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Musings and art from chapters of my life to brighten your inbox. Current chapter: moving from Malaysia to Portugal!

Line drawing from Meditations in Nature collection—Commitment. Inspired by the Black-naped Oriole birds which are usually seen in pairs, and often together for life!

“I always like reading your articles. Authentic and reflective. Your original drawings too! ❤️ Makes me pause, wonder and reflect on what's truly important & precious in our lives. And on things we take for granted, until it’s taken away from us. So, keep it up!” ~ Po Lin

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your thoughts or comments on something you have been thinking about carefully.

Twice a month on Fridays, I write and draw what’s on my mind lately about life, deriving insights from the ordinary mundane to the difficult days. Although, it’ll probably not be so ordinary mundane for a while, since, you know, I’ll be moving to Portugal. 😁

Join me on this new chapter of our life as I share with you: stories, experiences, practical resources on moving, working remotely, and as always, life insights. Oh! And art!

In each issue you’ll find:

  • Art (drawing, painting, poetry). There’ll be a new drawing or painting. Making it 24 drawings in a year. We started counting down from November 2021. And we’ll complete 24 new drawings for HopeMail in October 2022.

  • Personal essays.

  • Curated inspiring quotes related to the post.

  • Occasionally, I’ll include: questions to ponder, curated excerpts from books or the web, links, and further readings related to the post.

  • GIFs. Because I like GIFs.

I hope you’ll be inspired, entertained, and nudged to ponder about life. And feel a connection through a shared life experience.

Most of all, I hope that it’ll speak to you at the right time when you need it.

So, come along on this journey as I share part of my life experiences and reflections from chapters of my life. It’ll be an honour to have you. You can hop off anytime you like.

Over 100 beautiful people enjoy reading HopeMail. C’mon in and join us.

Here are three previous issues to get you started:

Dream makers; dream killers

It’s ok to grieve for losses (yes, even the small ones)

The slowness of walking. And it feels good.

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An invitation for you.

Close up of my hand drawing the artwork “Precious In His Eyes”
Drawing the artwork from You Are You collection—Precious In His Eyes. God created us and we are all precious in His eyes. Wouldn’t it be great if we can see ourselves and others through God’s eyes and love?

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About me

I’m a writer and artist from Malaysia, building an independent creator business. It took me over two decades of doing all the other “safer” jobs, before I decided to dive into this new artistic career. I’m thankful to be able to share my art, and my world with you.

My heart is to create art that encourages and inspires people toward a kinder, gentler, happier, compassionate world. My art is often inspired by my reflections and musings on life. I love drawing the traditional way and my line drawings are hand drawn with fine liner pens on paper. Sometimes, my poems and prose accompany the artwork.

Bring my art home

You can shop for giclée fine art prints, art stickers and original art on my website. Ships worldwide.

Tree branches and seven birds | Meditations in Nature | Line drawing of trees and birds art print Print
Artwork from Meditation in Nature collection—Tree Branches and Seven Birds. Using binoculars, I focused on one part of the many trees surrounding me and made it the star of the artwork. As I looked through the lens, a flock of birds were flying around, it was amazing, and I decided to capture that moment.

Browse artwork

How HopeMail got started

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. And evolved into broader life topics, sharing life lessons from day to day life.

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

Here are what my readers are saying:

You’ve helped me to be mindful of what’s going on in my life. - Ben Mung

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

Where else am I at?

You’ll find most of my work (sometimes exclusively) in this newsletter. But, occasionally, I’m on Instagram. I’m still figuring out Twitter.

Here’s my shop and website.

Now to wrap this introduction in a formal manner.

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