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89: Happiness is a Choice with Holly Matthews

by | May 4, 2022

Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling
Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling
89: Happiness is a Choice with Holly Matthews

Holly Matthews is Former TV actress (Waterloo Road, Casualty & Byker grove) a widowed Mum of 2, a Self-Development Coach & founder of The Happy Me Project.

The Happy Me project is an online and in person, straight talking self-development programme, podcast and online membership.

Holly’s Ted Talk has been watched by over 150,000 people and she has appeared on Lorraine, BBC, ITV, Talk Radio and featured in The Daily Mail, Mirror, The Sun, Closer, Hello, Psychologies Life Labs and Spirit & Destiny and Prima Magazine.

Holly’s relatable and raw approach to self-development has her teaching people how to feel ‘more happy and less crappy’ in a way that reaches those that never thought self and personal development’ would be for them.

I had met Holly online and she seemed to be genuine, but I guess I was intrigued by how she had learnt to be so resilient, positive and have such a strong mindset, as It had only been a few years that she became a young widow, with two small children when her husband Ross died from a brain tumour.

Some key points from our interview:

-How starting her acting career at just eleven years old taught her how to bounce back
-How even as a child she practised self-development
-How her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumour at twenty-nine years old
-How they both made smart choices with their careers and money which gave them the luxury of not working for Ross’s final year
-How she learnt to find a way through her grief by allowing her to be where she was at
-How she recognises that she still has bad days and that’s ok too
-How she encourages her children to experience their loss and deal with their grief
-How she has learnt to pack her better days full of life and joy as she recognises that pain is temporary

You can more info about Holly and her Happy Me project here:
Website: www.iamhollymatthews.com


"Unbroken: Healing Through Storytelling" features  individuals who have all triumphed after adversity and have not just bounced back in life, but forward and are now making a difference for others.

Hosted by Madeleine Black, the show will share stories of all the amazing people Madeleine has met on her own journey as an author/speaker and these stories will heal, motivate, inspire and bring hope when they share their wisdom and knowledge with her.

She really believes in the power that comes when we share our stories, that in fact we are not story tellers but story healers. Tune in to discover what helped them to stay unbroken and together we will discover that none of us are broken beyond repair.

You can find out more about Madeleine, her story and her memoir, Unbroken,  from her website: https://madeleineblack.co.uk/

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