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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 Davidson

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 816 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.

    Aimee Blacker // Surfing the Spectrum

    Aimee Blacker // Surfing the Spectrum

    Lovely yayborhood, I hope you’re surviving the final weeks of Winter - I can’t believe how fast the year is going, but I’m so excited we’re inching closer to Spring! Thank you for all the lovely feedback on the past few weeks of episodes and the anonymous Q&A – I’m so glad last week’s fertility and IVF episode helped some of you, wasn’t Erin just an amazing woman?

    The adoption episode is coming to you next week, but speaking of incredible women, I’ve squeezed another amazing story in between this week. I heard about today’s guest through her brother who happens to be our editor here at Seize the Yay – HUGE shout out to Sam Blacker at the Podcast Butler if anyone needs anything audio related – he is literally a LIFE SAVER and one of my favourite people, so it's no surprise that his sister Aimee is just as much of a legend.
     
    Aimee Blacker started out as a paediatric occupational therapist even after not actually knowing what occupational therapy was until she finished high school. She’s one of those amazing examples of not really knowing where you want to end up meaning you’re open-minded enough to stumble upon where you were supposed to end up all along. She is the Co-founder and Director of Surfing the Spectrum, a not-for-profit Surf Therapy initiative working to positively impact the lives of families, and their children with Autism. In anticipation of their next fundraiser this Saturday 20th August, I just had to scream from the rooftops about the transformative work she and her team are doing so I hope you are as inspired and moved as I am.

    Raffle Tickets: https://surfingthespectrum.rallyup.com/surfnturfraffle 

    Donate/buy event tickets: https://surf-n-turf.raisely.com/ 

    The website: www.surfingthespectrum.org 

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    • 51 min
    Erin Holland // On classical voice, congeniality and conceiving through IVF

    Erin Holland // On classical voice, congeniality and conceiving through IVF

    Lovely yayborhood, today’s guest is special for so many different reasons not least because we were born just three days apart and have so much in common. You’ll hear me say I think we’d be dear friends if we lived in the same city, and I’ve admired this amazing woman for many years from afar.
    Like many of our guests, you may have first heard about Erin Holland as Miss World Australia 2013 but there is so much more depth and detail to her pathYAY that somehow flies under the radar. For example, she not only has an incredible voice she’s actually a classically trained soprano singer, graduated with a Bachelor of Classical Voice from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is also qualified in clarinet, music theory, jazz, tap and initially dreamt of being on Broadway.
    Also like many guests, she hasn’t ended up exactly where she expected but is seizing all her yay in presenting, TV, ambassadorships and the coolest role ever with the Pakistan Super League – her experience working in such a different culture deserves a WHOLE separate episode (which I actually think we’ll do next time she’s over there). But, as promised in the anonymous Q&A episode, it’s her journey with fertility and IVF that we’re here for today.
    This is one of the only podcasts Erin has done on the topic since first opening up earlier in the year about her challenges with conceiving and the IVF process and I am so honoured she shares so openly and honestly about what it’s involved physically, mentally and emotionally. I’ll let you hear the rest from her, but I hope you learn as much as I did.

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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Anna Podolsky // Prestige in the professions to puppies and pet food!

    Anna Podolsky // Prestige in the professions to puppies and pet food!

    I’m so excited to introduce you to Anna Podolsky for so many reasons – the parallels in parts of our stories, her amazing business because the products are actually incredible but also because her work involves floofy puppies and that’s just the biggest yay of all. After immigrating from the Ukraine, Anna has been a successful professional gymnast, an international management consultant with the prestigious Bain & Co around the world and now founder of a booming pet food start up, Lyka Petfood, changing puppers’ lives from the inside out.
    She has some fascinating insights about the influence of immigrant parents on choosing your pathway, living and working overseas and a shared passion for languages, and starting a business when you stumble upon a gap in the market then grow to an empire of over 100 staff and counting. She is humble, intelligent and so interesting and I hope you enjoy as much as I did.
    Anna has also generously given the yayborhood 20% off your first Lyka box if you’re keen to try it out which Paul highly recommends!!! Click below!

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    • 53 min
    Anonymous Q&A - Pt II

    Anonymous Q&A - Pt II

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    • 58 min
    Harry Garside // Boxing, ballet and breaking down barriers

    Harry Garside // Boxing, ballet and breaking down barriers

    Welcome back, lovely yayborhood! Thank you so much for your patience over the past few weeks – I can’t believe I was so anal about having episodes in the bank for our trip but then ended up taking a break anyway with ANOTHER super cold. I hope you’re all looking after yourselves and are keeping healthy in cold and flu season!
    It worked out though, as I couldn’t think of a cooler guest to kick off the second half of the year than the legend I have in store for you today. You probably know by now that I get SOOO excited by people whose brains tick as crazily and deeply as mine likes to, so I was like a kid in a candy store with this guest and felt the least articulate I have in a long time next to his eloquence!
    I am endlessly fascinated by Harry Garside and it seems most of Australia and the world shares that view and not only because he is a championship boxer who won the nation’s first medal in boxing at the Olympics in over three decades in Tokyo. While his rise to international success from losing 10 out of his first 18 fights at the humble Lilydale Youth Club is also fascinating, I still don’t think that’s the reason we’re so enamoured with him.
    While Harry’s upbringing and beloved sport align very strongly with traditional ideas about masculinity and strength, it’s his unique passion for changing those stereotypes that I fell in love with complementing his training with ballet classes and wearing nail polish to some of his fights. Just when you think you’ve figured him out, he reveals a whole new facet of himself and his view on the world and I could ramble on about how much it stretched my own mind getting to have this conversation.
    I’ll let you hear it for yourself as this is one of my favourites all year so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Anonymous Q&A - Pt I

    Anonymous Q&A - Pt I

    Thank you for your patience, yayborhood!! We're finally BACK after an unexpected break. I was so anal about having enough episodes pre-recorded to avoid any down time on the show while we were on the honeymoon but then ended up losing my voice as soon as we got back! It lingered much longer than I would have liked, so had to take a break anyway - really appreciate you waiting so patiently!
    We had originally planned for this #yaysofourlives episode to cover the post-honeymoon reflections and some new yayborhood watch items, but I randomly did a little anonymous Q&A on socials over the weekend (you may have seen this new thing going around) and ended up with a lot of overspill. I count myself very lucky that you all ask such genuinely curious, kind and respectful questions (thank you all for being so lovely) and ended up with more than I could answer adequately on Insta, so I thought we'd finish those off in an episode then do an Egypt debrief next time.
    In true Sarah style, I didn't even finish those off but got through 4/6 broader topics and this was one of my favourite "reflection episodes" to date - the questions were so thought provoking. I was going to just monologue, but Ang makes everything so much more fun and she brought much more depth to the responses adding her own insights as well.
    I've listed the questions and grouped double ups IN THIS POST (it was too long to write here) that we did get to in this particular episode in order below, so you can skip ahead to yours if you want to (there are a few I've answered before but still get asked, so if you've heard it before just skip past). I'll also list the ones we'll cover next week and hopefully you find some interesting nuggets in there too.
    Again, so grateful for the beautiful yayborhood you've all grown into - you are such a joy to create this show for and give me so many opportunities for growth and introspection. Hope you're all having a wonderful week and are seizing your yay!

    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
816 Ratings

816 Ratings

betts91 ,

Love!

Love love love this podcast! Sarah is an amazing host. Every episode is so well thought out and you can tell she is so genuinely interested in what each and every guest has to say. Such a refreshing, beautiful person!

ana-amor ,

Since 2018 :)

I don’t know where to start as I am listening to Seize the Yay since 2018... This podcast brought me so much joy and light :)
Thank you Sarah for the Quote of the Day, the Weekly Yay, the inspiration, the work and your French (hehe).

shandon123 ,

Love, but..

Sarah is so articulate and her podcast is fabulous. The only criticism is to please please please calm down on the gushing and ‘oh my goshes’ - the Effie podcast had me wincing a bit.

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