My 2017 Focus Word

January 6, 2017


For most Januarys in my life, I’ve had a long list of New Year’s Resolutions…and I haven’t kept them (shocker, I know). This year I am changing it up and just doing 1 focus word: empathy.

In my mind, the definition of empathy is to step into someone else’s shoes. All too often, I tend to judge something or someone before really offering my compassion and understanding. By putting myself in their shoes and focusing on what they have gone through and where they stand: that can only make me love more unconditionally. Why put stipulations on loving friends, family, and acquaintances? Will empathy make me more vulnerable in 2017? Perhaps, but that’s okay.

Over the past few years, I’ve found myself softening some of my “hard edges.” I think a good bit of that has to deal with my husband and his empathetic nature but also most of it has to deal with me shifting where I find happiness. I used to want to climb the corporate ladder and success meant making more money each year. Things changed when I started teaching more group fitness and helping women on their wellness journey. That desire for more money, more professional growth in terms of “managing people” stopped pretty abruptly. I found myself not motivated by marketing but instead getting so excited to teach my fitness classes. I truly feel alive and happy when I teach others. God has been working on me for a long time to realize this and finally with some recent professional developments, I have realized it! I’m stubborn, what can I say?! 🙂

With all of that said, I’m hoping by leading a more empathetic life can help me grow personally in my relationships, open my heart more to others and reach more people in the fitness world. I’m hoping to document that on this blog with posts weekly on fitness tips, personal stories, fun recipes to bring family and friends together and of course style advice to make us feel beautiful both inside and out.

Cheers to 2017!

I’d LOVE to know and if you’re willing to share, what is your focus for 2017?

Please comment below!





  • Reply Ashley Davis January 7, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    So glad to see your focus word is Empathy. It is also the first chapter of my new book, A Life Through Letters. I learned a lot from my father about empathy. I contend in the book that if we all have a little more empathy, the world would be a better place! Look forward to seeing your journey in 2017!

    • Reply Madison January 7, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      Thank you! I agree 100% 🙂

  • Reply Christine Gregory January 7, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Madison, I couldn’t of said it better. Much blessings to you my friend, without you teaching the classes I would’ve never met you so I am so happy that I did. Love, Christine

    • Reply Madison January 7, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      I love you so much, Christine!!!!!!!

  • Reply DeeDee January 7, 2017 at 6:29 pm


    I choose Happy to be my focus word for 2017 because everything amazing comes after happy. When I remain in a state of happiness and joy I stay open to all possibilities. I choose not to wait for an outside life event , relationship, money or everything needing to be perfect and then be happy. I choose to be happy now.


    • Reply Madison January 7, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      HAPPY. Wow, I love that! I may have to add that to empathy. 🙂 XOXO

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