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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 • 783 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.

    Marc Champagne // We are all only one question away from a completely different life...

    Marc Champagne // We are all only one question away from a completely different life...

    There are so many people without whom this show would not have been possible, but this guest in particular really pushed me forwards at the pivotal moment where I could have backed out. We connected a few years ago when I jumped on his own incredible show, Behind the Human, for one of my very first podcast interviews and a few months later it was Marc who I turned to when I wanted to start my own. Back then he was about the only person I knew with their own show and I still can't believe how instantly and generously he shared the details of his gear, software, reaching out to guests and everything in between. And what a privilege, years later now, to at least begin to repay the favour by sharing the exciting news about his brand new book, Personal Socrates.

    Marc has one of those fascinating stories that begins with a whole decade in an area that now I can't imagine him in corporate sales and brand management for pharmaceutical and biotech companies. His side passion for photography was the first inclination of possible career shift building from self-taught newbie to even joining Photographers Without Borders on a trip from his native Canada to Senegal. But it was through his groundbreaking journaling and mental fitness app, KYO, that I first met Marc which saw incredible success right up until the day he decided to delete it. And now he is a brand new author helping us ask bigger and better questions to upgrade our lives at just the perfect time fro World Mental Health Month.

    I'm not sure if it's his Canadian background or not, but you'll hear instantly what a genuine and kind soul he is and his book is exactly the handbook to happiness and mental fitness we all need as we continue to navigate so much uncertainty and change. I hope you get as much out of him as I did!

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Be kind, for everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about // World Mental Health Month

    Be kind, for everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about // World Mental Health Month

    Ang is back for a World Mental Health Day/Month episode of #yaysofourlives which, as always, involved lots of tangents and digressions before, after and in between our actual serious chats about the topic. Such is the result of voting Ang in as a regular co-host of the segment - you're literally getting our real-life catch up after a weekend of her on night shifts and me being nocturnal, so we're both as delirious and scattered as ever. In fact, I can't even listen back to these episodes and always get a slight vulnerability hangover afterwards because, even for someone quite comfortable with oversharing, conversations with Ang are among my least guarded, least filtered and least planned (unlike our regular episodes where I know the topics and control the structure or on social media where I pick the moment and context). But I think unguarded conversations between friends are the essence of the mental health conversation, so it actually seems like the perfect way to contribute to this month's reflections.

    Sadly for you all, but inevitably given that Ang is involved, there's also some poo talk in between, Lonely Planet culture lessons, a few beautiful yayborhood watch stories and who even remembers what else!? I never think anyone is going to share our quirky sense of humour but it's been SO lovely to see many of you do - much love to you all, lovely yayborhood! And don't forget to send in your questions for the THIRD ANNIVERSARY Q&A EPISODE NEXT WEEK!!

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    • 52 min
    Grace Brennan // The brilliant, benevolent brains behind Buy from the Bush

    Grace Brennan // The brilliant, benevolent brains behind Buy from the Bush

    The fact that this chat came in at an hour and half and we'd already been chatting for half an hour before that confirms just how much I enjoy Grace Brennan's company and what a great conversationalist she is. It's not just her fascinating and unique story either (although I did love labouring over all the seemingly unlikely chapters that led to the one I met her in) but just her enthusiasm for asking questions as much as answering them and learning everything she can about the world around her. I can't entirely recall which parts were on air or off air but I know we veered well beyond the scope of a normal episode to just share opinions and curiosity about aspects of the world. She's one of those people I've only chatted to a handful of times now after our PayPal bootcamp session a few weeks ago but would love to spend more time with.

    You may know Grace as the woman behind Buy from the Bush, the movement and now marketplace encouraging consumers in city areas to do some of their shopping in the bush to help support small rural businesses. Just six weeks after launching the movement with a hashtag spurred by the devastating effects of drought on entire communities, Grace had generated a 660% increase for rural business owners and just four months later that became $5 million in revenue. Australia Post even noted a 40% increase in parcel postage in regional areas and the business continues to explode now becoming a full marketplace and booming community supporting rural business owners. And just recently, Grace announced a very exciting new pitching initiative for those outback businesses in partnership with PayPal, Big Break, where applicants can win $30,000 and more towards their businesses - I know, what an absolute inspiration.

    What I loved, as always, was not only hearing how Grace catapulted into her yay but how unexpected that was and how long and winding her journey was to get here. You might not know that Grace isn't actually from the bush and led a very internationally focused life growing up in Sydney, living in London and studying international studies in Chile. She only made the move to the bush 7 hours out of Sydney joining her husband, a farmer, who she'd met at 14 playing trick or treat and with whom she now share four beautiful kids (that's two episodes recently with a heartthrob farmer, take notes ladies). Grace has so much to share on shifting priorities you're your identity, compromise and partnership, stumbling up on unexpected purpose and grabbing it with everything you've got. What an amazing hero for rural Australia who I know will steal your heart like she did mine.

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    • 1 hr 28 min
    The quickest way to make your own day is to make someone else's.

    The quickest way to make your own day is to make someone else's.

    Coming to you with a quick solo #yaysofourlives this week to break a vicious cycle of calling Ang Sunday night to record Monday morning for a Monday afternoon episode. Ang didn't believe that I'd been getting votes for her to join the segment more regularly, so I did a little poll on socials last week and it was a landslide vote off 98% to have her on weekly (and yep, you guessed it - the 2% no vote was mainly just her). So, I'm very pleased you've been enjoying our random sisterly banter and laughs, she brings so much yay to my life and love that we've been able to bring some to yours together. She'll be back next week and as close to weekly as we can manage with our schedules but today you're stuck with me for a very quick one cos I didn't have time to organise anything else!

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    • 7 min
    Joe and Renae Ingles // From courtside to courtship and commitment to the clan

    Joe and Renae Ingles // From courtside to courtship and commitment to the clan

    I'm amazed every single week at how generous people are with their time in agreeing to jump on the show, but every now and then a guest says yes who I reached out to 1000% expecting a polite no if not total radio silence. And this week, we have two of them who I admire so much not only as separately very impressive individuals but also as a wonderful couple who navigate careers, compromise and continual growth in a way that made me fall a little bit in love with them as you'll probably hear.

    On the one hand, we have an Adelaide boy, Joe, whose big dream was playing basketball for his state but who went on to find himself at the pinnacle of the game playing for Utah Jazz in the NBA and leading the Boomers to our first Olympic medal ever in Tokyo earlier this year. On the other, we have Renae, a superstar netballer tearing up the court for the Melbourne Vixens and Australian Diamonds pulling in a host of accolades along the way before she retired to become a Mum.

    You can see why I couldn't believe they were happy to sit down to share the yay especially as it was their first interview together in two years and Joe's first since the Olympics and as usual I loved tracing through their ways to yay but most enjoyed the parts we don't hear about as much. With everything from the REAL story of how they fell in love, the challenge of moving countries with three kids and juggling two big careers, their son's diagnosis of autism, and the many endearing in-betweens of the Ingles family, I so enjoyed getting to know two hard-working, family-focused humans who are far more normal than their bios might suggest. Their work with charities Kulture City and 4 ASD kids nearly brought me to tears and Renae is just weeks away from running her first marathon to raise funds for the fight for inclusion and acceptance spurred by her son Jacob and his bestie Oliver who face their own fears and challenges everyday. (and I'd love the yayborhood to get behind her - links below). I hope you guys enjoy this delightful duo as much as I did!

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    • 1 hr 37 min
    A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself // Thank you, healthcare workers!

    A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself // Thank you, healthcare workers!

    A #yaysofourlives chat dedicated to the front line workers keeping us all safe (and of course, a side mention of the spectacular win by the Dees over the weekend.)

    Don't forget to send your NOMI-YAY-TIONS of any healthcare or frontline workers who you think deserve a little yay-filled care package. Email smile@spoonfulofsarah.com or just send us a DM on Instagram.

    The TikTok account we have a good chuckle about can be found here.

    The Voice for Victorian nurses account I mentioned can be found here.

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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
783 Ratings

783 Ratings

JazartDesign ,

Positive, Laughs & Motivation!

Love love love all the episodes that Sarah produces, she is a natural interviewer and easy to listen to, providing so many laughs, down to earth anecdotes and inspiration!
The guests are varied and accomplished, each providing much motivation, guidance and humour and sometimes unexpectedly too!
My top podcast recommend-yay-tion!

caaaaaaaaitlin ,

FAVOURITE POD OF ALL.

Thank you Sarah for delivering such a positive and uplifting podcast, with such incredible stories. Literally after every episode I feel SO inspired. EVERYONE needs to have this podcast in their life.. the world is a better place for the beautiful messages it sends. x

jessredmond_ ,

Amazing!

Absolutely loving these podcasts! Learning how people have seized their yay is so motivating. Especially the discussions around play have really motivated me to get that balance back in my life.
I have found myself embedding the quotes I hear into my daily vocabulary but also into my outlook on life. Thank you Sarah for all you do

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