New Year’s Resolutions: 2017 Edition


Happy New Year 2017, folks! It is time to make a new list of New Year’s resolutions. Resolutions that I’ll probably abandon before the middle of February anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ But hey, if I keep with 10% of the stuff on my list, I’ll already be a better man in 2017 than I was in previous year. Haven’t actually started making one yet, so not sure what everything I’ll include, but expect this to be the most standard resolutions list ever, with some poker stuff at the top, because I know that’s why you are here anyway ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Start learning NL

I published Old Dog Learning New Tricks blog post in the middle of November and I haven’t yet started with this project more than a month later. At least not the learning part. I actually have played bunch of poker in December and it was a lot of fun (bunch meaning about 10000 hands). This was probably the first time since 10 years that I played the game of poker purely as a recreational. And yes, I did lose some money, but I had fun doing so, so no harm done. Now in 2017 I have to take this seriously. Man, I have so much material that the biggest problem is I don’t know where to start and that’s why I was also postponing learning part till January.

  • Twitch Poker
limit cat stop talking just do it
Shh, stop talking, just do it.

I really like doing Twitch livestreams, but contrary of what people think – streaming is not the easiest thing in the world. If you want to do a good stream, there’s so much more to think about than just having a webcam and a microphone. So when I’ll do it, I’ll do it properly. If nothing else, I have to update my layout and that scares me a bit ๐Ÿ™‚ But I know that I just need to fire up a video game one day, open OBS as well and just start streaming. Poker streams will follow eventually.

  • YouTube videos

Promising this for quite some time now. So many ideas for YouTube videos and have script written for lots of “episodes” already, just need to start producing. Mostly talking about poker videos here that would fit perfectly on this blog as well. Poker mindset, educational Limit Hold’em material, some fun ones too and of course my No Limit project progress. There’s also vlogs that I wanted to try before, but the more I think about it, the less I like the idea about them. Maybe some really short ones that wouldn’t take too long to shot and put out. Lately I was uploading bunch of WarLight videos, game that I play with friends, but I know no one is interested in these ๐Ÿ˜€ But who knows, maybe some other “Let’s Plays”?

  • Eat less, move more

I’m sure no one seen this one coming, right?! Probably the most clichรฉ resolution that everyone makes at the start of the New Year and I’m no exception here. Can’t really move too much, so will have to rely more on the “eat less” part. No stupid diets or anything like that, I just need to eat less (junk) food. Calories in, calories out. I won’t go as far as counting them (even though I know this would totally work), just need to be a little bit less of a piggy sometimes ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Read more books

This one I’m doing together with my girlfriend, as we decided we need to read more. I really like books, but for some reason, urge to procrastinate is even bigger. Which is sad considering that I own a Kindle and could easily read in bed before sleep, but I usually browse nonsense on TwoPlusTwo instead ๐Ÿ˜› Could do a reading challenge, but I have no idea what’s a realistic number to aim. What I do know is that I have 107 books on my to-read list on Goodreads and I will probably need a decade or more to read them all ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Paint

Yes, paint. I got a painting starter kit as a birthday present and haven’t used it yet. Got water and acrylic colours, brushes, palette, paper, everything for a start, all I needed is time… Haven’t got to it yet and I feel a bit bad about it. To be honest, I have no idea if I’ll be any good or not, but that really shouldn’t stop me from trying. I don’t know, painting some video games or cartoon characters from my younger days sounds like a fun activity and good place to start.

  • New recipes

You may think this one might be clashing a little bit with “Eat less, move more” resolution, but not really. I’m the cook in our family and that means doing dinners daily. I have a list of about 50 different dishes we eat (some with small variations) and even thought that sounds like a lot, it really isn’t. Eating a hot meal every day it feels like same dishes are coming a bit too often. That’s why I need some new recipes. You might ask: “How is that a problem? There are literally millions of recipes out there.” Well, you would be correct, but there’s small catch… My GF is a little bit picky of what she eats ๐Ÿ˜› I eat pretty much anything and would love to try new things, but I have to think about others as well and that means automatic elimination of stuff like sea food, mushrooms, anything that is not chicken and so on. But we are still left with thousands of recipes, so shouldn’t be a problem ๐Ÿ˜€

Well, I don’t mind doing lasagna a few times per month.
  • Blog

Update this blog more regularly! ๐Ÿ™‚ I have lots of ideas, just need to apply myself more and start writing things down. It’s kinda the same as with everything else. A bit too lazy to start, but when I do finally get to it, I fall into “the zone” and can write for hours straight.

  • Better sleep schedule

This one is quite simple – I need to go to bed earlier. I usually go to bed at 2AM, never before and even when I’m lying in bed, I don’t really go to sleep at that point. For at least half an hour I lurk on Reddit, browse NVG on TwoPlusTwo, watch YouTube videos, play some mobile games, etc… Just need to cut down on things like that when in bed and do these things when on toilet instead ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Final thoughts

So, this is pretty much it. I didn’t put any financial resolutions on the list. I really don’t feel that’s needed, even though, who wouldn’t mind having moe money (and moe problems)? ๐Ÿ˜› I basically just need to be a bit more productive that’s all. I also didn’t need to put one thing on the list that most poker players have to – stop tilting. Never had problems with this one fortunately.

I’m positive I missed some other stuff as well. For example I’m sure my GF would say that me becoming tidier is missing on the list, or spending more time with her. I also have a wish of learning a new language (German), but I don’t see this realistically happening in 2017. There’s also bunch of other “small” hobbies I would like to pick up, but won’t go in such a details here.

Anyways. Happy New Years guys and if you are making your own resolutions list, try to keep up with them at least until end of… February? ๐Ÿ˜€