Word of the year: creation

When I first heard of the concept of ‘word of the year’, I thought what a great idea, and decided to go ahead with one for 2022. My main word this year is ‘creation’, with secondary words of power, health and strength. All good words, all should help me achieve my goals of the year. However, what with one thing and another, I haven’t been feeling particularly positive recently, so it has been hard to motivate myself to do much this month.

Creation can mean a multitude of things. There is the creation of a mess when I am cooking and the resulting task of cleaning it all up. There is the creation of putting together a blog post of small pleasures of the week, no matter the mood. And there is the creation of ideas and plans.

I have created an autumn reading list. I got through all but one of my summer reading, substituting one book due to my mood at the time, so let’s see if I can get through the next season’s pile (which at least includes some holiday around Easter!).

A list of places I want to go and eat was created. The hospitality industry has been badly hit with Covid, restrictions and a general lessening of footfall as people work at home rather than come into the city. I’ve been documenting where we have been so far in other blog posts and will continue to do so in the weeks to come.

There were of course some creations in the kitchen, including a thyme and apricot loaf cake from Baking with Fortitude by Dee Retelli (review of book to follow). It needed longer cooking than the recipe stated, and I had to cover the top with foil to stop it going any darker, and was also a little disappointing in taste. I made pasta alla Norma, for dinner on Wednesday with leftovers for lunches.

Do you have a word of the year? If so what is it?

Thanks to our hosts: Retirement ReflectionsDeb’s WorldWomen Living Well After 50 and And Anyways for setting this up and giving us some great ideas for blog posts.

Also entered into the weekend coffee share hosted by Natalie the Explorer.

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  1. I really like the word ‘creation’ and how you’re working it into your life – so many great examples of living your WOTY. Thanks for joining in with us!

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  2. Thanks for inviting us to consider our word of the year. I think mine will be Curiosity. It opens our eyes to so much. And perhaps Creativity will follow!

    p.s. congrats on completing your autumn reading list!

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  3. Love, love your word for the year. Reminds me of the Man that used to write Eternity everywhere. My word this year is, Peace, the Hebrew meaning, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare & tranquility. Your food looks like it would bring all that to our souls, ( ;

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  4. Creation is an excellent word. I like how you’ve applied it into your life. Thank you for sharing your reading list and yummy-looking food with #weekendcoffeeshare. I love Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book and enjoyed E. Strout’s Olive Kitteridge.

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    1. I’ve read The Summer Book and really enjoyed it (and of course all the Moomin books…!). I liked Olive Kitteridge too, though preferred the second book. Thanks for hosting #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  5. I think Creation is a good word for you, because you are always creating interesting dishes, all of them look tasty and vastly better than mine. I read Olive Kitteridge a while ago, and have just finished Oh William. I loved both, but think I should have read My Name is Lucy Barton first.

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  6. Creation is a wonderful word, and there’s so much you can include in it! That’s a good thing to create a list of places to eat. These places truly need our support!

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  7. Creation is a beautiful WOTY and so versatile. Of the books in your stack, I have read My Name is Lucy Barton. I may have to check out some of the others. I’m always looking for a good book. Happy creating in March!

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  8. Hi TK,
    Nope – no WOTY for me. I doubt I could be so focused for a whole year on one word.
    But more clearly stated goals – yes, I could get into that because they could be more adaptive to time limits or word counts or peer blogger counts and such.
    I’m very driven to be a better writer, able to produce things that people want to read just because I’m the author and am known to write well. I have quite a ways to go still be do think this is a worthy goal that keeps me focused on all things that might move me closer.
    I also love getting to know bloggers from around the globe. I may never make it to all the places where people are reading my works, but that someone from New Zealand would even bother to click on one of my links – is so humbling and adds urgency to trying to say things well, edit well and not waste any of my readers time.and maybe even managing to teach something that I value.
    You are a great example of one of the people I feel very lucky to have any connection with but there is no single word to express that, so you’re stuck with being one of my satisfied goals.

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    1. Oh thank you for your kind words….I have to say that I also love getting to know bloggers from all round the globe – people with very different lives to mine, living in very different places. I love it. The only issue is that now my bucket list of places I would love to visit is getting longer….. 🙂

      Good luck with your writing goals!

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  9. I have been word of the year over resolutions for over a decade now, and thoroughly enjoy the daily reminder to focus on my word. The pasta alla Norma, looks yummy!

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  10. I keep a running list of places I want to eat too. If the weekend is easy and I have no plans or if I don’t want to cook, I like to go through my list and see what restaurant to try.

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