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We hear about steps all the time. The Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Step Program. The 2-Step Breakdance. Tony Robins 7 Steps to Financial Freedom. The 5 Steps of Loss and Grief. Even 5 Steps, the 1996 hip-hop soul hit from Dru Hill (Siquo pre-Thong Song anyone?) Well move over all you previous steps because there is a new step in town. Bustle has put together an impressive and insightful step process; The 8 Steps of Accidentally Ending Up in a Relationship When You Meant to Keep Things Casual.
‘Good morning.’ ‘I’m bored.’ ‘What’s happening?’ They all qualify. So too does boring work anecdotes and a play-by-play of the fiasco that happened on your morning commute.
Mix CDs, their-shout dinners or a surprise box of your favourite chocolate or bouquet of flowers all qualify and are certainly above and beyond what is required of a casual relationship.
It may begin as just a chill afternoon at the local bar, but before you know it, you’ll be having couples weekend get-aways and swapping slow-cooker recipes or BBQing tips with their mates’ partners.
Whether trivial or serious, they ask for your opinion on a range of things showing that they value your advice and are confident you’ve got their back.
Public handholding, stealing chaste kisses or an arm over your shoulder shows to anyone who can see, that you are in fact, his or hers.
Abandoning the ‘charm’ of the wait 3 days to call, your hook up buddy replies to your emails, text messages or phone calls immediately.
Not all-night bang-for-your-buck ‘sleepovers’, but sleepovers where you talk about your feelings and dreams.
If this happens more than once, congratulations, or commiserations, you are officially in a relationship.