September 10, 2010


I miss the excitement of a late night trip to Walmart when I was in 2nd grade.
I miss running down the street when I heard the ice cream truck's music.
I miss bowling every Saturday in Mustang, we moved and then the old alley closed down.
I miss having a Maple tree in the front yard to climb whenever I wanted to.
I miss being allowed to hunt for the Easter eggs instead of being the person who has to help hide them.
I miss Even Stevens.

I know that my identity lies in Christ.
I know that my heart constantly beats with the crash of the waves on a distant shore.
I know that chocolate is the cure for all bad days.
I know that I laugh every time I see the sketch from the Carol Burnett show when she comes down the stairs wearing the curtains.
I know what my favorite acoustic guitar song is.
I know how to always look for the bright side in a situation.
I know that I can make a pretty mean popover.

I wish that finding contentment in the right now moments was easier for me.
I wish that I never quit piano lessons in the third grade.
I wish that there were more wildflowers on the sides of the road.
I wish that more people knew what a popover was.
I wish that everyone wrote in colored pens.
I wish I lived next to a palm tree.

September 8, 2010

Disney Interview - Done!

 "Somewhere between bed-wetting and a near death experience!!"
-Rizzo (Muppets Treasure Island)

That was my day today, in a nut shell, to utilize a classic Muppets' quote. All because of one little ten minute phone conversation with a recruiter named Hannah from Walt Disney World.... yikes! I was so nervous to have this phone interview with the recruiter, but it went great! My interviewer was super friendly and encouraging, so that helped a lot. I am a little panicked because I feel like it could have been longer and she could have asked me a lot more questions,  but I'm hoping that short isn't necessarily bad!

Really, right now, I feel like there's a good chance that I could get in but there's also a good chance that I could be rejected. Now that the interview is over, I just keep praying and praying, "Not my will, but Thine, God. Take this opportunity, if I make it, may it be for your glory, if I don't make it, then may that be for your glory too. Whatever happens, I trust in You, I trust in the plans that you have for me." 

That's basically been my prayer through this whole process with Disney from the very beginning. Even if I don't make it into Disney, I really trust in God's plan for my life and I really truly believe that it's going to work out for God's glory, even if I can't see the purpose of whatever happens in the next few weeks.  

Walt Disney said, "A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.” 

Come what may, I have set my goals and I am looking forward to discovering bigger and better ones down the road. And right now, as I begin to play the waiting game after doing everything I could do for this one big goal, I am sitting back and saying, "I know what it is to feel the thrill of pursuing something that I want. I know what it is to work hard for something that is not guaranteed. I know that I have thrown myself out there to pursue a dream of mine, even when I have been constantly aware that I could fail. I know what it is to be alive." And it is oh so worth it. The excitement, the fear, the surrendering of my life over and over again, I wouldn't trade this experience for the world. 

September 5, 2010

Disney College Program- Application Process

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

I think that it's appropriate to start this blog with a Walt Disney quote, since this is the first blog about my process of applying for the Disney CareerStart program. I was a little hesitant at first to blog about this process, because I'm realistic and know that I may not get in, and it's going to be a hard thing to write about the whole process of applying only to be rejected. However, I also know that this process is super exciting, and it's a huge part of my life right now! I really hope I get into Disney (and I mean REALLY), but regardless of that, I'm on a journey that needs to be documented.

Applying for Disney has already taken me outside of my comfort zone, because the idea of moving away from home and living on my own for over half a year is completely daunting. But after working so hard to graduate high school in December, I am very excited for the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone. Through this whole process, I'm trying to stay optimistic but realistic, excited but understanding of the fact that there are hundreds of other people applying for the job I want, and hopeful about my future with Disney but trusting in God's plan for my life. No matter what happens, I really truly have full confidence that God will direct my path.

Now onto the nitty gritty of where I'm at exactly right now, I just completed the first process of the interview, an online segment, and I'll call in on Monday to arrange a time to take the phone interview. The online interview was not bad at all, it was filled with questions like, "On a scale of one to five, are you 'fill in the blank'". Emphasizing on cleanliness, punctuality, work ethics, and leadership skills. Not too bad at all! Like every other person applying for this program, the phone interview has my stomach in knots already- and I don't even know when I'm having it! I'm just hoping that I don't stutter and stammer my way through it with nervousness! :)

Here's a quick tip for interested applicants: during your online interview, answer in extremes. On a scale of 1-5, answer the majority of your questions with 1's or 5's. Disney likes to see passion, not middle-of-the-road answers. 

Now, I've received some pretty common questions, which I'll try to address.

1. What is the Disney College Program? 
This is an internship (lasting from anywhere from 4-9 months) available at Walt Disney World or Disneyland for students going into college, in college, or students who have just graduated. You can take classes while there to count for credit and have great networking opportunities!

2. Why are you applying for Disney?
For quite a while I've known that I was going to try and graduate early, because I felt really clearly like I was supposed to have the eight months between December and starting college next fall free. At first I found out about a YWAM (Youth With A Mission) training program that I really wanted to go to (shout out to Hawaii on this one!), but it became clear pretty fast that that wasn't the right place for me right now. I became really discouraged, because I knew I was supposed to be doing something, but all the different options I kept finding weren't working out. I even crossed Disney off the list at first because I didn't know if I would be able to come back in time for college. A few months and many emails later, I realized that I could definitely complete this internship in time for university. That started the whole process of applying. 

3. If accepted, when you be gone?
My program, if accepted, will run from February 21st until August 5. 

All of that boils down to me sitting here, at 5:20 pm on a lovely Sunday afternoon, thinking about my big dreams and Mickey Mouse, hoping that in a few months I'll be packing up a little blue Honda to take a 20 hour drive to the Sunshine State.Whatever happens, if there's one thing that watching all those classic Disney movies has taught me, it's that dreams can come true! So here's to the next few weeks/ months, full of anticipation, big dreams, and maybe even a little pixie dust.