The holidays! Where will you spend them and how will you decide?

Welcome!  Today’s episode is about Holidays.  Where will you spend them?  Have you and your spouse had this important conversation?  This topic involves the expectations you have of your marriage and ties to family beliefs and traditions.  There are several variables to consider:  stepfamilies, geographic location, travel, and children.  This topic is best addressed before […]

What is NOT working, and how do we get rid of it or make it work? YMM #47

Welcome! Jim is flying solo for this episode because Christie has no voice! This episode is Part 2 in a Four Part Series of questions to ask ourselves individually and collectively, personally and professionally, to make 2016 our BEST YEAR EVER! This is a process that we have used in our family for about ten […]

What is one thing that is working right now and how can we do more of it?

Welcome Gang!  I am flying solos today because Christie is under the weather.  In the next 4 weeks we are going to share with you a 4 question series that will help you plan for the new year. We ask these questions individually and collectively and we ask them both personally and professionally.   The […]

6 Questions You Should Be Able to Answer About Your Spouse – YMM #45

Welcome! Today’s episode is an outgrowth of what Christie has learned by recently attending the Gottman Certification Training, and what Jim has learned from reading Dr. John Gottman’s book, Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. We didn’t plan to focus on Gottman’s principles simultaneously, but it just worked out that way. We found out that […]

What 3 Things Do You Want to Do Over the Holidays? YMM #44

Welcome! Believe it or not, the holidays are fast approaching! Today’s topic we want you to consider involves putting some thought into YOUR holiday celebrations as a couple. *What are three things that you want to make sure that you personally get to do during the holidays? Consider the following about this topic: This topic […]

What is one habit that you would like to change about yourself, and why? – YMM #043

Welcome!  Today’s topic is one that requires more transparency and vulnerability than some that we’ve covered. Have an open mind and approach with honesty! Here is the question to consider: What is one habit that you would like to change about yourself, and why? There are several reasons that this is an important issue: Some […]

What are 3 things you think are a waste of money? YMM #042

Welcome!  We just wrapped up two different “Prepare to Last” classes with engaged couples. Check out our website for upcoming dates for classes and retreats. Our topic today is an outgrowth of the recent classes because much discussion happens concerning how we spend our money and how we view our partner’s spending. Here is today’s […]

#TBT What Are The Biggest Threats You Bring To Your Marriage? YMM #041

Today’s episodes is a #TBT episode from the book, “101 Conversations Every Couple should have before they Marry.” This podcast explores how you will individually and together approach decisions related to religion and spiritual matters. Conversations of the Week – What do you think is the biggest threats you bring to your marriage, and what are […]

Where will you spend the Holidays and how did you decide? YMM #40

Welcome!  Today’s episode is about Holidays.  Where will you spend them?  Have you and your spouse had this important conversation?  This topic involves the expectations you have of your marriage and ties to family beliefs and traditions.  There are several variables to consider:  stepfamilies, geographic location, travel, and children.  This topic is best addressed before […]

Re-Visiting Conflict Resolution and How It Affects Your Marriage – YMM #039

Welcome to YOUR MARRIAGE MATTERS!  This week, we are revisiting one of our most popular topics!   Our topic today is one that must be explored in every marriage; it’s the idea of CONFLICT RESOLUTION.  This topic cannot be dealt with merely on the surface level, but requires a deeper look at the issues and root […]