After midnight

I changed the date so it would show for the 22nd, even though its really the 23rd now ;).

Today was really cool.. I slept in, spent some time with my girlfriend (she’s awesome!!) and then went off to church. Amae drove me this morning and we had a bit of fun getting lost.. ok, so it wasn’t tooo much fun.. LA drivers are NUTS! :P

After lunch at church I headed home and took a nap. Hmm.. dreams..

I have crazy dreams.. crazy like you wouldn’t believe. My dreams are almost always a playback of the days events, except.. all mixed up. People and events from all throughout my day will play back in a series of ‘stories’ in my dreams.. its very strange!

I’ve talked to people about whether or not they can ‘control’ their dreams. Its something I used to struggle with when I was little.. I would have this very strange nightmare in which everything was ‘moving’.. moving really really fast, spinning out of control.. and it would drive me crazy! Sometimes it would even happen when I was half awake, the room would look like it was spinning..

Then I grew up a bit and it stopped.. phew. I was about 8 or so when I was going through that. As I grew older I began to slowly be able to control my dreams, up until about 2 years ago when it just ‘clicked’.. I had a few dreams where I was able to control everything, even to moving back and forth through time.

And then, its never been an issue since then. There will be some times where I’ll ‘control’ something, but its just not an issue. Now my dreams are all replays of the days events.. with every once in a long while a dream that is about just one thing and usually means something..

Ok, enough about dreams ;).. This is what happens when I write in my journal past midnight.. yeesh..

So a few cool things happened tonight!

I saw some really good stuff in the youthcove community this evening! Haven’t had a chance to reply to them all, so I’ll have to hop on that tomorrow night ;).

Speaking of hopping, got a very surprising email from my partner Derek this morning! He said he wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not, but he went ahead and got a new design done for Hostingfrog. Its VERY good! Its not totally what I’m looking for, but wow.. he found a guy who gave us a bid of how much he’d charge and then said he’d be willing to take the money when we could pay. I’m very impressed and I’m looking forward to meeting him! I was very pleasantly surprised with Derek taking the action he did.. it was awesome :).

HMM.. what else..

Oh yeah! I’m going to be meeting up with Victor tomorrow.. err.. today ;). He’s a member of Youthcove whom I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know these past few months. Brilliant young man who’s really taken his business stuff seriously. I’m very proud of him! We’re gonna shoot some hoops at the beach tomorrow and just hang out for awhile. Looking forward to it!

Alright, time for THIS young man to get to bed.. I was helping Amae out with her iPod and Mac issues today.. hehe.. I don’t mind working on Macs, just not my favorite ;). That iPod thing is pretty nifty though.. hehe..

Alright, goodnight world! Oh.. and I don’t need to tell you to check out Jessi’s blog again do I? You’ve already bookmarked it.. gooood.. :)

Goodnight!

-Jonathan Wold

Daily Action Step:

Hmmm.. taking a nap! :)

Sleeepy..

Its almost midnight and I am soo exhausted.. but I can’t forget my journal!.. *smiles*..

Today was a really good day.. another good day :). Got nearly everything on my list done, and it was quite a list!

I put a bunch of work into Hostingfrog this morning, got the startup blog updated and rolling with a post on server backups. I also took care of a bunch of emails I’d been putting off, so that was really cool :).

My experiences in LA have been really really good so far. I’ve been eating extremely well, thanks to Amae, I’ve been getting back into the entrepreneurial groove of things, and I’m loving it!

One of the next big things I’ve taken up is..

I’m learning more about CSS!

I started an eBook this afternoon on designing sites without tables using CSS. For those of you unfamiliar with all that, it basically means that as a web designer, I’m putting a bunch of extra effort into improving my abilities. Sure, eventually I’ll have others doing the work.. but when its something I truly enjoy.. why?

Besides, its just good to KNOW that stuff. I’m going to become a master at CSS.. it’ll help a ton as I do work on my own stuff AND on stuff for clients.

I’m also improving my artistic abilities!

Art is something I’ve found that I’m enjoying more and more lately.. I’m slowly taking it up again! I’ve decided that its time to start investing more into my own abilities and improving the value that I’m able to give back into my businesses and into any other ventures I undertake.

So I’m going to be working on some paintings very soon and I’ll be showing you guys as that happens.

I spent a little work on this fun painting this even, based off of some ideas I got in a tutorial online ;). Check it out!

Pretty wild eh? I kinda like it.. not sure what it IS but I like it :). That was done entirely in Photoshop, no 3D modelers were injured in the making of this drawing ;).

I think one of the next things I get will be a WACOM table.. which is a tablet that lets you ‘draw’ into your computer. All the work I’ve done so far involves using the mouse, which limits your abilities and doesn’t allow for pressure sensitivity in your paintings.

To see more, check out my artwork section on jonathanwold.com.

Alright, that’s about a wrap.. time for this young man to get some SERIOUS sleep!

OH yes, and be sure to check out Jessi Abela’s blog! I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of promoting that girl ;).. Well.. maybe tomorrow.. *grins*.. Check it out and send her some comments!

Alright, off to bed I go! Goodnight world and Happy Sabbath!

-Jonathan

Daily Action Step:

Starting an eBook and KNOWING that I’m going to FINISH it :)

Got a credit card!

Today was an awesome day! Now lets see if I can remember everything that happened! ;)..

I began my ‘work day’ after my cold shower and worship by talking with Matt. We went over some stuff, discussed some of our plans (wow that seems like it was yesterday) and then went into ‘primetime’.

I turned off my email, I disable my MSN.. I freed myself from all distractions and worked solidly on Hostingfrog. Well, amazing amazing I actually made progress!! Go check it out over at the startup blog. Be sure to post your comments! ;)

And then I moved on to other things. I worked on Youthcove.com (a website for young entrepreneurs if you didn’t know yet ;), got sumore work done with the template and did my share of posting in the community.

Lets see, what else..

AH yes! I had my first tutoring session with Amae!.. Yeah, I thought it was spelt Aimee and, in fact, that is her legal spelling.. she goes by Amae though and is planning to change her name before too long ;). Its pronounced (Ah – may).. The session went very well and I’m looking forward to the next few. I’m teaching her web design and we’re starting with the basics in dreamweaver. She’s on a mac, so that makes things a tad trickier, but still cool ;).

I had a really great talk with victor today! He’s the proud owner of a web based fitness program at www.iwantmusclenow.com. He’s getting his busy plan up and rolling and I’m very proud of him! We’re going to be getting together this Sunday and play some basketball at the beach, just hanging out for awhile. I’m looking forward to it! I could use a break! ;)

My good friend Scott has been working hard on some articles for Hostingfrog and ran a mention of it in his blog tonight. I’m looking forward to seeing more updates from him, he’s got some powerful writing abilities! His website is going to be a lot of fun as well.. he’s given me creative license to come up with whatever I’d like ;).. Hehehehe…

AH yes, I found a great blog in my browsing today! Check out Mitch Keeler’s blog titled mitchelaneous. He runs a tech related blog which is VERY interesting for those who are into the whole web hosting industry, as I am. We’re exchanging emails and I’m interested to see if there is anyway we’ll be able to help each other out. It looks like he’s got some great ideas and I wanna support him in anyway I can :).

And that’s JUST about it for tonight.. ohh yesss..

I got a credit card!

Amazing is it not? I’d take a picture if I had a camera and show you guys.. (minus the numbers.. *grins*..) but I don’t just yet so you’ll have to wait ;). Its a very pretty card, with a beautiful island landscape across the front..

Its a capitol one and they’ve given me an INCREDIBLY large spending limit.. ready for it?

Yeah.. $300 dollars :P. Hehe.. its kinda funny.. they must have seen my hair and mistaken me for a crazy teenager.. *grins*

And that’s about a wrap!

Oh yes.. and be sure to check out Jessi Abela’s blog again ;). I’m really looking forward to working with her over the next few months as her musical career takes off! This girl’s got some serious talent and I’m also looking forward to giving you guys a listen to some of her stuff!

Goodnight world!

-Jonathan Wold

Daily Action Step:

Figuring out what my first book is going to be about annnd.. figuring out what my next ‘line of work’ is going to be ;). More on that tomorrow..

Myths and Lists ;)

Well its late at night and sadly I won’t get anywhere near my goal of bed by 9:30, however! It was completely worth it!

Today has been an incredible day for me! I have learned SOO much and I am completely excited about taking what I’ve learned and applying it too tomorrow.

Where shall we start..

Well! Lets start with Myths! Are you ready for this one? You sure? Alright, here we go..

Time management is a myth!

Be shocked. Be very shocked.. and before you are too shocked.. I just wanna throw in a pitch that I owe this discovery to one of my best friends, Matt Geri, who encouraged me, mannny times, to listen to audio mentioned on THIS youthcove message post.The audio goes into a lot of detail, as it should for an hour long, and explains some absolutely amazing things.. And then you’re kinda like, “Well duh.. that’s obvious”.. The sad thing is that there are things many people just MISS!

Alright, so to give you guys an idea of what we’re dealing with, I’ll explain that rather bold statement..

Time management is a myth.. stop everything you’re doing for just a moment. Don’t make a sound.. listen.. hear that? Time is leaving you.. Time is getting away.. and YOU can’t do a thing about it.. you can’t manage it.. so what’s left?

Action Management!

 

You CAN manage your actions.. the things that you do each and every day. So! The audio recording explains 7 INCREDIBLE tips that you can use each and every day to double your time off.. and they work.. I’m going to be sneaky and share two, just TWO, of them with you..

Here we go:

  1. Create a master to-do list – Oh my.. more lists? more to-DO lists? Yup.. now listen. When you wake up with your alarm clock in the morning.. did you intend to wake up just then? Did you suddenly think you would just wake up? No.. you prepared. You planned it out ahead of time. So, take this principle and apply it to your lists.. EACH night, before you go to bed, create tomorrow’s list. Never put more than 20 things.. write them down on a 5X7 index card or piece of paper. Then, as you accomplish each thing the next day, cross them off with a nice BIG red marker! It works ;).. At the end of the day, if anything is left over move it too tomorrow’s list.. and then CROSS EACH THING OFF.. then crumple it up and throw it away :).

  2. Block out daily prime time hours – I feel like I’m already giving too much away, but I’ll go ahead and throw in just a little bit about this POWERFUL tip.. Set aside 4-5 prime time hours each day.. This is time when you allow absolutely NO interuptions, WHATSOEVER. That means no email, no phone, no MSN, no nothing.. This is time where you focus completely on your tasks at hand and in particular, generating revenue. Allow absolutely NO distractions! This alone is one of the most powerful and productive things you can adopt..

Alright, enough.. the rest of the tips are JUST as powerful if not more so.. listen to that call ;).

Sooo! Moving on with my day!

I’m going to the Philippines!!

Its official! I was blessed with an incredible donation today which sealed my participation fees for my mission trip to the philippines! I am SOO excited! The individuals even offered to let me borrow a video camera so that I could make a documentary while I’m down there, which I am SERIOUSLY considering taking them up on!

So that was very very exciting, I can’t wait! March 17th baby :)!

On top of all that, I had a chance to talk with one of my best friends, Jessi Abela, this morning. She’s getting into web design and I am super excited for her! She’s a VERY talented musician and you guys will be hearing some of her music as she records it and gets it availible online.. Jessi is absolutely amazing! :) Check out her brand new blog!

OH yes, and I had an awesome interview with my good friend Mike, a fellow Youthcove member AND a real estate sales agent! At 19 years old he’s already kicking in the business and I can’t wait to see where he’s at within the next few months. He’s doing VERY well and you’ll be able to hear about him in the next issue of the Youthcove newsletter! ;) (Send me an email if you’d like to subscribe, I’ll be updating the youthcove.com site tomorrow with the subscription page)

And that’s just about that! Now I’m off to make my list for the evening and then get some sleep.. tomorrow is going to be a huge day!

Goodnight world :)

-Jonathan Wold

Daily Action Step:

Read above ;).. Uhmm.. making Chili! YES! I MADE CHILI! .. *grins*

Basketball on the Beach

Ya know what? Today has been a very good day :). I started this morning.. confused.. a bit disillusioned about what to do out of the mass of projects I had waiting for me.. and unsure of most everything.

So.. I prayed about it. Took time away from everything and just read and prayed for awhile. And while I was doing that, I came across something which spoke to me and was very powerful..

“When we give ourselves wholly to God, and in our work follow His directions, He makes Himself responsible for its accomplishment. He would not have us conjecture as to the success of our honest endeavors. Not once should we even think of failure. We are to cooperate with One who knows no failure.”

That there really spoke to me.. I realized that if I am going to truly let God lead in my life, then I have nothing to worry about. With that renewed understanding, I began my day.

I started with Hostingfrog and updated the startup blog with my thoughts on what’s been going on lately. I then had an awesome email exchange with Johnder about the plans for the blog and our future work together.

Then I talked with some people about doing work for them on some websites of theirs. That was really good for me.. I had first talked with the husband, and that had started nearly 2 or so months ago. We had stayed in contact and finally he said the decision would come down talking with his wife about it.

She’s looking to have her personal website completely redone, and to help her build her presence up over the internet. It’ll be quite a project, but I believe I can help them out.

Initially I looked at the opportunity as a way to make some money and take care of some of the financially issues that being an entrepreneur and living on your own can throw at you.. Then I started to see that if this works out, its not about the money. This is a test of what I’m truly capable of.. Can I take someone and really build their name for them? Can I make their presence known all over the internet and be truly PROUD of my work?

I believe I can. I have the talents and I’m gaining the abilities.. and I have awesome partners :)..
So this is really taking things to the next level for me. Its going to be quite a challenge, and I believe I’m up for it. This is also exactly what I’m going to be doing for Aimee. I’m going to putting together a site and then helping her REALLY get her presence known WELL on the internet. This is a big deal! I have some absolutely incredible opportunities here.. I’ve been very blessed :).

So! Speaking of partners.. just gotta throw a link out to one of my best friends, Matt Geri. He recently updated his Xanga blog and gave an awesome testimonial about what’s been going on in his life. It was really encouraging to read and I suport him all the way. He’s without a doubt the best partner I’ve ever had and its a true pleasure working and growing with him, both as christians and as entrepreneurs. You rock bro! :)

Oh YES.. and I got outside today! Aimee didn’t let me argue outta it and she got me to go to the beach.. It was great!

I played basketball!

I also realized I’m outta shape ;). Yeah, the basketball thing was a big deal.. Believe it or not, I wasn’t always as outgoing as I am now ;). Walking up to a court full of tough guys playing basketball and asking if I could join in so wasn’t me..

I didn’t play with the tough boys today, but I did play :). Found a guy practicing on the court and asked if I could join in.. I QUICKLY discovered that I’m a bit rusty, so I’m going to keep up the practicing. Basketball is a sport I really enjoy :).

Then I had the fun walk home just before dark in the streets of Venice.. interesting stuff.. lots of interesting people.. their diversity is so amazing! I’m really enjoying it here :).

Alright, goodnight world!

-Jonathan Wold

Daily Action Step:

Uhmm.. updating my startup blog :)