2017 and a word of guidance

A brand new, clean slate, fresh-from-the-start year! Oh how I love the beginning of a new year, a new journey. All that possibility of what could be, just around the corner. While it’s tempting to set about making the traditional list of resolutions and goals, I’m trying to redirect that energy to what will be my word of the year for 2017.

My guiding light, so to speak.

As you know, I’m new to this “off career” thing (still can’t even say the “R” word). Given that reticence and all the unknowns that are in front of me, I’ve decided that my perfect word for 2017 is . . . 


As I was looking through a Thesaurus with words like ‘learn’ and ‘communicate’ in mind, I found the word “discover” and stopped. It just hit me in my chest. This is my word for 2017. I have much to discover about this new phase I’m now in.

For starters, I’ll try a few new things – like blogging. And I’d like to discover just how much stronger I can get this body with more focus and intention.

Mostly, I want to start the year by letting things unfold as they will. Take a few steps into the water and then watch the ripples lead me to the next discovery.

So what’s your word of the year going to be . . . and why?

Till next time,





  1. Brother
    January 19, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    Love it Jude. You’re so damn smart, I want to be jealous but I can’t. I’m to proud of you and love you very much. Can’t wait to read your next issue

    • Judy McLane
      January 23, 2017 / 7:40 pm

      Thanks, Bro. That means so much to me. Love you so.

  2. Sharon
    January 24, 2017 / 11:35 am

    Jude, you are soooo creative! I never could have come up with an idea such as this and even if I did I wouldn’t know what to do with it! Looks great and sounds great! Not sure it applies to me but I’ll be interested anyway and I know you will surely be very successful! Good luck! I love you!

  3. Laurel Tucker
    January 24, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    Congrats Judy! You just can’t sit still, can you? 😉 This should be fun.

  4. Cyndie
    January 24, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    “Discover” that’s perfect. My 2017 word is “change”. I’m looking for a change and there is so much change around me. So, I decided to embrace the word and own change for 2017. Congratulations, I love the execution.

  5. Terry Devine
    January 26, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Geez – can this get any better!? Love it. I had already decided on my word for 2017 – Home. It’s time to refresh my little space to sell, and try to find a slightly larger one. One that will support what I see myself doing in my “off career”(love that), like setting up a studio to paint in, meditate in, practice yoga in, and discover what else I am.

    • Judy McLane
      January 28, 2017 / 6:46 am

      I LOVE your word, Terry. How exciting to begin the search for a new place for new “you” discoveries.

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