Start Having Less Misunderstandings And More Calm Conversations


This episode is inspired by a recent conversation I had about the dynamics of relationships and the importance of being observant. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you're noticing subtle changes in your partner's behavior and jumping to conclusions without verifying the truth behind those assumptions? If so, you're not alone.

The Power of Observation

Many of us tend to make quick assumptions about why our partners are acting a certain way without taking the time to confirm if those assumptions are true. It's natural to be perceptive and notice changes in demeanor, but it's equally essential to be observant of our own thoughts and beliefs.

Challenging Your Assumptions

One key skill to develop is the ability to challenge our thoughts and differentiate between facts and perceptions. By questioning the validity of our assumptions, we can avoid escalating misunderstandings and conflicts in our relationships.

Communicating Authentically

Articulating our...

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The Marriage & Motherhood Podcast: Childproofing Your Marriage

Uncategorized May 02, 2024

Navigating the complexities of marriage post-children is a journey that many couples find themselves on, often without a clear roadmap.

In this episode on The Marriage and Motherhood Podcast, I am joined by Nevart Willborn, a therapist and fellow marriage coach.

In this episode we discuss the intricacies of child-proofing marriage.

The Vital First Step: Intent and Understanding

The journey towards reconnecting with your spouse post-kids begins with a fundamental step: expressing intention and understanding. We can not emphasize enough how important it is to be intentional about your relationship. Recognizing and articulating what you crave in your marriage sets the stage for meaningful improvement. Whether it’s dedicating time for a daily 10-second hug or sending a thoughtful text, these small acts of intention can significantly impact the quality of your connection.

Embracing Personal Growth and Self-Reflection

A recurring theme in our conversation is...

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The Marriage & Motherhood Podcast: What I Wish I Learned Earlier About My Feelings


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Mastering Communication in Marriage: Understanding the Difference Between Emotions and Feelings



In marriage, effective communication is often referred to as the key to successful relationships. Without effective communication, marriage challenges feel impossible to work through and what I wish I had learned earlier on was that emotions and feelings are not the same thing. Knowing the difference between the two can play a pivotal role in reshaping the way we approach and address communication breakdowns with our partners.

Emotions vs Feelings

The terms "emotions" and "feelings" are frequently used interchangeably in society. However, understanding that they are not the same is a game changer. Emotions are the immediate physical responses we experience in reaction to what's going on around us. We experience them as bodily sensations, such as a racing heart,...

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The Marriage & Motherhood Podcast: Doing Things For Your Partner Isn't Enough To Feel Connected

Uncategorized Nov 28, 2023

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If it seemed easier for you to feel connected with your husband before having kids, this one mistake could be the reason why.

As soon as couples become parents, the responsibilities grow exponentially and they start doing things for each other and forget or deprioritize to do things with each other.

As parents, the shift from spontaneous date nights to navigating the challenges of adulting and parenting is real.

The Evolution of Responsibilities

As couples transition from carefree date nights to juggling the demands of adulting and parenting, an inevitable shift occurs. The exponential growth in responsibilities extends beyond only caring for yourself to the complexity of raising little humans. It's a universal experience—one where the focus often shifts towards completing tasks rather than fostering connection.

Acts of Service vs. True Connection

While acts of...

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The Marriage & Motherhood Podcast: A Mom's Guide To Less Stress and More Joy During The Holidays with Marisa Lonic

Uncategorized Nov 21, 2023

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The holiday season is here, and for moms, it often brings a lot of stress. This time brings a lot of joy, magic, and family bonding, but the pressure to create the perfect celebration can be overwhelming. In this article, we'll explore 3 strategies from a seasoned mom of 4 and Time Momager, Marisa Lonic, to help you navigate the holidays with ease and embrace the true spirit of the season.

The Holiday Dilemma: Why Are Holidays Stressful for Moms?

Unmasking the Intense Expectations:

There are so many challenges that make the holiday season uniquely stressful for moms. From meeting intense expectations to managing obligations, the holidays become a high-stakes juggling act for working moms.

For working moms, the holidays bring an additional layer of complexity with looming deadlines and mom guilt. It can be a delicate balancing act.

How to stress less this season


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The Marriage & Motherhood Podcast: 3 Mistakes To Stop Making For A Stronger Marriage After Kids


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There's no doubt that marriage is heavily impacted when the relationship transitions from being only a couple to being a couple AND parents.

From my own experience as a wife and a mom as well as the experiences of my clients, I've observed three common mistakes that get in the way of marriage and family life being exactly what we envision.

1. Prioritizing Everyone But Yourself:

The Unintentional Sacrifice:

Many of us, especially mothers, fall into the trap of prioritizing everyone else above ourselves. It's not a conscious decision, but a gradual shift that happens as we embrace various roles. We're conditioned to be selfless, often neglecting our well-being.

By prioritizing everyone else before yourself, you are setting yourself up for continuous burnout which can affect who you are being in the marriage.

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The Marriage & Motherhood Podcast: Parenting and Partnership: A Fresh Start For Your Marriage


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Parenting and Partnership: A Fresh Start For Your Marriage

Is your marriage feeling the impact of the challenges that come with parenthood?

Parenthood doesn't have to mean the end of your love story. Parenthood is just the start of a new chapter in your marriage. Your marriage can have that spark even while you're raising kids.

Don't let yourself get jaded or believe that marriage has to be hard after you become parents. You can learn how to balance love and parenting and make your marriage even better than you imagined. Parenthood was never meant to come between you and your love.

While society may lay out a traditional roadmap for us — education, career, serious relationship, marriage, and family — the reality is that marriage is not a finite goal. It's a journey of growth, evolving with time.

The Excitement of Beginnings:

From the early days of envisioning a life together to the...

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The Marriage & Motherhood Podcast: Caring For Yourself As A Caregiver with Erin Antroinen

self care Oct 31, 2023

You all know by now how important it is to care for yourself when you're a mom and the impact it can have on who you're being to your loved ones and this episode we're taking a look at self care with a slight twist because we'll be diving into the importance of self care for caregivers, not just in the sense of being a parent but also being a caregiver to aging or ill parents.

In this episode, I got to chat with Erin Antroinen.

Erin is the passionate owner and CEO of NextGen Caregivers, whose journey into caregiving was sparked when she simultaneously cared for her father battling cancer and her mother facing dementia and Parkinson's. Erin is your guide to a personalized caregiving approach, recognizing that each caregiver's story is unique.

She's here to support caregivers at every stage, from newbies seeking logistics and stress management tips, to seasoned caregivers looking for somatic awareness and emotional support, and those wanting to thrive on their caregiving...

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The Marriage & Motherhood Podcast: Debunking Myths About Conflict

communication partnership Oct 24, 2023

After becoming parents, couples begin to face a lot of challenges around being able to resolve conflict together as a team and ending fights.

They struggle with communicating and the arguments seem neverending because they don't know how to do it successfully and productively, and just end up sweeping it under the rug and then move on with life because there's always some chore to be done or a kid to help.

And then unsurprisingly, the same issue comes back up. So marriage feels more like being in between fights rather than something more positive and enjoyable.

Conflict is meant to be an opportunity to connect and grow with each other and deepen the intimacy you have with each other and strengthen your relationship, but that can't happen unless you have the skills to know how to resolve conflict in a healthier way.

In this week's episode of The Marriage & Motherhood Podcast, I share:

  • 3 myths about conflict and the actual truth
  • why conflict...
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The Marriage & Motherhood Podcast: 3 Things To Stop Doing To Feel More Heard

communication marriage Oct 20, 2023

One of the most common things women are telling me these days is that they want to feel more heard by their husbands.

They want to feel like their spouse is listening to them, taking to heart what they're saying, and acting on the feedback they're receiving so that they can feel like they're supported in their marriage.

Feeling heard is needed in order to deepen the intimacy with your partner and knowing how to set the stage for both people in the relationship to feel heard is pivotal.

In this week's episode of The Marriage & Motherhood Podcast, I share:

  • What feeling heard means
  • Why feeling heard is vital in a marriage
  • What happens when we don't feel heard
  • 3 things people do that prevents them from feeling heard

Listen here and remember to subscribe, leave a review, and share it if you loved this episode! 


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