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.
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.