Journey Soulfully; Write and Watch What Happens.

Brooklyn, New York

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Journey S O U L F U L L Y.


Last updated on Nov 20, 2018

All journals can now be purchased on the VGB website:

Thank you for trusting me to make a book for your story.
Journey S O U L F U L L Y.


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  • Britney on Jul 27, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    All of prayers are written in vagabroad journals. This is probably my 15th purchase. As soon as I notice I have a couple of pages before I finish the journal I start stalking the site. Each one is unique. Chimene is my soul sister. If you see a journal you like BUY IT now because it will be reserved or purchased within 24 hours. She prioritizes her self care while continuing to deliver amazing one of a king journals. Over the years she continues to give her journal time and attention each one deserves. Every journal has a personal note and made with love. No custom orders. Every journal is unique and her writing and art makes my heart smile. If you want to speak life into your words. Prayers. Affirmations. Thoughts. Life. Write it down make it plain. For me it’s so easy, vagabroad is the only journal that will suffice.

  • mary on Jul 3, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    As always, I LOVE it! Chimene's creative genius inspires me. I purchased this second journal so that I would immediately have it at my fingertips as soon as I finish the first one.

  • Rhonda on Jul 3, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Never disappointed with these journals and I will always be a customer. Down to the handwritten note everything was perfect

  • Maya on Jul 2, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Although I was named after Dr. Maya Angelou I've lost touch with navigating the waters of my thoughts. This is my second journal from Chimene. It feels good to get back to my love of writing, it's truly therapeutic. I am allowed to reflect on my thoughts and get them out on the tea-stained pages. It's funny no matter how minuscule the moment I get to make it a memory, by releasing it and letting it go. No longer being held captive to my thoughts. I am truly thankful for Black women creatives. For a blank page serves no purpose, but a filled page can tell a story and live for the span of centuries. It's only been two weeks but I look forward to the continuing of me journeying soulfully. Maya 💜💜💜

  • Leslie on Jun 11, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    This journal has felt like so much a part of me. I take it everywhere even when I don’t want to write. I also write a lot in it. For the first time it feels so natural for me to write in it or not write. I’m not sure is because the journal has an unfinished look but I don’t feel pressure to make it look a certain way. I’m a huge fan of these journals. I have many. The favorite part for me about this journal is the tassels! The bright orange tassels adds personality to the journal. Chimene outdid herself with this journal. The tea stained pages are beautiful. The cover pulls me in and the rest is history. I value so much my voice as a writer because of these journals. I can’t imagine my life without them. Thank you Chimene.

  • mary on May 22, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    This journal came to me at a time of my deepest despair. What a Balm in Gilead! Chimene is a powerhouse of a woman. What a gift to tea stained women. She has created a work of art that women can place their life stories and living foundations in. A shelter in the storm, when needed; and a cerulean blue open sky for glorious occasions. Or just a quiet space to rest our daily thoughts. Her journals are seeped in bountiful love, to the smallest detail. Honestly, I have never experienced anything like this journal. And I have owned many. I've listened to Chimene on Youtube and other places, and I must says, she reminds me of the Greats: Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Bell Hooks etc. Chimene is intelligent, full of grace and wisdom. No wonder her journals are so beautifully powerful. Thank you Chimene.

  • Jessica on May 16, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    I haven't been writing in anything that wasn't made by Chimene for a few months now and I don't regret a thing. I connect more to my words and thoughts when I write in these journals. They are a beautiful part of my narrative/legacy.

  • trichardson48560 on Feb 21, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    I’m in love with her work. One can tell her passion in these cards because every card has so much detail. I’ll continue to purchase art from her.

  • Deepali on Feb 1, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    As always, Chimene's work leaves me breathless. I'm so pleased to add another Vagabond journal to my collection. Thank you, Chimene! ❤️

  • Fitarella on Jan 19, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    Exquisite. 💜 Beautifully crafted. I can feel the amazing energy and love that went into making this. Will be buying many more!

About Vagabroad

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Our Journeys Matter; Write it all Down

After years of journaling I finally realized there were no journals aimed at telling women of colour that our lives are worth journal pages, and sharing such by celebrating the journeys we live through. So I started this brand. My name is Chimene (shi-men) Jackson and I design and craft journals and cahiers for tea-stained women (women of color).

Over the years journaling has become invaluable to me as a daily practice and a lifestyle of processing my truths and self-healing. In 2012 my parents divorced and my mom valiantly started her life over with my siblings and our neurotic dog. Life rattled in harsh endings and new beginnings and journaling helped me process my feelings, keep track of the memories, form a timeline, and appreciate the good in the midst of the struggles. Through writing I learned that I was growing stronger, even when it seemed life was chipping away at me.

This is the reason I share the gospel of journaling with other tea stained women. I want to see more of us writing our stories down; writing down our dreams, ideas, art, poems, and emotions. Besides being completely therapeutic, the practice allows for us to reinterpret our "issues" and "drama" into sustenance for our journey. It gives us a support system that social media and even close friends cannot replicate. It teaches us healthy self-sufficiency. I long for everyone to have the same joy.

I name Vagabroad Journal collections after seasons we go through as we are moving forward to the places our purpose is taking us. From Sankofa to Allons-y! there's a story unfolding, meant to help us narrate ourselves wherever we are in our journeys.

I hope these journals aid in the story-finding, story-writing process for us as tea-stained women. Because our journeys are soulful, and our stories will matter years down the line. I make the books for you to put them in...

I love you,


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  • Chimene Jackson

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    Black || Woman || Artist Tea-stained woman. Journal- Maker. Storyteller. Photographer. Poet. I believe in a story well told and a worthy place to write it. <3

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Last updated on May 18, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Can I reserve a journal?

Yes, absolutely! You may reserve up to 2 (TWO) journals, for up to ONE WEEK. After this, your journal is taken off of reserve and made available to the public again.

Custom and personalized orders


Period. Thanks for understanding.

How often do you update your shop?

I update once a week or twice a month. I know that's a huge range but it all depends on my work flow and how many journals are already in the shop. .

Why is your shop always near empty?

1. These journals go fast
2. I make each. by. hand. One journal is about 7 days of work.

Can you make (attaches image of a specific journal to email) one of your old journal designs for me?

I do not duplicate my own work. These are women's books for their story. Authors don't share book covers for their different stories. Thank you for respecting the women who own my old work by not requesting that I make their book cover for you.