“2017: Bold Changes, Steady Success!”

This week, we’re chatting about our resolutions for 2017.

I have the obvious ones that come to mind: work out more, eat better, focus better, have more patience…

But after wrangling two kids, three and under all day, I was struggling to come up with a profound resolution of how I can improve myself or my writing. So I did what any human being (looking for the easy way out) does. I asked Google.

Buzzfeed told me that based on my Zodiac sign (Capricorn), I’ll learn a new language this year.

Sorry, but that sounds like it’d turn my brain into knots and, quite frankly, I don’t think I have the time for that. However, even though I don’t tend to read my horoscope, the mention of my Zodiac sign made me curious, so I derailed from my resolutions pursuit to learn…

You may feel a bit lazy and unmotivated today, Capricorn. It could be hard to drag yourself out of bed.

Yep.

I scrolled a little lower on the page and I came across a horoscope for the entire year *rubs hands together*.

Here’s what horoscope.com had to say (and this is for all signs, not exclusive to Capricorns):

2017: Bold Changes, Steady Success!

Change isn’t always fun… but it can turn out fantastic. It can make room for true progress. It can set your life off in a new, improved direction. All this and more is the case for 2017.

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.

2017 starts off with a bang as the Sun approaches its annual Pluto conjunction. This is the sky telling us to make a clean sweep. If you aren’t willing to embrace change this soon, it may come to you anyway.

There’s also the separating Mars-Neptune conjunction to give us all the personal magic we need, as well as endless faith in ourselves. This is no time to be hesitant or shy. Be bright and bold, and trust in your abilities.

Also trust in your support network, which includes close friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors. This is the year to think locally and act locally, which ultimately becomes the same as thinking and acting globally.

What is success to you? Winning the lottery? Getting the big job or raise? Finding your soul mate? Sometimes success is subtle and incremental, day by day, boldly hanging on against all odds. Other times, it is abrupt and obvious.

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!

I saw the option to hone in on my Capricorn horoscope for 2017:

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

Yes! Okay! After all, this is my big, debut year. And I now have a resolution for myself: charge into 2017 and be open to whatever it may bring.

I’ll gladly accept the suggestion to 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 feel pumped up, excited to embrace the changes and successes of 2017.

And, if you’re planning out your 2017 books to read, and you’d like to help contribute to my hopeful success, BECOMING BONNIE is available for preorder here 😉

Cheers to a bold and successful 2017, friends!

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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.

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.

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