Behind The Stride


Hi there, and welcome to my heart.

My name is Sonya Matejko and I’m a blogger and freelance writer who is vibrantly falling in love with life in New York City (previously Miami) and around the world. My writing has been featured on a variety of high-profile platforms and blogs. My most popular article has been shared over half a million times on Facebook alone. You’ll find me writing about the dating world as well as traveling the world.

I founded this blog as a home for hopeless romantics and wanderlusts, because I believe passionately in love even if I haven’t quite gotten it right just yet. I steal lunch breaks and midnights to do this on the side of my full-time advertising career with the simple yet powerful goal of inspiring others to believe in love and to believe in themselves.

This site is a space to share my stories in the hopes of encouraging just one heart afraid of moving on, rousing just one dream afraid to wake up, or motivating just one life to live with more love.

Often I’m asked, “what will happen to your blog if you’re not single anymore?” Well, this blog isn’t only about being “single.” To clarify, Single Strides is meant to be about moving forward. It’s about following your dreams as well as following your heart.

This is a place you’re welcome to discover yourself in no matter what point of your life you’re in. Here you learn how to go towards your destiny while learning to be okay with taking a few steps back occasionally. This is somewhere safe, so please feel free to call it a home.

This is where you’ll be inspired to travel the world and be pushed to travel through your own soul.

So go ahead and take a chance on the girl who has nothing figured out, but maybe sometimes seems like she does. I can’t promise you the world, but I can certainly promise you a good read and inspiration to feed your innately wandering soul. Let’s adventure together.

C’mon, add a little love into your life. Stride on with me, and see where it all began.


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  • Reply littleblissbook November 17, 2014 at 1:14 am

    Your blog is beautiful!

    “I find beauty in being stuck in the rain and being stuck in traffic. But I can’t stand being stuck in a relationship that doesn’t make my heart flutter, or being stuck between types of cheeses at Whole Foods.”

    I can relate 🙂

    xx Rakhi

  • Reply jeddacp December 12, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    “Welcome to the life of a girl who filled her broken heart with words. I used heartbreak as my muse, and I am better for it. I am imperfectly hopeful and beautifully scarred. I am a sparkling mess of living dreams”

    ^^ yup, you basically described me right here.

    • Reply Single Strides December 12, 2014 at 5:35 pm

      Happy to find a similar soul in the blogosphere — welcome! And I hope you stick around 🙂

  • Reply Rebecca Meyer December 29, 2014 at 1:18 am

    This is a great blog you have here! I feel like I will be able to relate to a lot of your posts.

    • Reply Single Strides December 29, 2014 at 10:11 am

      Thank you so much! I’m always happy when like-minded individuals stumble upon it. I hope you stick around 🙂

      • Reply Rebecca Meyer December 29, 2014 at 11:37 am

        I definitely will. I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts. 🙂

  • Reply Darshan Gajara January 1, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    I must say, you’re a courageous one.

  • Reply 4 year old adult January 4, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    What an intro, it looks like a happening blog. I can relate to a lot of things which have been mentioned here 🙂

  • Reply stevetheman18 January 4, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog! It’s very lovely, honest, and well-written. My kind of blog that I love to follow! Love the “Everything is Awesome” reference in your about page. Can’t wait to see future posts and I’ll have to look back to see your past posts! You got another follower!

    If you want, you can check out my blog at


    • Reply Single Strides January 5, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Thank you so much, Steve! I truly appreciate your kind words about my blog. Happy to have you as a follower 🙂 I will certainly check out your blog as well!!

      • Reply stevetheman18 January 5, 2015 at 1:07 pm

        You deserve those great compliments!!! 🙂 Thank you for following!

  • Reply katho28 January 22, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Your writing and your blog are absolutely beautiful – I love it! I’ve nominated you for Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award:

    • Reply Single Strides January 26, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Thank you dearly for the nomination and for your kind words. I’ll surely continue the nomination process this week!! 🙂

  • Reply thatssojacob January 25, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Hello Sonya! I’ve decided to read and follow 15 interesting and new blogs a day every day for the first month of 2015, and yours is today’s #11! Feel free to come visit me when you can at, and follow if you like what you read. Happy new year and happy blogging!

    • Reply Single Strides January 26, 2015 at 10:49 am

      Hi Jacob! I’m so honored – thank you. I’ll definitely visit your blog. Wishing you a wonderful 2015 as well!

  • Reply across71 February 2, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I’m happy I came across your blog. I know I can definitely relate to you and all the “life lessons” that come our way in life whether we want them or not. 🙂 I’m new to blogging. I love the layout of your blog. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Have a great day.

    • Reply Single Strides February 2, 2015 at 11:38 am

      Happy to have you as a fan!! Blogging is an amazing growing experience so I welcome you to it. Appreciate your kind words and I hope to see you around here 🙂 Happy Monday!

  • Reply 1humbleguy February 2, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you for following me! Feel free to touch base on comments or e-mail any time!

  • Reply LFFL April 28, 2015 at 6:35 am

    Wonderful blog.

  • Reply Nicole September 17, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Hi, ever since I came across your blog, I have loved everything about it. Just stopping by to say I nominated you for an award! Hope you accept it 🙂
    My award post:

    • Reply Sonya Matejko November 4, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      I’m not sure if I missed this but oh-my-gosh thank you! Appreciate this so much 🙂 xoxo

  • Reply Lokesh bansal January 14, 2016 at 5:39 am

    Once while Googling “love” & discover your article on huffington post,
    It changed my perspective of love,
    Wonderfully expressed blog
    Keep it up🙌🏻⭐️😀

    • Reply Sonya Matejko January 14, 2016 at 10:30 am

      Hi Lokesh, I’m so happy that searching for “love” on Google could eventually lead to me :). So wonderful. It’s also wonderful that my words were able to change your perspective on it!! I hope you stick around for more of my writing, xoxo. Wishing you the best!

      • Reply Matt Chermak December 13, 2016 at 10:31 am

        Hi Sonya! I love your blog! I have a blog called ‘A Gentleman’s Guide on How to be a Romantic.’ It’s on Facebook! Check it out sometime and let me know what you think! I’m trying to make it into a book and get published! I’m a hopeless romantic! Anyway, have a great day and I hope we can talk soon!

        • Reply Sonya Matejko December 13, 2016 at 4:56 pm

          Hi Matt! So wonderful to hear from you. I love hearing from a guy’s point of view and glad to hear there are gentleman out there that are also hopeless romantics. Let me know how that book comes along; I’d love to check it out!

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