“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

Hi, I’m Melinda, a writer and artist. HopeMail is a newsletter about life lessons from daily living, what I’m up to, what I’m thinking, and my latest work. Plus the occasional comic when my funny bone is tickled. Candid and reflective. Kinda like those honest conversations with friends.

Here are three previous issues to get you started:

What I've gotten from baking burger buns

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

The slowness of walking. And it feels good.

Each new issue usually comes with a personal essay of what’s on my mind, what I’m working on, what I’ve learnt, one or two curated links of things I’ve read or watched, related to the essay’s topic, and the occasional drawings and poems to go with the topic. Served on an unpretentious platter. Good for sharing with others. 

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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 a cosier-than-cosy circle with perks like a discount on my books, my art merchandise freebies, members-only Q&A, live poems reading sessions, etc.

If you want to be informed of the launch, you can join the waiting list.


About me

I’m a writer and an artist on a mission to create art that encourages and inspires people towards a kinder, gentler, happier, compassionate world. My artworks are often inspired by my reflections on life. I love drawing the traditional way and my line illustrations are hand drawn with fine liner pens on paper. Sometimes, my poems and prose accompany the artwork.

Bring my art home

Bring my art home with art prints, home decor, office decor, greeting cards. You can find my shop on Society6, an open marketplace for independent artists. Ships worldwide.

Commitment | line illustration of birds Wall Clock
Commitment | line illustration of birds wall clock | “Commitment" was inspired by the Black-naped Oriole birds which are usually seen in pairs, and often together for life! Shout-out: thanks to the information I found on Mikebirder, and also the photo by Hyongchol Kim.
You are made for a purpose | Coffee glass illustration Coaster
You are made for a purpose | Coffee glass illustration coaster | Do you have a favourite everyday item that's in your life quietly serving you? I broke my coffee glass. It has accompanied my breakfast for the past four years. I'm sad but I'm thankful for the memories.
Find Joy In Ordinary Things poem with line illustration Mini Art Print
Find Joy In Ordinary Things poem with line illustration mini art print | This encouraging poem was written at one of the lowest points of my life, where I learnt to be grateful for the simple little things in life. This attitude has made daily life so much richer.

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 now it’s more of my personal newsletter for people who want to hear from me sharing honestly about life, and what I’m working on.

By the way, I moved from another email platform to Substack on 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 my original artwork for purchase at Saatchi Art.

I’m sometimes on Instagram and Twitter.

My website.

Now to wrap this introduction in a formal manner.

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