As far as romance goes, reputation can be either a blessing or a curse. On the one hand, it's great that other people automatically believe you to be honest, and your straightforward style can be highly attractive. On the other hand, your integrity might intimidate potential lovers who feel like they can't live up to your lofty ideal. Make it a personal goal to set people around you at ease. The more you let people see the real you, the more they will be comfortable relaxing and acknowledging the foibles that come with being human.
Romantic opportunities are springing up everywhere this year, even in the winter when it seems like most people are keeping to themselves. Keep an eye out for someone whose conversations are varied and endlessly entertaining. If you can't predict what this person is going to say next, you'll be fascinated for a very long time. Best of all, their views will have a subtle but discernable effect on your own. You're not the dull, immutable person your jealous detractors make you out to be.
If you've already chosen a romantic companion, this year will bring delightful new surprises about the person you thought you knew inside and out. You are due for some intense mutual discoveries and a lot of face time with your loved one. Whether it's spare moments stolen from work or a weeklong romantic getaway to an isolated spot, every minute with this person will feel memorable and precious. It's okay to bid farewell to your friends for a few months -- they'll understand once they see how the two of you glow when you're in each other's presence.
2006 is a great time for you to go public, even if you'd rather just get on with the day-to-day tasks of building your business and career. Your career horizons will expand quickly and dramatically if you follow up on this, and your teammates and customers will profit from their connection to you. Don't worry too much about artificially creating media opportunities -- they will create themselves when you're around.
You've got a well-deserved reputation for working hard and playing by the rules, so don't be surprised if folks at all levels of your organization take time out to praise you and ask for advice on all manner of topics. Give freely of yourself, but make sure you've got time to keep pushing on your own work. The more you interact with your colleagues, the closer you will get to your next career milestone, so don't close that door unless you're on deadline. Practice accepting compliments with aplomb, as they'll be coming whether you're ready or not.
Your personal life will realign itself for the better early in the year, and that will certainly help you get your job done during the day. Simultaneously, you will either be recruited or find a new job opportunity that might be too sweet to pass up. You won't feel like playing both sides against each other, but your sense of fairness will require that you keep things out in the open. Toward the end of the year, you'll be able to coast a little and enjoy some personal time to do whatever interests you most -- working in the community, bonding with family or even building up your job skills