1. Hi there, Guest

    Only registered users can really experience what DLP has to offer. Many forums are only accessible if you have an account. Why don't you register?
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Hey DLP authors, there's a bit less than a month left to wow us with your story about Daphne or Azkaban.

    The Author applies the words to the paper or it gets the hose. Write or die! The more the merrier.

    Click here for more information!
    Dismiss Notice

2019 New Years Resolutions

Discussion in 'Real Life Discussion' started by Vira, Dec 30, 2018.

  1. Vira

    Vira Death Eater

    Dec 20, 2006
    Another year has come and gone. Let's see how we do in 2019.

    2018 Thread.


    1. Since I just finished my last draft of my book twenty minutes ago, I need finish my final edit. I estimate a month and half, then I can let people read it. DUE DATE: February.

    2. Get a federal job and move out of the province into my own place. We'll see how this does considering the federal job process can take a year because it's shit.

    3. Lose twenty-five pounds. I've lost ten. Let's go.

    4. Learn French. No more excuses.

    5. Join at least two social groups.

    6. Start volunteering again. If not regularly, then events that I don't have to make a long commitment to.

    7. Cook at least once a week. Cook bread. Learn to cook my mom's magic bars.

    Let's go!
  2. Nevermind

    Nevermind High Inquisitor

    Mar 18, 2017
    Black Forest
    High Score:
    I‘m keeping my list relatively short this year.

    1. Lose weight. I‘ve packed on quite a bit again since my long-time low in July, and I really don‘t like what it‘s done to me.

    2. Since my MA is done, find employment, gainful or otherwise, in a Cultural Studies-related field (preferably in charity, with an institute or a museum) or motorsports journalism, which I believe to be more complicated with my degree and a relative lack of experience, but also more fulfilling in the long term.

    3. Tweet less bullshirt.

    4. Finally put something in WbA.
  3. ScottPress

    ScottPress The Horny Sovereign Prestige

    Apr 22, 2013
    The Holy Moose Empire
    High Score:
    1. Keep losing weight. It doesn't have to go fast, but it has to go down.

    2. Join Zenzao in the 500 Club.

    3. New job.

    4. By February, compile my scattered notes into a proper outline for an original novel. Begin writing in February. Estimate is 75k words for final product. Have 50-60k first draft by next December.
  4. Perspicacity

    Perspicacity High Score: 3,994 Prestige DLP Supporter DLP Gold Supporter

    Nov 27, 2007
    Where idiots are not legally permitted to vote
    High Score:
    Mine will be shorter.

    I put 20 hours so far this xmas break on my Fano SP-6 Standard (guitar), primarily modern blues/jazz, though the wife likes when I crank the Marshall DSL and lay some classic rock licks, so I usually end my sessions with that. Incidentally, since I picked up a Fano a few years back, I think I've only picked up the Strat or LP a few times. Thing fucking sings and is a joy to play. I don't think I've touched a nicer guitar (for my style/preferences/skill level).

    For the new year, I'd like to average that amount each week. And then find an occasion to jam with my DLP peeps, finally having my chops up to snuff.
  5. Silirt

    Silirt High Inquisitor DLP Supporter

    Sep 19, 2018
    District of Columbia
    Publish one of the two novels I've written and don't hate.
    That is all.
  6. Joe

    Joe The Reminiscent Exile Prestige DLP Supporter

    Jan 24, 2008
    Canberra, ACT
    High Score:
    I'll give whichever one a read and critique, if you want. My critiques go for a pretty penny these days.

    As for resolutions, well, fuck it.
  7. Lindsey

    Lindsey Headmaster DLP Supporter

    Dec 1, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    A lot of my goals this year are based on my goals from last year, thus I included them.

    Last Year

    This year

    1) As I got let go earlier this month, my number one goal is to find a job. Bonus points if I can get a job I actually like, and it's before June. If not, I may just flee the country and travel.

    2) Finish the rough draft of my fanfic (roughly about 60-100k words left). Bonus: completely finish my fanfic and start posting it.

    3) Keep going to the gym. Bonus: Actually get results on my butt and thighs.

    4) Work on improving my programming skills, even after I get a job. I don't want to feel this worthless about my degree again.

    5) Start learning a language again. Either Spanish as it's useful, or German as it may allow me to get my Swiss passport.

    More may be added as I think of it. I feel decently proud of what I did last year.
  8. Oz

    Oz For Zombie. Moderator DLP Supporter

    Jan 31, 2008
    Baile Átha Cliath
    1.a Run 365 miles

    450/365 miles. SUCCESS

    1.b. Knock an hour off my marathon time from this year (4:52:00 or faster).

    5:15:14. FAIL

    2.a. Cycle 3650km.

    500/3650. FAIL

    2.b. Finish the Mile Failte randonee (1200km).

    Didn't do it so FAIL

    3. Get a new job.

    Had a few interviews but I'm a shitter so FAIL

    4. Lose 50 pounds.

    42/50 kind of FAIL but also hell yeah

    5. Travel more.


    I'd call that 2/5.

    My goals for this year are simple.

    1. Run 1000km and get a sub 4:30:00 marathon.

    2. Complete a triathlon or Gaelforce event.

    3. Do a handstand and a chin-up.

    4. Weigh in at under 190 lbs at some point.

    5. Pick up an old hobby. Guitar, juggling, climbing, whatever. (if I pick up the guitar again maybe Pers and I could release a guitar-wankery album. Hah.)
  9. Zenzao

    Zenzao 500 Club King Prestige DLP Supporter

    Aug 30, 2009
    Lost within a thousand worlds of written wit.
    High Score:
    Update time!

    1a. Nope. Don't think I updated anything this year other than one Quest update, ain't that just sad?
    2a. LOLnope.
    3a. Yes. I fucked each and every entry up, but yes, I participated in all four quarterly competitions.
    4a. Started, did not keep up, fail.
    5a. Got down to 200 in November, but that diet did not last and I'm back up 8ish pounds.
    6a. Tried and failed. Only made minor diet improvements that have stuck with me.

    Onward to 2019!

    1. Update more often.
    2. Finish a fic.
    3. Revise, rewrite, finish challenge entries.
    4. Exercise. The equipment is there, use it bro.
    5. 190s by the end of the year.
    6. Stick to a healthier diet.
  10. CareOtters

    CareOtters Dark Lord DLP Supporter

    Jun 8, 2010
    Goals for 2019:

    1) Walk to work every day. That's about a five mile trip, there and back.

    2) No more buying Tesco meal deals at work - I'm already making the food, just gotta remember to actually bring it with me.

    3) Remain single for the entire year. No more bargain basement hoes.

    4) Visit family at least once.

    5) Save £X every month. £500 maybe? Fuck knows.
  11. Miner

    Miner Auror

    May 27, 2015
    East Coast
    I've never done one of these, because I'm a fairly forgetful person, but if there's one thing I want to do this year, it's to harness my energy towards something I actually want to do. There's nothing worse than studying something you've very little interest in.
  12. Silirt

    Silirt High Inquisitor DLP Supporter

    Sep 19, 2018
    District of Columbia
    They're both in Docx format on fictionpress. Do you have an account, or shall I publish it and link it?
  13. Knyght

    Knyght The Chosen One

    Nov 21, 2010
    I don't normally bother with New Year's Resolutions but it seems times are changing.

    1) Pass a practical driving test and get a car.

    2) Get a new job. Specifically something I want to do instead of just for earning money.

    3) Complete all the PS4 and 3DS games I own (or intend to own) now that I've rediscovered the joy of video games.
  14. Inert

    Inert Order Member

    Feb 11, 2010
    1. Be more dedicated to my job. It's a good opportunity for me and I need to be more diligent and invested.

    2. Improve physical flexibility. Running a marathon this year and my left hip is causing serious problems.

    3. Budgeting. Need to get back in the mode of saving real money month over month after doing none of that for the last year and a half.
  15. deyas

    deyas Seventh Year

    May 4, 2009
    New Mexico
    1. Get the damn weight off. Went from 360 to 260 (4 years ago), now back up to 295ish. 200 by the end of the year, let's go.
    1a. Try to get to the gym at least 2-3 times a week, starting in February. I can bench 185 without having basically ever seriously worked out, lets try getting that to 230.
    1b. Maybe try improving cardio. I walk three miles a day at a 20 minute mile, and have been for four years, let's see if I can improve that.

    2. Try to reclaim my own mind from personal demons. Depression, anxiety, chronic depersonalization going on five and a half years now.
    2a. Mindfulness, body scan, actually stick to it.
    2b. Maybe try to find a therapist that I don't despise, again. A tall order, given the size of my city.

    3. Get back on track, and stay on track, on the two year degree that's going to end up taking me six years.
    3a. Get a job in May, or turn current hobbies and loose skills into profitable money-making ventures. Minimum wage, at the least.

    That's probably more than enough. I've been telling myself I would do most of this for the last five years, but this is the first year I feel I have a reasonable chance of actually succeeding. We'll see, I suppose.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2018
  16. Stealthy

    Stealthy Seventh Year

    Feb 21, 2014
    1) Stereotypical gym and solid exercise, not just the dieting/light exercise I've been doing. I've dropped down to the last belt hole (3 down from my high point), and broke into my target weight range at the beginning of the month before promptly fucking it up over the holidays. So as I go back to the "last 5 pounds" issue, may as well transition to phase 2 and build muscle.
    -1a) While I'm at it, retrain my right leg to point straight while I'm walking again.

    2) Improve cooking skills. I can do it more or less, but not undirected. Need to expand the personal recipe book and ability to spontaneously make a meal. Hoping for some serious QOL improvements when I'm comfortable with a broader variety of foods. Better weekly planning is probably key.

    3) New job. Good news is that - if I don't fuck this lead up - I could get one by February. Trick is getting the one I want as opposed to the one I can easily get, but may have to bear down and take the half step up. Transition to the goal job later.

    4) I have a big fat backlog of books/games/movies/shows/etc I need to get through. Might as well give myself a resolution that's easier and enjoyable, but still satisfying at the end.

    5) [Introspective bullshit about personality improvements]
  17. T3t

    T3t Purple Beast of DLP Prestige DLP Supporter

    Jan 21, 2011
    Los Angeles
    High Score:
    This went rather better than I expected (or, frankly, thought possible). Subgoal also accomplished.

    Not exactly, but I've been to the gym more than once in the last month and there were was only one(?) month where I missed it entirely, so I'll give myself half points.

    Eh... there was a minimal but non-zero amount of progress made. Need to keep building off that.

    To be entirely honest, I don't remember what exactly this constituted, but I did definitely do most of what I think I wanted to do.

    This rather fell by the wayside; currently rethinking the approach.

    Maintained, but not much more than that. Got a bunch of new people through no actual effort of my own. Will keep looking.

    Not great, but did set up a chore schedule with the housemates which we've managed to keep up, so not a total failure.

    Yeah. Still working through some stuff.

    Definitely some stuff here. Started mentoring people in my field (cautiously optimistic about the current batch), started a blog, started a side-project that didn't immediately flop. I'm sure there's more here that I'm not remembering.

    Let's call it ~5.5/9? Not the worst.

    For 2019:

    1. Meet (or exceed) expectations at my current job. They're rather higher and more numerous than I expected.
    2. Try to get to the gym at least once a week on average, ideally with a fairly consistent distribution.
    3. Keep my other load-bearing structures up.
    4. Continue mentoring people. Would be great to see results come through this year.
    5. Do the dating thing.
    6. Maintain and improve the meetup.
    7. [redacted]
    8. Figure out how I'm traveling to Japan.
    9. Try to do my various side-projects in way that I enjoy (maintaining motivation).
  18. awinarock

    awinarock Fourth Champion

    Dec 10, 2009
    1. Lose 15lbs to reach my target weight

    2. Kill a man that actually managed to fulfill all of his New Years resolution in 2018 and eat his heart to gain his powers

    3. Practice the Piano and coding more often. At least an hour or two per week
  19. Imariel

    Imariel Headmaster DLP Supporter

    Mar 2, 2009
    Been a while since I had these but here goes..

    1. Stop procrastinating my master's thesis.
    2. Get that job I'm interviewing for (out of my hands but hey).
    3. Gain those last 3 kg.
    4. Stop being indifferent to long term romantic relationships.
  20. Shinysavage

    Shinysavage Madman With A Box Prestige

    Nov 16, 2009
    High Score:
    Read more. Write more. Save more. Sleep more. In no particular order.