Richard is here to tell us the man’s side of the romantic love story we were introduced to by his wife, Tina Schweiger, in episode ONE and TWO. I wanted to sit down with Richard and explore how his life was impacted by his initial encounter with Tina. We’re going to learn a bit more about Richard’s journey from a painful divorce, through “four or so years of dating,” to the moment he met Tina.
In this part 1 of Richard’s story we talk about healing from past relationships, about recovering from codependency, and into his journey of recovery and self-discovery.
“Taking a year to really work on me, and be happy with me…” As Richard rebuilt a house in the Zilker area of Austin, Texas, he was aware of how the house was a metaphor of his self-recovery process. “I worked on the entryway of me. And then I had to work on the inside. I need to open up space, and make space for somebody.”
He talks about his purpose in raising two healthy kids, and staying intentionally present in his relationship to Tina.
As a certified life coach, I’ve been helping men and women find fulfilling relationships. If you’d like to chat for 30-minutes about your post-divorce challenges, I always give the first 30-session away for free. LEARN ABOUT COACHING WITH JOHN. There are no obligations to continue. But I get excited every time I talk to someone new. I can offer new perspectives and experiences from my post-divorce journey. Most of all, I can offer hope.
Here are the books we discuss in this episode of Love on the Air
- The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts – Gary Chapman
- The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom – Don Miguel Ruiz
- Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself – Melody Beattie
- The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture – Scott Belsky
And if you haven’t checked out Love on the Air yet, now’s the time.