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my husband left me because he was unhappy

222: My Husband Left Me Because He Was Unhappy

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: My Husband Left Me Because He Was Unhappy It’s so devastating and hurtful if your husband leaves you because he’s unhappy. First, he loved you enough to marry you in front of God and everybody. Then he was so unhappy he left you? That’s not what he promised to do, and it feels like such a betrayal. Not only does it knock the wind out of

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How I ruined Valentine's Day.

221: How I Ruined Valentine’s Day

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: How I Ruined Valentine’s Day My husband calls Valentine’s Day my high holy day because I teach the 6 Intimacy Skills™, which help create this sweet, kissy environment that we normally have around here.  I thought I was immune from feeling the pressure of this one particular day having to be the MOST romantic, coupley, meaningful day ever.  But I was wrong.  On today’s episode of

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Ways to Force Your Marriage to Improve

220: 3 Ways to Force Your Marriage to Improve

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: 5 Mistakes That Make Him Tune You Out When my marriage was really bad, I just wanted to force it to get better through sheer will. That’s why I made John go to marriage counseling!  I was willing to put in hard work and perseverance, of course, because that’s what I figured it meant to “work on” your marriage. I mean, I’d always heard marriage is

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How do you respect a husband who hasn't earned it?

219: How do you respect a husband who hasn’t earned it?

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: How do you respect a husband who hasn’t earned it? On today’s episode of The Empowered Wife Podcast, we’re talking about how you’re supposed to respect a husband who hasn’t earned it.  I’ll share the key action—despite my great reluctance and resistance—that made it easy to respect my husband, who now does all the things that impressed me when I first fell in love with him. 

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Ways to Rebuild a Relationship

218: 3 Ways to Rebuild a Relationship and Stop Struggling

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: 3 Ways to Rebuild a Relationship and Stop Struggling If you’ve been struggling in your relationship for a while, you’re probably exhausted. I remember how hopeless and scared I felt when we’d been struggling for years and nothing was working to make it better. Not marriage counseling, not books about relationships, not working on communication—none of that worked for us. It’s such a disappointment to go

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3 Mistakes with Splitting Chores

217: 3 Mistakes with Splitting Chores

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: 3 Mistakes with Splitting Chores I found myself doing all the housework not long after we were married because I thought it would be nice for him and I wanted to be a nice wife, and I wanted a clean house, home made meals, and neatly folded laundry. Plus I wanted those things done the right way. But it wasn’t long before I was overwhelmed, exhausted

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Mistakes that make him tune you out

216: 5 Mistakes That Make Him Tune You Out

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: 5 Mistakes That Make Him Tune You Out This was one of the great mysteries of my life, so I want to share this with as many women as possible. I don’t want anybody to suffer just because they don’t know about these mistakes. Because before I knew them, I suffered. Just a few years into our marriage, my husband John refused to do housework. When

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My husband is bent on divorce

215: My Husband is Bent on Divorce: A True First Coaching Session

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: My Husband Is Bent on Divorce: A True First Coaching Session If you’re anything like I was, this isn’t the first year you’ve resolved to improve your relationship. I said it year after year because I was so stuck and didn’t know what to do to get my husband to pay attention to me, be more affectionate, and be more responsible. But this new year, your

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What Makes Him Tune You Out

214: Mistakes Were Made: Relationship Coaches Confess

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: Mistakes Were Made: Relationship Coaches Confess Every month the Certified Relationship Coaches and I get together and tell true stories about our relationships because having lots of stories to share is an important part of being a great relationship coach.  Some of the best stories, those most valuable to the person you’re coaching? They’re embarrassing. They’re not proud moments or good examples of how to be

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How to find a relationship coach

213: How to Find a Relationship Coach (Top 3 Things to Look For)

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: How to Find a Relationship Coach (Top 3 Things to Look For) When you’re going to trust someone with something as important as making your marriage last and thrive, it’s scary. You want to make sure it’s the right someone! Especially if you’re trying to navigate a crisis, like a separation, the threat of divorce, or an affair, which feels so vulnerable and private. There’s so

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My Husband Treats Me Like a Roommate

212: My Husband Treats Me Like a Roommate

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: My Husband Treats Me Like a Roommate When your husband treats you like a roommate, it feels cold and lonely. You didn’t get married to have a roommate! You got married to enjoy each other’s company, to enjoy passion, and if you’re anything like me, to feel desired. That’s so important. So getting the roommate treatment is a bait-and-switch that can make you feel rejected and

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In-law Relationship Issues

211: In-laws vs. Outlaws: Only One Is Wanted

LISTEN TO THE SHOW:  In-laws vs. Outlaws: Only One Is Wanted Okay, I don’t have much to say about outlaws. I just love that joke, that the difference between outlaws and in-laws is that outlaws are wanted. That’s because in-laws can be annoying and get on your very last nerve! They might be nosy, overbearing, or passive-aggressive, but you can’t get rid of them, as much as you might

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My husband doesn't respect me

210: My Husband Doesn’t Respect Me

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: My Husband Doesn’t Respect Me It feels really bad when the man who promised to love honor and cherish you sneers at you when you’re talking, takes sides with the kids, doesn’t bother to answer you when you’re saying something important, makes demands or criticizes you. It’s so hurtful and insulting. You start to feel like you’re always on guard to protect yourself, which is tiring

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My kids don't respect me

209: My Kids Don’t Respect Me!

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: My Husband is in Love With Someone Else First of all, I don’t even have kids to disrespect me, so this could be a really short podcast because what do I know?! Sure, I know what it’s like to be disrespected by exceedingly short people; it is so frustrating because I can just pick them up and drop them on the bed while they giggle relentlessly

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What is emotional cheating

208: What is Emotional Cheating?

LISTEN TO THE SHOW: What is Emotional Cheating? If you suspect your man is just a little too emotionally intimate with another woman, it feels terrible. It’s threatening because emotional intimacy was a big part of how you two fell in love to begin with. It could signal that he’s falling for someone else, which is not right. You shouldn’t have to fear that some other woman is having the

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