The Evolved Marriage Podcast

The Evolved Marriage Podcast

Join Kate and Eric MacDougall as they talk about all things Intimacy. Growth in your marriage doesn't need to be a drag! We make growth and connection fun, and give you actionable skills to make sure the best years of your marriage are ahead of you!

Episodes

September 18, 2023 37 mins

This week, Kate shares her love for the Backstreet Boys, Eric debates outsourcing parenting, and we dive into a powerful topic: Building Trust.

Topics:

➡️ The difference between getting someone to trust you and being trustworthy
➡️ Why focusing on trust is a choice (and not for everyone)
➡️ The best way to be consistent with your behaviour, NO MATTER WHAT.

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Eric is flying solo this week, while Kate is a little under the weather. As he often does, he wanted to share HUGE value, so he uploaded a training directly from one of the Mastermind Calls he runs each and every week.

Topics:
➡️ Big Mistakes you are making when your spouse opens up
➡️ How to help your spouse feel seen and heard by actually saying LESS!
➡️ What to do in order to help your partner open up emoti...

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This week, Kate and Eric answer listener questions about communication! 

Topics
➡️ Figuring out your conflict style
➡️ What are Marshmallow gloves?
➡️ How to own your own side of the street

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This week, Eric and Kate chatted about focusing on the good things in your marriage (and life), and keeping them front and centre!

Topics
➡️Focusing on Strengths instead of shortcomings
➡️Creating more Milestones
➡️Making it up as you go along


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In this week's episode, Kate and Eric share how they have been disconnected from each other, and how easy it is to keep that cycle going (even though it can get unhealthy).

Topics:

➡️ How avoiding your challenges only makes it feel worse

➡️ Why it's so easy to put your connection on hold

➡️ The easiest way to get the ball rolling again on your connection


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August 14, 2023 32 mins

This week, Eric and Kate open up about what it's like to be kid free for a couple of days, What Sex means for us in the season we're in, and how to have our mind, body, and heart impact our sex lives

Topics:
➡️ How your thoughts impact your desires
➡️ Helping your body experience great sex
➡️ Opening your heart to your partner



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August 7, 2023 32 mins

This week Eric shares how he loves a good cry, Kate share's how she is kicking A**, and we tackle a polarizing topic: Persuading your partner to do what you want them to.

Topics:
➡️What does persuasion mean to us?
➡️What leads us to use this method in relationship
➡️Why it doesn't Lead to Intimacy
➡️What you want to focus on instead

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July 31, 2023 30 mins

This week, Eric & Kate tackle a state of being that Eric LOVES, and that Kate has only connected to recently: Being Alone.

Topics:

➡️ The thoughts we have about being alone

➡️ The difference between being alone, and loneliness

➡️ How knowing yourself benefits your relationships

➡️ Reconnecting to your sense of Autonomy

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Eric shares how much he WANTS Kate, Her response is to laugh uncomfortably. We share a tool to build self confidence and change your life.

Topics
➡️ Radical Acceptance
➡️ How overthinking benefits us (it doesn't)
➡️ Focusing on what you want
➡️ The problem with avoiding discomfort


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July 17, 2023 33 mins

Eric is Over "it", Kate is confused about what he means, disagreements over the words "self-love", and diving into how to improve your relationship with Yourself!

Topics
➡️ The power of saying "NO"
➡️ Preventing your fears from running your life
➡️ Healthy Mind, Strong Body, Open Heart
➡️ Experiencing Joy

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We do our best to tackle a very complex topic in under 30 minutes! Kate talks about her divine feminine, Eric opens up about his fear of failing his family and we end the episode with a challenge to reconnect to your core, and improve your relationships.

Topics:
➡️ What the h*ll is polarity
➡️ Why it's impacting you (whether you like it or not)
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Yep, that's right, we are talking about the death of romantic love in all long term marriages. We have a bold conversation about what couples are led to believe are love, and finish it off with a focus that will leave you a little more hopeful than what the title suggests.

Topics:

➡️ The Fairy Tale we are sold about love
➡️ What your spouse means when they no longer "feel it"
➡️ Why Romantic Love is so intoxica...

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This week, Kate and Eric talk about feeling anxious about feeling anxious, allowing yourself to FEEL the feels, and what exactly Love means to us. 

Topics:
➡️ The common beliefs we are taught about love in committed relationships
➡️ Other validated intimacy
➡️ Contractual love and the death of intimacy
➡️ What practicing love actually means, and how you can do it today!

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June 19, 2023 24 mins

This week on the Podcast, Kate and Eric introduce a 3 part series that helps you understand Love, Romance, And Polarity, and how you can Evolve your relationship through this understanding.


Topics:
➡️ An introduction to Love, Romance, and Polarity
➡️ A simple way to understand Love
➡️ How the idea of romance can harm your connection
➡️ Why polarity is healthy, as long as you understand it


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June 12, 2023 39 mins

On this week's episode, Kate and Eric have an open conversation about the evolution of relationships, and what's next when it comes to their own evolution.

Topics:
➡️ Why Gender Roles kinda suck
➡️ How a "fair" marriage can be limiting for both of you
➡️ Why playing to your strengths is best for everyone
➡️ Raising the Bar for your relationship

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This week, Kate and Eric discuss why people are obsessed with "getting there", and how when you stop to think about it, you're right where you gotta be.

Topics:
➡️Why we LOVE setting goals
➡️How we prevent ourselves from taking action
➡️How focusing on our partner keeps us stuck
➡️Why 1% is better than all or nothing thinking

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This week, we argue about the difference between effecting and efficient, Kate talks about how she initiates sex, and we share our common communication patterns (you can probably all relate to)

Topics:
➡️ Why being effective doesn't always mean easier
➡️ Playing to your strengths
➡️ Why being understood is more valuable than getting your message across
➡️ How saying "yes dear" might do more harm than g...

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May 22, 2023 28 mins

This week, we share our recent experience with asking for help, and why it's so hard for people to do.

Topics:

➡️ Why going to therapy doesn't always mean something is "wrong"
➡️ Why we struggle with asking for help
➡️ Why thinking you can do it on your own can be a problem
➡️ How to ask for help NOW so you can create a WIN/WIN in your marriage

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May 15, 2023 27 mins

This week, we revisit a conversation about Kate wanting Eric to come to bed, how Kate learned to "grin and bear" it, and why sharing your insecurities might be the healthier thing for your marriage.

Topics for this Episode:

➡️ The difference between wanting your partner, and avoiding loneliness
➡️ Why speaking up is important for the health of your relationship.
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This week, Kate does a bit of rapping, we share some deep cuts around Eric's alcoholism, and we introduce a concept to help you think differently about your relationship.

Topics for this Episode:

➡️ What exactly is the relationship ecosystem.
➡️ Why blaming your partner is such a common practice.
➡️ Why rocking the boat is sometimes the best choice.
➡️ What needs to happen to master yourself, and ...

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