About Jessica Peña

Hello and welcome to Lilacs in Paradise! I’m Jessica, author of Embrace Yourself and host of The Embrace Yourself Podcast. This website serves as a platform to share my lifestyle & mindset blogs, unpublished writing, and published & upcoming books as well as the podcast!

My aspiration is to be a beacon of healing in this world by sharing my own story of love and forgiveness one day at a time.


For lighter content, I hope you’ll enjoy The Blog, where I share perspective & lifestyle rooted in serendipity.
In the blog I share playful herbalism, lifestyle guides and insights, confidence and mindset building, and occasional looks at how I’ve created my income in unconventional and passionate ways throughout the years.

When you’re in search of some beautiful feels, I hope that you enjoy my writing and feel a deeper connection to your loving core as you encounter my stories and philosophy.

Where to next?

Visit the blog for practical advice and points to ponder, read my unpublished works for inspiration and all. the. feels., and if you like what you see, I invite you to support my work and continue your journey by purchasing my published book!

It is an honor to share my story with you.

Thank you for being here and having the courage and strength to open up to the journey of healing and joy.
I see you and I believe in you. You are making a difference! ♡

With love,

Keep scrolling for more ways to stay in touch! If you want to see what I’m working on right now, check out The Books! Below my published works, I share my upcoming books with their status, summary, and a sneak peek inside! I write non-fiction philosophical self-help books and unique LGBT+ fantasy novels.


Want to see more?

Find me on Instagram!


If you scrolled all the way to the bottom here, wow, hi! I want to share something special with you. It’s the secret unlinked Embrace Yourself book page full of quotes and previews for inspiration. If you’re a Tumblr fan, you’ll enjoy the feel. Check it out.

Everything on it is pinnable too! When you pin it using the little pin button on the corner of the image, Pinterest automatically pulls up the full photo. If you have a quotes board, you’ll love it.

Happy reading!