Something Like Marriage
By Jon and Jema Anderson
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A marriage podcast by Jon and Jema Anderson. The journey of a couple that left their old life in 2011 with four kids to heal their marriage and travel in an RV. As they wander, they openly share the challenges of married life and encourage listeners to embrace their own unique relationships.
||Clean022: Living a Secret Life of Shame and Sexual Anorexia||Sexual anorexia refers to the compulsive avoidance of sexual nourishment and intimacy. Jema dealt with sexual shame through repression of secrets. Healing has been possible as she learns more about who she is and shares her truth with loving and suppor.||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean021: I Feel Uncomfortable Talking About Sex||Sex was not really a topic they had practice talking about with anyone much less in their marriage. While Jon was caught up in a cycle of abstinence and binging, Jema was in her own cycle of repression and avoidance.||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean020: Why Do Men Hide Their Feelings?||Why do men hide their feelings? Jon talks about how he learned early on it wasn't safe to share those vulnerable feelings such as sadness because it would be meddled with in some way. Perhaps, men and women hide their most vulnerable of emotions.||6/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean019: Letting Go of the Outcome||Letting go of the outcome in your life can be similar to the thrill and adventure of trusting in the safety harness of a roller coaster. You let go and enjoy the energy of the moment even though the ride has unexpected twists and turns.||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean018: I Can't Hear You Over My Anxiety||"I can't hear you over my anxiety" was a phrase our son told us during a conversation. It has become a fun way to express how powerful anxiety can be in our lives when it demands to be heard. Anxious thoughts like to be the loudest!||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean017: Learning to Talk About Sex||We are still learning to talk about sex as a couple. We began our relationship with two separate sex lives, and through therapy have learned how to talk about our sexuality. Although sometimes find we still want to whisper the word "sex."||4/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean016: Let's Do Stuff Together||It can be an adventure when finding common interests as a couple. Every relationship is like a unique fingerprint. Talking about your interests can lead to more adventures together whether that is trying out a new restaurant or a new country.||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean015: The Challenges of RV Living With Kids||Fulltime RV living has been a loving choice for our family with the benefits outweighing the difficulties. Today, we talk about how we have adapted to the challenges of RV living with kids year-round in a camper amidst the critters, freezing rain,||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean014: The Benefits of RV Living With Kids||We continue to live in an RV with our kids because of the rewards of simplicity, minimalism, and having a family-centered life where we focus on the present.||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean013: Why Did You Decide to Live in an RV?||Living in an RV full time with a family of six began for us in 2011. We have been traveling with our four kids in the motorhome ever since. RV living with our family was motivated by a marriage crisis and our need to heal our family life.||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean012: How Not To Suck When Talking To Your Sweetheart||Discussing roles in relationship around conversation. Jon thought Jema wanted him to solve her problems, while Jema just wanted to be heard and affirmed.||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean011: It's Embarrassing||How do you share embarrassing situations with your partner or spouse? Jon and Jema talk about how they dealt with embarrassment in the past, and in their present relationship. It's just a little embarrassing.||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean010: Facing Depression Together||Part three of the depression series. Jema discusses what was helpful for her in healing her depression through self-care and therapy. Jon educated himself on depression and realized he was challenged with codependency as a spouse.||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009: Understanding Depression||In this relationship podcast, Jema answers what is it like to be depressed? Jema shares her story of depression, shame, and motherhood.||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean008: The Two Sides of Depression||Depression has always been part of Jon and Jema's relationship. Jema has struggled with depression all of her life, especially during the gray winter months in Minnesota. On this episode, Jema shares her journey with depression and Jon shares what it i.||1/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean007: Giving Gifts in a Relationship||Giving gifts in a relationship comes with expectations. We attach meaning to gifts about ourselves and the giver. This can create conflict or connection.||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean006: Simplifying Gift Giving||We unravel simplifying gift giving for couples during the holidays and our history of miscommunication during Christmas. It's all about clear expectations.||12/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005: The Gentle Observer||The holidays can be a time of anxiety and stress. One of the tools we have found to be helpful during gatherings and in our family life is to become a gentle observer.||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004: Weird Date Night: Air Guitar||In finding ways to keep date nights interesting as a couple, we decide to go on an unusual night out.||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003: Nagging||How to stop nagging and practice loving communication in a relationship.||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002: Keeping Score||How do you decide how many points chores, childcare, or work get? Keeping score was part of our relationship, especially when parenting entered our marriage.||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean001: Why Doesn't He Buy Me Flowers||Communicating how we feel appreciated in our relationship.||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean000: Introduction to Something Like Marriage||Introducing our story - the ups and downs of a couple that met at 11 years old.||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Along for the ride
Jon and Jema are some of my favorite people in the world. They have put their heart and souls into this podcast as well as into rehabbing their marriage. Listening to the podcast while going down the road is like having them in the car, so real, so them. They don’t claim to be relationship experts, just real people with real struggles every day. I can’t wait to listen every week, practice their exercises and strengthen my own marriage.
If You Value Your Relationship...
This podcast is seriously good.
Jon and Jema have a knack for gently bringing to our attention small issues that can heal or harm a relationship. By creating awareness, they show how easy it is to strengthen and heal the connection you have to your spouse or partner.
They are funny and wise. It sounds as if they are sitting with you around a kitchen table, having coffee and conversation.
If you value your relationship, subscribe and listen to this podcast on a regular basis. Your life will be better for it.
I won't publicly endorse a product unless I use it exclusively and I really believe in it. My only official recommendations are US Army-issued moustache trimmers, Morton's Salt, and the CR Laurence Fein two-inch axe-style scraper oscillating knife blade. That list now includes Something Like Marriage podcast. It is honest and kind and reflective and I like it. End of review.
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