Welcome to A Familiar Stranger – you’ve come to the right place!

Why ‘A Familiar Stranger’?

Well, that would be me, Matthew. Let me explain.

We all have a story to tell. Our stories connect us to others, enabling us to recognise our shared humanity in our shared struggles and triumphs.

We are a social species and we need such connections; we need to feel that we belong somewhere. And when life is tough, we need to know that we aren’t alone; that someone, somewhere, gets it. That somebody just like us has been there, and has come out the other side.

I share my story, of overcoming some of life’s biggest challenges and using them as a springboard to create a better future, to be that familiar stranger to others.

And, if you find that you are not living the story that you want to live, then I would like to help you to find greater passion, purpose and meaning in your own life.

We can all change our stories, and in doing so we can change our lives.

There’s another reason why ‘A Familiar Stranger’ is such a fitting name for my site.

In my struggles with my mental health there have been many times when I have felt like a familiar stranger to myself. In writing the posts and poems that you will find here, I have come to better know and understand the familiar stranger that I see in the mirror.

So, now that you’re here, let me quickly show you around

Fancy jumping straight into my latest postsNo problem, click here

Going through a break upCheck out my posts on divorce here.

Is life a struggle? Does it all feel like too much sometimes? I’ve been there. I get it. This section is for you.

Would you like some practical help in making positive changes in your life? My unique personal development course ‘Change’ could be just what you’re looking for. Check it out

Experiencing the ‘joys’ of dating? Or maybe wondering what you’re missing out on (you’re not…)? Dive into my dating section.

Do you like musings of a more poetic nature? Click here for my poetry.

Looking for a good book or two to read? Find out more here.

Prefer vlogs to reading? Check out my Boro brogue in the vlogs.

Like what you’ve seen / heard? Looking for a speakerBook me to speak at your event here.

Want to find out a bit more about me and what I’m doing here? This page is for you.

Fancy reading about some inspirational people and their ‘moments that made me’Right you are, click here.

Want to get in touch? I always like to hear from readers. Contact me here.

I hope you enjoy your visit.