Episode 29: Can You Change Your Partner? (“Take Me or Leave Me”) Featuring Janessa Zech

can you change your partner

“Take me as I am, baby, or leave me.” Can you change your partner? Can you even ask your partner to change? Marriage Theraoke goes Broadway with the song, “Take Me or Leave Me” from Rent. We a little bit of a hard time nailing down a specific topic for this song because the song encapsulates so many common relationship problems. The idea of “take me or leave me” has Maureen and Joanne (the couple in the song) both stuck trying to change each other but unwilling to change themselves. Since we can’t expect to change our partner, we should… Read More

Episode 28: Armor (“Cold As Ice”) Featuring Jaime Wilkins

Brene Brown armor

  We may think that fear lies at the heart of many relationship problems, but Brene Brown teaches that all successful relationships have fear- fear of change, fear of not being enough, fear of rejection. What destroys relationships isn’t fear, but the ARMOR we put on to try to protect ourselves from the fear. In today’s episode we interview life coach Jaime Wilkins who talks about two common forms of armor: perfectionism and numbing our emotions. The song “Cold As Ice” by Foreigner talks all about numbing, so we give it some therapy. Rich makes it much better.  Show Notes:… Read More

Episode 27 Theory Class 102: Managing Expectations Show Notes

Managing Expectations podcast

Class is in session again! It’s Theory Class 102, where Celeste builds off of Theory Class 101 (Episode 24) in describing foundational aspects of solid relationships. Today we are talking about tier two of a satisfying marriage: managing (and often letting go of) expectations. Specifically Celeste will go into 4 areas to manage your mindset in your marriage. Rich is taking notes and, live during the episode, writes lyrics to an original love song with a country twang, (‘Grow Together’).  Enjoy! Celeste’s Pyramid of Marital Health:     Add a Comment

Episode 26: Kids Over Marriage (“There Goes My Life”) Ft. Becky Squire Show Notes

kids over marriage

  Two firsts in Marriage Theraoke history today: 1. We tackling children (the topic, not actual children) and 2. We are tackling country music! First up, children. Ideally, there would never be any conflict between our children and our marriage and everyone would get along in blissful harmony. In reality, our children CAN and often do put a wedge in our marriages. Either by prioritizing them above our marriage, disagreeing about parenting or just plain busyness and exhaustion. Today we are talking about putting our marriage first with our guest Becky Squire! And you better believe Rich harnesses his inner… Read More

Episode 25: Honoring Dreams (“A Million Dreams”) Featuring Laura Heck

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Someone once asked renowned marriage expert Dr. John Gottman what was one thing they could do RIGHT NOW that would have the biggest impact on their marriage. His answer? Honor your partner’s dreams. First we have to know what those are, then honor them. Today we are thrilled to talk with marriage therapist and Gottman expert Laura Heck, who walks us through the good, better, best of honoring our partner’s dreams. And Rich’s re-make of The Greatest Showman’s A Million Dreams legitimately made Celeste cry. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it hopefully spurs a meaningful conversation with… Read More