Business, a love story. Ron and Lisa Beres share how to find balance and lifelong joy in your work.

Do you have enough time to spend on ALL the things that really matter to you? If not, you’re going to love this episode where we talk about boundaries and focus – the essential ingredients for creating balance in our life.

My guests are Ron and Lisa Beres, husband and wife business partners known as the Healthy Home Dream Team. Ron and Lisa share a part of their journey, when they realized that they were sacrificing important pieces of their lives for the sake of their work – and how they shifted their focus to create more balance and meaning.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • How having “enough” time and energy is about choosing to live a life that is balanced among the things that really matter.
  • Ron & Lisa’s tips for getting focused and creating boundaries.
  • 4 mantras to create more balance and a healthier business.

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I created a free workbook for this episode called “It’s a Pie-Chart Life!” This is a fun an easy way to get clarity on how you’re spending your energy now, and help you decide how you want to divvy things up in order to feel more balanced and have plenty of energy to give the things that matter most.

The Healthy Home Dream Team teaches busy women how to eliminate toxins from their lives with simple, step-by-step solutions to improve their health. They offer practical, easy, affordable & proven techniques to create a healthy environment for you, your pets, your kids and your loved ones.

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Read the Interview with Ron and Lisa Beres:

Linsi: Hi, guys!

Ron: Hi, Linsi.

Lisa: Hi, thanks for having us.

Ron: Yes.

Linsi: Thank you for coming and meeting with me. So I have known you for a long time now, and I’ve loved seeing your brand and your business evolve over time. That has been so fun to watch. But also, your passion for this and your commitment to the work that you do is really impressive. Especially as a person who kind of tends to get bored with things quickly. You have just been getting better and better over the years. So I’m super excited to talk with you.

Lisa: Thank you. That means a lot. We really value you. Obviously, you’ve been a big part of not just our friend, but part of our team, too, in some ways.

Ron: For eight years. Yes, we have a lot more work to do, Linsi. Thanks so much.

Lisa: Yeah.

Linsi: Awesome, so I know what you do, but tell our viewers about the Healthy Home Dream Team.

Lisa: Okay! Well, hi, everyone. As Linsi said, I’m Lisa Beres.

Ron: And I’m Ron Beres.

Lisa: And we are Healthy Home Authorities; we’re published authors, and we are TV media experts. And we teach busy women simple, step-by-step solutions to improve their health. And how this germinated was my own personal experience of deciding to help other people eliminate toxic chemicals from their home and their life, is I moved into a newly-remodeled home, and I was exposed to a host of chemicals, of gas, and BOCs, and cancer-causing chemicals. I went to over a dozen doctors, who couldn’t help me.

And I started researching, and I discovered that we are literally living and breathing in toxic breweries. Our homes are loaded with chemicals, everything from our carpet, furniture, paint, electromagnetic radiation in your cleaning products, your personal care products, everything. And that’s, we take 25,000 breaths a day, we’re inhaling all of these chemicals. So it wasn’t until I cleaned up my home that my health completely returned, and we started our great path, and that is where we are today.

Ron: Yeah, and actually, after Lisa suffered this toxic exposure from her newly-remodeled home, that embarked our green journey. So we actually founded a retail business called [inaudible 00:02:20], which had multiple healthy home solutions, and we managed that for about six years. But we realized through that experience that, really, the consumer required education. Right. They needed to be educated as to why this was so important.

And in fact, the thing is though, knowledge just isn’t power. It’s the implementation of knowledge that really creates the catalyst for making the change. And so, we had to get out there and really promote this in a big way. And that’s what we did. And so then we went and created ronandlisa.com, so we have 500 different articles you could read on healthy living. And we also have amazing giveaways, too.

Lisa: Oh, yeah.

Linsi: So fun, yes. And I just need to throw in, that you guys are, not only are you truly the experts, you know so much stuff. But the brand that you have, your personalities just really shine, each of you. And then the dynamic that you have together, you just do such a great job sharing that information in a way that gets people excited, and out and ready to implement. So I just-

Ron: Oh, thanks, Linsi. Appreciate you saying that.

Lisa: That’s so nice. Yeah, we are passionate. This is why we’re here.

Linsi: Exactly. Well, that helps because, yes, when you have a company for a very long period of time, you go through all of these evolutions. So I’m really curious, what has been the hardest part of this journey, and how has that impacted where you are right now?

Ron: The hardest part of the journey, literally, we were two full-time employees. So we had security, we had benefits and stability. And we created this national brand, while at the same time, we had to feed ourselves, put a roof over our head.

Lisa: Sleep.

Ron: And really, back then, this was in 2005, there weren’t a lot of online resources. This was before Linsi, right, before…well, you were there. But not with us yet, right-

Lisa: Yeah, before all the experts.

Ron: Before the experts, and you couldn’t find it online, so it was really trial by fire.

Lisa: Yeah.

Ron: That was probably the hardest part.

Lisa: And our passions, certainly, were the fuel that got us to launch entrepreneurship, leave corporate America and do this. However, our passions also got in the way sometimes. Because when we started, I was so excited, and so was Ron. We didn’t want to say “no” to anything. So I’d say one of the hardest part of the journey was understanding barriers, and borders, and knowing when to say no. So we didn’t want to miss opportunities and things that came to us.

We got a lot of exposure early on, and we wanted to sort of ride that wave. Well, that got us into a little trouble because we really didn’t stick to a plan, our big picture vision. We were just really in a reacting mode, and saying, “Yes,” and lost sight of work-life balance. So our marriage was suffering. Our breakfast, lunches, and dinner conversations literally sounded like a-

Ron: It was a board meeting, it was. It was … Sometimes there were fights at the board meeting.

Lisa: Oh, yes. Food fights.

Ron: I never won, I never won.

Lisa: Yeah, so really. We went on a cruise once, and well, at that time, to get away. And we were, spent a lot of the cruise time in the business center. And so, we can’t get that time back. But what we have learned is to set barriers and have a work-life balance, and make sure that everything has its place; friends, family, your fitness, your health, and your work. It’s not all just about your work.

Linsi: I love it, you guys. That is, that’s so huge. Especially when, because you are husband and wife, and not everybody has that experience. But having your own boundaries either way, and knowing when to set the business aside. I mean, gosh, I would say, people probably don’t learn that. You don’t learn it easy. Yeah, a lot of people don’t ever learn it.

Lisa: Yeah, we learned it the hard way.

Linsi: Yes, exactly.

Ron: Well, I think part of it, too, was, I think what really helped us later, because we realized our talents, right. So typically, things would always start off a little prickly before they get really better, right. But we realized, she’s a perfectionist, and I’m more-

Lisa: And so I was like, “I don’t want to put something out there until it’s perfect.” So I had that personality where, “Oh, it’s not good enough. It’s not good enough. I can’t write that book. I can’t put that article out there.” And so it held me back, and then Ron is the exact opposite.

Ron: I am. I had a tendency, I was a little fearless, that I would just jump into something. But I would not be ready, I wouldn’t be ready at the granular level. So it literally was, we needed to come together, and weren’t on the same page. That’s such a powerful expression in its own-

Lisa: We needed learn how to work together, and like utilize our talents, and use that synergy. So each person was using their talent to sort of help each other, rather than clashing.

Linsi: Wow, so when do you feel like that really started to come together and work for you guys?

Lisa: There was a part of our business where things just felt like they were spiraling. It was kind of bigger than us. And I think we started to pull back and say, “You know what? We started this because we love what we’re doing, and we love each other, and if this is messing up our personal life, we got to pull back.”

And so we started creating space and actually taking better care of ourselves. Because if you have a business and you’re not taking good care of yourself, you’re not in balance, and your business probably isn’t going to thrive.

Because we’re all about energy, and believe in energy, and healthy mind, healthy body, healthy work, right. That all has to be in synergy. And so I think that was also part of it, too. Once we started taking better care of ourselves, we started feeling better, really learning to say “no”. Understanding when, “Hey, I get that opportunity, but it’s not for me right now.”

Linsi: That’s a huge thing, learning to say “no”.

Lisa: I know.

Linsi: I’m really curious. In taking better care of yourselves, was one of you more of the leader of that?

Lisa: I think we both, I think we both got out of health together, and we got back into health together. We were really just, we were always workout people, and we just like stopped working out. Everything was business, business. “I got this project due. I have this deadline. Oh, that can wait. That can wait.” And then, you’re kind of in denial. We noticed we put on a little weight because we do a lot of TV, we’d notice it on camera. So we’re like, “Wait, I think something’s … I’m not balanced.”

Ron: It was weird. You’d feel guilty sometimes working out. Like, “Oh, my goodness. I’m working out, I should be working.”

Lisa: Yeah, I should be working.

Ron: Then when you’re working out, you’re like, “Wait a minute, I’m exhausted.”

Lisa: And, Linsi, I’ll tell you four points that I want to also share with you and whoever’s listening. Is that we learned, was one, “No,” is a complete sentence. Two is, calm is a super power. You’re going to have issues, you’re going to have technology issues, you’re going to have things that come up, no matter how good you plan. And so just being calm, that can help you get through it. Three is, this is my favorite, done is better than perfect. Or, really good is good enough.

Lisa: And then, finally, everything is figureoutable. Because when you come into a little work crisis, or hiccups, or barriers, you have to just take a deep breath and say, “You know what? I will figure this out. I might not figure it out in the next minute or tomorrow, but I will figure this out.” And that’s helped me a lot.

Linsi: Definitely worth tweeting about. Thank you, again. Thanks for coming and chatting with me. You guys are true mavericks. I’m so honored to know you. I can’t wait to show you to other people.

Lisa: Oh, thank you.

Ron: Wow, thanks for having us, Linsi.

Lisa: Thank you so much.

Ron: Thanks so much.