Acting as if

Acting As If is a powerful technique for manifesting things into your life. It involves giving yourself the experience of what you want to have, do or be. Acting As If tells the mind that what you desire is possible to attain and that your dreams can exist right now.

For example, you could go for a ride in the car you want to purchase, visit apartments in the area in which you desire to live or even eat at restaurants you’d love to frequent one day.

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As an actor, I have to do it all the time. I have to play different people and create a new world for each character I want to embody. I change the outside world so that my mind and body believe that I’m someone different on the inside.

In my personal life I do a lot of travelling, and to be able to afford it all I do what I call “basic travel”. That means budget airlines (where you bring a packed lunch onboard), walking long distances pulling my luggage to avoid taxi costs and travelling overnight when tickets are much cheaper.

I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent in the last few years on a smelly coach only to get off with my neck dislocated in about 12 places!

That’s not what I really want for myself. I want to travel often for work and pleasure, and I want to do so comfortably. And why not, right? Why not love the travelling part as much as I love being at the destination? And why not make the experience more exciting and peaceful?

So, in order to create the belief that I could do it, I booked myself a first class train ticket from Glasgow to London last weekend. The journey was easy, stress-free, comfortable and it gave me a taste of the future. And this experience is a vision I can hold onto to strengthen my belief and desire for luxury travel.

Henceforth, I’m going to travel in style as often as I can. If that means saving up for a bit longer or working a little harder, so be it. I’m worth the effort.

Solo travelling is for everyone

I’ve been on plenty of trips alone over the last few years. My first solo trip was to Amsterdam in the summer of 2014. I was very nervous to go on my own for a number of reasons. I didn’t know the city, I was a young woman – 19 years old at the time – and I had to be completely dependant on myself. Still, I was excited to test out solo travelling and see if it was as good as what I’d heard and read online.

I was in Amsterdam for about 4 days and the entire experience surpassed my greatest expectations. Since then I’ve been on a number of solo trips and even moved abroad for 7 months last year.

Solo travelling has honestly been one of the biggest blessings in my life, so here’s why I think you should give it a try.

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A look back at 2018

So what were my main objectives in 2018? Did I succeed or did I fail? Here’s my honest reflection on my goals for the year.

 

In 2018 I wanted to:

1. Learn to speak Dinka

2. Take weekly dance classes

3. Travel outside of Europe at least once

4. Develop my spirituality and faith

5. Be open, positive and optimistic

 

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Jordan: Day 1 — 3

 

This is my first time in the Middle East and Jordan is definitely one of the best places I’ve ever visited.

I touched down in the capital Amman on Sunday night and I’ll be here for a week in total. I’m staying at the InterContinental Hotel, a wonderful 5* hotel in the heart of the city centre. The little Arabic that I know has been super handy whilst navigating about and greeting people. Alhamdulillah!

I find that Jordanians are extremely friendly and hospitable which means learning about their country, culture and history is enjoyable. Amman is spread across quite a few steep mountains, so the landscape is really beautiful and looking down on the city from above is just magical.

Though I’m in Jordan for work, I’ve actually had quite a lot of free time which has turned this experience more into a holiday. Lucky me, ay!

On my first day I had a wander around the old city and the famous Al-Rainbow Street with lots of cafes, restaurants and shops. Life basically starts in the evening over here so that’s when you’d find most people out grabbing a bite to eat, socialising or doing a bit of shopping. The colourful street lights and shop windows also make Amman feel particularly vibrant and lively.

 

My second day was spent at the Dead Sea. It was about a 45 minute drive from the hotel, and on the way my driver Emad recommended we stop at a store called Black Iris Handicrafts which sells mosaics, carpets, art work, carvings, souvenirs and dead sea beauty products. Lots of great items for decorating my future dream home. (Fun fact: the Black Iris is Jordan’s floral emblem.)

On arrival at the Dead Sea I got a day pass to Dead Sea Spa Hotel & Resort for only 20JD (£23) which allows private access to the beach, pools and the hotel’s restaurant. The Dead Sea itself was a dream. Because the water is soooo salty, about 10 times saltier than normal sea water, your body just floats and it’s basically impossible to swim. So I just spent a long time floating about, enjoying the warm sunshine and living my best life.

Later on I gave myself a good scrub with mud found in the various pockets along the beach. They say that this mud is very good for the skin and health in general, and I can’t lie I was feeling fabulous afterwards.

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In the afternoon I had a delicious meal at the hotel restaurant – I couldn’t recommend it enough. Jordanian food is great for vegetarians and vegans because it contains lots of fruits, healthy sauces, vegetables and grains – similar really to the mediterranean diet.

That evening I had some light snacks at the funky Books@Cafe in downtown Amman.

Day three was mostly spent discovering the history of Amaan. I had a guided tour of the Citadel where I learned about the making of the city, how different civilizations governed it, the ancient ruins, Jordan’s independence, and how the country has changed in modern times. My tour guide Faysal was a great photographer too so shout out to him for the cool photos.

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Faysal went on to teach me about the Roman and Greek influence in Amman as we toured the Roman Amphitheatre. It’s about 95 steps to the very top and seats about 6,000 people. I can only imagine how electrifying it must have been to perform on that stage back in the day!

As sunset began so did the hustle and bustle of the city. Echos of the Adhan (islamic call to prayer) could be heard from all over and people came in great numbers to gather and pray at the King Abdullah I Mosque, the famous blue-domed mosque of Jordan.

Faysal took me to a street food stall where we bought falafel wraps and ate sugary Jordanian desserts.

I feel so lucky to be abroad (once again), experiencing a new culture, language and a different way of life. I can’t wait to see what else is in store this week.

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Avignon & Marseille

Earlier this month my friend and I decided to go to Avignon Festival in the south of France. We ended up staying in the small town of Avignon for about 4 days, and we watched about 2-3 shows per day covering a variety of genres including improvisation, drama, comedy and dance. It was a cool to experience so much art in a really beautiful, vibrant and sunny town. During our stay we rented bikes too and cycled up to the the Fortress and Abbey of Saint-André to get a strong dose of history. Continue reading

Studying in Paris

I’ve finished my exchange programme at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique and overall it was a positive experience.

We performed two classical plays at the end of June: ‘Mithridate’ by Racine and ‘Suréna’ by Corneille. It was a tough challenge for me because the plays were old-fashioned and the language very rich and dense – think Shakespeare but in french! However, with lots of help from my classmates, teachers and French friends for all over, I think I did a decent job in the end and I’m proud of each and every performance.

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My french has significantly improved, thank God. Given that I’ve been here for almost 6 months that was to be expected. What’s been quite unexpected, though, is that lots of people have told me that I don’t have an accent and I sound like a francophone. I’m always happy to hear that because it has been my mission to speak fluently without a strong english accent.

I’ll be in Paris until the end of the summer so my plan is to: go to the cinema as often as I can and watch a couple of new TV series online; research the industry, casting directors, directors, actors, etc.; read french plays and novels (a minimum of 30 minutes reading per day); continue to workout and stretch on a daily basis; and lastly enjoy the beautiful weather and experience all that Paris has to offer.

To be honest I’m very, very happy at the moment and I have a lot of energy. I’m focussed, my vision is clear and I feel that are some magical experiences and amazing opportunities lined up for me.

Paris, I’m here

I arrived in Paris last week on Wednesday and I started at my new school, le Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique, the following day.

So far I looooove the school. The students and staff are super friendly and welcoming, and I feel like I’ve been studying here a lot longer than just 4 days! Continue reading

Keeping the faith in 2018: new year, new goals!

I’ve decided that my motto for this year will be “Keep the faith”. That means that no matter what happens in 2018 I will keep believing that great things are ahead and always remain hopeful. As with every year I have chosen specific goals that will help to expand my potential, bring more peace into my life and help me to see the world from a different perspective.
Towards the end of 2017 I became very lazy and idle, and I think it might have been because I was overambitious and gave myself too many goals to achieve and too many things to focus on throughout that year.

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More from Greece!

Greece was amazingly, fantastically, exceptionally, incredibly, beautifully brilliant and it was an unforgettable first visit to the country. The weather was divine, the beaches were stunning and the people were exceptionally friendly and warm.

I visited Athens, Serifos and Syros during an 11-day adventure which was plenty of time to explore everything as a solo traveller. Whilst on the islands I stayed in small apartments that were all walking distance from the ports, good beaches, historical sites and decent restaurants.

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