an artist lifestyle blog

Thriving With Less

I love DIY, hosting art days & making colorful plant-based meals with herbs I grow myself. I'm a minimalist wannabe who dreams of living in a seaside house with Architectural Digest decor. However, I'm actually a maximalist artist and business owner living in my artsy home filled with thrifted treasures and my own unique creations in real life. Some may think my humble abode is a hot mess, but for now, it's home to me.  

JJ Jacobs

I'm your host,


On 11-1-2011, I walked away from a career in real estate development to become a full-time artist. I traded my hard hat and financial stability to sell my work, do shows and teach classes in my home studio. I also got to make art every single day – I was living my dream!!

But after several years, that dream became another job, and I realized I had never worked so hard for so little money in my life. Feeling forced to make art to pay the bills drove me to burnout and killed my creativity. Drastic changes were needed.  

A Little History

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."
-- Maya Angelou

I began meditating and exercising more and switched from a junk-food diet to a whole-food, plant-based one. I started to feel better physically and mentally and began creating colorful and healthy meals for myself. Food became my new art.
A chance to purchase a small property management business came up, and I bought it. Now I work from home, budget like a boss, and make art while eating like a queen. I’m thriving with less and living more, one tasty bite and paint stroke at a time.