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Law School Struggles, Free Groceries, and a Pregnancy Test

I had planned that Jesse and I were going to start tackling topical episodes now that we had told how we met and fell in love on my podcast. But so many of you asked me questions about our story and were so curious after the last episode and asked if we could continue sharing our story in the upcoming episodes we do together.

So in this podcast episode, Jesse joins me again for us to share more of our story — including some stories from our law school days you’ve probably never heard before. 

We also talk about the Enneagram and how it has impacted our marriage and our business and we answer the question of what it’s like for us to work together so closely.

By the way, we are still finding our groove when it comes to doing these podcasts together, but I think this one is getting closer to what you’d experience if you were sitting with us having coffee. Yes, we are pretty sarcastic with each other… and you’ll probably start to hear more and more of that as time goes on.

And you’ll likely also hear more and more from Jesse as he warms up to this whole talking to an invisible audience thing. I can also guarantee you that you’ll be hearing a lot more legalese from him since I’m always teasing him about using big legal words and attorney-speak. And he’ll probably tease me about being irritable again. Welcome to our world! 😉

In This Episode:

[01:56] – In honor of the fact that Jesse and I are currently on an international trip, I’m sharing my 5 must-haves for international flights. Would you add anything to my list? (By the way, some of you who are following our trip closely on Instagram Stories will likely catch the fact that I misspoke when I said we were in Rome and heading to India… I was messed up and thinking that this episode was dropping last Tuesday not today when we pre-recorded this part.)

[05:44] – Phones are a privilege, not a right at our house. And I share how this plays out in our home with our oldest, Kathrynne.

[10:17] – I loved this decorating book — which is kind of crazy since I’m not into decorating at all!

[11:42] – You all were intrigued by the last episode that Jesse and I did together so he’s joining me again this week for us to share more of our story — including some of the gritty (and funny!) details of our law school struggles.

[12:28] – Confluence?? Jesse brings out his legalese and I give him a hard time for it. But really, do YOU use “confluence” in your every day speech??

[15:49] – We share why Jesse decided to go to law school, why we set the goal of doing it debt-free, and what it was really like.

[21:35] – Did you know I got over $1500 worth of products for around $50 by playing the “Drugstore Game“. I share details on this and talk about what I did with the 100 tubes of toothpaste I got paid to buy.

[24:38] – We really wanted to have kids from the time we got married, but then we thought we were going to have to give up on that dream… until I got a mysterious case of irritability and a stomach bug. (I promise I’m not a big of a grump all the time as Jesse kind of made me out to be. But hey, I teased him for using big words so I think it’s only fair he got to tease me, too!)

[28:20] – Jesse and I answer a question from a listener: “What does it look like working so closely with your spouse?”

If you have any questions that you’d like me (or me and Jesse!) to address in a future episode, email me at!

Links and Resources:

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Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

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  • Brittany Vaske says:

    Hey don’t give him flak for being a wordsmith! ? I was tracking right along with him with the confluence usage, lol.. Seriously though, it’s been fun listening to your story from you both!

  • April says:

    It tuned in to your podcast about finding time to read yesterday morning (or the day before yesterday?) and thoroughly enjoyed it. I look forward to listening to more of these. I hope you’ll do a “blogging mentor” themed one. 🙂

    • I’m definitely hoping to start a blogging focused one… but I’m still getting into my groove with this one so I want to wait until I feel like I’ve gotten that down well before adding something new! Thank you so much for your encouragement!

  • Michele says:

    I don’t have the best vocabulary, and I am constantly asking people to define words for me (I’ve gotten over being embarrassed about it!), but “confluence” is a word I understood when Jesse used it in the podcast.

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