039 – Pause & Praise

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In this episode we press pause because we need a breather. It’s been a rough four weeks and this past week was especially challenging ending with one of the worst weeks in the twelve year history of our marriage. Ugh. We reset by giving praise & thanks to each other, our family, our friends, and the gracious Marriage Startup community.

Our almost two-year old son Ethan makes a guest appearance in what may be our most un-professional yet totally on-message show yet.

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038 – Rise to the Challenge pt.1, Understanding the Food – Performance Connection

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We begin season 3 with a deep dive into our health. We’re going on a health adventure with our friend Dr. Marc Wagner in search of what Aristotle called eudaemonia, or “Human Flourishing”. Dr. Wagner puts it like this. “It’s a journey intimately bound up with Food, Movement, Sleep, Stress, and Connectedness.” Do we want to lose weight? Yes. Do we want mental clarity? Yes. Do we want fad diets or “woo woo” solutions? No. Do we want science and a holistic approach to health? Yes. Here we go.

We also bring you up to speed on the last 3 weeks of our lives… its been intensive, especially for Leslie.

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5 Pillars of Human Flourishing

  1. Food
  2. Movement
  3. Sleep
  4. Stress
  5. Connectedness

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037 – Invest in Love (Subtle, Sublime)

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We discuss why we don’t compromise with each other or in their marriage. In this episode we explain how we invest in each other instead. It’s also the end of season 2, talk about what to expect at the start of season 3 (May 11), and there may be an easter egg at the very end.

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Special note: Thank you so much to Siobhan for helping us have the transcript ready when we first publish the episode! In the past this wasn’t possible due to the way we, meaning Laura and I, produced the show. But this time we had everything done early, got the show to Siobhan early, and she got it ready for release. Hooray!

MarriageStartup 037, transcript (pdf)

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036 – Compromise, the Champion of Mediocrity

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In this episode, we discuss why we don’t compromise with each other, and why we think that’s healthy for our marriage. Strong opinions, we have them! Are you pro or con compromise? Please let us know what your experience has been!

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Heads up, there is only one more episode in season 2! It’s gone fast! Next week ends season two and then we are taking a one week break before season 3 starts. However, we already have the first arc of season 3 in the planning stages and its on health. Specifically our health and taking a deep dive into how we live. This first arc of season 3 will be co-produced with Dr. Marc Wagner who will be guiding us through a bunch of things, especially on the food side of things. If you have health related topics, especially about food, that you’d like us to talk and/or test with Dr. Wagner, please start letting us know now. In this episode we go into a little more detail about what to expect, but we wanted to start telling people about it right now.

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035 – 2015 1st Quarter Retrospective

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In this episode, Laura and I interview each other about how the year is going so far for each of us individually, professionally, and as a couple using Leslie’s goto “Retrospective” format.

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The Retrospective questions: 

  1. What should I stop doing?
  2. What should I continue doing?
  3. What can I do better?
  4. What have I learned that I need to write down so I don’t forget?
  5. What things are blocking my progress?

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034 – Podcastus Interruptus or “It Won’t Happen Naturally”

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New episodes will be published late Monday/Early Tuesdays starting next week. Hooray!

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In this episode we talk about what it means to keep plans and goals flexible and when to hold your ground. The past few weeks have been tough; this is how we’ve held things together and what we’ve let go. We also announce a change to our podcasting schedule and finish up with the What We’re Going to do for Each Other segment. (And what’s up with Sex Radar?!)

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033 – Meet the VALUES!

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We take a look at our Innermetrix VALUES Index results and see if it helps us understand the why behind our behaviors. Will this look at our “seven dimensions of value” helps us appreciate our partners and ourselves in new ways? Or is it mere pop-psych?

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032 DISC Profiles for Better Marriage Communication

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We take a look at our DISC Assessment Profile results and see if it helps us understand each other better. SPOILER: It does! Go take it! This information would have saved us a lot of miscommunication and frustration if we had when we got married 12 years ago!

Bonus, we discover who created Wonder Woman!

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031 – Sometimes You Have to Say No – A Short Lesson on Priorities & Context Switching.

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In this episode, we explain why we diverted from our original topic in favor completing other work. If you’re building something new this is a critical lesson and one that you will have relearn many times. At least, we’ve had to relearn it many times, including this week! We have a few community updates and an opportunity to help support our podcast production. And as always, we end with What I’m Going to Do For You This Week.

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030 – Listener Feedback Show #2!

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In this episode, it’s all about you, our faithful listeners! On this, our second Listener Feedback show, we give shoutouts for iTunes reviews; discuss ideas and suggestions made by a couple listeners; and give our personal answer to a relationship question. As always, we end with What I’m Going to Do For You This Week.

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