My 2021 Word

It’s been trendy for a number of years to set an intention for the upcoming year with a single word as the guiding principle. It’s not nearly as specific as “I’m going to lose 15 pounds,” or “I’m going to stop drinking.” That’s probably the appeal. you can define it however you want. Ideally, that word can encompass specific goals, but it doesn’t really have to if you don’t want it to.

I want it to.

In 2016, my word was Organization with a side of Marketing.

In 2019, my word was Release, and in 2020 my word was Recreate. I wrote about how well I had done the former and how I intended to do the latter in this post, but I had no idea at that time just how I would be re-creating things, based on what happened just two months later. (Unfortunately, there wasn’t a lot of personal recreation involved, since we didn’t going anywhere.)

My word in 2021 is:

The idea of “Systems” can be interpreted as organization, and it kind of is, but it’s more specific. I’m going to take advantage of systems that I’ve had access to and not used to their full capacity in order to run my business and life more efficiently. Whether those systems are dry erase wall calendars, digital calendars with built-in reminders, accounting software, or mailing lists to keep people informed of blogposts, courses, workshops, etc., I want to put them in place so that I don’t have to re-invent (or re-create) the wheel every time I have a new project.

it’s not very sexy or woo-woo, but it’s practical.

So what is your word/phrase/guiding principle for 2021? Other than, “GOOD RIDDANCE 2020”? Drop me a comment and let’s start a discussion.


If you are interested in exploring curiously strong singing in 2021, contact me or sign up for my Vocal Boot Camp next Saturday. Two spots left!

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Christine Thomas-O'Meally, a mezzo soprano and voice teacher currently based in the Baltimore-DC area, has performed everything from the motets of J.S. Bach to the melodies of Irving Berlin to the minimalism of Philip Glass. As an opera singer and actress, she has appeared with companies such as Charm City Players, Spotlighters Theatre, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, Opera North, the Washington Savoyards, In Tandem Theatre, Windfall Theater, The Young Victorian Theater of Baltimore, and Skylight Opera Theatre. She created the role of The Woman in Red in Dominick Argento’s Dream of Valentino in its world premiere with the Washington Opera and Mary Pickersgill in O'er the Ramparts at its world premiere during the Bicentennial of Battle of Baltimore at the Community College of Baltimore County. Other roles include Mrs. Paroo in Music Man, Mother Abbess in Sound of Music, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, both Hansel and the Witch in Hansel & Gretel, and many roles in Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. Her performance as the Housekeeper in Man of La Mancha was honored with a WATCH award nomination. Ms. Thomas-O'Meally received an M.M. in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She regularly attends master classes and workshops in both performance and vocal pedagogy, and is certified in all three Levels of Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method. Her students have performed on national and international tours of Broadway productions, at prestigious conservatories, and in regional theater throughout the country.

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