TheDrunkLife turns 30!

It seems I never posted my last 2 video blogs ITT.

Some of the ideas for what I plan to do next which I expressed in the videos are probably going to end up being somewhat different than my first intentions, or they may not happen and other things might happen instead, but there are definitely some gems in there and for the people who have enjoyed my videos so far, I think these ones will be enjoyable also. Boy are those youtube stills brutal. Pretty sure I can change them but whatever…

I may do some sort of bonus video blog about my Ayahuasca experience, but most likely I will try to put those thoughts into my new blog which will be for anyone, not just poker players, but poker players certainly welcome.

I may keep a poker blog in some capacity, but there is only so much time in a day and I gotta do what I’m passionate about. If I get motivated to do more poker-writing stuff, then I will, but I’ve wanted to try going broader with my ideas for a while so I’m going to see where that takes me.

I’m still playing PLO, studying a lot, building a stable with a friend. I just need an outside outlet for my creativity. I’ve decided to start taking time out for writing, both my new blog and my first book. I’ve wanted to write a book for a long time.

It’s tough with poker to do two things at once, but financial success from poker simply isn’t worth the price of sacrificing all of your time. If the only way to do well in poker is to let it consume your entire life, it’s just not a good trade. You won’t be able to buy back your life.

I know if I have meaningful things going on in my life, I’ll have an easier time spending time on poker to support that life and an easier time dealing with negative results since my life isn’t defined by my poker results. I enjoy poker, I enjoy knowing what’s going on and feeling compitant. I also like winning

New Video Blog! Coping with Success part 2!!

Been a long time and a new post is way overdue. I put a lot into this one, but I think it offers a lot of value on how to think as a poker player in relation to habits, successful outcomes and periods where success feels lacking. For those of you that take the time, I hope this is well worth it.

Never a Right Time to Walk Away

Happy New Year! One year closes and another begins, it’s traditionally the time we set our goals, our intention, what we plan to accomplish. I’m finding that especially difficult at the moment, because I have a ton of options, and the unrelenting belief that I could happily live out any one of them.

This “good problem to have” is still a problem. I want to begin, to get in motion, to be on the path to my goals, but I know my life can go in any direction I imagine. When you feel that way, sometimes it can be hard to get started. I believe it’s called the paradox of choice (or I might have made that up but anyway, cool term.) When we have no options, we often don’t consider other options, and we go about our merry way. The alternative of considering other paths and comparing our lives to others can bring on depression because we’re judging, being ungrateful for our actual situation, and creating separation from ourselves and happiness. The mental solution is acceptance of what is.

However, when you DO have a great many options, and the full well knowledge they are possible, there is an inherent struggle that takes place. Life is beautiful and I can make it anything I can dream of, but I don’t have forever to live. I don’t know if I get to do it over again. There’s no rewind button. So I can do anything, but I can think of a great many things! All this opportunity can become paralyzing. I suppose the trick is to focus on whatever you are doing and don’t worry about what you aren’t, but don’t we all have ADD these days? The real paradox is that we don’t want to miss out on anything, but by being distracted by what we aren’t doing or could be doing, we end up missing out on the greater depths of what is right in front of us.

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