How the Five-Year Marriage® Got Its Start

Annmarie Describes how the twists and turns in her life led to creating and living the Five-Year Marriage®.

This video is from a live West Chester Story Slam event in Pennsylvania in 2017. I’m always looking to work on and practice my public speaking and this was a great environment to do that, while sharing my unique marriage journey. Please enjoy the video and let me know what you think in the comments!

About Westchester Story Slam Events

The West Chester Story Slam is a monthly event where anyone can get on stage and tell a five minute story based on the theme of the night. Inspired by urban story slams such as the Windy City Story Slam and Philadelphia’s First Person Arts Story Slam, along with The Moth and NPR’s This American Life, a few friends first met in Jim Breslin‘s living room to tell stories in November, 2009. 

In January, 2010, the West Chester Story Slam officially debuted at Ryan’s Pub. After two seasons at Ryan’s, the Story Slam moved to Victory Brewing Co. in Downingtown for one year. In 2013, the Story Slam returned to the borough, with events now held at Side Bar. Over the first eight years, approximately 880 stories, some touching and others hilarious, have been told in front of rowdy, supportive audiences.

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What is the Five-Year Marriage®?

Created by Annmarie Kelly, the Five-Year Marriage® is a concept of restructuring marriage agreements every five years to take into consideration external and internal changes happening to each person in the relationship. This periodic assessment of each person’s happiness, fulfillment, obligations and goals creates a safe space for each person to grow and change, together. The result is a relationship that grows stronger and more intimate over time. This collection of articles is a dep dive into the  different concepts proposed in the book, The Five-Year Marriage® and deserve a space for additional exploration and discussion.

Five Year Marriage

The Five-Year Marriage is a ground-breaking new concept for marriage. Every five year the couple spiritually ends one marriage and begins a new one - with new agreements and goals

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