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A Month with Matthew: In Croatia
10 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
43 All Good Things Must Come to an End
On his last night in the village, Matthew reflects on a wonderful month, including what he has accomplished, what he’ll miss, and what he’ll be taking back with him as he returns his day-to-day life.
10 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
As his time in the village nears its end, Matthew catches up with friends. In the process, he learns more than he ever expected to know about hedgehogs—including the difference between Croatian and African ones.On his last full day, Matthew starts preparing for his departure—while hoping he can fit in one last trip to the beach.
11 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
41 A Big Decision
The day of the village festival, Matthew has an epiphany that heralds a major—and bittersweet—turning point that will dramatically alter has life at home. That night, the festivities in full swing, Matthew meets up with village friends and makes a new one, is the recipient of still more incredible hospitality, and tries not to think about the fact that the end is near.
10 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
40 Saint Mary & the Countdown
When the church bells won’t stop ringing, Matthew learns that it’s the day of the village festival, when the Virgin Mary will be taken on her yearly stroll through the village—and the whole village will party late into the night.Later, Matthew faces the fact that he only has four days left in the village—and he really doesn’t want to leave.
12 minutes | Jun 8, 2020
39 A Bizarre Day
Thirty takes later, for some reason Matthew still cannot manage to film what should be an easy, routine promo clip. On a walk that night, he comes under attack in his underwear and overhead, too, in what prove to be two very close calls.
11 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
38 Body Image & Bugs
When Matthew sees a little girl at the nude beach, he can’t help but think about how lucky she is to have parents instilling in her a healthy body image.Back at home, Matthew has encounters with industrious ants, adorable geckos, and a spider that is horrible at hide-and-seek.
17 minutes | May 25, 2020
37 Journaling & Swapping Countries
Matthew reflects on how and why—while grappling the day before with his doubts and fears—journaling was so helpful in helping him to see clearly and get himself out of his malaise.Later, Alfred decides that Matthew needs a master’s degree—and should get one in Croatia, which leads to discussions about visas, cost of living, and brain drain. As for Alfred, Matthew decides that Ohio is the best place for him to live in the States.
13 minutes | May 18, 2020
36 All in Your Head
Still grappling with some doubts and fears, Matthew reflects on how many of our struggles are “all in our head,” how our thoughts create our emotions, and how being present and taking action can be potent antidotes to tough times. A delicious free dinner—his first meal out since being on the island—and a little too much wine help lift Matthew’s spirits, as well.
12 minutes | May 11, 2020
35 Moving Beyond Creative Self-Doubt
Matthew gets unequivocally blown off by Young Neptune, at last enabling him to definitively conclude that friendship has died on the vine.Matthew also has a day where he is overwhelmed by doubts about his creative endeavors and if or how they will amount to anything that matter to anyone but himself. In response, he shares what he does to get through such occasional days of doubt.
11 minutes | May 4, 2020
34 The Joy of Writing & Coming Out Live
Matthew and Lidia have another linguistic misunderstanding, and Matthew rediscovers the joy of writing.Meanwhile, questions about the LGBTQ experience in Croatia lead Matthew to recall that time he had to come out on live radio.Platforms:iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play | TuneIn | Blubrry | RSS
14 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
33 Sleep Deprived & In For a Surprise
Matthew feels guilty for getting too much sleep—then realizes how ridiculous that is, leading to reflections on our unhealthy habits of working too much and ignoring our bodies. Matthew also reflects on a key component of his philosophy of travel, and he makes an exciting discovery about one of his long-neglected projects.Platforms:iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play | TuneIn | Blubrry | RSS
11 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
32 A Friday Night Walk in the Woods
Feeling as though the village has gotten just a little too small, Matthew hides out inside all day. By nighttime, he’s stir crazy—which leads to an unplanned walk in the woods and a last-minute quest for wine. The next day, Matthew is shocked to discover the identity of a little girl trying to get into the café.Platforms:iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play | TuneIn | Blubrry | RSS
8 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
31 Attacked & Blown Off
Everywhere he turns, Matthew is confronted by huge grasshoppers. In sharp contrast, despite their five-hour bonding on the beach, Young Neptune now runs the other way every time he and Matthew cross paths—leaving Matthew utterly baffled.Platforms:iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play | TuneIn | Blubrry | RSS
10 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
30 Reality Shifts
When all of his favorite characters at the nude beach seem to disappear from one day to the next—including the three elderly women—Matthew is not sure what to make of it.Meanwhile, he’s been on the island so long that his reality has shifted. What was novel not long ago, now feels more real than the life ostensibly waiting for his return back in San Francisco. Platforms:iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play | TuneIn | Blubrry | RSS
11 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
As his novel, A Voice Beyond Reason, about a young Spaniard’s awakening to his intuition undergoes a resurgence, Matthew moves ahead with plans to develop a workshop based on the book. In the process, he reflects on why being in touch with our inner voices is so important.Matthew also shares the challenges of recording an audio book in his closet—including his questionable decision to attempt a bunch of accents he didn’t necessarily pull off. Meanwhile, Lidia spreads word to the other villagers about who Matthew is and why he is there. Platforms:iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play | TuneIn | Blubrry | RSS
9 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
28 It's Always Vacation
77-year-old Lidia tells Matthew about her book, which gets him thinking about his own grandparents’ untold stories - and how they matter to who he is.Young Cervantes is always on vacation, and Matthew is in for a surprise when he thinks he’s buying olives but ends up with something else.Platforms:iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play | TuneIn | Blubrry | RSS
11 minutes | Mar 16, 2020
27 Synchronicity & More Mixed Messages
On his way to the neighboring village, Matthew experiences an uncanny—and irrefutable—synchronicity. Later, he gets more mixed messages from Young Neptune.Platforms:iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play | TuneIn | Blubrry | RSS
14 minutes | Mar 9, 2020
26 Another Battle & Seeing and Being Seen
The malevolent neighbor starts his construction project again - having already sworn four times he was done. This time Matthew is ready.And Matthew reflects on the the joys of genuine human interaction.Platforms:iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play | TuneIn | Blubrry | RSS
14 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
25 A New Friend & No Such Thing as Too Much Inspiration
Matthew's ongoing stay in the village leads to yet another new friend, this time a 77-year-old woman who wants to go to Alabama—but is afraid of mosquitoes in Africa. And Matthew finds that the “problem” isn’t not enough inspiration, but “too much”—except, of course, there isn’t such a thing. So, he decides to trust the process and just go with it.Platforms:iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play | TuneIn | Blubrry | RSS
10 minutes | Feb 24, 2020
24 An Emotional Breakdown and How to Make a Change
Matthew unexpectedly finds himself breaking down into tears - ironically, a familiar benefit to his way of traveling. And he reflects on key components to making change and advancing creative pursuits. Platforms:iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play | TuneIn | Blubrry | RSS
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