About Tingly Mind

Founded in 2014, Tingly Mind is an online publication dedicated to the unfiltered experiences of being human, and particularly being a female, a person of colour in the modern Western society. This is a place where feelings and thoughts are freely explored and expressed. The content covers a variety of topics including growing up, letting go, self-love, and short stories.


About Founder

My name is Ellen Nguyen (or Hong Nguyen). I’m a Vietnamese millennial female currently residing in the UK. I’m about many things and definitely one thing: I love to write. Over the year, I have contributed to a number of websites such as Thought CatalogElite DailyDistractify, HuffPost UK and The Financial Diet on a variety of topics for the coming of age. You can also find my work in the ebook The Art of Letting Go and LYLA: Love Ya Like A Sister, Seriously published by Thought Catalog.

As a twenty-something like all of you out there, I have been through the precariousness of life: failing, making mistakes, learning and having no choice but to grow up. After 5 years abroad, I have changed more than I had ever anticipated, coming to terms with many bittersweet realizations about this life. As it turns out, living my twenties in a big city is not always as glamorous as I expected and being strong is no longer an option — it’s a requirement for thriving in this chaotic world.

I believe in perseverance and resilience. I tell myself every day that as long as I haven’t given up on myself, I have a chance to succeed. And I want the same for you: have absolute faith in yourself and get stronger each day. That’s why I share honestly and positively with you about my own ups and downs, my insecurities, my lessons. I hope that you will feel inspired and motivated and know that you’re not alone in this world.

After all, writing is my way of expressing myself and finding the like-minded people. I want to record this journey of being a twenty-something and remind myself that I have lived, have felt, have tried. Even though I might never have the answer to the meaning of my own existence, I know one thing for sure that I’m having a good time writing, and that’s good enough for now.

If you want to talk to me, feel free to send me an email to ellen@tinglymind.com or connect with me on Twitter You can also subscribe to my special letters that I send out on a quarterly basis – Your support means the world to me!


All the best,


  • The 2nd line, “world” or “wolrd” ? Lol

  • chao ban

  • Hi ! mình đã xem qua một vài vblog của Gau, rất thú vị. Mình thích những cô gái cá tính, tự tin. Chúc bạn nhìu sức khỏe nhé.

  • im cancer, too
    giỏi tiếng anh quá ^^ chỉ mình viết blog tiếng anh với..

  • Fascinated by your style of writing. Looking forward to reading more form you. Cheers!

    • Thank you so much for passing by! I really appreciate it. Your blog is impressive too! Good job!

  • I just found your blog and I am so excited that I did! I am also just starting out in my twenties and I have enjoyed the posts I have seen from you so far! I can’t wait to see more!

    • Hi Donna, thank you for reading my blog and leaving a comment! This is exactly the purpose of my blog and I hope that my experiences and opinions could help you at all with your journey of being twenty or simply that you have a good time around here! 🙂

      All the best,

  • Love your writing. Thanks for the Follow! 🙂

  • Loving your writing style. Keep at it! xx

    • Hey, thank you for reading my blog! I will and you too! 🙂 x

  • Nice to know you more Ms. Ellen

    • Hi Nice to know you too 🙂 Hope you have a good time around here! x

      • Its always a good time oh oh oh oh!

  • Gorgeous blog Ellen! Thanks so much for stopping by & following – always great meeting new faces to keep up with… looking forward to reading all your future posts 🙂 Karen X


  • “Very Young”?
    If you are so young, how can you call yourself an adult?

  • Hey Ellen….Thanks for visiting my site and liking a post. Your website is lovely. Nice to know about you. Keep writing Cheers !! By the by I am cancer too 🙂

    • Hi Thank you for leaving a comment! Ah Cancer man! 🙂

  • Awwww yisss. Gonna be reading this stuff from now on.

    • Aww thaaanks! Seen you around TC alot feel familiar already haha

      • Haha, you get to know people pretty well from just the comments. Looking forward to more of your writing. If you ever want want feedback on an article before it goes to TC feel free to ping me either on twitter or instagram

        • Thanks Fred! Sure do! That’d be really awesomeee!! I will message you on Twitter if anything! 🙂

  • Interesting opinions you have here, psychology seems to suit you well. Hope you don’t mind I wander around here looking for inspiration sometimes 😉

    P.S. I went to uni in the UK, too, looks like you are in London?

    • Hi thank you for reading I really appreciate it! Of course I don’t mind, it’d be my pleasure 🙂 Oh yea I’m London based. Which uni did you go to? I suppose you’re back to Vietnam now?

      • You were right, I’m back home spending some time for relatively personal stuffs. I went to Cambridge, so I was accessibly London-based 😀

        • Ah I see! What did you study in Cam? My sister was at Cam uni too doing Econs! You smartass people haha So are you coming back here again?

          Thanks for dropping by my blog btw. I’m having a look at your blog too 😀

  • Well, I don’t have much of catchy stuffs in my blog anw 😀

    I did Compsci, what’s your sister name, from which college? Maybe we do know each other, the globe is so small you know 😉

    • My sis is Ngan, she did both Undergrad and Master but she graduated for 3, 4 years now. Does it ring any bell? Haha

      • Strange, I was there at the time, too. Anw, this conversation is getting long, I’ll just email you if that’s ok for you? 😉

  • Wow! You are really pretty!

  • Awesome blog! …just my cup of tea 🙂