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Aug 7, 2020

Marni welcomes Master Breakthrough Coach, Sherrie Toews back into the Den to talk about how to stop letting life's circumstances keep you from your destiny. The dynamic duo discusses the negative limiting beliefs that lead us to feel unworthy, strategies for overcoming childhood wounding, and the skills and tools available to ignite your life. 

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

  • Releasing the baggage childhood
  • Transforming the stories we believe about ourselves
  • Stepping into your fully actualized self
  • How to take control of your life and live courageously
  • Resources to help you take action and ignite your life

 

What Gets in the Way of Being Fully Actualized? [4:28]

Automatic negative limiting beliefs keep us from being fully self-actualized. These limiting beliefs are, in essence, the false acceptance of certain truths or FACTs. They feel real to us because on some level, over time we have made these beliefs our truths. 

Sherri asks us ‘what if they aren’t true? What if they are stories we are making up about who we are?’. 

To shift our mindsets we have to implement the information our brains take in. This is the implementation phase. We need visceral and somatic reinforcers. But, Sherri says this is where people get tripped up. They fear the unknown and they fear asking for help. So little by little limiting beliefs regain their hold over us. 

The little ‘whos’ are the younger parts of us that suffered wounds in childhood. If we were overwhelmed psychologically when we were young, we turned inward and decided there was something wrong with us or that we were not good enough. We make adult decisions based on childhood wounds. It’s the little 'whos' who trip up our progress when we are trying to shift our lives. 

Our little ‘whos’ don't like uncertainty and in dating, nothing is guaranteed.

 

Live Courageously & Date with Dignity [18:18]

 

To take control of your life you have to learn to live courageously and release your fears. Because there is something beyond the fear which stretches our capacity to implement and grow. 

Many women share a common fear of not being worthy or of being too much. 

 

Simple steps to ignite your life 

  • Ask yourself, what action can I take to change?
  • Expect nervousness or fear.
  • Consider who you can ask for help.
  • Be aware of old patterns from past relationships.

 

Ignite Your Life Now! [27:23]

Marni and the Dating with Dignity team are ready, willing, and able to ignite your life, now. 

 

Get the skills and tools you need to create a robust fire in your heart: 

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Make the choice to stop letting life's circumstances stop you from being fully actualized.

 

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Jul 31, 2020

Marni welcomes an experienced therapist and gender equality victim’s rights advocate Kelley Anne Bonner into the Den to talk about how burnout affects your body, dating, and work. Kelley is an expert in burnout and created Burn Bright, a company dedicated to helping creative, big-hearted ‘helping’ professionals battle burnout. She helps the people who take care of the world to take care of themselves. 

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

  • The signs of being burnt out
  • Being true to your authentic self
  • How to avoid burnout in dating
  • What happens after burnout
  • How to have compassion for your big-hearted self 

 

ABC’s of Burnout Prevention [2:55]

Kelley hit bottom when she was in her 20s and working in the largest maximum-security prison in New York state.  She kept smiling for the people she served but would find in herself figuratively in a puddle on the floor, drained of her joy. She quit her job before she had another lined up. 

Kelley says many people have burnout but don’t even realize they have it. 

Burnout is a state of emotional and physical exhaustion. The person experiencing burnout has no joy and feels hopeless.  

The cost of frantically running around is that you lose yourself and once you’ve lost yourself it’s a countdown to imploding. 

When you are in burnout your body and your nervous system are in dysregulation. Mindfulness and meditation can help. The first step to move passed burnout is to regulate your nervous system. The second step is to shift your mindset. Get your body in a relaxed state so your body can receive information. 

When your mindset is tapped into your authentic self, you are going to automatically get all the things in life that you want.  

 

Have Dating Burnout?  [21:49]

Are you pushing yourself to be engaging with toxic people or people who don't match the criteria you want? When people get burnout in dating they are not being true to themselves. There is a difference in discernment and being picky. 

Kelley encourages us to be clear about what we want, in dating and date people who are authentic. Because when we date a guy a second time who wasn't a good fit on the first date it can cause burnout. The joy/authenticity piece is missing. 

When you are true to yourself joy naturally comes from it. The minute you stray away from authenticity you are heading toward burnout. 

 

How-to Stave Off Burnout While Dating [26:16]

There is nothing beneficial about beating yourself up, especially when a date or series of dates doesn’t work out. It causes you to stay paralyzed at best or go backward. Have compassion for yourself because of course, you want to give someone a second chance, of course, you want to find love, you are a big-hearted person. 

 

Tips for eliminating dating burnout:

  • Be in your best mental state and highest vibration when dating. 
  • Make sure you have boundaries. Don't hang with people who drain your energy and dim your light. 
  • Be clear and honest about where you are and if you are ready to date.

 

We are all good people just trying to figure it all out. 

 

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Jul 24, 2020

Marni welcomes longtime listener Anita into the Den to talk about how to update her online profile to get more high-quality dates. Anita has been single for 5-and-a-half years and is positive she is ready to meet her soul mate. Yet, Marni intuits a block that could be keeping her from attracting the right type of guy. 

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

  • How-to rewrite an online dating profile to get quality dates
  • Why a telling-type profile does not work
  • Why it is important to acknowledge possible emotional blocks
  • What personal development work can and can not do 

 

Looking for Love [1:56]

Anita has been studying love, dating, and relationships for over 4-years. She is excited and ready to find her soulmate then get engaged. She believes she can manifest the right man for her, but she fears being ghosted again. 

She tells Marni that over a year ago, she was going out on 2-3 dates a week. But, she has a history of being ghosted by men she met online and agreed to meet in person. She is looking to Marni for guidance on how to finally find her quality guy. 

 

Tips for Writing Your Online Dating Profile  [10:08]

 Marni dissects Anita’s current online dating profile that a previous dating coach helped her to write. Marni points out that while it has a decent structure it may make men wonder if they are good enough. If they question themselves they may not reach out. The profile is more of a push-away, not a draw-me-in type of profile. 

Always choose quality over quantity when it comes to dating.

Anita says she wants her profile to reflect that she is looking for someone who has integrity and follows through. Marni reminds her that her profile has to reflect her values and her brand. The message she sends needs to be solid.

 

Positivity Doesn’t Trump Feelings [26:56]

Anita seems to cover up her disappointment with positivity instead of feeling her feelings. She wants to focus on the good. Marni recognizes a nugget of emotional unavailability. 

Anita needs to acknowledge her disappointment, fear, and frustration. She shares a story from her past where she felt abandoned by a family member. It created an emotional suit of armor and explains why she is stuck right now. 

 

Anita’s homework is: 

  • To rewrite her online profile based on Marni’s tips 
  • Update her photos to new professional photos
  • Giver her inner teenager some love and acknowledgment
  • Assess what she wants to manifest and adjust- 



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Jul 17, 2020

Marni welcomes Lisa Erickson into the Den to talk about chakras, our body’s energy centers, and how our energetic body relates to our emotional, mental, and physical body. Lisa is an Energy Worker who specializes in women’s energetics and sexual trauma healing. She is the author of Chakra Empowerment for Women and she helps women balance and maximize their energy during key parts of their lives. 

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

  • Shifting into your feminine energy before a date
  • Releasing old trauma
  • How to stop leaking precious energy
  • The differences between men and women’s energy bodies

 

What is an Energetic Body? [2:28]

 We all have an energy body. If you have ever felt ‘bad vibes’ or heebie-jeebies from someone, you are intuitively using your energy body. There are ways to shift our mental and emotional states including the vibrations we send out to the world. Shifting our energy can shift who we attract into our lives and how we feel. 

There are healing modalities that are connected to the energetic body that are related to energy medicine traditions all around the world. Reiki and acupuncture, for example, are becoming widely adopted. Humans have an energy anatomy that can be mapped. Our chakras are energy centers that relate to different physical body parts and to unique emotions and psychological states. 

We intuitively feel the chakras but don't always know it. When you are broken hearted it is in the heart chakra.

 

Marni asks Lisa about the 10% energy leakage many women experience. Lisa says we have different levels of our psyche and each level has a certain vibration. If we have unresolved feelings of anxiety or unworthiness, desperation, or people-pleasing, that will come through in our presentation to others. People will feel it the way we can feel the vibes of others. 

 

Men’s and Women’s Energy Bodies Are Different [12:41]

 Lisa says men tend to be anchored in the root chakra. This energy center is linked to the physical body. If men have baggage, they have a tendency to become emotionally rigid and unempathetic. In its best expression, the root chakra is grounded, stable, and protective. Men, in general, need to work on fluidity and empathy.

Women, however, are anchored in their second chakra which is fluid and linked to water and emotions. Women are also more empathic. We have a tendency to adopt other people’s emotions as our own without realizing it. On the energetic level, it means women need to work on boundaries and grounding.

The second chakra is also related to a woman’s reproductive cycle. Peri-Menopause is considered a spiritual transit in cultures that deal with energy consciously. Women receive bursts of energy to deal with things from our past at a time when our intuitive gifts are flowering. Boundaries become more important. It's time to push away other people’s energy in favor of your own. 

In holistic medicine, the mind and body are not separate. Your energy body is the glue that holds them together. 

 

How to Work With Energy [21:31]

Each of the chakras has different colors and visuals related to them. Lisa says we can work with energy centers through memories or affirmations. Try to simply state what you want to feel and focus on the related chakra and the part of the body. 

If you are going to start dating and it feels uncomfortable for you to get into your feminine or to be sensual. Or, you have a hard time flirting or you don't feel safe being sexual. Shift your energy in your second chakra. 

It's about connecting to your feminine energy in a positive way. In dating, visualize an avatar and focus on which chakras you want to bring forth. Visualize yourself putting your energetic parts into the foreground. 

 

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Chakra Empowerment for Women by Lisa Erickson

Jul 10, 2020

Marni welcomes Lori Dennis into the Den to talk about finding balance in four quadrants of your life. Lori runs a top LA interior design firm, and she is an HGTV celebrity. Lori decided to write Quadrant Life: Balancing Relationships, Finances, Wellness, and Your Spiritual Life as a result of the constant questions others asked her about how she always seemed to have it all. She is a TED speaker and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on Bravo and Oxygen.

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

  • Making happiness a choice
  • How to find balance in your life
  • Strategies for cleaning up your messes
  • Figure out what happiness means for you

 

Living the Quadrant Life [3:56]

 One of the biggest misconceptions/excuses women believe is that they can't have it all. Lori says this is ridiculous. Women can have it all. They only need to get everything into balance. She says happiness comes when you wake up every single day and no matter what happens you know you can handle it. 

 

But, if happiness is a choice, why do many of us try to make things more challenging? Lori recommends asking yourself what happiness looks like for you. It's all about your perceptions and your experiences. Being happy is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself. 

Find balance in these four quadrants:

  • Relationships
  • Finances
  • Wellness
  • Spiritual 

Once you stop being afraid, you have the ability to clean up your messes. 

 

Tips for Finding Balance in the Quadrants [19:17]

 To attain proper balance in the four quadrants, Lori says, it's like cleaning your house. Her personal approach is to attack the thing that is scary or hard first. Once she accomplishes what she believes to be the hardest thing it gives her confidence to tackle the less stressful items in her life.

 

Marni shares an example of how she took a deep dive to uplevel her spiritual practice and it up-leveled everything else in her life. 

 

Lori says, focusing in one area is a good approach because if you just change one thing that isn't working for you it will change every other part of your life. Small positive changes automatically affect every other quadrant. 

 

Tips for Up-leveling each Quadrant: 

  • Relationships — Learn how to say no. 
  • Finance — Consider purchases for 2 days before taking action.
  • Wellness — Get up and move.  
  • Spirituality — Pay it forward once a week.

 

Changing Your Environment [31:45]

 

Instead of wishing you had different things in life, it is up to you to make your life exactly the way that you want it. You can have it all. Having freedom in your environment will affect you in a good way. Remove excess material stuff you don’t need and be thoughtful about your environment. 

 

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Quadrant Life: Balancing Relationships, Finances, Wellness, and Your Spiritual Life by Lori Dennis

Jul 3, 2020

Marni welcomes Ryan Haddon into the Den to discuss the role your subconscious plays in dating. Ryan is a certified Life Coach and Spiritual Mentor, a licensed Hypnotherapist, a certified Meditation Teacher, and a public speaker who facilitates retreats and promotes work-life balance. She is here to share her expertise and life-changing approach to spiritual mentoring during the major transition we are all experiencing. 

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

  • Make changes in your subconscious mind
  • Breaking negative patterns
  • Finding emotional safety
  • Cultivating stillness
  • Calming techniques

 

How your Subconscious Hijacks Your Brain and Your Life [3:02]

 The subconscious mind runs 95% of your life. It stores every memory, every emotion, and the imagination in your brain. Its primary function is to keep us comfortable but it also houses phobias and fears. Unfortunately, we become slaves to it. It should be the opposite. It should be there to serve us. 

When it hijacks our conscious mind it is counterproductive. We habitually tend to keep doing the same things over and over. While it is trying to protect us from past experiences and future mistakes, it stays stuck in familiar patterns that in the past brought us comfort. 

The best time to transform your subconscious thoughts is while falling asleep and waking up. 

 

Tips for Getting Out of a Funk [13:13]

 Ryan says if you want to break a cycle and get yourself out of a funk, try to pinpoint your feelings and reframe your story. Move into acceptance. If you find yourself at the end of a bad date have a go-to positive phrase or affirmation, such as "My guy is finding his way to me". It will help you shift.

Feelings are not facts. If you find yourself in a moment when you are feeling hopeless or in a funk, it's about being mindful of the present moment. Learn self-hypnosis techniques. Take a meditative walk in nature. Anything to get yourself into emotionally safe territory. 

Life consistently challenges us. Cultivate and curate stillness so you are prepared for the next round. 

 

Anxiety is Creeping In What Do I Do? [23:46]

What can you do to heal past issues that may still be held in your subconscious? Ryan recommends self-care practices such as a bath or a massage. She says you can also soothe yourself by giving yourself a hug or tapping. Say "I've got you. I'm not going to abandon you." while you rock back and forth to clear negative energy that may be stuck in the body.  

Other physical movements that will soothe a habitual pattern forged by the subconscious are 3 deep abdomen breaths with your feet flat on the floor, writing something down on paper to release it from your body. As soon as you notice a pattern, leverage a new dynamic, and keep trying until you find what is best for you. 

 

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Ryan Haddon 

'How to Get Yourself Out of a Funk' by Ryan Haddon

Jun 26, 2020

Marni reached out to her Facebook group to find someone who is actively dating online but not getting the desired results. Monica responded.  She is on two different dating apps but receives very few responses. Those who do respond end up ghosting her. Marni provides her with quick fixes and tips on how to increase the amount of dates she gets and elevate the quality of her dating experiences. 

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

  • Tips for a better online dating profile
  • Verbiage in your profile you should change now
  • Why professional photos are important
  • The right mindset for creating your online profile 

 

I’m a Successful Woman, Why Am I Not Getting Dates?  [2:21]

 Monica is a successful film-industry professional who is winding down her career. She is having difficulty finding love again after her divorce. She did have one 8-month relationship since then, but it ended in heartbreak. She says she just wants to go on a damn date. Like many successful women, Monica has done the personal development work and is serious about finding a partner to share life with.

Monica spends 20-30 minutes every morning checking her dating apps and responding to messages. She has telephone conversations but hasn't had a first date in 6 months. On top of that, she only went out on 4 dates in 2019. She says she gets ghosted a lot. 

 

Building a Better Online Dating Profile [6:22]

 Marni dissects Monica’s current online dating profile pointing out tips for improvement in the first paragraph. She points out that Monica is a little too much in her masculine and if she was interviewing for a job all of her points are valid, BUT she is not looking for a job she is looking for a relationship.  

 

Reread your online dating profile. What would a strong, high-quality guy think about it? 

Quick Fixes for Your Dating Profile: 

  1. The first sentence is really important! Describe yourself and be clear about what your guy is like. 
  2. Get into a wise/soft/empowered state of mind. 
  3. Remember you have 30 seconds to make a first impression.
  4. Don’t let your frustration about dating leak into your profile.

 

How Monica Can Move Forward [6:22]

Marni offers different ways to pull more information out of the men who send messages and ask for dates. Her advice is for Monica to be vulnerable and to “show him the yolk”. 

 

Monica’s Biggest Takeaways from the coaching:

 

  • She enjoyed finding out why the information she is putting in her profile isn't rewarded with communication and more interest. 
  • She may be displaying an armored love shield and speaking in her masculine.
  • She will practice having vulnerable conversations. 



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Jun 19, 2020

Marni welcomes author and dating after divorce expert Holly Martyn into the Den to discuss her dating manual and memoir, Would It Kill You to Put on Some Lipstick?. Her book was inspired by an advice column by  Joan Rivers and tells the story of Holly’s poignant journey of finding a high-quality guy in 100 or fewer dates. It's a manual on how to navigate love, life, and happiness in midlife.

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

  • 3 strategies to meet a high-quality guy
  • Dating is a numbers game
  • The importance of prioritizing your love life
  • The wonderful aspects of dating in your 40s and 50s
  • How to ask a man what he is looking for without wasting your time

 

Dating is a Numbers Game [2:07]

 Joan Rivers started the conversation in an advice column. She told a single mother to put on some damn lipstick and get out there and date. Holly wondered if finding a high-quality guy really was a numbers game and decided to try it out for herself and journal her journey. She was in her 40s, had been in two long term relationships and it wasn't working. 

 

She didn't want her daughter to grow up knowing her mother stayed in a bad relationship. Holy says demonstrating to our children about what works and what doesn't when finding love is a teachable moment. It’s ok for our children to know that we are human beings and we are still learning.

3 Ways to Get a Date: 

  1. Online/Dating Apps
  2. Ask friends and family if they know someone.
  3. Go out and get a meal by yourself and talk to new people. 

 

All three options worked for Holly. She met men and women. One woman set her up on a blind date with a guy she dated for two years. 

Whatever it is we prioritize in our lives we can make it happen. including our social lives. 

You just have to keep going on dates. It's like looking for a job. The dating process is a great way to know about men. Use the time to notice possible red flags. 

Learning Through the Dating Process [19:10]

 The adage is true ‘If we don’t change, nothing changes’. Holly had to examine relationships from her childhood and her previous marriages to see why those relationships broke down. Eventually, she became stronger and more confident in what she was looking for and how she wanted to be treated and she became more efficient in weeding out the wrong people upfront. 

Women, especially women in their 40s and 50s need to ask a man what he is looking for within the first three dates. Figuring out if a guy is looking for the same thing as you is nothing to be ashamed of. Your time is important don’t waste it on a guy who doesn’t want a relationship if that is what you want. 

 

Men will show you who they are very quickly.

One of the wonderful things about dating in your 40s, 50s, and beyond is something is freeing about not having the pressure of looking for a provider, a father, or someone our parents will approve of. Look for character more than characteristics. 

Holly reaches out to all the women who stay in relationships or marriages but have doubts about it, she says it’s more important to be a model for your children about the beauty of contentment and satisfaction. 

 

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Holly Martyn Author

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Jun 12, 2020

Marni welcomes the formidable Elle Russ into the Den to talk about how women, especially Alpha females, can be Confident As F*ck while embracing their vulnerability to attract connection and intimacy. As a coach and author, Elle helps people reclaim their health. She is a TV and film writer and host of the Primal Blueprint podcast. During this conversation, she shares the inspiration for writing her book, Confident As Fu*k: How to Ditch Bad Vibes, Clean Up Your Past, and Cultivate Confidence in Order to Make Your Dreams a Reality and key concepts to help women be confident in all areas of their life including dating! 

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

  • How to attract quality people into your life
  • How alpha females can express vulnerability
  • Avoiding Downers that drain your confidence
  • How to have only conversations that matter 

 

What Inspired Elle to Write Confident As F*ck? [1:30]

 Elle says that there is a theme to the type of people you attract into your life. Clients would come to her for help building their confidence. These were people who could speak to a room of 200+ people but couldn’t be vulnerable in an intimate or private environment. Marni adds that women won't admit to having a confidence issue but when it comes to relationships they have self-doubt or they need validation. 

Alpha females have pitfalls and one of those is being vulnerable. We don't, on a primal level, want to appear weak. But, in dating it makes us inaccessible. People crave our external confidence but they never see our human side. When you are not vulnerable and open you can not have emotional intimacy with someone. How can someone love you if they don't see you. 

Elle carried shame because her hands became permanently disabled in her 20's. She thought 'who would want her with the disability?' She didn't tell the guys she dated. She wanted to wait until they said I love you. She was held back. She knew she had to get over the shame of her disability. Shame can be more disabling than a disability. Shame disables confidence. 

You always stay on the fringe of social connections when you are afraid to be vulnerable. 

 

The Downer Effect [21:33]

 Elle considers people who project a lack of confidence ‘Downers’. When people have bad vibes toward you you feel it. Stay away from these people, she advises. You can share your experiences with some people over and over and they will consistently reply with negativity.

While Elle gets inspired by negative naysayers it can feel like a hit to your confidence. She recommends choosing your battles wisely. At some time in our lives, we have all been a downer and have had negative thoughts. Self-examination can help negative thoughts go away quickly and help us not to simmer in them. 

 

Indicators that you may be the ‘Downer’: 

  • If you feel like you are right or you have a need to be right. It normally means that it involves someone else's demise or failure. It's crap and women need to stop it. 
  • Squelching other people’s confidence makes you feel better about yourself. 

Marni recommends every woman look at the five people they talk to and share with to consider if they are being encouraging or negative. If they are being negative, change your five people. 

Why do women worry about what someone else might think of them and allow it to change their attitude? All that matters is how you think of you.

When you walk into a date wonder if that person is worth your time. It’s empowering.

 

Stay Away From the Nonversation  [33:50]

Elle coined the term nonversation for conversations that are a waste of time and they go nowhere. We have to stop having them! Fishing for a compliment or giving voice to our ego isn’t necessary. 

Women have to start encouraging other women. - envy and jealousy is rooted in self-loathing and low self-esteem. It’s important to limit your time with jealous people.  Jealousy is hoping the person you are jealous of fails. 

Wishing failure on someone else will always come back to haunt you. 

Stop sharing stuff with negative people. You will never win. People should be worth your time or you shouldn’t hang with them. 

 

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Jun 5, 2020

Marni welcomes Susan into the Dating Den. Susan is a client who was new to dating after the loss of her husband. She knew she wanted a relationship but found herself attracting guys who only threw her breadcrumbs. During this conversation, she shares her transformation, insights about what was missing in her previous approach to dating, and how the process has changed all parts of her life. 

With Susan: How to Break the Pattern of Attracting Guys That Breadcrumb You

Key takeaways from this episode: 

  • Creating your non-negotiables
  • How to identify your limiting beliefs
  • Why working with a coach generates a transformation independent research can’t
  • Why you may not want to write a guy off too quickly 

 

Attracting the ‘Crumbs’ Guys [2:19]

 Susan had lost her husband to cancer about a year before she started dating again. She realized she was attracting 'crumbs' guys and she wanted to attract men that were more her caliber. She was choosing the wrong guys who were caught up inside themselves and still dealing with their emotional baggage. 

She felt confused and the pattern was chipping away at her self-worth and her self-esteem. Maybe, she wasn't the catch she thought she was? But, she knew she wanted to be in a relationship. 

The ‘crumbs’ guy was seeing someone else at the time. She felt like the other woman or his second choice. He did however help Susan to recognize a pattern she had before she met her husband. 

The problem was she was trying to think her way out of the situation. She did online research and read books but nothing was shifting.

 

She Realized She Needed a Coach [9:27]

Susan knew that she wouldn’t break free of her pattern on her own. She was ruling guys out before she would rule them in. She realized she was ruling guys out because it gave her a sense of control and protected her from getting hurt. She was also unclear about what she really wanted. 

She says that working with Marni’s team helped because they provided her with a process. She wrote down her non-negotiables and got clear about what she was looking for. It was time for her to have a mature adult relationship.

It's scary to be rejected by a guy who you perceive to be a catch opposed to a guy you don't think is a catch. 

 

Seeking Mutual Understanding to Create Connection and Intimacy  [27:18]

Susan started dating a friend of a friend who she was ready to write off early on. One of her non-negotiations is communications and he doesn't communicate as frequently as she does but she admits to not being clear about her values around communication. Working with the Dating with Dignity team helped her to redefine what she needs versus what she wants. 

Marni says many men are trainable when it comes to communication. They want to make us happy and will adapt because they are committed to the relationship. 

For a lot of men communicating is challenging. They have been hurt and pasts’ to reconcile.

Susan says she would never have chosen her current boyfriend prior to taking Marni's course. She recommends being open to the process and allowing it to unfold organically. The process helped her investigate her wounds and what triggered her. She now uses the processes in all areas of her life and everything is coming together for her. 

You can have anything you want as long as you are mentally aligned and committed. 

 

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May 29, 2020

Marni welcomes Kiné Corder back into the Den to talk about navigating your way through an existential midlife crisis. Kiné is a  bestselling author, international keynote speaker, national certified counselor, and a clinical hypnotherapist specializing in financial therapy and stress management. As the CEO of Presidential Lifestyle Inc., a wellness company focused on wealth in all of its forms, Kiné helps high achievers navigate through the existential midlife crisis. During this conversation she shares a step-by-step process to living your prosperity.

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

  • Getting clear about your purpose
  • Removing challenges from reaching your purpose
  • Figuring out what is next for you
  • The formula for finding common ground with a partner

 

Turning Money into Meaning [2:58]

 With the advent of transitioning roles for women from home to the workplace, we are starting to experience a midlife crisis just as men always have. Women sacrifice some things we want for ourselves in our early career and sometime during our midlife the dreams we may have put on the backburner ask to be revisited. 

Once we become aware that we may have lost some freedoms in lieu of responsibility it is time to take the steps to get to where we want to be and to find harmony. 

  1. Ask yourself what prosperity means to you. 
    • Break your answer down into just 3 words.
    • Is your present life reflecting this?
    • What is your immediate need?
    • Create a pre-purpose.
  2. What challenges are you experiencing?

 

This is the formula for navigating your way through midlife with purpose. 

Trial and error your way to purpose. We need to figure out what we want or don’t want by testing the waters. 

 

Finding Harmony [29:04]

 To find personal harmony you can read books, or delve into all the free information available online but if you really want to be prosperous in an efficient and quality way you have to hire a guide. Someone who knows the ropes and has gained experience from all the people she has helped to attain harmony.

  • You need to know your why and ask yourself “What is now and what is next?”. 

Ladies, there is nothing wrong about taking the long way through this process. A guide simply helps you make the most of the time you have available.

 

What if My Partner’s Idea of Prosperity is Different From Mine? [34:47]

Finding common ground with someone whose idea of prosperity slightly overlaps with yours is important. Or, if there is no common ground both partners should consent to compromise and blending their two ideas of prosperity. 

 

If the similarities are hidden at first, Kiné says partners should talk through it without making anyone wrong. There is no right or wrong when it comes to visions of prosperity. Follow the process of one partner talking about their ideas all the way through without interruption from the listener. Then, in a day or a week, the other person discusses their ideas about prosperity. Both partners should be curious, open, and optimistic. 

 

Kiné recommends asking yourself how you want to show up in the world. If you get clear about this every footstep with this in mind is a step forward. 

 

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May 22, 2020

Marni welcomes Master Coach for the Hoffman Institute and Licenced Marriage and Family Counselor, Ed McClune into the Den. Ed is also the relationship therapist for Dating with Dignity’s one-year program. During this episode, he shares information about the physical effects of grief and how to keep a relationship healthy.

Key takeaways from this episode: 

  • The biggest challenges to overcome after a breakup
  • Why women need to train their partners
  • Why self-compassion is the key to healing
  • How to learn from past relationship mistakes
  • How to maintain dignity when dating

 

Dealing with the Pain of a Breakup [3:05]

 When something we invest our heart in doesn't work out it hurts us emotionally and physiologically. For many of us, we marinate in pain for a long time. When we become impatient with the grieving process and don’t give ourselves the time we need to heal we add to the hurt. We spend a lot of time in the 'no one will ever love me again' story. 

Ed says that it is easy and natural to make up a narrative about sadness. We create a ‘woe is me’ story, or we believe something is wrong with us. We wastefully spend a lot of time in the 'no one will ever love me again' story. 

But, when we change our internal narrative we can move through the pain and gain a healthy lesson from past relationships. It’s a good idea to give grief time even schedule it. Why allow pain to bleed into your entire day? It’s healthy to allow sadness to flow through you but at a scheduled time so the body can heal itself. 

Learning from our mistakes is what helps us to become a better offer to the next potential lover.

 

The Myth of the Good Queen [10:50]

 Ed uses the analogy of the Good Queen to describe what doesn’t work in relationships. To be a good partner, we can’t just sit back in our thrones and let things come to us. We need to play an active role and train a man to be what we need him to be. He says that women often think that if a man loves them he will do ‘X’ but the guy probably needs to be trained to do it first. In general, a man just doesn't know.

We come into relationships with different needs and skill levels. None of us are wrong or defective. There is so much pressure on a man to know what to do and how to take care of his partner. Men don't have any relationship education and there is no formula

How responsible are women to train their guy?

Marni asks Ed how a woman can take a leadership role without being masculine, bossy, or over-functioning.  

Ed says women should own their dignity, beauty, and soulfulness and help their partners love them. Maturity in a relationship is key. 

The right guy, the quality guy wants to know how to make you happy, not just in the bedroom but in the relationship. 

 

Dating with Dignity [20:39]

For the sake of maintaining your own dignity, if there is chemistry in a relationship but a guy is unwilling to step up and take responsibility for how a relationship is evolving women need to pull their hand away from the cookie jar and say chemistry is not enough. When you tire of surrendering your dignity to a recurring breakdown you have to say enough is enough. 

 

Both people go in blind when starting to date. Trust and commitment must be built as we incrementally let the other person in. Partners have different talents and different skill levels. We date people to bring more into our lives. Every time we fall in love it happens with a ton of variables and as learners, we are going to get some things wrong. 

 

A healthy relationship is one in which each partner is committed to their individual growth and the growth of the relationship. 

 

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Ed McClune at the Hoffman Institute

May 15, 2020

Marni welcomes a fellow Podcast Host and Man Panelist, Michael O’Neal into the Dating Den. Mike is a single man who in addition to his entrepreneur podcast also hosts his YouTube channel, Rennch where he shares tips for restoring vintage Porsches. During this episode, he shares some Q&A from the most recent Man Panel discussion, a real-life example of when a woman ghosted him, and how some men just want a pizza girlfriend. 

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

  • How to improve your online dating profile
  • How to get what you want from a man in bed
  • Why ghosting is immature
  • Why a bad kisser may not be worth the trouble 

 

Dating for Successful Women & Online Profile Turnoffs [2:08]

 For a woman who makes critical decisions all day at work turning down her masculine energy can be trying especially when dating. Mike observes that it must be hard for women to switch between the two energies. “When you become a successful, badass woman you get in your masculine and it's hard to get back into the feminine. If you are in 65% masculine energy then a guy can only be in 35% of his masculine. You may end up with a guy you are not attracted to.” Mike says.

The masculine energy can also bleed into a woman’s online dating profile. Mike says that when a woman’s profile starts with the woman saying ‘just swipe past me if you ____ ‘ turns him off. He says it’s proof that the woman is somehow damaged. He automatically swipes to the next person. 

 

Sexually Speaking at the ManPanel Event [14:03]

 When it comes to sex, Mike says that women should not feel weird about giving a man directions. If something is working or not working that is something men want to know. Men are normally more than willing to do whatever it takes, even if it hurts, to make sure a woman is satisfied. 

 

But, it is hard to teach passion and sensuality. Kissing is the hardest physical, sexual act to address with someone else. If a guy is a bad kisser and there is nothing else that really hooks you then say goodbye. But, if you think there might be a deeper connection, try giving him a helpful hint or try moving your head into a different position. 

We, men, are like your favorite labrador retriever. We’ll do whatever you tell us to. 

 

You, Will, Know When a Guy is into You [23:33]

Times have changed, Mike says men are looking for someone to show if they are interested. After the first date, if a guy is into you he will be sending you a message. And, if he asks you for a second date he has probably already considered if you could be his forever girl. 

Mike shares a story of how he pursued a girl he met. He liked the girl but she kept putting him off. She responded to him several times but always with confusing messages. Then she just ghosted him. 

Marni believes that if you are getting ghosted you should consider it a blessing because now you know what type of person you would have been dating. You are more than likely dating the wrong type of people. 

If you are not interested in a person don’t ghost them. Just tell them. It doesn’t have to be awkward. 

 

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The Solopreneur Hour Podcast 

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May 8, 2020

Marni welcomes speaker, author, self-described change junkie, Monica Berg into the Dating Den. Monica is the Chief Communications Officer of the Kabbalah Center. Her books, Fear is Not an Option and Rethink Love are guidebooks for those who desire transformation in their relationships and life. During this episode, she shares how knowing what we want for ourselves can help us to have better relationships and to make deeper connections with those we love. 

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

  • How to accept and adapt to change
  • Learn your fighting style
  • How to have compassion for your partner
  • Figure out how to be clear about what you want for yourself

 

Relationships Aren’t Stable [3:58]

 Relationships are meant to grow and get better every year and it's all about perspective, says Monica. Even during quarantine, when we may be with our partners for 24-hours a day, she believes this is a great opportunity for us to look at the state of our lives and how we are living. Before the pandemic we all had the luxury of escape by going shopping or out for drinks with a friend. Now, we should take stock of the things we love about our lives.

In her book, Rethink Love, Monica notes that relationships are not stable. There are supposed to be ups and downs, she says. Fighting is important in a relationship because it shows that you care and are passionate about it. 

Where people get stuck is that they have different fighting styles. If they are different they need to find one that works for both of them.

 

Rethinking Change [5]

 We need to have a healthy respect for change because change is the only constant. In relationships there are two distinct personalities involved. This can add fun, opportunities, and excitement. But this also means there are a lot of differences. Take fighting styles for example. What kind of fighting style was each person exposed to when they were a child? How has that influenced their fighting style?  

Each person should look at what they want in their life. What is currently working and what is not? Monica recommends getting clear about what it is that you really want for yourself. Then create a To-Be list and a To-Do list. 

  1. Be intentional
  2. Be flexible
  3. Do remove the ego
  4. Be curious about your partner
  5. Do carry yourself with integrity

When fighting goes wrong you add a lot of hurt into a relationship.

 

Emotional Intelligence [22:27]

Emotional intelligence is the ability to manage your emotions and those of the people around you. Many of us don’t realize how our emotions affect other people. But, when you value someone and love them at their core you will find ways to have compassion and be generous. 

 

If you are stuck in a relationship, go back to friendship. Forget about it being romantic and what your traditional roles are. Think about how you treat a friend and are you treating your partner in the same manner. 

 

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May 1, 2020

Beth is a divorced, single mother who almost moved her family and business because she was convinced she would never meet a high-quality man she could connect with in her community. She has listened to the Dating Den podcast for years and when Marni offered to rewire her brain she decided to invest in herself and signed up for the program. During this episode, she tells Marni about her limiting beliefs and how the team helped her to overcome them. She is now dating someone she really connects with. 

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

 

  • How to ask for dating and relationship help
  • Overcoming triggers to find peace and calm
  • How to set healthy boundaries
  • Why core wounds hold you back from being authentically you
  • How to attract the life you want

 

How You Know It’s Time to Act [1:24]

 Beth had been doing self-development work for some time but admits she was having difficulty changing her core thoughts and beliefs about what she deserved. She is a single mother who consistently took care of others before herself. She wanted to find a partner but didn’t think she would ever meet anyone she could connect with in her area. 

 

She decided she needed outside help to rewire her brain and contacted the team at Dating with Dignity. Working with Marni and Sherrie made her feel heard and enabled her to identify her limiting beliefs and blocks. She committed to the 10-week program and gave it her all. 

 

“I feel liberated because I now have the tools to calmly move through things that trigger me.” 

 

Putting Relationship Tools to Work [12:55]

 Beth encountered her first opportunity to use her new relationship tools when a guy she met on a dating app removed a ‘tag’ of them together on Facebook. Beth admits that in the past she probably would have pulled away from the situation because she didn’t understand the move and didn’t want to appear needy. But since she was armed with healthy boundaries she approached the issue from a calm, vulnerable place. 

 

“The program helped me realize that I am lovable and I am enough.” 

 

Advice for Other Women Who May Be Afraid to Ask for Help  [28:27]

Beth reveals that the program 100% worked for her. It will change your brain in a way that you will never go back to the way you used to operate. She says she learned that her wants and needs are valid. And, that she is now attracting the life she wants because she is being more of who she wants to be and she loves being liberated. 

 

Even her friends have commented about the calm, peaceful place she is in now that she feels safe and doesn’t worry about being rejected.

 

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Apr 24, 2020

After a month of staying at home, singles may be getting anxious to get out there and date. And even though there is a light at the end of the tunnel, the best idea may be to use this time to build a deeper relationship with guys with potential. To discover how to navigate the unknown waters of dating in the time of quarantine, Marni welcomes Julie Krafchick and Yue Xu, hostesses of Dateable. A podcast Huffington Post reveals as one of 2020’s top ten podcasts about love and sex. Julie, Yue, and Marni take a deep dive into all the online dating and relationship issues you want to know about.  

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

  • Virtual dating tips
  • Whether or not to  go on a first date during quarantine
  • How to go deeper during online conversations
  • Love is Blind experiment results
  • What to do if an ex starts texting again

 

Dating During COVID-19 [6:14]

 Based on a poll posted on the Dateable Facebook group Julie says that a majority of the women who answered would meet a guy they met online during quarantine depending on the situation. The second highest majority of women said they would definitely not meet a guy face to face until the quarantine is lifted. Why meet face-to-face when such good things are coming out of video dating? 

Video dating allows us to put the physical on hold and go deep if we let it, says Julie.  But the use is starting to fade in some groups because they don't know if they will ever get to meet the other person so it feels pointless to continue having virtual conversations. It’s important to remember that this is an opportunity to let something special build. 

 

If you are thinking about meeting a guy face-to-face during quarantine, consider how many first dates are actually a success. Use this time to go deeper online first. 

 

Marni recommends asking yourself ‘what’s the rush?’.  What else are you doing? If you put your health at risk would you regret it more than just waiting to meet someone? If there is a connection now the connection will be there in a month. 

 

Virtual Dating Tips [20:11]

Yae shares an example of how she customizes her dating experience on Zoom. She changes her virtual background to an exciting destination. She dresses like she is really visiting the exotic locale based on the weather forecast and asks her date to do the same. It’s a fun way to escape and charm your date. 

 

Julie says she has reconnected with an old beau and has experimented with virtual sex which has been beneficial to the relationship. She says a lot of people are throwing virtual sex parties right now. 

 

Video dating is a great way to have an adult conversation without fearing the sexual tension that goes along with physical closeness. 

 

Toxic people can also come back into your life because people get lonely during quarantine. If an ex starts texting again ask yourself these questions: 

  • What didn't work about the relationship the first time?
  • How did we get to this point?
  • How have I changed?
  • How have they changed?
  • Are our goals the same?
  • What are the expectations of these new conversations?
  • How am I feeling about it? 

 

Takeaways from the Blind Date Experiment [28:25]

Julie and Yae started a blind date experiment before quarantine. There is one guy and three women. The guy had to speak with all three women three nights in a row and Julie and Yae gave him some conversation prompts designed to initiate deeper conversations. There was no baseline information such as age, race, height, etc. They wanted to see what connections could be made without the physical aspect. 

 

The guy had to pick one woman to meet in person and it wasn’t who the ladies of Dateable didn’t think it would be. 

 

A lot of people make their decision about someone just after one date, but with this experiment, the participants knew they had a minimum of three dates so they invested more time in getting to know one another. 

 

Julie's takeaway from the Love is Blind experiment is that there is something nice about just having audio, no visual because it causes you to deeply listen to the other person and to be present with them. 

 

The problem with online dating though is that people think they have enough information to judge someone. Superficial presets on dating apps are all surface level. We don't know if the other person is funny, caring, honest, etc. It causes people to pay more attention to the physical but the Love is Blind experiment allows daters to get past all that. 

 

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Apr 17, 2020

In our lifetime we have never before seen supermarket shelves empty. We may emotionally react to the perception of scarcity by hoarding food and binge eating. And, working from home so close to your refrigerator can be daunting. To discover how we can have a positive relationship with food during this pandemic Marni welcomes Registered Dietician/Nutritionist, Paige Smathers to the Den. Paige helps people heal their relationship with food and their body. She specializes in chronic dieting addiction recovery, eating disorders, and the family eating dynamic. Her approach to nutrition and health is grounded in mindfulness and is rooted in intuitive eating and health at every size. Paige is the owner of Positive Nutrition where she offers mentorship and coaching.  

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

  • Overcoming the urge to hoard and binge eat
  • Giving yourself permission to take pleasure in eating
  • How to listen to your body and eat intuitively
  • Making the most out of the family sitting down to a meal
  • Why it’s not productive to micromanage your meals

A Sense of Scarcity [2:09]

What a shock it is to our system when we go to a grocery store only to find the shelves empty. We are not accustomed to not having enough food. We respond to these things by hoarding or buying in bulk. It has triggered a fear of scarcity in our entire society. 

And in our dieting culture, we make self-imposed cycles of trying to manipulate our bodies when it comes to food but during this pandemic, we are not in control of it. 

Paige reminds us that nothing about what is going on right now is normal. So, how do we shift? If we can make our eating as normalized as possible it will give us the best chance at nourishing our bodies so we stay healthy and function properly. She recommends staying within a normal diet as much as possible.

There is some room for enjoying food and tasting new things. We don't have to be ashamed to get pleasure or joy from food. 

It's time to stop that and accept that cooking can connect us to our culture and our families. We need that now more than ever. 

And, one of the biggest mistakes we make is to believe that it is wrong to enjoy food. We should enjoy preparing it, light a candle, play some music. Make it an enjoyable experience. 

 

The Intuitive Eating Framework  [9:34]

There is a lot to Intuitive Eating. It can be tricky to understand what it means. especially if you come from a diet mindset. It is nuanced but it is about deciding how you want to feel and how you want to function. 

 

Having a happy, healthy relationship with food is less about following rules; it's more about finding a way to approach food that works for you.  

There is freedom in waking up to the fact that your body is wise. You will get the carbs your body needs. Your body will get it whether you give it to it in consistent, balanced meals or through bingeing at night. There is real wisdom in liberalizing your rules about food. We just need to tune in. Paige warns against micromanaging eating. It is the micromanaging that leads to bingeing, overeating, or dysfunction. 

 

Tapping into your self-compassion is the key to intuitive eating. Ask yourself these questions to move forward with a peaceful relationship with your body and food:

  • What has been true about you as a soul? 
  • How would you feed someone you love and care about? And, why?

 

Asking yourself these questions makes it easy to separate the manipulative way you may approach food and help to ground yourself into a reasonable. intuitive, kind, gentle, balanced approach. It can strip away that negative, punitive thought process we often have about feeding ourselves.

 

Working with the Fridge in the Next Room  [23:08]

Many people are now working from home and they are not accustomed to having their food so close. A lot of women are concerned about their families, their work, and what will happen tomorrow so they find themselves emotionally eating. 

Paige says not to worry emotional eating is a normal human thing. Food is inherently emotional. It does bring joy, connection, and goodness into our lives. The more we try to deprive ourselves of that the more disconnected we will be to the things that really matter. 

 

She adds, “One big mistake people make is approaching emotional eating from a place of never doing it and if they do it they feel they must feel super guilty about it. All that ends up doing is perpetuating the cycle of 'I better get it all in because I will be better tomorrow. I will never do it again.’ That thinking is what pushes them toward bingeing every time.” 

It sounds counter-intuitive but the paradox here is that the more you give yourself permission to enjoy the yumminess of life the more reasonable you can be around those foods. 

Emotional eating can bring a moment of joy into your world so it's ok to sit down and have some of what you love.

Be gentle with yourself when you work from home. It's a different transition. Check-in with your self-compassion. Give yourself permission to have a bit of structure. Block off time in your day to eat meals. and eat satisfying, full, legitimate meals. Not just a quick handful of something. 

Having a routine and structure around eating is important for you to function optimally especially during the pandemic. 

Satisfaction and satiation are part of this philosophy. Paige recommends putting food on a plate and eating it.  It works from a physiological and psychological perspective. 

If you are sitting down to boring food that makes you want to barf it's not sustainable and you will pendulum swing into binging. 

 

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Positive Nutrition with Paige Smathers

Apr 10, 2020

What a crazy time to be dating! Unemployment is rising, the market is dropping, and the media is polarized. Despite all of this, now is the time to keep a clear head about your financial concerns and investments. To discuss strategies on how to reduce your fear and make decisions from a healthy, calm place Marni speaks with Bobby Mascia, the Founder, and CEO of Greenridge Wealth Planning, an Independent Financial Planning Firm that specializes in financial planning, investment management for businesses, and individuals throughout the US. 

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

 

  • How to acknowledge your feelings about finances
  • 3 ways to look at diversification
  • Tips for small business owners and entrepreneurs during the pandemic
  • Should you refinance your house now?
  • How to find financial support from someone you can trust

 

Changes in the Market & Economy During the Corona Pandemic [2:53]

 The Coronavirus has caused mass unemployment, closed businesses, and is causing anxiety as the worldwide health crisis continues to spread. Financial markets are reacting to the numbers but some people aren’t concerning themselves with the recession they are focusing on the good deals they can now invest in. Bobby says that times like these are why we devise a holistic plan and a financial strategy to make you whole from now through retirement. 

 

Ask yourself: 

  1. How long do I think the Coronavirus will last?
  2. How long do I think the current recession will last?
  3. What is my time frame? Or, when do I want my money?

 

Based on his sources, Bobby thinks it could be 6-weeks to 6-months before we see real progress on a vaccination. And, for the markets to start shifting. He recommends having 6-months of cash assets set aside for emergencies like the current pandemic. 

 

Questions to Vet a Financial Advisor  [9:52]

 Bobby says when looking for any advisor there are two important characteristics they should embody: 

  1. They need to be transparent. 
  2. You need access to communication with them.  

 

The right financial advisor is a fiduciary advisor. This means that the advisor must have your best interest in mind. A word of warning is that commission-based advisors may have a conflict of interest. Make sure your advisor is transparent about their processes.

 

Bobby, Greenridge Group uses a well-planned Life Map system to ensure clients get what they want from their financial future. 

Consider what your resources are and what your advisor can do to help you attain your life goals. 

 

Your Financial Advisor should lay out a life-long investment plan for you and always have your best interest in mind. 

 

What if Financial Inequality or Income Disparity Exists in a Relationship?  [22:18]

Money is one of the largest causes of arguments in relationships. If a relationship is not financially secure the stress will be felt in other areas of your life. Bobby says it is important to discuss how money was handled in your partner’s childhood home. Marni says it is important to understand your partner’s financial philosophy by the third or fourth date. 

 

You have to decide if money is a determining factor in whether or not you can be happy with the other person? There are things you can put in place to mitigate problems but it comes down to how much the person with the debt or bad spending habits is willing to change. 

 

Shared accounts can cause issues. Each person should have their own bank account.

 

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Apr 3, 2020

The concept of social distancing doesn’t seem to bode well for creating romance and connection. But, during this time we have a unique opportunity to enrich our lives and the lives of others. To discuss different strategies of how we can grow in heart, mind, and spirit, Marni welcomes Dating with Dignity’s Master Coach and Guru of the 5-Keys program, Sherrie Toews and our Director of Training and Master Coach Tessa Alburn into the Den. 

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

  • 3 strategies to create intimacy and connection
  • How to decrease fear and anxiety
  • Creative ideas for virtual dates
  • The importance of turning inward during social distancing
  • How to be generous with yourself 

 

Inner Resources Help You Move Away from Fear and Anxiety [4:38]

 Tess Alburn says the number one thing we ladies can do to keep ourselves positive during this unintended slow time is to be present. Focus on what is happening at the moment. No what if's, or thoughts about what was. We are alive and today is beautiful! 

 

There are several ways to stay present: 

  • Meditation
  • Breathwork
  • Grounding
  • Being in nature

 

Sheri adds that it is important to stay focused on self-appreciation and what feels good in our bodies. Be curious and creative if your usual routine is not enough. Take baby steps but try new things while keeping structure in your life. 

 

Be careful not to make up stories about what you think you can't have or can't do. Routines will support you. You haven't lost control and you still have choices. 

 

Don't fall down the rabbit hole of disempowerment and into a victim mentality. Give yourself a smile.

 

Creating Relationships During Social Distancing [13:35]

Marni reminds us to be intentional about creating intimacy and connection during social distancing. There are ways to create new or enrich current relationships, even our relationship to self. 

 

Practice these three suggestions: 

  1. Tend current relationships or focus on the relationships we want to create.
  2. Turn inward. 
  3. Be generous with yourself and with others.

 

Virtual dates will likely become part of the new normal, at least for now. It’s easy to make the most of it while having fun and creating deep connections. In the last podcast episode, Mike Goldstein told us the process of asking for a virtual date. Now it’s time to get creative. 

 

Give yourself permission to be playful and risk it. Let yourself be sweet to someone.   

 

Social distancing offers a unique opportunity to turn inward and deal with your internal stuff. Anytime you feel challenged by the stillness, practice some emotional self-care. Start by acknowledging your feelings. Be honest about your fears and anxieties and give yourself permission to let them go. 

 

Be generous during this time and generate some love. 

 

Ask yourself ‘why does what I am feeling make sense?’ If you are critical or self-sabotaging yourself now, practice being an observer and stop judging yourself. Your inner critic may yell at you but if you stay in non-judgment you can calmly choose the next step. 

 

Talk to your body parts to understand how you may be holding on to stress from unexpressed feelings. 

 

Generosity towards oneself isn't selfish. It helps us learn to receive and to create a loving relationship. Choose something daily to be generous to yourself with. It could be 15-min or an hour. Consider who you want to become? Ask yourself what your high ideals are. What do I care about? 

 

Being generous to others in this time of need can lift your spirits and the spirits of another person. A good example of things you can do is to color your own hair but send a check to your hairdresser. 

 

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36 Questions To Ask In Virtual Dating with Mike G

Apr 1, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we live, work, and date but we all still crave connection and relationship. Our approach to dating apps and, dating in general, requires a gentle shift to accommodate the isolative guidelines. To inform us of how we can still find a high-quality man online and build more connection through a process of virtual dates Marni welcomes the #1 online dating expert in America, Mike Goldstein to the Den. Mike is a private dating coach, public speaker, and author. His work has been featured on the Today show and in Reader’s Digest. 

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

 

  • Should you change your online profile to accommodate quarantine?
  • The step-by-step process of how to have a fun virtual date
  • How to create connection during the pandemic
  • How to use your time wisely by collecting data
  • How to find love in the time of corona

 

Dating During Distancing [2:32]

Mike and Marni both recommend staying away from the doom and gloom. You can keep yourself informed without drowning in the negative aspects of what is happening. You can let your circumstances dictate your vision or you can let your vision guide you during this time. 

 

Marni thinks that for women this is an especially awesome time to do virtual dating. Mike says it's a great opportunity to use virtual dating to focus on connection. When dating or meeting someone new, women often want connection before sex. The pandemic and quarantine are forcing us to go through the dating process. It gives us the time to find out if you are compatible with the other person. 

 

Make an effort to really get to know each other on your virtual dates.

 

Mike shares an example of how the corona pandemic is giving one of his clients the time she always wanted. Use your time wisely and ask yourself what your future self wants? 

 

During the coronavirus pandemic, single men and women are craving connection because we are not getting it.  



What has Changed with Virtual Dating During Corona? [10:21]

 It is still recommended to follow Mike’s 50/12/1 strategy on Match.com, OK Cupid,  or eHarmony. Send 50 messages to guys you are interested in, 12 will say yes, and then narrow it down to one. The new ‘pandemic’ process includes asking for a 15-minute Facetime/Zoom/Skype, etc. call. Even if the call is going great, get off the call at the 15-minute mark, Mike says. Setting a boundary will give you a sense of control. 

 

The ‘pandemic’ dating process includes some tweaks: 

 

  1. Change your intro message. A good example is... "Would you like to hop on a virtual call to get to know each other?" If you felt a connection ask for a second virtual connection.

 

  1. Your second virtual date should be limited to 1-hour or 90 minutes to get to know each other. Focus on having fun. Ladies, don’t hold back. If you think of a creative idea for a virtual date let him know. Be fun and playful but set a time boundary. It builds anticipation and leaves him wanting more. 

 

  1.  If you believe the person has potential during the third virtual date get a copy of the 36 questions to fall in love. Mike recommends the questionnaire and says it's a great tool that really works. It makes for a fun, playful date. 

 

Just because you are not going ‘out’ on a date, put your best foot forward. Men are visual. Dress the way that makes you feel the best! 

 

Making the Most of Virtual Dating [32:57]

Data collecting is an important aspect of dating so why not use the time of extended virtual interactions to collect as much data as possible. Studies show that one of the top four things in terms of people getting together is proximity. So, be strategic and centralize your search radius to find a man closer to you.  Mike points out that dating is already hard and it gets harder when people live far away.

 

Use your time wisely, try to avoid talking about the pandemic. Be different and change the topic if it comes up to something fun. 

 

Remember, we are all going through this pandemic together for the first time. Get creative with your connection options. Suggest fun dating ideas you both can share virtually. 

 

  • Netflix offers a new service where you can watch a movie together with someone and includes a chat feature so you can discuss the film or show. 

 

  • Write down your top 3 goals. If finding connection and a relationship is one of them, it’s OK to be aggressive about it. Everyone is craving connection right now. 



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36 Questions to Fall In Love

Mar 27, 2020

For practical advice on the seven sexy habits that drive men wild, Marni welcomes the best-selling author of Project Everlasting, and  creator of the Cracking the Man Code seminar, Matt Boggs into the den. Matt helps millions of people around the world understand the hearts and minds of the opposite sex and how they can attract the relationship they desire. He is a sought after dating and relationship expert. He's been featured on the Today Show, CNN, Headline News, and Oprah & Friends. 

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

 

  • What flirting is and isn’t
  • What men need from a woman
  • Strategies for showing a guy you are interested without going overboard
  • How to express your sexual energy
  • How to say no to a guy if you are not interested in him

 

Driving Men Wild in the Time of #Metoo [2:36]

All of Matt's work revolves around supporting and empowering women in their love life. During the time of #Metoo, men have been shifting their behavior in how much attraction they are willing to show especially in certain environments. There has been a pullback from men when it comes to making the first move.  

 

Are men afraid of saying the wrong thing or doing the wrong thing? Marni says ‘Yes’. Therefore, women need to make it clear they are interested so guys know it's ok to approach us and show us they are interested. 

 

Women sometimes falsely think that men have all the power in a relationship. The truth is the woman has way more power and influence in the dating, courting, and attraction phase of the relationship. Throughout history, in relationships where there is a ton of chemistry and connection it is the woman who sends the signal and chooses the man. 

 

To get a guy’s attention, making eye contact and smiling may not be enough. If you want to be bold beckon him over with your finger. You can be proactive AND feminine.  

 

The Over/ Under Challenge [10:57]

One of the biggest challenges in dating is when you feel attraction for another person you either overcompensate, or over demonstrate attraction for them. This is when a woman gushes over a man which is a total turn off. Men value what they earn so when a woman gushes too early it triggers something in a guy that makes them think the woman does it for everyone and therefore they are not special. It deflates the attraction.

 

The under is toxic to the attraction also. It's when a woman plays the ice queen as if they are not interested at all. Older and more successful women are more likely to act reserved. They may be afraid of getting hurt or they may not want to lead a guy on. 

 

For a man to move things forward, a woman needs to demonstrate she is attracted to him.  A woman's willingness to share her sexual attraction for a man is paramount. Sex is the main thing that differentiates a friendship from a romantic partnership.

 

  • Flirting doesn't mean you have to have sex with a man. 
  • Flirting is not slutty.
  • Flirting is not manipulating. 
  • Flirting is recognizing that you are ready for a romantic partner. 

 

In the dating game everyone is playing the same game. Rejection shouldn't stop you from playing the dating game nor should it devastate you. 

 

The 7 Sexy Habits that Drive a Guy Wild [20:44]

Matt shares seven tactics you can use to express your sexual energy that men love. Expressing these seven things will boost a man’s attraction and desire for you. 

 

  1. Walking with a sway in your hips. 
  2. Eat more sensually. 
  3. Whisper in his ear. 
  4. The way you sing to yourself. 
  5. The way you dance. 
  6. The way you attack your man in bed. 
  7. The way you go for your dreams. 

 

A woman in joy is highly attractive to a man. 

 

Barriers to Implementing Sexy Strategies [30:59]

The number one barrier to implementing these strategies is feeling like you are leading a guy on and then that you may be disappointing or rejecting him. 

 

When you reject a man it's not devastating to him. You are not responsible for his emotions or experience. You are simply freeing him up to find someone who is right for him. It's ok that it is just not a match. If a man approaches you and you are not interested, Matt recommends using this response “I'm flattered and I honor your courage. Unfortunately, I'm not available and I wish you the best of luck in your search for love." 

 

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15 Phrases That Ignite Desire in Men

Mar 20, 2020

Marni welcomes Neuroscience Researcher and Creator of Neuroscience 101, Mark Waldman. Mark is the author of fourteen books including the national bestseller, How God Changes Your Brain, a book that was chosen by Oprah as a must-read. His work has been published in neuroscience and psychology journals, in Time and Forbes, and he is featured in many Youtube videos and a TEDx talk.

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

 

  • Why women make better leaders
  • An 10-second exercise to be calm instantly
  • How to control your runaway thoughts
  • How to prep your mind for a first date
  • A likely cause depression

 

Neurowisdom is the New Science of Brain Science [2:35]

 Mark coined the term ‘neurowisdom’ for the time when we think we are being knowledgeable. Our brains have a thinking network, a salience network, and an imagination network. The salience network is stronger in women than in men. Empathy, intuition, compassion, and self-love traits can all be attributed to the salience network. When you stimulate the salience part of your brain you balance out your creative imagination and your ability to make wise decisions. 

 

Men, on the other hand, have a larger amygdala, which is the threat center of the brain. Research suggests that this explains why men are more aggressive in general. The thinking brain is our conscious planning mind where we carry out tasks. Mark believes that women make better leaders, therapists, and parents because of their more developed salience network. If you have a female brain your social brain is more developed.

 

Research shows that all mammals can be born with a male or female body but the brain develops autonomously with different hormones. It explains a lot of the conflict around gender identity. 

 

How to Create Connection & Intimacy by Optimizing Your Brain [12:08]

 Are you aware of the term ‘hot-headed’? Mark says that yawning is a thermal regulatory mechanism for the brain.  When you yawn more cerebral blood flow circulates in your imagination center. Yawning slows down all the chatter in the thinking part of the thinking brain. 

 

While we can’t live full-time in the empathetic part of the brain, diving into a meditative state or any form of relaxed meditative practice stimulates your salience network. Any time you take a few seconds to sit back and observe all of your rambling thoughts and feelings inside, you are creating a balance between the three networks and your motivational network.

 

Mindfulness practices can make substantial structural changes within the brain. But to function better right now in the moment, brief forms of meditation have an immediate effect. To become aware in an instant, download the mindfulness clock and take 10-60 seconds at a time to do a mindful yawn. This can be done at work or right before a date.  

 

80% of the time you can take someone who has intense pain and bring their pain down to zero or one with yawning in 20 minutes.

 

Creating a Mindful State Before a Date [35:56]

An important way to stay calm is to pay attention to your intuition and take your fingers and stroke the palm and fingers of your opposite palm. Take a full 60 seconds to do it and become aware of the sensation and daydream.

 

Your imagination center puts together all kinds of thoughts and combinations of what is possible to achieve a particular goal. When you are in a relaxed mindful state of awareness you can mix your inner knowledge with outer knowledge. 

 

When someone asks you a question, try to respond in 10 or 20 words maximum because that is all a person can consistently listen to.  

 

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6-Days to Enlightenment with Mark Waldman

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Mar 14, 2020

In this episode, Marni and her favorite man-panelist, Chris Gillis break down the two-day finale to pull out all the juicy nuggets you need to know. Together, they translate the show’s drama into real-life dating and relationship scenarios you can use in your life to make finding a real, high-quality guy easier. 

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

 

  • Understanding your non-negotiables and being in integrity with yourself
  • Identifying patterns in your failed relationships
  • The importance of being open, honest, and vulnerable
  • The purpose of slowing down and being curious about your partner
  • Choosing a partner solely to get validation
  • Knowing when to compromise and when it’s martyrdom

 

Meeting the Family [1:43]

 During the show when meeting Barbara, Hannah Anne walks in and wants to fit in and be liked. But Madison's actions were more cryptic. She was 3-hours late and seemed a bit harsh. There was a superficial exchange and poor communication between Barbara and Madison. 

 

Marni asks when you are considering a long-term relationship where do you draw the line between what the family thinks and how you want to live your life? Should it be a Megan and Harry type thing when you pull out completely or some form of compromise?

 

Chris believes this subject should be talked about and understood by both partners before it is time to meet the family. Marni says when family is a core value it means you want to spend time with the family as a couple, share holidays, etc. 

 

We get so caught up in being enamored with each other when dating sometimes we fail to ask the important questions like what faith or family looks like for the other person. 

  

Breaking Up Isn’t Hard to Do [8:04]

In the desert, Madison breaks up with Peter. She says she loves him but they live different lives. She says love is necessary but not sufficient. 

 

Chris thinks Peter wasn't honest with himself and was trying to live up to someone else's ideals. It's attractive when someone can be open and vulnerable but Peter was setting himself up for failure. 

 

Marni notes that Peter has a belief that love conquers all and if you love someone you can get through anything. But, Madison was not willing to compromise anything and Peter would have had to compromise himself completely. She thinks Peter’s family has a different way of expressing his faith that is a bit rigid.  

 

When deciding on a long-term partner you might want to be flexible about your non-negotiables. 

 

After Madison breaks up with Peter he decides he doesn't want to lose Hannah Anne. But is it really about love?  

 

Marni points out that Peter knows Hanna Anne is a great person but he may not be over his ex. She shares how a situation like this may have been handled better and the different options Peter could have used to be more open, honest, and vulnerable. Peter is falling into the trap of loving anyone who loves him to get validated.

 

Being Attracted to Drama Syndrome [33:56]

For Peter, the feeling of love is a feeling of being challenged, and that is an unhealthy way to experience love. Both he and Hannah Anne are people pleasers. 

 

If you identify with this pattern, Marni says that should be the number one issue to address to improve your relationships. 

 

Out of the women on the show, Marni thinks that possibly Kelsey and Peter may be a match because of their shared emotional immaturity. 

 

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Mar 13, 2020

Marni welcomes Editor, Author, and Writing Coach, Shawna Kenney into the den to discuss her award-winning memoir I Was a Teenage Dominatrix and to explain how writing out our journey can lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves. Shawna edited Marni’s book, How to Find a Quality Guy Without Going on 200 Dates and she is a contributing editor of Narratively magazine and an instructor at UCLA Extension Writers Program. 

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

 

  • The power of writing your story
  • How to reframe experiences from the point of view of others
  • How to get started writing your hero’s journey
  • How to identify your strengths

 

I Was a Teenage Dominatrix  [2:36]

Shawna shares the details about the job that funded her college life. She answered an ad in the newspaper and without much sexual experience she worked for six years as a dominatrix in Washington,  DC. 

 

After becoming a journalist, she found herself telling stories around the office. Her story was different than the other memoirs she read at the time. For Shawna, being a dominatrix was a means to an end. She was free of drugs and alcohol and she wasn't ashamed of what she did. Her narrative was different from others. 

 

Shawna says ’writing your story allows you to reflect. The stories we hold are curated. We are the editors of our own story. It gives us a chance to look back at the facts of our lives and consider our strong points and have compassion for ourselves.

 

The Power of Writing Your Story [11:16]

As a writing coach and teacher, Shawna says that when writing the first drafts of our stories we sometimes miss our strengths. It is helpful to have a coach or have others read the story to point our strengths out. When we are the reader and the writer we look for negative aspects instead of the positive.

 

Other people can pull things out of your story that you may have missed because you were too busy living it to notice. 

 

In a process she calls ‘Reframing It’ Shawna describes how we can start the writing process. Take one story and write it all out and then go back a few days later and write a second version with more compassion for the characters involved. Notice the changes with subsequent edits. You can tell the same story in a hundred different ways. 

 

Psychological studies show that people who have themes of personal agency and exploration in their own stories have higher levels of well-being and less depression. 

 

If you are having trouble getting started, consider what therapy would cost and consider the benefits of therapeutic writing. Unless you are thinking of publishing, it doesn't matter how good you are. Find little bits of time. Take a class. Writing is a skill that can be sharpened and honed. 

 

The Hero's Journey [18:46]

Shawna describes the hero’s journey. The hero hears a call to adventure which requires them to leave home where they encounter mentor figures. They form allies and friendships, then they encounter problems and enemies but through their experience, they are reborn and transformed by encountering new challenges and obstacles. They return home transformed and resurrected. 

 

It's a good exercise to see yourself as a hero of your journey and then seeing yourself as a character on the page. It helps you to identify your strengths. 

 

Experiences shape us and they are all valuable. Even if you are hurting at first because of them you will find later they are valuable. You may even thank them. 

 

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Shawna Kenney

Mar 6, 2020

Marni goes deep in this episode uncovering the factors that contribute to emotional trauma and how they may be holding us back in dating and relationships. Her guest, Dr. Besel van der Kolk is a clinical doctor, researcher, professor, and author who specializes in post-traumatic stress. His book, The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma is a New York Times Science bestseller. 

 

Key takeaways from this episode: 

 

  • Why we don’t have control over many responses and reactions
  • Different types of emotional trauma
  • Body-based trauma healing techniques
  • How to create a loving relationship with your wounded parts
  • Effective trauma healing therapies 
  • Four steps to start healing now 

 

Why Our Bodies Hold On to Trauma [2:42]

 Dr. Besel van der Kolk says that in nature when you are under threat the brain activates your fight or flight system. If it doesn't work, the system shuts down kind of like playing dead. Most of the decisions our brain makes are unconscious. Be hungry, sleepy, liking someone, or not liking someone these are feelings you can not control. All the core human processes are unconscious, automatic processes and reactions. 

 

It affects our ability to create connection and intimacy profoundly. It may be an extreme reaction to traumas and triggers from long ago. The first step to overcoming unconscious reactions is to become aware of how you are responding. 

 

Listen to your body and uncover the source of your feelings. 

 

Why Traditional Therapy May Not Be Enough to Heal Trauma [12:18]

In his book, Dr. Besel van der Kolk relates the automatic signaling in the brain to a smoke detector. The more trauma you have in your life the more sensitive your 'smoke detector' is. So, how would you know if your smoke detector is hyperactive? Are you needlessly shutting people out or shutting down emotionally because of a hyperactive smoke detector?

 

Friends and companions are in our lives to keep us in check. We need each other. Humans are social animals. We depend on the feedback of our friends and companions to keep us from getting stuck in a circle of shame and humiliation. 

 

Why isn’t traditional talk therapy or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy enough to heal our childhood wounds? Dr. van der Kolk says “Telling people how messed up they are doesn't really help. We are fundamentally body-based. You need to get to know your body and work on making your body feel safe. Learning yoga can be very helpful to take stock of the body.” 

 

Allow yourself to feel what that child went through how he or she did to survive. Create a loving relationship with the wounded parts of yourself. 

 

Managing the Fear Associated with Unpacking Trauma [22:51]

The job of therapists is to help people to go to the scary places and deal with trauma. There are several different techniques to help calm the brain such as EMDR and neurofeedback. 

 

  • EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing works by rearranging pathways in the brain. It creates different channels in your brain so you interpret the world differently. 

 

  • Neurofeedback is a method of putting electrodes on your skull which sends brain waves to a computer so you can play computer games with your own brain waves to calm the brain down. 

 

If you are in a crisis and you have someone to listen to you. It can be helpful to you in the short term. For the long-term, you need to go deeper. 

 

Our brain is a map of our world. If a brain was formed in a hostile environment or abusive household it expects to end up in more abusive situations. Coming to terms with the past while being grateful for the survival skills it offered can help us to wake up for the present and heal. 

 

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