Sunday, May 1, 2011


meraki [may-rah-kee] (adjective)

This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put "something of yourself" into what you're doing, whatever it may be. Meraki is often used to describe cooking or preparing a meal, but it can also mean arranging a room, choosing decorations, or setting an elegant table.

(Hephaestos, Greek God of metalworking, masonry and sculpting.)

I came upon this word today, stumbling across it then finding a definition.

I think this is a great word. I know lots of people who find joy in art, but everyone has something they find pleasure in creating. Be it a clean house, happy children, putting your heart and soul into something you create or do.

So my question is, what do you do with meraki?

There will be a surprise for the respondents!!!


  1. Right now I think I use meraki in hanging my clothes out on the line. I just feel connected at that moment, and it fills me when I'm taking them down and folding them.

  2. I think I paint with meraki when I'm lucky, And sometimes I cook with meraki. I would like to think I raise my kids with meraki (at least sometimes...) Good word.

  3. Sewing, for sure. I mean I do like to think I do all my crafts with some passion, but sewing is the one that really has my soul in it.

  4. For those of you I am *not* marrying next week, who would like a surprise MythicalMagpie present...please e-mail me your preferred mailing address!!!

    Send to maisakamar (at)