Wow, I cannot believe that 2019 is finally ending. Blinked my eyes in January and suddenly it’s December! Yoh, a year went by so fast! The weird thing is, when I think back to January, it actually seems like it was a lifetime away and so much has changed since then… so why does it feel like the year went by so swiftly? 🤔

2019 has most definitely been a strange year. A year with a mixed bag of ups and downs, tremendously high, highs and extremely low, lows… Honestly, it has been one perplexing year and I’m happy to see the end of it. But on the same token I’m grateful for all that I’ve experienced and learnt this year. I was thinking how I was going to mark not only the end of this year but the end of this decade and thought what better way to say farewell than by sharing a few lessons 2019 has taught me. So, here is my list of 5 things I learnt in 2019.

5 Things 2019 has Taught Me

  • Cease the Moment

The first thing that 2019 has taught me, is that in a year, there are many opportunities which comes our way. Every day, week, or month a new opportunity will present itself, opportunities that we can cease, make our own and turn into our finest moments. If we don’t grab those moments when they come by, we might never get them again. But if we do, they become our greatest, most treasured memories!

This is exactly what Judah did this year. He took every opportunity which came his way and turned them into some pretty impressive highlights. And I have to say, Jude had an incredible year, if I look back at all my photo highlights, he has dominated the scene. (Well done Son, on an inspiring and fun-filled year! You are an inspiration and I pray you continue to grab and make most of those opportunities in the years ahead!

Judah Clement at his12th Birthday Party
  • It takes a Village

As the saying goes… ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ 2019 has taught me that I am bringing up my children in a caring and loving village and I’m so grateful for all those who are part of our village, our support structure.

One of the biggest reasons we have been somewhat successful in running our own business and being able to juggle our family life, is that Japheth and I have an incredibly strong support structure. I do not know what I would do without our amazing family. Family who I can count on, family who are always there for us and most importantly family who uphold us in prayer.

  • Teamwork makes the Dream Work

2019 has made me realise that marriage is made easier when you are working towards the same goal, vision, and purpose.

So, Japheth and I work together, in the same office, directly opposite each other. Some would say its stifling to be with your husband the entire day and night. But I’ve realised that there is no other way I would want it. When you are fighting the same battles at the office, there’s little time to fight about anything else… 😊

Japheth and Me – The Dream Team 😊

**A post on couples who work together is on my list of upcoming posts so look out for more on this!

  • Take a Break

We all need a break from the daily grind. I’ve learnt that you cannot work efficiently on an empty fuel tank.

Vacations are rare for us. 2019 was the first year we took a family break since starting our business 5 years ago. But this past year I learnt that there is nothing more relaxing and exciting than taking time off and seeing the sights with your family. De-stressing, unwinding, and recharging those batteries is not overrated!

The Ganesan Family out having some Fun in the Sun!
  •  All Things Work Together for Good

This was the toughest lesson yet; I think in some situations I’m still confused as to what the lessons were and in others, the lessons are not even over. But this year I’ve learnt that things can go horribly wrong. The most unexpected things can happen. Your worst fears sometimes do come true and that when they said that good guys finish last, they were not lying. 2019, you literally threw us under the bus! But I thank God, I have a few other lessons I’ve picked up in previous years which I can use to draw encouragement from for this one!

What the last decade has taught me is that when things go so terribly wrong, believe me, somewhere in that mess, God has your back. He always comes through at the end. Even though it feels like your world is falling apart and you have no way out, trust me when I say that He has a way to make it all work out. You will not see the results immediately. It will take time for things to fall into place. But remember the outcome is always greater than expected.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose…”

Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed…”

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV)

“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”

Psalm 9:9-10 (NIV)

Well, that’s a wrap of my year that was. Please feel free to share what 2019 has taught you… I’m sure many of you have some great lessons for us all to learn from.

2020, I am immensely looking forward to seeing what you hold. I pray that the best is yet to come… Happy New Year, Friends! May the Lord Bless you and Keep You…

Deshni Ganesan

My name is Deshni Ganesan and I am based on the North Coast of KZN in sunny South Africa. I am the creator and the voice behind the amazing blog, Live Called, a website designed for Christian women who are simply looking for a little inspiration, motivation, revelation and a little bit more…

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So Long, 2019!