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. I graduated from Universidad de Oriente Puebla in 2010 with a BA degree in Foreign Languages. 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.

At that time I couldn’t keep my teaching job, so I decided to change careers and start 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. (I’ve been drawing since I was in elementary school, but I didn’t become a writer until I turned 30.)

In 2016 started my online clothing business Dressaraz, which promotes the work of Mexican artisans. You can learn more about it here.

Next to my creative endeavors, I teach English and Spanish to second language learners. I have been teaching for seven years now, both in a classroom setting and online, and I have earned IELTS, Cambridge, and Trinity London certificates.

What moves me

I like to write stories that inspire and motivate people to take action towards their goals. I write blog posts on creativity, happiness, and self-love, among many other related subjects.

The artwork I create is inspired by my personal experiences and people I admire. Learn more about my illustration process.


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

Finer minds articles

Fun facts:

All-time favorite band: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Favorite food: Mexican
Favorite places in the world: Puebla (Mexico), Los Angeles (the U.S), and Newquay (England).
Favorite writer: Stephen King
Favorite Netflix show: Orphan Black
Favorite movies: School of Rock and Bride Wars
My biggest inspiration: My dad
Coffee or tea? Coffee!
Dogs or cats? Dogs (I love Labradors)
Morning or Night? Mornings
Languages: Spanish, English, Dutch, and French

Ready to get inspired?

Read my blog or check out this list with my favorite blog posts.

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


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