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My 2009 In Review

I've given up on doing my yearly or bi-yearly goals. Why? I don't actually do them, and I don't actually care. I like having a somewhat chaotic life, changing my priorities and focus as I go along. Most of the time when I look back at my previous incomplete goals I'm glad I didn't complete them, or at least I'm glad I sacrificed them for other goals. When I do actually complete a yearly goal, it tends to be because it remained important to me, not because I was constantly referring back to my goal list.

This year I'm going to try something a little bit different. I'm going to cover what I did this year and what I could have done better.

Here's what I did that I'm happy about:

2013....Finding myself

On Striving For Happiness

Another year went by. Wow. Once again I changed my life goals and plans more than a dozen times. This year I learned a lot about myself and struggled to find who I am. After being purged from my fraternity I lost a large chunk of who I thought I was. Most of my free time was spent on the fraternity, so once it was removed I was kind of just left to my own devices. In addition, I was evicted from my house at around the same time which forced me to live on campus by myself. I no longer had friends around me all the time and I became a bit of a hermit for a whole semester. I spent nearly all my time with my girlfriend Lisa. Looking back, I feel sad I took myself so seriously. I sacrificed too much time playing poker and missed out on many opportunities to enjoy my youth. Sacrificing all that time playing poker would have made sense if I worked harder at becoming better, but I didn’t.

I recovered my health from previous bad choices this year…somewhat. I’m a much better poker player at this date than last year, however everyone else is a lot better too. I tried to breakup with Lisa 4 times before I finally pulled the trigger. I visited over a dozen new countries and over 30 new cities. I spent around 1,200 hour at the casino this year and had wild swings. I thought I was going to become the best poker player and earn $100+/hr many times and I also thought I was going to go broke many times lol.

I’m most proud of overcoming my social anxieties this year through pickup.I’ve always wanted to try “cold approach” but honestly never had the balls to do it. This year I did. I mostly partook in drunken pickup in Europe during my 57 day Euro tour, but after I came back and choded around at the casino for a couple of months I took some action and am leaps better than where I was. I am definitely most proud of my success in this area.I’m no don juan by any means, but I grew by 200% or 300% in this area.

Lots of good moments this year:

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