2017 Continues with Bold Changes, Steady Success!

This week, the Debs are looking back at our resolutions from January. Besides the normal “work out more, eat better, focus better, have more patience…” I was at a loss for what to focus on so I turned to my horoscope (read my original post and horoscope here). Here are some of the highlights from my 2017 horoscope:

You will need to be bold this year and face some transitions and challenges with courage and a positive attitude. These have been hovering for a long time. Have no illusions – 2017 may not be an easy year, but then not much worth having comes easy.

This is no time to be hesitant or shy. Be bright and bold, and trust in your abilities.

In 2017, don’t sell yourself short or overlook any single, success or victory, big or small. It’s success whatever its form, and you should be proud!

It’s your year to charge ahead, make bold changes for progress, success, and achieve greater respect in the world.

So, the resolution I set for myself:

Have “endless faith” to celebrate “success or victory, big or small” and that “This is no time to be hesitant or shy. Be bright and bold, and trust in your abilities.”

I’ll be honest that I forgot about my mantra for 2017. But even though I did, it’s as if those around me have been helping me to remember this resolution, without even knowing they are doing it. Being a debut author is hard. We have ideals and expectations. Some of those we hit, others we don’t. Sometimes we need a push in the right direction. Other times, someone simply to nod along. Thankfully, I’ve had family, friends, industry folk, and my fellow Debs there for me. They’ve lifted me up and helped me to see the big picture, which really is all about the small successes. In fact, they’ve made me slow down and better appreciate where I am in my career, while also encouraging me to forge ahead and go outside my comfort zone.

This week I turned in my sophomore novel to my editor. I’m going to take a moment and celebrate that (and also let out a big happy exhale). It’s a story I love, a story I’ve worked my butt off to write, and now it’s done (until i get edits from my editor). That’s a great feeling. This week, I also got an amazing review from Shelf Awareness for BECOMING BONNIE. Cheers to glowing words for another book I worked my butt off on.

I feel like I don’t often lift up these successes because I’m bogged down with so many other things and onto the next thing, so I’m thankful for this mid-year check in to get my head on straight again. And, here’s to continuing to make bold choices and for steady success in the remainder of 2017 (for us all!).

Author: Jenni L. Walsh

Jenni L. Walsh spent her early years ​chasing around cats, dogs, and chickens in Philadelphia's countryside, before dividing time between a soccer field and a classroom at Villanova University. She put her marketing degree to good use as an advertising copywriter, zip-code hopping with her husband to DC, NYC, NJ, and not surprisingly, back to Philly. There, Jenni's passion for words continued, adding author to her resume. She now balances her laptop with a kid on each hip, and a four-legged child at her feet. BECOMING BONNIE (Tor Forge/Macmillan, 5/9/2017) is her debut novel that tells the untold story of how church-going Bonnelyn Parker becomes half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo during the 1920s. SIDE BY SIDE, telling Bonnie and Clyde's crime spree story, will be released in the summer of 2018. Please learn more about Jenni's books at jennilwalsh.com.