Ep.12 The #staymarried Podcast Series FINALE: Create Shared Meaning

How to Create the Marriage You've Always Wanted - #staymarriedThis is it! The Series FINALE! Welcome to Episode 12 of The Seven Do’s and Four Don’ts for a Long and Happy Marriage.

This is the good stuff. Much of these episodes have been about navigating conflict and problem solving, which are all important. But a good marriage is much more than simply navigating conflict and trying not to make each other mad. Most people want more out of their lives and their marriage than that. We definitely do. 

Today, in Episode 12, we’ll cover Principle #7: Create Shared Meaning. To have the marriage you’ve always wanted means that you get to create your own rituals and culture around the things that are most meaningful to you. We’ll share some stories of the different family cultures we grew up in and how we are creating shared meaning in our own marriage today.

Partner With Us

We’ll be taking a break from the podcast for a bit while we continue to gather the equipment we need to pull off ideas we have for future episodes. If you’re enjoying the podcast and have found the #staymarried blog helpful in the past, we’ve created some ways that you can partner with us to help us continue to provide these free resources for couples who need them. Check out our Partner Page for some ideas. THANK YOU to those of you that already have!

As always, this series is based on the New York Time’s Bestseller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work because those researchers are smart and they know what they are talking about. If you don’t already have this book, you can get it here.
Ok, go ahead and have a listen… 

How to Create the Marriage You've Always Wanted - #staymarried

As you enter into your Shared Meaning Conversation, ask yourselves and each other these questions…

♥ What do we want our marriage to be like?
♥ What rituals do we already have and why are they important to us?
♥ What is it that is meaningful to you?
♥ What are you dreaming about together?

How to Create the Marriage You've Always Wanted - #staymarried

As we shared on the Podcast, we’ve also partnered with Nate Bagley, founder of Unbox Love and Loveumentary, to bring you some fun things…

  1. The Dream Building Webinar
    Nate has invited me to come and share more about dreaming with your spouse. I’m excited for my very first webinar and I really hope you all sign up for it. It’s FREE and I think you’ll really like it. You can find out more about it here: Loveumentary Dream Building Webinar
    The Dream Building Webinar - #staymarried
  2. $10 off your Unbox Love date box
    Since we really want you to spend time connecting and building up those rituals together, we get to offer you a special discount on your first Unbox Love date box. Head over to unboxlove.com and use the coupon code “STAYMARRIED” to claim your discount. If you go now, you’ll get your box in time for Valentine’s Day… which is just a good idea.Unbox Love Date Night

If you’ve missed an episode, catch up here…

♥ Ep. 1 – Intro to The #staymarried Podcast and The Gottman Institute
♥ Ep. 2 – Do #1 – Exploring Love Maps
♥ Ep. 3 – Do #2 – Nurture Fondness and Admiration
♥ Ep. 4 – Don’t #1 – Criticism is a Relationship Killer
♥ Ep. 5 – Don’t #2 – Contempt is Sulfuric Acid for Love
♥ Ep. 6 – Do #3 – Finding Romance in the Little Things
♥ Ep. 7 – Do #4 – Accepting Each Other’s Influence
♥ Ep. 8 – Don’t #3 – Defensiveness Will Drive You Apart
♥ Ep. 9 – Don’t #4 – Stonewalling Sets You Up for Failure
♥ Ep. 10 – Do #5 – The Five Problem Solving Methods
♥ Ep. 11 – Do #6 – Unlocking Gridlock

 The #staymarried blog was created to offer hope, stories, and resources for couples who want to stay married.

If you found this post helpful, we would be honored if you would share it. Our big dream is to see more and more people living in happy and healthy marriages!

Tony and Michelle Peterson #staymarriedIf you’re NEW HERE, check out our About Page and read a little more about my own background on our first post. You can also find us on the socials: PinterestTwitterFacebook, and Instagram. I’d love to connect on any of your favorite platforms.

Thank you for reading, sharing, and being a part of this #staymarried community!

~ Michelle

6 thoughts on “Ep.12 The #staymarried Podcast Series FINALE: Create Shared Meaning

  1. Dear Michelle & Tony,
    I just finished listening to #12 and wanted to say a big Thank You!! for doing what you do!! You two do a fantastic job presenting and sharing this information. You make me laugh and feel kinder and more compassionate, while giving me very practical tools and tips to work on my marriage. I’m very excited to hear the next series … Which maybe should delve deeper into the Why question. It’s a great question!! Keep up the good work!! You guys ROCK!!


    1. Thank YOU for your sweet note, Kathy! What a compliment! And, YES, that question is so huge, I’m sure we’ll be coming back to it over and over again 🙂

  2. Hi Tony & Michelle! I’ve been listening to your podcast on my evening commute and just finished episode 12 last night. I wanted to thank you for doing what you’re doing. Reminding us why we married our partners and why it is our most important job to continue to nurture and grow that partnership.

    We are newlyweds, married this past June in beautiful Maui. My husband brought a 7 year old son and 11 year old blind dog with him into this relationship. Our time together has been the most joyful and most challenging of my life. We attended the Gottman Institute weekend workshop prior to our wedding so we’re excited to continue to learn more and execute their practices. I’m excited to go back and start the series over, this time with my husband.

    The love that you two share shows through in your podcasts. I love how silly you are with one another but also how very respectful you are at the same time.

    I look forward to what you have cooking for the next series! Keep being awesome!!

    1. Thank you, Kim! Sounds like you and your husband are off to a great start! Hopefully we can keep resourcing and encouraging you both 🙂

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