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Welcome to Mel’s Postbox!

I am Melissa Javan, creator of Mel’s Postbox. For those of you who know me, I previously did my blogging at Alhoewel ek begin blog het in Engels, skryf ek sedert September 2018 in Afrikaans hier.

THE AIM of my blog is to share inspirational stories of my journey and others who are on a path to live intentionally. I’ll share how I realised that in order for me to teach my child she can do anything she dreams of, I too have to try to reach my goals and live my dreams.

One of my goals is to be debt-free, so I intend to learn as much as I can about saving- and investing money. I’ve started a “Money Mistakes” series where myself and others share bad financial decisions we’ve made. We’re still learning!

I also give lessons relating to Writing Like A Journalist and entrepreneurship. I’m working on my first novel – so look out for lessons relating to it.

I WANT TO help people to create better content for their websites, social media platforms or newsletters. I CAN help you write your good stories.

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Married Javan, I am a South African journalist and content producer by profession. I became a journalist, because of my love for storytelling.

So far IT’S BEEN AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY. I started blogging in 2011 while reporting on the 17th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP17) event in Durban. I was working for an independent grassroots newspaper, Cape Flats News then. While on my journey as a blogger, I encouraged some of my female media friends to join me, to give people insight into our careers and thoughts in general.

I stopped blogging after I moved to a new province and job in Port Elizabeth. I started taking blogging seriously in July 2016.

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Anyway, I am also the mamma of a two-year-old daughter and stepmom to a beautiful, talented chef, who is in her early 20s. My husband, Leslie, is a music composer. He will definitely share some of his gems on this site!

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Sometimes Princess helps Daddy with rehearsals too. (Image: Melissa Javan)

I speak a little South African – my mother tongue is Afrikaans and I am surrounded daily by friends and colleagues who speak isiXhosa and Setswana.

I HOPE TO inspire you, or make you laugh – while you read about my (and others’) journey. Hopefully, by end of 2017, I will be a published author 🙂

Thank you for visiting my site.

Melissa Javan

PS Connect with me via email

or Twitter @melissa_nel.