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Do you know the one thing LWSL readers crave most of all?

Several months ago I sent out a reader survey, which is something I try to do at least once a year. I think it is really important to hear what’s working, what’s not working, what can be improved, and even what should be eliminated altogether here at LWSL. It is always very enlightening to see what you all have to say!

But this year I added two questions that I had never asked before. I asked, “what is the biggest source of stress in your life right now,” and “what is the biggest thing you would like to accomplish in the next year.”

Your answers stunned me.

Far and away, the most common answers to the first question about stress were things like “I don’t have enough time” or “being too busy” or “too much going on.” But there was one single answer to the second question that blew all the other answers out of the water. Can you guess what it was?


We’re desperate for it.

And, quite honestly, it is a struggle and a desire I understand all too well. In fact, last December, as my team and I were sketching out our company goals for 2015, balance was a word that came up a lot. So much, even, that we decided to make it our theme for the year.

Our primary goal was to develop a tool for ourselves and our readers that could help us achieve this ever-elusive goal of balance and organization. A resource that could not only help us manage our schedule, but help us stay focused on our goals and priorities and allow us to navigate the day-to-day responsibilities like meal planning and budgeting all in one place.

And so, in one very big AHA moment, the Living Well Planner was born.

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Friends, can I just tell you how excited I am about this planner? Not only is it absolutely beautiful, it is carefully designed to help each one of us get all those details out of our heads and into one organized space. In other words, it is literally the sanity saver we have all been waiting for!

And while I’ve been talking about it on social media and via email for the past few weeks, it occurred to me that I should probably take some time to share in detail here in the blog exactly what this amazing tool has to offer here.

Long Term Goals

Goal Setting That Works

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you already know that goal-setting is a recurring theme! I am a firm believer in the power of written goals and in putting those written goals in a place where we can see them every single day. I also believe that the most effective way to accomplish those big, long term goals is to break them up into manageable bites that can be accomplished one month, one week, and one day at a time.

Monthly Goals with Cute Flags

The Living Well Planner is designed help you set those long term goals, as well as to help you break them down into monthly goals. The long term goals page is the very first page of the planner, which means that each time you open it, this is the first thing you see–and a powerful daily reminder of all those big things you want to get done over the next year. Likewise, the monthly goal setting pages are the first page of every month, helping to you strategically prioritize what needs to get done.

Weekly Planning Page with Writing Top View

Comprehensive Weekly Planning

As busy wives and moms, it is sometimes hard to juggle all the different aspects of a busy life–from appointments and obligations to tasks that need to get done to meals that need to be planned. Our weekly planning pages make sense of all these different hats and put them in one easy-to-use space that allows you to keep track of your schedule, organize your to-dos, and plan your meals at a glance. It is purposefully designed to keep things simple, and intentionally streamlined in order to keep it from being overwhelming. Each month includes five weeks of planning pages so that you never run out of space.

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Integrated Budget Tracking

Keeping track of your monthly budget and telling your money where to go is one of the most important things you can do for your family AND your sanity, and the Living Well Planner makes this easy to do as well. Each month features a colorful, 2-page cash flow budget plan to help you quickly and easily sketch out your money plan for the month. There is also a budget tracker page available to help you keep track of exactly what you are spending.

Monthly Calendar

Month at a Glance

The 2-page monthly calendar spreads offer plenty of space to plan out your month in detail in order to see exactly what is coming next. Better yet, each square is lined to help keep things neat and tidy as you write!

Year at a Glance Page

Year at a Glance

The 2-page “Year at a Glance” spread located at the beginning of the planner is the perfect way to keep a big picture overview of the coming year. Use it to plan out vacations, big events, birthdays, and big projects so that you never feel overwhelmed or like everything is happening all at once.

Important Info Page

Additional Features

There are so many other little features of this planner that I just love–from the colorful dividers, each which feature an inspirational quote and a pretty pattern to the “Thoughts & Thanks” page in each monthly section that is the perfect place to keep track of prayer requests and people to remember to other helpful pages like a master to-do list, password tracker, and essential information page. There are also LOTS of note pages scattered throughout the planner as well!

Label Set with Binder


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  1. November 27 at 10:39AM

    Great idea.
    Love the planner.

  2. November 28 at 07:26PM

    “If you aim at nothing, you’ll be sure to hit it” is one of my favorite expressions. I agree with you on the importance of planning and goal setting, and your planner looks really good!

  3. nikki collins
    November 28 at 08:24PM

    Can’t wait for my planner to come through, so excited! 2016 is going to be a big year for my family as my husband starts a new job and I change careers to be a licensed home daycare provider, to stay home for both my girls for the first time in 5 years. This is just the tool I need to balance everything out for me during this time and help me focus on those all important goals. Thank you so much for everything you have done with LWSL Ruth, you have inspired me in so many different ways and this is just one more amazing thing you have created to help me better focus my priorities with my family! Thank you!

  4. November 30 at 10:27PM

    I just ordered my copy this week! Honestly, it was a big stretch for me, since we are on a super tight budget. But, I had some birthday money and decided that this planner would be a great investment for next year.
    I am hoping this will help simplify everything and help me conquer some big goals…can’t wait for it to come in the mail!
    Thank you!

  5. Nell
    December 1 at 10:01AM

    What size is the planner? Does it have a month at a glance? And then weekly pages?

  6. Sharon
    December 2 at 08:02AM

    Eager to get my planner! How are they being shipped? Timeframe for delivery? Thanks.

    • Sharon
      December 3 at 12:28PM

      I ordered my planner on November 10, which was before the deadline. Have all the planners ordered before the deadline been shipped?

      • Ruth Soukup
        December 3 at 04:22PM

        Planners are shipping out all this week! 🙂

  7. Ali
    December 8 at 02:25AM

    What does the “B”, “L” and “D” stand for on the weekly pages? A few of us ordered and no one can figure out what these stand for!

    • Kim Dick
      December 8 at 08:06AM

      The page on the right of the weekly spread is the meal planning page. Letters are for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with room for your grocery needs on the far right.

    • January 5 at 07:58AM

      If you don’t want to use them for meal planning (or maybe just the “D” for planning dinners) then assign them a category, such as B for Bills due, or L for Life in General…

  8. JoLyn
    December 8 at 09:17PM

    I ordered two planners on December 1st, one for me and one for my sister. I have yet to be told when it has shipped or when I’ll receive it. Can you help me with a time estimate?

  9. Stephanie
    December 9 at 11:21AM

    Received my planner today – What are the stickers and labels for? I understand the months, but where do the others go or what are they used for?

    • Ruth Soukup
      December 9 at 08:42PM

      The larger labels are for your cover and the four sets of colorful flags can be used to mark special days and important events. 🙂

  10. Lauren
    December 10 at 04:30AM

    Ordered the big bundle, that has the other books included in it, earlier this week. I’m looking forward to receiving them all and making a start on changing things in my life. I’ve got a lot of happy/sad things coming up in 2016, and I’m hoping that the LWSL Planner can help me be ready for anything that comes my way, whilst I’m making 2016 MY year 🙂

  11. Ione
    December 14 at 12:45AM

    I ordered the planner before Dec. 1st (actually on Nov.30th)….. I haven’t received it yet. Wondering when it should arrive? And where I can check the status of my order?


    • Ruth Soukup
      December 14 at 06:55AM

      I’m looking into your order status and will let you know what I find out. 🙂

      • Pat
        December 15 at 10:07PM

        I ordered the big bundle too, and receive my books today! I can’t wait to read them. Can you please let me know when to expect that planner also? Thank you, Ruth!

  12. Anonymous
    December 14 at 12:05PM

    I am so excited for this planner to arrive ! . I haven’t had a paper planner in a while . I have been absorbed /catching up on your posts ! I see so much of you in me ! From the overspending to the keeping up with the joneses to thaw money fight and want for things ! You are inspiring me to challenge myself !

    • Anonymous
      December 14 at 12:47PM

      I know I ordered after the deadline . When is it expected to be shipped ?

      • Ruth Soukup
        December 15 at 08:53PM

        Orders placed after November 30th will be shipping out next week. 🙂

  13. Helen
    December 19 at 01:59AM

    Hello from Egham England. I received my planner recently together with your books, I’ve been unable to work this week due to a chest infection and I’ve read 31 days to Clutter Free and LWSL back to back. I’ve learned the true meaning of grace this week and I plan to be as graceful as I can learn to be. I have become so focused on getting out of debt that I’ve failed to enjoy the journey and that has robbed me of my life’s spirit. Your planner will be a great tool in helping me to find joy just as I am, and greater joy in finding new dreams and making them reality.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


  14. Kari
    December 22 at 10:43PM

    Can’t wait to get my planner. If I ordered on the 20th will it ship before the new year?

  15. Rebecca
    December 26 at 10:33AM

    I ordered 2 planners on December 14 and have not received them yet ( today is December 26th. My credit card has already been charged. I paid for express shipping (2 day) and I have not received my planners. When can I expect them to arrive. I am very disappointed in your service.

  16. Cassandra
    December 28 at 08:14PM

    I got my planner today!!! I love it!!!..this season of transformation for me, I’m looking forward to making progress and moving toward what God has for me in this new journey of this new year!

  17. January 1 at 02:45PM

    I just ordered the Living Well Planner and I’m super excited for its arrival! In the meantime, can you please tell me which pens work best? I’m a little concerned with bleed through. I’d love to be ready to move in right from the box! Thanks much, Kit from PlannerNerds

    • Anne
      January 2 at 09:31PM

      I received mine today. Pages are thin. I’m using a Pilot G2 pen as I can tell a sharpie or any kind of marker will bleed through. Despite this, I still love it! It’s going to be a great way to stay on top of my goals.

  18. Jill
    January 3 at 06:49PM

    Is there a quick tutorial or example how to set up the planner with the stickers provided. I don’t want to mess it up!

    • Janet
      January 14 at 05:29PM

      SO second this!

      • Anonymous
        January 20 at 04:13PM

        Same here. Got my planner a week ago and don’t know where to start in setting it up. How to use the labels, organize and what lens to use color coated ect. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  19. January 3 at 08:38PM

    I absolutely love your planner, planning organizing and budgeting are my specialtysstores as well. Beautiful and we’ll done!

  20. Debbie Robertson
    January 8 at 08:27PM

    I was so excited to get my planner. It’s beautiful, but for the money I feel that the dates should have been included on the pages. I have had planners in the past that I had to date & it never failed, it would miss a date somewhere (easy for me to do!). I would like to give this planner a chance, but I also feel there is so much going on here that I need instructions. Is there a place on your website to show how this planner is suppose to function for a more organized life, because right not I just feel overwhelmed & will probably just shove the thing in a drawer!

    • Maria
      January 9 at 11:06AM

      I was looking for the same….. would love to hear how people have set it up, how they are using it…

  21. Janet
    January 14 at 09:04AM

    The planner is beautiful. I too would like to see ideas on how to set-up the planner using the stickers and suggestions on what pens to use. This is an expensive planner and clearly a lot of thought went into creating it, but there REALLY needs to be some suggestions on how to set it up. Please. For your next edition, please consider thicker paper, an idea page (to help us set it up), and a better variety of stickers (why are there so many small circle stickers with the first letter of the month?). Thanks.

  22. January 18 at 02:35AM

    I just got my new planner and love it. I was wondering, what does the B, L, and D tabs stand for on the RHS page?

    • Janet
      January 20 at 04:45PM

      I read someone else say that it means breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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