Earlier this year we invested in a used piano. I knew nothing about buying pianos (I'm not even a piano player) so I had to do some research on how to look for the right piano and ensure I wasn't spending too much and buying a lemon. What I gathered may be helpful to you, [...]
Great trick or treating with cousins visiting from out of town!
Here's a cool shot by my coworker Jorge Perez during our closing party 🙂
The last days of the Grand Meetup were packed full of activities and work. They were early mornings and late nights, and I was just too exhausted at the end of the day to write. As I sit in the plane going back home, I thought I’d get caught up. Lots of exciting things happened [...]
See day 4 recap here. Another busy day today! After jumping out of bed SUPER late at 9:20, I ran downstairs to catch the last bit of the first keynote speech, by productivity guru Ari Meisel. The second keynote was by retired US Army General Ann Dunwoody. General Dunwoody is the first female 4-star General [...]
See day 3 recap here. Thanks for following along! Today was a very busy day. Because last night was a bit of a late night, I slept in a bit and woke up just in time to get some breakfast. For today I reserved a room for all team leads of WordPress.com support so we [...]
See day 2 recap here. Today the day started with the keynote speech by Cheryl Strayed. She is the author of the best selling book Wild, which was later made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon. It was a very moving speech. After chatting with some coworkers and doing some FaceTime with the family back [...]
See day 1 recap here. Today the day started for me at 6 o'clock, when I did a modified version of Workout B. I spent some time in the gym then went for a 5K run around the neighbourhood. I remembered that I really don't like running that much 🙂 After that it was time [...]
Follow my adventures in Orlando during Automattic's 2018 Grand Meetup. This is day 1.
Today I took a day off work to do a few things with the family. We needed to go to a special store in Goderich to pick up some homeschooling materials. Goderich is known as "the prettiest town in Canada" and it's just about an hour's drive from our house. Goderich also happens to be [...]
Growing up in Brazil we never had enough cash to buy any fancy stuff. And there was nothing fancier for a teenager in the 90s than Nike shoes. There was this one time my grandpa took me out to buy shoes. I managed to find a pair of Nikes that were on sale and cost [...]
We are spending some time with Amy's family outside Seattle, Washington. This is a beautiful part of the world, with snow-capped mountains, inactive volcanos, breathtaking ocean views, beautiful lakes, and evergreen forests. Whenever we are here, we try to get away for a few days in my in-laws' motorhome, as there's just so much to [...]
I'm sure you've had a bad day or a bad week at work. I'm not talking about those times when somebody undermines your ideas, or when your performance evaluation is not what you expected, or when you had to attend too many useless meetings. I'm talking about those times when you drop the ball. When there's [...]
There are no "external" hard disks. They're just internal to something else.
Today I visited my friend Larry Smith in his beautiful home in London, Ontario, Canada. Press the ‘play’ button above to listen to today’s episode. Larry is an old friend whom I met during my years as a swing dancer. He led a group called The Jitterbugz and played lots of swing-era jazz that… via The [...]
Not all roses are red, not all violets are blue. Generalizations are always wrong, and so are you. Often.
I'm going to put myself out there and learn something new. Join me in my journey.
This is why you should have your own platform, under your own domain, using open source code or something you wrote yourself: When you rely on a platform built by someone else, they can change the rules anytime and affect how you reach your audience and your revenue. Luckily I wasn't making a ton of [...]
I've done CrossFit for about a year now and ready to move on to the next thing.
Has this ever happened to you? You’ve gone to a conference or seminar and learn great ideas, you had good intentions, but you didn’t get the breakthrough results? Have you ever gone to training and learn new knowledge but that knowledge didn’t increase your performance? Have you ever set big goals and fell short or […] [...]
I am a now a firm believer thaT rather than rearing children to be good students, good scholars, and good professionals, my focus is simply on rearing children to be good humans.
Everything I have has been a gift. Even the things I worked hard for - I did so by using my talents, my body, my mind, my strength. All of them, gifts. Today I'm thankful. Not for this or that, but merely thankful.
Here’s an amazing post by my coworker Sandy on becoming a Happiness Engineer at Automattic. Thanks Sandy for this awesome resource.
Since joining Automattic (and to the annoyance of some people, I’m sure) I tend to go on about how much I enjoy my job and the company itself. I’ve often been asked what it takes and what you need to know to get the job. Especially since I called people to join me in my last post, I thought I would put together my thoughts and some resources which I can point people to or they can hopefully find through searching online as well.
I’m going to go a bit further and not only talk about what you need to do to get the job, but what I think you need to be successful in the Happiness Engineer role at Automattic. Please note that there are a lot of points here and you don’t have to be an expert in all of them to apply, but having a good understanding…
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A few weeks ago I joined fellow Automattician Dustin Hartzler as we were interviewed by our friend Erik Fisher, host of the phenomenal Beyond the To-Do List podcast. We talked about the rewards and challenges of remote work, including our workstation setup, balancing family and work, staying productive, fitness, and wearing pants 🙂 Click here [...]
Here's our yearly dress-up Easter picture 🙂 Here's to hope, rebirth, good news, and blessings from the Risen One.
Another sweet moment brought to you by remote work.
It's my favourite cocktail. And I just had one. Or two.
5 years go by so fast.
This year, I'm saying "yes" instead of "no."
I get a lot of questions about what it is like to work at Automattic. Here's a typical day for me.
Help me choose which book I should read 🙂
Just as I did last year, and after seeing the great results that I got, here is my post with my 3 words for 2017. These are the three areas of my life which I intend to focus on, so decisions about how to spend my time and efforts will be guided by these words [...]
2016 was the best year ever for me. Here's why.
"A turkey is more occult and awful than all the angels and archangels. In so far as God has partly revealed to us an angelic world, He has partly told us what an angel means. But God has never told us what a turkey means. And if you go and stare at a live turkey [...]
"Add a supernatural motive to your ordinary professional work, and you will have sanctified it." ―St. Josemaría Escrivá
As much as I liked my domain venividivelcro.com (I came, I saw, I stuck around), I'm excited to rebrand this blog using my new domain, cesar.blog. Earlier in the year, Automattic announced the launching of the new .blog domains, and I was super excited to get a top level domain that just said "cesar." Since [...]
Virtual Reality is coming to WordPress.com! As of today, you can create and publish your own VR content on any WordPress.com site, starting with 360° photos and 360° videos (beta), and you can view regular photos and panoramas in VR. Our goal is to make publishing VR content as simple as publishing text or photos to the web — just add VR content to your site and anyone with a web browser can instantly enjoy it.
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It's only been 7 weeks since I started working out at my local CrossFit gym, West London CrossFit. I'm already feeling and looking different even after this short amount of time. But I wasn't prepared to see how much of a better runner I'm becoming.In the weeks prior to my start at CrossFit, I was running [...]
I now see this underlying idea that there's an absolutely obvious progressive path humanity must take, and we are either on or off it. But where are we supposed to be going? Who decides? Truth is, progress is relative. It depends on where you want to go. If you believe you are going in the [...]
Even in the space and Internet age, there's no greater adventure than a good, old-fashioned marriage, blessed with good, old-fashioned children.
Can you find me in that picture?
From September 19 to September 26, we invited members of the WordPress community to join us in one of our favorite yearly traditions: the Automattic Worldwide WordPress 5K (open to runners, walkers, cyclists, and hikers — and any other type of ambulation). Here are some of the stories and photos people shared from their corner of the world.
Live from Whistler
Our company is distributed, with Automatticians currently based in more than 50 countries. But once a year, we meet for a week to work and socialize in person — and we always set aside some time to run together, too.
Automatticians preparing for their 5K in Whistler, Canada.
This year, our Grand Meetup took place in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. And on the morning of September 19, a few dozen of us braved the chilly early-morning weather for a 5K in the lush mountain landscape. If this…
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The business world is changing. It seems I'm riding the wave. High. I've just come home from my company's yearly retreat or, as we call it, the Grand Meetup. I have so many thoughts it's been hard to come up with a coherent post to put it all together. Automattic is a company known for [...]
Today I finished my 4 week, 12 session OnRamp program to get me started with CrossFit. This consisted in 3 workouts per week, for four weeks. These workout sessions were early in the morning (6:30AM) and lasted for about an hour. During this time we learned some of the basic moves of CrossFit and were [...]
The simple things in life... We recently visited my sister and her lovely family in Peoria, Illinois. Besides seeing some sights and spending time together, they had a little gift for Adam and Laura. A kite. I probably flew kites no more than 3 times in my life, and they were all over 30 years [...]
Today I started the OnRamp program to get me started with CrossFit. If you're not familiar with it, CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity. It's hard to describe, and there are those who love it and those who hate it. In my case, I'm pumped. This is just what I [...]
Here’s my latest contribution to the official WordPress.com blog:
Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do in the community. This week, we share our experience at the Podcast Movement 2016 conference.
People use WordPress.com to share many types of stories, from written essays and photo galleries to podcasts. Podcast Movement has quickly become the conference to attend for audio storytellers, so we were excited to be there to support the podcasting community and spread the word about podcasting tools on WordPress.com.
Live from the WordPress.com booth
Cesar Abeid, Trevor Montgomery, and Dustin Hartzler, Happiness Engineers at Automattic, attended the latest installment of this exciting event earlier this month in Chicago, Illinois. The conference, now in its third year, drew over 1,500 attendees. WordPress.com was a sponsor, so we had a great opportunity to engage with the community from…
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I've had a lot of people tell me they like the pictures I take. And I like taking pictures. So I decided to save some of my favourite ones here: cesarphotos.wordpress.com Hopefully, over time, it will add up to a neat little library of memories. Donations! So this week we donated another 29lb of stuff, [...]
After three kids and 11 years of marriage, we finally went on our first true family vacation. Sure, we had gone on trips before... Even a three-week trip to Brazil back in 2011. But all the trips we had gone on were to visit family and friends who happened to live far away. This was [...]
This is awesome!
For more than a decade, the word “blog” has been synonymous with “your home on the web.” And since 2005, WordPress.com has been proud to help you create a unique space that is all yours.
Now we’re excited to announce a brand new way to create a unique identity for your website: .blog, a top-level domain extension that will let you create a customized name and web address for your site.
A name that’s all yours
Just like .com before it, .blog is clear and accessible, and it creates millions of fresh, new options for naming your blog. It’s the perfect place to build your home on the web.
The .blog domains are coming this year — sign up here to get notified when they become available. We’ll be offering them to all websites — you won’t need to have a WordPress or WordPress.com site to purchase one.
For years, .com was the…
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... and walked... yes, mostly walked. But I did run too! Today is Saturday and it was a gorgeous day here in London. The temperature was about 15C in the afternoon so I decided to lace up and go for a run. As I looked at my Nike+ app, I realized that the last time [...]
Thanks Gus for the great review!
After reading Getting Things Done by David Allen, I was excited to get to work. With clarity about my system and tools, I made better Next Steps and forced myself to confront the things I could do and what I needed to defer or delegate.
But on some items, I found myself running in circles. Things big enough that a Next Step would be the planning and thinking about what would make a good next step.
What I needed was project management. The ability to break down big, ambitious tasks with multiple parts into a series of next steps.
GTD falls short on material of how to handle project management. Where David Allen left off, Cesar Abeid picks us up. Reading Project Management For You is like unlocking some hidden bonus chapters of GTD.
I came across this book because I’m lucky enough to call Cesar my friend and colleague. Before our recent team meetup…
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I have heard variations of this quote from Robert Kiyosaki, Dave Ramsey, and a few others. The gist of it is this: When investing in something, you make your money when you buy the something, not when you sell the something. For example, when buying real estate, the deal is not in selling for more [...]
This is a quick update on my last post, The Cloffice. So the desk and chair are here! This is a sit/stand desk, meaning you can either work sitting comfortably in your chair, or use the built-in motors to raise it so you can work standing up. The desk is a Belair Activate Height Adjustable [...]
We live in a small house, considering the Canadian/North American standard. We also have three children. So when we finished our basement, we had to think very carefully about how we would divide the space. I think we did a pretty good job, here's a timelapse video of the construction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWlvZaFjE2g The Cloffice We only [...]
It was January 31, 1986 when we t-boned another car that carelessly crossed the highway as we returned from a fun vacation in the northeast of Brazil. There were 6 of us in the car: my dad, my stepmom, my grandmother, my two little sisters, and myself. It was the 1980s, so none of us had [...]
Today our family lost 16lb. As I mentioned in my previous post, one of my words for 2016 is simplicity. Most of it will have to do with getting rid of stuff. My goal is to take something to the dump, or if in good condition, to the Goodwill store every Friday. I'm also going to [...]
Following the example of my friend Chris Brogan, who does this exercise every year, I decided to choose three words to help through my choices and projects for 2016. In the past I tried coming up with new year's resolutions. It never worked... They're too vague and often are not followed through on. In the last [...]
Since I posted that I'm now working for Automattic, many have asked me if I'm moving to San Francisco, where Automattic's main office is. I'm not. Automattic works with a 100% distributed team, which means I'll be working from home. The same goes for other Automatticians who live in Hawaii, Japan, Iceland, South Africa, Bangladesh, [...]
Today I start a new phase. For over a decade I have had one job - in my family business. It was extremely fulfilling and I learned so, so much. I'll be forever grateful for my time there, and I would not change a single thing. Changes in the company and a desire for a [...]
The problem with project managers like myself is that we become overly confident on the amount of stuff we can handle. We know how to manage projects and are confident we can deliver. The result is that sometimes we just take on too many projects. I'm certainly at that stage today. Waaay too much to [...]
I just got off a mastermind call where my friend Dustin Hartzler shared that he has been blogging daily for the last few weeks. The idea spoke to me. Sometimes I wait for that big idea that will trigger this amazing piece of content. The problem is that unless we write frequently, we cannot get [...]
As part of my attempt to continue improving on different areas of my life, I decided to start journaling. I had started journaling back in July while I was in Brazil for World Youth Day but it quickly faded away and I stopped. Just a few days ago I went back to those journal entries [...]
*UPDATE: So it seems like this was a bug. The app is no longer showing reviews from all countries. Too bad! Apple released an update to their iOS Podcasts app in the last few days, and as usual they rolled out a few bug fixes and new features. One of the new features that hasn't [...]
Uma pequena revolução de vez em quando e' uma ótima coisa. - Thomas Jefferson Estou vendo, a distancia, as manifestações no Brasil. Tendo morado muitos anos fora, da minha varanda estrangeira eu sempre tive uma vista interessante da cultura brasileira, talvez às vezes um pouco mais lúcida do que quando eu morava lá. Como se [...]
Chances are if you made new years resolutions at the end of 2012 you have already forgotten about them. I can speak for myself: every year I'd make lofty resolutions but by Valentine's Day I was usually back to my old ways. That's why this year I decided to do something different. Instead of resolutions, [...]
The video below brings me flashbacks of my childhood, sweet memories of landmarks of my existence in a way I never thought possible. On this 459th "birthday" of the city of Sao Paulo, it beautifully shows the city that all us Paulistanos love and, I guarantee at one time or another, have loved to hate. [...]
We would like to wish you all a blessed Christmas season! The Abeids
If you know me personally, you are probably sick of the word "podcast." I'm an avid consumer and since August of 2011, also a producer of podcasts. I listen to podcasts on my commute to work, when I work out, when I'm doing the dishes, and when I can't fall asleep at night. On Thursday [...]
If you believe that starting a podcast might be a good move for you and/or your company, you're in good company. Many companies and entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the fact that a good podcast can create loyal audiences and a successful platform for your brand and business. Many people want to start a show but [...]
I'm absolutely thrilled to let you know that I'll be a speaker at the upcoming New Media Expo (NMX) conference in Las Vegas. NMX is the largest, most prestigious conference and trade show for the blogging, podcasting, and WebTV industry. Attendees from around to world will flock to Las Vegas this January to learn, share, [...]
For many reasons, my last trip to visit my client in Labrador City had to be by car. It is a very long drive (around 2,200km each way). A large part of it, mostly between Baie Comeau, Quebec, and Labrador City, Newfoundland is on a dirt road. You basically get on this road in Baie [...]
Hello all! I've recently decided to spend some more time blogging. In order to create more inspiration, I decided to play around with the design of the site. I'd love your feedback as I move forward. What do you think so far?
I'm about to go to bed here in my hotel room in Baie-Comeau, Quebec. It was a long day driving from London, Ontario, but I had to share this cool little story before going to sleep. For most of the drive here we were riding along the northern margin of the St. Lawrence River. Check [...]
We all want to engage our friends, our audience, our clients, our tribes. Much like a cocktail party, we want to talk to people, make new friends, network, share useful information so interaction with you is seen as beneficial and people will come back for more. Twitter is a great tool for achieving this engagement. [...]
I was never a cat person. Cats seemed distant, arrogant, egocentric, aloof. They get sick on your carpet, eat your unattended food, and protest when their bathrooms are not cleaned on a regular basis. Differently than bratty human guests, we can't ask cats to help with the chores, pay rent, pay for damages, or kick [...]
Last night I fulfilled a childhood dream. I drove 120 miles to the Motor City to watch Sir Paul McCartney in Concert. The man is 69 years-old and rocked for over three hours without a break. I always said I should go see him soon because he's probably going to stop touring at any moment, [...]
Multilingual people like me are usual in a tight spot on Facebook. When large percentages of your list of "friends" speak different languages, how do you choose what language you will use when posting something? Facebook offers no solution to this conundrum. Google+, with its "circles," allows you to organize your contacts in different groups. When [...]