Hello and welcome!
Originally Posted by Draconem
. . . Im basically here to first of all learn about some of my misconceptions regarding this life style . . .
Well, there is your first misconception right there! Polyamory is not a lifestyle! Poly is simply the openness, desire, or ability to be in multiple, loving relationships without the need to hide, sneak around, or cheat. That's all. There is not one kind of lifestyle that could possibly represent what polyamory is - you can incorporate polyamory into many various ways of living.
The term "lifestyle" is often used by swingers and those in the kink/BDSM community, but it really doesn't mean anything in poly. Please see this thread for more clarification on the subject: What is this "lifestyle" you mention?