The Key: Holistic Planning

Our final goal-setting, new-year-planning, getting-ready-for-an-amazing-year article is here. AND. It may be my favorite thus far! Today I want to introduce you to a beautiful soul named Leah Lesesne. Her passion is to help you be as healthy, whole, and close to Jesus as possible. Get ready for some thought-provoking, life-altering, and inspiring advice. I can’t wait to hear what y’all think about this one! – Amanda


Leah Lesesne, Guest Blogger on The Caffeinated Woman

As a holistic wellness coach I often get asked for help in planning for the New Year and keeping resolutions. The biggest mistake I see made with resolutions is putting too much emphasis on one area of life. Such unbalanced focus is not sustainable and eventually you have to let go of your well-intentioned resolution to keep up with the rest of life.

The key is holistic planning.

Balancing the needs of your body-mind-spirit, relationships, and work. Our society tends to keep work, home, and health separate, but by engaging all three together we actually improve wellbeing in each.

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. 1 Thessalonians 5:23

It’s actually a business goal to eat healthfully and drink enough water, when doing so means you function at your peak and are able to get more work done more easily. And it’s actually a health goal to complete that business project you’ve been stressing over when it means less anxiety and more peace of mind on the other side. When we learn to think of our lives holistically we learn that we have to plan for business, health, and home together because they exist together in our lives.

Before you can plan anything for the New Year, you need to know what you have room for.

We often forget how important it is to look back over the past year and learn from our mistakes and triumphs. By looking back you see where you held on too tightly to something that wasn’t really that important, and where you didn’t have room for things that actually are very important for your overall wellbeing.

Taking hold of new things in this year requires letting go of old things from the previous year. In your business, in your personal life, in your health body-mind-spirit, you only have so much time and space to devote to the things you choose to hold onto. Choosing to hold onto one thing by necessity means choosing to let go of something else.

So pause. Think back.

Over this past year what are the things you have held tight to?

What are the things you need to let go of?

What are the things you desperately wished you had time for?

What things this new year do you need to grab hold of?

The jar method.

A common way of thinking through priorities is a jar full of rocks, pebbles, and sand. If you put the sand in first you will never be able to fit it all in the jar. But if you start with the rocks, the biggest, most important things, and then add the pebbles, the next biggest and important things, there will always be enough room for the sand, the things that are not as important but we need or want to get done.

Be careful as you fill your jar that not all your rocks come from the same life area. This is where it is important to think holistically in what you decide are the biggest priorities. I have designed a 2017 Priority Planning worksheet that will help you with planning your priorities. Download it in Amanda’s FREE resource library.

Download your 2017 Priority Planner Here.

After you have planned your priorities for the year be sure to check in with your goals every month and keep planning. Your priorities might shift throughout the year and that’s okay. As long as you keep checking in with your plan and your goals and adjusting where needed you will stay on track to having a successful 2017.


A day planner and a good calendar are the best tools you can get for keeping track of your plan all year. There are many kinds of planners and calendars from bullet journals to calendar apps but my favorite calendar is the NeuYear wall calendar because it lets you see the entire year at once. No more forgetting something that happens the first week of the next month or losing track of how overall sense of the year. Write on your calendar with pencil because plans do change, but go ahead and mark out your goals for the year. Washi tape is great too for visually blocking off sections or marking specific dates.

Decide right now that 2017 is going to be a great year and get to planning for it!

For more on building a holistic lifestyle check out my blog and my book, Healthy & Whole. You’ll also find a NeuYear calendar coupon on my blog post from this week.


Leah Lesesne

Meet Leah Lesesne!


Leah Lesesne (pronounced lay-uh like the princess and luh-sane) lives in downtown Atlanta with her husband Tommy and their urban farm full of critters. Her Leah Lesesne, Guest Blogger on TCWpassion is to help you be as healthy, whole, and close to Jesus as possible. After working for a few years as a counselor, she stepped away from the mental health field to pursue her first loves of inner healing prayer ministry and holistic health.

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Planning for something great takes a ton of energy. This week I brought in a certified holistic coach to teach us exactly how to plan and achieve goals while balancing all that life throws at us.

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