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013: Why Did You Decide to Live in an RV?
In this episode of our relationship podcast Something Like Marriage, we talk about why we decided to try living in an RV full time with our family. We chose full-time RV living in January of 2011 to travel with our four kids in a motorhome. RV living with our family was motivated by a marriage crisis and our need to heal our family life. In 2008 our marriage fell apart, it was a moment in our lives where we decided to face the giants of fear and dig into therapy to save our relationship. It...
012: How Not To Suck When Talking To Your Sweetheart
In this episode of our relationship podcast Something Like Marriage, we discuss our roles in conversation. No one wants to be bad at conversation, especially when we are all trying so hard to understand one another! In the past, we were not doing well with our conversations because we didn't really understand what each other really needed. Jon thought I wanted him to solve the problems I was sharing with him, while I just wanted to be heard and affirmed. I seem to process my days through...
011: It's Embarrassing
In this episode of our relationship podcast Something Like Marriage, we answer a listener's question about how to handle embarrassment with a spouse or partner. Everyone handle's embarrassment differently. Sometimes we repress our embarrassment, get angry, or can laugh about what happened for years to come. The goal is to be able to talk about all emotions with your lover, including embarrassment. (Theme music: Ethan Anderson, Photo credit: Abigail Keenan) Relationship Podcast Gems:...
010: Facing Depression Together
In this episode of our relationship podcast Something Like Marriage, I tell my depression story of recovery. The process of becoming healthy began with my self-care after I had spiraled down into severe depression. Recovery included medication, exercise, diet changes, and therapy. My husband also supported me during the journey by giving me perspective. (Theme music: Ethan Anderson, Photo credit: Yaoqi LAI) Relationship Podcast Gems: What brought sunshine into my life to help with my SAD...
009: Understanding Depression
In this episode of our relationship podcast Something Like Marriage, we talk about what is it like to be depressed? I share with Jon what it felt like for me as I struggled with depression, shame, and motherhood. The Baby Blues are what really tipped the scales of depression for me as a young mother. The hormonal influx after delivering my children would send me time and time again into a downward spiral of clinical depression. My moods were off, my thinking was gone, and I didn't want to...
008: The Two Sides of Depression
In this episode of our relationship podcast Something Like Marriage, we talk about depression and marriage from two viewpoints - how it feels to be the person suffering from depression and how it affects the partner/spouse in the relationship. Depression and Marriage Were Normal My depression became apparent to me after having children and my doctor named this sadness that I had felt since I was young. Depression had become such a normal thing in my life that it didn't feel like something...
Giving Gifts in a Relationship
In this episode of our relationship podcast Something Like Marriage, we dive into part two from Simplifying Gift Giving for Couples. After talking about giving gifts in a relationship, we realized there seemed to be something else connected with my desire to receive gifts from Jon. I love giving gifts. It is like a puzzle waiting to be put together - taking small clues and building up to one present. A mystery to solve and smiles to be won. It shows someone that you have been thinking of...
006: Simplifying Gift Giving
In this episode of our relationship podcast Something Like Marriage, we unravel simplifying gift giving for couples during the holidays and our history of miscommunication during Christmas. (There may be some miscommunication on the episode, always keeping it real for you.) When we were young, around thirteen, I set my expectations for Jon's gift giving. He bought me flowers (from a flower shop) and stuffed animals, and figurines. He was so romantical! Then, we got married and I fell into...
The Gentle Observer
In this episode of our relationship podcast Something Like Marriage, we chat about becoming a gentle observer for the holiday season. The holidays are a time to gather with our family, friends, and coworkers. There are social gatherings to attend and eggnog to be drank. A time of joy and chatter. The holidays can also be a time of anxiety and stress. One of the tools we have found to be helpful during gatherings and in our family life is to become a gentle observer. A gentle observer is...
004: Weird Date Night: Air Guitar
In this episode of our relationship podcast Something Like Marriage, Jon and I discuss weird dates and how they can stretch you out of your comfort zone. We attended the Northwest Regional Air Guitar Championships held in Portland, Oregon where we witnessed the techniques of guitarists who are judged on their costumes, techniques, and other things we have no idea about. This date was challenging for me because I like to nest in the space I am in. I wasn't too excited to head out to an old...
In this episode of our relationship podcast Something Like Marriage, we discuss why does she keep nagging me? Nagging is the constant harassment to motivate someone to do something, usually in the way you want it done. Being unique individuals in a relationship, we may have different perspectives on the right way to do things. Maybe this sounds familiar to you if you think about some of the popular sitcoms like an oldie, Everybody Loves Raymond. The guy is trying to balance his career with...
002: Keeping Score
In this episode of our relationship podcast Something Like Marriage, we discuss keeping score in a relationship. Some couples call it keeping points. I can remember keeping score, and I especially liked it when it served my purposes (wink). Jon never really understood the point system, and for a long time was clueless that I was doing such math in my head. The question is, how do you know how much something is worth? Is making coffee early in the morning equal to changing a diaper? Does...
001: Why Doesn't He Buy Me Flowers
In this episode of our relationship podcast Something Like Marriage, we talk about how after the romantic phase of our relationship ended I wondered, why doesn't he buy me flowers anymore? We chat about how small things like flowers can show one another appreciation, and how some people don't feel the same way about flowers (hint: Jon)! Sometimes we wander through the day feeling like no one appreciates us. As my hands wrinkle from the fourth time of washing dishes in the day without any...
000: Introduction to Something Like Marriage
On our first relationship podcast, Something Like Marriage, we introduce ourselves to you, our new community! Our recording studio for our podcast is in the back of our RV as we travel the United States. We have been traveling since January of 2011 with our four kids. We have been to all of the 48 contiguous states, not quite the continental United States because Alaska is still on our list! (When you hear me say continental on the podcast, replace it in your mind with contiguous, thanks.)...