Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 17: Marriage, Open Relationships, and Making Your Own Rules

This week on the podcast, Tracey and I are revisiting the topic of relationships and diving into some potentially uncomfortable territory to talk about the possibility of creating rules in your relationship that fall outside the box of societal expectations.

Whoa.

The question we’re addressing throughout the entirety of the conversation is:

What happens when you get curious about the kind of relationship you really want and make space for the idea that the answer might be unconventional?

Getting in touch with your desires and designing a relationship with your partner — or multiple partners — that takes all of those desires into account can be a scary but ultimately liberating process. In today’s episode, Tracey and I discuss the ways in which this process might unfold over time and offer advice about how to initiate a dialogue with your partner that might be challenging and bring with it a ton of discomfort for both of you.

We’re also talking about how we define a successful relationship and exploring the ways in which our culture often gets this definition wrong.

This conversation is SO GOOD, y’all. Seriously. And there are SO MANY amazing resources offered up — all of which are provided with links in the show notes below.

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Highlights from this weeks’ episode include:

This week’s animal spotlights from the Pixie Project:

JERRY, an 11 year-old toy poodle weighing in at 10lbs, was our first ever animal spotlight. And he still hasn’t been adopted! You know what this means . . . We need your help to find him a home. So even if you can’t adopt him yourself, forward his profile to a friend — or all of your friends. I’d love to see Jerry go home with his new owner by the end of the month. Help us make this happen!

CALLIE, a 7-year-old tortoiseshell lady I admittedly picked because her name so closely resembles my own. That being said, she sounds like the purrfect pet — super mellow, loves laps, is great with other animals, both cats and dogs alike. So, yeah, you know you want Callie, right? Check out her profile and then take her home, yo.

And good news! BON BON, a beautiful black lab mix recently featured on the podcast, has an adoption pending. Hooray! This makes my heart so happy. Let’s keep it up and continue to find wonderful new owners for all these furry friends.

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