My word of the year for 2022

The “word of the year” sounds so trendy that it almost doesn’t feel like something I normally would be doing. But I really like the idea. I think having a word or a concept for the year ahead can be developing and help you focus and grow, depending on what you choose of course.. My main inspiration for this is Deb from Deb’s world. I came across her blog about a year ago, and it’s been so inspiring reading it! She chose BOLD as her word of the year for 2021 and has shared every month about how she has been doing with BOLD that month. I love her blog and I love how she has tackled the word of the year. Now I’ve been inspired to at least pick a word/concept of the year and follow it as a focus for the year.

2021 was awful but I’ll do my best to make 2022 different

2021 was a horrible year. It’s been mostly about being overwhelmed by worry and stress – for sick family members, sick cat, Covid, health, the planet, the future. The happenings during the year taught me there’s no idea to have any hope for an end of the pandemic and I just felt lost. During the autumn I started suffering from anxiety attacks, and was forced to start taking my mental health more seriously.

2021 also offered some good times – pubs reopening, lovely summer weather (best summer since we moved to Ireland), a music session in a friend’s garden and one in a pub, getting to know my camera club friend better and going for photo walks with her, all our good chats via Signal and Whatsapp, falling back in love with photography, attending bluegrass singing classes online, and more. I enjoyed what we had that was good and did my best to make the most of it. I totally indulged in music and graphic design. I started learning Adobe Illustrator, photographed waves and seashells, I attended an online course about the history and development of Irish whiskey, and I’m going to do the same about Scotch soon. But when thinking back, what I mostly remember is the anxiety, and the main feeling I have is that 2021 was NOT what I would consider a good year.

Keeping calm, and quality of life

I don’t ever want to get back to the stress and worry of 2021. Therefore, I’ve chosen the word CALM as my word of the year for 2022. I will try to settle down, not overthink things, not be so easily distracted by other people’s attitudes or opinions, but let go of unhealthy mindsets, do things on my own terms, do my best to not overthink, but stay calm, go with the flow and focus on the good things in life that we still have or can do. I tried to have that attitude 2021, but got lost.

We had an absolutely lovely New Year’s Eve party with friends, despite the raging pandemic – we had dinner, drinks and fabulous chats for not less than 6 HOURS online, using the Signal app with video. I’ll continue to embrace technology and use it for good things. Having parties on Zoom and similar has become so normal and even if “the real thing” is much better, I’m so thankful that we have the opportunity to socialise through Zoom, Signal, Whatsapp and more.

In 2022 I’ll continue the good things I’ve done during 2021 – go for more walks with the camera, learn new tunes and techniques on the guitar, come back to the concertina, continue to develop my singing skills. And I’ll keep developing my skills with Adobe Illustrator and other design tools, and create cool things with them.

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I will only blog in the way I want to

2021 was a year of chaos with my blogging. I got lost with it and stopped doing it in the way that makes me happy because I started worrying aout my “appearance” online and got caught into what bloggers “should” do in 2021 instead of being myself. I started changing things to fit in, or at least to “look good”. I’ve moved content, deleted content, changed between different concepts, and more. I divided my blog into two and started a music blog, and later a second niche blog (about West Cork) which I felt very good about, but shortly after, I just felt empty and exhausted. Everything around writing seemed pointless, and I nearly left blogging altogether. I had to take a break to relax from it and to stop and think, and realised how much I missed my personal blog, what it used to be, and how much I enjoyed it before I started overthinking blogging.

This time I’ve restarted my personal blog NOT with the feeling “Oh well, let’s try this again and see how it goes” but instead with an attitude of “This rocks! I’m finally doing what I truly want to do and it’s gonna be fun!” I will now stop hyping about blogging and just do it as I want to do it. This blog will remain here. You may not believe it, but I do because I’ve changed my mindset about blogging and I’m coming back to being ME and writing for enjoyment and in my own way. I’m an old-school blogger by heart and that will probably never change.

I guess the concept of the year regarding blogging will be “don’t try so hard and stop worrying about fitting in – just write and have fun with it”.

And I feel CALM now when I’ve made this decision. My other blogs will also remain but as interesting side projects, and the West Cork blog will rise again with new content, and it’s going to be good. However, not much will happen there until this current, massive, Covid surge calms down. The beginning of this year will be about staying home.

With that, I’ll finish this post and I wish you all a good start to 2022.

Linking this post with #Life this week.


  • Maria
    3rd January 2022 at 1:53 pm

    Calm is a wonderful word! If I would choose a word for 2022 it would be “grateful”. I pray that you do get a calm year, and I am looking forward to seeing what you choose to blog about! I ordered the books I will be needing for the ‘Master Program of Education’ today, and right now I am immensely grateful that I know a little bit of English, since some of the literature was in English.

    • Susanne
      3rd January 2022 at 2:11 pm

      With academic studies, English is absolutely essential! I used to have some classmates who were a lot weaker with their English than I was, and they had a hard time. Even if some books were in Swedish, most scientific articles weren’t.
      2021 was a very confusing year regarding blogging, as you know! But I’m glad that it ended with me coming to some clarity – finally what I do NOT want (write to please Google and trends) and to come back to the style of blogging I enjoy. I’ve promised myself to keep all my blogs during 2022 and I have interesting post ideas for all of them, but when it’s time to renew the domain names in December, I’ll make a decision about how to continue.
      Thanks for visiting! Grateful is also a wonderful word, and to me it’s a part of calm!

  • Leanne |
    3rd January 2022 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Susanne – I think you’re blogging journey has been much the same for a lot of us – we start out with testing the waters, get caught up in the hype, realize we’ve lost our way, and then choose to write what feels authentic again. That’s what makes blogging so interesting, and when you settle into writing from the heart, it’s a great way to settle your mind and soul.
    I’m sorry covid has been such a worry for you in 2021 – it seems to have been a real issue around the world and in Australia we’ve been less impacted – but that’s changing and I can see we’re going to have a lot more of it this year – we just seem to have delayed the inevitable. I’m choosing to not worry about it too much – to not expose myself to all the scare mongering in the media, and to just keep taking life one day at a time – focusing on the small joys that are present everywhere if we choose to look for them. I hope you find your centre of calm and that it’s a fabulous year for you in 2022. 🙂

    • Susanne
      3rd January 2022 at 2:22 pm

      Oh, thank you so much for that, Leanne! The first part of your comment makes me feel so much better about my blogging mess (as I call it)! Yes, I believe that if I settle down and write from the heart – it will give more CALM as well! You are right about not exposing yourself to all the scare-mongering online. I try to follow the local news (and now and then, Swedish news) to know roughly the severity of the situation and to find out when there’s more reliable info on the new variant. But that’s it – I read as little as possible and like you, will focus on the good things – and to find them. There will be bad days but it can be enough to just go out in the garden or for a walk, look at the green fields, take a deep breath and be thankful for the beauty around me. That’s something that Covid or other circumstances can’t take away.

  • Denyse Whelan
    5th January 2022 at 11:54 pm

    Lovely to read the outcome of your blog post…and that you are choosing to please yourself now as a blogger. Calm is an awesome word and I use Calm app every morning and night for my meditation practice.

    I like too, how you have become a part of this small community of bloggers here at Life This Week, and complimenting Deb from Deb’s World on her blog and word for 2021.

    Looking forward to reading more as the year progresses,

    Thank you for linking up for the first Life This Week in 2022 at Denyse Whelan Blogs.
    Thank you too for sharing your post with our community and commenting on mine.
    See you next week for 2/51 Life This Week,
    Warm wishes

    • Susanne
      6th January 2022 at 11:40 am

      Hi Denyse, it’s nice to hear from you and thanks for your lovely comments on this post! I believe if this community didn’t exist, I probably wouldn’t still be blogging. Despite my own blogging chaos, the community around these link-ups has been a huge positive for me during the past year. Thanks for hosting it and I’m looking forward to another year of linking up!

  • Julie
    16th January 2022 at 3:35 pm

    Calm is a good word because you want to create an inner calm in a world that wants to rattle you. I started a word of the year last year too. Last year my word was “Declutter” but it was difficult because my two BILs moved in and we have a very different relationship to stuff. This year my word is (re)Invigorate. It has been so draining not doing anything. I visited less restaurants, less coffee placed, etc. I felt like joy sucked out of my life. There was more…so I decided to go pursue things that made me feel invigorated.

    • Susanne
      16th January 2022 at 11:23 pm

      (Re)invigorate is also a good word! I totally agree that joy has been sucked out of life. I’ve been able keep a lot of it because of how music keeps me going and makes me happy, but apart from that… so much of the pleasures in life has been taken away.


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