“Thank you for your articles. You helped me a lot to be mindful of what is going on with my life.” - Ben Mung

HopeMail is essays, drawings, poems and curated links on our everyday, often not-together-life. Candid, reflective, with a sprinkling of humour. Kinda like those good conversations with friends. Those that help you to sometimes see things from a new perspective, or just to feel that you are not alone.

It’s delivered to your inbox on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. Pairs well with a beverage of your choice. 

Each issue usually comes with an essay; one or two curated links of things I’ve read or watched, related to the essay’s topic; the occasional drawings and poems to go with the topic. Served on an unpretentious platter. Good for sharing with others. 

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Note: In addition to the free bi-monthly newsletter, there’s a plan to roll out a paid subscription programme in the future. I’m thinking of perks like members-only Q&A, access to the archive, poems reading session, a big discount on my books (when I publish them), etc.


Oh, about me?

Hi, I’m Melinda. A writer, artist, dreamer, lover of life and beautiful things. 

I have been writing for HopeMail since 2017. The newsletter started from an intensely painful season of my life. Knowing how crippling and lonely pain can be, I share my stories to connect with others and to spread hope. HopeMail has since grown beyond the topic of emotional pain. 

By the way, I moved from another email platform to Substack on January 2021. And there’s where you are now, hello. 👋🏻

I write both essays and poems, and I draw too. Sometimes whimsical things like this poem illustration:

Sometimes about things in our life, that are just out of whack, like this:

What I’m trying to do with HopeMail is, through the honest stories and observations from life, we’ll find solace, encouragement, and even laugh our heads off together.

Where else am I at?

You’ll find my artwork for purchase at Saatchi Art.

Sometimes on Instagram and Twitter.

My website.

Now to wrap this introduction in a formal manner.

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Here are what my readers are saying:

I’ve really enjoyed and appreciated these emails. They have helped me loads with the challenges I’ve faced recently and have reminded me to—keep it simple, trust God but move your feet, let go of the obsession to control outcomes and enjoy the basic blessings. That’s how it has motivated me this last month or so. – John Cassap

Thanks for the gentle reminder that we live one day at a time. We are just so caught up with the fast-moving pace and expectations from people; we’ve forgotten some things we just need to let go! As always, looking forward to your next newsletter. - Regina Tan

As I read your HopeMail, I feel like I am reading a chapter from a book of a best-selling author. The words are meaningful and expressed from the heart of the author and yet these words can relate to the readers to go deeper into their hearts and challenge them. Thank you for writing and using your gift so beautifully. - Kevin

Thank you, Melinda, for the timely reminder of `waiting room' and the meaningful message. - Jamie