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.