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RANDOM LA DAY - Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

I’ve been wanting to come and visit the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust for a while now. And today I had the time and the patience to sit through LA traffic to see this amazing piece of history. Ever since HS, I’ve been a great fan of “World History” and I find the whole WWII really interesting despite all of the crazy things that happened throughout the war. And the weirdest thing is that, I’am so intrigued with the whole Holocaust history… it’s really sad and gruesome what Hitler had done… That is why it is “history” now. It reminds me to become a better human being towards others and to inspire at the same time.

-AG

How to Find Happiness Within

‘Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.’ ~Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Where Happiness Comes From

It’s worth taking a moment to consider where happiness comes from. Is it from things like having someone love you, or eating a fantastic meal, or having a great body, or relaxing on the beach, or drinking a good cup of coffee?

No, actually. Those things all are phenomena that happen outside of us … and they don’t cause the happiness. They might be correlated with happiness — they happen, and then we are happy at the same time — but it’s not a cause-and-effect relationship. There’s another event that’s happening at the same time.

That event is what happens in our brain between the external event (a good cup of coffee) and our state of happiness.

What is this event? It’s a process. Let’s take a close look:

  1. We drink a cup of good coffee (or read a good book, eat some delicious berries, have good sex, etc.).

  2. We notice the coffee, pay attention to it. If we don’t pay attention, and are reading on the Internet as we drink the coffee, we don’t get the happiness from the coffee.

  3. We appreciate the goodness in the coffee that we noticed. It’s not just the noticing and paying attention — we have to accept it for what it is, and appreciate the good things about it.

  4. This goodness we’ve noticed causes us to be happy about life. We are now happy about the experience of living, about life itself, because this experience is filled with goodness — even if it’s just the goodness of a cup of coffee.

So that’s it: noticing and appreciating the goodness in a cup of coffee causes us to be happy about living. And the more we notice and appreciate about our lives (and ourselves), the happier we are.

‘We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.’ ~Frederick Keonig

Finding It Within

So does this mean that happiness is really about external things, like the cup of coffee or the sex or the love from someone else? No … it’s about the process that happens within. And this process can happen no matter what’s going on outside of us. It can happen even if there are no external stimuli — because there are things inside of us that we can appreciate as well.

Let me emphasize that: all the raw material we need for happiness is inside of us. The good things we can appreciate to be happy — they are always with us, already there. And the tools for turning these raw materials into happiness … they are within us as well. We just need to develop them.

What are the things within us that we can appreciate, that can make us happy? Some examples:

  • Are you generous?

  • Do you love? Can you give love?

  • Do you feel compassion?

  • Are you good at something?

  • Are you a good listener?

  • Do you empathize with the pain of others?

  • Do you appreciate beauty in nature, in others?

  • Do you have good ideas?

  • Are you determined?

  • Are you good at sports?

  • Are you creative?

And so on. These (and more) are all internal qualities you might have that you can appreciate, that can make you happy about yourself.

So the happiness process — noticing, appreciating, being happy about living — can be applied to things within us, no matter what’s going on outside. We can learn to notice and appreciate the good things (and the less-than-perfect things as well!) in ourselves, and start to love ourselves.

Appreciating All That’s Around Us

That’s just the start, though. What’s within us is amazing, but so is what’s in everyone else, and life all around us. These might be external things, but the appreciation for them (and the happiness that results) comes from within.

So the key skill is to learn to notice, accept and appreciate everything around us, and everyone we see and interact with.

Look closely at the food you eat, and the coffee, water, tea, or wine you drink … what can you notice? Is there good to be noticed that you can appreciate, that can make you happy to be alive?

What about the room around you? What about the book you’re reading, or the blog post? What about the nature outside? Are there things there that you can notice and appreciate?

Often if we fail to see good in things or people around us (or ourselves), it’s a failure to pay close attention. If the person near you seems rude or uninteresting, you’re not paying close enough attention to the details: are they also funny, or talented, or shy but with hidden secrets? Are they in pain, and in need of compassion? Look closer, and see what you can find.

Once you begin to pay attention, and to look, you’ll find some amazing things. All around us are examples of beauty, creativity, inspiration, triumph, pain, joy, life.

And once you get good at this, you can start to appreciate the “not-so-perfect” things as well. We judge other people’s flaws, and our own flaws, as “bad” … but what if they’re just a part of being human? Then aren’t the “flaws” a celebration of who we are as humans? Aren’t anger and rudeness and mistakes a part of our beauty as human beings?

And this is true, of course, of ourselves. We all have flaws, and we should celebrate them. Notice them, yes, but appreciate them, and use them as reasons to be happy to be alive.

Once we can do this, we can see the wonder in every little thing around us, and inside us. And then we realize that life is a true joy, in every moment, if we simply pay attention and appreciate it.

-AG

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

Commit yourself to your own magnificence.

There is no risk for you out here on the leading edge, ever. And when you come to understand the true nature of well-being in which you have come forth — then you can relax and begin to enjoy this magnificent adventure which is your creative life experience. We are not here to guide the specifics of that which you choose. You get to choose that, and you can’t get it wrong. We are here to assist you — only to assist you — in finding vibrational harmony with your desire; knowing that when you find vibrational harmony with your desire, you are, in this moment, an amazing being. 

Commit yourself to your own magnificence. Every time you look into a mirror, remind yourself that what stares back at you is not an every-changing body, but an invisibleness that is truly your highest self. Affirm: I’am love, I’am love, I’am worthy, I’am infinite, silently and out loud. Do this frequently so that it eventually becomes your inner mantra. This will help you abandon old patterns you’ve carried that have injured your personal relationship to the universe and all of the inherent beauty and perfection it holds. You will awaken to the incredible miracle that you are.

-AG

LOCATION: Tropical Hideaway (Adventureland) - Disneyland Resort, CA

Disneyland Resort: Star Wars Galaxy's Edge - Costume Reveal

So working for the mouse actually got a lot of perks, and this one was actually pretty cool. The Cast Activities department for the Disneyland Resort decided to create an event for all of the die hard Star Wars cast members to enjoy. I myself have never seen Star Wars, so I could care less, to be honest. However, the event was pretty cool.

They actually built a runway for the new costumes attire that was modeled by some of our great cast members including our Resort President - Josh D’Amaro and Resort Vice President - Kris Theiler.

-AG

Don't limit yourself.

Your life is your own. Don’t waste it trying to be what others expect you to be. Don’t sacrifice your happiness to make everybody happy. Don’t give up on your dreams to build other people’s dreams. Your life is your own.

You can’t let people scare you. You can’t go your whole life trying to please everyone else. You can’t go through life worried about what everyone else is going to think. You can’t let the judgement of others stop you from being you. Because if you do, you are no longer you. You’re someone everyone else wants you to be. 

Commit yourself to your own magnificence. Every time you look into a mirror, remind yourself that what stares back at you is not an every-changing body, but an invisibleness that is truly your highest self. Affirm: I’am love, I’am love, I’am worthy, I’am infinite, silently and out loud. Do this frequently so that it eventually becomes your inner mantra. This will help you abandon old patterns you’ve carried that have injured your personal relationship to the universe and all of the inherent beauty and perfection it holds. You will awaken to the incredible miracle that you are.

BE WHO YOU WANT TO BE! 

-AG

LOCATION: Disneyland, CA / PC: Philippe Villarubia

LOCATION: Disneyland, CA / PC: Philippe Villarubia

LOCATION: VANS HQ / Costa Mesa, CA

LOCATION: Crooks & Castle HQ / Los Angeles, CA

LOCATION: The Art Institute of California - Orange County / Costa Mesa, CA

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

LOCATION: Shake Shack / Los Angeles, CA