What am I doing now?


A page inspired by Derek Sivers' Now

"What's up, Paulo?"

  • I am no longer a package designer. I'm a senior art director with The Marketing Store agency in Chicago, working for McDonald's; using my design skills to fit different kinds of graphic pieces and text together.

> I'm reading about Brad Frost's Atomic design concept, and also learning Sketch, Abstract, and Zeplin to catch up with my great team mates. I've bought this course on Udemy called Sketch A-Z and it's been a great knowledge-gap-filling tool.

  • I started an intermittent fasting eating pattern in February 2022. Went from 84 kg (185 lbs) down to 73 kg (161 lbs) in 3 months. A miserable experience with great results.

> And I realized if you skip a few times (this fasting thing), is pretty easy to put some weight back on. Damn.

  • Also, I've been more committed to meditation since January 2022. Can't say why, but felt like taking it more seriously than past years.

> I wake up everyday at 5:30 am and jump on it for one hour. I'm using Insight Timer App to help me keep track.


  • I'm reading: "Atomic Design" by Brad Frost, "The black phone" by Joe Hill, "The curious incident of the dog in the night-time" by Mark Haddon and "Weird" by the smart and beautiful Olga Khazan.

I really tried, but I gave up on "Growth" by Vaclav Smil. It reads like an accountant describing a detailed list of whatever. Maybe I'm just not smart enough to appreciate the book.

  • In 2020, when we moved to the US, I started a Google Photos album called Illinois skies.

The album is a variation of the Mexican skies photo collection I created when we moved 2018 from Brazil to Metepec, a small town an hour outside Mexico City.

Geneva, IL

Metepec, Mexico

  • Also, starting from our stint in Mexico: exposed to unusual and exotic local beverages, I take pictures of the bottles before sampling the content. I keep doing it to this day.

  • We keep one of the world's most expensive adopted cat: a Mackerel tabby rescue called Suzu.

> We adopted her in S.Paulo, Brazil. Then she moved to Mexico with us. And then after two years she came along to Illinois. We learned that a plane ticket (plus docs) for a pet is more expensive than for a human.

Cat tax, per Reddit

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