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Arturo Montoya, 

My bradahhh! Man! I can't believe you're already dippin' out! I still remember the first time we met during Holiday Season last year. 

I won't write a lot, but, I do want to say one thing; THANK YOU. 

I always make sure to have people in my life that wants the best for me and for the people around me. So many of us don't get anywhere because we are constantly bombarded by people who don't help push us towards our goals. However, you are different. You want to "MPOWER" the people around you and I believe that is one of the greatest traits to have as a leader.

Never forget to keep climbing, to keep grounded and last but not least, to keep inspiring people.

ENJOY THE JOURNEY my friend! 

-AG

LOCATION: The Walt Disney Co.

LOCATION: The Walt Disney Co.

How to Be Childlike

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso

LOCATION: Toontown - Disneyland, CA

I have been plotting and planning on writing something on the topic of having a "child-like" mindset and I finally had the chance on writing it this week! Yay! 

So working for "The Happiest Place on Earth" has some pretty good perks such as bringing your loved ones to Disneyland or any Disney Parks and Resorts all throughout the world. This week I had a cool little local vacay idea and brought my cousins out to the park and just decided to abandon my worldly concerns, and just play.

Or I’ll sit and just watch them play, pretending they’re superheros or princesses or playing house or shooting each other with stick guns.

It never fails to leave me with a sense of wonder, of pure joy, of a return to innocence and a simpler time.

As grown ups, we’ve lost this childlike sense of life. And that’s actually a sad thing.

It’s not just about happiness and innocence either — being more childlike also helps us to be more creative, more imaginative, more innovative and open to worlds of possibilities.

Consider: as children, we are naturally imaginative, curious, able to play without a worry in our minds. Some qualities of young children that happen naturally:

  • they live in the present
  • they have no concerns about money, productivity, or being cool
  • there are no limits to their imagination, except what they’ve been exposed to
  • they play and lose themselves in play
  • they create with abandon
  • they are endlessly curious, and ask questions … without end
  • they love showing off to their parents

We could learn a lot from children. Sure, they have qualities we might not want, but in my eyes, they are already perfect. We don’t need to mold them into people, we need to be more like them.

We lose this childlike nature, the nature we’re born with, because of society — it has certain institutions and systems in place that beat childishness out of us, so we can be more productive citizens and consumers. I think it’s unfortunate.

We shouldn’t abandon all responsibilities, but we can learn a lot from children and be more like them in some ways.

LOCATION: Tom Sawyer Island - Disneyland, CA

How to be childlike?

We must first acknowledge that no change is instantaneous, that any change worth keeping takes time. But you can start today.

Start by deciding to abandon caution and to give this a try. Start by identifying the qualities of children you’d like to emulate: curiosity, play, living in the moment, abandoning worries, imagination, creativity, pure joy.

Observe children. Watch how they play, how they live, how they create, how they ask questions. Sure, sometimes they do dumb things like throw tantrums, but even in that you can see their pure abandonment of everything but what is happening to them right now. Watch and learn.

Play with children. If you have some of your own, great. If not, play with children of friends and family. Lose yourself in the play. Be a dinosaur, or a gorilla, or a villain. Have a joyous time. Make them squeal in delight, and feel free to do the same yourself.

Talk with children. Ask them questions. Answer theirs. Don’t talk down to them with baby talk, but don’t be too grownup either.

Play by yourself. Go outside and run around, jump, slide, kick a ball around, pretend. Forget about who might be watching.

Create like a child. Don’t be constrained with what people expect, what you’re used to. Be wild and have fun. Imagine that things can be different, that there are no limitations, and see what happens. Most of your childlike drawings will be tossed in the trash, but some might be put up on the fridge.

Be curious like a child. Look at things with a child’s eye, and ask questions you’ve never asked before, explore with a beginner’s mind. Don’t be afraid to ask why, and what if, and why not?

Live in the moment. Forget about all you have to do. Forget about what happened yesterday, or that conversation you had. Forget about that meeting that’s coming up, or those deadlines. Just do, and be.

See the world with new eyes. It is a wondrous place, a miracle happening every second, a source of immense fascination that can knock you on your ass if you let it. You are a miracle, and every moment you have is a gift. What will you do with that gift?

And last, if you have children, let them be childlike. Stop trying to make them grow up. Stop trying to shape them, criticize them, make them your own piece of clay, as Marvin Gaye said. Let them be, and enjoy the beautiful way they already are.

-AG

“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they’re looking for ideas.” – Paula Poundstone

LOCATION: Pixie Hollow - Disneyland, CA

Happy 63rd Birthday to the place that I can actually call my "second home", Disneyland.

Always an amazing and humbling experience to come up to Walt's apartment once in a while with my favorite peeps from The Walt Disney Company! 

I’am truly blessed that I can make Walt's dream a reality every day infront of thousands of guests.

LOCATION: Walt Disney's Apartment - Disneyland, CA

LOCATION: Walt Disney's Apartment - Disneyland, CA

Become a role model

As the oldest of 3 siblings I have the power and nature to become their role model. I have been through a lot of challenges that I've battled and somehow defeated. Through all of the battles, I still fought through all of the adversity and the challenges. It's because I found the right role models and mentors to look up to. 

Always remember that you are in charge of your feelings, beliefs, and actions. And you teach others how to behave toward you. While you cannot change other people, you can influence them through your own behaviors and actions. By being a living role model of what you want to receive from others, you create more of what you want in your life.

Love you guys, and DO NOT ever forget to keep enjoying this beautiful journey that we call, "life." 

-AG

Location: Redondo Beach Boardwalk Pier, CA

Location: Redondo Beach Boardwalk Pier, CA

Happy 15th B-Day Cuzzo!

Happy Birthday to my little cousin Bernice! Always remember to know your value and life will take care of you as you go along this beautiful journey. 

Love, 

Cousin AG

LIFE-TIME MACHINE

Don't let life take away your endless power. Be happy for this ‘moment.’ This ‘moment’ is your life. When we live completely from the mind over a period of time, we lose touch with the infinite self, and then we begin to feel lost. This happens when we’re in ‘doing mode’ all the time, rather than ‘being mode’ the latter means letting ourselves be who and what we are without judgement. Being doesn’t mean that we don’t do anything. It’s just that our actions stem from following our emotions and feelings while staying present in the moment. Doing, on the other hand, is future focused, with the mind creating a series of tasks that take us from here to there in order to achieve a particular outcome, regardless of our current emotional state. We should be lifting each other up, and cheering one another on. Not trying to outshine, or one up each other. The sky would be awfully dark, with only one star. 

Don't let someone tell you that you can't do something. If you got a dream, you protect it. When people can't do something themselves, they're going to tell you that you can't do it. You want something, go get it. PERIOD. The goal is to not get rich, the goal is to live rich.

-AG