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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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United States

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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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English

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2693175209


Episodes

058: Working From Home & Parenting in Quarantine with Tim & Ellen

4/22/2020
It’s time for beers and wisdom with our friends and “quarantine experts” Tim and Ellen! When Sara first posted on Instagram asking for tips for working from home with your spouse, Elle jumped in with some great ideas. We knew she needed to share them with our listeners. Tim and Ellen have each worked from home, in separate jobs in software and consulting, for several years. In this episode, they share their best tips for coffee, organizing your day, and staying married if you’re both home...

Duration:00:34:52

057: Going Beyond Core Values with David Friedman

4/15/2020
Our episode about core values in a relationship has been one of our most popular episodes ever. So when Bud met a business culture expert who doesn’t believe in core values, we knew we needed to have him on our podcast to explain why. In today’s episode, we’re joined by David Friedman, founder of High Performing Culture and author of Culture By Design. David explains the flaws of core values and why he prefers to talk about “fundamentals” instead. He even dives into his work to help clients...

Duration:00:30:15

056: Confident Couples: Quarantine Edition

4/8/2020
We’re back, we’re quarantining, and we’re here to talk about it. We’re not people who hate spending time together, but— let’s be honest— this is a lot of time together. In this episode, we talk about how we’re coping, issues we think couples may be having, and how to get along together in isolation. In this episode, we talk about: Bud staying home all day, every daySara’s sweet but impossible vision of co-working togetherBud’s grumpy wife and cool co-workerDivision of new choresCommunicating...

Duration:00:15:54

055: The End of Season 1 (and a List of Our Best Episodes So Far)

3/18/2020
We spent 17 years together and 8 years married coming up with 55 things to talk about related to relationships. Every week for a year, we sat at our kitchen table and talked into our microphones, hoping to share hope and intentional strategies to create strong partnerships. We’d say we’ve covered the high points that we wanted to when we got started. So—This is the last episode of Season 1. After today, we’re going to take a break to start a new list of episode ideas and connect with more...

Duration:00:11:55

054: The “Engagement Coaching” Movement with Jonna Phillips, MA, LMFT

3/11/2020
On this episode, we’re talking with the amazing Jonna Phillips. Jonna is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a passion for premarital couples work, which she calls “Engagement Coaching.” Jonna started out working with military couples almost 15 years ago, then shifted into psychiatric care for individuals, couples, families, and military members. Her passion to help couples of all backgrounds build positive foundations for their marriage. I have discovered in my work with couples...

Duration:00:20:31

053: Breadwinning Women with Lindsay Bryan-Podvin

2/12/2020
Financial therapist Lindsay is back! Today, we’re talking with Lindsay about her focus on working with couples with breadwinning women. In her experience, Lindsay has found that couples with non-traditional money roles can often have emotional and financial challenges. We knew we needed to dive in and find out more. This episode features guest Lindsay Bryan-Podvin of Mind Money Balance, one of only 50 financial therapists in the United States. Don’t miss her first episode with us: 050: What...

Duration:00:14:53

052: What Happens When Your Relationship Is Off Track?

2/5/2020
Some days in a relationship are bright and rosy and fun and games. Other days or weeks... just aren’t. We’re currently in a season where we feel out of sync, and this episode is all about it. We’re talking about how we haven’t liked each other all that much recently (yikes, I know), and how we’re trying to fix it. In this episode, we talk about: Negative patterns, where everything your partner wants makes you crazyBud’s golf and nap routine that caused our most recent argumentThe cyclical...

Duration:00:16:33

051: For Your Relationship, Resolve to Take a Trip in 2020

1/22/2020
As if you haven’t heard enough about resolutions already…. We’re here to give you another one. This resolution is not only good for your health, it’s good for your relationship. We’re talking about travel, and why you might want to add a getaway to your calendar this year. In this episode, we talk about: Why we think travel is so healthy for a relationshipThe problem with “groundhog day”Maintaining a feeling of aliveness in your relationship #ConfidentCouples Challenge: Think about a place...

Duration:00:19:37

050: What is Financial Therapy?! with Lindsay Bryan-Podvin

1/15/2020
We’re live with our first in-person interview! Today, we’re talking with Lindsay Bryan-Podvin of Mind Money Balance, one of only 50 financial therapists in the United States. We stepped into Lindsay’s office in Ann Arbor, Michigan to learn more about what financial therapy is and why couples might need it. Then, Lindsay and Bud have a showdown about whether budgeting is an emotional issue or a black-and-white math equation. In this episode, we talk about: What financial therapy isHow money...

Duration:00:36:04

049: Traveling Solo: What Happens When You’re Apart

1/8/2020
We’ve been traveling solo a lot lately, so we wanted to share what we’ve been learning. Today, we’re covering travel plans, keeping in touch, and how to underpromise and overdeliver next time you’re apart. Our 3 Tips for Business Travel Be clear about when you’re leaving and when you’re getting homeBe clear about how often you’ll be able to be in touchBe thoughtful about re-entry In this episode, we talk about: How we share our travel schedules so we’re on the same pageRecognizing that you...

Duration:00:18:07

048: Listener Q&A – Answering Your Questions About This Podcast

1/1/2020
When Confident Couples ask, we answer! I didn’t think anyone would be interested in the behind the scenes of this podcast, but I guess you are. 😉 Today, we’re answering your listener questions about the podcast, why we’re doing it, and how it has affected us this year. In this episode, we talk about: What do Bud’s friends think about the show? What are you hoping to get out of this project? If there are common relationship issues that you have not had firsthand experience with, how do you...

Duration:00:29:33

047: Goal Setting as a Couple

12/18/2019
The end of the year is always full of presents, parties, reflection, and resolutions. Instead of just resolving to do stuff in the new year, how about setting some real goals for yourself and your partnership? Today, we’re talking about our annual goal setting process and how it keeps us moving forward together. The specific areas we goal plan are: PersonalBusiness/WorkFamily Finance In this episode, we talk about: SMART goals (and why Sara isn’t necessarily into that framework)How visioning...

Duration:00:33:19

046: Networking as a Couple

12/11/2019
Tis the season for work parties and networking events. Are you prepared to tackle them as a couple? Today, we’re talking about our favorite ways to make the most of these events, and a few of our networking secrets. In this episode, we talk about: Our history of going to work events togetherLearning to split upSetting you partner up for success if he/she doesn’t know anyoneRed, yellow, and green light topicsA trick for how your partner can help you if you don’t remember someone’s nameHow...

Duration:00:27:30

045: 3 Mindset Shifts for Men in Marriage

12/4/2019
This week’s episode is a follow up to last week’s about mindset shifts in marriage. This week, Bud is talking about mindset shifts that men in marriage often need to make. From involving your spouse in your finances to communicating better, these three simple things are some of Bud’s best pieces of advice for better relationships. In this episode, we talk about: Living on the same planet when it comes to financesHow to make budgeting easier to understand and talk aboutCommunicating with your...

Duration:00:20:02

044: 3 Mindset Shifts for Women in Marriage

11/27/2019
Ladies, this episode is for you. I was thinking about advice I would give to young women entering into marriage, and I came up with these three mindset traps that women often fall into. These are things I’ve learned from and am still working through after 17 years in a relationship and 8 years of marriage. –Sara In this episode, we talk about: Bud’s advice: Thinking about your preferred outcome or keeping the end goal in mind—What do you want your relationship to look like? Then work...

Duration:00:24:57

043: Everyday Relationship Building

11/20/2019
We recently listened to a great presentation about Trust. Research on trust shows that trust is built in small moments, not in grand gestures. In this episode, we’re talking about building a stronger relationship every day. In this episode, we talk about: Treating every day like it’s your anniversary“Trust is gained in drops and lost in buckets.”There are no cheat days in trust-buildingPutting way too much pressure on anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays #ConfidentCouples challenge: Go...

Duration:00:10:35

042: Your Parents, Your Siblings, Your Partner—Oh My!

11/13/2019
There are probably a lot of people in your life who want to be prioritized. For young couples especially, prioritizing your partner vs your family members can be really tough. Today, we’re talking about who should be the top of your priority list. And, we’ll dive into positively managing your family relationships. In this episode, we talk about: A short tangent on dealing with family over the holidaysSara gets fired up about putting your spouse above all othersPublic agreement, or at least...

Duration:00:19:53

041: Social Media & Your Relationship w/ Jocelyn & Aaron Freeman

11/6/2019
In this episode, we’re talking to Jocelyn and Aaron Freeman, relationship coaches, speakers, and hosts of the EmPowered Couples Podcast. Since social media is such a tough topic for modern couples, we asked them to tackle it with us. This interview went deep into how social media can be a distraction from connection and how to recover trust. For both of us, our favorite part of the interview was the Freemans’ advice about creating clear agreements in your relationship. Don’t miss it! In this...

Duration:00:47:29

040: What You Say About Your Partner (Behind Their Back) Matters

10/30/2019
We’ve all been in situations where we’ve complained about our partner to our friends. This is kind of inevitable once in a while, but we really believe it shouldn’t be a habit. On today’s episode, we talk about the impact that complaining about your partner has on your relationships, friendships, and your own mindset. In this episode, we talk about: How complaining can make you feel more negative about your partner in generalThe difference between believing your partner is being (a temporary...

Duration:00:19:10

039: Dealing with Working From Home

10/23/2019
Where are our work from home couples? This one is for you! In this awesome age of the internet, a lot of us have a job or business that allows at least one partner to work from home. This has been our life for about 9 years. Today, we’re talking about how we handle Sara working from home, and our advice for other couples. In this episode, we talk about: What we love about working from homeOur challenges with Sara working from homeHow we don’t talk to each other at lunchDiffering work styles...

Duration:00:22:34