About

Torn paper with words

Hi, I’m Jaime!

What is your dream?

No, really . . . not the fuzzy nonsense your brain served up last night while you slept. Not the rah-rah positivity “Dream Big Dreams” stuff that’s splashed all over social media.

But your actual dream, the one you’ve tried to ignore, get rid of, pursue, bury in the ground, pretend didn’t exist, love, obsess over, cry over, rant about, and finally . . . dream about.

That dream.

I know you’ve got one because I’ve got one and damn it, the thing just wouldn’t leave me alone. Since 2004, (and probably earlier than that if I’m being honest), I’ve had this big idea for myself and my life. As I write these words, it’s 2019 . . . you might be wondering, “Soooo . . . what the hell have you been doing for 15 years?”

I ask myself the same thing.

You and I both know that even though we have lots of ideas and plans and burning passions, life gets in the way and some dreams can take a pretty long time.

Life Can Get In the Way

In the past 15 years I have:

Had a baby

Moved halfway across the country

Lived with family for two years

Stayed at home with my daughter

Worked full time

Bought and renovated a home

Got a divorce

Met someone new

Made a blended family

Worked part time

Had my first art show

Got a painting mentor

Took a billion online courses

. . . and more!

All that time, through all of those events, in the back of my head and in the deepest pieces of my heart, my dream still lived.

It just needed more time.

Over these 15 years, I’ve battled more that just real life. There’s been doubters, mental demons, skills I didn’t have yet, lack of technology, too much technology, and that vague, infuriating sense that my dream was silly and unreachable.

But despite all of that, I still see myself doing two things: writing and making art.

That’s my dream.

What Does It Really Take to “Live Your Dream?”

Over the years I’ve looked up thousands of different bits of information, inspiration, and education from hundreds of blogs and websites; taken course after course; and started and abandoned probably 20 different directions and ideas.

This is what chasing a dream really looks like. Having an idea, and then learning what it takes to make that idea REAL.

I could easily look it up on Google when I needed to know “how to customize my blog header” or “how to mix skin color for portraits,” but it was less easy to find information I desperately needed like:

How to continue when your brain tells you your ideas are silly and worthless.

Dealing with people who don’t support your dream.

Prioritizing your dream when you have a job, a family and are in the middle of a court case. (Umm, yeah.)

Learning the stuff I don’t know I don’t know.

Then there was the practical stuff that I had no idea about:

What materials can I use in my art and how do I work with them?

Where can I get ideas and inspiration?

How to start a painting?

How to finish a painting?

Which art supplies should I spend money on and which supplies can I use the “cheap” version?

There’s several thousand websites that can tell you how to set up your blog hosting. #helloaffiliateposts *waves* There are hundreds that share photos of artwork or give tutorials on how to create artwork like another artist does.

But where can I learn about the art I want to do? Where can I find out how to become the artist I want to become?

Where are the websites that will help a dream come to life when life is busy and overwhelming, people are uncaring, and you’re feeling unmotivated and tapped out?

Here, my friends!

I would love to go back in time and give all this information I’ve gathered to the me from 2004 who had no idea what her dream even really looked like. But since I can’t do that, I’d like to share everything I’ve learned with YOU. And, from here on out, I will continue to share everything I’m learning as I grow this blog and continue to pursue my passion for creating art.

If you feel stuck, lost, burned out, overwhelmed, uncreative, too busy, not good enough, or doubted, but you are still NOT giving up on that dream, damn it! I see you. And I want to help.

I’ve had setbacks. Times when I had to return to a regular job. And a startling (and hard to swallow) realization that I would never make it as an artist if I didn’t improve my skills. I want to share my journey with you because I know what it’s like to hold on to a dream through crazy highs (my first art show! my first writing client!) and real life lows (a divorce! returning to “the day job!”)

I have studied writing, art, blogging, entrepreneurship and working from home for years, and – don’t get me wrong – there’s so much good information online to help you and me make the move from employee to entrepreneur.

But – I’ve found on my journey that a lot of times people don’t talk about what it really takes. What do you do when your dream isn’t paying the bills? How do you handle it when your plans have to go on the back burner because real life intervenes? How do you come when you have to face that depression is real and you are going through it?

Here on this blog I want to share my journey with you and give you all the info I know about what it takes to really share a dream, plus write about the things that I know and I am learning about.

I am an artist and writer. I share about the creative life: the awesome, the messy and the in between. I give you the tips, tricks and reality I have learned from my 10 year+ journey to become a working writer and artist so you can take a shortcut and not have to spend years in doubt, paralysis, or fear!

As an artist, one of the biggest struggles I have had is overcoming my own mental demons. I share what’s worked and what’s frustrating in hopes that it helps you, too. During my journey from teacher to creative, I had so many mental roadblocks! I have cleared some and still deal with others. I share what working for me in hopes it works for you, too!

 

Five Fun Things About Me:

My family includes 5 kids (THREE of whom are teenagers!), 3 dogs, myself and my fiancé. I have learned a LOT about blended families, parenting, making things work, and more. Can you become an entrepreneur and still manage a family AND keep your sanity?? (The jury’s still out on that last one) Buuuuut I am fairy certain the first two are do-able, and I share how I’ve made it work for our large blended family.

  1. I am a total coffee addict. I love finding new flavored coffee brands to try and I adore my local coffeehouse for their amazing coconut caramel latte and homemade baked goods! Yum!
  2. I do NOT have a Maine accent, and never have. Weird, since most people I grew up with  – the force is strong with them! But since moving to the South, I’ve realized people have NO idea I’m a Northerner unless I tell them! Yeah, I blend!
  3. I have had my hair colored blue, purple, red and multicolored!
  4. I am crazy about skulls! I have skull décor, skull clothes, jewelry, and even shoes!
  5. My dining room is no longer a dining room – it’s my art studio! My family was completely on board for their crazy mom/fiancé to take over a whole room in the house so I can paint and write. Thanks, fam, you rock!

Bonus fact: I’m an INFJ, an empath, and shy and introverted. It makes life interesting, that’s for sure!

Have something you’d like me to cover? Let me know!

Have questions, comments or feedback? Drop me an email! I’d love to hear from you.

jaime@jaimeleighwrites.com

My artist website is: jaimehebert.com It’s where I post my finished paintings and art works and my thoughts on being an artist. I do mixed media art with an emphasis on oil painted portraits. I do commissions, so if you are interested you can email me at jaime@jaimeleighwrites.com or artistjaimeleigh@yahoo.com

Visit my Etsy shop to purchase my art: Dieselandink Etsy Shop

 

 

Paper Photo by Alice Donovan Rouse on Unsplash

Paintbrush Photo by Anna Kolosyuk on Unsplash