2018 was a very good one. I continued on the track with some of my goals from previous years, I grew professionally and personally, and I really got out of my comfort zone by moving to a new country. 🍻
Starting with the farewells
At the beginning of the year, my brother received a nice opportunity to move to Portugal, so we focused on that for the first couple of months. It was pretty cool, we made a farewell party with our family, and we had several small nice moments there. His wife followed him a couple of months later, and we had no clue that it was just the beginning of the farewell season.
Getting back to a healthy lifestyle
The year started well. In 2017 I decided I wanted to lose weight, and for most of the year, I was able to follow a nice diet which resulted in losing 10kg over 8 months, and the biggest part was fat! I went to the gym at least 3 times per week, each week. Another good follow-up from my goals in 2017.
I started playing Pokémon GO again around April/May, and it was a great motivation to go (pun intended) out and walk around the city. I don't have data about it, but I lost count of how many times my wife and I went out for a walk in the park, in Paulista Ave, or around some neighborhood in São Paulo.
Now, I feel like these things are part of my routine, and it's something I want to keep for the next year.
Learn, learn, learn
One of the things I enjoyed the most from my time working at QuintoAndar was the possibility of exploring new areas, working with different technologies, and learning new stuff. I did backend, DevOps, researches and all these things helped me grow as a professional. This was important to me because I realized that I wanted to learn a lot of new stuff, so every sprint, I had the opportunity to learn something new, and it was awesome. I can't thank enough the people there, my manager, my colleagues, and everyone else that I interacted with. They are some of the best people to work with!
Getting out of my comfort zone
Despite having a nice time at QuintoAndar, I always had a desire to live abroad, and after several conversations with my wife, we decided that we were at the perfect time in our lives to do it. Around mid-July, I got an offer to work at Omio in Berlin, and we jumped in. From the beginning, we knew it would be a huge change for us, but at every step, we discovered more things to do. This really helped me to improve my organizational and planning skills and was also a good opportunity to evaluate what's really necessary when moving. We had a fully equipped apartment in São Paulo, and today all our stuff fits in 2 pieces of luggage. This really got me thinking about material stuff and what we really need to buy/have to be happy.
First months living in Germany
We traveled to Germany during my birthday (tell me about a birthday gift 😄), it was my first international travel and the first time flying for a long time, so it was a pretty special moment.
It was terrific to arrive in Germany at the beginning of November, we got the last half of the autumn, and it helped to get comfortable with the weather. Which, despite not being cold as other places in Europe, is the coldest I've ever been. But it's not that bad at all, some days I feel like staying at home all day but, on the other hand, I've seen snow for the first time ❄️.
Yeah, it was a pretty exciting year. Looking forward to 2019!