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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 • 818 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.

    Kristina Costalos // Sail a-YAY, sail a-YAY, sail a-YAY...

    Kristina Costalos // Sail a-YAY, sail a-YAY, sail a-YAY...

    Welcome to September lovely yayborhood you made it through winter I hope you’re excited to come out of hiberyaytion! And I can’t think of a better story to help you spring into spring than this one.
     
    Today’s guest epitomises the idea of seizing your yay having walked away from a booming career not only to take a new direction but to LITERALLY QUIT HER JOB ALTOGETHER, BUY A BOAT, LEARN TO SAIL IT AND THEN TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD ON IT!!! Yep, Kristina Costalos and her pilot partner, John Tilley, packed up their lives in 2021 after Melbourne’s third lockdown, used their savings to buy a yacht, learnt to sail it with no prior experience and took the actual plunge.
     
    You might recognise Kristina from her extensive career as a news reporter covering some incredible stories across states and networks, but may not have realised the extent of her sea change! You know I’m a HUGE fan of people trying out things they’ve never before and making big, scary leaps in their life so I ADORED picking Kristina’s brains about this epic journey. Perhaps your new season might not bring about a change this big but hopefully it sparks something within you to go after that thing you’ve been dreaming about! I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Matt Purcell // Two South Korean adoptees walk into a rage room....

    Matt Purcell // Two South Korean adoptees walk into a rage room....

    I am so excited about today’s episode, it’s a very special one on adoption following our anonymous Q&A. Some of you may remember I was at an event recently and was partnered with a legend named Matt Purcell from Sydney who I’d never met before and somehow we figured out we were not only both adopted and both from South Korea… but from the SAME orphanage around the very same time!
    I often talk about my adoption but rarely with someone with the same unique cultural story and this was so special to realise things about how I felt that I didn’t even know myself. And to hear Matt’s perspective now that he has his own biological children blew my mind! He’s also got an amazing business and career pathYAY as well which you’ll hear all about but I’ll let you all hear it from the man himself. I hope you enjoy listening and that we answered all your questions from the anonymous Q&A but feel free to submit any more that you have. Introducing, Matt Purcell… 

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    • 1 hr
    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
818 Ratings

818 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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