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Jan 31, 2023

During sessions, I often use a metaphor to talk about relationships in a larger way to help them see what’s happening.

Some relationships are like wilted plants. The leaves have dried up, but reviving the plant is still possible.

What happens in long-term relationships is that the busyness of life gets in the way of us regularly watering it to keep it alive. And there are specific ways to do that.

Tune in to this episode: Your Relationship as a Plant

Key points covered in this episode:

✔️ Some relationships need repotting. It may need a larger community around it, whether that’s opening it up or spending more time with friends and family.

✔️ Appreciation is the most nutritive water for dry soil. Acknowledge good things you and your partner are doing. This can help you escape from a pattern of criticism.

✔️ Journal what your relationship looks like. Imagine it as a plant and ask yourself:

  • Are the leaves wilted?
  • Are there habits that need to be pruned?
  • Is the pot too small for you and your partner?

✔️ Don’t leave without trying. Give watering a try. You might end up with an even more loving and close relationship than what you had before.


★★★ About Marie-Elizabeth Mali ★★★

Marie-Elizabeth is the founder of Relationship Alchemy, where she helps women leaders create loving and nourishing intimate relationships that support their work in the world.


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As a Relationship Alchemist, two-time TEDx Speaker, and host of the Relationship Alchemy podcast, Marie-Elizabeth Mali shows women leaders how to cultivate deeper love and connection in their intimate relationships. Drawing on her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and over 20 years of working with clients, she teaches women how to show up as authentic leaders in their relationships and work instead of twisting themselves to fit in. Marie-Elizabeth’s work has been featured in Thrive Global, SWAAY, and Forbes. She is also a member of the Forbes Business Council, a published author with an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and an underwater photographer who has a thing for sharks. Learn more at