podcast-graphicTHE LOVING WITHOUT
BOUNDARIES PODCAST SHOW

offers interviews, lessons and insights on the subjects of polyamory and ethical non-monogamy. Our mission is to create more awareness and acceptance of these lifestyle choices through education, communication and the respectful exchange of ideas.

We seek to promote healthy relationships, tolerance and understanding – whether you are already living a life of ethical non-monogamy or are among those who are curious to know more. We love to create, share stories of courage and growth, encourage loving responsibly, and spread positive energy. So come join us!

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Laurel Schrock Headshot

EPISODE 193

Laurel Schrock, a network engineer for Verizon Communications, hails from Mount Vernon, NY. She’s an Army Vet, a graduate of Georgetown University and also a small business owner, making her love for candles into what she calls a “hobby that now pays for itself.”  Laurel has always identified as monogamous but a little over two years ago, she began dating an awesome guy who happened to be poly.  Earlier this year (2021), she began to experience intense and debilitating insecurities. Although it was gradual, she was struggling and she knew she needed help. Laurel had an amazing breakthrough recently in discovering and embracing who she really is. She now does not see herself as a monogamous person any longer.

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Marie Thouin, Sharon Flicker, and Michelle Vaughan Headshot

EPISODE 192

Dr. Sharon M. Flicker is a clinical psychologist who researches intimate relationships, most recently focusing on consensual non-monogamy and love languages. She is licensed to practice psychology in NY and PA and is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at California State University – Sacramento. Dr. Flicker currently serves as the co-lead of the Inclusive Education initiative of the American Psychological Association’s Division 44 Committee on Consensual Non-Monogamy.

Michelle D. Vaughan, Ph.D. is a white, cis, pan, queer, able-bodied, polyamorous psychologist and an Associate Professor in the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University. She serves as the Executive Director of PolyColumbus, a co-lead within APA Division 44’s Committee on Consensual Non-Monogamy and an editor and co-author of The Handbook of CNM Affirming Mental Health Practice from Rowman & Littlefield.

Marie Thouin, Ph.D. is the founder of Love InSight, a mindful dating & relationship coaching practice where she helps people of all backgrounds design intentional love lives. Marie completed her doctoral dissertation on compersion in consensually non-monogamous individuals at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She also serves as Editor at the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, a leading peer-reviewed publication in the field of whole-person psychologies.

RELATED LINKS | Sharon’s website and Twitter | Michelle on Twitter | Marie’s business website, her compersion website and her Instagram.

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      • I would love the chance to interview, Kitty. You have a way of drawing out ideas that I might never otherwise consider. Tonight it occured to me as I listened to part 2 pf the Michael Rios interview that perhaps I need to learn to more deeply love myself. After all, I preach that loving yourself is the greatest relationship you can have in life. I seek to empower others and help them see and realize their own worth. Then it occured to me that I am lonely and feel stifled if I can’t GIVE love to another. Michael spoke of others as vending machines for our needs. I don’t….didn’t…see them in that way, but I saw then that I need to BE that stand-alone, self-validating individual that I strive to help others become. My own growth and change is imminent now.

        • Hi Steven! I am looking forward to hopefully scheduling a podcast interview with you. Thank you for your kind and complementary words on my interviewing skills and methods of drawing out a great conversation from my interviewees. Michael Rios is one of my favorite interviews to date. I had the pleasure of seeing him present at Beyond The Love last year. So I did have a preview already of what he could bring to the table. His presentation called “Polyamory as a Spiritual Path” just blew me away when I heard it. And yes it was very much focused on loving ourselves so well that we don’t need to use other people as emotional vending machines. What a valuable concept that I carry with me to this day. I am so heartened to hear that this concept resonated with you too from my podcast interview with Michael. Go rock your personal growth, my friend! Yeah!!!

      • Wow, this has been so much fun to go from start to finish through these interviews. I’m in the middle of the most recent one now. So much knowledge and so much love. This is such a rewarding and valuable service you are providing.

        • Wow back atcha, Steven, this comment and sentiment rocks! I never knew I was someday going to be a podcast show creator. I have found it incredibly rewarding for so many reasons, including getting to talk to and gather knowledge from so many smart, compassionate and awesome people. I am thrilled that you are enjoying the interviews so much! It helps me to keep going!

    • Thank you so much for your kind note. I’m so glad that you like the podcast! It is alot of work but so rewarding. I’m enjoying it! Thanks for having such a beautiful and open mind, my lady friend! And THANK YOU for rating and reviewing it on iTunes. You rock! xoxo

  1. I was curious if you had any hints or tips on meeting poly folk? I moved to the lovely city of Baltimore not to long ago and finding others that are in the city has been an adventure. Most of the poly meet ups are out of the city limits – and me embracing the urban lifestyle no longer have a car! SHOCK HORROR! Are there any other places that folk gather online (i am newer to seeking out other poly folks) and plus – i would like to date girls (i am bisexual) but can’t seem to find any in my area. Maybe it is just a regional thing – but any tips would be appreciated.

    • Thanks for your comment! I don’t live far from you – in the Washington DC area. My best suggestion to you is the BmorePoly group (www.bmorepoly.org) in the Baltimore / DC / Nova region run by Barry and Cathy Smiler whom I’ve interviewed for the podcast. You can find their Meetup group here: http://www.meetup.com/BmorePoly. Other local groups and venues for events are Tabu, Bound, The Crucible and Entre Nous (though those are more on the swinger side of ethical non-monogamy).

      Another online community that you can check out is polyamorynetwork.com or also fetlife.com might be great for the bisexual side of you. They have forums there that you can join on any topic under the sun, including personals.

      I hope that helps! Let me know how you fair.
      xoxo
      Kitty

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