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A lawyer turned funtrepreneur's investigation into how some of the world's most inspiring people find their "yay", whether it's through work, rest or play and any other pearls of wisdom they have along the way.

Seize the Yay Sarah Holloway

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 721 Ratings

A lawyer turned funtrepreneur's investigation into how some of the world's most inspiring people find their "yay", whether it's through work, rest or play and any other pearls of wisdom they have along the way.

    Mark Manson // F*ck distribution, future forging and fun with the Fresh Prince of Bel Air

    Mark Manson // F*ck distribution, future forging and fun with the Fresh Prince of Bel Air

    RE-RELEASE - As you know, we're re-releasing a few crowd favourites from last year to keep you going during the break in case you missed them. So please ignore any time specific references, although most of our yay is evergreen so hopefully you enjoy as much as I did!

    >> COMPLETE OUR 2021 SURV-YAY

    I know some of you will be eye rolling when I say that this is one of my favourite chats to date, but I think you might agree once you actually have a listen. I'm going to have to cut myself short in this intro because there is SO much I could say about why Mark Manson is one of my favourite people in the world but the episode itself makes it clearer than I could here.

    Best known as the author of ground-breaking NY Times Best Seller, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, I once mistook Mark's refreshingly anti-self-help approach to life to be the opposite of seizing the yay. In fact, it's not that he thinks we should give no f***s at all, but choose our f***s more carefully and it's no surprise that his witty, no b******t delivery has taken the world by storm. Like all our guests, however, Mark's way to yay has been anything but predictable going from feeling misplaced in his Texan hometown, getting a compete ego breakdown at music school, starting his working life as a pick up artist all before becoming an author was even on the table. And yet, he's now sold over 10 million books, changed millions of lives AND has been trusted with writing the autobiography and first ever full account of the life of Will Smith!!!

    Mark is a personality of so many contrast and facets and is open about every one of them including WAY more than I probably needed to know about his bodily functions. I dare you to listen without laughing, you can definitely tell we both lost our marbles more than a few times. In between the hilarity though, there are so many deep, insightful reflections on life that I hope are as groundbreaking to you as they were to me!

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Jennifer Atilemile // Curve(ball)s, campaigns and creating cultural change

    Jennifer Atilemile // Curve(ball)s, campaigns and creating cultural change

    Hello beautiful yayborhood, I can't believe we've reached our FINAL episode for the year!!! I actually had one or two more up my sleeve but am trying to practice what I preach and not stick so rigidly to my own deadlines that were arbitrary anyway. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's starting to fade away a little bit so I'm saving those episodes instead to come back with fresh and fabulous new year energy. I always say it but I need reminding myself that there's no point going so hard that you don't do it properly, so our lovely guest today will be our last for 2020.

    And boy does Jennifer Atilemile have a great message on wading through uncertainty, rejection and adversity to embrace all that makes her different and unique and make history in the process. This year, she's gone from having no work for four months and wondering if she'd ever work again to becoming Australia's first EVER curve model to star in a Victoria's secret campaign. She is a passionate advocate for inclusion and diversity encouraged further by her mixed heritage with her father from the French Island of Reunion and her mother an Aussie of Irish/Danish descent. Moving from performing arts to double majors at university and then falling into modelling more recently, she has such wise words to share on the tangents of finding your yay, blocking out the noise to hear your intuition and finding where your voice can make its best contribution to this world. I hope you enjoy as much as I do.

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    • 59 min
    Tanya Hennessy // Help Self with Hurricane Hennessy

    Tanya Hennessy // Help Self with Hurricane Hennessy

    Lovely yayborhood, we've got another dose of delight this week that'll have you in stitches with the wonderful Tanya Hennessy. As you'll hear her discuss in the episode, one of the greatest gifts you can give is a moment of laughter and a little escape from what's been a shitshow of a year (not that anyone needs reminding) and she does that expertly leading her to become one of our most beloved comedians, presenters, authors, internet creators and campaigner for adults to be able to order children's meals in pubs.

    You'll hear from the get go how effortlessly witty, intelligent, empathetic and honest this woman is and how beautifully she combines self-deprecating, relatable humour with some serious and inspiring messages in between. She is a multi-platform multi-talented creative delivering us everything from the hysterical viral Everyday Makeup Tutorial to two nearly three fabulous books - Am I Doing This Right?, Help Self that just came out and a Children's book to follow soon. I couldn't help but fall in love with her and I'm sure many of you will too - be prepared for A LOT of loud laughter in your ears!

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    • 57 min
    Jamila Rizvi // Untold Resilience

    Jamila Rizvi // Untold Resilience

    It's been a hell of year for us all and something I've reflected on a lot over the past few months is resilience. And who better to join us to explore that further than the wonderful Jamila Rizvi who not only embodies the concept herself but has just published Untold Resilience - a collection of nineteen awe-inspiring stories of resilient women and the lessons they have for us in navigating this crazy time.

    It says something about Jamila though that my favourite of the stories is hers - one that has so many facets that I was quite nervous about this episode, wanting to do her justice. You may know her as an author, presenter and political commentator or Editor-at-Large of Future Women and former editor in Chief at Mamamia, but she's also a mother, modern feminist, and Harry Potter lover who juggles it all while managing chronic illness and several brain surgeries over the past few years.

    Jamila is endearingly witty, articulate, honest and humble taking us through her health journey, the work we still need to do on supporting women returning to work post motherhood, her changing relationship to success and happiness, and so much more. I hope you are as inspired by her as I am.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Lucy Kate Jackson & Nikki Westcott // HAPPY HOUR WITH THE WILD ONES

    Lucy Kate Jackson & Nikki Westcott // HAPPY HOUR WITH THE WILD ONES

    If you're a regular podcast listener, today's guests probably need no introduction but if you haven't already tuned in to Happy Hour with Lucy and Nikki I'm sure you will be after this. Their banter is absolutely UNMATCHED, I don't think I've laughed as hard in an episode for a long time and it's absolutely clear why they've grown a cult following across their joint account We the Wild Ones started in 2015 to follow their festival adventures, Jagger and Stone their booming fashion label kicked off with a bang in 2018 with an iconic shoot at Joshua Tree after Coachella and of course, their podcast that just took home silver at the Australian Podcast Awards.

    Lucy and Nikki have such a refreshingly different take on work/life balance to many of our past guests taking the party wherever they go but also building highly successful careers and businesses at the same time. Their straight-up approach to self-doubt and worst-case scenarios is also the example we all need of people who don't let fear control their decisions and a reminder that two can achieve far more than one can alone. I had SUCH a great laugh - Lucy and Nikki are an absolute breath of fresh air with the perfect blend of self-deprecating and no f***s given and after a very serious year. Amazing reminder that life is far too short not to enjoy! I hope you love them as much as the rest of us already do!

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Blair James // A small town boy building a self-tan world

    Blair James // A small town boy building a self-tan world

    While last week Farah spoke of faraway places, this week's guest is homegrown but has exported the Aussie experience through a booming business described as Aussie Made, Globally Loved. Blair James co-founded self-tanning disrupter Bondi Sands in 2012 to capture everything that makes Aussie summers iconic through what has grown to over 50 products in a whopping 30,000 retailers worldwide.

    Of course the business' huge success, continual innovation and championing of sun safety and sustainability are incredible impressive and Blair shares many useful tips on brand building and scaling that had me furiously taking down notes. But, unsurprisingly if you're a regular listener, I was more thrilled to explore his lesser known earlier years including his very small country hometown called - wait for it - YEA (pronounced "yay") - and that he didn't excel in VCE nor did he finish university neither of which have hindered where he ended up. As always, there's some hilarious fun facts in between - nothing humanises a person more than hearing them laugh especially about the joys of iso haircuts! As a businesswoman but also as a human, I love exploring the brains behind beloved brands and hope you do too.

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    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
721 Ratings

721 Ratings

Jul_gem ,

Jamilla Rizvi

Resilience... what a year and what an amazing woman! This episode made me laugh, cry and nod my head in agreement.Such wisdom- things don’t work out as planned often better. A lesson in serendipity. I’m wanting to live graciously and gracefully. Tell it how it is ( put words around it - this is how I feel) Ask for help and be honest! I have a health condition and related to how it can feel/ how it challenges you sometimes ( physically and mentally ) but am so inspired! Play to yay: board games : love it

Seize the yay ,

The Perfect Inspirational Podcast

Seize the Yay is the perfect podcast for the world we live in today. The wide range of guests provides a great insight into our society and allows for a wide range of topics to be discussed. Sarah’s interview style is the perfect balance, where she is able to have fun whilst also covering topics in depth. I would definitely recommend the podcast so thank you for creating an inspirational and empowering podcast that the world definitely needs to listen to in the current climate.

Nicole120894 ,

Inspiring and Full of Heart

Seize the Yay was the first podcast that I committed to listening to every week. I have been following since the beginning, and will not stop listening any time soon! Sarah has such a warm and genuine approach to the topics she speaks about the people she interviews. It is a really uplifting, motivating and inspirational podcast, and I have recommended it to so many friends! A must-listen :)

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