actingmylife – A Year Later… [What A Journey It Has Been]

When I was little, I never dreamed of setting up a blog. Or even one, in the eyes of an Autistic woman. My original, ultimate dream job was to be a Historian – then an actress – then a Historic Tour Guide – then an author – then a television presenter – then an actress again – then finally, a workshop leader in a Children’s Youth Theatre Company. But although I kept changing my mind of what job career I would like, there’s one thing that has remained the same: my love for creativity.

I believe that by expressing and experimenting my creativity, I learn to understand myself. Whither it’s through poetry, story-telling or dancing. And I couldn’t be more thankful because without my passion, I wouldn’t be able to be where I am today. But the biggest thank you’s have to go to all of you lovely viewers and followers.

This past year has been A- MAZ-ING! Honestly, I cannot tell you how happy I am; not only with your support but with your enthusiasm. Without this blog, I would never have been able to do write articles with many fabulous bloggers and create a YouTube channel. And I own a huge graduate to you because with you, I would never have been able to grow and share my blog within the Internet Community.

And in return, I always take my time to read your wonderfully talented articles. Although I try, it’s very hard to keep because of my studies. But when I can, I always read leaving no detail detached. You guys are super, super, super talented. Never stop doing what you do because your blogs will make a difference. And it doesn’t matter if you have a massive or tiny amount of followers. 😉

In honour of actingmylife’s first birthday, I want no celebrations, or any fuss. Instead, I want to celebrate by saying thank you, and hope to write more articles and record more vlogs for you in the future.

I am going to round up this special article with a quote by Albert Einstein, whose belief in creativity suggests that it can take you anywhere in the future. All it takes is faith in yourself:

  “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

If you want to find my YouTube and Social Media channels, I’ll leave you links below. Don’t forget to subscribe:

actingmylife YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEGrCJ075UyDw-PRObU5eQw

Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/actingmylife211/

Official actingmylife Facebook Account: https://en-gb.facebook.com/people/Sez-Soutar/100010650061414

Official Google+ Account: https://plus.google.com/113383946692894554783/posts

Surprise!!!!!

So, a lot of you guys may have realised why I haven’t uploaded any daily posts this week. Well, I’ve been busy uploading videos.

Yes – I have my very own YouTube account and I am now a vlogger (as well as a blogger)! Preparations for YouTube and Vlogs haven’t been easy, but I made my first steps and I am getting the hang of this.

I am excited about this journey ahead of me, making new friends from both my channel, and blog and sharing my experiences – in the view of an Autistic woman.

I’m going to leave this post here, but I’ll leave you the links down below for my first two videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxi-3A89w6c – Induction Video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wurl7pF5luA – Sez’s 20 Odd Favourites Video

Please have a look, if you get the chance. If you do, I hope you enjoy them.

🙂 Xxxxx

A Very Late Three Things Thursday (Oops!)

Just realised that I haven’t posted anything for this week’s Three Things Thursday post – I’m really sorry. So to make up for this, I’m treating you to a second (proper) post. Hope you enjoy. 🙂

What Are the Three Things That Have Made Me Smile This Week?

  • Spending time with my closet friends
  • Discovering my inner talents and I’m getting positive feedback from them! 😀
  • I am beginning to stand up for myself – and others have chosen to accept my true feelings about difficult situations

My Christmas Reading Bucket List (2015)

As an author, it’s always important to read many good books. For me, that’s been hard as I always leave it after reading the first chapter or in the middle of the novel. But this year, I’ve decided to change my ways and trying to read as many as I can. Some, I might read again (ones that are highlighted in bold) and there’ll be new books to look at too. Here are my top books to read this Christmas:

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

Atonement by Ian McEwan

The Shakespeare Curse by J.L. Carrell

Jane – the Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

Geek Girl: Picture Perfect by Holly Smale

Girl Online: On Tour by Zoe Sugg

My Summer Reading Bucket List (2015) (*Last and Final Update*)

Update: Finished reading my fourth novel; just written the review. To read, see below:

https://actingmylife.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/back-to-black-facing-mid-life-crisis-and-beginning-life-all-over-again-in-a-whole-new-light/

As an author, it’s always important to read many good books. For me, that’s been hard as I always leave it after reading the first chapter or in the middle of the novel. But this year, I’ve decided to change my ways and trying to read as many as I can. Some, I might read again (ones that are highlighted in bold) and there’ll be new books to look at too. Here are my top books to read this summer:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Girl Online by Zoe Snugg

Bridget Jones – Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Jane – the Woman Who Loved Tarzan by Robin Maxwell

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

Please Accept Me For Who I Am: How Should You Tell Your Blind Date/s That You Have Autism

“You’ve said on your profile that you’re autistic?” That’s one question one I got asked when I started online dating. And before you ask; yes, I did write on my profile that I have Autism – and I don’t regret it.

When I started online dating, I decided to be open and honest about myself because I wanted to make new friends, as well as finding a possible future lover.

According to Dating Sites Reviews. com, 91 million people worldwide use dating apps and 7 in 10 of these users are between 16 and 34 years old. So when you think of how many users go online, how many of them tell the truth? You don’t know. However, you’ll know if they’re interested in you and message you privately. That’s what happened with me, involving a couple of users – half of them stopped contacting, weeks after we exchanged; the rest are still in conversation with me.

And, I don’t feel bad about myself because there’ll be plenty fish in the sea. When I got in and lost contact with my first guy, I did feel disappointed and confused. In time, I began to realise that not contacting me back is their loss; they never confessed that they didn’t want to contact me anyone, but I guess that’s boy talk for, “I’m done with you”. However, they may contact again, but I cannot guarantee that it’ll happen.

Before that stage happened, everything was building up; we got to know each other like what we study, work and lives. Most of their lives were extremely interesting; each person reminded me of an interesting character in a William Shakespeare play, a Jane Austin novel or one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock series. I couldn’t believe that there were so many fascinating lives in the world. And this, the concept of online dating, has taught me something – it’s fun (in the words of my closet friends,”it’s like exploring a sweet shop”) and educational. There, you can learn, through others, about different cultures that are happening all over the world and what happens in their lives, like the subjects they study at University for example.

But when it came to the Autistic part, I knew I had to speak the truth. I had many questions from them – “what’s it’s like being Autistic” and “how does it affect you?” When I was younger, I felt uncomfortable talking about it but since I became one of the 91 million online dating users, my confidence grew and grew. And what I replied to them was the truth. Not the truth that I just gabble on and on, without stopping to look. But the truth that I take to write and re-write, taken straight from my heart. And with that, I leave them to judge their opinion. So far, I’ve had positive, confused and some, out of tone responses. None of them have been negative (thank goodness). However, I don’t know what I’m going to receive next time. It may be good; it may not. As long as I’m comfortable speaking about Autism, that’s all it matters to me.

Can online dating improve your life? Possibly. Can it teach you something? Absolutely! That’s why I highly recommend it. Time maybe changing, but in a way that you may not expect it to be.

If you are considering online dating, then don’t be afraid to start today; it could change your life. Whither you are Autistic or not, it could be an excellent way to start new turns in your relationships and friendships. It certainly did for me. However, it may take a while before you might find the right people – possibly years (which is similar to finding love, off the screen). But don’t lose hope; love can happen to everyone – we all deserve it. But remember when you sign up and thinking of what information to write on your profile – Just be Yourself! Don’t get carried away or lie your way around situations; that’s not the answer to make new friends or a future love.

Also, don’t be afraid to share your hobbies and your daily life. You may meet fantastic people, who may share the same activities as you! You could be very lucky this way, as sharing them can make a relationship and/or friendships stronger.

As for me, I’ll continue to seek new friendships and possible lovers, until I reach success – it may take a while, but I’m not giving up that easily. 😉