Jessica Araus BioHi there!

My name is Jessica. I’m a writer and illustrator living in the Netherlands. I write stories based on my life experiences and I also create colorful illustrations that entertain and inspire many.

I’m originally from Mexico, and I grew up in Tuxtepec, Oaxaca. After graduating from college, I became passionate about teaching English. And that’s what I did for the next few years, before falling in love with a Dutch man and moving to the Netherlands in 2015.

A year later, I started my online clothing business, which promotes the work of Mexican artisans. And shortly after, I started blogging. It was then that this website was born, which has allowed me to combine three of my biggest passions: writing in English, drawing, and motivating others.

About My Art

I like to write stories that motivate people to take action towards their goals. I write blog posts on creativity, happiness, and self-love, among many other related subjects. Read my blog or check out this list with my favorite blog posts.

The artwork I create is inspired by my personal experiences and people I admire. In order to create unique and vibrant illustrations, I use a wide variety of mediums, such as professional colored pencils, watercolor, gouache, and more.


My work has been featured on major personal development websites including TUT, Positively Positive, The VIA Institute on Character, Steven Aitchison, and Finer Minds.

Fun Facts

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All-time favorite band: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favorite food: Tacos!
Favorite writer: Stephen King
Favorite Netflix show: Orphan Black
Favorite painting medium: colored pencils
Favorite place in the world: California in the U.S.
My biggest inspiration: my dad
My top five character strengths: zest, curiosity, creativity, hope, and love
Coffee or tea? Coffee!
Dogs or cats? Dogs (I love Labradors)
Languages: Spanish, English, and Dutch

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Thanks for your interest in my work. See you around!


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