What am I doing now?


A page inspired by Derek Sivers' Now

"What's up, Paulo?"

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

  • 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 I'm on it for one hour. I'm using Insight Timer App to help me keep track.


  • I'm finishing "I can't make this up" by Kevin Hart, inching "Atomic Design" by Brad Frost, and started "The power" by Naomi Aldeman this week.

  • 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

To emulate the good living experience we had in Mexico, we choose to live an hour out of Chicago. Away from the gray towers and traffic jam. Geneva is our home now and we intend to stay here through our daughter's HS.

  • Also from our stint in Mexico, exposed to unusual and exotic local beverages, I started taking 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.

> While we were 3 weeks away in Brazil sorting documents, she was fostered by good friends in Plano. She managed to forget about us during those days. Once back in our place, it took her 2 days to remember who we are.

Cat tax, per Reddit

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