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Joyful Love

Rachael Cunningham

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Do you love your partner and want to stay married, but you know it could be better? Do you find yourself feeling annoyed and irritated? Is your communication and intimacy dwindling? Are you just too tired and exhausted to work on your relationship anymore? If so, you need an easier way to stop the frustration and exhaustion. It's possible to create more joy and connection in your marriage again, but it starts with you. It starts with you seeing your own worth and value. When you learn to giv ...
 
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If you don’t have confidence, there’s no doubt that you’re holding yourself back from having the life and marriage you want. We often think confidence will come easy once we achieve our goals. We thing that when we’re more fit (or skinny, or curvy, or strong), then we’ll feel more confident. But if you wait for your goals to be achieved to embrace …
 
Have you ever made a commitment to make a serious change in your life and then given up on it after a day or two of struggle? Of course, you have. You’re a human being with a brain that doesn’t like change or anything uncomfortable. We've all been there - over and over again. So with any shift that you’re serious about making - whether it’s eating …
 
If you're a woman, you've been socialized to believe that the main reason for getting healthy is to look good in a bikini. You've also been told the lie that you have to be super thin to be healthy. This puts an enormous amount of pressure on us. Our self-confidence is often tied to our weight and dieting becomes something that takes up a lot of ou…
 
Most of us have a seriously hard time loving and valuing ourselves if we don't feel productive. We tie our worth and lovability to how much we accomplish in a day, a week, a year. So in this episode, I invite you into my inner world this week while I'm recovering from Covid. I was on a forced rest - and my brain was having a fit! I didn't feel like…
 
As I move into year two of the Joyful Love Podcast, I’ll dive even deeper into some of the concepts I’ve just scratched the surface on so far. The truth is that our health, energy, and our ability to slow down affects everything we do in life. They affect our relationships and our well-being. They affect our nervous system and our mental health.Hum…
 
On this episode of Joyful Love, I introduce you to my friend and colleague Julie Merrill. Julie is a Midlife Sexual Wellness Coach who brings all the juiciness to this episode!Julie’s own story takes her from being misdiagnosed as asexual to discovering sexual pleasure for herself. We discuss how our past can influence our current sex stories and h…
 
What do we want? Rest. When do we want it? Now. How do we get it? Well, it's simple, we have to stop thinking everything needs to be done before we're allowed to rest. We have to stop the deep-seeded belief that everything around us needs to be done better and/or perfect. And we need to stop people-pleasing those around us to the point of feeling r…
 
Our emotions are here for a reason. They teach us. They give us important information. They shine a flashlight on what we need to change. And yet, they get brushed aside or buried so that we can quickly move on to the next important task. We tell ourselves, “I’m just being too sensitive.” Yet when we do this, we miss important lessons. We miss an o…
 
Women bear the weight of having a family. From keeping the home running smoothly to planning holidays, choosing doctors, and keeping everyone healthy and whole - 90% of this responsibility falls on us. Patriarchal systems have set it up this way. It’s put men in power and women in the supporting role of that power. Although we’ve come a long way as…
 
Face your fears! Step out of your comfort zone!If you’ve been in the self-help world for long, you’ve definitely heard these 2 phrases - over and over.And you’ve also been told to stop hustling and to let go of stress.As women, we want both. We want peace in our lives and we want the freedom to go after our big dreams and the courage to face our fe…
 
You can spin in confusion for years about whether or not you’re just irritated with your partner, or if it’s time to end your relationship. If you’re constantly annoyed and irritated, it’s time to take your power back and start creating your own joy in life again. All those petty annoyances don’t have to take up your valuable brain space and they d…
 
The personal benefits of welcoming more humor into your life are enormous. Laughter has been shown to light up the brain's neurons, increase pleasure, and decrease overall stress. And when you bring more laughter and light-heartedness into your relationship it benefits every aspect of your marriage. Laughter is the healing balm that you and your pa…
 
So many women want more intimacy and pleasure in their relationship. They want to be able to enjoy connection - emotional and physical with their partner. It can feel like so much is in the way of that. With our own busy lives and our partner's busy lives, raising kids, and dealing with the emotional weight of keeping things running smoothly, is th…
 
Mothering is the hardest job in the world. At least it was for me. Building my own business is a piece of cake when it compares to the exhaustion and sheer desperation I felt at times with loving my 3 kids so intensely.And because mothering can be difficult, it’s normal to want a break from it all. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed and question yours…
 
Have you ever wanted to make a change in your life so bad that you thought about it nearly non-stop? Yet that’s as far as you get … The dream never left your mind - for long anyway. Because you’re waiting for the motivation to get started. So you continue to wish you were already at the goal. The effort to get there just seems like too much. But wa…
 
In today's episode, you'll hear Day 5 of The Rekindle Your Marriage Workshop. You’ll hear the importance of investing in two of your most important assets: Your mind and your marriage. Studies have shown the best use of one's time and money is in their own emotional wellness and relationships. Your mind and marriage are more important than any mate…
 
Many couples don’t always see eye to eye. This can lead to arguing, criticizing, and blaming, which can be detrimental to a healthy relationship. What if you don't have to agree to have a great relationship, though?What if your differences are for your good? What if you can be on the same team ... with totally different abilities and opinions?You c…
 
In Day 3 of The Rekindle Your Marriage Workshop, you will learn to take ownership back over your own emotions, actions, and reactions, and ultimately the results in your life. In today's episode, you learn: That you are equals in this relationship. You have a choice (complete autonomy) over whether to be in this relationship or not. How your though…
 
In today’s episode, you'll learn the ground rules for a healthy marriage. When you approach your relationship with the foundation that you are both worthy of total and complete love, you create safety in your marriage. ✅ Safety to get curious about your differences. ✅ Safety to connect and be vulnerable with each other.✅ Safety to have different op…
 
Every couple reaches a point in their marriage where change needs to be embraced. Most of us don't want to leave our marriages, but we are fully aware that things need to change in order to feel fully alive and happy in our relationships. If this resonates with you, it's time to rekindle the love and connection you once felt. And it's time to learn…
 
Will is the memoir of actor and musician Will Smith. The memoir provides a glimpse into Will’s life from his days as a child all the way through his struggles in marriage.Cris and I recently listened to the audio version together.There were so many insights on what it takes to have a healthy relationship that we decided to chat about it on the podc…
 
It’s been said that the deepest need in humans is to feel appreciated. And if we tie that to our relationships, I’d agree. One of the most important things to cultivate in your relationship is a habit of appreciation for each other.Appreciation lets us know that we are valued, validated, and seen. And it feels amazing.If appreciation is missing in …
 
It’s not uncommon for women to feel like they're the ones responsible for holding it all together. From the home to the kids. From work to making sure everyone gets fed. And the thousands of little (and big) things in between. Most women would say, “If I don’t make sure it gets done, it doesn’t get done.” We manage it all. Sometimes well … and some…
 
When you’re in survival mode as a couple, so much can feel hopeless.Now, I’m not just talking about hustle mode, where you never allow yourself to stop being busy. No, I’m talking about the kind of survival where you feel like something terrible is going to happen if you close your eyes for a minute … if you allow yourself to rest.A traumatic event…
 
Some relationship experts will tell you to expect less in your relationship. The reasoning is that if you don’t expect much, then you’ll be less disappointed. There are certain things we expect that can create disconnection in marriage. If we are constantly trying to change our partner so that they can somehow fulfill our happiness, those expectati…
 
If you’ve been following me for a while, you may know that I like to give myself a break. Meditation, intentional breathing, napping … anything that keeps my nervous system balanced. And I’m working towards even more downtime in my schedule. It feels a bit radical, I admit. But I’m on a mission to include rest as regularly, daily, weekly, and exten…
 
In this episode, I’m excited to give you Day 1 of the Rekindle Your Marriage Workshop. I offered this 5 Day workshop inside the Facebook Group last week and it helped a ton of women light a flame in their marriage again. We covered everything from making the powerful decision to be all in - to teamwork and taking ownership for how you show up. We a…
 
Living in this present moment is critical for a joy-filled life and marriage. We know this. Instead of living our lives now, we spend the present moment worrying about the future and regretting the past. We regret not preparing better. We criticize ourselves for not being as ‘good’ as other families. We judge our own experiences and wish things wer…
 
Disagreements about money put out the spark in many marriages. About one-third of married adults say that money is a big source of conflict in their relationships. From paying bills, trying to balance things fairly (whatever that means), saving, budgeting, and making more money, these problems can be the end of a relationship if not dealt with. How…
 
As we become more familiar with Thought Work, we realize that our feelings are caused by the thoughts we think. This is a powerful realization for most people. And it makes people want to change their thinking immediately. “Oh, this thought is making me feel bad! I need to choose a better thought!” Now, this may work occasionally, but it’s not real…
 
This time of year can be pretty special for most of us. It’s a time to be grateful and reflect on the beauty of family. And it can also be challenging. Family get-togethers are not always sunshine and rainbows. In fact, they rarely are! With so many different opinions and personalities, what should be a time to come together and spread joy, can end…
 
Cris and I just finished binge-watching MAID on Netflix. It's a show based on the book by Stephanie Land. MAID follows one woman's story of leaving an abusive relationship. In today's episode, Cris joins me as we open a dialogue about abuse. We talk about our experiences of abuse as children and how we're healing together. How do you make that firs…
 
Love is not a burden. It is not something that should feel exhausting. Loving someone else doesn’t have to leave us feeling like a martyr by the end of every night. So why are so many women feeling this way about their marriage? It’s time for a shake-up! It’s time to flip the script on Love and start seeing it for what it is - a whole lot of fun!Ye…
 
Without love, we will suffer. It’s a basic human need. But what does that mean? We all want a partner who shows up for us, cares for us, and loves us in their own special, unique way. We deserve that. However, if we are not loving ourselves and caring for our own mind and body on our own terms, our mental, emotional, and physical health will suffer…
 
When two people decide to live together as a unit, there are often times when the relationship gets challenging. Maybe it’s been challenging since the beginning or maybe a difficult circumstance in your life sent you into a downward spiral of fighting, arguing or avoiding each other. Either way, there are things you can do to care for yourself and …
 
Can you feel contentment before your life is where you want it to be? How about in your relationship? Your health? Your finances? Is it possible to reach for big goals in these areas, yet feel the peace and joy you’re longing for before you get there? Yes. And not only is it possible, it’s the fastest way to get to your goals. Listen to episode 21 …
 
One of the hardest parts of being human is forgiving yourself for past mistakes. It’s a process to own up to what you did wrong, move out of shame and into wisdom. However, most of us stay in the muck of guilt and shame way too long. And that guilt and shame does nothing for us. It hinders us from connecting with our loved ones and it stops us from…
 
In this episode of Joyful Love, I am joined by my friend and colleage, Becky Fry. Becky is a Certified Life Coach for moms of kids with autism. In her work, she helps moms stop feeling so overwhelmed by the unique challenges they face, raising their children. We discuss how Becky learned to embrace her parenting journey and how parenting a child wi…
 
Committing to change and growth will inevitably bring uncomfortable feelings. But we tend to avoid discomfort in our human experience. So we give up on our goals over and over.... because growth is uncomfortable AF! And then we beat ourselves up and heap piles of judgment on ourselves for … being human. We all do it. But there’s a better way. What …
 
How can 1:1 coaching can help a relationship? Don’t both people need to be all in to heal a relationship? How can you make progress if just one person does the work? You’re tired of being the only one to make an effort! I hear you and I get it. In this episode, we’ll cover the Power of coaching for one in a relationship. Sometimes, you just need a …
 
When we face challenging times, it’s natural to sink into despair. However, in this episode I challenge you to pause during those most challenging times and find just a few minutes to be in the present moment. Gratitude not only gives you a small break from the worry and stress, it changes your brain chemistry to feel more joy. We could all use a b…
 
Setting myself up for success first thing in the morning has been a total game-changer for me and my relationships. Knowing that every morning I get to wake up and do what I want to feed my soul and care for my body and mind helps me enter the day with gratitude and peace. Join me in today’s episode and learn my top four suggestions for a healthy m…
 
Difficult discussions can be the death of a good relationship. But with a little mind-management and emotional ownership, you can start to bring life back into your relationship even during those hard conversations. Good communication can be an opportunity to understand your partner even more. Listen on to hear 5 steps to communicate better even wh…
 
Communication is an art. And to get better at any art, you have to practice. However, it’s helpful if you understand some helpful tips and have the tools necessary to practice. In today’s episode, you’ll learn about your different communication styles. Are you an internal processor or an external processor? What about your partner? Let’s find out a…
 
Today’s podcast is all about sex and intimacy! In this episode I share The Confident Marriage Workshop: Day 3 with you. You’ll learn the top three needs for you to bring intimacy back consistently to your relationship. From feeling like there’s not enough time, to feeling constantly overwhelmed, to not communicating… intimacy is often the first thi…
 
In this episode, I talk to Cris Cunningham (Love of my life) about the stories we create. The truth is that we are magnificent beings, and the more we realize it and change the stories we tell ourselves, the more our beauty shines forth. Join us in this conversation of loving ourselves, loving each other, and loving the strangers on our journeys.…
 
Let’s be honest here. Sometimes our partners can irritate us to no end. The way they load the dishwasher. Their unique routines. The way they chew, talk, don’t talk, comb their hair, the job they choose, or any other number of things. Now they weren’t so irritating in the beginning. Heck, we might have even liked these unique differences about them…
 
Do you doubt yourself and your partner on the regular? Is your confidence in your ability as a couple to communicate and make it through hard times non-existent? Do you wonder if you’ll ever have a sex life that’s fulfilling again? Today we’ll talk about why Marriage Confidence matters. And you’ll gain insight on how to create your own marriage con…
 
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