How to Love Someone Who’s Hard to Love | Episode 20

Do you have someone in your life who’s difficult to love? It might be a sister-in-law, a sibling, a friend, neighbor, or co-worker. It could be a hard family season and your hard-to-love person is your spouse or even one of your children. When our marriage went...

Hope for the Undone Life with Michele Cushatt | Episode 16

At times, life is unfair. Sometimes we go through pain–physical, emotional, and relational. Loss and grief become real.  Life unravels and comes “undone” in a way we never imagined. There’s no one better to talk about the undone life than my...

Why You Need To Forgive Every Single Day | Episode 9

Have you ever learned the value of forgiving in real time? It can be a game-changer for your relationships. Most of the time we think of forgiveness as something needed for big things that break trust. On this episode of the No More Perfect Podcast my husband and I...

How to Rebuild Trust in a Relationship | Episode 6

How do you rebuild trust when it’s broken? In this episode, Mark and I tackle the question we’re asked ALL. THE. TIME. We’re digging into rebuilding trust in a variety of relationships…not just marriage. After all, we deal with broken trust in...

Lessons Learned From An Imperfect Marriage | Episode 3

Every marriage has a story. Ours is no exception. I was so excited to sit down with Mark to share a bit about our journey as well as how we went from Mark and Jill 1.0 to Mark and Jill 2.0. There’s no denying that over the years we have had lots of ups and...

When Anger Hurts Your Marriage

Jill: Over the past two months, we’ve found that anger is a recurring theme with many of the couples we are coaching. For some it’s always been there and for others, the quarantine life is increasing or introducing anger. Mark: In our early years, my anger...

What Is Your Response to Conflict?

Mark: Conflict handled without care can bring out the worst in us. Unless we’re intentional about responding rather than reacting, we can end up with a mess to clean up. Jill: It’s rare that we both haven’t contributed to the mess in some way. So we...

The Top Books That Influenced Our Marriage

Jill: We’re often asked what the top books are that we read for our marriage.  To be honest, initially I was the reader in the relationship.  I would summarize to Mark what I’d read. In fact, I actually wrote my Is There Really Sex After Kids book that...

Six Healthy Ways to Express Frustration

Mark: Two weeks ago, the headlines in our local paper read: “Woman shot husband over lack of attention.”  Such a sad story and an extreme way to handle frustration. Jill: Most of us have been frustrated with our spouse being distant or distracted at one time or...

The Myth of “I Don’t Love You Anymore”

It’s happened again.  Yesterday we learned of another family that has been broken up because one person in the marriage says, “I don’t love you anymore.” There’s a common misconception that married couples will always “feel”...

Don’t Go Relivin’ What You Have Forgiven

Jill says: Even when you’re moving forward, it’s easy to want to bring up the past. Mark says: It’s the human side of us that wants to throw something back into play that we settled in our heart or relationship a while ago. Jill says: Just this past...