We had the good fortune of connecting with Ty & Nikki Berrian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ty & Nikki, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance is an interesting concept. Balance often implies equal distribution or proportion. We think more in terms of prioritization. The nature of our business requires that we make time to pour into couples (clients) and could mean being available for unplanned crisis. This gives our clients a sense of importance and safety. However, we also make it a point to prioritize our marriage and family. There are some days when the business feels like the priority. There are days when self-care feels like the priority. There are days when the family is the priority. On any of those days, things may not “feel” balanced, but we are always mindful of how we manage time. A friend reminded us that being a business owner is about “freedom”. If there isn’t freedom, we are doing something wrong. So, we aren’t striving to have equal time devoted to our responsibilities as much as we are prayerful and careful about how everything is prioritized. This may result in disappointments, but this is the call. Plus we are 2 years away from having an “empty nest”!! Woot Woot!!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Power Couple Marriage exists for one purpose, to prepare and equip couples to fulfil the call of being a husband or a wife according to God’s word. We simply teach couples the tools to have a God-centered marriage by offering coaching sessions, conferences, or speaking engagements. It is our belief that God gave specific directions that work if followed. One of the lessons that we’ve learned is that our services (ministry) is not suited for everyone and that’s OK. There are plenty of marriage coaches and counselors that offer many different types of services. We expect couples to be prepared to work, be challenged and follow through and not everyone will become a client. Accepting that was initially difficult, especially since we have such a passion to help others. What we want people to know about our story is that we are a real couple. We have real love. We have real issues. Our success is built in the transparency of our story. It makes us relatable.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
So, if we had “best friends” visiting, it would definitely be a married couple. The itinerary would involve a quick getaway/retreat at Chateau Elan Winery. The guys could play golf, while the ladies get pampered in the spa. We’d partake in the winery tour, and the chef led cooking class. There’d be plenty of lounging by the pool, wine tasting, and chatting it up about married life. We are pretty simple people. In fact we’ve even discussed the idea of hosting a marriage retreat at the winery…. Hmmm. Perhaps something will be in the works post-COVID.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We have to acknowledge Jayson (TheWriter) Serrano who has partnered with us since day one and continues to keep us accountable to the call. We wouldn’t be here without his “gentle” nudges that feel like being pushed off of a cliff. Dr. Emerson Eggerich’s book “Love & Respect” changed our marriage about 10 years ago. It was a pivotal point in our relationship and we love sharing these concepts with young couples. We encourage couples to visit www.LoveandRespect.com to learn all about the resources. Finally, our Trinity Chapel small group family who continues to show us love, support and encouragement in everything we set out to do.
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