I really want to make sure people connect with you. I will put everything where I'll put the link to your group in today's show notes because, yes, if they have an online business, you need to be in there live. So I definitely want to make some connections. Thank you so much for being here.

Tammy Pereria 31:09
Thank you Yong. This is amazing.

Next week, you'll hear from Deb LaFlamme, the chief Ideapreneur at For the Love of Your Biz, and we're diving into one of my favorite topics, doing less to achieve more. Until then come on over and join me inside my Facebook community where I do live trainings every week, sharing real world examples of showing up as your real self in your business using your awesome content. I'll link the group directly at today's show notes. www.Yong pratt.com/312

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Plus Timaree will share the resource for you or that would make a perfect gift this holiday season. It’s been a total game-changer in Yong’s house.


[0:00]  When it comes to building your awesome business, one of the things that gets overlooked most often is something that most of us don’t think about. So today, I wanted to bring on a guest who could really pull back the curtain and share with us how if we are missing this critical piece, when we’re building our businesses, it definitely could affect us, in not the best of ways. What is this thing I’m talking about? I’m talking about our nutrition. The things that we put into our bodies, day in and day out, absolutely can help us or hurt us as we are building our business. So with all of that in mind, I want to welcome our amazing guest today, nutrition Professor herself Timaree Hagenberger. 

[1:34] Timaree’s backstory  

[4:24] Taking care of your future self today

[10:03] Timaree’s recommendations for pantry staples and examples of how to use them quickly and easily

[19:01] The importance of breakfast for business owners and how taking care of your future self is a gift 

[24:46] The reason behind Timaree’s Book, The Foodie Bar Way.   

[26:50] Using foodie bars to make family meals more enjoyable and give kids autonomy   

[32:49] Where to learn more from Timaree and how to get her book, The Foodie Bar Way  

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Yong Pratt 0:00
Have you ever felt like there is something missing in your business? Something holding you back from the success you're seeking? If so, you are not alone. For nearly 20 years, that's exactly how I felt as a business owner. It wasn't until I discovered Human Design, that it all became clear. And it turns out that I was the missing piece in my own business. Join me on this journey of discovering the real me and hear stories from other business owners, building businesses around all of their awesomeness. I'm Yong Pratt, and it's time my friend to amplify your awesome.

When it comes to building your awesome business, one of the things that gets overlooked most often is something that most of us don't think about. So today, I wanted to bring on a guest who could really pull back the curtain and share with us how if we are missing this critical piece, when we're building our businesses, it definitely could affect us, in not the best of ways. What is this thing I'm talking about? I'm talking about our nutrition. The things that we put into our bodies, day in and day out, absolutely can help us or hurt us as we are building our business. So with all of that in mind, I want to welcome our amazing guest today that nutrition Professor herself Timaree Hagenberger. Welcome to the show to Timaree!

Timaree Hagenberger 1:34
Hello! I am so excited to join you. There, this is such a critical piece that people just don't even, they don't even consider it. They just feel what they feel and they try to push really hard to just keep working, working, keep working. And they don't realize how good they could feel and how much more effective they can be.

So you introduced me as the Nutrition Professor, and I am actually a full-time nutrition professor at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California. And I've been doing this this is year 21 years. I'm also a registered dietitian, with a master's degree in Public Health. And I'm also a certified exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. And I love what I do. So whenever I listen to a podcast about finding your passion and making sure that you have a way to live that passion, whether it be in your day to day work, or your side, hustle, I live it in every chance I get. I absolutely love sharing information with others, and helping them to optimize their quality of life, no matter what they want to pursue.

Yong Pratt 3:01
Oh my gosh, so much goodness, just in that little bit. The fact that you have been living the work that you're doing in nutrition, helping people to optimize our health for all these years is huge. And I just want to give a little backstory to that too. Timaree and I actually met fairly recently. She attended a summit that I was part of over the summer. And then via email, we've been keeping in touch - reaching out. And then we connected and we had so many things in common. And then when I knew that she was doing all this with nutrition, she has an amazing book, which I'll share with you at the end, how you can get your hands on it, because it is just amazing. Your family is going to thank you for it. I just knew I had to have her on the show. So Timaree, thank you so much for being here and for sharing your vast knowledge in this particular arena of nutrition because it is definitely something that I know, I personally have overlooked at different parts of my life. And when I have, I can definitely tell the difference. And so when it comes to building our business, and making sure that we're caring for ourselves most appropriately, what is something we just need to remember going in because nutrition can sometimes be tough. There's lots of conflicting information out there on the internet. What's something that we can all start doing today?

Timaree Hagenberger 4:24
All right, well, there are a lot of different things we can do. And one, the first thing that I think about when I think about someone really committed to building their business, which means working. Unfortunately for many of us because of so many competing priorities, we need to work late or start early in the morning. And so not having food at your fingertips, that can optimize your mental status is a huge overlook and so when we

Just interestingly. When I talk to my students, when we had classes in person right now we're all remote, I told them that I had worked for years and years and years at the college that I do. And in that whole time, I had gone out to lunch probably maybe two or three times over 15, 16, 17 years. And they look at me in they're thinking what? We go every day. You know, my students do fast food and whatever all the time. And they said, don't you get bored? And I said, No, absolutely. I could most certainly take the time, rush off campus, be subjected to whatever options were out there, and pay, be pointed back to campus, or can take the time, over the weekend, which is typically what I do make up my lunches for the week, have them in my little fridge, so that I get to choose exactly what I want. And I can enjoy them at the speed that I wish. And I am saving. I'm sitting down, I'm saving time, and I'm giving you exactly what I want. Because the my past me, right took care of my future me. And it's so it's, it's the true definition of have it your way.

So now, let's fast forward into COVID times where we're not, we're not even at work, we're trying to do all of this at home. And when people who are trying to get a lot of work done, and also are doing that work at home with a refrigerator in another, you know the kitchen in another room, they can if they don't plan ahead end up spending either a bunch of time in the kitchen making a breakfast that took away maybe 45 minutes of their work time because they didn't plan ahead. And they just decided, Well, what do I feel like, or they end up going into the kitchen and just trying to find something quick, like some kind of snacky overprocessed product, or energy drink or something like that, where they think I'll just eat this. And it'll just get me through. And they don't realize that they're not optimizing that opportunity. But when they walk into their kitchen, and they open that fridge and they see their breakfast, let's say breakfast, oatmeal, that they've made a little overnight oats. That's something that people you know, are interested in and they see the little containers, they grab a jar. It already has some goodness in there that they prepared all in one shot on Sunday, bring it back to their desk, or take that 10 minutes to sit outside. When the air is clean, right? Take a nice little time to themselves and get right back and focus on what you need to for their business. Taking that extra time pays you because you're taking care of your future self pays you big dividends all week long.

Yong Pratt 8:24
You brought up a ton of good points to hear and and really the idea that our society tells us that we need to be moving fast. Things have to go fast, fast, fast, and we're always in a hurry, and the temptation to grab something on the go. While it seems convenient in the moment, like you said, we need to think about our future selves, when you should really consider how that food we're going to intake into our bodies is going to affect us throughout our workdays, throughout the weekend. And I know for me, I've been working on doing a new eating program, which has been a plant based program. And I'm prepping on Sundays. So literally, I'm making my breakfast, my lunch and my dinner on Sundays. Yes, it takes some time, but it's kind of become my favorite day of the week. And then when I wake up, I just know what I'm going to have. And it's there. I can take it out of the freezer, I can pop it in the microwave, I can take it with me. It makes it so so convenient. So for those of you who are out there wanting to grab things fast, definitely take Timaree's advice and prep things that are easy. Prep things that are delicious. And prep things that are going to really give you the energy you need to run a business because if you're like me and you run a business and you have kids and you have all sorts of things that you're doing, and if you're not feeding yourself the right things, we can definitely run out of energy quickly. So Timaree let's talk about some thoughts for how people can quickly prep their breakfast or their lunch to take with them. What are some of the staples that you would recommend we all have in our pantries.

Timaree Hagenberger 10:03
Okay, so I have many, many articles on my website, the Nutrition Professor dot com, that will detail all kinds of tips and recipes. And I have videos of me shopping, and then cooking and just podcast episodes. I have all kinds of resources. And one of my articles I talked about meal planning wisdom, and this idea that everything can be personalized.

So the question about let's take breakfast, and you can also transition this slowly. So I, we didn't talk about this yet, but in 2011, so I've been a dietitian for years and years since 1999. But in 2011, we transitioned my family to plant based whole foods. And it was a big transition because we were omnivores. We ate everything before and we have not ever stepped back. We have just never felt better. And with that transition, I was looking at what are the foods we enjoy? And how can I make those in a way that truly loves us back. So my little tagline for my nutrition professor is love the foods that love you back. And so when we think about that, I want you to always make this personal to you.

So for breakfast, what do you enjoy? And that can honestly be the types of foods but also thinking about textures. So, for example, my husband does not enjoy the texture of oatmeal. So it doesn't matter how its prepared. As far as like a porridge. He's not interested. Whether it's overnight oats. Whether it's hot, that's not of any interest to him. But he does like bars. So I could take the oatmeal and bake it into oatmeal bars. And he will eat that or oatmeal muffins. So when you have, so the oatmeal is wonderful because it's a whole grain. And it's going to give us the complex carbohydrate that we need to sustain energy for our brain and our red blood cells. So when you think about now doesn't have to be oatmeal. No, could it be something like a quinoa or a bulgur or some other grain whole grain? Absolutely.

And if you don't want a grain, you have sweet potato. You can do all kinds of things for breakfast. But once you have an idea about what you enjoy, then being able to customize that and add in the most nutritious options possible, makes the most sense.

So when you think about oatmeal, and we'll just drill down so people can get an idea kind of the mindset. But if you think about oatmeal, we go from very processed to whole. So very processed would be a cereal that's made of oats, like Cheerios, or oat squares. So those poor little oats have been processed heavily, and blown up and cooked. And so those are going to be the least healthy. And then you're moving into instant oatmeal, which is pretty mushy, it has lots of sugar and other additives. Then you get into old fashion, which is the five minute oats and those have just been steamed and rolled. They've been cut and rolled. And then you move into steel cut, which have just been cut, and that's why the different texture, and then you get into oat groats, which are the little hard oats that you would be able to soak and then cook. They do take a little longer, but you're getting closer to the whole grain which has all of nutrition that it was meant to provide because it's the closest version to the way it was grown. So when you take something like the that basis and you can be anywhere on the continuum, and just be moving towards the more whole version. But then we don't want just oats. We want to take that opportunity to add in some fabulous fruit that full of antioxidants. So that's why you asked the question, what kind of berries because berries are the highest level as far as fruits for cell protection, so your own self protection. So what kinds of berries could you have? So, when I think of berries, I think of expensive raspberries. The little plastic package that somehow molds between the time I get them at the grocery store and the time I come home. And that frustrates me to no end, so I spend my resources financially on frozen berries, and then they're ready whenever I need them. So, grocery outlet close to me sell organic frozen berries, I always have them in my freezer. They also have mango. They also have strawberries. And so then I start to think, okay, I'll add those. So now I have berries, and a grain. And then spice is really important flavor. So I have a choice is blend in Foodie Bar Way Cookbook, as well as I have it on my website. And that adds in not only flavor, but antioxidants, which can also further protect yourselves. So now we've built oatmeal with berries and spice: chai spice, pumpkin pie spice, whatever your favorites are. And then you can take it to the next level. And this may sound a little loopy, but it's amazing. Don't knock it before you try it is to add a legume - a bean. So I often will add black beans or white beans to my oatmeal. Because I want even more staying power. I want more fiber. I want more protein. And then I'll add flaxseed, ground flax on top of that, or chia. I'll cook it in with the chia. And I make this I usually will add the beans just the morning of but everything else, I'll make it for the week. Have those little containers. And that's just one way that I do. I wash one pot, and I've got all my little containers. I'm ready to go. So that's a little bit of information about how I would mindset wise, start with something like breakfast.

Yong Pratt 17:16
That's so good. And it reminds me so much about how we look at business, right. We start with, we have different elements we put together. And when you have them together, it creates this complete thing, whether it's a course a program, a video, a podcast, but layering all those different elements, those different spices. And I did a whole series of podcast episodes called The Spice in Your Podcasting Life.' And it was about this about all the different flavors, all the different textures, you can add in to whatever you're doing to really give people this wow factor. And even just you describing all these yummy things and how you prep, just one meal. And you can have it all week. And you can change up the variety. You can add different texture, you can add different flavors, different spices. It's making me hungry just talking about this because I can just see it happening in my mind's eye and it brings a smile to my face. Because when we take the time to prepare things, and not always do things, spur of the moment. And yes, I realize sometimes we have to do things for the moment. And that's where things like you know, the fast foods come in. But if we just are thinking about how can we make food prep? Super easy? How can we make our food delicious? How can we make our food less costly? You've given us ideas on all these things. And this is just breakfast. So thank you so much for laying out how to really go out there and prep and start to build better breakfast because when you had that great breakfast, it really sets you up for success in the rest of your day.

Timaree Hagenberger 19:01
And it does. And the a couple of things that makes me think of the first is that the research about when to eat because there's a lot of information now about intermittent fasting and people are confused about a lot of things. But their research has come back incredibly in support of having your meals earlier in the day. So the idea of having a good amount of time between your last meal and your next meal The next day, but having that first meal in the morning. So your body physiologically is set up to handle food earlier and it's it's crazy. They even change your life. They think people that work night shift right who are kind of their circadian rhythm is upside down and they still have a much more difficult time handling digestion of their food after like after 7pm. So eating that making sure that breakfast. To go back to the old adage of breakfast, like again, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. That idea actually rings true in the research. The other thing that what you had said made me think about is the Foodie Bar Way Cookbook. Because in there, we have an oatmeal Foodie Bars. So that idea is that you customize it. And depending on how you like I said, you want to know yourself. So if you're someone who says, I can eat the same breakfast every day, and I'm good, then you can make that breakfast like I mentioned. You can add everything you wanted to it on that night that you prep it. But if there's someone who's oh, I get bored, I don't want the same thing every day as far as like flavoring, then what you do is you make your base oatmeal, let's say with with apples, and I have this set up in the Foodie Bar Way. And then every day, you add different textures. So one day, it's lubitz. Another day it's mango. Another strawberries. And then if you're someone who says I can't even do oatmeal every day, then you do oatmeal, and you have it two or three days and you spread it out. And then in between, you make my scramble, which I have a Foodie Bar for breakfast scramble, and then you get to switch off, but you still use those ideas and that prep that you did on Sunday. But then every day is an adventure that you can just personalize and individualize.

But like you had said this, when we take care of our future self in this way, it truly feels like a gift. And I have my little container of whatever it is right? If it's the breakfast or lunch, I look at it and smile and think, yeah, someone really important made this for me, me, you know. I really took that time to say I am and my health is important enough because a lot of people rely on, I can't miss class students can miss a class teacher cannot miss the class. So I never have had a substitute in 21 years. Because it's that important to me to be there. And so I take care of myself, though. And that's through nutrition and exercise. And something else that obviously we talked about. But there's so much that we can share about nutrition.

Yong Pratt 22:58
Absolutely, there's so many facets. And I think this is what I think this is why it's so easy sometimes to not do the things we know we need to do. Because there's so much conflicting information out there. You know, one site you go to says this is good one site you go to so this does that same thing as bad. So as consumers, it's sometimes hard to wade through all of the vast amounts of knowledge. But having you here with all of your decades of knowledge in this arena is awesome for us as business owners, because it's just nice to know that people are out there talking about real foods. They're living this lifestyle, and they're teaching others to do the same. And the fact that you've been able to help your students who are in college, you know, have these great meals, they can prepare on a budget that suits them. That's a really big deal, too. And you mentioned a couple times now about your book, The Foodie Bar Way and I wanted to dive in more about this because you were so sweet. You sent me a signed copy of this book, and it's such a cool book. And I will have to say when you first started telling me about the footie bar away, I was thinking of a bar you took with you with you. And I think I don't know if you can talk to that because I think some people might be thinking when they bars, the bar that's processed from the store that we take. Timaree's book is awesome, because it basically it's, if you imagine having this beautiful breakfast bar laid out with all these different foods for all the different meals. You said earlier that this is an adventure, eating can be an adventure, and if you set up these Foodie Bars for your family, everyone gets to go on an adventure they want to go on and no one is subjected to eating the same thing. Because not everyone likes the same things. So let's go back and tell me the backstory behind this book and why you published it.

Timaree Hagenberger 24:46
So yea the Foodie Bar interesting because that's one thing that's hard for people if unless they hear me speak and I can explain it. When they hear The Foodie Bar Way, they think of a new trick quote unquote You know, nutrition bar energy bar granola bar. And that's not it, we're talking about like the Taco Bar. So the idea is, is kind of most people have had experience with like the Chipotle you know, experience. So it's like Forks Over Knives, if anybody's ever watched that movie meat, which is health, you know, reversing our number one killers with food. So Forks Over Knives, meets Chipoltle with a sprinkle of The Flavor Bible, which is a book that shows how different flavors can complement each other. It's like something of a chef's reference, because I teach cooking classes.

So this idea that everybody gets their own choices, but you only put out the very best options for everyone. So this was my answer to the challenge of taking care of my family. So I have two kids, and they're very close to your kids age. If they're not exactly I think they are 15 or 14 and 17. Exactly the same age. Yes. And so we transition when they were five and eight, to plant based. And so I was the one who was responsible, you know, for all this food. And so I was trying to figure out how can we do it, where it's safe to experiment. And it's safe to personalize without having the the casserole scenario, okay, this is casserole scenario. You make a casserole, and then your kids say, there's olives in there. And you say, yes, of course, there's all because yesterday, you told me how much you love olives.

Yong Pratt 26:50
So true.

Timaree Hagenberger 26:51
And they say. No, no, no, no, no, not in that. I mean, I like olives in the other thing but not in this, and then nobody, right? And then you're like, forget it. I'm fine, go out, right. And this whole little thing explodes. Instead of doing that, you have all of the options set out and everybody gets to make their own plate, or their own whatever if it's pizza. So this makes all the difference. In fact, let me share something quickly.

So myself and my very close friend that was with me right through this whole process of me developing this book. afterwards. She said, I have to tell you last night, I had a moment she said I was just done with the family. Like I was just they were all just letting me get to eat. There's nothing... everybody's complaining. She said I thought of you and decided I was going to do your own Foodie Bar. She said instead of it was for dinner, and it's fun to do breakfast for dinner. So she said okay, so I made some oatmeal. And then I had all the little things for them to add the cinnamon and the nuts and all you know, because I give lots of options for what to put on top. She said you would have thought that. She's worked Disneyland said you could she said if I was mixed up and put it on the table. They would have all had conniption fits just so upset. But the fact that they had their own little bowl, and they put their own little you know, whether it was maple syrup, or you know, whatever she wanted, she may have even you know had little bits of coconut or chocolate chips or nuts or whatever works for her family, right blueberries all that. She said they were so excited to make it on their own. And that may you know be it may sound like too good to be true. But how often do we love to be able to say I would like this and this and this and this and that on it? Nope. I think another scoop of that. Perfect, thank you. I mean, that is just a dream. So whether you do you know just a family with this or when we all can spend more time together, the Foodie Bars make the best potlucks ever, because everybody can bring an item. And then you set this up. We do a baked potato I've done a potato bar Foodie Bar, they just follow the guidance I have in the book because every bar has a Basic Bar and a Raising the Bar section and so the basic bar are just the ingredients you need to put something together where you have no time, no money and no cooking experience, which is where my students are at. And then Raising The Bar is where I'd like to try something a little different. Maybe instead of for that big potato bar, maybe instead of buying a can of chili beans. I will make Timaree's seasoned black beans or garlic mushrooms or maybe homemade salsa instead of jarred salsa. And so they took these lists. And he had 63 people contribute to a big potato Foodie Bar, we had five tables of things to put on potatoes. I mean, it was just

Yong Pratt 30:15
Oh, my goodness.

Timaree Hagenberger 30:16
So fun. And it was great because some people don't feel comfortable, you know, with new recipes, but they'll bring a package of canned or a package of frozen organic corn, or they'll bring, you know, a red cabbage slice, and others will say, Oh, no, I'll make your sofritas. I'll make your beans. So just that idea of, you know, someone grabbed a potato and could just pick what they wanted. If they don't like olives, great, just skip them, you know, for you. But this works in your family and at work, and in the community as well. Just a different approach entirely to thinking about food and meals.

Yong Pratt 31:02
Absolutely. And I can definitely attest to the fact that when we do these bars, dinner is so successful. So for all of you parents out there who may be dealing with kids having school from home, like my kids do. They were given Chromebooks and they get to do school, on their Chromebook during the day. They're home all day long. And so literally, food is always a question, you know. What's for this meal and what's for this meal? But by having some of these core ingredients available, and having lots of options that I can chop up and pre cut up and have them in the fridge, it makes it so easy. So there are fewer arguments. There are fewer, there's less time being spent on having to meal prep, because everyone can kind of choose their adventure. And I know for us, it has saved so much time. And now going forward, I pretty much want to make every meal a bar, because it's just so much easier just to have all the individual ingredients, and everyone gets to choose what sounds good to them right then. And like you said, it's not a casserole, where everything's baked in, and all of a sudden, nobody wants it, there's always going to be something. And this is from our experience, there's always something that everyone likes. And some people will choose more of one thing and less of another. And that's totally okay. But at the end of the day, at the end of each meal, everyone's gotten exactly what they wanted. They weren't told what to eat, because they got to choose your own adventure. And I just love the whole philosophy Timaree of The Foodie Bar Way and I want to make sure that people can get their hands on this book, because I truly believe that every family, especially if you have kids, or you're just busy, and but you will still want to take good care of yourself. You want to feed yourself well. So you can build this business that you're building and do your awesome work. Where can they get a copy of this book?

Timaree Hagenberger 32:49
So the best way is to actually go to FoodieBars.com So f-o-o-d-i-e b-a-r-s dot com. And that's my website for my book. Um, you can get it on Amazon. But for those of us business owners, we know how much Amazon takes, though it's actually. If you get it through foodiebars.com, I will sign a personalized note and stick it in there and take it to the post office myself. Or my husband will take it for me. And it it is full of all of the family favorites, the pasta, the pizza, the nachos. It's breakfast, lunch, dinner bars, and dessert cookies and but they're all here, and I teach you how to make salad dressings. And without any oil. It's just it is the best of the best for your body. And the more you spend time eating this way as a family, the more you will be able to save resources, which we can talk about on another episode for healthcare and all the rest of it. But it this is a really fun, fun book it every recipe has a picture that I took, because my students wanted to see pictures. So there's even a section about how to keep produce lasting longer. And it's every single type of produce I use in the book. So it's exactly the idea not something I just cut and pasted from the internet. So it's just it's, it's how to set up your kitchen, how to set up your mindset. And then you jump right into very easy recipes that everybody can help contribute.

On that last thing I wanted to mention were saying that you really enjoy us with family. And not only can you enjoy the meals, but you can also use it as an opportunity to give them a little autonomy in prepping certain depending on their age. You can have them work in a team or by themselves. To prep certain pieces of the bar, and all come together to share the meal, that's for grandparents, that's good for parents, especially now when we feel like they just are doing too much school on their, you know, just too much sitting too much computer. So to give them something to do, that's fun. I know a lot of grandparents end up trying to them, the cheap foods, instead of this would be a much better experience. If you said, hey, let's do a Foodie Bar, a specialty bar for dinner and help me with the parts that we're going to make to put together is way better than Hey, let's go to McDonald's drive thru and then eat in my car, you know, that's, we can do better.

Yong Pratt 35:47
So true. And you brought up a really, really, really key point that I want to, to make sure that we repeat. And that's the fact that as parents, Mom and Dad, we don't have to be responsible for all the meals. If we're gonna include our kids, get them up from behind their computers. Get them interacting with you. Get them having fun in the kitchen, to help them understand that food is our fuel, food can be fun. And when it comes to choosing, we ultimately get to make our own way down this amazing journey when we do the footie bar way. So Timaree I want to thank you for so many things for saying yes to this podcast, for sending me a copy of this book so we can test it out. And then just for sharing your wisdom with your students at your college and online. And I will definitely make sure that over on our show notes at www.YongPratt.com, I going to link directly to where you can get Timaree's book, definitely get it from her. I'm going to link out to her blog so if you need more ideas, you want to see more pictures, you want to see how she does things, I will definitely link it up there as well. And with that Timaree, I just want to say a big thank you for the work that you're doing right now. Because

Timaree Hagenberger 37:02
You're welcome.

Yong Pratt 37:02
It's so needed. Oh, thank you. Thank you. Yes, it's so needed right now, in a time when we're all thinking a little bit more about our health, given the situation in the world. And if we can take these small steps every day and employ things like creating Foodie Bars for our family and take back our health, by feeding ourselves well, that my friend is going to have huge ripple effects across the globe. So thank you.

Timaree Hagenberger 37:29
Well, it does. It allows all of these business owners that have so much to give to the world, we have to take care of ourselves. Because if we're not feeling well, then we cannot contribute. And we need to make sure that our businesses are thriving, so that we can get the word out and we can help more more people. And the other thing is we don't want to be super successful, and then be unhealthy. Because there was a fabulous quote that said that Healthy People have 1000s of wishes, and unhealthy people only have one. And I think that just rings so true, that we pushed so hard, but we were not able to enjoy the health that we can actually have. And we need to model that for the kids. So this is really important.

Yong Pratt 38:28
Yes. Yes, you're very welcome and Timaree and I would both definitely tell all of you to take care of yourself first. Because like she just shared that if you're not taking care of yourself, if you're not at your optimum health, it's really hard and exhausting to take care of all the other people that depend on us. So when you take control of your health, and the first step, of course, is grabbing Timaree's book, it's going to make all the difference for you. So thank you again, Timaree for being here. And for all of you listening. Thank you for tuning in. We're giving you permission to take a step back, do a little self care. feed yourself well, so that you can support your family and you can support your business and cheers, everyone.

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Until then, come on over to join me inside my Facebook community where I do weekly trainings, sharing real world examples of showing up as the real you in your business with your awesome content. I'll link the group directly at today's show notes at www.YongPratt.com/311.

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A Podcast Feast for You

A Podcast Feast for You

Whether you’ll be shopping in stores this holiday weekend or online in your PJs from the comfort of your living room, today’s episode is a calorie-free feast for you to enjoy.


You’ll get tons of goodness without any of the guilt as Yong shares her top episode recommendations from 2020 today on episode #310.


Welcome back and thanks for joining me for today’s podcast feast.


2020 has been quite a year am I right?


So many things in our lives have had to be done differently or bypassed altogether.


  • My kiddos have had to adjust to learning from their laptops at home since spring and the debate about who’s hogging the most wi-fi is a near-daily occurrence.


  • My oldest, a high school senior, is missing out on senior year experiences, though she’s relishing distance learning.


  • My youngest, on the other hand, is far from enjoying this new way of learning. She’s been asked to start her high school journey devoid of friends and all the feelings associated with starting a new school. 


  • My husband got to move back home after working out of town for the latter half of 2019 and took a promotion at work.


  • My mom sold the house she and my dad shared for years, my brother’s old house, to downsize and live in a 5th wheel on our property since it’s just her at home as my dad’s in full-time care.


  • My dad’s had to adjust to living without our frequent visits or home-cooked meals since the nursing home has been locked down since spring.


There have so many changes for my loved ones in 2020, yet for me, very little has changed.


  • I still get to work from home, choosing which hours I work, and hand-selecting clients and projects I adore.


  • I still have the freedom to choose which room in our house I want to work from as I chase the sunniest spots throughout the day. 


  • I still get to connect with amazing humans on zoom and get to be curious on every podcast interview. And this podcast has been a constant source of joy and fulfillment. 


To date, there are 57 episodes for you to enjoy from this year alone spanning 3 seasons:


  • The tail end of season 3 with 7 episodes


  • Season 4 with 35 episodes


  • And the newest, # 5 which launched 2 months ago on September 28th with 15 episodes so far.


With 57 episodes to choose from, how did I narrow down what to share with you on this feast?


It wasn’t easy, believe me. It almost felt like choosing which of my children to put into the spotlight…


My preference, of course, would be that you take a listen to all the episodes from 2020, however, I wanted to respect your precious time this holiday weekend and provide you with some inspiration and actionable content to make the last month of 2020 one of your best!


I’ve divided this feast into 4 parts:


  1. Kids as content creators

  2. Productivity
  3. Content Amplification and repurposing
  4. Building a business based on the REAL you – one that amplifies your awesome.


Let’s start with one of my all-time favorite topics:


Kids as creators and entrepreneurs


For those that are newer to the podcast, you may not know that I ran a brick and mortar performing arts school for 17 years before coming into the online space in 2017. During those years, I published 2 versions of this podcast entitled, Raising smART Kids and Raising smART Kids 2.0 which I resurrected to support the launch of my first book, Raising a Superhero: How to Unleash Your Child’s 8 Super Powers and Propel Learning through the arts.


Those podcasts were focused on kids and nurturing their growth and development through the arts.


And once upon a time, this very podcast was once called Our Young Creators. The focus was on kids and the contributions they can make to this realm of content creation. 


The focus of the podcast, long before this year’s pandemic and the need to give kids a positive way in which to use their digital devices, was on empowering kids to turn consumption time on devices into creation time. If you’re interested in learning more about Our Young Creators and how you can empower your own kiddos let me know 👇 so I can help.


Episode 272: Helping Our Kids Navigate This New Norm Using Technology

Episode 285: Raising Entrepreneurs




As we wrap up 2020, some of the most frequently asked questions I get are about how I get so much done.


As a Human Design Projector, I’ve learned that my role is this life is to guide others and not do all the work because I have limited energy to do all.the.things.


I’ve had a long and complicated relationship with productivity and my compulsion to just do more over the years. 


I’m now able to embrace my Projectorness because of what I’ve learned from many, many mentors including Dave Crenshaw and Darren Hardy on my quest to improve productivity. 


I have 3 episodes for you that unpack some of the ways in which I’ve been able to improve my productivity. I’ve been doing more experiments in increasing my productivity and would love to share on future episodes of the podcast.


Episode 270: The Time Tracking Experiment

Episode 271: Increasing Productivity with Time Blocking

Episode 275: Increasing Productivity and Time Management with Rhythm Calendars 


Content and repurposing


To round out this holiday feast, here are some episodes that will help YOU to embrace your content and help you mine for the gold (or the acres of diamonds) that you’re already sitting on.


One of the things I’m enjoying so much right now is guiding and brainstorming with my clients on the multitude of ways they can monetize the content they’ve already created through my Content C.P.R. Framework.


If you want to learn more about the ways in which you can monetize your content, head over to today’s show notes, and let me know. If you leave me a comment, I’ll reach out personally and hop on the phone with you to talk about your content.


Episode 267: Your Content Runneth Over

Episode 268: Does Your Content Need CPR? 

Episode 284: Why content repurposing is VITAL to your business

Episode 286: Dr. Conten’ts Love/Hate Relationship with Content Repurposing

Episode 287: 3 Super Simple Ways to Repurpose Blog Posts

Episode 288: Podcasting Repurposing: 3 Easy Tips

Episode 289: Get More Eyeballs on Your Videos with these 3 tips

Episode 290: 5 Easy Ways to Get More Readers for Your Book(s)

Episode 291: 3 Steps to Start Repurposing Your Content Today

Episode 292:Content Repurposing Roundup


Showing up as the REAL You

Before wrapping up this episode, I also want to remind you what’s waiting for you on the most recent season, #5.

Episode 294: Will the REAL You Please Stand Up


If you’re keen to hear examples of biz owners just like you building businesses based around everything that makes them awesome, Season 5 is for you!!!


On episodes 295 – 309, you’ll hear parts 1 and 2 from 7 amazing humans and business owners, all of whom have made pivots big and small in their businesses to serve the world in bigger ways.


And I even snuck into the launch episodes to share part 1 of my entrepreneurial journey and to celebrate the big milestone – our 300th episode! You’ll hear part 2 of my story on the final episode of the year. Episode 300



Well, there you have it!


A podcast feast for you to enjoy this holiday season. I’d love to hear which episode or episodes resonate the most with you.

Tell me your favs, ask questions about kids and content, productivity, or about how you can monetize, repurpose, and automate your content 👇


I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for listening to this episode. For supporting the podcast. For being a sounding board for all my crazy experiments, and for the countless messages, emails, and texts for all of you sharing how this podcast has helped on your journey to Amplify Your Awesome™


Next Week on the Podcast


Next week, we’ll dive into a topic that few of us think about regularly. It’s a topic that has the potential to help us thrive as entrepreneurs or one that may cause us to struggle if we neglect it. And I’ll introduce you to an awesome entrepreneur that has simplified and has changed the way we view this very topic.


Join Yong inside the Arena of Awesome


And don’t forget to join Yong every Tuesday inside of the Arena of Awesome for 2-Minute Tuesdays. You’ll hear real-world examples of showing up as the real you in your biz using your awesome content – all in just 2 minutes.


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From Corporate Events to Transformational Travel Coach Pt 2

From Corporate Events to Transformational Travel Coach Pt 2

Today on episode #304 of the Amplify Your Awesome Podcast, you’ll hear the full-length episode with Wendy Guth.


Wendy was our second guest for the Season 5 launch. You’ll learn the full story of how Wendy went from corporate events to transformational travel coach and how she’s pivoting and amplifying her awesome.

[0:00] Today on episode number 304 of the Amplify Your Awesome™ podcast, you’re going to hear the full story from Wendy Guth and her pivot from corporate events to transformational travel coach.


[2:42] Hear Wendy’s backstory, unemployment, and becoming a Rebel on the Go  


[6:07] The state of the travel industry today, new opportunities, and skills transferability 


[7:52] How Wendy overcame depression, stress, anxiety, isolation by digging into her values and leaning into the concept of venturing under your own power.


[17:18] Recognizing hwe have more power to change our circumstances. 


[19:44] How small daily rituals and improvements can help us to enjoy more joy   


[20:16] Upping our vibration and expanding exponentially  


[21:17] The How Wendy Dreams series on Social Media. Travel and Wendhy’s new program, Savour

[26:19] “You can’t step out of your comfort zone until you’re comfortable in your zone.”

[28:51] Find out more about Savor at https://www.RebelOnTheGoTravel.com/savour

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Rebel on the Go Community 

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Come share your biggest takeaways, ahas, and connect directly with Wendy👇



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