Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy Couple Highlight: Venus and Lisa

Dr. Venus Opal Reese and Mrs. Lisa Dawson Reese 
from Dallas, Texas

How long have you been together?  5 years and 9 months. We met on We married in Maui on December 31st, 2013.

What was the initial attraction?
Dr. Venus Opal Reese: I was stood up for New Years Eve. Lisa called me and spoke on the phone for over 2 hours and gently agreed to go to the party with me. She then drove over an hour to accompany me to a party, and we had never met in person. Her kindness is what attracted me to her.  Mrs. Lisa Dawson Reese: This is going to sound bad. But Venus had White friends. It showed that she was diverse and open to people. I LOVED her brain from her profile and I thought her profile picture alluded to her being more interesting than just her credentials. I knew there was more to her than her 50/11 degrees.

What is the key to the success of your relationship?  Mrs. Lisa Dawson Reese:
The way we communicate through life’s ups and downs. Dr. Venus Opal Reese: humor. We laugh a lot and we forgive quickly.

Challenges are difficult for most couples.  How do you deal with and face challenges that might come up in your relationship?
Dr. Venus Opal Reese: We pout at each other. Seriously. We let the other person see the impact of the behavior and we walk in each other’s shoes. We practice compassion, empathy, and 100% responsibility for our “we.” Mrs. Lisa Dawson Reese: We love each other through every step we take.

What role does spirituality play in your relationship? Dr. Venus Opal Reese: I pray for Lisa every day. We attend our spiritual center. Lisa is a master manifestor. She lives by “believing before seeing.” So I think our souls fell in love before our hearts did—at least for me. Lisa wasn't my picture. She wasn't what I wanted—but she was and is EVERYTHING I needed. And I think our love is rooted in Spirit. If I am God’s hands and God’s feet then Lisa is my earth and my air. I could NEVER have done what I have done in business in such a short time frame if I had not been loved at the level of Spirit. Simply put our success is a product, a manifestation, of Lisa’s love. Mrs. Lisa Dawson Reese:  I was put on this earth to love… Venus gives me the love that my heart always wanted.

Sensuality...what role does it play in your relationship? Dr. Venus Opal Reese: Lisa is a shameless flirt. She flirts with me ALL the time and I now flirt back!  Mrs. Lisa Dawson Reese: Venus is just HOT!!! I love her with every part of me body and soul.

Getting together is one thing, but staying together is another.  What advice would you give to other couples to help them strengthen their relationships? Dr. Venus Opal Reese: Forgive fast. Let go of the past faster. Mrs. Lisa Dawson Reese: Ask yourself, which is more important being right, or working things out. Look at the bigger picture of where you want your relationship to be.

Every relationship has spoken and unspoken rules.  What specific “Relationship Rules” support your union? Dr. Venus Opal Reese: Keep your promises to each other. Mrs. Lisa Dawson Reese: We always tell each other the truth.

Relationships are great teachers.  We learn about others and we learn about ourselves.  What did you have to learn and un-learn to love her fully? Dr. Venus Opal Reese: I had to learn how to be in a healthy relationship. I was so use to make-up sex; I didn't understand that anger was not an aphrodisiac. Lisa doesn't fight. She doesn't argue. She doesn't do drama. I thought she was boring. It took me a couple of years to unlearn drama and cultivate intimacy.
Mrs. Lisa Dawson Reese: I had to learn to receive. I had to learn to slow down and really listen and understand when she was talking to me.

What did you learn about yourself? Dr. Venus Opal Reese: It’s taught me it’s ok to be my little girl self. I am safe now. Mrs. Lisa Dawson Reese: I don’t have to settle.

When you think of her, what 1 word most captures her essence and your love? Dr. Venus Opal Reese: her essence: joy and our love: miraculous. J Mrs. Lisa Dawson Reese: Venus’s essence is love and our love true inspiration.

Dr. Venus Opal Reese, my next questions are for you. You are an amazing business owner and motivator. Building a company takes great vision, how do you two work together to develop and execute a vision? And what advice would you give other couples who are building not only love relationships, but financial empires?

Lisa is the space in which I bloom. This is our empire-not mine. We both have our parts. Lisa says it best here:

Advice: dream together. Lisa’s perspective is soooooooooo different from mine. When we dream together, she expands me.

How do you balance your life so that your business and your relationship both stay nurtured?  I take Lisa out of the country AT LEAST once a year. This year we are going to Vancouver and Dubai. Now I am starting to include quarterly vacation so she doesn't have to share me. We also have a weekly date night. And I had to hire a COO so I don’t work on weekends.

"Downtime" is so important to prevent burn-out.  How do you know when it is time to slow down so that you and Lisa can re-connect and re-charge?  When Lisa starts coming into my space and begins talking –even if I am on a call, I realize she is lonesome for me and I stop what I am doing and we “visit”. I do the same with her when I need a hug.

As a couple, what do you hope your legacy will be? Love out Loud!

You Can Contact Dr. Venus at:
CEO/Founder, Defy Impossible, Inc.

** This woman is amazing. Please check out her website.  I have provided a link to her bio. If you are able, please attend one of her events and get inspired. She is changing lives one person at a time.

About Dr. Venus Opal Reese - Inspirational Speaker, CEO Mindset, Messaging and Marketing Mentor, and Business Entrepreneur Coach, Dr. Venus Opal Reese (referred to as Dr. Venus) draws on over 20 years of research, teaching, personal experience, and multiple branches of theoretical and philosophical training to deliver high-impact success strategies and keynotes for purose-driven CEOs, executives and entrepreneurs, generating a loyal following among other professional Black women.

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  1. Wowwwwwww! Lisa and I just finished reading this article together and we feel so honored for our love to be featured in such an uplifting way. Thank you ShaRon for including us. It's great to live our love out loud and have others bear witness. Thank you so very very much. Sincerely, The Reeses.