Mess Is More

Nathan & Emily

Ah, wedded bliss! The charming melodies of your partner chewing, every dirty dish stacked to perfection, passionate dialogue that is definitely NOT yelling! Real-life couple, Emily & Nathan explore the mirth and the myths of long term relationships. read less
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Episodes

Spousonomics: Pt. 1
09-08-2022
Spousonomics: Pt. 1
We've often said that marriage is a business, but according to the book, Spousonomics, by Paula Szuchman & Jenny Anderson, it's really a lot more like the economy...complicated.Get the book here.This amazing book is so chock full of great marriage advice we read it twice and had to split it into 2 parts!If you grew up believing you should never go to bed angry, that's just "Loss Aversion".Found yourself talking about how you should have more sex, but can't seem to get around to it? That's just a good old fashioned case of "Supply and Demand".Turns out that a laissez faire attitude is great for capitalism, but not so much for a relationship.We dive into the first 5 economic principles that can make your marriage bubble burst:Division of LaborLoss AversionSupply and DemandMoral HazardIncentivesThen we reveal some of the strategies that can help bring you back from full on market meltdown.At the end of the day, when 1/2 of marriages fail, having a little insurance on one of life's biggest investment is smart move!Great News! Our benefit concert, Mess Is More: The Musical has been rescheduled! All your favorite hot marriage content...but with songs!All the proceeds will benefit the amazing Creede Repertory Theatre, our creative home away from home.Get your tickets for August 12,  2022 @ 7 PM at https://creederep.org/show/special-events-2022/If you can't come, please consider a donation to Creede Rep, to support live theatre and their incredible education programs at https://creederep.org/giving/ways-to-give/We hope to see you in Creede, CO for Mess Is More: The Musical.You definitely don't want to Miss This Mess!Find us on Facebook (@MessyMarriagePodcast), Instagram (@AMessyMarriagePodcast)Have a question or an idea for an episode? Email us at lessnotperfect@gmail.com
Deja Vu, How 'Bout You?
26-07-2022
Deja Vu, How 'Bout You?
Can we be done with COVID yet? After a week, where our concert was cancelled just as family arrived in town to see it, all of our friends got sick, Nola turned 1 year old, and Emily's work closed for 10 days, we admittedly felt a little 2020 PTSD. We decided to check in with each other, and dig into how we're feeling...hint...it's not great.We discuss dealing with past trauma, grieving the loss of our former selves in a way that we're still trying to wrap our head around after a pandemic/baby one two punch.Nate discusses how feeling defeated, led him to defy airport employees because life has been so out of control lately.At the end of the day, we are two tired people, who were feeling particularly downtrodden, and just hit record to show up as authentically messy as we could for 80 minutes.So while BA.5 tears across the country, and you find yourself having Deja Vu of March 2020 all over again, join us in solidarity.Great News! Our benefit concert, Mess Is More: The Musical has been rescheduled! All your favorite hot marriage content...but with songs!All the proceeds will benefit the amazing Creede Repertory Theatre, our creative home away from home.Get your tickets for August 12,  2022 @ 7 PM at https://creederep.org/show/special-events-2022/If you can't come, please consider a donation to Creede Rep, to support live theatre and their incredible education programs at https://creederep.org/giving/ways-to-give/We hope to see you in Creede, CO for Mess Is More: The Musical.You definitely don't want to Miss This Mess!Find us on Facebook (@MessyMarriagePodcast), Instagram (@AMessyMarriagePodcast)Have a question or an idea for an episode? Email us at lessnotperfect@gmail.com
Marry Your Best Friend: An Interview With Christy Brandt & John Gary Brown
12-07-2022
Marry Your Best Friend: An Interview With Christy Brandt & John Gary Brown
In our 11 years of marriage we have learned a lot about what make a marriage tick, but in so many unforeseen ways we are mere novices.With that in mind, we are thrilled to have our first guests on Mess Is More.This week, we sit down with our dear friends, Christy Brandt and John Gary Brown. They have been married for over 40 years, and together for 50. They share some wonderful stories about what it takes to get messy over the long haul. We could have talked with them for hours, because their insight is poignant, touching, and a goddamn delight.As longtime company members at Creede Repertory Theatre, they have some amazing insight into what it take to not only stick it out for the long haul, but how to make a fulfilling life in the arts, where both are able to find their joy in their artistic endeavors.Listen now, to learn about marrying your best friend, and what it means to break the script about what a traditional marriage should look like.This episode is not to be missed.Great News! We're performing a benefit concert for one night only called Mess Is More: The Musical. All your favorite hot marriage content...but with songs.All the proceeds will benefit the amazing Creede Repertory Theatre, our creative home away from home.Get your tickets for July 19, 2022 @ 7 PM at https://creederep.org/show/special-events-2022/If you can't come, please consider a donation to Creede Rep, to support live theatre and their incredible education programs at https://creederep.org/giving/ways-to-give/We hope to see you in Creede, CO for Mess Is More: The Musical.You definitely don't want to Miss This Mess!Find us on Facebook (@MessyMarriagePodcast), Instagram (@AMessyMarriagePodcast)Have a question or an idea for an episode? Email us at lessnotperfect@gmail.com
Family Leave: AmeriCAN...but AmeriWON'T
05-07-2022
Family Leave: AmeriCAN...but AmeriWON'T
Happy 4th of July???After the overturning or Roe vs. Wade a couple weeks ago, it's even more critical that family care is addressed by our country. Being a new parent is a huge endeavor, and the USA is one of the only wealthy nations that doesn't have national paid leave.We have been fortunate to have 3 great companies step up to provide family support in amazing ways.  We want to shout out and hear about the organizations that are helping fill the void, that so far our country has refused to fill.Check out these 3 Great companies on instagramCreede Repertory Theatre - @creederepCurriculum Associates - @curriculum_associatesIndianapolis Symphony Orchestra - @indy_symphonyCheck out the articles from the episode here:https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2022/06/us-paid-parental-leave-child-welfare-tax-credit/661276/https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/25/upshot/paid-leave-democrats.htmlGreat News! We're performing a benefit concert for one night only called Mess Is More: The Musical. All your favorite hot marriage content...but with songs.All the proceeds will benefit the amazing Creede Repertory Theatre, our creative home away from home.Get your tickets for July 19, 2022 @ 7 PM at https://creederep.org/show/special-events-2022/If you can't come, please consider a donation to Creede Rep, to support live theatre and their incredible education programs at https://creederep.org/giving/ways-to-give/We hope to see you in Creede, CO for Mess Is More: The Musical.You definitely don't want to Miss This Mess!Find us on Facebook (@MessyMarriagePodcast), Instagram (@AMessyMarriagePodcast)Have a question or an idea for an episode? Email us at lessnotperfect@gmail.com