Purpose vs. calling, saying good-bye and something special for you

Say Good-bye

It has been quite a while since I’ve connected with you so I thought I would catch you up on what has been going on. This post is a bit long but please hang in there as there is an important announcement at the end. As I’ve written in past emails, last year was one of the most difficult times in my life with the experience of losing a second pregnancy. It sent me in to some serious soul searching and really shook my faith.

At the end of last year, I began working with an amazing coach who helped guide me through this difficult time and restore my faith with a firm foundation. I began to gain clarity about who I am. As we wrapped up our coaching time together at the beginning of this year, I certainly had a better handle on my thoughts and God’s presence in my life.

I also felt like I was right on the verge of really tapping in to who I was and that allusive purpose everyone talks about, which is one of the things we covered in our coaching time together. Over the years I have heard people talking about finding their purpose and doing what they love and the money will follow. We are bombarded with this message and personally it made me feel like a failure if I didn’t find this “purpose”. I had been searching for it so desperately and wanted it so much.  I never thought I quite tapped in to my purpose and the “one thing” that I should be doing.

I was listening to a podcast one day where Tara Mohr was being interviewed about her new book, Playing Big. When I got done listening to the podcast, I was intrigued to purchase her book. I went and bought the audio and Kindle version of the book. I like to listen to books or podcasts when I exercise and then I use the written form to highlight areas of the text I want to concentrate on.

In reading her book, I quickly learned that callings are what we have on our lives not purpose and here was the freeing thought, we can have several callings over our lifetime and they can show up in many ways some monetary and some not.  We can follow a calling and carry it out in several ways. This was so freeing to me to know that I didn’t have to do just one thing at one time and do that for the rest of my life, which is how I thought how you carry out your “purpose”.

Having this knowledge helped me to see that over the years everything I have done has supported my calling in life, which is to help people know that they matter and they have a story to share and contribute to this world. I have done this in various outlets throughout my life, including creating Sheic Journals.

Of course the name of the book is “Playing Big” and how we as women can be scared of what we want to do deep down. We continue to play small and not share our callings for numerous reasons, of course one of those being fear. During my coaching and in reading the book I discovered I was doing this with Sheic Journals. One thing I uncovered with my coach is that I’m fueled by being around women and supporting them, which I’m so far from in my life as I have been playing small.

Certainly from the outside it looks like a huge leap to take on creating Sheic Journals. It was a lot of work to get a prototype made, the pains of finding a manufacture to the actual manufacturing process. The one key piece in this entire process was that it kept me “behind the scenes.” One thing my coach and I uncovered was that being in the product business wasn’t illuminating my calling but diming the light of it.

Yes it was a vehicle for my calling and yet it became about selling and wholesaling the journals rather than the people, which was the disconnect I’d been feeling. It was difficult to come to this conclusion because I have put so much time, money and mental energy in to Sheic Journals. It is hard to let all that go. It has been a part of my life for the last 7 years.

If you’re still reading, thanks for hanging in there. We are at the purpose of this email. After careful consideration, I’m closing the doors to Sheic Journals. Of course I still have my last stock on hand and I would rather get these journals in to people’s hands so they can write their stories instead of just leaving them on the shelves to collect dust.

We have 100 journals left in each color and style. We are selling them for just $25/each plus shipping. We will continue to sell them at this price until they are gone. There is no limit to the amount you can purchase and no we won’t be reducing the price any more. This is the wholesale price we are selling them for. Once they are gone, they are gone.

To take advantage of this special pricing while supplies last, just go to the website. We’ve already discounted the journals.

It has been a tough decision because this is my baby. I put a lot of blood, sweat and tears in to this venture. It all started because I was unhappy with the journal choices out there and wanted a beautiful journal to reflect the pride I took in journaling.

Don’t worry I’m staying connected to the journaling industry but in a much bigger way. I am working on a way to have a journaling conference for all things journaling. Think of it like Comic Con for the Syfy industry but for journaling. This is playing bigger and allows me to meet you all face-to-face!

Thank you for your support over the years. It has meant the world to me. You have helped me take one step to helping people know that they matter and their story matters.

National Handwriting Day – Jan 23rd

National Handwriting Day

Last year I came across this holiday and I was super excited especially since I also read last year where children are no longer taught how to cursive write in school. You can read more about that here. I am always a proponent of handwriting when it comes to journaling. The very act of writing is meditative and you escape to a world within yourself free of distractions and you get to focus on your own thoughts and feelings. I know some will disagree and hold dear to their online journaling. But for one day of the year, we can come together and celebrate the very act of writing.

Here are some suggestions on how you can celebrate this day:

1. Revisit some of the important handwritten documents that have shaped you personally and as a country. Such as the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, your old school essays, stories, poems, wedding vows, grocery lists, love notes from your spouse or your children and many more.

2. Teach a youngster how to write in cursive if they haven’t learned in school. This is a great way to pass down a very basic skill that has built the foundation of our world.

3. Write a letter to a relative or friend. Sit down and write a good old fashion letter where you stick it in an envelope and mail it. Not only will it show how you took the time to write to them but it is a personal reflection of you because your handwriting is one of a kind.

4. Write your story. Not only are you writing about your life and leaving a legacy but it is in your own handwriting, which makes it priceless.

5. Write in your journal. Here’s a challenge to those who might write online. Try handwriting in a physical journal for one week. Keep track of how you felt through the process. Maybe you can combine both mediums in your journal writing.

I’d love to hear how you will celebrate this day. Leave a comment below and feel free to share your ideas so it will inspire others.




How to find comfort in the unknown

Gratitude Quote

special guest post by Andrea Leda

Can you believe we’re already nearing the end of 2014? This has been an incredible year although rather challenging too. And I don’t think I’m alone in this.

The first half of the year was riddled with uncertainty and it culminated in me making a major life change. In June I came to a fork in the road and I questioned some big parts of my life like my marriage, my work, and if I wanted to pursue motherhood.

Have you ever sat back and wondered about your life? What you’re doing, why you’re doing it, and what’s to come? It can be a wonderful gift but also a little scary because it can open a floodgate of curiosity. So I did something I’ve never done – I stood still. I put the intention out into my world that I needed to make some changes and then I rested on faith.

For me faith means trusting in uncertainty and having massive belief that the unknown is ok. Then the oddest thing happened – my life started to fall into place. It took a lot of hard conversations and belief that everything would not only be ok but they would be better. As we close out this year I am so full of gratitude for sitting into that place of not knowing and letting my curiosity take the reigns.

Through my experience I developed a gratitude practice. It was all I could think to do because as far as I knew my world was crumbling around me. There was nothing I could do but let it happen. Sometimes you have to let what you know go to pieces to see what else is really possible.

I used to practice gratitude by being thankful for what I had like my home, my friends and family, and my health. But this year I needed to dig deeper. Trusting in the unknown brought me to my knees on some days and I found myself being grateful for love, compassion, purpose, connectedness, peace, conviction, patience, faith, miracles, and forgiveness.

These were the things that would always be there, no matter what. Every time I reached for one I felt better and more grounded. The fear and anxiety of what was happening didn’t disappear but I wasn’t as afraid anymore.

This is my Ultimate Gratitude List. When I need a little more courage or to remember my place in things I still use this list to center myself. They are my gift to you –

  1. Love
  2. Compassion
  3. Purpose
  4. Forgiveness
  5. Connectedness
  6. Peace
  7. Conviction
  8. Patience
  9. Faith
  10. Miracles

Whatever this year brought you I encourage you to go through each and say, “I am grateful for…” Just see how they make you feel.

In addition, Angee and I have been working on something pretty special involving each of the gratitude’s above. Imagine ending your year with pages full of how you’ve shown up this year and practiced these. They can help set you up for the year ahead. Stay tuned!

Andrea-LedaAndrea Leda Wilborn, BA, CLC, JTTS is a life coach, journal guide, and blogger. Andrea helps her clients to relieve stress and anxiety, navigate big changes, and realign their life by tapping into their intuition. In addition, Andrea teaches individuals how to use their journal as a tool for navigating more fulfilling lives. Andrea teaches Journal to the Self classes and has published several journal courses. She uses journal writing and her refined intuition as the basis for her life-changing coaching sessions.

These are a few of my favorite things…

Angee's Favorite Things

Every year I try to think of something unique to show my clients my appreciation around this time of year. This year I thought I would share a few of my favorite things that I use.


Just a note, I am recommending these products but I am not receiving any commission. I truly just love these products and want to share them with you in hopes they will enrich your lives and make things easier or at least more enjoyable for you.

1. Well-Kept: I think I first learned about this product through Spanx. Yes, you heard me right Spanx. Sara Blakley hosts an entrepreneurial contest called “A Leg Up.” The founder of Well-Kept, Neely Kolsch, was the winner for her great product. I love this product because our cell phones can be the most germ infested item that we use all the time. This product will help you stay healthy and it is fashionably packaged.

2. PowerNOW! Portable Device and Phone Chargers: If you are anything like me, you are finding that you are always running out of juice for your phone. I love this portable charger so when I’m out or at a conference, I have extra back up for my phone so I don’t lose touch!

3. Good Karmal: Those little wrapped jewels scattered around are the best darn caramels I’ve ever put in my mouth. I actually heard the founder on a podcast and I just feel in love with their message to not only create a delicious piece of candy but they also have a little fortune that is inspiring. They come in a variety of flavors, Vanilla, Sea Salt, Chocolate Sea Salt, Caramel Apple and Butter Rum. There isn’t one that isn’t tasty.

4. Sheic Journals: Okay maybe I’m a little bias here but I do love a good journal. When I was a little girl, I would pack up all of my favorite things in to a handkerchief and tie it to a stick and pretend I was running away. I always included my journal. It is so personal and the closest thing that represented me fully. I love sharing this piece of myself with you and hoping you can create something that is a representation of you.

Discoveries of the week

_Each new day is a blank page in the

This week I thought I would share with you some things I came across in my research and what came in my inbox.

I recently signed up for a hike & journal event coming up in March. I’m super excited. We will do a little hiking and then do a little journaling. After I signed up, I came across this interview and it made me even more excited to want to do the hike.

I had this journal prompt delivered in to my inbox this week from the wonderful Andrea Leda. I thought it was so interesting and very introspective. Also be sure to join our email list as Andrea and I will be launching something really soon to help you get through the holidays.

Looking for some great writing instruments for your journaling? Check out Michelle’s review of what is in her pencil case. It is very insightful.

Feel free to share some journaling resources you have come across this week in the comments below.


Are you making these mistakes when shopping for a journal?

Do you have half empty journals or never seem to finish one? Check out this video for the most common mistakes people make when purchasing a journal. After watching this video, you buy your next journal with confidence and it won’t just sit on your shelf!

Need a bit of inspiration to get you in to journaling?

Top 7 Resources Inspire Journaling

Over the last few weeks we have been getting to the core as to why people don’t journal. Many of you took the assessment I offered to see just how overwhelmed you are in your life. I then discovered that you truly believed journaling could help you get out of the feeling of overwhelm but you didn’t know how to find time to journal so I shared with you 25 Ways to Find More Time to Journal. Now that I’ve found you the time, I bet you are wondering what to journal or need some inspiration. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here are my top 7 resources that I like to use to inspire me to journal. I hope you find them inspiring as well. If you have other resources, please feel free to share in the comments below as we would love to find more resources.



Mari’s sends out a journal prompt each week and she has a wonderful blog with great guest posts. Her site has many resources. Be sure to check her out at www.createwritenow.com


Michelle does some amazing things with her journals and she interviews other journalers. The photos alone are inspirational. Be sure to check her out at seaweedkisses.blogspot.com


Andrea has a great newsletter I subscribe to. She is very wise and she also sends out some great journal prompts. Be sure to sign up for her Journal Starter Kit andrealeda.com

YouTube Channels


Actually this was tough because Chelle has a website called Journal52 and it is a weekly prompt for an entire year. It is a great site. The reason I put her in the YouTube category is because she does videos showing her art journaling process and I find them inspirational and relaxing at the same time. She does no talking just records herself doing her art journaling project. I am amazed at how she starts out with one design and by the time she’s done, it is completely different. Check out her YouTube channel here.



Nathan is the host of JournalTalk Radio. I just love his sweet disposition and bonus he and Mari McCarthy of Create Write Now host Q&A calls together. Nathan & Mari answer your questions about journaling and he also interviews experts in the journaling industry. Subscribe to his podcast here.

Facebook Groups

There are some great Facebook groups out there with members supporting each other. Most of them you have to request to join. You can find some of my favorites below:

Journal Chat Live

Art Journal Junkies

Well there you have my top 7 resources. Again, if you have a resource you would like to share, please leave a comment below.


Want more time to journal?

25 Ways Social

I am humbled and honored by the responses I received from the Are You In Overwhelm quiz. I never expected the response I have received. I was able to see the scores of those who submitted and I would say 90% of the people that completed the quiz were at high levels of overwhelm. Don’t worry the quizzes were anonymous. Many people went on to post comments on the blog about their daily struggles. My heart certainly felt a lot of your pain. I wish I could wipe it away and lessen your load.

I did have a lot of people comment that they understood the power of journaling but with an already overwhelming schedule, how could they find the time to journal? Now this is an area I can help with so I created 25 Ways to Find More Time to Journal. I kept it really simple and quick and I want to gift it to you. Just complete the form below to receive your free copy. I hope you find this guide helpful.

I want to encourage you for the next 30 days to implement a few of these tips to gain more time to journal and during this 30 days journal. At the end of the 30 days, let me know what has transpired. Did it help, was it too much on your plate, did you have some major shifts? Tell me the good, bad and ugly.

Download your free copy of 25 Ways to Find More Time to Journal

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Are you in overwhelm?

Having “balance” in your life is hard. There are those that argue there is no such thing as balance and those that say it is necessary. One thing we can all agree on is that there are times in our lives, some longer periods than others, where we feel overwhelmed by all the demands we have and also put on ourselves.

Take this assessment to find out what stage of overwhelm you are in and learn tips on how you can avoid increasing more demands on yourself. Your score will be displayed at the end.

Does your to-do list seem never ending? You can agree with the proverbial statement, “2 steps forward, 1 step back”.


Do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night with your mind racing wondering if you forgot to…?


Do you feel exhausted and have a hard time feeling motivated to do anything? You might even vegetate in front of the TV because it is easy entertainment.


Do you feel like you have no time for yourself? Self-care. What’s that?!


You rarely eat healthy meals and you don’t exercise regularly.


Do you have that voice inside saying “Is this as good as it gets?”


Do you feel pulled in many directions through your family, work/business, friendships, home, partner or other activities?


Do you find it hard to say no to opportunities whether personal or business?


Do you find making decisions difficult and constantly hashing over a situation only to give yourself a headache?


Do you find you become sick with colds, flu’s or stomach aches easily?


Are you constantly running late for appointments or even forgetting them?


Does the least little thing cause you to snap and spiral you into berating yourself?



My top 3 resources to keep me walking in faith

This last year and a half has been a true test of my faith. I have never faced such challenges in my life and I would like to say the trials in my life are over but they are still in process. Maybe soon I will share the various things that have gone on but for now, I’m still working through them. I’ve had many questions for God and also trusting that my spirit is connecting to him and I’m hearing him. Moment when I thought I was listening to him turned out to be misguided or my own ego stepping in the way. Thank gooodness there have been a couple of resources that I learned about during this journey that really helped me to get through it.

I thought I would share these resources with you in case you found yourself in a journey where you feel lost and you are looking for guidance but feeling like you’re not being heard. I know how that feels as I’ve been there. I hope these resources will uplift, encourage and envelope you.

Here are the 3 resources:


I don’t remember how I learned about She Reads Truth but I’m so glad I did. To share a little of my story, last year (as well as this year) I suffered a miscarriage. This was one of the most painful times in my life and really started the questioning I had. During this time, I came across this site and began receiving their devotionals daily. Those devotionals spoke to me as if God were speaking to me, which is what I needed at that moment to get me through something so painful and difficult. They are still a resource I use on a daily basis for my devotionals. I’m also so excited that they now have an app for iPhones so it makes it super easy to get my devotionals now.

P31 Daily Devotions

I found out about Proverbs 31 Ministries from one of my friends on Facebook. She posted a quote from this resource and I had to check them out. The messages that come out are so timely and simple. They have a Podcast as well so you can listen to the devotions. It is another resource I use for devotionals as well.


I believe I found out about IF: on Instagram. I was curious to learn more so I visited their site and signed up for their newsletter. They send an email each day and I read  the scripture we are studying and then they will have a video commentary about what we just read. The video never lasts more than 3 minutes so it is quick. It is awesome to really dive in to God’s word. They also have a podcast that is amazing. Another piece to this ministry is that they have the IF: Gathering. They hold it once a year and it looks like an amazing time. Next year’s event is already sold out.

I hope these resources are helpful to you and you can find comfort and peace by utilizing them. Of course nothing replaces the word of God but you can use these tools to enhance your understanding of the word.

If you have any tools that have helped you during a rough period in your life, please let me know. Leave a comment below. Also if you find yourself in a particular dark period in your life, I’d love to pray for you. Please feel free to reach out to me personally at angee at sheicjournals dot com.