Posted: by Jo Monday, 28 May 2018 @ 10:31
This year, in our
quest to step up and be our best selves, we wanted to learn from truly
remarkable women, to use them as role models to inspire us.
We are absolutely
thrilled to talk to Holly Matthews for our series of talks with truly inspiring
Many of you may know
Holly as a successful actress, from Byker Grove and Waterloo Road, amongst
But now, Holly is
better known as a Business & Mindset Coach to female entrepreneurs and
creatives, an award winning vlogger, actress, speaker and 'no bullshit' self-development
founder of ‘The Happy Me Project’, Holly writes for the Huffington Post and was
personally asked by Ariana Huffington to contribute to her online platform,
July 2017 Holly lost her husband Ross to brain cancer & her powerful story
means she is often asked to appear on UK TV shows, speak on influential radio
shows and is a regular in the UK press. Holly is passionate about getting self-development
out to the masses and teaching people how to live a happier and more fulfilling
life, regardless of the challenges.
So – I was very keen
to find out from Holly about what motivates her, and who she admires.
What do you think
gave you the drive and determination to succeed?
I was a very ambitious child, having focused my youth on becoming an
actress. I have always had a fire in my belly. I always felt a little different
growing up, a bit odd, and I knew that if I focused on what I wanted in life,
it would take me places that would help me feel connected. I was a very driven
child and that determination has never left me. Thankfully I came from a family
who have allowed me to be.
How important have
role models been to you?
Having role models is extremely important, and throughout my life there
have been those I have looked to. I’m now in a fortunate position where people
who I admire, I often bring into my life and find ways to collaborate with.
Some of my role models aren’t huge global successes, but just people who have
lived life on their own terms. I’m a huge fan of bravery, and watching people
live their true self lives is a massive inspiration to me, in whatever capacity
When you were young,
who were your role models or people you truly admired?
As a performer, I admired people like Jennifer Lopez, who continued to
reinvent herself and had a crazy work ethic. I also looked to people like Julie
Walters, a true chameleon in the acting world, who immersed herself in her
craft. I like people with grit, who bounce back.
And as your
entrepreneurial career has progressed - who inspires you now?
As I’ve grown and built my own business, I look to people like Marie
Forleo, Gabrielle Bernstein, Sheryl Sandberg and perhaps other lesser known
people within the self-development field.
These days, I sometimes admire someone from afar - and then suddenly,
I’ll get an email saying they know my work and would like to connect! That
blows my mind, and I have no doubt that I will work with lots of amazing role
models over the next year.
And who, now, would
you say is an inspiring figure on the world stage?
Oprah is a huge one for many, as she has opened the door for many people
and allowed them to speak their truth.
My life’s work will be about helping people to free themselves and be who
they truly are. Since my husband’s death, I am acutely aware of how damn short
life is, and I will not allow people to hate their time on this planet.
That may sound all a little serious, but it’s important - I want to die
knowing I lived my bravest life and had fun doing it. I want to teach my
children to do the same.
Before my husband died, he said “If I die, tell people I regret nothing,
I’ve done everything I want to do and I’m happy. I’ve done what I needed to
do.” I don’t think we can ask for more than that, and I hope I can say the
same; and help others to do this too.
Do you have a mantra
you live your life by?
I have so many, it’s ridiculous! But one that sticks out is ‘Whatever it
takes’. At every stage of my husband having cancer, we would say this, and I
believe it will get me through everything. Whatever I need to do to create and
continue to live my best life, I shall do. Whatever it takes to get there.
We have picked the
Mantra necklace that best represents what inspires and motivates Holly.
We chose our ‘Be
Happy’ disc pendant, as Holly is passionate about people living happy lives and
not wasting their time feeling negative. Her ‘Happy Me’ project has helped
hundreds of people to be more positive in facing the challenges in their lives.
The mantra for the
necklace - ‘Be happy. Be bright. Be you’ – is a call to action to all of us, to
be true to ourselves, and look out for the good things in life that make us
This month, buy the
‘Be Happy’ Mantra necklace at 15% off.