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Marriage doesn’t have to be hard—if you make it intentional. We’re Bud and Sara Dunn, a couple of 30-somethings who have spent 16 years together crafting a relationship that’s uplifting, positive, and always growing. Every week on our marriage and relationship podcast, we share our real-world advice that you can use to be more confident as a couple.

Marriage doesn’t have to be hard—if you make it intentional. We’re Bud and Sara Dunn, a couple of 30-somethings who have spent 16 years together crafting a relationship that’s uplifting, positive, and always growing. Every week on our marriage and relationship podcast, we share our real-world advice that you can use to be more confident as a couple.
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Marriage doesn’t have to be hard—if you make it intentional. We’re Bud and Sara Dunn, a couple of 30-somethings who have spent 16 years together crafting a relationship that’s uplifting, positive, and always growing. Every week on our marriage and relationship podcast, we share our real-world advice that you can use to be more confident as a couple.

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Episodes

017: Personality Tests – How to Finally (!) Understand Your Partner

5/22/2019
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The Business of Love series is a new series of episodes where we bring helpful business practices into relationships. One of our favorite “businessy” things that has helped us in relationship is personality testing. Businesses often have teams go through assessments to understand how they can work better together and communicate with more empathy. We think these same skills are critical in long-term relationships. Today, we’re giving an overview of personality tests, how they have benefitted...

Duration:00:28:41

016: Why We Believe in Combined Finances

5/15/2019
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One of our biggest pieces of advice for young couples is to combine finances and share a bank account. In today’s short episode, we’re talking about why we’re so passionate about combined finances. We’ll dive into how sharing money plays into transparency, trust, and goals. In this episode, we talk about: The podcast episode that encouraged us to take a stronger stand about combined financesCommon excuses why couples may not want to share a bank accountWhy sharing money is closely tied to...

Duration:00:17:43

015: 100% Money Transparency – Having Nothing to Hide

5/8/2019
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Do you and your partner live on the same planet when it comes to money topics in your partnership? Income, expenses, savings, debt, everything? We strongly believe in 100% money transparency within a marriage or life partnership. That means sharing and communicating everything about your finances together, whether it’s good, bad or ugly. This episode is about being intentional about sharing every single detail of every single dollar. In this episode, we talk about: Why we think every couple...

Duration:00:27:45

014: Visioning – Imagining Life 15 Years from Today

5/1/2019
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Do you and your partner agree on where you're headed in life together? If you're not sure, visioning might help. Visioning is simply painting a picture of what we want the future to look like. It means standing in the present and seeing, imagining, feeling success for you at a certain point in the future. We first heard about this in a business context from Zingerman's, a community of businesses in Ann Arbor, Michigan. But like a lot of business concepts, we knew we had to try it on a...

Duration:00:23:54

013: Fighting Fair – Our 3 Rules for Disagreements

4/24/2019
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It’s impossible to think that you’ll always agree with your partner in a relationship, all the time. Disagreements are inevitable but angry, hurtful confrontations shouldn’t be. We decided early on that blowout arguments weren’t going to happen in our relationship. In the last 17 years of being together, we’ve developed a few “rules” to make sure we’re fighting fair instead of hurting feelings. In this episode, we walk through them (and share a few times that we’ve failed). In this episode,...

Duration:00:29:23

012: Unplugged Weekend – 2 Days… Tech-Free??

4/17/2019
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Just last month, we went on a weekend getaway, with a special catch—No technology. Today, we’re talking about this concept of Unplugged Weekend, how it helps our relationship, and why we think it’s the perfect intentional way to re-connect. In this episode, we talk about: Our recent unplugged weekend in Winter Park, FL and why we loved itWhy turning off technology is a great way to reconnect with your partnerSecrets to unplugging successfully #ConfidentCouples challenge: Talk to your partner...

Duration:00:25:10

011: Are You Setting Your Partner Up for Success or Failure?

4/10/2019
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How often do we set unreasonable expectations for our partner that inevitably lead to us feeling disappointed? It’s so common to say “Let’s see if he/she notices [fill in the blank]” or “I’ll test him/her and see if he/she remembers to [fill in the blank].” But… is it really productive, or is this destined for hurt and distance? Why are we setting up our partners for failure? In this episode, we discuss how we can all set our partner up for success instead, and how that makes all of us...

Duration:00:19:57

010: 3 Keys to Success in a Dual Income Partnership

4/3/2019
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Welcome to 2019, where money and income-earning roles in relationships don’t always follow a "traditional" stereotype. We don’t think there’s enough conversation around handling partnerships where income is basically equal. Who’s in charge of what? What does that mean for who makes money decisions? In this episode, we draw back the curtain on our own income situation, how we’ve invested in one another, and what we messed up when our income wasn’t quite so equal. In this episode, we talk...

Duration:00:25:14

009: Crazy Diets – How to Support Your Partner’s Eating Choices

3/27/2019
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Has your partner ever tried a weird diet? We get it—we’ve tried… almost all of them. Making big diet changes can put strain on a relationship, changing how you spend time together, what you enjoy together, and some of your regular routine. In this episode, come into our kitchen as we talk about ways you can support your partner when they want to try a new way of eating. Plus, we talk about why our kitchen table always has a huge bowl of fruit, and some of Sara’s struggles with Bud’s current...

Duration:00:22:55

008: Core Values – What Matters Most in Your Relationship?

3/20/2019
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In your relationship, what values matter more to you than anything else? If you haven't talked about it, you might not know. Core values are a short list of the 3-6 things that matter most to you in your partnership. These are principles that guide your decisions. What would we choose over all other things? Having a discussion about your values is an incredible way to find out what is important to your partner. Once decided together, these values can help you make tough choices, by guiding...

Duration:00:21:56

007: 3 Things Newlyweds Need to Know

3/13/2019
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Take it from a couple who was there not very long ago: there are a lot of things about launching into a life-long relationship that people don't tell you. Today, we're sharing our top tips for newlyweds, including household chores, boundaries, extended family, and money. In this episode, we talk about: Our three best pieces of advice for newlyweds, or those starting a committed relationship: Don't do anything in the first year of marriage that you don't want to do for the rest of your...

Duration:00:22:24

006: Acknowledge & Appreciate – What ‘The Office’ Taught Us About Marriage

3/6/2019
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Who says mindless TV can't teach you something useful?? In this episode, we show our true colors as die hard fans of 'The Office' and talk about the important lesson Jim and Pam taught us about marriage.

Duration:00:17:15

005: The Shopping Budget – Spend $ Without Judgement

2/27/2019
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No more squabbling about who spends what —"You spent how much on that new outfit?" "Well, if you get new golf clubs, what do I get?"—Nope, nope, nope. The Shopping Budget is how we manage to spend money, judgement-free.

Duration:00:20:44

004: Budgeting & Money – Own Your Finances as a Couple

2/20/2019
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It’s time to really understand and take control of your finances as a couple. Not everyone loves this as much as Bud, but talking about money is something you just can’t skip!

Duration:00:23:28

003: Life Planning Dinner – Keep Your Dreams Aligned, Every Month

2/13/2019
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Sometimes, it's intimidating to talk about the big stuff. The nagging stuff. The life stuff. Our monthly Life Planning Dinner is where we get it all out on the table.

Duration:00:22:07

001: The Three-Legged Stool

1/25/2019
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What are the foundations of a long-term relationship? In this episode, we talk about what we work to keep strong: communication, finance, and intimacy.

Duration:00:12:39

000: Welcome

1/25/2019
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We started recording our conversation about choosing the name of the podcast, and hey—It turned out OK! 🎉 So this “Welcome” is our real discussion on planning this podcast. It will give you a great peek into what we’ll be talking about on the Confident Couples podcast.

Duration:00:15:06