#16 Dealing with Differences ft. Meghan and Mickayeen Farner

Today’s episode features Meghan and Mickayeen Farner, joining Grace and Zach to share wisdom they’ve learned about reconciling differences between processes, how each spouse naturally moves through life. Meghan is a go-getter Type A personality and Mickayeen is more laid back and focused on the fun. (7:55)  First, they share the differences between pushing your spouse and pulling your spouse (10:40), and then spend a while talking about—simply put—setting expectations. (13:00) Mickayeen and Megan share…

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#15 Living With In-Laws ft. Carolina Schubert

Carolina Schubert joins Grace Jensen to give tips on living with in-laws. She is both a marriage coach with various certifications and has lived with her in-laws for the past two years.  Carolina recommends newlyweds wait a little bit before moving in with parents in order to establish their marital relationship. She lists important factors to include when considering moving into or out of an in-laws’ house. Grace and Carolina agree that clear expectations are…

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#14 Wisdom from 38 Years of Marriage (a.k.a. Talk 2) ft Robin and Jan Jensen

Zach Jensen and his parents Robin and Jan join Grace to share wisdom from thirty-eight years of marriage. They have a tradition of giving their kids a talk at three different points in their lives. Today we hear what they share in Talk #2, which is about traits important to maintaining a good marriage.  The first one is loyalty. Jan tells the story of how she learned to be loyal to Robin in the way…

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Building a Lasting Connection Part 2 ft. Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen

Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen, a psychologist of over 30 years, joins Grace Jensen to complete this two part series on building a lasting connection. She shares some of her experiences in sharing the principles of attachment theory and Emotionally Focused Therapy across vastly different cultures. (3:55) Dr. Jorgensen co-founded Building a Lasting Connection, the couples’ workshop described in Episode 12 with Dr. Debi Gilmore. Today Grace and Dr. Jorgensen cover the last three modules in the…

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#12 Building a Lasting Connection Part 1 ft. Dr. Debi Gilmore

The magnetic Dr. Debi Gilmore joins Grace Jensen for an episode packed with tools for building and maintaining bonds.  We first hear about how Dr. Gilmore’s passion for sharing the truth of attachment theory inspired her to create and teach a groundbreaking workshop called “Building a Lasting Connection”. It has been perfected over the last decade and targets couples in all stages. Participants learn interactively and bond intensely over the course of two days. Register…

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#11 How to Fall in Love. . . and Fall BACK in Love

World-renowned couples therapist Dr. Scott Woolley joins his daughter Grace Jensen to explain the science behind falling in and out of love. Simply put, love is fueled by emotional vulnerability being seen, accepted, and reciprocated. (6:10) Because emotional safety is essential to love, being able to repair emotional wounds is vital for a continued loving relationship. (13:18) Dr. Woolley and Grace discuss the process of digging deeper, pausing to gain perspective, and how emotional perspective…

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#10- Mental Illness in Marriage

Jaimee Smart (from episodes 7 and 8 on grief) returns to discuss mental health with Grace Jensen. Jaimee discovered through experience that once one partner comes into a marriage with mental illness, the illness becomes a part of both partners’ stories. Open, non-judgemental communication is key to helping the ill partner. You may be able to create game plans together to combat the mental illness that one spouse on their own wouldn’t have been able…

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#9 Sex- To the Wedding Night, and Beyond!

Grace Jensen and her husband Zach discuss both the helpful conversations to have before having sex for the first time as well as things to keep in mind as you are further figuring out your sexual relationship together. They start by suggesting helpful conversations to have about your sexual conditioning and what the meaning of sex will be in your marriage, and then give more practical advice for the wedding night and honeymoon. They then…

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#8-Supporting a Spouse Through the Unexpected Death of a Parent

This episode is the second part to last week’s episode, a continuation of the discussion of what to do when a spouse loses and parent, and how to help your spouse.  In January of 2018, Jaimee’s dad suddenly got sick and passed away. As soon as Jaimee’s father passed away, she and her sisters were bombarded with decisions to make in regards to funeral homes, burial preferences, etc (14:53), leaving them with no time to…

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#7-Marrying into a Family when an In-law has Passed Away

This episode is part 1 of a 2-part series with Jaimee (@jaimeesmart) and Colton (@the.story.of.colton.smart) Smart. In this episode we talk about how they met and got married, how Colton’s dad passed away when he was 14, and how that impacted their dating relationship and marriage. Colton talks about what it was like for his family and how Jaimee supports him, and Jaimee talks about what it was like coming into a family where she…

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