What’s My 2022 Word?

What's my 2022 Word?

For the last few years, I’ve chosen a specific word to be the focus of my upcoming year. So now it’s time to figure out my 2022 word.

  • Last year, my word was SYSTEMSThat worked pretty well, overall. I’m still working on the email marketing part, which I kinda hate.
  • For 2020, it was RECREATE, pertaining to both re-creation and recreation (some of that went better than the other)
  • In 2019, I RELEASED things from my life
  • Don’t recall what I did in 2017 or 2018 (although it looks like “Clarity” and “Present” were ones I was kicking around on Facebook for 2018), but in 2016 it was ORGANIZATION with a side of MARKETING

Karen Michaels, singer/pianist, voice teacher/vocal coach, social media maven and founder of The Social Butterfly (and a fellow Speakeasy Cooperative member) put out her 2022 words last week. She has two, one for personal and one for business.

I have decided that my personal word is going to be


I don’t really like water that much. I tend to put a splash of Bai in seltzer, and that mainly in summer. I drink regular water more when I’m in a rehearsal or working out, neither of which I’ve been doing as much during this decade two years of COVID. And I can feel it.

But I think hydration is more than just drinking water. It’s about refreshing, replenishing, and renewing yourself. I thought I’d made up the term emotional dehydration (and was patting myself on the back for it), but nope, someone else wrote a blogpost about it here.

So I need to refresh, replenish, and renew myself and the first step in that process is going to be to increase my hydration. Through intake of water, of course, but also through more steam, regular use of the humidifier, maybe more relaxing baths, and finding more things that fill my emotional tank as well.

Now on to the business word. Originally, I was going to choose


And I was going to choose that because Deborah Conquest of Conquest Voice Studios (also a Speakeasy compatriot) said, in regards to my logos, that she liked them before she even knew me because they were “suitably bold and somewhat quirky,” which I thought pretty much sums me up. I even made a graphic about it.

Various emojis of Mezzoid Voice Studio
That’s me to a T!

So I thought, “Oh! Bold! That’ll be my word. Because I want to take bold action in 2022!

But …. now I’m thinking that what I’ve lost in the last few months – and I’m not sure why – is what I really need to get back. And that’s:


Because I have these systems in place, I’ve released what I don’t need and re-created things in this new environment, but now I need to find some focus.

I’m still torn between the two. What do you think?

What's my 2022 Word?

What do you think my business word should be? Bold or Focus? Drop it in the comments!

Published by Mezzoid Voice Studio

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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