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PROJECT UPDATE: Thank you SO much for your support of the Brilliant Life Planner. We've opened our Early-Bird Planners back up, so you can get the planner + incredible FREE bonuses for just $35.
The Kickstarter Price for the Brilliant Life Planner is a steal - at $23 less than it will sell for in my shop - so be sure to grab yours through Kickstarter for the best possible price.
Thank you so much for your support. You mean the world to me, and I can't wait to see what you accomplish this year with the Brilliant Life Planner at your side!
Before I became a mom, my life was all about getting as much done as I possibly could. I had 100 things on my to-do list every day, and with my Type A personality, I just wanted to charge right through that list as quickly as I could.
After my husband, Chris and I brought home our first child, Holden, everything changed. He is the sweetest, most incredible little boy, and he brings us so much joy.
After becoming a mom, I realized that life is about so much more than just crossing that next thing off my list. Life is about story time and time to play, lots of laughter and hugs, and plenty of time to build relationships with the people that matter most to me.
I searched for a tool that would help me to organize my life and prioritize what mattered most instead of just tackling all those items on the to-do list. I scoured all sorts of stores, and I couldn't find what I was looking for. Every planner I saw was plain-jane and nothing but a place to mark off dates on the calendar and write in a list of to-do's.
I needed so much more than that, so I created The Brilliant Life Planner.
With the Brilliant Life Planner you can set your great big goals for the entire year. You can then break those goals down into the steps you'll need to take action on every single day.
There's space to reflect on your past week and write down your favorite memories and the things you're most grateful for.
You can also track your progress towards your goals, along with reminding yourself of how you overcame all the struggles and stressors and crazy things we face as busy moms every day to keep moving forward.
When I launched the previous version of my planner, there were hundreds of women who really loved it. They were using it every single day to accomplish their goals and grow their businesses. But my happy customers also gave me some valuable feedback so that I could make this version of the planner even better.
The new Brilliant Life Planner has a hard, durable cover: This planner can be tossed into the back of your mini-van, covered in stickers, or used as a fort. No matter what your family puts it through, this planner will last.
The new Brilliant Life Planner is a smaller, more portable size at 9 ⅛ in. wide by 9 9/16 in. tall.
This planner has a unique weekly layout, so you can protect time for family, work, and your great big goal with a unique time-blocking system.
Not just about to-do’s, this planner allows you to balance your work and personal life, and intentionally plan out who you will connect with and encourage during the week ahead.
Building habits is one of the best ways to create the life of your dreams - by making the things that matter most part of every single day. Mark your progress with the habit tracking pages.
Some tasks require more than just a calendar to complete. Map out your biggest projects this year and track all of your deadlines with 8 project-planning pages.
Store all of your brilliant ideas on the 37 Notes pages throughout the planner, or organize them in the Brilliant Ideas section located at the back.
See the big picture each month with a traditional calendar page, plus extra room to jot down your areas of focus and most important tasks.
Life is messy enough as it is. You deserve to have a planner that is gorgeous, right out of the box. The Brilliant Life Planner has beautiful, full-color designs on every single page.
No more stray sheets of paper; This planner has durable pockets on both the front and back inside covers.
You deserve a planner that will last and paper that won’t bleed. That’s why we’ve invested in high-quality, thick, 200 GSM paper. Our paper is much thicker than a typical planner you’d find at the store.
With every planner purchase, you’ll also receive a free PDF of my popular book for women who are pursuing their passions: Time Management Mama.
I’m passionate about helping women to discover their deepest calling, and then figure out how to make that calling part of their everyday lives.
I’m committed to your success and helping you live your best possible life. That’s why I’ve included a FREE LIVE video course with every planner purchase.
From January 2-31st, 2017 we’ll be gathering together several times to learn my unique goal-setting process, my best time management tips, and how to get the most out of your Brilliant Life Planner.
The Brilliant Life Planner is for every woman with a great big goal she's trying to pursue. Whether you’re starting a non-profit, growing a business, or growing a family, the Brilliant Life Planner is for you.
It’s for every woman who believes her dreams matter -- every woman who has passions bigger than her heart can hold but feels overwhelmed at the thought of bringing those passions to life.
A plain-jane, cookie-cutter planner simply won't do for a talented woman on a mission. I want every woman to know that her life has value, she is incredible, and the world needs what she has to offer.
If you're a busy woman who feels overwhelmed, and you're being pulled in a hundred different directions every day, but you want to find the time to pursue your great big dreams and your biggest passions, then I made the Brilliant Life Planner for you.
- XO -
Beth Anne Schwamberger, Founder of BrilliantBusinessMoms.com
Sounds great, Beth Anne, but why the Kickstarter?
I’m so glad you asked! In listening to my customers and responding to their needs, I realized they needed a much better planner for the coming year.
I went all out with the Brilliant Life Planner - finding a top-notch manufacturer to produce the best possible product. Because quality manufacturers require minimum orders, I need your help to fund my first order.
In return, I'm so excited to offer you several incredible perks for being part of this Kickstarter campaign: In addition to a discounted price on the best planner on the market, everyone who purchases a planner gets a PDF of my popular book, Time Management Mama along with access to a FREE LIVE video course all about Time Management and using your planner well. The live video course will take place from January 2-31st, 2017.
Add to that a bonus PDF full of business-planning and life-planning printables, and you'll be set for a brilliant year! Oh friends, I am so excited for the things you'll accomplish in the next year with the Brilliant Life Planner as your go-to gal. You're bound for incredible things, and I'll be right here cheering for you every step of the way!
Video created by Caleb Wojcik.
Photos by Jen Wojcik.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Brilliant Life Planner?
The Brilliant Life Planner is the perfect tool for women who believe their great big dreams and passions matter. It's a unique planner with goal-setting pages and a brilliant weekly layout designed to help you lead an intentional life.
What makes the Brilliant Life Planner unique?
Designed for all brilliant, busy women, the Brilliant Life Planner helps you turn your passions into goals, and your goals into reality. This planner is so much more than "just another planner," it's a whole new way of viewing life and staying focused on what matters most.
For each week in the year, there's room not just to write down to-do's but to reflect on your favorite memories, what you're grateful for, progress you've made towards your goals, and who you'll encourage during the week ahead.
How is the Brilliant Life Planner different from the old, Brilliant Business Planner?
The Brilliant Life Planner isn't just for business owners. It's a keepsake that gives all women the tools to achieve their dreams, whether that is growing a business, growing a family, or all sorts of things in between.
I believe every woman has passions she's scared to pursue. The Brilliant Life Planner will help her bring those passions to life.
Will I still get Business Planning Pages?
Yes, every planner purchase comes with a bonus PDF that includes extra goal-setting and life-planning pages, along with all the same, fabulous business planning pages that have been included in the past. The bonus PDF will be delivered to all customers once the Kickstarter ends.
Does the planner include monthly planning pages?
Yes. There is a monthly spread that looks like a traditional calendar included at the beginning of each month.
What dates does this planner include?
The Brilliant Life Planner starts on January 1st, 2017 and ends on December 31st, 2017. However, every planner purchase comes with a bonus PDF which includes all the planning pages you will need for September-December 2016. The bonus PDF will be delivered to all customers once the Kickstarter ends.
What day of the week does the planner start on?
Every weekly layout inside the planner starts each week on a Monday. (This came by popular request from our customers.)
Is the planner available in digital format?
When you purchase the PDF version of Time Management Mama, you will automatically receive sample planning pages.
However, the full planner is not available in PDF form. We believe that you need a functional, portable, durable keepsake to take with you in order to full advantage of the features inside the planner.
How much does the Brilliant Life Planner cost?
Each full color, hardcover planner is $50, plus $10 shipping inside the US.
After the Kickstarter, the planner price will rise to $58 plus $12 shipping in the U.S. (Note: the true cost to ship each planner is more than $12, but we're eating some of the costs ourselves to give you the best possible value.)
When will my planner arrive?
We anticipate that all planners will ship on or before December 15th, 2016. This means your planner should arrive before Christmas, and just in time to start 2017 living your best life yet.
Will my planner arrive by Christmas?
If your planner is shipping to an address inside the U.S., we fully expect it to arrive before December 25th, 2016.
How soon do I need to order?
We anticipate being able to ship up to 4,000 planners on or before December 15th, 2016. If we receive more than 4,000 orders, your planner may arrive in early 2017 instead. Please order quickly in order to ensure the earliest possible delivery time for your planner. We will ship all planners in the order in which they are received.
Kickstarter didn’t ask me for my Shipping Address!
No worries. After the campaign ends, Kickstarter will email you a survey where you can enter your address. Please respond to this email as soon as possible so we can fulfill your order as quickly as possible.
I bought a planner, but I want more. Can I change my pledge?
Definitely! Just follow these steps:
- Log into Kickstarter and click on your circle in the upper right hand corner of your browser.
- Under 'backed projects' click The Brilliant Life Planner
- To the right of the video, click the blue button 'Manage'.
- At the bottom center of the browser click the blue button 'Change your pledge'.
- Select your new pledge level and click the green button 'Continue'.
Oh No! My favorite cover sold out on Kickstarter! What can I do?
We understand how important a cover is! All sold-out covers should be re-stocked in our online shop by early December.
What happens when the project ends?
After September 22, when the project ends, you will get an email survey from Kickstarter. Just fill in the information so we can ship your planner to you.
I live outside the US. Can I still order?
Yes, absolutely! You can still order your planner right through Kickstarter.
What is the shipping cost for orders outside the U.S.?
Your shipping cost will be $50. We apologize for this extremely high cost, but this is based on actual calculations. The planner is very expensive to ship.
I have another question.
No worries, the Brilliant Business Moms Team is here to help. Send us an email at email@example.com
What is your Refund Policy?
Choosing a planner is a big decision. We get it, and we want you to feel great about your choice. Please take a few minutes to look over the pictures and details, including planner size and cover options, so you can feel confident this is the right planner for you. Because planners are date-sensitive, all planner sales are final, unless yours arrives damaged or defective.
Although we don't ever expect this to be the case, if for some reason your planner does arrive with major physical defects, please take photos of the planner right away and send them to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org We'll be happy to offer you a full refund for a defective planner.
Risks and challenges
As of right now, the only challenge I see is getting the Brilliant Life Planner out to our backers as soon as possible.
We expect the first 4,000 planners to ship no later than December 15th, 2016.
However, despite our best efforts here at Brilliant Business Moms to get our first run of planners shipped to our warehouse and into your hands as soon as possible, sometimes there are setbacks that occur along the manufacturing process, especially if we receive a high volume of orders.
If you, as a backer, can respond to the information survey as quickly as possible after this Kickstarter ends that will ensure that I can ship your planners to the correct address as quickly as possible.
I have a great team working for me, and we're overseeing every step of the manufacturing process to ensure that you receive a quality product that you can cherish for a long time.
We take great pride in having unmatched customer service to meet your needs should anything unexpected arise.
Our goal is to get the Brilliant Life Planner into your hands before 2017, so that you can start of the year ready to take on your great big goals and live the best life possible.
We cannot WAIT to see what you accomplish with the Brilliant Life Planner!
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