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Season 3

Look Past First Impressions

Gen Pintel joins Without Boxes to talk about her work helping remove the stigma around so-called scary animals, like bats and snakes.

Validate Your Experiences

[TW: Sexual trauma.] Lena Chen shares her experiences in seeking validation for her traumatic experiences.

Learn to Trust Yourself

Hayley Jane Turner shares her journey in self-trust. She reminds us the process looks different for everyone. 

Build Your Career

Kate Schroeder shares her journey of self-discovery while building a career she loves as a counselor helping others. 

Balance Intuition and Intellect

Rio Holaday talks about balancing intuition with intellect in order to learn your fears, face yourself, and develop deeper connections with yourself and those you care most about.

Manage Unconventional Success

Mischa McGill, a.k.a. “MischaCrossing,” joins us to talk about her experience achieving and managing unconventional success, in her case, as a content creator.

Care for Caregivers

Migration and the Importance of Our Narratives

Roxana Bendezú shares her perspective and story on the matter to shed light on the complex topic of migration.

Deal With Life’s Messes

Megan Gesler joins us to talk about her experiences dealing with the wild variety of messes that come with life.

The Without Boxes Podcast

Millions of people are out there chasing passions, starting projects, and saying no to the status quo. These people are our neighbors, our friends, and our family. They’re ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The Without Boxes podcast enables folks to share their stories and advice, helping listeners from all around the world to get inspired and chase their own passions. We’re breaking barriers and inspiring dreamers, one story at a time.


2018 · Season 2

Our first season was hectic, but we found such inspiration in the folks we were talking to, we knew we had to go a second round. So, we reached out to collect even more stories and life lessons from the people you’d least expect to hear about – and we were not disappointed.

From a trans-woman cycling the entire Pan-American highway alone to a woman who moved internationally solo on a cargo boat, Season 2 is full of twists and turns. We hope it sparks ideas for what is possible in your own life!


Season 2 Takeaways

The world tends to shove preset ideas at us about who we are supposed to be. But what happens when you don’t fit that mold?

It’s possible to dig deep and find your authentic self; identify your true essentials. You can contribute to a movement and build a strong community around you.

The time to start is now.


Thriving in an Extroverted World 
Episode 8 · June 4 2018

Janice Chaka confronts introvert stereotypes while offering tips on how to succeed in an extroverted world.

Embracing Your Authentic Self
Episode 9 · June 11 2018

Kelly Hughes discusses how she discovered her authentic self… and then shared it with the world.

Turn a Spark into Something Bigger 
Episode 10 · June 22 2018

Audrey Johnson explores how to turn a personal passion into a multi-person movement.

Overdrive: Making Chaos Work 
Episode 11 · June 27 2018

Natalie Corbett takes a break from cycling the Pan-American Highway to share her strategies for dealing with life’s most unexpected moments.

Growing a Movement
Episode 12 · July 4 2018

Dom Brassey chats about creating create a better world by combining personal passions and values with full-time careers.

Determining Life’s Essentials
Episode 13 · July 10 2018

Tressa Sanders talks about the importance of time and trying new things, even when end results are uncertain.

Creating Healthier Communities
Episode 14 · July 30 2018

Kaylin Werth explores the impact health care—or lack thereof—has on communities.

Filling Community Gaps
Episode 15 · August 3 2018

Candice Digby talks about identifying gaps in Austin…and how she works alongside her fellow community members to design solutions.

2017 · Season 1

Our pilot season launched in July 2017. Hitting publish was both terrifying and exciting – neither of us had run a podcast before.

The mission was simple: Highlight the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, in hopes to inspire others to do the same in their own lives.

In this season, you’ll hear about digital nomads, self-care in activism, and much more.


Season 1 Takeaways

Life is unpredictable. You can fight it, or learn to accept the unknown and learn to navigate the flow. By identifying your foundation and taking action, you’ll be presented with new opportunities and chances to build a life you love.

All the while, you’ll get the chance to improve the lives around you.

What are you waiting for?


Chance Encounters
Episode 1 · July 8 2017

Anne Dorko discusses unexpected encounters and how to make the most of each one.

Finding Meaning in Chaos
Episode 2 · July 17 2017

Kati Prather shares how to move forward in meaningful ways when presented with an abundance of choices.

Taking Action in a Complex WOrld
Episode 3 · July 24 2017

Thelio Sewell inspires others to stand up for what’s right, even when challenges get in the way.

Finding and balancing opportunity
Episode 4 · August 1 2017

Ryan Slattery and Lane Coursen share how they learned to say yes and live out their nomadic lifestyles.

Finding Your Foundation
Episode 5 · August 15 2017

Nicole Abramowski discusses building strong foundations and developing new perspectives when childhood ones shift and change.

Empowering Others and Yourself
Episode 6 · August 30 2017

Monika ‘Nika’ Mundell offers advice on how to recover—and grow stronger—from failure.

The Hero’s Journey
Episode 7 · October 13 2017

Julie Lewin explores the Hero’s Journey story structure as a resource for when life goes awry.

The Blog

4 Tactics For Becoming an Unconventional Tourist

4 Tactics For Becoming an Unconventional Tourist

The following is a guest post. My love of unconventional travel started when I was 12 years old. My dad had decided that, of all the ways to spend Christmas, we should go on a cycling tour around Cuba. And so we did it. We figured out how to...


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