"In hindsight, there were red flags all the way through. It wasn't like it was the perfect relationship, there were trust issues... but I adored him," she said.
The thing with love is, it makes us do rather crazy things. For instance, move across the world to be with someone you've never met before. All this and more is only possible because of the power of the Internet, which has been uniting people from all corners of the world. Stephanie Gorton, a woman from Australia, met someone via Tinder in 2017. Back then, she was sure she wanted to spend her life with this man, only known as Scot, and she packed up everything and was about to fly to Scotland to be with the 'love of her life'. However, she got dumped before boarding the flight. According to Mammamia, Gorton met the man via the dating app while he was visiting 'Straya in 2017 and was 'totally sold" on him.
For a year, things were pretty smooth for them, as they managed to meet one another regularly, despite being in a long-distance relationship. But Gorton wasn't satisfied, she wanted to be with him the whole time, instead of just meeting him once in a blue moon. So, she made the rather difficult decision of giving up her life in Perth, Australia, so she could move to Perth, Scotland. After she made this decision, he ghosted her. Four weeks before her flight, there was just no contact from his end. "In those four weeks I was always trying to chase him up... I was even contacting his mum," said Gorton.
"In hindsight, there were red flags all the way through. It wasn't like it was the perfect relationship, there were trust issues... but I adored him. I thought it was love, and love 'wasn't supposed to be easy but you fight for it'. That was my mentality. It's like my heart and my gut already knew, but my mind needed to find logic and reason behind it." By then, Gorton was desperate to know what exactly had happened with Scot to cut all ties with her, especially after taking a rather drastic decision to move just so she could be with him. Gorton, who wasn't in a mood to give up, decided to turn to the Internet to look for some answers. After all, it's the internet that led her to Scot.
"I dug and dug and dug and dug, and eventually dug up that he had been spending a lot of one-on-one time travelling around with some girl from South America," Gorton revealed. Finally, two weeks before she was set to board her flight, she got a call from the man whom she thought was the one for her. "'Steph it's just too hard, it shouldn't be this hard. If it's hard now, it's going to be even harder later. You're going to come over and have no friends and you'll just be relying on me and I am not in a good place financially [right now]. Let's just take a step back and give it a bit more time'," he told her. The timing just couldn't have been worse for Gorton who gave up everything back home.
She also found out that this man was traveling the world with other women. Now, she had to nurse her broken heart and also grovel for her old job, all while feeling extremely ashamed. But you know what they say; there's always light at the end of the tunnel. "I woke up for the 14th morning in a row crying my eyes out in total misery, and I thought, 'Steph, you really need to get a hobby, honey, you can't keep doing this," she said. Her hobby turned out to be arranging flowers; soon it turned into a business. It started with her running her own workshops, and then she quit her old job again to do what she loved full time. Her company was aptly called House of Hobby.
Her growth was rapid and within months, she had 14 staff members working across three locations. Eventually, she got into business coaching, too. "For me it's wild to think that three years ago I was sitting at my corporate day job, heartbroken, and now I am sitting in my home office working four hours a day doing what I love. It's actually wild," she said. "I had spent my whole life relying on my looks because I thought I was 'stupid.' Male bosses telling me I was a dumb blonde... boyfriends always joking about my lack of intelligence... my worth was always intricately tied to my appearance. But once I started my own small business I realised I had more to give." Now she's happy with her life and her love.