2019: A Year To Cherish

2019: A Year To Cherish - A Sweet N Simple Life - Cynthia Zander

Happy New Years to all of you lovely people! I feel like 2018 just started, but yet here we are, welcoming 2019. To celebrate the start of this brand new year, full of potential, I’m finally back from my way-too-long blogging break. Your sweet words of support and encouragement over the past few months have meant the world to me! I’m looking forward to sharing a year full of growth, encouragement, and blessings with you! 2019 is going to be a big year, in so many ways. I hope and pray that this year, you will be doing your best to learn, grow, live each day to the fullest, and become the person that God wants you to be.

As you can tell from the total lack of posts lately, It has been extremely hard for me to get back to my “full-time blogging schedule” while also juggling a full-time job and a busy life; but I’m trying, I promise! 2019 is going to be a year full of adventures and unknowns, but I will be doing my best to stay active on here as much as possible.

Well, let’s get to the post!

Last year was the first time that I chose a word to focus on for the entire year, and it went wonderfully! So before I share my word for 2019 with you, let’s rewind back to 2018……

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My word for 2018 was intentional.

Looking back on 2018…… Wow. It was such a full & blessed year! There were struggles and hard times, but there were more beautiful moments then I could ever begin to count. In 2018, I cried harder then I ever have before; but even in those moments, the tears were nothing compared to how many times I laughed until I couldn’t breathe. Put simply, 2018 was a beautiful year.


At the beginning of 2018, I decided that I wanted it to be the most purposeful and intentional year of my life so far. And looking back, I can say, it really, REALLY was! 2018 was a year full of learning and growing. It was beautiful!

These were the words written this time, last year….

This time next year, I don’t know what I’ll be doing. Maybe I’ll be working, maybe I’ll be traveling, maybe I’ll be doing mission work half way across the world. I have no clue! Truly, the options are endless. Especially at this point of life, there are so, so many different paths that could be taken. There are so many different places that could be visited. There are so many different things that could be done. Right now, I have only the slightest idea (or should I say, hope) of what the rest of my life will be like. But one thing that I do know for sure? I know that I want to live it with as few regrets as possible.

One year from today, I don’t want to be that person looking back and saying, “What in the world did I do with the past year?” One year from today, I don’t want to be regretting the things that I didn’t do, the opportunity’s I passed up, the ministry work that I could have done, the places that I could have seen, and the people I could have helped. I don’t want to be looking back and regretting the things that I did or didn’t do. I want to be proud of the things that I did. Put simply, I want to see accomplishments.

And now, here we are, one year later, headed into 2019……

In a way, it seems hard to believe that an entire year of my life has passed. But at the same time, it’s a wonderful feeling to know that I didn’t just waste away a year of my life; I truly LIVED it! Even in the not-so-great moments, I did my best to stay intentional, and make choices that my 80 year old self would be proud of.

I had originally chosen Purposeful as my word for 2019; yet the more I thought about it, the more I realized that even though it was a great word with a great meaning behind it……. It just wasn’t right for me in this season of life. It was too similar to my 2018 word, intentional. And as beautiful as 2018 was, I don’t want to repeat it. I want to 2019 to be a new year, filled with new adventures, new experiences, and new lessons learned. With that in mind, I realized there was a word that held the potential for so much more growth in my life. That one simple little word? Cherish. Life flies by so fast, I don’t want to miss a single second of it! This year, I want to really, truly cherish the moments, and live each day to it’s full potential.

2019 is going to be a year full of unknowns.

If there’s one thing that I know about 2019, It’s this: It’s going to have a LOT of unknowns. And when I say unknowns, I really mean unknowns. Up until this year, my life had always been pretty predictable. But that’s all starting to change now. And that’s not a bad thing! Whatever comes my way this year, I want to cherish it. I don’t know exactly what 2019 has in store, but I want to live, love, and truly cherish each and every moment of it!

Every day I live, the more I realize, nothing in this life is promised or 100% certain. Even the breath that you’re breathing right now, could be taken away at any second. Because of that, I want to live each day as if it’s my last. I want to learn, grow, struggle, and succeed. I don’t want this year to be wasted. I want to become the woman that God wants me to be, and fully embrace the life that he has given me.I want to trust him with my future and with everything that comes my way in 2019.

2019 is going to be a year full of learning and growing.

Learning to let go of the past. Learning to embrace change; to jump headfirst into the unknowns, trusting that God will figure out all of the details in His timing. Learning to cherish the moments, and truly enjoy every season of the blessed life that He has given me.

I know that here will be struggles, hard times, tears, and frustrations. But there will be OH, so much joy and blessing.

Here’s to the sweet and simple moments of life that are OH, so beautiful.

In 2019, yes, there will be hurt, but there will be love. There will be mistakes, but there will be grace and forgiveness. Yes, there will be struggles, but there will also be successes! Let’s learn to cherish ALL of the moments. Let’s learn to turn the hard times and struggles into learning and growing experiences. Don’t hold yourself back! Keep working to become the person that you should be!

Let’s make 2019 the year that we get up an hour earlier, to live an hour earlier. The year that we decide to,

  • Serve more.
  • Give more. 
  • Adventure more.
  • Love more.
  • Waste less time.
  • Talk sweeter.
  • Give more hugs.
  • Read more books.
  • Care for others.

Let’s make 2019 a year to cherish! This season of life won’t last forever; live it fully while you still have the chance!

Now, I want to hear from YOU! Have you chosen a word for 2019? I would love to hear about it! If not, are you going to? What do you think of the word “cherish”? Are you cherishing the season of life that you’re in right now? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments down below!

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6 thoughts on “2019: A Year To Cherish

  1. My word for 2019 would be savour. I want to take the time this year to savour the small things everyday and enjoy the little things life has to offer <3

  2. Hi Cynthia! Lovely post. I love that you pick a word or the year. Cherish is such an important part of life, to remind ourselves to live in the moment. Welcome back to the blogging world! Don’t let it stress you out. It should be fun. πŸ˜€
    Happy New Year.

  3. My word for the year is perseverance. I stole it from another blogger, but I think it’s the perfect goal going into any situation. See your way through it, and don’t give up.

  4. My word for this year is consistency!
    I want to stay consistent in my time with God. My healthy life style. My alone time. My family time. Everything in my life I want to be consistent this year! Thank you for sharing your word and thank you for coming back!!! This was great! I can’t wait for this year I love your word!

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