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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
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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.

    Mat Bowtell // On giving others a hand... literally!

    Mat Bowtell // On giving others a hand... literally!

    Back after a short break while we were out in the Northern Territory hiking on country along the Larapinta Trail. Soooo much to share from our transformative week without signal or devices, but I probably need a bit longer to be able to find the right words, so I'll kick off this week with a bit of a hybrid #yaysofourlives episode that we recorded before I left.

    While I know I just set you up with the three sections for this segment, this week's guest is so fascinating that our interview was almost as long as a regular episode (and probably should have been), so today's episode is all about the Yayborhood Watch. Our wonderful yayborhood member, Stephanie Ippel, submitted the most amazing nomination for her fellow Phillip Island local, Mat Bowtell.

    You may have seen the video already of our visit to his factory on social media (and if you haven't, watch here), but Mat goes into more depth here about starting Free 3D Hands to make assistive hand devices using 3D printers at a fraction of the cost which he then provides FREE for children around the world. His aim is to make these items at 1/1000th of the cost changing the terrifying static that 90% of the over 1 billion people in the world who needed assistance devices aren't currently able to access them. The factory is solar powered ad the printers use recyclable plastic, recently advancing to even producing a bionic arm that costs just $100 versus the $30,000 that some equivalents cost to make. And it all unravelled during a pivot from a redundancy - the best kind of yayborhood story. I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

    And thank you so much again Stephanie for the nomination, I'm relying on you all to dob in your local heroes (especially those who would never nominate themselves for the spotlight they and their work deserves), so keep your eyes peeled! Please email smile@spoonfulofsarah.com with your nominations...

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    Julia Stone // On songwriting, self-discovery and Sixty Summers

    Julia Stone // On songwriting, self-discovery and Sixty Summers

    What a treat we have this week with the melodious voice of Julia Stone coming to your ears - even just her speaking is one of the most beautiful sounds. Unless you've literally been living under a rock, you will have definitely heard some of her work (even if you didn't realise it) including, at the very least, the ubiquitous and ARIA award-winning single, Big Jet Plane, released with her brother Angus in the same year that they won five ARIA awards from nine nominations for their incredible work.

    But what I'm thrilled to be chatting with Julia about today is her brand-new album, Sixty Summers, and this episode starts with a snippet of one of the featuring songs, Break, which gives you a taste of vibrant and distinctly different sound. Thi sis her third solo album but first that wasn't launched in between Angus and Julia releases and with the most striking departure into new styles, partnerships and even supporting visuals including a music video with Susan Sarandon and Danny Glover. You know I love getting into conversations about identity, different chapters, outgrowing your past definitions of success and finding new metrics for your happiness so what a perfect time to sit down with this wonderful artist just before this new album comes into the world. As always, it was so enlightening to hear more about the human being behind the household name - I LOVE that part of this show so much. Hopefully you all learn as much as I did about her that you might not have known and you'll also get a juicy sneak peek of some of the music to come.

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    Melissa Ambrosini // How to cure your comparisonitis

    Melissa Ambrosini // How to cure your comparisonitis

    I'm thrilled to be joined by my dear friend, Melissa Ambrosini, to celebrate the launch of her FOURTH and very much needed book, Comparisonitis. In a time where the minute details of everyone else's lives are more visible than ever, this book is MUST-have guide to arming yourself against the dangers of continual social comparison and self-doubt.

    Melissa is one of the absolute OG leaders in self-development and wellbeing growing from a Blogspot newbie over a decade ago to multiple bestselling author, podcaster with over 16 million downloads, TEDx speaker and very soon-to-be new mama. It's quite lovely now that enough time has passed since my move out of corporate to have been able to experience multiple chapters and stages in the lives of people I have been lucky enough to connect with since the early days and I actually interviewed Melissa for her very first book just as she was at my very first speaking gig ever.

    Mel has taught me so much over the years particularly around self-awareness, boundaries and continual growth and she shares so many of those lessons today. We chat everything from her fascinating earlier days as a dancer at the Moulin Rouge to the weirdest health hacks we've tried, the challenges of getting pregnant, and trusting the process. I hope you enjoy!

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    The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit // Abbey Gelmi and Gemma Watts

    The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit // Abbey Gelmi and Gemma Watts

    Our first co-hosted Yays of our Lives episode with two absolute legends Abbey Gelmi (ep 81) and Gemma Watts (ep 85) squeezed in during a girls night catch up that was filled with yay (so how could we NOT record all our musings?) Even in the time that has passed since their respective episodes of the show, many subsequent seeds have come to fruition in their lives so these two made the perfect guests to join us for a chat on patience, hard work and trusting the process.

    I initially thought this new segment would fall into quite a consistent routine like our regular interview scheduling, but I've actually really enjoyed how different each week has been and LOVED the pace and laughter of having co-hosts on board. As always, however, this is a yayborhood production so I'd LOVE to know if you enjoyed having a few different voices in your ear with some tangential banter (and, if so, I'll start lining up some more co-hosts for the coming weeks). Please never hesitate to flick me your thoughts by DM or email any time, you know I ADORE connecting with you all.

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    Lucy Glade-Wright // On homewares, happiness and Hunting for George

    Lucy Glade-Wright // On homewares, happiness and Hunting for George

    Welcome back lovely yayborhood and thank you for always bearing with me when I take a little break leaving a longer than usually gap between episodes. We had a glorious few days in the countryside over Easter with family switching off completely and I can't say how good it was for the soul. I think one of the most clarifying things for me over the past year has been to re-evaluate urgency and realise how many false deadlines I imposed on myself - I think I did 70 weeks in a row when we first started the show! I hope you enjoyed the re-release of legend Wim Hof's episode from last year to give you something in your ears, what an absolute hoot he is!

    I'm so glad I waited that extra week though as I got to record this week's episode in person which feels a bit like a luxury these days having done so many on Zoom. After voraciously consuming Lucy Glade-Wright's beautiful content last year to help get us through COVID particularly following her home reno very closely as we started our own, it was a thrill to actually see the results in person and record this in her lounge room. For any fellow homewares and home design lovers out there like myself, Lucy's amazing business Hunting for George will need no introduction having made waves in the industry since 2010 but in case you haven't already discovered its wonders, it's my absolute go-to source for home, design and lifestyle with a growing number of facets including house tours, travel guides and even a renovation TV show.

    This is only the second time however that Lucy has jumped on a podcast to share the full story of how it has evolved through several earlier chapters from a retail store (which it was when we first met a random local government business dinner) to a product design business and now to a bustling platform for storytelling and it was an absolute delight. She's another fabulous example of the many unexpected but amazing ways your why will evolve through many different hows if you just trust the process and give things a go. She's such a good egg and we had some fabulous chuckles on her lounge room floor. I hope you enjoy!

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    Wim Hof // The Ice Man in collaboration with How Two Live

    Wim Hof // The Ice Man in collaboration with How Two Live

    NOTE: Released May 2020, re-released in April 2021.

    I'm so excited to have something a little different for you this week - a JOINT podcast episode with Stef and Jess Dadon, the fashion entrepreneurs behind How Two Live, Founders of Twoobs and hosts of their own fabulous, How Two Live podcast. I've mentioned that one of the silver linings to come out of isolation this year is the new ways we've been finding to connect with each other and I was so stoked when these spectacular sisters reached out with the idea of hosting an episode together.

    As a solo host (for which there are so many perks which mostly include not making anyone else deal with my last minute antics for editing), I do miss out on the joys of banter with a co-host, so this was an absolute delight not least because the girls are total pros having hosted the likes of Meg Ryan, Erin Brockovich, Dita von Teese and so many more. Add to that the pleasure of a totally invigorating, energetic and overwhelmingly passionate guest like Wim Hof and you've got one of my most enjoyable chats to date.

    I'm so grateful to the girls for sharing this opportunity with me - you might have heard this quote in my episode with Harlan Coben a few weeks ago, nobody has to fail so I can succeed to which I added that success doesn't halve when you share it, it doubles. I'm a big believer in collaboration and I hope you enjoy the result as much as we did. If you haven't heard of Wim Hof and his eponymous breathing method that has taken the world by storm, Stef and Jess will give you a run down before we kick off - he is totally quirky but so much fun and an embodiment of seizing his yay. Like all people blazing a new and different trail, there are controversies around some areas of his work, but we focused on the practical, day to day takeaways of his method and on his incredible passion for controlling your happiness and health.

    He's so excited about what he does that he shouts most of it the whole way through, which I ADORED! Hope you find him as fascinating as we did.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
744 Ratings

744 Ratings

SareCravo ,

Epic podcast

Amazing podcast. Every epp just gets better.
My fave for 2021, Melissa epp. Hitting the nail on the head

jessa .x. ,

6 STARS PLEASE ⭐️

Sarah is such an epic conversationalist and is always so engaging. I learn something new every listen and love hearing the stories of the gorgeous people she interviews. I feel like Seize The Yay is the most professionally executed podcasts out there. It is no wonder it has made such an impact on the wellness industry. Thank you for being of service to so many Sarah 💖

KiraOst08 ,

If you’re looking for an uplift and a laugh...

Look no further. Such a great easy listen every time. Inspiring, informative and comes with a good laugh. Keep ‘em coming, Sarah

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