24 April 2018

We Break-Up in the End (Part 1)

This isn't how I thought I was ending this series. This isn't the end, but it's definitely the beginning of the end. I want to begin with an apology. Firstly to you, as the reader, but mostly to myself. 

10 April 2018

My Personal Story of Teenage Heartbreak || Part 4

So, we carried on talking. In the span between when I last saw him which was at around 3.00 and going to bed at 4.30, he'd already sent me three texts. He was upping his game. I could tell. But, by this stage, I knew better than to take actions at face value. I've caught onto his tactics by now. His actions match his words at the start, but then shrivel out soon after. But, he was back in my good books.

27 March 2018

My Personal Story of Teenage Heartbreak || Part 3

Before you read this post, you have a lot of other reading to do. Before you read any further, you need to read these three posts before reading these: My First Kiss on Valentine's Day at 19-Years-OldMy First Kiss (Follow-Up) + Heartbreak, My Personal Story of Teenage Heartbreak (Part 1) and My Personal Story of Teenage Heartbreak (Part 2)

I'll pick up right where I'd left off in the last post. I fell into a trap.

22 March 2018

My Personal Story of Teenage Heartbreak || Part 2

Before you read any further, you need to read these three posts before reading this one: My First Kiss on Valentine's Day at 19-Years-OldMy First Kiss (Follow-Up) + Heartbreak and My Personal Story of Teenage Heartbreak (Part 1)

Two days later, which happened to be last Friday, at around 10am, a message popped up on my rather scruffy and banged up Samsung cellphone.
"Are you coming to the house party tonight?" it said.
It was from Aidan, Julian's best friend.  After seeing Julian leave a pub with his "Bed Buddy" (for preference of a less-kind word), I'd told Julian that we were done- done seeing each other and done talking. So, in retrospect, it made sense that his best friend was texting me (I'll explain the significance later but at the moment I thought his best friend was just being a friend to me and inviting me out to catch up). Writing this now, almost one week on, I'm surprised I didn't see the trap!

20 March 2018

My Personal Story of Teenage Heartbreak || Part 1

Before you read any further, you need to read these two posts before reading this one: My First Kiss on Valentine's Day at 19-Years-Old and My First Kiss (Follow-Up) + Heartbreak.

I ended my last post with: "'What happens now?' you may ask. Great question! I have no idea how much of last night he remembers. But, I'm hoping it's enough."

6 March 2018

My First Kiss (Follow-Up) + Heartbreak

I'll be honest. This isn't the follow-up piece that I was expecting to write on the post 'My First Kiss on Valentine's Day at 19-Years-Old'. I expected to describe in more detail the sternness of Julian's body pressed against mine, his gentle caressing of my lower back and his oddly skew but quirky smile. This most definitely won't be that post.

23 February 2018

3 Tips to Seize the Day as a Student

I've noticed many differences (and similarities) between South Africa, where I lived for the first 18 years of my life and the UK (where I've lived for almost 6 months now). For starters, I remember catching a quintessentially British red double-decker bus for the first time last February to go to the town where I currently attend university, and at 9AM, the streets were still dead. 

20 February 2018

8 Tips to Being Social at Uni Without Drinking Alcohol

 The first three things that came to my mind when I thought about the UK before I ended up moving here were the following: 'doom and gloom' cloud-covered skies, Her Royal Highness the Queen and drinking. A whole lot of drinking. Cumulonimbus just so happens to be my favourite type of cloud, so we're all covered there. I doubt that my day-to-day life experiences would have me crossing paths with Her Majesty, so that was never really a concern for me, however, the drinking culture of the UK which I had heard about frightened me, because I don't drink.

15 February 2018

My First Kiss on Valentine's Day at 19-Years-Old

 It happened. After 19-years-worth of rom-coms and watching people make out in movies and pack on the PDA in real life, it happened to me. Little old Steph. If you think I'm going to tell you that it was wonderful, you're wrong. But, I'll tell you more about that later.

8 February 2018

6 Top Blogger's Valentine's Day Horror Stories

The closest I've ever come to having a Valentine is probably in ninth grade when Russel, the school's self-confessed 'genius' (which should already tell you something about the kind of guy he was) sent me a red, rectangular card scribbled with three sentences of grey pencil in the most illegible ninth-grade-boy-like-handwriting you could imagine. After staring at the one-sided, card presented to me with a heart-shaped chocolate wrapped in red glossy foil for a few minutes, I could just about make out what Russel's attempt at wooing me was: He'd half-scribbled whatever Shakespearean quote on love he could find (I mean... good on him for going to William on matters of the heart) but for some reason which still baffles me to this day, in the age of Google, he couldn't finish the quote and instead jumped straight to "Will you be my Valentine." A part of 19-year-old me wishes boys were this blunt, and frank when it comes to love now- but surely Valentine's day calls for a bit more peppering of adjectives?


5 February 2018

4 Small Changes to Start off New Month

Most people's signal of change comes from the ending of the year. It's almost as if we're computers that get switched on, on January 1 and only get to restart once a year, 365 days later when December 31 rolls around. I don't know about you, but I've already restarted my computer twice today- and it isn't even 1pm.

1 February 2018

3 Best Spots to Blog At Uni (Other Than the Library)

The fact that I'm typing this blog post under an angled attic-like window that's the size of me (if I were decapitated) which offers me an exclusive view of the city and a gentle first-day-of-February breeze, should tell you where this post is going. I'm seated at a roundtable, in a well-lit corner, besides about 100 books, which are only the ones in eyesight. You could say that I'm in a bookworm's paradise- and you'd be right!

30 January 2018

Taking My Blog In A New Direction

I usually know exactly how to start a blog post; The words just flow out. I know that there's a problem when they don't come out. Like now. 

10 January 2018

Why I Have 'Rainy-Day' Blog Posts (and So Should You)

I promote honesty here. After all, this is probably the place where I'm the most honest about everything- from personal aspects of my life like being 19 and never been kissed, matters of the heart (whether that be in the online world or offline) and other more light-hearted content. Each post I write has an imaginary 'stamp of integrity' attached to it, or I wouldn't post it.


8 January 2018

5 Things Blogging Hasn't Taught Me

Blogging has taught me many things- and for the things that it hasn't taught me, there's probably a blog out there that could teach me what I need to know. Anyways, before I go scouring the web for what I don't know, here's a list of things that blogging hasn't taught me.

4 January 2018

5 Easy Tips to Being Blogging Fit

There are many words that I use to describe myself: sister, friend, smiley, compassionate and then some less-kind ones, like stubborn if you consider that to be mean- although I'd argue that stubbornness can be a great trait, too, that may just be my stubbornness talking. Anyways, in a former life, I would have described myself as a swimmer, too.

2 January 2018

12 Roles of A Blogger (Other Than A Writer)

Without thinking too much of it, on 30 December, I jotted down this thought on Twitter and shared it with the world, and by the world I mean my 600 followers, my world. Two days later and it has been widely received from all non-existent corners of the world,
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