GOOD TO BE HOME

By Russ & Mika Perry

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Hi, we're Russ and Mika Perry. We live together in Scottsdale, Arizona with our three beautiful daughters. We have devoted our lives to building a solid foundation for our family through entrepreneurship and healthy practices, with the goal of living a successful, balanced, family-focused lifestyle. Good To Be Home is a weekly exploration of entrepreneurship, family, marriage, sobriety, and how we balance our business and life.

Episode Date
Getting Your Finances in Order
52:23

Russ and Mika have received many requests over the past several months from listeners who want to hear a conversation about finances.

This is a topic that people don't always like to talk about. Financial conversations can be incredibly uncomfortable.

On this week's podcast, they are diving headfirst into some of those uncomfortable conversations. You'll hear about ways that you can save, budget, and approach your finances with a whole new perspective.

Aug 19, 2019
Russ Breaks Down His Sobriety
13:17

In this bonus episode, Russ breaks down sobriety. For him, alcohol was his addiction, but sobriety could mean breaking patterns around drugs, problem habits or more.

He says in order for sobriety to work, you have to change for yourself; not your kids, your wife, your job, etc.

Russ will talk about some practical tips on how to start and sustain sobriety and how important building a supportive community is.

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There are a variety of support and community groups dealing with addiction, beyond just Alcoholics Anonymous. For Russ, Celebrate Recovery was the best option.

Find more info online: www.celebraterecovery.com

Aug 15, 2019
Thriving From the Unexpected
25:52

Russ was inspired to record today's episode because his oldest daughter Maddix recently started high school.

Maddix was born when Russ was in college, and it was one of the most unexpected moments of his life. It has also been undoubtedly one of the biggest blessings.

And yet so many times, when these unexpected moments happen to us, feelings of anxiety or negativity typically follow.

Today's podcast is all about how we can persevere through the unexpected challenges, grow from them, and thrive.

Aug 12, 2019
How We Spent Our Summer in London
57:33

Every summer for the past few years, Russ and Mika have taken their family on a long trip overseas. This year, they chose the United Kingdom as their travel destination and so for the past five weeks or so, the Perry family has been living and working in London. 

On today's' podcast, you'll hear why they chose to travel to London, as well as all of the details that went into planning a trip of this magnitude.

You'll also hear what their life has looked like for the last five weeks, from working remotely from coworking to hiring a nanny. their favorite activities and a whole lot more.

Aug 05, 2019
8 Tips For Making Your First Hire
38:55

Working out of a co-working space in London this week has reminded Russ and Mika of some of their earlier days as aspiring entrepreneurs.

It has also inspired them to revisit a topic that they haven't thought about in quite some time: how to hire someone for the first time.

The only way that you can grow your business to the point that you can balance your life successfully is by hiring the right people, and it all starts with that first person.

On today's show, they are going to be sharing eight tips for helping you make that first hire. 

These tips aren't just for running a business. They can apply to anyone that you are bringing on board to help you with your personal life as well. 

Jul 29, 2019
Recap, Reflection, and Reset: Mid-Year Goal Setting for 2019
41:51

Russ and Mika are planners. As a family, they write down and discuss goals for the year every January on their annual staycations. But last year, the two decided to check-in and start a mid-year planning tradition. Now, this isn't a practice that should be just about looking forward and stressing about what needs to get done - but should be a moment of recap, reflection, and reset for the second half of the year.

In this episode, Russ and Mika break down their goals for the rest of 2019, both as a couple and independently. Using the framework of "Body, Being, Balance and Business" (something you might remember from their Core 4 episode), they look at all they have accomplished so far, and re-commit to some promises they may have been slacking on.

Everyone's comfort level and goals are going to look different, whether your plans include buying a new car, fixing up the house, or actually following that meditation routine (for real this time.)  As long as you can stay objective in the process, Russ says we can all create great things in a year.

Jul 22, 2019
“Embracing The Mom You Are” with Rachel Nielson of 3 in 30 Podcast
49:30

One of Mika's favorite podcasts to listen to is 3 in 30, a 30-minute show for busy moms with 3 clear cut takeaways (or what Mika calls "knowledge bombs") on parenting struggles and strategies.

Mika was a guest on Rachel's show not too long ago, and now we are welcoming her to Good To Be Home!

What Mika admires most about this show is Rachel's ability and willingness to go deep on topics that may not be tackled on other shows, like what to do when you don't like playing with your kids, how religion can affect your ideas of what a mom should be or how Rachel is happier as a mom when she is still working.

An English teacher turned mom turned podcaster, Rachel now has over 80 episodes of 3 in 30 aiming to help moms "manage the madness and maximize the magic of motherhood."

Mika and Rachel discuss 3 of Mika's favorite episodes of 3 in 30, how to bring more positivity into your social media feeds, and how to deal with that inner critic that always seems to be nagging inside.

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SIGN UP for Mika and Rachel's one day workshop "Declutter Your Motherhood" on Saturday, September 21st in Phoenix, Arizona! The event is for moms to connect with other moms while working to declutter on the inside and on the outside. Learn how to declutter your schedule, your expectations as a mom, your limiting beliefs and your physical space - leaving room to do add much more joy to your days.

www.mikaperry.com/workshop

Jul 15, 2019
BONUS: Russ Talks More About 'The Sober Entrepreneur'
14:16

Welcome to the first Good To Be Home bonus episode! In these quick segments, we will be digging into some topics that we may have covered in previous episodes and want to go deeper into - or questions from listeners! 

In this first bonus (and Russ's first solo episode) he picks up the conversation left off in Episode 60, and talks more about his book The Sober Entrepreneur. The book took about a year to write, and if you're interested in the writing process, or are thinking of writing your own book, this episode is for you.

You'll hear more about changes he would have made if he could do it all again, his marketing strategies for the book, and how to use Amazon to your advantage.

Jul 11, 2019
A Deeper Dive into Russ's Book: The Sober Entrepreneur
44:14

Fans of the show may or may not know that Russ and Mika are both sober. And in 2017, a few years into his sobriety, Russ published his first book The Sober Entrepreneur about his struggles to balance work, life, and combat addiction.

Now almost 6 years sober, Russ calls the book not only an obligation to his family, but a resource for those who might be going through a similar situation.

Russ says for you to succeed as an entrepreneur you need to be addicted to a belief, a characteristic that if not controlled right, could lead to addiction in other forms.

He says the decision to write the book was extremely personal, and in this episode, you'll hear more about the legacy he hopes his story will leave, a few takeaways from other people who have read it, and a bit more about Russ and Mika's decisions to get sober.

PLUS if you sign up for the Good To Be Home Podcast newsletter, you'll receive a FREE PDF copy of the book!

Jul 08, 2019
Helping Your Spouse Get Organized
32:36

Building a home can be difficult, especially if your significant other is a little...less organized than you.

In this weeks episode, Mika takes the reigns and talks about encouraging Russ to be more organized, based on questions and comments shes received from listeners on social media.

Organizing is not only about putting stuff into labeled boxes but extends to strengthening your relationship and home life in general.

Whether you hear yourself in Mika (as the more organized one) or Russ (who needed a bit of help), this episode will show you some easy ways to nudge your loved one into setting up more intentional systems of organization.

Jul 01, 2019
Planning a Stress-Free Trip to Disneyland
41:10

Does the idea of planning a family vacation to Disneyland stress you out? Planning the meals, figuring out what rides to hit and navigating the park itself can all seem a bit overwhelming. That's why the Perry's are bringing you this episode, a how-to guide to a stress-free vacation at Disneyland.

Based on two of Mika's blog posts, Russ & Mika layout all the tips, strategies and apps that help them enjoy the park with their three girls.

What kind of stroller should you bring? How many snacks should you pack? How do you deal with inevitable meltdowns? Mika says its all about letting the little moments outside the rides happen, and with three Disney trips under their belt, Russ & Mika share some of their secret tricks to making this vacation a magical one.

Jun 24, 2019
Staying Connected With Your Spouse
30:23

**Due to some issues during our recording session, parts of episodes #56 & #57 might be hard to hear. Sorry for the inconvenience, and we'll be back to normal soon!**

If you've listened to Good To Be Home before, you know how passionate Russ and Mika are about date night - their weekly evenings out as a couple (ie: no kids) to catch up with each other and unwind.

But sometimes, despite how determined they are to keep up this practice, schedules just get too crazy and life gets in the way.

So what happens between those date nights? Or in the weeks they just can't find a free night together? In this episode, Russ and Mika run through some practical tips on how they stay connected, like working out together or going to church, as well as jump into some larger concepts like open communication about scheduling and laughing about parenting together.

Jun 17, 2019
A Post Picklecon Review
40:06

**Due to some issues during our recording session, parts of episodes #56 & #57 might be hard to hear. Sorry for the inconvenience, and we'll be back to normal soon!**

In today's episode, Russ and Mika are talking all things Picklecon 2019, Design Pickle's inaugural US conference for creative entrepreneurs in Scottsdale, Arizona last month.  We'll hear from each of their perspectives: Russ on what it's like to create and run an event, and Mika who was a guest speaker and got to see it from more of an attendee role.

The theme of this year's event was "Profit. Automation. Scale." But Russ says Picklecon is not like most other conferences you may see people attending in your Instagram feeds, and talks about why Picklecon is focused more on personal development, as well as just business goals.

Russ and Mika are both avid conference attendees, traveling not only across the country but around the world for both personal and professional development events. We'll hear how they pick conferences, the value of both smaller, boutique events vs. larger, more broad events, and how growth comes from connecting with others in person, not from sitting behind a screen.

Jun 10, 2019
Russ Teaches Timeblocking
36:28

Today's episode is all about managing time. So what is "Timeblocking?" As Russ describes it, it works like a budget does for money, and its all about breaking your time into categories.

Timeblocking helps a busy, ever changing schedule by not only incorporating time for meetings, appointments and events - but also building in time for more fluid tasks like creation, self care, and family.

This approach to scheduling not only helps Russ manage his business, but also helps Mika uses it for more home based tasks like balancing the girls schedules and dance classes.

 
Jun 03, 2019
Dealing With Negativity
51:56

When it feels like so much of the current news cycle is heavy and negative, Russ and Mika are taking today's episode to talk about how they work through negativity, both on the inside and the outside.

You'll hear tips and tricks to dealing with negativity and harnessing your energy towards the positive, whether its reading less news like Russ, or incorporating meditation and other wellness strategies like Mika.

Negativity can be the smallness voice in your head telling you you're not good enough, or external factors like trolls on the internet. Both Russ and Mika talk in this episode about how they've dealt with haters on social media, and curating their own feeds and who they follow to promote positivity.

And what about negativity in relationships? When do you lean in to helping them become less negative, or leave to honor your own boundaries? 

 

May 27, 2019
Beauty Routines with Mika
43:16

In today’s episode Mika breaks down her beauty routines with the girls while Russ is out of town. She shares her day looks, night looks, and everyday self-care systems.

While she’s not a beauty blogger, Mika is a woman who also has a blog, and you’ll hear some of her favorite products, the services she gets outside the home, and why she invests in those.

As a busy mom, Mika’s schedule is always changing, and we’ll hear how she gets ready every morning; whether she’s heading straight to the gym, going to school with the girls or working in the office.

Besides make up and hair styles, Mika also dives into botox and fillers, whether she uses them and why.

May 20, 2019
Visualizing Your Goals With Vision Boards
22:17

Today’s episode is a pretty straightforward look at vision boards: what they are, how to use them and how they visualize your goals

These vision boards aren’t just collages made from magazine cutouts, they’re manifestations of the life you want, and how you’re going to get there. Russ & Mika talk about some of the things they've added to their own boards, why material possessions are okay to throw on there, and how they use boards independently, and as a family unit.

May 13, 2019
One Year of Good To Be Home!
43:29

Today’s episode marks 365 days of Good To Be Home! Russ & Mika look back at 51 episodes, pick their favorites and give us a behind the scenes look at how the podcast is made.

They'll talk about how making the show has affected their relationship, what it's like to have a creative project to work on as a couple and goals for year 2!

This episode also features Good To Be Home's first ever giveaway! Stay tuned to the end of the show to hear details on how to enter.

May 06, 2019
Episode #50: Education in the Perry Household
57:40

While Russ and Mika both have parents who are teachers, they have pretty different educational backgrounds. Russ was born and raised in Arizona public schools and Mika hopped around schools in Japan, both urban schools and rural villages, before coming to the states.

In this episode, Russ & Mika talk private, public and charter schools, what they look for in a school and its teachers, and the education they try to teach as parents, outside of the classroom.

Apr 29, 2019
Episode #49: Are you Coachable? Another conversation with Coach Dena Patton
59:22

As she told us in her first episode on the show, finding a coach that fits your needs is the first step. But what comes next? In this second episode, Dena tells us what it means to be “coachable.”

To be coached she says is to be vulnerable, open and humble. It’s giving up being right and being willing to do the work.

Apr 22, 2019
Episode #48: Naturopathic Medicine & Hormonal Health with Dr. Jillian Smithers
01:16:29

Have you ever thought of trying integrative or naturopathic medicine as an alternative to the way you treat yourself now? In this episode, you’ll hear how Dr. Jillian Smithers made the jump from traditional to naturopathic medicine, as well as her own personal medical journey.

Mika also breaks down her health issues, why she sought out Jillian’s services and how being more in tune with her body naturally has helped her. We’ll get into hormones, supplements, and other natural remedies.

Apr 15, 2019
Episode #47: Mika’s Guide to Attending Conferences
35:04

On today’s podcast, Mika will tell us all about attending Alt Summit, and her 6 takeaways from the week-long experience.

Mika just spent the last week at Alt Summit, an annual conference in Palm Springs, CA for entrepreneurs, business owners, influencers, and really any creative soul.

In this solo episode, she’ll tell us about what she learned that week including how to travel alone as a mom, Pinterest & SEO, and how the trip renewed her love for her hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Apr 08, 2019
Episode 46: "Igniting your Greatness" An Interview with Coach Dena Patton
59:54

Russ and Mika both used Dena Patton as a business coach (at the same time) in different ways. But what they both can attest to, is how Dena’s work goes far beyond building a business.

In this episode, Dena talks about identifying your limitations and “igniting your greatness,” whether that means building a million dollar business, growing and hiring new employees, or just being your best self for the ones you love.

Apr 01, 2019
Episode #45: Battling Trauma and PTSD with Deric Keller of Battlefield Boardroom
01:09:34

One of the goals that Russ and Mika have for this podcast in 2019 is to invite people who have had an impact on their lives on to show to share their own stories.

Russ met Deric Keller through their work with the Warrior program, and when we heard Deric's story we knew we wanted him to share it with our listeners.

Deric is a decorated combat veteran, husband, and father of seven children. He is also the founder of a personal coaching and accountability program called Battlefield Boardroom.

After returning home from serving in the Iraq war, Deric was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and struggled with adjusting to everyday life.

Deric joins us this week to share his powerful story about his experience serving in the United States Marine Corps, working through trauma and anger, healing, and committing himself to a life of coaching others.

Mar 25, 2019
Episode #44: Eight Takeaways From a Weekend Wellness Retreat
44:05

A few weeks ago, Russ surprised Mika on Valentine's Day by planning a trip for her to spend a weekend at Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort in Tucson, Arizona.

This wasn't just a weekend getaway, though. This was a two-day wellness retreat, where Mika could disconnect from her everyday life and focus entirely on relaxation and self-care.

She returned home feeling completely rejuvenated, energized, and excited to share some of the powerful things that she discovered.

On today's podcast, you'll hear all about that trip, as well as eight specific life lessons, reminders, and practical tips that Mika learned on her wellness retreat.

Mar 18, 2019
Episode #43: Sobriety, Skin Care and Building a Successful Brand: An Interview with Esthetician Emme Diane
01:08:22

On this weeks episode, we are excited to share our very first interview with licensed esthetician and skin care specialist Emme Diane.

Emme is a licensed esthetician with 20 years of professional experience. She specializes in advanced skin care treatments and has also started her own line of corrective skin care products.

Emme joins us this week to talk about why skin care is important, and what we can do to better take care of our skin. This episode isn't just about skin care, though. Emme also shares her emotional story about her own journey through addiction, rehab, sobriety and eventually finding success as an entrepreneur.

Mar 11, 2019
Episode #42: Finding Motivation After a Vacation
35:39

Russ and Mika talk a lot on this show about how building routines can help us to better balance our lives.

But when you take a break from those routines, they can be very difficult to get back into. This is why we often find ourselves feeling out of alignment after we travel or go on vacation.

Today's episode is all about what we can do after we travel to re-establish our routines and stay motivated, energized, and focused when we return to our daily lives after a long trip.

Mar 04, 2019
Episode #41: How to Speak the Languages of Love
37:24

On today's podcast, we are talking about love languages.

This is a topic that Russ and Mika bring up quite a bit on this show, and it is based on a book called The Five Love Languages by Dr. Gary Chapman.

In that book, Chapman proposes that each of us speaks our own love languages, and the secret to having long-lasting, healthy relationships is learning how to speak to your partner in their own language.

These ideas have informed Russ and Mika's relationship throughout their marriage, and even their relationships with their children.

On this week's episode, we'll be talking about what each of these languages are, what they mean, and how understanding them has made a tremendous difference in our lives.

Feb 25, 2019
Episode #40: The Blog Post Revisited
39:40

On this week's episode, Russ and Mika have decided to revisit one of our very first episodes on this podcast. 

We've been publishing Good to Be Home for almost a year now, and we have gained several new listeners along the way. This topic is such an important piece of Russ and Mika's lives, that they wanted to share it again it for those who haven't heard it yet because it informs so much of what we talk about on this show.

Several months ago, Mika chose to open up on her personal blog about something that most people don't feel comfortable talking about publicly. In 2012, she discovered that Russ was having an affair, and it nearly destroyed their marriage.

Soon afterward, she wrote a blog post called "We Saved Our Marriage", about how the two of them addressed this challenge, how they grew from it, and how they came out stronger on the other side.

This episode is the story of how Russ and Mika saved their marriage, what it felt like to share that story online, how people reacted to the story, and what the two of them have learned from that experience. We hope you enjoy.

Feb 18, 2019
Episode #39: The Importance of Mission, Vision, and Values
38:19

On this week's podcast, Russ and Mika are returning to the subject of business.

In particular, they are addressing a question that they recently received from a listener: how do you hire and manage people in your business?

This is a complicated subject and one that a lot of entrepreneurs struggle with.

In this episode, you will hear about the three things that we focus on while hiring and managing our teams: Mission, Vision, and Values. You'll also hear about the specific processes that we follow when building and growing our teams.

Feb 11, 2019
Episode #38: How We Meal Prep + Plan Our Food
57:10

On today's podcast, Russ and Mika are talking about something that just about everybody loves: food.

Specifically, they are going to be talking about planning and preparing meals. Meal planning is incredibly important, especially for entrepreneurs and families who struggle to find the time to cook their meals.

In this episode, they will be discussing the importance of meal planning, how they have approached it throughout their lives, and some specific advice on how you can plan and prepare your own meals. You'll also hear some practical tips for shopping, and some of their go-to meals to prepare for the family.

Feb 04, 2019
Episode #37: More Tips for Organizing Your Life
50:35

On this week's episode, we are revisiting a topic that many listeners have reached out to us about asking to hear more. Today, we are sharing even more tips for organizing your life.

For those that didn't know, Mika ran a business as a professional home organizer for many years, and organization is a topic that she is still incredibly passionate about.

After we published our first episode about home organization, many listeners have reached out to us with specific questions about how they can better organize their lives.

On today's podcast, Mika is answering those questions, as well as sharing even more tips, tricks, and advice on how to stay organized.

Jan 28, 2019
Episode #36: How We Approach Social Media
53:56

Social Media has become a hot button issue recently, with questions of privacy concerns being raised as these platforms become increasingly more entangled into our everyday lives.

Russ and Mika are all too familiar with this. Social media has become not only a huge part of their personal lives but a necessity for their careers as entrepreneurs. As parents of young children, social media also poses some difficult family questions for them to consider as well.

On today's episode, they are discussing how they approach social media from a business perspective and how they approach it from a personal perspective. You'll also hear some of their philosophies on social media in general, as well as some tips on how to use social media as a benefit in your life, rather than a distraction.

Jan 21, 2019
Episode #35: Strategies for Successful Email Marketing
48:21

Today's episode is all about email marketing, which can be an incredibly intuitive tool for entrepreneurs.

Russ and Mika both have their own email lists, and they both believe in the power of email communication.

On this week's podcast, you'll hear why they believe email marketing is important, as well as some strategies, information and best practices for how to use email the right way.

You'll also hear all about their recent 2019 staycation, and how they made use of that time to help lay out their goals for the year.

Jan 14, 2019
Episode #34: Tips For Achieving Balance in the New Year
21:55

In the midst of all of our New Years festivities, Mika felt the sudden inspiration to jump on the microphone and speak candidly about a topic that is very important to us.

Balance is one of those words that elicits a variety of different reactions from people, but truthfully it is one of the core tenants of our philosophy here on the show.

When we started publishing this podcast, we did so because we are in a constant search for balance in our own lives, and because we wanted to help other people achieve the balance that they are seeking.

On today's show, you will hear what balance means to us, and why we believe that finding balance is an attainable goal for 2019.

Jan 07, 2019
Episode #33: Our "Peaks and Valleys" of 2018 and Plans for 2019
55:35

Russ and Mika are back from their holiday break to share their final episode of 2018.

2018 has been a big year for the two of them, as well as this podcast.

On today's episode, we are recapping that year. We aren't just talking about the good stuff though. This episode is all about the "Peaks and Valleys"; the good and the bad, and we aren't shying away from talking about the valleys either.

You'll also hear a sneak peek at what we have in store for 2019, including some exciting plans for the future of this podcast.

Dec 31, 2018
Episode #32: Practical Tips for Your Next 90 Days
42:53

A few weeks ago, Russ and Mika had a conversation on this podcast about the "Core Four"; a collection of daily habits that focus on the four major areas of life. These habits are a cornerstone of Russ' coaching in the Warrior program.  

We've received a lot of follow up questions about that episode, and we wanted to talk about how you can go a step further.

Today's episode is all about how you can strategically plan your next 90 days as a way to set yourself up for success.

On this week's podcast, you'll hear some practical tips about how you can use those Core Four strategies to get organized and take steps to transform your life over the next 90 days.

Dec 10, 2018
Episode #31: Finding the Ideal Work Environment
35:54

Russ and Mika have talked quite a bit about business and entrepreneurship in past episodes of this podcast.

They both have experience running their own businesses, and over that time, they have worked in a variety of places, from their living room to coffee shops, to their own brick-and-mortar offices.

In doing so, they have learned just how important it is for entrepreneurs to have the right environment to work in.

Today, we are talking about the pros and cons of these various work environments, and how you can build your own ideal work environment.

Dec 03, 2018
Episode #30: Improving Your Sleep Hygiene
50:52

Today, Russ and Mika are addressing something that everyone does, and we all spend a third of our lives doing it.

This week's podcast is all about sleep. In particular, this conversation chronicles their own unique journey with sleep.

In the past, the two of them were very bad sleepers, but over the years they have made significant changes to the way that they approach sleep, and on today's episode you will hear all about those changes.

You'll also hear about some of their sleep routines, as well as their favorite sleep related-items, and tips for getting your best sleep.

Nov 26, 2018
Episode #29: Perry Family Holiday Traditions
40:18

This week's episode is a very topical discussion as we approach the end of the year. We are talking about holiday traditions.

Russ and Mika have been shaping and forming their own holiday traditions over the last ten years of their marriage.

The traditions that we create with our families can last generations, and they can have a huge positive impact on our lives. This time of year it's easy to get caught up in those traditions, though, and some of those traditions can even become a source of stress in our lives.

Today we are talking about how we can cultivate meaningful, positive traditions with our families, and sharing some of the traditions that we celebrate every year.

Nov 19, 2018
Episode #28: Understanding the "Core Four"
36:23

On today's episode, we are exploring something that Russ and Mika have experienced the benefits of firsthand.

Specifically, we are talking about a daily system of healthy habits called the "Core Four".

As a certified trainer in the Warrior program, Russ coaches men and women how to understand and master the "Core Four" every day.

The "Core Four" is a collection of daily habits that target the four major areas of life that we all struggle to balance.

On this podcast, we are discussing how we can better understand these aspects of our lives. By understanding and focusing on the "Core Four", we can find ways to improve our lives in those areas, and ultimately work to achieve happiness and fulfillment in every aspect of our lives.

Nov 12, 2018
Episode #27: What to Do When You are Feeling Stressed or Overwhelmed
01:02:21

On today's episode, Russ and Mika are diving into a subject that many people struggle with every day.

There are a lot of people out there talking about stress management, but one of the facets of stress that is often overlooked is the feeling of being overwhelmed.

On this podcast, you'll hear the kinds of things that overwhelm us and cause stress in our everyday lives. You'll also hear some tactics and strategies for how to tackle those overwhelming feelings.

Nov 05, 2018
Episode #26: Why You Should Go on a Staycation
32:10

On this week's episode, Russ and Mika are talking about one of the best-kept secrets in travel.

As regular listeners know, we believe travel is a healthy and important part of family life, but we know everyone doesn't have the budget or the time to take an expensive trip to an exotic location.

Every year, the Perry family takes a "staycation" somewhere close to where they live. This trip has become a family tradition and something that everyone looks forward to each year.

On today's podcast, you'll hear all about how we plan our staycations, what makes a good staycation, and how you can take some time off without breaking the bank.

Oct 29, 2018
Episode #25: The Joys and Challenges of Being a Step Parent
46:11

On this week's podcast, Russ and Mika are talking about a subject that has been a formative part of their own parenting experience.

Mika became a step parent to Russ' oldest daughter before they had their own children together. In many ways, the experience of becoming a step parent to Maddix taught Mika so much about children and informed many of her decisions as a traditional parent as well.

We believe that step-parenting is a topic that is underrepresented in our culture and that many new stepparents struggle with what it means to become a parent to someone else's children.

Spouses and significant others of step parents can also struggle with this transition as well. Today's podcast is all about bringing that experience to light.

Oct 22, 2018
Episode #24: Making the Most Out of the Last Few Months of the Year
43:12

On this week's episode, Russ and Mika are talking about why they love the 4th quarter of the year.

Many entrepreneurs dread this time. The holidays and change of season can make those last three months hectic and can cause a bit of a slump in your productivity.

Today's show is all about how you can approach the final stretch of the year. We're talking about what you can accomplish in the next 90 days so you can set your self up for success at the beginning of 2019 and beyond.

Oct 15, 2018
Episode #23: A List of Our Favorite Everyday Essentials
41:11

Our regular listeners know that Russ and Mika love sharing what they are reading, eating, listening to, and loving every week on this show. It's one of our favorite segments.

This weeks' episode expands on that concept even further. So many people reach out to us asking for opinions and recommendations, that we decided to focus an entire episode on some of the everyday essentials that we use in their lives.

On today's podcast, you'll hear about the things that we love and can't live without. These items are in constant use in our household, and in a sense, they define the way that we live.

Oct 08, 2018
Episode #22: Parenting Tips and Tricks
23:59

On today's Show, Mika is taking her first foray into answering some listener questions about the ways that she and Russ approach parenting.

Many of these questions revolve around their roles as parents, how they interact with their children and their day-to-day life as a family of five.

You'll also hear about a few of their own unique experiences from the 13 years they have spent as parents, as well as some practical tips and tricks on how to manage your own little ones.

Oct 01, 2018
Episode #21: Pride : The Roadblock To Success
52:06

Today's podcast is a little bit out of the ordinary.

This isn't going to be a typical episode with a numbered list of tips.

This is a candid discussion that goes into some rather vulnerable places.

In this episode, Russ and Mika are talking all about pride. In particular, they are sharing their own personal experiences with pride and how it has held them back.

You'll also hear about how they have seen pride damage the lives of others, and what we can do to overcome it.

Sep 24, 2018
Episode #20: Time Management and Productivity Hacks
36:38

On today's podcast, Russ and Mika are tackling a topic that almost everyone wants to know more about: time management and productivity,

You'll hear some of the techniques and hacks that have been helpful for them as they try to make better use of their time.

This episode is all about creating more balance in your life by planning, scheduling and setting yourself up for success.

Sep 17, 2018
Episode #19: How We Resolve Conflicts
52:28

Today's episode is all about conflict resolution.

In particular, Russ and Mika are talking about the actual things that cause the two of them to fight, and how they handle those situations. 

This is a special episode because not only do the two of them share tips for resolving conflicts, you can actually hear Russ and Mika work through some of their own specific problems on this podcast. 

You'll hear about conflicts regarding parenting, finance, intimacy and more.

Sep 10, 2018
Episode #18: Tips for Home Organization
01:14:15

While Russ is traveling this week, Mika has returned to have another solo discussion about one of her favorite topics.

For those who have listened to some of our earlier episodes, you would know that Mika used to run a business as a professional organizer. While she no longer professionally organizes, home organization is something she is incredibly passionate about.

On today's show, Mika shares tons of practical tips about home organization. You'll hear about the benefits of organizing, the challenges to becoming organized, and a room-by-room guide on how you can better organize your home.

Sep 03, 2018
Episode #17: Practical Steps for Starting a Business
01:00:02

On today's episode, Russ and Mika are digging a little bit deeper into a topic that they have addressed in an earlier episode.

Once again, they are talking about business, and specifically, they are addressing some of the practical steps you can take to start your own business.

These steps range from how to get started, tips for branding your business, what you can do to land your very first client, and much, much more.

Aug 20, 2018
Episode #16: Closing the Chapter on Our Italian Adventure
49:11

On this week's podcast, Russ and Mika are recording live from their home in Arizona, where they are decompressing and reflecting on their recent European adventure.

On today's show, they share their top five travel recommendations for Italy and Florence specifically, as well as some of their favorite locations and activities that they enjoyed while they were there.

You'll also hear the lessons that they learned, and some of the most inspiring parts of their adventure that they are taking back with them to the United States.

Aug 13, 2018
Episode #15: A Special Q&A Session with Mika
38:11

This week's episode is a little bit unique.

Mika recently challenged her Instagram followers to ask her anything. Her friends and followers sent her so many questions, and she felt the best way to address them all was to devote a podcast episode to answering all of them.

On today's podcast, Mika is sitting down by herself to record some answers to a bunch of those listener-submitted questions.

These questions cover a broad variety of topics, including her relationship with Russ, her ethnicity, health and wellness, diet and fitness, social media, and much, much, more.

Aug 06, 2018
Episode #14: Diet and Fitness While Traveling
56:13

On this week's episode, Russ and Mika are once again recording on location in Italy, and they are talking about a topic that is very pertinent to their life at the moment.

This week's podcast is all about how to maintain diet and fitness while traveling. (and how the Italians manage to stay so slim!) It's not always easy to stay in shape while you are vacationing or traveling, and this episode is all about how to create a healthy mindset that will allow you to stay fit in some of the most challenging situations.  

You'll hear tips and tricks for eating well, exercising, and living a healthy life while you're away from home.

Jul 30, 2018
Episode #13: On Location in Florence, Italy
42:01

Russ and Mika are recording this week's episode on location in Florence, Italy.

In past episodes of this show, they have spoken at length about traveling with children and what it means to make travel a family tradition.

On this week's episode, they are sharing a glimpse into their current Italian vacation, including why they chose Italy as a family destination, what kinds of foods they have been enjoying, the logistics of planning an international trip, and much, much more.

Jul 23, 2018
Episode #12: Managing Teams at Home and Work
47:36

Russ and Mika started this podcast because they wanted to talk about ways to successfully balance business and life.

As an entrepreneurial couple, it can be hard to draw the line between "work life" and "home life".

Successfully balancing business and life isn't possible without having an amazing team, both at work and at home.

On today's episode, they are sharing lessons that they have learned from managing teams, as well as the strategies they use for managing the teams in their life.

Jul 16, 2018
Episode #11: Investing in Yourself
33:17

Today's podcast is about mindset.

In particular, this is the way that Russ and Mika have approached a lot of the growth in their lives.

The two of them have learned that there is nothing more important to invest in that investing in yourself. Over the years, they have done this in many different ways.

In this episode, you'll hear about the coaches, the trainers, and the programs that they have been involved in, and why it is important to invest in yourself.

Jul 09, 2018
Episode #10: How to Start Your Own Business
53:42

Today's episode is all about entrepreneurship.

For those that aren't aware, Russ and Mika both have an extensive history as entrepreneurs.

Owning and operating businesses has been one of the most impactful things that they have ever done in our lives.

It hasn't always been easy, but the ability to determine your financial fate through operating your own business can be an absolute game-changer for you and your family.

Today, you'll hear Russ and Mika share what they've accomplished as entrepreneurs, the lessons they've learned, and the types of businesses they would want to start today.

Jul 02, 2018
Episode #9: How to Stay Sober
31:24

In this week's episode, Russ and Mika are sharing some of the practical habits that they have been using in an effort to maintain their sobriety.

These topics range from how to avoid replacing addictions with unhealthy habits, how to get over your fear of being sober, and a whole lot more.

You'll also hear the start of a brand new segment where they talk about their some of their favorite things that they are currently reading, listening to, eating, and enjoying.

Jun 25, 2018
Episode #8: Russ' Entrepreneurial Journey
23:03

In today's episode, Russ & Mika are opening up a little bit about one of the most important aspects of their lives: entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship has afforded their family freedom, both from a financial perspective, and a from a lifestyle perspective.

In this podcast, you'll hear about Russ' history as an entrepreneur. Russ shares his story about opening his first agency, why that agency failed, and why building a solid foundation in life ultimately helped him create a successful business.

Jun 18, 2018
Episode #7: Developing Great Nighttime Routines
20:58

In today's episode, Russ and Mika are following up on their previous episode about morning routines and sharing some of the routines that they follow every night before they go to bed.

You'll hear about the specific routines that each of them follows. You'll also hear practical tips on how these routines can really help you get ready for the regenerative process of sleep, and help set you up for success on the following day.

Jun 11, 2018
Episode #6: Developing Great Morning Routines
33:15

Today's show is the first of a two-part series in which Russ and Mika are diving into one of their favorite topics: routines.

This week's episode is all about how to build and maintain strong morning routines.

You'll hear the two of them discuss why it is important to have a morning routine, what each of their morning routines looks like, as well as some tips and tricks for developing your own morning routine.

Jun 04, 2018
Episode #5: The Number One Tip for Connecting with your Significant Other
20:58

On this week's episode, Russ and Mika share the number one tip for connecting with your significant other and keeping your relationship on fire: having a date night.

It's not always easy to do, but the benefits that a regular date night can have on your relationship are immeasurable.

On today's show, you'll hear about the types of date nights that the two of them have had in the past, what makes a great date night, how to find ideas for date nights, and a whole lot more.

May 28, 2018
Episode #4: The Benefits of Living a Sober Life
37:43

Today Russ and Mika are taking a different approach to a subject they are very familiar with. 

This podcast is all about rediscovering and discussing the topic of sobriety. Rather than going into the dark, sad stories that revolve around addiction, this episode focuses on the benefits of living a sober life.

On today's show, Russ and Mika share thoughts on why they've chosen sobriety and the benefits it has given the two of them, both as entrepreneurs and as people.

May 21, 2018
Episode #3: Travel as a Family Tradition
55:38

On this episode, Russ and Mika are talking about one of their very favorite topics: traveling.

In particular, they are going to be going into great detail about how and why they have chosen to make traveling a Perry family tradition.

You'll hear practical tips for both traveling with children, and traveling alone as a couple, as well as how the act of travel has shaped their family into what it is today.

May 14, 2018
Episode #2: The Blog Post
36:50

This is an exciting for episode for Russ and Mika, and honestly, it's a little bit scary. This podcast is about a rather personal topic for the both of them.

Recently, Mika chose to open up on her personal blog about something that most people don't feel comfortable talking about publicly. In 2012, she discovered that Russ was having an affair, and it nearly destroyed their marriage.

A few months ago she wrote a blog post called "We Saved Our Marriage", about how the two of them addressed this challenge, how they grew from it, and how they came out stronger on the other side.

This episode is the story of how Russ and Mika saved their marriage, what it felt like to share that story online, how people reacted to the story, and what the two of them have learned from that experience. We hope you enjoy.

May 04, 2018
Episode #1: Prologue
09:46

Welcome to the very first episode of Good to Be Home!

This episode offers a brief explanation of why we decided to make a podcast, what the name "Good to be Home" means to us, and what you can expect to hear each week on the show. 

We are grateful and excited that you have chosen to come along on this journey with us. 

From our family to yours, thanks for joining us, and welcome to our home. 

Apr 12, 2018
Good to Be Home
Apr 09, 2018