Know yourself

A big part of being happy, making plans, and follow a path is to know yourself. Every time that I write here I say: oh, I will be back. And then, I don’t. In order to being OK with it I have to make a plan to write more or accept that I will write once in a while. This is a choice, as pretty much every thing in life is.

At the end of 2015 I started to ask myself a lot of questions of the type of programmer I want do be, what is my definition of happiness, what I want to achieve and so on. I think that everybody keeps thinking that stuff when we beggin a new cycle.

It is hard to analyze stuff like that when your mind is not really working well. I have chronic anxiety and at that time I was in the middle of a depression crisis. So I had to ask things and look for answers that were parts of who I am.

What I really know about me didn’t change:
– I am a simple person. Seriously, I don’t need much to be happy. I don’t dream of being rich and stuff.
– I start to love programming for its capacity to impact the world solving problems. I love how dynamic our world is. Things change fast and if you stop, then you’ll be behind.
I don’t want to be an entrepreneur and I don’t imagine myself in a job that I don’t feel connected, or that I don’t have a identification with the company trusts. I don’t imagine myself working on a software factory. I also don’t imagine myself working on Brazil’s public service. This path is safer and less dynamic and I feel that good people follow this path just to accommodate themselves and that is not what I aim.

Our world in technology is vast. I spend a large amount of time terrified of not knowing what to do. What have helped me through the way was question myself these questions and have a better understanding of who I am.

One year later…

It’s been a while since my last post. The last year was amazing and very busy. I started my way to graduate and start an internship in the middle. I felt that since Outreach Program I haven’t learned so much!

I work at JusBrasil, a Brazilian legal portal. Working there is like having a second family and it challenges me every day. I work on the NLP’s team (Natural Language Processing), structuring information and learning the technologies behind our systems (celery, rabbit-mq, redis, chef, influxdb…).

So, there’s a context switch with my college works and my internship. To continue contributing to Mozilla’s codebase wasn’t possible at this time. But this time I didn’t give up to continue involved! I started my work at the Brazilian community with localization. For me it’s a chance to give back to the amazing open source softwares we have, to support a mission I believe, to know new people, to learn new things and I’m super excited to be a part of this. I will write a post about it soon.

I promise to be back before 2016 =)

I’m back [2]

A long time ago I started to write a post, but I don’t publish. It’s something like:

I’ve been very busy these whole time and I really would like to keep my promisse of writing more on my blog. Like everybody who you keep away for a while, I have a lot of news. This period have been life changing. I move on with my boyfriend – wich is a lot of work to do!. I quit my internship and start research. My college went through a strike and I stay much time in home. There’s a changing of paradigms too.
I start to thinking that I was improductive and I really was. At this moment I am still not satisfacted, but I made some progress.
I tried to use the Pomodoro Technique and Kanban Flow to control my very large todo list, but I’m not the kind of person who checks every moment these things, so didn’t work well. The article of Jett Atwood help me a lot to see that maybe I was going through the wrong direction.  http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2012/10/todont.html

Actually I just have that. In that month, may, I have another life changing: my grandma passed away. She was like a mother to me and I will always love her.

Some facts about this year:

  • I finished the SaaS class.
  • I finished 6.00x on edx to compare with the introdutory course of my college. There are some big differences and it was very cool to take this class!
  • I’m using Qt in my college’s research.
  • I’m using KanbanFlow and Pomodoro to keep my focus and prioritize my tasks.
  • I’m not contributting to Gluon, but I was decided to find one project that catch my attention, something that I use even when I didn’t care about open source software. Putting like that is very simple to me (Mozilla Firefox!) and I hope this time really works. I fixed two simple bugs to the Social API of Firefox (800275 e 800278)

So, my plan is to keep blogging and tracking my progress here.

Improving

Hi!

I was kind of busy last week. That is a lot of work to do and unfortunately my grandma got sick again and is hospitalized 😦

I’m very sad, but I hope that better winds come soon.

Anyway, I have some improvements last week. I access gluon’s irc and I have an idea of what to do on it. I should looked the code a little more and coding too, but the problems made that I don’t =/. In SaaS class I saw more videos and made the first assignment. I got 500/500 \o/

🙂