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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 • 820 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.

    Martin Cohen // Polar play, passion projects and PENGUINOLOGY

    Martin Cohen // Polar play, passion projects and PENGUINOLOGY

    Beautiful people, I am finally back from the great white continent and am genuinely speechless. The yay involved with every moment in Antarctica was absolutely indescribable!!! 
    Although, as per usual, when I say “there are no words” I follow with a million words so you’ll be getting bombarded with reflections and feelings in due course - I’m sitting down with Ang this week to unload and that will be coming your way very soon. Thank you so much for your patience by the way during the repeated breaks we’ve had this year to allow for travel and chaos and the general rollercoaster now turned polar-coaster of this year! 
    To keep you going in the meantime, I was so lucky to interview many of the incredible Intrepid crew and passengers on the Ocean Endeavour during our travels and will compile all the audio eventually - there were so many fascinating pathways that expanded my mind over and over. But I recorded one very special full episode with someone whose story made me tear up and whose passion project I am desperate to share as far and wide as possible. I gravitated towards Martin Cohen immediately because, if anyone on board qualified as the team penguinologist, it’s him (although his expertise is much broader as an overall wildlife biologist - and yes, he’s had drinks with one David Attenborough in his time). But as time went on, I also heard the most heartwarming and heart wrenching story behind the scenes and I hope you are as moved as I was. 
    I won’t give you any hints as it’s so much more beautiful told by Martin himself, but I WILL include links below so you can support the beautiful project he’s embarked on that you’ll hear all about. I’m sure many of you will be as passionate as I have become about helping him spread the word and hope the yayborhood can get behind him. Excuse the background noise the ship was pretty loud but it gives you a taste of the adventure.. Ladies and gentleman, Martin Cohen…. 

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    • 31 min
    Ang is back for #yaysofourlives at long last!!!

    Ang is back for #yaysofourlives at long last!!!

    Don't forget, bad sleep is such a nay to yay but Emma Sleep has given the AU and NZ yayborhood up to 60% OFF their world-class mattress engineering and award-winning affordable comfort!!!
    Just use SEIZETHEYAY below:
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    • 41 min
    Emma Watkins // Performing, a PhD and putting on a frock!!

    Emma Watkins // Performing, a PhD and putting on a frock!!

    There aren’t many things that evoke more YAY than the Wiggles, especially a sunshine-coloured one!!! While she has now officially hung up her yellow Wiggle shoes, Emma Watkins still radiates like a sunbeam and we are so lucky to have her here today. 
    As always, it was such a delight to trace back to a younger Emma who never could have dreamed of where she’d end up and with whom I have an earlier very intense dancer’s life in common. You might have guessed that her love for the arts has been lifelong, but you might NOT know she’s also a skilled filmmaker, has been in Bollywood films, won Miss Granny Smith Apples AND learnt Auslan all before becoming the first ever female Wiggle.
    Now, she is doing some incredible work with artistic integrations of sign language through her PhD which you will hear all about in the episode. PLUS Emma's also stepping into some beautiful frocks this month as an ambassador for the OCRF's incredible Frocktober Campaign – I’ve popped links below to this incredible initiative.
    OCRF'S FROCKTOBER 2022
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Rob Mills // Putting on a show!!!

    Rob Mills // Putting on a show!!!

    It’s been a pretty busy time lately, but in the days I was in Melbourne, I was so lucky to catch the legendary Rob Mills to record an episode in celebration of his brand new book, Putting on a Show!!! I only got my advance copy 24 hours beforehand and thought I’d give it a quick once over to prepare then go back to read it in more detail afterwards, but I could. not. put. it. down!!!
    It’s such a fabulous (and much needed) exploration of the average Aussie bloke, our shifting and sometimes distorted perceptions of masculinity with Rob’s beautiful knack for storytelling and personal anecdotes weaved throughout. There’s a reason this man has been so successful in showbiz – he is warm, witty, vulnerable, honest, and open minded all of which comes through in the book.
    I’ll let him tell you more about it himself, but we also get to cover the parts of his pathYAY that you might not have heard as much about between the Australian Idol and Paris Hilton related headlines. You know I love getting into all the chapters we know much less about, and Rob was very obliging and a joy to listen to. I also definitely did that thing where I want to cover SO MUCH all at once – perhaps I shouldn't have read the book in quite so much detail beforehand – so, I probably jump about a bit crazily but hopefully you enjoy nonetheless.   
    CW: Just a quick content warning we do touch on mental health and suicide briefly so listener discretion is advised.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Laura Henshaw & Steph Smith // Our (nearly) four year reunion episode!

    Laura Henshaw & Steph Smith // Our (nearly) four year reunion episode!

    Lovely yayborhood, I am SO excited about today’s episode. You’ve probably heard me say before that one of the coolest parts of having a podcast is having audio evidence of how you felt at a particular point in your life to look back on, but being able to do that with our guests as well when they return for a reunion is even more special.
    Today, after nearly FOUR YEARS since we first recorded, the incredible Laura Henshaw and Steph Smith jumped on again to celebrate the second round of their Keep It Cleaner Tour (which I’m so thrilled to be MCing again). When we first recorded in December 2018, Keep It Cleaner had just started, so catching up on how far the girls and both of our communities have come was the greatest!
    I got to meet some of you at the first stop in Adelaide last weekend and I can’t say how much it meant to be hugging in person again and hopefully there’ll be some more of you in Auckland then Perth. Also I'm so sorry to anyone here who hasn’t been able to listen on Apple Podcasts for the past two or so episodes - we’re working through that glitch and hopefully it’ll be fixed shortly. 
    I hope your October is off to a wonderful start, and that this helps you KIC off with a solid dose of yay! Welcome back to the show, Steph and Laura… 

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    D'Leanne Lewis // From Blacktown to Bondi and Luxe Listings Sydney

    D'Leanne Lewis // From Blacktown to Bondi and Luxe Listings Sydney

    Lovely yayborhood we’re back into our regular recording schedule and I’m SO pumped to have an epic guest for our first episode back. I had the privilege of sitting down with D'Leanne Lewis, a real estate mogul and star of Luxe Listings Sydney – many of you have probably already binged the first two seasons showing the ins and outs of one of the most cutthroat real estate markets in the world (and some seriously insane properties) and Season 3 is NOW available on Prime Video from today September 30.

    D'Leanne is a powerhouse in so many ways – not only is she widely considered one of Australia’s leading real estate agents with 30 years of experience under her belt, she was also a single working mother of two at the time of recording and in the week since then has become a mother of THREE at 50 years old!!! But in what you know is my favourite kind of pathyay, she never expected to become a celebrity real estate agent or TV show star… In fact, she spent her earlier years in Johannesburg before moving to Blacktown Sydney and had never heard of Double Bay until she applied for a PA job she saw in the newspaper with Laing + Simmons as a 20 year old. Now, she is a part owner and on the board of Laing + Simmons and absolutely tearing it up on our screens…
     
    I’ll let her tell you the rest but what an incredible pathYAY from Blacktown to Bondi and beyond!!! Don’t forget to tune into the show from today on Prime Video!

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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
820 Ratings

820 Ratings

Kristy Donnelly ,

Frothing it!! 🫶🏼👌🏼

Absolutely loving this podcast. I can’t believe I only just found it! As a baby entrepreneur myself, I love listening to a podcast that brings me inspiration, passion and entertainment all in one. I find myself buying all the guests books because I get obsessed with their success and trying to encapsulate that myself. I tell a lot of people about this podcast as I love it so much! Keep it up Sarah!

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).

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