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 :)

Blank Stare

uhh.. I’m supposed to be writing my journal now.. Its 11:41 and I just got off the phone with my girlfriend.. she said I have to write in my journal now, soo.. I’m writing in my journal..

*rubs eyes*.. *wakes up a bit*..

She’s awesome :). I’m a very very fortunate young man.. its not just anybody that can put up in and believe in a crazy guy like me..

She believes in me. She really does.. even when she thinks I’m crazy, she still stands there beside me and believes in me. Thanks dear.. that means everything.

..*shakes head and wakes up a bit more*..

Today was a good.. and tough day..

On the good side.. I got my little man finished up! Check him out! :)

Isn’t he cute? :). Joshua drew the body and I drew the hair and shirt! Tomorrow I’m gonna work and see if I can do sumore after my other projects are done.

Don’t doubt your vision

Not everyone will agree with you, in fact, you can count on it. You may even find that you’re in the wrong at times.. perhaps you didn’t make the best decision about something.. perhaps someone knows a better way.

Whether you choose to adopt their way is your decision. If you have a vision you’ve been blessed with, you have to go for it.

Today I had to reach a crossroads of sorts.. and I’m still not all the way through it.

I was making some decisions about Youthcove and people whom I both admire and respect very dearly were bringing up very valid reasons why I should reconsider my actions. I became overwhelmed and even, for a few moments, sunk into self-doubt. I questioned whether I had made the right choice.

Well ya know what? Maybe I didn’t make the right choice.

However, what I did do, and what I’m continuing to do, is that I will stick to my vision. No, that doesn’t mean that its in black and white and that does NOT mean I have all the answers. But I have a vision.. I see what Youthcove can become.. its the whole reason I created Youthcove. And that vision is something I can’t give up for anything.

Visions are shared.

Yeah, there have been times when my ‘vision’ may have lead things astray. Its times like that that my trusted friends and partners (you the man Matt!) have helped lead me back :). And the most important thing to me, is knowing that even if they don’t agree with everything I do.. they support me.

That alone means everything.

I had a talk this evening with a young lady whom I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know better in the past few days. She is wise beyond her years and, though I’ve never met her, I feel a connection. She told me that there are always going to be people who don’t agree with your take on things and I can’t worry about it. She also gave me her support and encouraged me to keep it up :).

She said that God gives certain people visions.. he shows them something that can happen and while others may have pieces of it, he’s blessed them with the key to make it happen. (That’s not EXACTLY how she said it, but uhh.. its late ;).

For me, that means that if I’m doing my absolute best and I believe with all my heart that its the right thing, then I can move on. Even when others doubt, I can move on. No, that doesn’t mean I close myself off to others.. QUITE the contrary.. Their opinions mean even more to me now. I just take them in, give them true consideration, and adapt. Youthcove wouldn’t be ANYWHERE today if it wasn’t for all those who have contributed and given of themselves to make things happen.

Anyways.. its been a lonnng day.. and I surprise myself that these kinds of things still get to me :). I’m learning.. I really am. One day at a time.

Goodnight world, and thanks for putting up with me.. *grins*

-Jonathan Wold

Daily Action Step:

Oh man.. don’t get me started… ok.. uhmm.. updating my personal site ;)

Web Designer Extraordinaire

Or at least a web designer that has a lot of fun!

I tell ya.. this web design stuff sure can be FRUSTRATING. I’ve spent nearly ALLL day in Web Design mode and now, I don’t want to stop!

There you can see some work I did for Renee Airya, a young lady I had the pleasure of meeting within the past few days. She recently went through an incredible bout with a brain tumor and is an amazing survivor. Her website was having some issues and needed to be updated and a menu added in, so I took care of that. Its not one of my designs, but I did my best :).

You’d be amazed at how long simple reconstruction can take! I had to make the site nearly identical to how it was originally, and then add in a menu. The original designer only used pictures.. and me, bandwidth and usability conscious as I am, decided it needed to be text. 3 hours later and yay for me it was all done :P. I tell ya, tables can be SUCH a bear to work with sometimes.

..And then things got better

I began working on Youthcove! I spent a LONG time sketching out the site design on paper.. thinking about content and about the overall user experience. I put a ton of thought (and have many tons to go) into what each page will actually have on it, and then into what its gonna take to make all that happen.

Then Joshua, my younger brother, and I started talking about the graphics. With his skillz we were able to put together a bunch of roughs. Ok, he was able to put them together.. I whined about ideas of mine and complained about colors..

He came through though and wow! I can’t show you guys the really good stuff yet, but here’s a preview :).

 

 

Pretty wild huh? ;). I’m excited.. and wow I’ve got a ton of work to do!

I have 3 main projects now while I’m at Aimee’s.

  1. Aimee’s Site – We talked a lot about her design today and uhh.. I’ve got my work cut out for me. She has a bunch of ideas, all of them really good.. This site is gonna test everything I’m capable of as a designer and as a programmer.. dang yeah :P. You should see the sketches.. as an artist too! I’ll show you guys later.

  2. Hostingfrog – That site is going to HAPPEN. I’m, quite frankly, still not happy with the Design. I think I’m going to take it on myself and just make it happen :). I have a great idea of where to go now.. I’ll still give James the credit for the work, but its time to claim the site as my own and get my own touch into it. Its actually kinda exciting .. :)

  3. Youthcove! – I’ve got SOO much to do for Youthcove! I have more work than I can even imagine and, for a lot of it, I’m on my own! I’ve already had a few close friends of mine a tad skeptical of the design.. and as someone who takes things like that very personally, that was a bit tough for me.. but that’s ok :). I’m going to keep at it.. wow.. got lots to do!

And with that.. its ’bout time for bed! Got another HUGE day tomorrow! I’m planning to do sumore work on the YC site over the next few days.. Or, I should say, work that’s visible.. so you guys will have an idea of what’s going on ;).

Stay tuned.. *grins*..

-Jonathan

P.S. I AMM looking for people interested in helping. Can’t promise you’ll see all that’s going on, but ya never know ;). Contact me.

Daily Action Step:

Getting serious about web design :).

Taking things seriously

I’ve been doing an incredible amount of thinking, praying, and reading today.. I have these really REALLY strong feelings going around inside me and I haven’t quite figured them out yet.

I feel that if time goes on, everything will start falling into place.. that could be within a few months, or maybe a few years.. Stronger than that though, I feel that I have the opportunity to start making things happen now. That I’ve been given the talents and the abilities to MAKE things happen and.. if I can do it when things are relatively easy and I don’t HAVE to do it.. well.. then that would be good :).

Why should I have to wait till things get difficult to prove what I’m capable of? Why should God have to allow something to mess things up in my life before I start taking things seriously?

You hear all the time about these powerful life changes that take place after a near-death experience.. Well uhh.. I shouldn’t have to have one of those.

I’ve been blessed in so many ways its rediculous, and with those blessings come an enormous responsibility.. Its time I start taking that responsibility serious and allow that to reflect in my life.

What’s all that mean?

Well.. I’m not completely sure yet :). I’ve decided that the MOST important thing for me, in my life, is my personal relationship with God. That’s right.. that’s what it ALL boils down too.. that’s what I believe and that’s gone to my very core.. Its SO easy to get caught up in the hundreds of doctrines out there… to become divided by the thousands of theories, the split hairs. If I tried doing that, I’d lose it all, snap.. and fail. So I’m not going there.

I’m going to work on my relationship with God, whom I believe is the source of all the blessings in my life, and who has entrusted me with my talents and abilities. I’m going to strive to always put him first, and involve him in EVERYTHING. That means allowing the example he set for us in the Bible to become a part of my life, to be reflected through my life..

Know what? Its not easy..

Even just speaking of things like that, I am brought aware of the many MANY areas of my life that need work. If I allowed myself to dwell on my problems, I would again snap, and fail. So I’m going to dwell on God and what he’s done for me.

I may get a lot of flack for it.. and that’s ok. Its worth it :).

So.. what happens tomorrow?

Well, that’s a great question :). As soon as I finish this post and brush my teeth, I’m going to work on my rough plan. I’ll be up around 4-5:30 for a hot/cold shower, worship, and then start my day.

Tomorrow I’ll be working on a few of the things that are very important in my life right now.. those include:

  1. Youthcove – Ahh Youthcove.. (www.youthcove.com for those of you who don’t know yet ;).. This is something that I’ve felt such a strong calling for and so far, I haven’t followed through. Youthcove is about providing a community for young entrepreneurs, a way for people to meet each other, to make new friends, and to get the support they need. Its also about providing the tools for those who have what it takes to actually start DOING things.. When I got started at 15, that’s all I needed.. I needed someone to point me in the right direction! I needed a guide, people who believed in me.. ANYTHING.So I’ve got a bunch of surprises in store for YC.. things are really going to start happening :). I’m going to do a lot of thinking about that tomorrow as I put my thoughts into words and share them with the community.. then things will start to happen. Action will create action and in this case, I’m creating action by example.
  2. Aimee’s projects – I’ll be doing a lot of work on Aimee’s stuff tomorrow. She has her own personal website that I’ll be working on, as well as websites for a few of her friends. That’s right up my alley and it’ll be really good experience for me :).
  3. Hostingfrog – Yeah, gotta be working on my hosting business :). I’ve been really blessed with that business and there’s NO reason it shouldn’t already be soaring. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet, but action leads to action, as I’m learning oh so well.. so I’m going to make something happen :).

What else will I be doing tomorrow.. hmmm.. have to wait and see I guess :).

Had a few cool things happen today..

  1. Had an awesome talk with my girlfriend – Not that that’s anything new, but its always still really cool ;). We’ve grown closer and closer together these past few months, especially the past month. We’re both going through a lot, emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. Today was a really cool day for us to just spend some time together.
  2. Went to an all black church – Now that was just awesome.. hehe! I haven’t had that many handshakes in one day in a LONG time. I went to church there and stayed for lunch.. met a TON of people. It was a huge blessing for me and I’m looking forward to going back next Sabbath. I love the music!
  3. Got a credit card – AMAZING! Yes! I FINALLY have my own credit card! I won’t have it HERE personally for a few more days, but I’ve got it! Its miiine! Yes.. time to use it responsibility ;).

So all and all today was a really good day! NOWW its time for me to get off to bed and get ready for tomorrow! Got lots and lots to do :).

God bless!

-Jonathan Wold

Daily Action Step:

Lots and lots of thinking.. and then deciding its time to make things happen.. and then starting to do JUST that! :)

Converting to MSN?

Oh horror of horrors.. how can it be? A devout google fan for nigh on 2 years now and I’m starting to lean towards MSN’s new beta search and the new desktop search? This is incredible!

I’m not about to become a ‘Microsoft’ only convert.. what’s got me going right now is results. Other than the really handy page rank viewer (which is still important to me) there isn’t a big reason for me to keep using the Google toolbar.

I’m getting ready to give the new MSN Desktop Search a try and I’ll let you guys know how that goes compared to Google. Since I’m using Outlook, integration is very important with me, so I’ll be very curious to see how that works out!

Matt and I will continue talking about this in the future.. I’m still a solid google fan, but its quite hard to ignore the results I’ve been getting with MSN’s beta search. We’ll see how things turn up.

One of the COOLEST things I find about all this is that MSN is ACTIVELY listening to its users. They’re running blogs and newsgroups AND, they’re really paying attention. We’ll see if they take some of my suggestions.. when I make them ;).

Alright, enough for now.. If you wanna check it out, click the nice little picture below :).

In other news..

Today was a really cool day.. I went down to the beach! Yup.. Aimee let me borrow her bike and I went off for a nice multi-mile ride through Venice and Santa Monica! THAT was a ton of fun.. even if the bike was purple and soo not a guy’s bike.. hehe :P. I got a bunch of excersise and got a really good feel for the sites.. I look forward to going back!

I did a bunch of work on www.jonathanwold.com today.. that was really cool :).

And finally, got my room a bit more situated! The drum set went out and we put a futon which doubles as a bed on in.. Now I have a bed annnd.. its calling me! Time for sleeep young one!

Off I go :)

Goodnight world!

-Jonathan

Daily Action Step:

Checking out the beach and getting my bed setup :)