EmPowered Couples with The Freemans

EmPowered Couples with The Freemans

Love brought you together, but relationship skills keep you together. That is what this podcast is all about: the relationship skills to be a truly empowered couple! You will hear a range of practical relationship topics like: fantasy love vs true healthy love, unhealthy conflict vs healthy conflict, and ineffective communication vs great communication. We are your hosts, Jocelyn & Aaron Freeman, and will provide you the most relatable, authentic, deep, and practical relationship skills so you can overcome ANY challenge and connect in deeper ways. We, The Freemans, are known as “the couple that coaches couples.” Be sure to read our newest book, The Argument Hangover!... Show More

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March 4, 2021 12 min

Life is on your side, even if you don’t always feel that way! We wanted to take 10 minutes to share the crazy, unexpected, miraculous story about how we got this book deal. Why? Because it provided a life lesson that we think will inspire you in any season. 

P.S. Did you order your copy of The Argument Hangover yet? It’s shipping in just a few days, and you can claim $200 of bonus resources HERE

 

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You got into your relationship for one big reason… LOVE. More specifically to have the experience of being loved unconditionally by your partner. Yet this doesn’t always happen right? Especially for men to show up as, and express, unconditional love. 

Now does this mean something is wrong? No not at all. BUT it is a sign that one of 3 major needs of men are not being met. This is not to put pressure on you, the partner of a man, be...

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When your partner seems off somehow, do you ask them, “what’s wrong?” I know your desire is that they express themselves, but asking this question can only make them shut down more. Odd, right? So in today’s quick episode, I’ll chat with you about:

  • Why asking “what’s wrong” has the opposite effect on your partner
  • What to ask them instead if they seem “off”
  • And what to do if they keep saying “I’m fine,”  but you feel like they’re real...
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    Being able to fully express yourself is one of the most important aspects of being in a relationship. This is what allows you to be known by and connected with your partner! This is what leads to a healthy and loving relationship.

    However there is one thing to this, that could have you be dependent on them for. It will also lead to diminishing your own ability to self-sooth and self-regulate your emotions. 

    On the other hand, by no...

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    The Couples Workshop is coming up on February 21st, 2021. Save your seats before it passes. To get a bonus copy of The Argument Hangover with it, enter this code when you check out: podcast2021

    Your relationship is meant to be about experiencing love and connection. As time passes, there is a subtle and sneaky thing that arises that blocks you from feeling connected to your partner. 

    This is a short "check yo' self" mot...

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    Healthy relationships consist of both time together and time apart. Which of course can feel much harder (and even more necessary) right now. Perhaps you’ve been needing some “alone time,” but haven’t expressed it to your partner. Or, you’ve mentioned it before, but no action was put in place so it’s a point of tension between you two now. 

    In today’s episode, we’ll discuss:

  • Signs that alone time would be helpful for your relations...
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    Don’t get discouraged if your partner isn’t taking as much initiative. Or if you’re still running into challenges, even though you’re really trying to 'work on things'. This episode will give you the dose of perspective and the encouragement you need to keep staying on track in your relationship.

    Real quick, did you check out the 5 Day Couples Challenge that’s starting February 15th?

    We don’t want you to miss out on this ti...

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    “You are being too sensitive, just get over it, that’s not what happened.”...

    Have you caught yourself or your partner saying things like that to each other? While you might say these from a seemingly innocent place, they do NOT lead to your partner feeling good, connected, or even validated. 

    In this episode you will get:

  • 6 phrases to never say to your partner
  • The negative impact they can have (especially if said repeatedly over ti...
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    You have heard it said that your past is in the past, or some version of don't cry over spilled milk. So of course that means there is nothing you can do about it right? 

    What if we told you that your past is not fixed? What if you could actually change your past?

    In relationships, it is the things that happen in the past (what your partner said or did) that we find hard to let go of. These keep you  feeling disconnected, angry...

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    Small things in your relationship can be what build up and cause you to feel disconnected or upset with your partner. Of course when this happens there isn’t room for the love, connection, and happiness that you desire to experience. It could be things you say to yourself like: 

    “Ugh, if they’d only pick up their socks, if only they’d stop being on their phone at night, if only they would eat healthier with me.”

    Though it might see...

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    Our happiness and motivation can’t be reliant on outside circumstances. Yes, times are crazy. But we have the ability to shift our focus and mood by our daily and weekly habits.

    In this episode with Jocelyn, you’ll hear:

  • A story she’s barely ever told about breaking her back and spiraling down to depression
  • Our daily and weekly habits we’ve been doing for years
  • How these will lead you to taking control of your mood and how you show u...
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    Communication is not “one size fits all” and your partner might never communicate EXACTLY like you do. So you can stop trying to get them too! You can either fight against it when you get frustrated or you learn to flow with it for even more effective and connecting ways of communicating (no matter what circumstances or emotions come up).

    But guess what...your communication can significantly improve as you understand the “4 Communi...

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    Can this be true, do you really feel discouragement or difficulty in life and within your relationship? Absolutely. If you have listened to this podcast before, you know that the point is not to avoid these types of feelings or even talking about them with your partner. 

    But it can feel difficult to shift out of this state even as an individual. Plus there are a lot of outside factors that contribute to life feeling hard. So is the...

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    When your partner gets triggered, what do you do?... 

    #1: Do you react back, get defensive, and it triggers an argument?

    #2: Or do you lovingly hold space and help them process what came up for them?

    Don’t feel guilty if you fell into the first category, as that is where most people fall into. 

    We weren’t taught how to recognize and SUPPORT someone while they’re triggered, especially in a romantic relationship. And instead of it br...

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    I’m an assertive woman and Aaron tends to be more reserved. This used to lead to him feeling dominated or overpowered when communicating, even about seemingly simple matters. In this episode, I share simple but massively helpful shifts I made to still be myself (assertive), but to better work with his Communication Personality Type….a framework we breakdown in our new book, The Argument Hangover.

     

    Did you claim your $200 of pre-or...

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    When you bring up a challenging/hard conversation, does it tend to trigger defensiveness and lead to an unintended argument?

    You could have every intention of just trying to share how you feel and get to a positive solution, and STILL have it lead to a massive misunderstanding.

    You're not alone if this tends to happen in your relationship.

    In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Ways to initiate the challenging topic so that it doesn'...
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    Is there any place in your relationship that you shutdown and isolate from your partner by saying nothing or getting away from them? Are you even on the other side of things where you lash out at your partner to get them off your back?

    In either case this is probably because you are not "good with emotions". Which is not something to feel bad about because not many of us start out with the ability to even identify exactly w...

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    Love is kind of the point of a relationship right? We know that you felt a lot of love for your partner early in your relationship and now that love probably feels different or maybe less. As you progress through your relationship your feeling of love will be different as you have more trust and comfort with each other. Maybe some of the challenges in your relationship have led you to a place of currently not feeling as much love. ...

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    Let’s be honest, we all have said to our partners one of these statements: “that’s not what I said, that's not what actually happened, what you are saying doesn’t make sense”. Especially for those partners (like Aaron) that are logical left brained people. As soon as this happens the predictable next sequence will be an argument or conflict, or at least not feeling like your partner is on your side. 

    Though this can feel like o...

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    Whether you can’t wait to end this year or you are just excited to keep the momentum you have going, this is the episode for you. The end of the year just so happens to be a “made up” time that you can truly reset and refocus. For some you don’t want the next year to be like this past year. For others, you realize you just want to experience life and your relationship newly. Either way it comes down to a lot more than just setting ...

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