The original story from 2015

My name is Zuzana Dostalova and I am the author of Journey. I am 25 years old, I am from the Czech Republic and I study IT. It was not always my field of study though, for most of my life I have considered myself as a sociologist.

I graduated from social studies and I've spent a wonderful year at Gothenburg University (Sweden), studying European Integration. I have always cared about volunteering, education, family and social care, and the EU.

I ran into programming very oddly. I was living alone in Sweden and I missed my home and my friends. I wanted to make something which could connect me with my friends and which would bring me closer to them.

I started to learn Ruby on Rails, because I heard about the wonderful event called Rails Girls. I felt so inspired by this initiative and I believed that even me, a social person, could learn how to program. I went to Rails Girls in Bratislava and it gave me the self-confidence to continue.

I started to learn by myself. I did all the courses at codeschool.com or codecademy.com. And then, I built a simple social network for my friends, just as I planned!

Journey was my second attempt to build something. This time it was supposed to be real, not just for a very close group of friends. I had my wonderful boyfriend, Jakub, who moved to Gothenburg to be with me, and who helped me understand Ruby.

I have been interested in self-development for a very long time and I needed something like Journey. I wanted to fill out tasks that would inspire me and which would record my emotions. I felt so full of love and happiness that I needed to get it out.

I needed to clear my thoughts, write down all the gratitude I felt so that I would never forget it. Journey was created based on my needs, but it is no longer about me, it is about all you.

Today it is almost two years since all of this happened, and I am back home in Prague. I changed my field of study and started to work as a programmer. I feel really happy that I can build applications that can help people. Journey will always be my personal project and I hope, that someday, it will become even bigger and more people will enjoy it the way I do every day.

The new story: 2020

So .. after a few years of forgetting about Journey, I decided to bring it back to life. It may look slightly different, it may be written in Python now and it may be lacking some features, but the spirit of the project is still alive. I still believe it is profoundly important to take a moment every day and be grateful. Be mindful. Be aware.

What happened over the years?

I became a real programmer. I have been having real programming jobs. I worked at the big corporation as well as a small startup. I started to be busy. I thought I do not have time to have a side project like Journey.

I was wrong. I was only afraid of failure. I also forget about the internals of the program and I was afraid I would break it if I would try to implement new things. I lost control over my own code. The only solution was to rewrite it and start from scratch. Do it simple. Do it so that I would never be lost again and would understand it.

I am so happy I decided to do that and even though it took me more than a year, I rewrote the application in Python and I enjoyed every moment of it. I love being a programmer mainly because it gives me the power to create something, something valuable out of nothing. It is a bit like magic. I do not want to be ever again so busy I would not have time to create wonderful things which matter and which give me joy. I promise I will stay active and I will be working on Journey, even if no one would be using it. I would be using it and I would grow by both, using it as well as thinking of new ways how to improve it.

P.S. the wonderful boyfriend whom I mentioned in the original story is now my husband. I love him very much, as well as I love our newborn daughter, Libuska, the most wonderful and cutest little baby in the whole world. I am so grateful for them and I want to remind myself that every day! :)