A Healthy and Happy 2016 (Pt. 1)

A Healthy and Happy 2016 (Pt. 1)


I always get excited at the approach of a new year.  It’s like a fresh, clean canvas ready to paint with hopes, dreams, and possibilities.

My hopes and dreams used to be wishful thinking.  I had things I wanted to happen, but I had no plan to get them.  Each year, I would turn the calendar page over to January and wonder what had happened to the previous year.  What had I accomplished?

It wasn’t until I read about priorities and goals that things began to change.  I was able to put my hopes and dreams for a new year on paper and create action plans for each one.  It was then that I started to see significant progress in areas where I seem stuck before.

I have continued to hone my goal setting skills each year, reading books that talk about time management, productivity, and goal setting.  So, year by year, I feel like I am growing in each area that is important to me.  And any growth, no matter how slow, is still encouraging!

I thought it would be fun to share with you my life planning process that I do each year.  And to go along with it, I created a Life Planning printable in case you want to try it yourself.

Here are the major parts of the Life Planning sheet and how to get the most out of them.

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Personal Mission Statement

Everyone needs a Personal Mission Statement!  This is simply a short summary of why you think God created you and what your purpose is on this earth.  To give you an idea, I’ll share mine:  

“My mission is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever by daily cultivating an intimate relationship with Him, living in obedience to Him, and pursuing the priorities and goals He’s given me with passion and purpose.”

Notice that I took the first part from the Westminster Shorter Catechism.  Feel free to use phrases from Scripture, church creeds, or favorite quotes.  Just make it your own and make it your rallying cry for living each day to the glory of God!

Life Verse

Along with a Personal Mission Statement, I also have a Life Verse.  This is a verse that the Lord put on my heart to help summarize my relationship with Him and the kind of life I want to live.  My Life Verse is John 15:5:

“I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

This is a reminder that I am completely dependent on the Lord Jesus.  He is my everything!  You may decide you want several life verses (it’s hard to pick just one!).  Just choose a verse that you want to reflect the theme of your life.  My husband’s Life Verse is Zechariah 4:6, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.”  He does not want to depend on his own strength or power for any part of his life.  He wants to depend entirely on the Holy Spirit.

Life Verse

Theme Word or Phrase

This is simply one word or one phrase that you want to focus on the next year.  Choosing one word really helps to focus in on the one area where you really want to grow.  Here are some examples:

  • Discipline – A great word if you struggle with motivation, consistency or self-control.
  • Grace – A great word if you struggle with guilt or being too critical.
  • Joy – Do you struggle with joy and trusting the Lord in all circumstances?  Make this your focus for 2016.

You get the idea.  The possibilities are endless.  And it really does help bring your mind back to what you truly want to focus on. You’ll be amazed at the end of the year how you’ve grown in this area.

My word for 2016 is Renew.  I want to renew every area of my life – my mind, body, relationships, etc.  I printed out the word and put it on my bulletin board in my office to help remind me of my year’s focus each time I look at it.  You could write it in calligraphy, create a bookmark, paint it on a smooth rock, or think of some other creative way to display your word.

Renew Pic

Theme Verse

This is a Bible verse to go along with your one word or phrase.  I have a list of Scriptures I want to memorize this year, but my theme verse for the year is Ephesians 4:22-24:

to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”


These are the things in your life that are important to you.  Things such as:
  • Your relationship with the Lord
  • Your Health
  • Your husband (if you’re married)
  • Your children
  • Your job
  • Your extended family
  • Your ministry (Bible study leader, Sunday school teacher, witness to others, etc)
  • Your friendships
  • Your Home
You can write these in order of importance in the circles provided on the sheet.


These are things you want to accomplish under each priority.  I provided space for your top 3 goals under each priority (you can certainly have more if you want!).  Let’s say one of your priorities is your friendships.  You’ve been wanting to establish more friendships and make meaningful connections with other women.  Here are some examples of goals you might have under that priority:
  1. Have lunch or coffee with 5 different women by June 2016.
  2. Send a note, email, or text once a week to encourage a friend – that’s 52 notes of encouragement in the next year!
  3. Host one special luncheon or dinner for your friends by next spring.

These 3 goals are specific and time sensitive and will help you take the initiative in building meaningful friendships. Try this for each priority that you wrote down.  Think of the top 3 goals that you have for each priority, and then make each goal specific and time sensitive.

After you finish writing 3 goals under each priority, choose and highlight the most important one under each category.  Studies show that we can’t focus on more than 5 – 7 goals at a time, so this will give you a healthy balance in each area if you focus on one major goal for each priority.  This will give you a strategy to focus on the most important goals first.  Then, when you’ve accomplished that goal, move on to the next goal you listed under that priority.  Do this for each priority.
Your Personal Mission Statement and Life Verse should be the same from year to year (although you may find yourself tweaking it from one season of life to the next), but your Theme Word and Verse will change from year to year.  It’s so encouraging to keep these sheets and review them from year to year to see how the Lord has helped you to grow and to accomplish the goals He has given you.
How do you plan for a new year?  I would love to hear about it! And make sure to subscribe below so you don’t miss the upcoming posts in our series, “How to Have a Healthy and Happy 2016”!

Recommended Resources

How to Change Your Life by Setting Goals – Crystal Paine has helped me tremendously in the area of goal setting.  This article is sure to inspire you as well.  It has free printables too!
First Things First – This is a wonderful series by Nancy Leigh DeMoss on redeeming the time we’ve been given and making sure our priorities are in line with God’s Word.
35 Spiritual Goal Ideas Maybe you don’t know where to begin with setting spiritual goals.  This list is sure to give you some awesome ideas!

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