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2018 and The Imperfect Life Planner

January 7, 2018

2018 and The Imperfect Life Planner

January 7, 2018

Ignoring the fact that this blog post title sounds like a bad budget movie, I really want to talk about what 2018 has in store for me.

Most people will know that at the end of last year I handed in my notice and started my life as a full-time blogger and freelancer and I’m not going to lie, it’s probably the scariest thing I have ever done. I have given up any sense of financial security I had and entered into the world of the unknown - but you know what? I’m so bloody excited for what 2018 will bring me.

Usually at the start of the year I make some resolutions, set myself some goals and by the time December rolls around I haven’t stuck to any of them. After the excitement of January is over my resolutions are the last thing on my mind and the whole year goes to pot. This year, I’m going to try things a little different and I’m not setting strict goals that are measurable, but instead I’m giving myself a few things I want to have achieved by the end of the year.

Those things are going to be split into three categories - work, blog and life.


  • Grow my business professionally and create a brand I truly love.
  • Work with clients that I am passionate about, creating content and campaigns I can be proud of.
  • Inspire people to take their blog to the next level and help bloggers secure themselves incredible campaigns.


  • Grow my blog and become a known travel blogger with both brands and bloggers alike.
  • Pitch more collaborations and make my own opportunities, rather than waiting for them to come to me.
  • Be more me. No more sticking to a theme, instead be true to myself and make my brand me. 
  • Tell more stories. I love writing blog posts that tell a story, whether it’s the story of a trip I’ve taken or anecdote that has led me to learn a valuable lesson - I want to tell it here on my blog.


  • Travel more and visit new places I may not have even thought of traveling too before.
  • Spend more time with my family and friends.
  • Start swimming and walking more so that high impact holidays are much easier and much more enjoyable.
  • Stop trying to make everything perfect and allow room for mistakes without being too hard on myself.
  • Be a lot more organised than I have been in the past (which will hopefully be much easier with The Imperfect Life Planner).

The Imperfect Life Planner

I spent AGES looking for the perfect planner for 2018 and despite it’s name, I think The Imperfect Life Planner might just be the one.

I was looking for something that I could record the above goals in, as well as something that would keep my motivated throughout the year, rather than just January. The main thing that appealed to me with The Imperfect Life Planner, though, is that it is designed with imperfection in mind. 

In my entire life I have never completed an entire planner as whenever I mess something up, I just want to start all over again. With The Imperfect Life Planner, however, Kerry (the creator) has intended for people to smudge, cross out, bend and scuff this planner as it goes through a whole year with you. Which for some reason, makes me feel a million times better about the fact I’ve already made a gazillion mistakes.

At the front of the planner there are three different sections for you to fill out - the Fear Journal, your Master Plan and a Thrive Manual.

The Fear Journal is a space for you to write out your biggest fears for 2018 and squish them into insignificance. The Master Plan has space for you to plan month by month in order to take over the world smash your 2018 goals by recording exactly how you’re going to achieve them. Finally, the Thrive Manual is filled with prompts for you to write yourself pep talks that you can look at whenever you need them - and I’m expecting in my case it’s going to be a hell of a lot. 

The planner itself is INCREDIBLE. Each month starts with space to record what made the previous one was imperfect and why you’re grateful for it. Following that there is a monthly spread which I have used to plan out key events so when I look at a glance, I can easily see when I do and don’t have plans.

The rest of the planner is a day-to-a-page for weekdays and shared for weekends (my favourite) and it includes an hour by hour schedule, a to do list, space to include your dinner for the night and space for notes (or doodles if you’re me). I love having so much space for each day, but also that it has exactly what I need to plan out my day - the to do list is a life saver as I can easily see what is left to do each day. At the end of each week there is space to reflect on your mistakes, similar to the monthly reflections.


The planner also has pages for you to colour in, outside of the lines of course, as well as ACTUAL GOLD STAR STICKERS and stickers for the real achievements in life (sending an awkward email and being a rebel.

If I had to say there was a downside to this planner, the only thing I could say is that it is absolutely massive so it’s not ideal for taking out and about with you. As someone that travels often this isn’t the most ideal thing, but I am planning on getting a smaller planner for out and about then I can just transfer any plans I make while away into my Imperfect Life Planner. That’ll work, right?

So, what are you goals for 2018?

Kirsty Leanne


  • Erin January 7, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Aaaah this is such a cute concept! I love the amount of detail they have put into the design, and I love the text, it is so pretty!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • Kirsty Leanne January 12, 2018 at 2:56 am

      It’s such a cute planner isn’t it? I can’t wait to fill it with all my plans! xx

  • Katie Halsall January 8, 2018 at 11:52 am

    You’ve got some great goals - looking forward to see where you go this year with everything! I think I need that planner, it looks fantastic.

    • Kirsty Leanne January 12, 2018 at 2:56 am

      Thanks Katy, I’m excited to see where the year takes me too! It’s a great planner, couldn’t recommend it enough!

  • Rosa January 9, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    I love that planner so much! I’ve always wanted to do one. Good Luck with 2018.


    • Kirsty Leanne January 12, 2018 at 2:53 am

      Thank you Rosa! It’s a beautiful planner isn’t it? I’m loving using it!

  • Amy January 13, 2018 at 8:49 am

    A lot of your goals I could relate to especially the one about spending more time with family & friends. I hope 2018 brings you many more exciting memories.

    • Kirsty Leanne January 17, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you Amy, I hope it brings you the happiest of memories too <3 xx

  • Chloe January 13, 2018 at 9:15 am

    So excited to see you go from strength to strength this year! Also, that planner is gorgeous!

    Chloe ❤ http://www.anomalouschloe.com

    • Kirsty Leanne January 17, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you so much Chloe, I really hope that is what happens!

  • Laura January 17, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    This planner is such a cute concept and now I really want one, even though we’re mid-way through January already! Sounds like this is going to be a challenging year for you, but you’re on the right track!

    • Kirsty Leanne January 17, 2018 at 4:14 pm

      I think there are still some left, so it’s not too late to order! Eeeeek, thank you! I’m hoping 2018 is going to be such a good year for me!


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