Episode #51: One Year of Good To Be Home!

On today’s podcast, Russ & Mika celebrate the one year anniversary of the show!! 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...

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.

In this episode, you will learn:

• Where the name “Good To Be Home” came from
• How this podcast will be an audio archive for their kids
• The challenges of starting and sustaining a podcast
• Goals to monetize and grow the show


Russ & Mika’s Favorite Episodes (so far) :

Episode #25: The Joys and Challenges of Being a Step Parent
Episode #28: Understanding the “Core Four”
Episode #15: A Special Q&A Session with Mika
Episode #13: On Location in Florence, Italy
Episode #4: The Benefits of Living a Sober Life


Mentioned in this episode:
Russ Perry on Instagram
Mika Perry on Instagram
The Sober Entrepreneur by Russ Perry
The Russ Perry Show
Picklecon 2019
Tom Ford: Fragrant Vegan Vampire –  New York Times article
The Same 24 Hours podcast
• Mika’s Salsa Chicken / Green Chile Chicken recipes
Hatch Valley Green Chile Salsa
Gel Polish pedicures
Pomodoro Timers
“bad guys” – Billie Eilish
Daily Harvest
Rocket Book Journal – Everlast edition
Episode #23: A List of Our Favorite Everyday Essentials


Do you have questions, comments or suggestions for this show? Send us an email at!


Mika Perry: Hi guys. Welcome to Good To Be Home. Before we get started on this episode, I wanted to let you know to be sure to stick around to the end of the episode because we have an announcement for a giveaway…

Russ Perry: Our first ever giveaway.

Mika Perry: … on this podcast. So don’t go anywhere, listen to the whole thing, stick around, and you’ll find out more at the end.

Russ Perry: I’m Russ Perry.

Mika Perry: I’m Mika Perry, and you’re listening to Good To Be Home.

Russ Perry: Good To Be Home is a weekly exploration of entrepreneurship, family, marriage, sobriety, and how we balance our business and life.

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

Russ Perry: Hey everyone. Welcome to another episode of Good To Be Home. I’m your cohost Russ Perry.

Mika Perry: I am Mika Perry

Russ Perry: Today’s a very special birthday for all of us here. Mika.

Mika Perry: It is our one year birthday of Good To Be Home.

Russ Perry: Hooray.

Mika Perry: Yay.

Russ Perry: I can’t even believe that it’s been a year. Is this chronologically a year or like 52 episodes here.

Mika Perry: To the date.

Russ Perry: To the date we started.

Mika Perry: To the date.

Russ Perry: Okay.

Mika Perry: Yeah, because we had a prologue episode.

Russ Perry: Got it. So our calendar year birthday, not necessarily our milestone of-

Mika Perry: It’s only off by a week.

Russ Perry: Okay. All right.

Mika Perry: Don’t get so detailed. It’s our birthday.

Russ Perry: It’s our birthday. So today we will dive into our reflections back over the year, things that we learned while we liked, our vision for what this podcast is going to be for year two, but no birthday would be complete without our traditional celebration of what we’re reading, listening, eating, and loving.

Mika Perry: Remember, if you want a monthly recap of these segments you can go to, enter your email, and at the end of or the beginning of a new month, you will get a recap of that previous month’s reading, listening, eating, loving. It’s like a nice little resource list.

Russ Perry: Right. All right, Mika. You’re up.

Mika Perry: Reading. I read, and Russ I know you read this too… do you know I’m going to say?

Russ Perry: The Bible.

Mika Perry: No. The Tom Ford article in the New York Times. This was an article on the designer, Tom Ford. You may know him from Gucci, and YSL, and his amazing line of fragrance, and makeup, but also obviously clothes…

Russ Perry: Candles.

Mika Perry: Candles. Yep, but oh my gosh, I am obsessed with Tom Ford. I feel that I share a lot of similarities with Tom in his details. He doesn’t like lighting, different lights. He’s obsessed with having things match, and be very particular.

Russ Perry: He wears all black.

Mika Perry: All black, which is like you.

Russ Perry: We’re both Tom Ford you realize.

Mika Perry: I just want to be him. I think you can probably go online and read that article. We’ll include the link if it’s available still. Listening. I am really listening to a podcast that I discovered when I first started listening to podcasts and it’s one called The Same 24 Hours. Meredith Atwood is the host and she interviews people from all different kinds of walks of life and industries talking about what they’re doing, but wrapping it up and as to we all have the same 24 hours. What are we all doing in those hours?
I first discovered her because she was covering some authors who’d written about sobriety. When I was starting my sobriety journey and decided not to drink anymore, that was very supportive and encouraging to me to listen to those episodes. So I recently listened to a few of her episodes, really great ones. So if you’re looking for a new podcast, I recommend.

Russ Perry: Generally, is she pretty broad reaching?

Mika Perry: Pretty broad. This one was interviewing someone else who came out with an addiction book. She’s also sober and is a marathon runner. So she interviews a lot of athletes and in the endurance sport. So I think you may even like it because those are two areas that you enjoy. Men and women could benefit.
Eating. I’ve talked about my salsa chicken before, but let me tell you about this revolutionary version new version of salsa chicken. It’s Green Chili chicken, and this recipe is really hard. You take chicken and then you take a jar of Hatch Green Chile from New Mexico that you can get straight from Costco, combine the two, turn your slow cooker on.
I don’t have an instant pot, but you could certainly make it in an instant pot. Don’t try to convince me. I’m a die hard slow cooker fan.

Russ Perry: … but we gave away Insta Pot’s for Christmas to everybody.

Mika Perry: I know, because people didn’t have a slow cooker or an instant pot that I gave these to. I didn’t need another appliance.

Russ Perry: I wonder what the next innovation will be in slow cooker chicken.

Mika Perry: Oh, for me personally?

Russ Perry: Now we’re moving a green tray. Maybe it will be like-

Mika Perry: Mole. Mole sauce.

Russ Perry: Mole chicken.

Mika Perry: Yeah. Anyways, it was really good. It’s very spicy. So this is one that kids cannot eat, but it’s good. Did you have some?

Russ Perry: Yeah, although I’m frustrated about it.

Mika Perry: Why?

Russ Perry: Well, I’m not trying to eat meat, and I came back, and there was this incredible quesadilla with chicken. It was so good I ate at all.

Mika Perry: That’s fine.

Russ Perry: I know, but I’m trying not to eat meat and animal products.

Mika Perry: At all. So you’re vegan?

Russ Perry: Apparently not when I demolish cheese chicken quesadilla.

Mika Perry: I’m to be compromising. I know you don’t like red meat and so we don’t eat red meat. I’m staying away from it too. Anyways guys, this is a constant battle. Okay, so lastly, let me bring you back to my list. Loving Gel Polish Pedicure. You know what Gel polish is. So like lasts longer. It’s polished, it’s not acrylic or anything. I think most people, if you’re a girl and you’re listening, you probably know what it is. It’s much longer lasting, you cure it with a UV light.
I’ve been doing it on my nails as a manicure forever, but as a pedicure I’ve never done it. Last time I was in they suggested it because it stays shiny longer, and pedicures, in general, just last longer for me, the polish, but the dullness is what starts to show first. Stop.

Russ Perry: If it Matte, I could understand.

Mika Perry: Okay, well I am on week three of this pedicure. Can you see I’m wearing sandals?

Russ Perry: So Shiny.

Mika Perry: It looks so good. Right? So anyways, I love it. So I think I might be hooked. And that’s my list.

Russ Perry: Great. Good stuff. Jameel’s… don’t get me started. We’ll come back to that.

Mika Perry: You think it’s a conspiracy if you keep coming back.

Russ Perry: Well, yeah. You always gotta go back.

Mika Perry: But that’s any nail care.

Russ Perry: Yeah, I guess so. All right. What am I reading? One of my coworkers, [Corrine Pope, 00:00:07:27] shout out to Corrine, tipped me off to this company called Ultra Working, and it was like falling down the rabbit hole of productivity hacks. This company does these periodic, imagine a 90 day challenge, but you’re reporting every day to a group on how much work you got done. It’s this crazy high level of accountability to be productive and you pay to be part of the challenge. It’s like really next level. There’s all sorts of reporting, and what’s your energy, and what is your plan for the each hour?
You do it as a group, but they have tons of templates that you can download for free and I actually downloaded their cycles template. What this template is is it is really around, let’s say you have three hours of work you want to get done. You download this Google doc, and you fill it out, and you meticulously plan every 30 minutes of a single task with a 10 minute break in 30 minutes.
It’s similar to Pomodoro timers if you ever have heard of that, where you work and then break and then break, and I used it a couple of weeks ago when I came here on a Sunday afternoon. It was game changing in terms of my focus and productivity. So awesome. I filled out this sheet, I started my timer for 30 minutes. I got so far in advance of my tasks, I had like to find extra work to do because I was so productive using this cycles templates.

Mika Perry: Let me ask you two questions. One. Do you think it’s because of novelty of a new tool that you got more done?

Russ Perry: It’s planning your time in a smaller chunk than I’m used to.

Mika Perry: Okay, and then second question, do you think it just makes you do things for the sake of doing and reporting that you’re doing things?

Russ Perry: I think a couple of my items were frivolous, like it took me five minutes, and I got it done, and it wasn’t that challenging, but overall I was really focused. The benefit was this work break cycle where you’re giving yourself time constraints. That was what made it more productive, for me at least.

Mika Perry: Probably motivating too, knowing that you have a break coming.

Russ Perry: Yeah, it was like a game. I gotta get this.

Mika Perry: That was today. Not to interrupt your list, but I’m going to, but my workout app has built in timers for rest in between sets, super sets, and I like that because it is something to look forward to and it’s defined.

Russ Perry: Right. What am I listening to? I’m actually calling this whole set of items, the millennial edition of items. Working hacks and what am I listening to? Billie Eilish and her new album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Single specifically, Bad Guy.

Mika Perry: You’re so obsessed with her.

Russ Perry: Who isn’t?

Mika Perry: Me.

Russ Perry: Come on.

Mika Perry: She’s good.

Russ Perry: She’s good. She’s hilarious too because she just doesn’t care. She’s 17 and hitting this mega stardom streak, but the first track of her album is her taking out her Invisalign retainer before she has to sing, but why I like her more is actually I saw a video interview of her and her brother. Her older brother is her producer and makes a lot of the music and it was just cool.
I have a younger sister. She was also in a band. I never produced any music for her, but it was just really cool to see this like family approach to now this super celebrity stardom she’s had.

Mika Perry: Nice.

Russ Perry: She’s also friends with the Kashi Minakami.

Mika Perry: I know. You’ve mentioned this before.

Russ Perry: Okay. Sorry. What am I eating? Daily harvest. Now I’m pretty sure everyone has seen their ads. We get a direct mailer in the mail, but these are pre portioned. It’s all vegan, juices, smoothies, they have savory bowls, I had an oatmeal bowl earlier today which was delicious, and you just grab it, add some water, heat it or blend it, and you’re good to go.
This has by far been my favorite meal prep service yet. I have to eat slightly more than normal, the portion sizes are much smaller than I’m used to.

Mika Perry: I have joked that, again, this is the millennial edition that daily harvest has targeted for like a millennial girl.
So for you, while delicious, you may need to double the portions.

Russ Perry: Right. Yeah. It’s like 100 calories for your smoothie. I need more. What am I loving? I’m currently holding it in my hand. This is the latest generation of journals I’m using. It’s called Rocket Book. Why this Rocket Book is so cool, these are wet erase pages, so I can wipe these pages clean, and it’s a nice 8.5″ by 11″ size on a spiral bound so it’s easy to have a lot of room.
Then the best hack of all is, there’s little faint icons at the bottom here.

Mika Perry: I see them.

Russ Perry: If I, if I check one of those and take a picture with the app, each one of these as an action. So if I check this, it emails it to myself, if I check this, it stores it on Google drive. If I check this, it’s it posts it to slack.

Mika Perry: No Way.

Russ Perry: Yes, and it’s super easy.

Mika Perry: Cool.

Russ Perry: So I fill this up and then when I’m done, I mark all the checks depending on where I want to go, I hold my banner, I go click, click, click, click, click, click, click, take all the pictures, hit save, and it sends it wherever it needs to go.

Mika Perry: Okay, so what’s the name of the brand?

Russ Perry: Rocket Book.

Mika Perry: Rocket Book. How did you find this?

Russ Perry: Dave Ball gave me it for a birthday. Actually he gave me a smaller wine. It sat on my desk for a month and I never did anything. Then I started using it and I love it so much I got the bigger one. Now don’t get the wave. So this is the Rocket Book Everlast edition. They came out with an older one called The Wave where you had to microwave the book to erase it.

Mika Perry: No.

Russ Perry: Yeah.

Mika Perry: Are you serious?

Russ Perry: Yeah, but this is the newer one. You just get a wet rag and it cleans off [crosstalk 00:13:08].

Mika Perry: Microwave. That sounds not healthy.

Russ Perry: Yeah. So that’s what I’m loving. I absolutely love it. Now I still have a paper journal for more like Journal journaling but I’m using the Rocket Book for my note taking, all the temporary stuff I’m never going to really come back to. All right, so as Mika mentioned, you can get all of our recommendations on our website,, but Mika, let’s get into the one year anniversary.
Before we get into it, why did we even start this podcast? How did we even name it? I’m sure there’s some listeners who don’t even know, or have gone back, or maybe we haven’t dove into it.

Mika Perry: Yeah, let’s share that. Actually, I don’t know if we’ve talked about it on the podcast. Maybe the very first prologue, but this podcast actually, the idea started before we started the podcast, about a year or two before we hit record. Russ and I originally thought of doing a podcast on the male and female perspective on traveling. Remember? We’re like, “Let’s do that.” I thought, “You know, that’s a great idea, but I don’t know about the longevity of that topic.”

Russ Perry: Actually, I wanted to do like a TV show.

Mika Perry: You did?

Russ Perry: Mm-hmm. That was my original idea.

Mika Perry: Okay. Well then I’m morphed into a podcast, and it was as we were traveling over one summer. Then I remember we were in the car, and we knew we were going to do a podcast now. We were driving between Phoenix and Tucson, and we’re trying to come up with the name. Do you remember that conversation?

Russ Perry: Yes.

Mika Perry: You totally don’t. [inaudible] It’s so funny how you and I remember totally different things. I can remember the weirdest details about place and how things looked, and you’re much more like the facts.

Russ Perry: Reality.

Mika Perry: Yeah. So we were talking about that feeling of when you come home, because we had been abroad and we had come home. We actually didn’t have a home then. We were homeless. We were between homes. We bought a house, but it wasn’t ready yet. So we were traveling around with our kids and we were talking about that feeling of it’s good to be home.
So that’s the story of the name, and I’m so happy with that name because it really represents everything that is important to us. It’s going away and doing things outside of the home that are meaningful, and then coming back and honoring and strengthening our home.

Russ Perry: I think too, because of the entrepreneurial spin we have from time to time with our businesses, it really puts into perspective why we’re working so much in what we’re creating. What’s it for? It’s not so that we can have payroll or marketing or advertising budgets, it’s because we’re building a home. We have a family, we have some team behind the business that we’re working towards. I literally think it’s good to be home when I get home at the end of the day.
It’s not just about travel either, it’s like just the day to be there, and see the kids in the morning, and all of that. So there’s the big larger pieces to it, but then there’s also just that, ah, every single day when I get back to what really matters the most,

Mika Perry: Yeah, it’s so funny because now we laugh when we come home from trips and we go, “It really is good to be home.” Even our kids now know, obviously, our podcast name and they say it all the time. It’s really cute. So this podcast has provided a lot of benefit to the listener. I’m glad that it has and we’re thankful for the feedback, but it’s also provided a lot of benefit to us as well.
So we wanted to share what that is like producing a podcast, having this weekly recording session, what’s come up from trying to grow it, and the interviews we’ve had, the topics we’ve covered. Russ, what are some things that you could say or takeaways or lessons from this experience this past year?

Russ Perry: Well, in hindsight it’s mostly positive, but I actually joke from time to time with clients and training. I basically tricked you into hanging out with me once a week aside from date night. We have extra time together, but it really has been awesome to create with you in a, in a non-stressful environment. We’ve worked together, I’ve helped you out with your businesses, you’ve helped me out with design pickle, but there’s this pressure that can sometimes happen when it’s like the main business or the main thing.
There’s pressure. We have to record, we have to create topics, we have an audience, we’re building this thing, but it’s a project.

Mika Perry: It is.

Russ Perry: It is a project and it’s an evolving project. We’re going to be really growing it for this next year, but I loved spending the time with you. On the other hand, I think some of the biggest arguments we’ve gotten in, we don’t argue a lot, but we’ve had them in this studio or at home about communication, and expectations, and there’s been a lot of learning on that regards, because when you sit down and you talk for 35 minutes or an hour, you have to be on point with your communication.
We’ve been tired, we haven’t planned, we’ve been distracted, and that rears its ugly head real fast when in this environment.

Mika Perry: Totally.

Russ Perry: I will say, listeners, there’s many episodes we’ve re recorded. I won’t tell you which ones because it just devolved. It just wasn’t good and we had to Redo it. Not all of them were arguments or whatnot. Some of them we were just wiped and we just didn’t have a clear direction. So that’s been, that’s been the other side. Yeah. I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time with you, but I think we’ve really worked on communicating and connecting on a whole different level through a different medium.

Mika Perry: Yeah, and I totally agree with you that the vibe it, it goes to show the vibe with yourself and between two people is like very evident when you create together. So yeah, in this studio here, we have had a lot of like emotional highs and lows because we’ve approached certain episodes from two different perspectives and standpoints. That comes to a head here and we realize that as we’re recording. Yeah. It’s been really interesting to do this voice medium together.

Russ Perry: Well it’s voice, but for you and I there’s also a lot of body language.

Mika Perry: There is, yeah.

Russ Perry: Like, you’ll start thinking about something and I’m like, “What did I say? Did I say something dumb? I’m not sure,” and you’re like, “No, I’m just thinking about whatever.” I’m like, “why’d you do that?” Then it’s we gotta cut.

Mika Perry: We have to reedit it. Yeah. I will say when I listened to this, if you’re thinking about launching a podcast or you are a podcaster yourself, or just curious how much editing is done, I’m always surprised at how little gets edited out of our episodes. So while yes, we have re-recorded episodes or we stop and we start again, what you hear at the end result is very much the conversations that we are having here. Pretty unedited. I think just cleaning some sound up, but that’s just like a little note.
On that topic, I think learning a new skill of podcast producing and creation has been really exciting for me. I think that the podcast is the most intimate of platforms to connect with an audience because we’re literally in your ear right now talking to you, and you’re listening to us having a conversation. We are having a conversation with you, the listener, and then many times we’ve had people in here that were an outside person that we’re having a conversation with. So I just love that it’s a very intimate medium.

Russ Perry: Totally, and it’s still growing. It’s crazy to think about that there are new podcasts popping up every minute and there is new people never listening to podcasts that get into it. Yeah, that’s been fun. I’ve loved absolutely hearing from you the listener. It’s amazing. I’ve had people stop me at the gym, I’ve had people reach out, I have clients, and Design Pickle, and our and the Creative Syndicate. Me and my wife, we listen to your podcast together. So shout out to all of you guys and for that feedback. It’s fun to build this community around these conversations and knowing that our conversations are sparking other conversations and ideas.
I’ll say just as like a recommendation, a podcast is something that is not a big hurdle to start. It is a big hurdle to continue, but it’s a fun thing to create with a partner. Absolutely.

Mika Perry: Yeah. I recently spoke on a panel on podcasting, and it was really interesting because we just did show of hands, how many had already started a podcast and were there, and not very many. It was like just a few months or a few weeks for a few, but everyone else was just thinking about doing it. The podcast fail rate of people who start podcasts and don’t continue. it’s pretty crazy. Do you know the exact number?

Russ Perry: 87%.

Mika Perry: Stop.

Russ Perry: No, I just made that up. It is high.

Mika Perry: It’s high.

Russ Perry: I’ve started and stopped two podcasts.

Mika Perry: Yeah, you have.

Russ Perry: This is my most successful podcast and you’re involved, I think there’s a reason for that.

Mika Perry: I think so, but yeah. Not to scare anyone off of it, but I think it’s important to know that it’s harder than it looks in many ways.

Russ Perry: So what’s been the hardest part?

Mika Perry: The hardest part for me is probably planning because if I don’t plan us for this with a content, with a schedule, and work to make sure you get in here between your travels and everything, that has been the hardest, but when I do all that, because I’m the creative director of the podcast, I would say-

Russ Perry: What roll am I?

Mika Perry: Cohost? Production Studio Provider, since this is in the design pickle office,?

Russ Perry: I’m like the publisher, like the [foreign 00:23:05], publisher.

Mika Perry: Maybe.

Russ Perry: Okay. I’ll just stick to cohost.

Mika Perry: Yeah, cohost. Okay, well we’ll find a role for you will find [crosstalk] , but once you do it and when those things go well then it runs really well. It gives what you put in.

Russ Perry: Totally. What else? What else has been hard?

Mika Perry: I think getting people to leave reviews maybe. Not hard, but I would love to see more. So if you’re listening, we’ve gotten a ton of ratings, which is nice, but reviews are helpful because we get to find out what it is that you like about this podcast, what’s been helpful so that we can keep doing that. It’s a way for you to craft and have a hand in this production to get more of what you want, and also the reviews are great because it helps others to find the podcast. The more reviews and ratings there are, the more you see you are seen in the podcast world. Therefore people can discover the content.
It’s been challenging sometimes to talk about the different topics we talk about. We talked about some heavy things; infidelity, addictions, sobriety, challenges in marriage, in parenting, in business. We’ve talked about a lot of our failures and sometimes that can be hard, it can feel a little heavy, but always, always, when we record and we’re done, it feels great and we know that there was a purpose behind that for us to talk about it.

Russ Perry: One of the biggest challenges I’ve had, and I think we’ll get to it. Some ideas for next year is like where’s this podcast going? The benefit of this podcast, as we mentioned earlier we were looking at, we’re going to name some of our favorite past episodes here shortly, but the benefit is this legacy we’re building for our kids, for what we’re doing, and where we’re at in life, what we’re thinking about. Is that the plan? I don’t know, because I’m the guy who I want to be like, “Let’s build the audience. Let’s do this, let’s do that.”
I don’t know. Podcasts don’t necessarily have to have that, and I think being able to be okay with that has been a challenge for me. Like let’s just come in, and have a solid conversation every week, and that can be the plan.

Mika Perry: Well they say, you know, find things that you would do for free. That’s what we’re doing right now with this and I think that’s okay. That’s okay to one, have something that what you do is just a creation piece for you, a place for you to be creative, and help others, and serve, and fulfill your purpose. I think that’s okay, whether that’s on the short term or the long term. I think for us it’s been more of a short term thing, but yeah, we’ll touch on that legacy. I think that is at the end of the day, if nothing else we have voice recordings of you and I talking about our lives and giving advice that our kids is going to live on.
Our kids can listen to this and our grandkids. Imagine you having this content from your grandparents. Can you imagine? How cool would that be 50 to 100 years ago to know these kinds of things. What were they going through? What were the trials that they had in their lives? What was the social climate. Just so many cool things. At the end of the day, if all else fails, we have these two gift to our children.

Russ Perry: Right. Okay. How many episodes are we at for our year?

Mika Perry: 51.

Russ Perry: 51 episodes that us a good inventory. Mika, which have been some of your favorites?

Mika Perry: It was really fun for you ad I to go through You can go and see the whole list of our previous episodes. Same with iTunes. You can scroll and find all of our past ones, and we enjoyed going through that because we were reminded of a few that were like, “Oh yeah, I really love that one.” Actually it’s like, let’s go back and listen to some of these again, because we actually enjoy listening to our podcast too sometimes.
I would have to say episode 25, The Step Parenting episode, was one that really stood out to me, not only because of the feedback I got from step parents, because they’re like, “I’ve never heard anyone talking about this in the way that you had. I thought I was alone in these fears, and doubts, and and guilt.”
So that was really meaningful, but also for me it was one where I got very emotional on the podcast, which I don’t often, and I let that crack in my shell show of a hardship that I had. So I was really glad I did that one.

Russ Perry: Going reverse chronological order, episode Number 28, for me, was on the topic of Core Four. Just got back from conference yesterday in California. I trained on this, I love this topic. It’s so universal. This topic is about the daily habit system that I use and you use a little bit, and this is just such a simple episode and I loved seeing everyone posting pictures, and talking about how they were implementing Core Four, and putting that into their life and just getting started.

Mika Perry: Yeah, I didn’t anticipate that feedback on that episode when we recorded it and put it out. I think that was the most that we got shares on stories of people having their green juice, and meditating, and getting their points for Core Four. So definitely, if you haven’t listened to that episode, go back, because I was pleasantly surprised at how meaningful that one was for a lot of people.

Russ Perry: Absolutely. All right. Next one.

Mika Perry: I would say my Q and A episode, number 15, I think it was my first solo episode. I remember being really nervous about doing a solo episode. I actually recorded that one in Florence, Italy, and I remember sitting in that room there, and I really like sharing it. It was one of my first times of like polling Instagram. That was actually before the question sticker came out, so I had to have everyone DME their questions. It felt very connected to the audience and I really like that.

Russ Perry: Well, speaking of Italy, my next one was episode number 13 on location in Italy. Now this one, I don’t remember the content as much as I remember recording in Italy. It was always a hassle. We had to figure out plugs, we had to figure out where to go, it was hot, it was summer and there’s mosquitoes, but it was just this thing we were doing and we were there. I loved it.
I just have this energy memory of recording, and being committed to this, and that episode really stood out for what was happening behind the scenes. Maybe it was a boring episode with the content itself, but as a creator, that that episode, those episodes really stood out.

Mika Perry: Yeah, that was fun, and that really did show our commitment to the podcast because we were traveling with our family in Italy and we reserved like boardroom space to go sit down and record.

Russ Perry: Nana Bianca coworking.

Mika Perry: Yes. The final one for me that I’ll mention here is episode four on sobriety. It was the first one that we recorded on the topic.

Russ Perry: … called Benefits Of A Sober Life.

Mika Perry: It was the first time I went public on that topic of my journey in sobriety and my choice not to drink. That one was big for me to go out there and say it. I know that one, to those that have gone back into our old episodes, that’s number four and they’re curious about sobriety for themselves or someone else, That one has been helpful for others to, to hear someone talk about it.

Russ Perry: Nice. Well that was my third one, so I’ll pick a different one. Probably number eight, 10 Reasons I Love My Husband So Much And Why He’s Amazing. Oh wait, that’s coming up for next year I think.

Mika Perry: We can do one, like why we love each other…

Russ Perry: Yeah.

Mika Perry: … or maybe like the Q and A, like we answer questions about each other and see if we can get it right.

Russ Perry: Oh right. Yeah.

Mika Perry: That’d be fun.

Russ Perry: Like have a quiz show or something. Yeah, but number four was great, Benefits Of Sober Life. It was cool to see you talk about that. Clearly a topic that I’ve been on for a while and something I think we’ll get back to in future episodes for year two for us.

Mika Perry: Yeah. If you’re listening to this and you haven’t reached out to us before in particular the sobriety aspect, like if there are other hard topics that we’ve talked about that really has struck a chord with you and you want to hear more on, we would really, really love to know that. Because we talk about so many topics, and that’s one that people don’t talk a lot about, and we don’t want to get on here and make this a podcast about sobriety And that’s it, because that wouldn’t be applicable to everyone, but if that’s something you want to hear more about, let us know.
Also know that both Russ and I on the email side or in a DM, if that’s something that you’ve struggled with or you want to know more about, we’d be happy to talk further with you on it.

Russ Perry: Absolutely. So Mika Vision for next year. Paint the picture for us.

Mika Perry: So for the coming year, definitely growing with our audience. not just from like a “Hey we want more people to know about it.” It’s not a popularity contest, but for us certain growth things can happen when we reach a certain download number. So we didn’t set out in this podcast to have sponsors and make money. Like monetizing was not a priority on this. However, to keep this going and to grow it and to support us to be able to continue to sit in this recording studio every week, we do want to have sponsors on.
Also I think the cool thing about sponsors is that, what I do on my Instagram is I find the brands and the people doing things that really make a difference than I would really love.

Russ Perry: You go For it. Like Geico insurance.

Mika Perry: No, and actually we’ve already had sponsorship requests and interest in this podcast, and I turned them all down because they weren’t a good fit. With that said, there are already some companies out there that I have personally recommended to people or have used and have made a difference. So sponsorship allows us to invest more time into creating the content around promoting them and sharing more about them so that it’s valuable to you. S
So that’s something that you can expect, I’m just going to put it out there, and I know like a TV show, and radio shows, shows like this, they have ads.

Russ Perry: Right. I like the term partner.

Mika Perry: Partner. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Russ Perry: How do we create that? Who would be your dream sponsor?

Mika Perry: Ooo.

Russ Perry: You can pick any brand.

Mika Perry: That’s a great question. What would be yours? Let me think about mine.

Russ Perry: We can’t ask me that. I needed the time too.

Mika Perry: okay. Maybe like whole foods.

Russ Perry: Whole foods.

Mika Perry: We love whole foods.

Russ Perry: So weird you said that. You want to know when my sponsor is?

Mika Perry: What?

Russ Perry: A really good ice cream sandwich company.

Mika Perry: I love that.

Russ Perry: So I could just get them all the time. Instead of talk about, I could gourmet one.

Mika Perry: To be honest, all the ones that we talked about in our reading, listening, eating, loving…

Russ Perry: Kind of like free promo.

Mika Perry: We totally do. We totally do. So it’ll just be a continuation of that basically, just in a much more official format I guess.

Russ Perry: Well at this point I’d like to thank our longtime sponsor, Design Pickle, for sponsoring this podcast. Thanks for the studio, Design Pickle. Get all your graphic design needs at All right, so what else for next year? We got maybe some monetization, which again is, yeah, we have an editor, we have space, we have time, we have to pay for this stuff. We have to pay for advertising. If we do that, we have to pay for hosting. It’s not an incredible amount, but it does cost, but what about content? What about, we started doing interviews at the tail end of year one, we’re going to continue that, but what else?

Mika Perry: Yes. So we have some interviews that I have on post it notes on my wall of people that I’m reaching to to bring in for round two of interviews for the summer and the fall which I’m really excited about. Again, these are people who I personally know, or you know, or we both know that have had an impact in some way in our lives and can further share their experience and knowledge on certain topics.
So I’m very excited about that. Again, we are going to pepper them throughout our episodes so it’s not going to be fully interviews. We’ll still be on here for you and I. I think that’s the main focus.

Russ Perry: Totally.

Mika Perry: I’ll also throw in some solo episodes there as well.

Russ Perry: Maybe I’ll do my first solo episode.

Mika Perry: I think you should.

Russ Perry: I think the audience is hungry.

Mika Perry: They might be, maybe we can ask them. If you have an idea you should go on your social media.

Russ Perry: I haven’t [inaudible] in a while.

Mika Perry: I know. So I think if you have an idea for Russ to do his first solo episode and check that box off, I think…

Russ Perry: Send it to

Mika Perry: Yeah, please do. Email us.

Russ Perry: I think for me, vision is helping you grow the audience in the backend. Like you are the creative director. You do so much. For the record everyone, I show up, and I talk ,and I leave. Mika coordinates everything else. So you are really behind this and I want to continue supporting that, but more more on the things that I know I can do. How do we reach more people? How do we properly manage a sponsor? How do we do the things to make this big deal? Also, I’d like to see you on more stages talking about podcasting and your business stemming from this podcast.

Mika Perry: Yes. When I did that panel talking to podcasters, I had so much fun, and I think it stems back to me being a teacher. I love teaching and sharing. So if I’m able to grow this podcast to be successful in the way that we want it to be, I would love to turn that around and just share everything that we’ve done back to people who are trying to do the same.

Russ Perry: All right. Well there you have it everyone, a year in review, what we learned, what was challenging, where we’re headed, and again, let’s hear from you. We have our email, We’re on social media, on Instagram, Russ Perry and Mika Perry, but really just message Mika Perry because I’m a bit in the weeds there. This podcast has been a labor of love, but most of all we’ve loved serving you all. Truly, It’s been awesome.

Mika Perry: You just said it all there. Thank you, thank you, thank you to you, the listener, not collectively, but you listening to this right now in your car, in your house doing chores, I have no idea, but thank you for letting us be part of your day. That’s such a huge honor for us. For me. It makes me emotional thinking about it. So thank you for trusting us, and we are going to honor that trust continuously and be a source for you that you can come to for maybe entertainment, but lots of tips and ideas, and just sharing on life, and doing life with you.
Awesome, everyone. Well, that’s it for today. Don’t forget to check out the website,, and here is to a great year number two together. Thanks.

Russ Perry: Bye.