Live.Love.Laugh

A NOTE TO MYSELF/YOURSELF

LOCATION: Wisdom Tree - Los Angeles, CA

Dear Me,

Don’t you ever give up on yourself. This life is going to challenge you and knock you down, but you can never give up. When you feel like you’ve given it your all, and there’s nothing left, remember your power. You are the creator of your own reality, emotions, and destiny. Your current situation is not your final destination.

I ask these questions to myself and ask these to yourself:

  • “What if today’s my last day?”

  • “What if today’s my last week?”

  • “What am I going to contribute to this planet today? Evil things? Good things?”

Just by asking these questions to yourself it will change your whole perspective of your whole day.

Remember who you are. Keep dreaming BIG, keep fighting, keep growing, keep learning, and never give up! 

-AG

WALT DISNEY WORLD 2019 TRIP

I couldn’t be more thankful that I actually got to experience probably one of the most “magical” vacation I’ve had in years!

I can’t wait to come back! And I will be forever thankful for being a part of this amazing company.

-AG

DAY 1: DISNEY SPRINGS

DAY 2: DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

DAY 3: DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM

DAY 4: EPCOT

DAY 5: DISNEY’S MAGIC KINGDOM

MAGIC MAKERS

It’s always a great experience to bring friends to the studios and show them around. It still brings me chills knowing that I’am a part of this magical empire and I will be forever grateful for being a “magic maker.”

-AG

LOCATION: Walt Disney Studios / Burbank, CA

LOCATION: Walt Disney Studios / Burbank, CA

LOCATION: MARVEL Studios HQ / Burbank, CA

LOCATION: MARVEL Studios HQ / Burbank, CA

LOCATION: MARVEL Studios HQ / Burbank, CA

LOCATION: Walt Disney Studios / Burbank, CA

LOCATION: Walt Disney Studios / Burbank, CA

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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