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40 minutes | Mar 17, 2020
41. Theory 104: 4 Types of Boundaries
Welcome to Theory Class 104 where Celeste breaks down the four different types of boundary issues discussed in the book Boundaries by Henry Cloud. Meanwhile, Rich writes a song about it to help us all remember.
25 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
40.5. Boundaries with Kirk Voss (part 2!)
This is our second half of the great interview with therapist Kirk Voss (EmotionAlly podcast) on the topic of boundaries. Check out part one in episode 40!
39 minutes | Feb 28, 2020
40. The Why and How of Boundaries (ft. Kirk Voss)
Celeste and Rich have been explaining boundaries this month a lot like how they *make* boundaries in real life: doing their best, but could definitely use the help of an expert! Therapist Kirk Voss (of the EmotionAlly podcast) is on hand to talk more about boundaries. There is a discussion of the theory behind boundary setting, the emotion that can (but not necessarily should!) drive the way we make them, and practical applications of when and how boundaries should play a part in expressing your needs. This is part one of two of our interview with Kirk - don't miss the second half coming soon!
29 minutes | Feb 21, 2020
39. Expressing Needs and Accepting Your Partner (a Good Ones episode)
What do you want? What do you really, really want? Well, whatever it is you want (what you really, really want), articulating those needs is an important part of setting boundaries. This is a Good Ones episode - no song to fix this time, but Rich and Celeste bring two songs they thought demonstrated solid examples of good boundary settings: "Wannabe" by The Spice Girls, all about explaining needs and setting relationship ground rules, and "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel for showing acceptance, the other side of the same coin as boundaries. All this and more on this week's Marriage Theraoke.
32 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
38. Intro to Boundaries ("We're Not Gonna Take It")
Setting boundaries. Not only a good idea, but a GREAT idea for staying true to yourself, for helping navigate negative actions from your spouse. The problem: we tend to set boundaries as a reaction, out of anger, or to lay down an ultimatum. So how can boundaries help your relationship and how can they come from a place of personal integrity? We talk about Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It," Rich fixes it up and does some falsetto, all to address this first episode discussing the idea of setting boundaries.
31 minutes | Feb 1, 2020
37. Blame ("Your Fault")
Ah the blame game. So unproductive and yet so common. So much time wasted stuck in resentment. Yet, how do we get out of this trap? How to avoid the blame game all together? Well, that takes some inner work my friends! Getting to that magical mixture of acceptance AND boundaries. In this episode, we give some therapy to the song, "Your Fault" from the musical "Into the Woods. And Rich's re-write is seriously his best work yet!
55 minutes | Jan 23, 2020
36. Choosing Your Partner ("What I'm Looking For") Ft Jennifer Finlayson-Fife
We are so happy to welcome Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife back to the podcast! She is the perfect guest to bring on for our inner work month and today we are talking about how we deal with being dissatisfied in our marriages and how to CHOOSE our partner every day- and it doesn't look like how you think it will! I LOVED this conversation, I took notes the whole time and I think you will too!
38 minutes | Jan 16, 2020
35. Issues ("Issues")
Oh the issues we take with the song "Issues" ;) by Julia Michaels. "I've got issues, but you've got em too. Give yours all to me and I'll give mine to you." Uh-oh. Someone forgot to study relationship truth 101: it is not your partner's job to solve your personal issues and it is not your job to solve your partner's. This lesson is only forgotten every day in most relationships, so our friend Julia is in good company. Thankfully, Rich is here to make some much needed improvements to this song! Join us as we discuss the inner work necessary to forge a strong relationship.
31 minutes | Jan 9, 2020
34. Inner Work Good Ones
Introducing our theme for the next 4 podcasts: Inner work! Celeste's favorite topic! This episode is another installment of our "good ones" series where instead of poo-pooing on love songs, we celebrate ones that give good advice and postulate on why. "I Love Me" by Meghan Trainor (Celeste's pick) and "Symphony" by Clean Bandit (Rich's pick) are given the honors today, and come to think of it, compliment each other very well.
42 minutes | Jan 2, 2020
33. Theory Class 103 (Systemizing Fun)
Wrapping up our month-long theme on fun, we are talking about how to systemize fun in our individual lives, in our marriages and with our families. Celeste theorizes while Rich creates music and then performs his masterpiece at the end of the episode. And bonus! The Davis children each have a part in this episode talking about their favorite family fun activities!
32 minutes | Dec 19, 2019
32. Fun Languages ("Santa Baby")
How do we have fun as a couple when we don't agree on what is fun?? Enter learning to speak each other's fun language. What is a fun language? It's like love languages, but it's all about fun. We all have fun in different ways in different stages, the key is to keep the conversation with our spouse open and frequent. In this episode, we offer some therapy to the song "Santa Baby" (it could kinda use some, amiright?) and Rich makes a version that is MUCH improved!
46 minutes | Dec 12, 2019
31. The Value of Fun ("We Are Young")
Often when marriage problems rear their head, we think we have to be very serious about them. But much of the time, what we need is not more seriousness in our relationship, what we need is MORE FUN! Fun provides some BIG deposits in the emotional bank account of our relationships. In this episode, we talk about how fun looks different in every stage of marriage as we give therapy to the song, "We Are Young."
44 minutes | Dec 5, 2019
30. Best of Season 1
Welcome to Season 2 of Marriage Theraoke! For this episode, we wanted to take you through some of our favorite episodes and moments from Season 1 (including interviews, songs and advice), making this episode a great introduction to first time listeners and fun walk down memory line for long-time listeners!
36 minutes | Jun 6, 2019
29. Can You Change Your Partner ("Take Me or Leave Me") featuring Janessa Zech
"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 a song from Rent, "Take Me or Leave Me," discussing why Maureen and Joanne, the couple in the song are not modeling good self-confrontation, good listening to concerns, or good ways to have hard conversations. And who better to discuss a musical with a legitimate musical theater performer? Janessa Zech joins us to talk about changing your partner and does us one better by performing this week's song rewrite!
39 minutes | May 9, 2019
28. Armor ("Cold As Ice") Featuring Jaime Wilkins
We may think that fear lies at the heart of many relationship problems, but Brene Brown teaches that all successful relationships have fear. 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.
43 minutes | Apr 25, 2019
27. Theory Class 102 (Managing Expectations)
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 it's managing (and often letting go of) your expectations. Rich is taking notes and, live during the episode, writes lyrics to an original love song with a country twang, ('Grow Together'). Enjoy!
43 minutes | Apr 11, 2019
26. Kids Over Marriage ("There Goes My Life") Featuring Becky Squire
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 all those things with our guest Becky Squire! And you better believe Rich harnesses his inner cowboy for the karaoke remake of this one!
44 minutes | Apr 4, 2019
25. Honoring Dreams ("A Million Dreams") Featuring Laura Heck
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.
34 minutes | Mar 22, 2019
24. Theory Class 101 (Foundation of Love)
Switching things up on the podcast this week. Welcome to Theory Class 101, where Celeste explains her theory on five aspects of the very FOUNDATION of any solid relationship. Rich, then, taking copious notes writes an original improvised love song during the course of the podcast and performs it at the end with his ukelele. Talent and good times abound.
34 minutes | Mar 14, 2019
23. Putting Your Partner on a Pedestal ("She's So High")
Isn't it a good thing to think highly of your partner? To praise and cherish them? Yes of course it is. Unless by putting them up on a pedestal, you are putting yourself down in comparison. We discuss the dangers of hierarchy and pedestal placement as we offer some therapy to the song "She's So High" by Tal Bachman today. And you know that Rich's high falsetto is coming out full force in his karaoke re-make, which is lovely.
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