Bloom Where You’re Planted with Human Design

Bloom Where You’re Planted with Human Design

Yong Pratt  [0:00]  

We’re kicking off this new year with a three-episode miniseries diving a little deeper into Human Design, one of my all-time favorite subjects. You’ll find out what human design really is and how to discover yours. You’re going to meet three amazing business owners that have woven Human Design into their businesses and the unique ways in which they’ve done so to serve their tribes on a deeper level. So let’s get to it with our very first Human Design expert, Rebecca Tervo.


Yong Pratt  [1:16]  

Hey there, Amplifiers and welcome back to another episode of The Amplify Your Awesome podcast. I’m so excited to introduce you to today’s guest. Rebecca Tervo is a certified life coach, best selling author, transformational retreat leader, and Human Design teacher who helps female entrepreneurs embrace who they are, and their unique gifts, so that they can build a life and a business they love. Rebecca, I am so thrilled you’re here today. 


Rebecca Tervo  [2:35]  

Discover Rebecca’s journey from CPA to coaching and Human Design


Rebecca Tervo  [6:40]  

How letting go of being a rule follower had led to more alignment, energy, and fun in business it was all good 


Rebecca Tervo  [13:52]  

Human Design Energy Types, how our childhood conditioning can work against our Type and what HD can teach us.


Rebecca Tervo  [17:00]  

Doing things that don’t light us up keeps us from our living our bigger purpose


Rebecca Tervo  [19:50]  

The 5 Human Design Energy Types and a wonderful analogy for understanding them


Rebecca Tervo  [25:23]  

How Human Design has helped Rebecca shape her business and how she works with clients


Rebecca Tervo  [27:25]  

An example of why different energy types work well together


Rebecca Tervo  [28:18]  

Find out more about Rebecca and her Renew and Bloom 2021 Retreat on her Website.


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Yong Pratt 0:00
We're kicking off this new year with a three episode miniseries diving a little deeper into Human Design, one of my all time favorite subjects. You'll find out what human design really is and how to discover yours. You're going to meet three amazing business owners that have woven Human Design into their businesses and the unique ways in which they've done so to serve their tribes on a deeper level. So let's get to it with our very first Human Design expert, Rebecca Tervo.

Yong Pratt 0:33
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. joining 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™.

Yong Pratt 1:16
Hey there, Amplifiers and welcome back to another episode of The Amplify Your Awesome™ podcast. I'm so excited to introduce you to today's guest. Rebecca Tervo is a certified life coach, best selling author, transformational retreat leader, and Human Design teacher who helps female entrepreneurs embrace who they are, and their unique gifts, so that they can build a life and a business they love. Rebecca, I am so thrilled you're here today.

Rebecca Tervo 1:46
Thank you, Yong. Happy to be here. This is so fun.

Yong Pratt 1:50
This is so fun and I feel like you being here on the podcast is something we've been kind of mulling about and talking about for some time. So I am so grateful that you said yes. And we are taking the time to make it happen today.

Rebecca Tervo 2:05
Me too. Yes. Let's get to it.

Yong Pratt 2:08
Yes, I know, you have so many stories to tell you help women tell amazing stories by kind of uncovering some hidden things that they may not know, are within them, like their human design. Can you take us back to sort of the beginning of business for you? Because I know you've made some pretty big pivots and changes to your business recently. Can you talk us through the beginning to where you are now?

Rebecca Tervo 2:35
Yes. Yes. So the reason I got into business was well, first of all, I was a CPA for 25 years. And I you know, it was okay. I'm really good at accounting stuff for some reason. But I just, I had this feeling always that there's something bigger I'm supposed to be doing. But what really happened to shift my life was that our son died of suicide in 2012. And he was a teenager. He was 17 and it was super unexpected. And we didn't, obviously, whose prepared for this? None of us were, and I had to go through such a huge transformation in my life to find out how to live after you've lost a child to suicide, and how to support my family in living. I have three other kids, and they were all at home at the time, and a husband. And so I had to kind of take myself on a journey to figure out how to live, how to be happy, how to be an example to my children, so they can learn that this doesn't have to define our whole life. We don't just have to be about the sadness of losing our son and our brother to suicide. And so when I decided to go on that journey, I found coaching. You know I'd gone to therapy and stuff. But I found coaching. And coaching really taught me some amazing tools to help me get through my grief. So what happened is one day I decided that I was just going to quit my job. And I was working as a finance director at a foundation at a university. So I had a pretty high up position. A lot of people thought that I had the best job, like they would want that job and everybody would want that job. Why would you quit? How silly, right? I had a lot there was a lot of resistance against me quitting my job and to start a business. But what I really felt called to do was share my story and to help other women. I found there wasn't a lot of support for me as a parent who had lost a child to suicide. I mean, there was very little support. Let's just say it that way. I wanted to connect with other moms who had lost children. I couldn't find this and I thought this must be my purpose. I felt drawn to to build some kind of community and in connection with with other moms. And so I went into life coaching and I decided to go into grief coaching and I helped women to Yeah, it was very focused on suicide loss because it's such a unique there's a very difference between someone who loses a child in an accident, which is terrible. And someone who loses a child to suicide. There's just a different flavor to it. So I wrote a book, like I said, that book went bonkers. And I thought, wow, I can really help people with this. So I did that for a few years. And, and it was fine. And it taught me a lot about coaching and holding space for people and helping people through their grief. I had retreats. All the things. But there came a point where I just didn't feel fulfilled anymore with that, like, I felt like there was a bigger calling, and what was that and I was having a hard time motivating myself to really want to continue even coaching clients anymore. Like, it wasn't fun. And, and I don't think work always has to be fun. But in my life, I wanted more fun.

Yong Pratt 5:49
And I love that you found coaching. And you were able to take that energy, and share with other moms who really needed this help and support that you couldn't find. So even though this was a harrowing journey for you, the fact that you were able to turn it positively and, and really be of service to other people who needed you to hold space for them. That is really huge. And I know you said the word fun. Not that business always seems to be fun. But I know you. And I know that's one of your values is having fun during work. So I want to commend you for going on that journey, and finding your way to the other side. Because now what you're doing is helping women get past that grief and really start to bloom. And I'll have you share this idea of of blooming where you're planted in just a moment. But I just want to commend you for being so open and honest with me today. Thank you.

Rebecca Tervo 6:40
Yes, I enjoy talking about it, actually. So the other thing I was gonna say is once I really decided that it's okay to lean into wanting to have more fun in your life, and why can't fun be in your business? I just decided that I get to have fun in my business. So what happened then is, I found Well, for one thing, I found Human Design. Okay and that I think that tool right there made a switch for me when I learned about like my unique gifts and why I want to probably have fun. Like my connections and friendship things and a lot of connection and communication in my human design chart. It was like the focusing on just grief wasn't really fulfilling a lot of the things that showed up as my gifts in my chart, which is probably why I was feeling like I was here for something bigger even. Which how can it be bigger than helping people through their grief? I don't know. But I was like, no. There's something bigger. And that's when I started leaning into my own Human Design. And it's just been what a fascinating journey. And to allow myself to let go of this foundation I built for myself of of like coaching and it had to be the Certain Way. Like I had this idea of how many business was supposed to be and how it had to be. And I'm a great rule follower, which has actually worked against me in a lot of ways. And so I was like letting go of those rules. And being more in alignment with my energy design is like, Whoa, that has been mind blowing. And it's hard sometimes to shift that it really is. But I've been doing it for about a year I've been working on this. And it's been really the most amazing, fun journey. I've gotten to meet a bunch of new people learn a bunch of new things, which I'm also a learner, and teach these concepts which are so fascinating. So I totally have all the tools in my coaching belt that I've learned over the years. But also now I have this new tool. And I'm taking them and putting them together and helping women because I feel like I bloomed into somebody new into my into my life. Like in a big way. Recently, I just feel everybody can even feel the shift in energy. You know, it was all good when I was a grief coach. Oh, yes. That's so good. It's so needed. This is what I heard before. But now I'm like, everybody's like, you're so excited and passionate and like, Yes, I am. So I can feel the difference. And people can feel the difference. I think that's really important. When you're having a business like, Can you bring the energy of your passion into it?

Yong Pratt 9:13
Yeah, absolutely. That passion part is so important. And I've been privileged enough to see you bloom. You're in the process of blooming into this new person during our work together. And it's been so much fun for me to see you have so much fun in your business because that energy is definitely translating across time and space via video, and everything that you're creating. So I love seeing that. And as a fellow rule follower, or shall we shall I say recovering rule follower. I totally get it for years and years. I did business the way I thought other people wanted me to, or I did it in a way that I was following someone else's success. And then I wasn't seeing the successes they were having and I almost gave up this entrepreneurial journey because I thought there was something wrong with me because I never saw the successes that my peers saw. And it was it was just draining to know that, you know, I wasn't able to measure up, but I just felt like, you know, there really is just something missing. So for me as well, when I discovered Human Design, it was, it was as if all the pieces in this crazy puzzle somehow magically aligned. And you know, the heavens opened up the the stars were shining, the sun was shining, and this beautiful light, all of a sudden, was in front of me, and the answers were there.

Yong Pratt 10:35
So let's, let's dive into human design. Because I know not everyone who listens to the podcast is familiar with human design. So can you start by telling us what human design is?

Rebecca Tervo 10:46
Well, I just want to say like, in general, if you think of all those personality tests, like the strengths finders and Myers Briggs, and enneagram, which I've never dug into enneagram, but you know, all of those things, they really, it's this is like a really deep in depth personality test. It's like a good overview. It's, it's like so specific, and so unique to each individual person. And I think for me, it's way more useful than Yeah, those other things are useful, but in a more general way, this is actually based on science. So this is only human design is only based on the date and time you were born. That's amazing. Like, how can you tell me anything about myself based on only my birthday, but it's based on you know, I-ching, astrology, Kabbalah like, you don't even have to know what those things mean. But there's like five different sciences that go into human design. And I, me, being a researcher, teacher, learner type just thinks it's all fascinating. Oh, my God, what does this mean? You know, there's so many details. But I would, I would say, for people just to even know, like, people have made such big shifts in their life, even knowing their type, their decision making authority, like just knowing some basics, and leaning more into those is super amazing, right? I just love you can put so much strategy together with human design.

Yong Pratt 12:09
Yeah. And it's been such a fun journey for me too. Because now that I get to take what I know, too, I'm not as much as a researcher, as you, I do love all the sciency bits. I'm kind of a science nerd. But I just get to now take the parts that really are meaningful to me. And when I work with, with clients, such as yourself, it's so nice to be able to know how to ask questions, or to help you move to the next level, based on how you design, how your design and how you're meant to show up in the world, how you're meant to engage with people. It's such a fascinating process. And it's been so much fun for me to, you know, pull these charts on my clients. You know, just to kind of get the basics of what they're about. And just to sort of say to them, Hey, did you know, I know this about you. And then they say, oh, how did you know that about me? Right? It's almost like we can be fortune tellers. But that's, I mean, it's not even like that it really is sort of just this, this beautiful way of looking at everything and your personality and, and how you interact with people how much energy you have, like there's so many facets of human design. So now that we kind of have a basic understanding that it's like a, it's like a personality test on steroids. Like it's so specific per person. And even two people born on the same time in the same day, will have different charts, which is really fascinating, a little bit different than regular astrology, where you can read your horoscope. Right. And it's kind of just generalized. This is very specific, and it's so fascinating. So what is the first thing when you're talking to somebody about human design? What is the first thing you want them to know about? Why they might want to discover their own human design?

Rebecca Tervo 13:52
Well, I think that there's this really interesting quote, and I wish I had it in front of me, but from the founder, the synthesizer, my mentor likes to say, the synthesizer of Human Design, because all the stuff was there. He just put it together and synthesized it. But one of his quotes talks about how, what we've always been able to rely on, we never have relied on something like that, or what we and what we've never been able to rely on is what we always rely on. Basically, what he says is that we get conditioned into acting and being a certain way. And then we just think, well, this is the way our life and then there's so much struggle, there's so much frustration. There's so much anger, bitterness, resentment, but it's because it's not easy and flowing because we're not really living in alignment with how we were actually designed to be. It's so fascinating, that it can make such a difference when you know this. It's crazy. I mean, the people who are projector or manifester energies, which don't really have the sacral center, they're over here trying to be the man the manifesting generators and generators. It's like two totally Different kinds of energy. But it's like we're we're just kind of conditioned, I guess that's the best word to use, right? We're conditioned. When we're growing up, we're told you have to think and plan and act and think and like we were told to be really logical. And what human design allows you to be a see how can you really be into your body? Well, how can you make decisions with your body with your decision making strategy, which has nothing to do with your brain? Your brain isn't here really to make decisions. I think that's interesting. And that's maybe a side path. But when we learn how to really be in our body, it's just so amazing how life can feel so much easier. And that's, I think, what human design is here to teach us.

Yong Pratt 15:42
Absolutely. And you said it so beautifully, that it's really just a way to know ourselves better. And, and that fact, I mean, when I learned that I was a projector, and like you said, most of the world, we grow up knowing that, okay, if you want to achieve something like going to college. You have to work really hard. You have to get good grades. You have to hustle, hustle, hustle, and there's no time for sleep. There's no time for rest. There's no time for anything other than doing that thing to achieve that goal. And for some people like myself as a projector, when I discovered that, and I gave myself permission to stop hustling, oh, my goodness, it was like these weights lifted off my shoulders, and I could breathe again. Because I knew I didn't have to show up that way. Unfortunately, though, I think in this world, especially of online business, the people we see out there doing all these things probably are the you know, the more energetic types, they're not the projectors of the world going out and making all these things happen. But because that's what we see. And that's what we've been conditioned to believe we need to do. It's an interesting process to understand that. It's okay to show up differently in your business.

Rebecca Tervo 17:00
Yes, and I would say to about those people, what I have decided, and what I've come to believe is that, even if those people never understand their human design, somehow they have learned how to live better into their energy. I think in some way they are in alignment. And like, if you're a manifesting generator or generator, like I'm a generator type, it's like we need to do things that light us up. So many of us are taught like, No, you just go do what you're good at. But what you're good at might not light you up exactly right. Like if you go Just do what you're good at, like I'm good at accounting, but it's not really lighting me up anymore. So if I just cauce I'm good at this, I'm good at this, I'm good at this. Well, then I'm just like totally disregarding where my body and energy feels like it wants to be in what a bigger purpose could be or what some other gifts could be. And I just feel like some people who've just been super successful, they've probably learned to lean into that for themselves. They leaned into where their body took them, instead of letting their brain take over. Ignore it just focus here, right? I think that's what what's going on.

Yong Pratt 18:10
Yeah. And I think some people just are naturally more attuned to that they're aligned without it without even knowing they're aligned, right? They don't maybe want to dive in. But they somehow have this knowing of their intuition, or their energy, they're really they're really empathic or they just are guided by their own internal navigational system. Yeah, they probably already understand it, like you said, and are living it. But for those of us like myself, I mean, I really had to dive in and say, Whoa, really, I can actually show up in business and only work a couple hours a day, because I don't have the energy to do that. Like, that's always what I wanted to do. And I've talked about doing things the easy way and simplifying and automating and doing these things. So I've been testing these things like that was where I wanted to go without even knowing my human design. I wanted to make things as fast and as efficient as possible. So when I learned that I was a projector, and that's kind of my skill set to be able to create systems and visualize systems and put things into place. He was like, Oh, that's really cool. It's like, yeah, someone reading a page out of my diary and saying, and knowing exactly like what I have been through before. And that was the weirdest sensation because it was almost like that deja vu moment, like, Wait, did that already happen? Like, did that happen already? is it happening now? Like, you know, it's one of those fun things. And so it's been a such a fun journey to dive into it. And I know that you go really deep with your clients. And you talked about a couple of the different types. So when it comes to human design, can you talk us through the different types like the different I guess titles of the different types of human design you can have?

Rebecca Tervo 19:50
Yes. So one way that I have learned to describe it, which might make sense for many people, so I usually use this for my clients is like if we were building The town there's five energy types. The first type is a manifester. That would be the developer, they have this big vision. They're not like they don't even, they're not influenced by anybody outside of themselves. It's like they get a download from God or something, or like, the universe sends them like draw, and they're like, oh, and they can totally see this vision and they have this big vision. They're like, this is where we need to build this town, this is what its gonna look like, that's their job is to keep initiating, that's all manifester manifestos are here to do. Then there's our projectors, like young and projectors are really good at seeing that vision and taking it and being the architect of it, they can like put it down on paper and plan it out and gather the resources, like they can see how to make it work. Right, the manifest whose job is to initiate, the projectors are here to like put together the plan, right to make it work. Now then there's the like, I'm a manifesting generator. So there's generators and manifesting generators, were the ones that are builders, like we're gonna build the town. So we're really good at like taking a lot of action, based on someone's plan, like, we're really good at that stuff. I'm like, generators are more focused, step by step people. And manifesting generators, like me are more like trying to do a bunch of things at the same time. But in that way, we find deficiencies in the process. So it's kind of our job to be interested in doing a lot of different things. It's like multitasking to the nth degree. And I actually thought that was bad about me. Before I found out my human design, I'm like, Oh, well, this is just how I'm designed, perfect. Like, it's funny how you just allow yourself to be who you are. And then the reflectors, which is the last type, which is there's only 1% of the population, they'd be like the interior designers, probably of the rooms or the houses, because they can come in and soak up the environment. And they know they just have like a knowing of what needs to happen, or what how the space needs to look or how it needs to feel, depending on the people that are going to be living there. That's the best way I can really describe it. It's really fun, though, to think about what is your place in that process?

Yong Pratt 22:02
Yeah, a really fun way to to be able to think about building a town and where you would fall into that and where your skill sets lie. So if you could just take a moment as you're listening and think about the things that you're good at. Do you like to do a lot of things at the same time, like Rebecca, and you, maybe you're a manifesting generator. Do you like to be the architect and plan these things? Are you the visionary person? Are you the person who would come in and decorate? You know, without even knowing your human design and pulling your chart, based on what Rebecca has shared with us in her descriptions? It really can tell us a lot about what we know about ourselves, and not just the brain thinking we know these things, but really just knowing them to our to the depths of our core. Because that's really sort of where human design is. It's not it's not a brain type thinking. It's the whole system working together. And decisions are not made with the brain, which is so counterintuitive to popular.

Rebecca Tervo 23:00
Yeah, very counterintuitive. There is one decision making type, which I mean, without going into all of those, but there is one where it's like they need to kind of bounce ideas off of people. But that would be almost like the closest thing I could say to anybody having any kind of decision making that they need to use their head. Like, yeah, I mean, into our body. Right? what feels right. Yeah,

Yong Pratt 23:22
Yeah and the feeling and, and I know, growing up, you know, we hear a lot about how men usually aren't as feeling women have more feelings, we're more emotional. And it's interesting, because in Human Design, it doesn't work like that. There's not like the male and the female. Because, you know, everyone has a combination of both of these things. And it's okay for the men to be emotional. So I think it's empowering in so many ways, especially to the men in the world, who've always grown up in a very kind of macho environment, to now step back and understand, oh, wait, it's okay. It's okay for me to have that ability to feel emotions and to to really be able to make decisions based on emotion sometimes, yeah.

Rebecca Tervo 24:07
Yeah. I mean, I think that there's half about half of the population has a defined emotion center, and half don't. So some of us are empathic, and some are giving off our emotions, and it's men and women. It doesn't matter if you're male or female. Right? It goes both. With both so yeah, good point.

Yong Pratt 24:26
Yeah, there's so many different facets and and we could probably talk about human design for the next several hours, and still not even into every bit of it, because there's just so much to learn. And I feel like you know, because there is that wealth of knowledge. You know, I'm learning what is working for me and like anything, I tell my students all the time, you know, if I share something with you, take what works for you, and then what doesn't work for you go ahead and let that just be. You don't need to deal with that. Just, you know, it feels good. If it works for you, and it's efficient do that. And Human Design has been the same way for me. So let's shift gears a little bit and talk about this new business of yours. Because it's something you've shifted into recently. You have this beautiful, visual aspect to your business. So when you're out there wanting to connect with your dream clients, how are you using your content to connect with him?

Rebecca Tervo 25:23
Yeah, well, I mean, so part of my design is I'm a teacher, right? So one thing I, I'm bringing into my business and knowing how to use content is by teaching through content. So I'm not as much a creator, or there's other things you could be right coach, I'm not as much of a coach as I am a teacher. So me leaning into the teaching part. And being able to share like, here's what I've learned, and all my research about these things, I think helps draw people in. Also, I know Yong, you're helping me with this, of taking my content and being able to use it on different platforms. But because I'm a manifesting generator, I am not the kind who's going to be really focused on putting these processes step by step into place. It's just not my strength, to be honest. I love systems, I was an accountant, for Pete's sakes, I had to run system. But I can tell you that I'm so much better at being able to just use my creative energy in all the different places without having to worry about putting all the systems in. So it's young is helping me do is put a system in so amazing. This is exactly what I need. so thankful for it.

Yong Pratt 26:40
Well, it's been so much fun, right? I think you're having fun, I'm having fun. Like, we get to be able to tap into each other's energy as well, yeah, this process, and use my strengths as a projector to help you focus as a manifesting generator to get the things done and implemented in your business. So it's such a cool thing to watch, unfold. And it's been such a joy to sort of go into this process with you to be able to plan things out and then help you take the steps to make them happen. Because I know you have so many ideas all the time, which is which is awesome. We just want to make sure that we're getting you know these systems in place, because I know you want to hire people and have them do those things. Because your energy is better spent on teaching others what you know. Yeah.

Rebecca Tervo 27:25
Yes. I mean, that's where I want to spend all my time, to be honest, is teaching and creating content. Like I love creating. But the actual other part after that is like, you know, so yes. So yes, that's what I'm doing right now, with my businesses young is helping me put the systems in place.

Yong Pratt 27:47
Yeah, I love it. And I know you have something really exciting coming up in a couple weeks. And I want you to share what it is because it really takes into account this human design idea and using your skills as a coach and what you were doing in the grief space, and puts everything together in a really, really beautiful way. And again, I want you to talk about the visual imagery behind everything you're doing. Because I think that will set the tone for explaining your event coming up. Yes,

Rebecca Tervo 28:18
I yes. So actually, my business seems to be evolving around flowers. So blooming, right blooming is like a big part of I feel like what my transition has been from losing a son to suicide to blooming into a new business to blooming into another new business. Like I just we just continue the blooming process. So I have a retreat coming up. And I'm going to be I do regular retreats. I do retreats every year. So this retreat is in January, right. And we're this is coming out in January. I know we're recording it ahead of time, but so my retreat is going to be called Renew and Bloom, and it's Renew and Bloom 2021. So what I want this retreat to be about and what it's my intention is, is that we're going to come in, we're going to clear out the energy from 2020. Right? There's a lot of energy. By 2020. I was to clear that out what doesn't work anymore, you know, something's not working. We're going to look at our human design as a tool to figure out what do you want to do? Like use your energy in the best way in your business in 2021. So there's going to be some intentions. We're going to create some maybe plans, but it's going to be using the tool of Human Design and also using that subconscious programming tools that I have for really sinking into, you know, knowing what your inner guidance is saying not it's not about what I think you should do or what anybody else. What is your inner guidance thing. So this is what this retreat is going to be about. And I think it's going to be a great I keep this small, these are intimate like 10 people so there might be still a few spaces when we talk You know, and I'll have a link in my, on my website, you can go check out if there's space left. But yes, I would love for everybody to check it out.

Yong Pratt 30:09
So I wanted to take a moment and just think about this image of the flower. Because if you think about where a flower starts as this seed, and it goes through all these different phases of growing and blooming, and then it goes into dormancy and kind of goes again. So if you think about that, in relation to your business, and the parallels in your business, and in your life as a whole, it's such a beautiful picture of thinking, Okay, I get to bloom into this beautiful flower this year, and maybe next year, it'll be a different kind of flower. And that idea of, at the end of your life, you will have bloomed an entire garden of gorgeous flowers. I mean, thinking about that, I mean, it just makes me giddy inside thinking, Oh, I did that, you know, yes, we can think about business as these beautiful flowers we plant. I just, there's just something magical about it. So when you share this idea with me, I mean, immediately brought up so many visual like beautifully visual images in mind. So kudos.

Rebecca Tervo 31:06
Oh, and I forgot to say so that is part of this. This is about planting the seeds for 2021. Right? We're gonna be in January, we're kind of in a dormant stage. Just think of winter and dormancy. And, you know, what does your garden do in the winter? Right, but it's like you're getting ready to bloom this next season, right? So that's what I want this, this retreat is about that. So my retreats will go along with those seasons and flowers like, so. Yeah. If you're interested in renewing and planting for 2021 yet, come check it out. It's gonna be fun.

Yong Pratt 31:41
And Rebecca, give us the website address. So we can come check that out as well. Yes,

Rebecca Tervo 31:46
I mean, it's going to be a link on www.RebeccaTervo.com. So, and will you have a link in the show notes?

Yong Pratt 31:51
Yeah, I will absolutely put a link in today's show notes of this episode. So you can, you can just visit the show notes page and get linked directly to all the information you need about Rebecca's upcoming retreats. So if you're somebody who is ready to bloom, and you like this idea of, of growing, and you would love Rebecca's help, and knowing your human design, and her subconscious tools that she has, and she has a whole arsenal of tools, she's learned so many things, when she tells me of all the things she's been learning in the past year, even. I'm blown away, because there are so many modalities that she's bringing into her programs. And I can't wait for all of you to learn more, and get her help to really sort of start to bloom, where you're planted, despite any other circumstances that are external to you, because we all had those. But how do you thrive in any sort of environment and move forward? I love it.

Rebecca Tervo 32:46
Yes, exactly. That's beautifully said. Thank you.

Yong Pratt 32:51
My pleasure. And I just this whole idea, just, you know, gives me pleasure to talk about because it's so fun. And you know, your value is fun. I've been trying to embrace fun, because, you know, if business if life isn't fun, you know. I think there's that bumper sticker if life isn't if something isn't fun, why do it sort of thing, right? So it's all about having fun, definitely connect with Rebecca. I'd love for you to go into her her experience and come out on the other side with more tools to really grow your business into the business of your dreams, which of course then translates you having this beautifully designed life. So Rebecca, thank you so much for being here today.

Rebecca Tervo 33:34
Fantastic thank you Yong.

Yong Pratt 33:36
Are you ready to dive in and discover your human design plus continue this conversation? Head on over to today's show notes at www.YongPratt.com/ 315 so we can do just that. Next week, you'll meet our second Human Design expert, Brittia Kubezca. And how she pivoted her business in a big way to focus on helping others understand their unique Human Design. Catch you then. Thanks for tuning in to the Amplify Your Awesome™ podcast. Be sure to hit that subscribe button so you don't miss any chips, tricks or secrets on building a business based around your awesome. Hey, and while you're there, leave us a rating and review. Let us know what you think of the show. And until next time, my friends, go out there today and amplify your awesome


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From Performing Arts Studio Owner to Dr. Content Part 2

From Performing Arts Studio Owner to Dr. Content Part 2

Have you ever been a people pleaser or a rule follower?

If so, you’ll want to stick around for today’s episode with moi (Yong) as I share how I’ve been working to overcome my desire to please everyone around me, giving up my dreams to appease them, and how I’ve stopped following what others are doing to build their businesses so I can build one expertly designed around everything that makes me awesome.

My Story Part 2

On Episode #300, I shared the story of how I went from Performing Arts Studio Owner to Doctor Content and celebrated another milestone on the podcast.

In the episode, I shared my #1 tip for building a business to Amplify Your Awesome™

What I didn’t share was how I discovered the REAL me 20 years later and how you can do the same today on episode 314.

Welcome to the 62nd, and final episode of 2020!

This year has been quite a roller coaster yet the one constant, and a never-ending source of joy I’ve had through the year is this podcast.  

If you would have asked me back in 2013 when I first started podcasting if I’d still be podcasting today, I probably would have laughed.

Never did I imagine that podcasting would become such an integral part of who I am and how I show up and serve others.

I love podcasting more than ever!

One of my greatest joys now is helping you to Amplify Your Awesome™ with your own podcast. What’s even more fun is to show you how to turn your podcast into endless pieces of content you can use to connect with more of the right people and monetize. And at the end of this podcast, I’m going to share something special I’ve been working on to help you lean into 2021 and really turn up the volume in your business.

Before we get there, I promised to share with you how I discovered the REAL me 20+ years into my entrepreneurial journey.

For this story to make sense,

I want to take you back to my childhood.

I was painfully shy as a child and disliked any type of spotlight. All I wanted was to be like everyone else and fit in which was a difficult task being a half-asian kid with red hair, green eyes, freckles and an unusual name in a town full of people that looked nothing like me.

Even though I had a strong desire to want to fit it, I always wanted to do things my own way which always took longer than if I had followed the “rules.”

I was always experimenting with alternative ways to do things like making my own beaded jewelry instead of buying it. 

If you were a child of the 80s and 90s, you know what I’m talking about. I had so many beads and the money I would make from babysitting or part-time jobs was used to buy more beads and supplies.

  • Beads on safety pins strung onto elastic. 
  • Beading on a loom to make intricate patterns which proved to be way harder than I thought so that didn’t last long. 

I’d usually keep these pieces for myself but would rarely wear them for fear of standing out.

Or I’d give the pieces away to friends secretly wishing I could sell them, but never did. I just didn’t know that making things and selling them was a real thing.

I dreamed of becoming a famous artist and writer.

To this day, I still have journals full of poems and short stories, and drawing. Having a short story published in a local writer’s festival book and an award for a local art contest were highlights.

No one I knew was a writer or an artist. Everyone in my life worked real jobs where they were expected to show up at a certain time every day. My mom usually worked 2. Even though I loved reading and knew people became writers, it didn’t seem like a real possibility.

Instead, when asked by well-intentioned adults, I spouted off practical careers like teacher, lawyer, or doctor all of which were always praised.

I think this is why when choosing a college for myself, I headed to a place where I wouldn’t know anyone – less expectation and pressure to build a life that those around me would praise.

I went off to college 2 weeks after graduation because I was done living in a small town where everyone knew me. And it was that first semester in summer school that I discovered dance at age of 18. 

I set out to study pre-med at Weber State University and in that first semester, I needed an elective so chose Modern Dance. Though I was on my high school dance team, I had never taken a real dance class in a studio. 

It didn’t take long before that dance class became my favorite. I quickly found that dance was home to me. It gave me the space and freedom to leave everything on the floor and express myself in a way I had never done before. Dance brought me joy. It made me want to be the best version of myself. It became my playground, my laboratory, and my safe place to escape the rest of my college experience which wasn’t so hot. The more I danced, the more I wanted to dance which really got in the way of school.

Oddly enough, it turns out late-night rehearsals don’t mix well with 7:30 am science classes. This was especially true when these classes were held in large lecture halls with professors that insisted on turning the light off to lecture using old school slide projectors…

After meeting my family through dance, traveling, and performing throughout that first year of college, I made a decision to stop dancing because it was getting in the way of academics. 

I reasoned that I’d have more time to focus on my real schoolwork without having the distraction of dance. I needed to get serious about my schoolwork to become a doctor because dance was in no way a profession as much as I loved it. 

So I made a drastic move and left dance and Utah to transfer to the University of Nevada where I ultimately graduated with a degree, not in pre-med, but Health Education.

Once in Reno, it didn’t take long to realize that I was miserable without dance. I was actually doing worse in school without it so jumped back in eagerly. It didn’t take long before dance was a main focus in my life and despite the fact that I had only been training for a little over a year, I was asked to teach dance at a local studio and was invited to become part of a professional company.

With dance back in my life in a big way, I was so much happier which proved to be key in getting better grades. 

But I still wasn’t ready to declare dance as what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I still didn’t see it as a REAL career. I needed to be pragmatic after all and get a real job with my degree.

From that moment on, I made a lot of decisions in my life that many people thought were crazy or totally random. I’d often get looks of pity or curiosity as I shared my latest plans. I did things like 

→ Packing up a suitcase and a backpack to travel and perform across the globe.

→ Took a position with Americorps as a grant writer and health education specialist that paid only a small stipend meaning I had to move back in with my parents as a college graduate and world traveler

→ Called up the local college to ask about teaching dance when I couldn’t find classes for myself to take in our small town

→ Opened a dance studio with a partner because I knew I couldn’t run a studio by myself and took it over completely after just 3 months

→ Strategically downsized the studio until I closed its doors after 17 years after serving thousands of students to build a business online which of course led me to where I am today being Dr. Content

→ Rebranding this very podcast 4 times to land on a version that allows me to openly and honestly share the real me

And the thing that’s made this new season possible and has given me the space to open up and share so honestly is discovering my Human Design.

I had my first introduction to Human Design in Feb of 2020 and since then I’ve discovered more about myself than I have in the last 40.

Since discovering that I’m a 4/6 Emotional Energy Projector, I’ve learned that my gift to the world is seeing connections where most don’t. 

I have an uncanny knack for seeing opportunities, especially in a biz, that most often don’t see. In this life, I’m meant to be a guide for others, not the worker bee.

During my Human Design experiment thus far, 

I’ve come to understand: 

→ Why my childhood was one of experimentation and wanting to do things my own way

→ Why past decisions and experiences turned out the way they did, both positively and negatively

→ Why trying to do all.the.things in a business is so draining for me and not how I’m meant to live

Every day, I discover more about myself and how to:

→ Make decisions that support me even though it may take longer than I want it to

→ Work most efficiently to preserve the little energy I do have

→ Be patient as I wait for the invitations I’m meant to receive

Learning my human design has literally allowed me to live life as the real me fully for the first time in my life. And to fully live into the title of Dr. Content where I now get to help people strategically use their awesome content to grow their businesses by reaching more of the right people.

How Content Strategy & Choreography are alike

Interestingly enough, content strategy or strategic content mapping which I do with my private clients is exactly the same as choreographing a dance. 

Both start with a spark or an inspired thought or experience followed by a series of actions that can occur in any order and include:

  • The number of performers or pieces of content

  • The journey on which you’ll take the audience including emotional highs, lows, the music or the supporting characters

  • The resolution or goal of the piece whether dance or content.

This collision of seemingly diverse worlds – dance, and content strategy – goes to show that past experience can absolutely lend itself to whatever you want to do next in life.

– Yong Pratt

Understanding my human design has allowed me to fully embrace how the events in my life have unfolded.

It has allowed me to see my gifts more clearly and it means I can give myself the grace to not be like everyone else. 

Knowing that I’m not meant to hustle and giving myself permission to embrace the lazy ways in which I’ve been running my business (i.e., systematizing and automating as much as I can then delegating the rest) has been such a relief. 

And it turns out that doing things my lazy ways has been a way more efficient way to do business. 

Little did I know that embracing systems and automation years ago was exactly what I needed to support my Projector self. 

It also explains why seeing the opportunities in your content and your message comes so easily to me and why I’m able to help business owners mine for the gold that already exists in their content. 

Have I discovered all the nuances of myself yet? 

Not by any stretch of the imagination. 

Just when I discover one more facet, several more nuances arise and I’m okay with that. I take what I need at the moment and know that when I need to learn more, all I have to do is dive further into my chart. 

Discover your Human Design Now

As we lean into 2021 and further into season 5 of the podcast, I hope that you’re inspired to discover the real you using your human design or whatever way makes sense for you so that you can showcase all your awesomeness!

In the new year, I’ll be bringing on guest experts to dive into Human Design and how you can use it in your business to Amplify Your Awesome!

Coming YOUR way in 2021

I’ll also be opening the doors to a brand new program in the New Year called the [1:31] Content Formula™.

It’s not just another course you get and forget.

It’s an 8-week experience where you’ll implement a proven process to turn one audio or video into 31 days of digital content you can use across social media.

During our 8 weeks together, you and your VA will implement a custom strategy for automating and repurposing your awesome content so that you’ll never have to wonder what to post on social media again!

And that’s not even the best part. 

I’m going to give you my exact one-page standard operating procedures (SOPs) to implement every single step in my repurposing framework so that your Virtual Assistant can do all the work FOR you.


Because I get requests just about every day from business owners who want me to implement my repurposing framework and want me to train their VAs 1:1.

But here’s the thing.

Not everyone has the budget to hire me 1:1 to train their VAs on my framework. That’s why I’m bringing you my [1:31] Content Formula™.

– Yong Pratt

So if you have a VA or you’re looking to hire one in 2021, you can literally outsource these exact step-by-step SOPs right away.

And if that’s not enough, I have some very special bonuses waiting for you including my signature program, Podcast in a Weekend™ which will only be available inside the [1:31] Content Formula™ starting in 2021.

If you don’t already know, Podcast in a Weekend™ is my most successful DIY program where I show you how to go from zero to your very own podcast in one weekend. 

Graduates have launched their podcasts in as little as 4 hours using this program so if podcasting is on your goal list or vision board for 2021, you can make it a reality when you get the [1:31] Content Formula™


So much goodness is coming your way in 2021 and I cannot wait to share it all with you.

As this crazy year comes to a close, I wish you joy and happiness.

My wish for you is that you create a business expertly designed around who you’re meant to be and serve at your highest level, making a global impact with your message. Cheers to 2021!

– Yong Pratt

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode

Discover your Human Design (it’s free)

From Performing Arts Studio to Dr. Content Part 1

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Increasing productivity and time management with rhythm calendars

Increasing productivity and time management with rhythm calendars

[0:03] Now that you know where you’re spending time by doing your time tracking experiment, and you’ve learned to take those activities and put them on your calendar into blocks of time to be more productive, the next step in the process is to create something called a rhythm calendar. And in today’s episode of the Amplify Your Awesome podcast, we’re going to dive into creating a weekly rhythm, a monthly rhythm and a yearly rhythm, so that your calendars, can be set up and ready to go to help you be more efficient in your business.


[0:42] Be sure to listen to episodes #270 and 271 before you dive into part 3 of this mini-series on time management and productivity.


[1:11] Discover where Yong first learned about Rhythm Calendars, what they are, and how they tie in so beautifully to content repurposing


[2:06] Rhythm Calendars are all about working smarter daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly


[2:27] Examples of Rhythm Calendars from Yong’s local brick and mortar performing arts school she ran for 17-years


[3:23] How a Rhythm Calendar allows us to repurpose content


[4:06] Examples of weekly rhythms to reduce stress and anxiety with social posting


[4:38] Rhythm Calendars help us to not only plan, but take consistent action in our businesses.


[6:10] More examples of Weekly Rhythms you could implement in your business


[7:34] Once you’ve established your weekly rhythms, it’s time to look at tasks that need to get done monthly


[8:32] If you need some inspiration or help on what to post on social, check out my friend and fellow podcaster’s Facebook Page and Group to get free access to her monthly social posting calendars


[9:20] Social post calendars + post scheduling + backups = awesome sauce


[10:26] The importance of taking Yong’s system in your business in a way that makes sense for you


[11:57] Putting tasks on your calendar isn’t enough. You still need to put in the work and time to take action in order to make progress.


[13:02] Think about the cycles in your business to create your rhythm calendars and use tools to automate posting on social media to save more time and ensure that you’re posting regularly


[13:49] Need recommendations for your content marketing? Grab Yong’s Content Marketing Toolkit at http://www.YongPratt.com/toolkit


[14:21] You or your staff can take action on your rhythm calendars with checklists you create in your favorite project management tool like Google Keep or Trello so that you can recycle and repurpose your content like a pro


[15:28] Rhythms Calendars allow us to ensure the content we create is repurposed and recycled rather than ending up in our ‘Content Graveyards’


[16:36] Permission granted to recycle and repurpose your content regularly


[16:59] Now that we’re all wearing more hats at home, it’s more important than ever to establish routines and rhythms in our days, our weeks, our months, and our year.


[18:14] Have questions about rhythm calendars or want to show off your rhythm calendars? Tag Yong on IG @amplifyyourawesome. Ask your Q’s and share your pics.



Virtual Summit Next Steps

Creativity & Resiliency in Business Virtual Summit with Yong Pratt next steps:

#1 If you haven’t already completed the Summit Intake Form, please do so here.

#2: Watch the video below:

#3 Schedule Your Interview 

#4Prep for the interview using the following tips:

Here are some tips for getting the best video recording:

  1. Quiet place with no distractions
  2. Clear the clutter
  3. Well lit (i.e., in front of a window, chat light, lightboxes)
  4. An external microphone or headset microphone plugged into your computer
  5. Wear solid colors or patterns that aren’t too busy
  6. Hardwire internet if possible
  7. Bring your energy and your awesome to the interview

Each interview will last approximately 15-20 minutes. Please be prepared to:

  1. Introduce yourself and what you do in one sentence (i.e., your elevator pitch).
  2. Share the unique ways that your business has pivoted or changed in the past few weeks
  3. Your best tips/advice for navigating business right now

You’re going to do what? 🤔😯🤷‍♀️

Have you ever been asked, “You’re going to do what?” by someone, maybe even a well-intentioned loved one when you’ve shared your big dreams or ideas?


Or maybe you’ve been on the receiving end of a quizzical stare or confused shake of the head from someone that just didn’t understand the life you’ve envisioned and the impact you want to make? 


You're going to do what? Yong Pratt

You’re going to do what?


It’s been happening to me my whole life.


Since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to do things my way. To go against the grain and try something unconventional was just part of who I was. Because I was super shy, however, I did a lot of these things on the sly so as not to draw attention to myself.


And I was a good kid – a rule follower to a fault. As you can imagine, the compulsion to do things my own way and try new things coupled with wanting to follow the directions and live up to the expectations of others caused a fair amount of inner turmoil…


Case in point.


It was 1997. I had just graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in Health Education. I had a secure, well-paying job with the state that provided not only health care benefits but a coveted retirement plan. 


For all intents and purposes, I was on the “right” path. I had a degree, a job with benefits, and my future looked secure until…


I was invited to become a cast member with the international educational organization, Up With People. I was given an opportunity of a lifetime to travel the world, immerse myself in diverse cultures, serve the communities we visited, and be on stage nearly every day and perform!!!


But there was a BIG problem. 


Not only was I a rule-follower, I was also a people pleaser extraordinaire! I had already disappointed my family by not going to medical school. And here I was about to disappoint them again by giving up security for something they perceived as “frivolous.”


And it wasn’t just my family. 


Many of my friends just couldn’t understand why I would even entertain such an idea. There were lots of well-meaninged naysayers, eye-rollers, and exasperated shrugs when it came to this life-changing decision. It seemed like everyone had an opinion on the matter.


What they didn’t understand, and never bothered to ask, was my WHY. 


Can you relate?


Let me know in the comments 👇


It was time to embrace my nature fully and do things my own way. 


I quit my job, gave notice on my apartment, and moved all my belongings back to my parents’ house. Then I packed a single suitcase and a backpack and headed out to carve my own path in the world for an entire year.


It was time to do something just for me.


My decision didn’t need to make sense for anyone else (as hard as it was to admit that).  It was my life and I was about to start living it on my own terms and not someone else’s.


And guess what???

The year of seeing, serving, and performing was extraordinary – beyond my wildest dreams and it shaped my life in ways I can scarcely put into words.


To think that I almost let the opinions of others stop me from experiencing that year makes me feel a bit ill…


Just for fun, here are a few pics from my year of travel that I almost missed


Yong Pratt in Anrochte, Germany - Up with People 1998

Me, my roomies, and host mom made it into the Anrochte, Germany newspaper during our visit.


Yong Pratt - Up with People Cast B 1998 - Eschwege, Germany

Me and my host family in Eschwege, Germany


Do me a favor?


As you head out to do your thing today, remember that only YOU know the right path for you. 


The path you choose may not be the most direct. 


Your path may be full of great challenges, some of which will cause you to question your decisions.


But the path ahead is yours to choose.


Don’t let the opinions of others get in the way of sharing all that makes you awesome! 


I know this 👆is SUPER hard!


2020 is the year to tap into your unique superpowers. 

2020 is the year you stop being the best-kept secret in your industry!

2020 is the year to embrace all that makes you AWESOME!


And I’ll be here to cheer you on every step of the way 👏


Tell me 👇how you’re going to embrace your awesome and share it with the world in 2020!






P.S. With a total rebrand of the podcast and the biz – big things are coming YOUR way in 2020, my friend!