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So This Is Love

English, Cultural, 2 seasons, 31 episodes, 1 day, 9 hours, 49 minutes
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Welcome to So This is Love, a podcast about love, the loss of love, heartbreak and the meeting of self. We share stories on how the relationships we once had teach us about who we are and define who we become. And maybe through these stories, we can answer that age old question; is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?
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Ruth & Nathan - S3 | E10 - SEASON FINALE

When the person we love has been unfaithful, we are overcome with shock, hurt and feelings of deep betrayal. In this moment, it is impossible to think of how we could have possibly contributed to our partner’s actions. The circumstances around Ruth and Nathan’s first meeting were not ideal, but the pair nonetheless fell in love. In this story, Ruth takes us on a journey of grief, complete loss of identity in motherhood and an admirable ownership of one's shortcomings in love. Everybody, welcome to So This Is Love’s Season 3 Finale. You can support this podcast via our mpesa till number 9095819 or PayPal ⁠[email protected]
6/7/20241 hour, 16 minutes, 9 seconds
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Abscondita & Abednego - S3 | E9

There is a saying that goes something like, ‘A father’s love is his daughter’s first love’. So then what happens to the girl when a father’s love is inconsistent, unstable or altogether unavailable? What is it about being human that makes us recreate traumatic relationships from childhood to adulthood instead of redesigning an opposite experience for a better life? In this story, Absocondita takes us through a journey that forces her to figure out the definition of love from a man, while having no example of the same from her early life. You can support this podcast via our mpesa till number 9095819 or PayPal ⁠[email protected]
5/25/202436 minutes, 8 seconds
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Zoe & Tim - S3 | E8

In this story, Zoe leaves everything she knows behind to start a new life with Tim in a new country. In slow unfolding anticipation we hear how Zoe navigates through the highs of young romance, the lows of broken promises, and the triumphant return to self-emporement. Tune in to explore the complexities of relationships, the resilience of the human spirit, and the transformative power of finding oneself amidst life's greatest challenges
5/9/202449 minutes, 2 seconds
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Sasha & Joseph - S3 | E7

Do you ever wonder if the good guys finish last? From teenage infatuation to the allure of adventure, Sasha's quest for excitement leads her down unexpected roads. But amidst heartbreak and fleeting romances, one constant remains: Joseph, the steadfast friend always by her side. Join us as we unravel Sasha's winding path, filled with highs and lows, as she navigates the complexities of life, love, relationships and spirituality.  You can support this podcast via our mpesa till number 9095819 or PayPal ⁠[email protected]
4/25/202452 minutes, 45 seconds
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Bella and Jamey - S3 | E6

In this episode, we are taken on a ride through Bella's story with unrequited love and self-discovery. Join us as Bella recounts her tumultuous journey with Jamey, navigating the complexities of love, self-worth, and the pursuit of happiness in the face of unreciprocated affection. Listen in as she shares the poignant lessons learned from her youthful heartbreak, shedding light on the transformative power of resilience and self-love. You can support this podcast via our mpesa till number 9095819 or PayPal ⁠[email protected]
4/11/202455 minutes, 56 seconds
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Jane & Adam - S3 | E5

How long should you hold on to an issue before speaking up for yourself? What do you do when your partner completely changes for the worse as soon as you choose to go all in? How much should people know about what is going on in your relationship when looking for support? These are some of the questions that Jane asked herself when her relationship with the man she was about to marry quickly began to fall apart. As things slowly turn from bright to dark, Jane is forced to decide if it is more valuable to save face or choose herself in a situation that eventually threatens her safety. You can support this podcast via our mpesa till number 9095819 or PayPal ⁠[email protected]
3/28/20241 hour, 16 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ray and Silver - S3 | E4

When we fall in love, it is automatic that we desire safety and security in our relationships. In the heteronormative context, women generally celebrate a partner that offers emotional, physical, and financial security and this is exactly what Silver promises Ray when they meet - right at the moment that Ray finds herself in a tight spot and is, in her words, in need of rescue. Join us as we listen to a young woman who loses and then finds her confidence in a situation where hopeless surrender is at first an easier option. You can support this podcast via our mpesa till number 9095819 or PayPal [email protected]
3/14/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 54 seconds
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Jane & Daniel - S3 | E3

There are a couple of things that we are optimistic, if not sure of,  in our youth; the future and love. However, for many of us, our twenties are overwhelmingly crammed with challenges that are designed to set us up for a more stable adulthood - if we pay heed to the lessons. From Young Love to Self-Love, join us as Jane shares her journey of navigating a 7-year relationship, from the highs of love and motherhood to the lows of betrayal and heartbreak. Tune in as she reflects on lessons learned and the power of self-worth in her personal growth. You can support this podcast via our mpesa till number 9095819 or PayPal [email protected]
2/28/202449 minutes, 37 seconds
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Grace and Will - S3 | E2

As children, we idolize our parents often holding them to impossible standards. As little girls, this admiration is magnified towards our fathers, our first ‘supermen’’. That is until we grow up. Until innocence gives way to awareness and we slowly realize that our parents are not superheroes. Not only that,  but that they are deeply flawed; unsure, anxious and not always right. This runs especially true for Grace whose father’s unfortunate addiction finds her and her family in a constant state of dire straits. Listen to hear how Grace, who so much loves her father, finds her drive to keep her family alive, together and afloat. You can support this podcast via our mpesa till number 9095819 or PayPal [email protected]
2/15/202459 minutes, 10 seconds
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Tawi & Harvey - S3 | E1

Acceptance is a feeling longed for by all, man and beast, and is at the heart of all our desires. It’s also something that we tend to hold on to even when a connection is falling apart because we fear that we may not find it with someone else. Now imagine living a life where you have a stigmatized health condition that makes acceptance not only scarce but diminishes your hopes of ever finding a lifelong partner. Tawi lived such a life. That was until she met Harvey. In this story, we follow a young woman who begins life under inadvertent circumstances that follow her as she is coming of age and threaten the chances of fulfilling this core human need; a need to belong, to be loved, to be accepted. Welcome to season 3 everybody. You can support this podcast via our mpesa till number 9095819 or PayPal [email protected]
2/1/20241 hour, 36 minutes, 25 seconds
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Julia & Black - *Bonus Episode*

Surprise! A long story. Julia's Story. I dedicate this episode to my younger self; know that you are loved. Thank you Lydia KM. Jules.
10/26/20231 hour, 54 minutes, 59 seconds
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Mumbi & Theo - S2 | E10 - Season Finale

University life was an adventure to anticipate as Mumbi began her studies for the first time in a mixed boy-girl school environment. When she met Theo, it was nothing to write home about - at first. In fact, Mumbi ghosted Theo. That changed however when a romance developed between the two and Mumbi was enchanted by the charm, charisma and confidence of the man she in the end painfully loved beyond herself and eventually to the detriment of her health and studies. Today, Mumbi tells us about an on-again off-again 7-year relationship that started off well, perfect even, and ended in total despondency.  A warning to our listeners today, this episode contains graphic depictions of domestic abuse. If this might be triggering for you, you might want to skip this episode. You can support this podcast via our Mpesa till number 9095819 or PayPal [email protected]
9/22/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 1 second
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Phoebe & Pete -S2 | E9

Growing up as a pastor’s child, Phoebe lived a relatively sheltered life albeit a life that was good. However, as time went on and she developed into adulthood, she yearned for love, a relationship, one that would soothe the loneliness that plagued the quiet corners of her life. When Pete appeared, Phoebe was at first reluctant but soon fell in love with a man who was different from her in many but exciting ways. What was at first a loving relationship soon turned into a nightmare. We are taken on a disheartening journey as Phoebe painfully narrates how she navigated a toxic, cyclic, and abusive bond with a man she struggled to let go of despite infidelity and abuse. A warning to our listeners today, this episode contains graphic depictions of suicide and domestic abuse. If this might be triggering for you, you might want to skip this episode. You can support this podcast via our mpesa till number 9095819 or paypal [email protected]
9/7/20231 hour, 4 minutes, 39 seconds
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Jill & Jack - S2 | E8

As children, we idolize our parents. We place them on pedestals of all-knowing and all-having until one day, we realize who they really are. In this episode, Jill tells us of her struggle with this newfound awareness that came all too soon for her upon discovering that her father is an alcoholic. It takes just one event to question her entire childhood interactions with a man she describes when young as jolly, totally engaged, and doting. This traumatic event is a marker that plagues into her adulthood as she struggles to love again a man who chooses the bottle over her.
8/24/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 6 seconds
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Rose & Seb - S2 | E7

It’s not news anymore that during and after the lockdowns caused by the pandemic, we saw an increase in divorce, breakups, and even domestic violence across the globe. Rose and Seb were not exempt from this. After being together for over 10 years, in just a couple of months, Rose saw a shift in her relationship that brought into focus issues that were probably always bubbling under but easily masked by day-to-day life and routine.  You can support this podcast via our mpesa till number 9095819 or paypal [email protected]
8/11/202356 minutes, 22 seconds
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Jay & Belinda [mom] - S2 | E6

There is a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson that says, ‘Men are what their mothers made them,’ a statement that rings true for all of us because of the role the mother-child relationship plays in all of our lives. Today, Jay speaks to us about that relationship. Through his narration, we see just how powerful mothers are in how we see the world, what we believe about it, how move around it, and ultimately, who we become. By no fault of his own, Jay finds himself trapped in a relationship with his mother that is characterized by confusion, constant tension, and unhealthy interactions which force him to stand up for himself.
7/13/20231 hour, 10 minutes, 44 seconds
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Zara & Greg - S2 | E5

For many of us today, we cannot imagine being in a romantic relationship where sexual intimacy is consensually not part of the package. In this episode, Zara takes us through a journey of intense love and loss experienced within the context of her religion. We are reminded of the many, mostly invisible parts of human connection that take us up and down the roller coaster of falling in love. You can support this podcast via our mpesa till number 9095819 or paypal [email protected]
6/29/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 46 seconds