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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, 671 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.

    Manoj Dias // My spiritual guru on trauma, transformation and embodiment

    Manoj Dias // My spiritual guru on trauma, transformation and embodiment

    We're back with another guest whose episode couldn't be more perfectly timed. You may have heard my chat with him on the TOM Organic podcast earlier this year and, if you did, you'll know I refer to him as my spiritual guru but, if you didn't, you'll very soon understand why. Manoj Dias has taught me so much of what I know about sitting with discomfort, understanding suffering and the deeply life-changing impact of meditation and connection. We explored some of this on the Taboo Podcast but went a whole lot deeper here, which I found enormously helpful particularly during this shit-storm of a year and I hope you do too.

    Although you might not be able to imagine it of either of us as we are now, it was not wellness that brought us together but our nightclub glory days before our ways to yay really began. That alone is a reminder of my favourite theme - the non-linear nature of life and the way it unravels in many chapters not just the one you know someone from. Born into the Theravada Buddhist tradition, you might think Manoj skipped logically and smoothly straight to his position now as a globally recognised meditation teacher, writer, entrepreneur & co-founder of Open Meditation... But, squeeze a successful corporate career, teenage fatherhood, a mental health breakdown, an eating disorder and an ensuing transformative healing journey in between and you're getting closer to the real picture.

    Manoj shares all of the facets of himself so generously as well as busting some myths on meditation and I hope you enjoy our chat as much as I did.

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    • 58 min
    Liz Dawes // Connor's Run, combating cancer and creating legacies

    Liz Dawes // Connor's Run, combating cancer and creating legacies

    This week's episode is another one of many that's been shuffled around and pushed back for various reasons, but that has ended up coming out just when I think our guest's insights are most powerful. A big part of seizing your yay is acknowledging that both the best and worst times of our life play a role in our journey and If we ever needed some guiding words on turning adversity, uncertainty and grief into something positive, Liz Dawes is your woman.

    Like many of our guests, I loved diving into her earlier years because she had an entire life and career going from a small town in Wisconsin to travelling the world leading multi-million-dollar sales and marketing accounts BEFORE the chapter most of us know her from now as an adopted Melbournian and internationally recognised CEO and Chairman of a charitable foundation. Liz and her husband Scott had their world turned upside down when their son, Connor, was diagnosed with paediatric brain cancer - the #1 disease killer of young people - and passed away a few years later. We discuss the many different ways people process grief and how just a few short months later, Liz held the first Connor's Run founding the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation which is now the biggest paediatric brain cancer foundation in Australia. As she puts it in her TEDx talk last year, Liz reframed, reimagined and reaffirmed her way forward and has now raised $7million impact dollars that's helping fund research, care programs and so much more. Parts of this one are heavy but incredibly meaningful and with a beautiful happy ending (or happy beginning that's now eight years in) - I hope you are as moved as I am by Liz and the beautiful legacy she has created for Connor.

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    • 52 min
    Dr Katrina Warren // Pets, professional pivots and pandemics

    Dr Katrina Warren // Pets, professional pivots and pandemics

    Today I'm joined by a face many of you will know and love as I have since childhood, Dr Katrina Warren, an Aussie vet (along with her golden retriever Riley who had a great stare-off with Paul during the chat). You probably know Dr Katrina from Totally Wild or Harry's Practice or even Animal Planet or Dancing with the Stars, and I'm sure she's responsible for so many people's love for animals.

    As the only person I know of who did sheep husbandry for their HSC, Dr Katrina is a qualified vet but didn't take the conventional private practice pathway going into the media instead (with a fashion modelling career in Japan in the mix photos of which she has graciously shared with me for us to enjoy in the Facebook group!) She's definitely not the first guest who ended up seizing a yay they wouldn't have imagined in a million years, but she's possibly the first who's openly discussed the come down and disorientation of that yay abruptly ending pushing her to re-craft her identity and start her next chapter, which she's now in the swing of and enjoying thoroughly with Wonderdogs, as a Snooza ambassador and so much more.

    Paul also interrupts a few times to chat with Riley about his opinion on the beautiful Snooza beds they both have now - the woes of working from home! Enjoy!

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    • 1 hr
    Flex Mami // Flexistential questions on identity, introspection and individuality

    Flex Mami // Flexistential questions on identity, introspection and individuality

    The way that 2020 has unfolded has had a lot of us reflecting in ways we haven't in years, but self-awareness, existential reflection and critical thinking about values, behaviours and perceptions has been this week's guest jam since long before the pandemic. Few people get my brain gymnastics going like the inimitable Lillian Ahenkan, who you may know as Flex Mami, and the chat you're about to hear was no exception.

    While she is now changing how we think, do our make-up, and decorate our furniture as a self-dubbed professional opinion haver and slashie - DJ/TV host/podcaster/beauty guru/creator of Flex Factory - I loved chatting to Lil about the rollercoaster journey all of us go through finding our personal balance between conventionality and difference. As an Australian born Ghanaian woman, the societal projection of a homogenous Black woman's experience is just one of the many layers of identity that we peel back with her incredible ability to articulate and guide multifaceted conversations. I was so captivated in exploring the different elements of our identity and the many snakeskins Flex has worn and shed herself that we went for almost two hours having a great laugh but I've cut the "best of" for you to enjoy. If you aren't thinking fundamentally differently about things at the end of this, I'd be surprised!!!

    Also we both used proper podcasting microphones but got VERY loud - someone mentioned the other day that sometimes my bursts of laughter deafen them a bit but someone else mentioned that sometimes the episodes are too quiet... so I've been doing a lot of tutorials on making the audio more even and pulling the extremes closer to the middle. As you probably know I do all the editing myself and am still learning some tricks, so thank you for the ongoing feedback and patience! Hope you enjoy!

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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Taliqua Clancy // Origins, Olympics and Old Gold

    Taliqua Clancy // Origins, Olympics and Old Gold

    I'm joined this week by our first Wulli Wulli woman, Beach volleyball Olympian and Commonwealth silver medallist, Taliqua Clancy. You've probably seen I've been reflecting on Seize the Yay's commitment to diversity (of all kinds), but also, in light of the past few weeks, the best way to contribute to the BIPOC dialogue specifically and Taliqua is the first of a few wonderful guests coming up who offer some generously personal and thought provoking insights to the conversation.

    Growing up in Kingaroy QLD (otherwise known as "peanut town") over 200km from the nearest beach, you wouldn't expect Olympic success at beach volleyball to be in Taliqua's future. And yet, she reached the quarter finals in the Rio Olympics becoming the first Aboriginal Olympian to compete in the sport and is on her way to the slightly delayed Tokyo Olympics next year. Taliqua is also an Ambassador for our mutually beloved Cadbury who are launching an amazing Smart Watch campaign this week to support us all staying active in #iso which you'll hear more about. I hope you enjoy as much as I did...

    NOTE: Terra Nullius is the concept we discussed, that you might want to research.

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    • 44 min
    Mark Manson // F*ck distribution, future forging and fun with the Fresh Prince of Bel Air

    Mark Manson // F*ck distribution, future forging and fun with the Fresh Prince of Bel Air

    I know some of you will be eye rolling when I say that this is one of my favourite chats to date, but I think you might agree once you actually have a listen. I'm going to have to cut myself short in this intro because there is SO much I could say about why Mark Manson is one of my favourite people in the world but the episode itself makes it clearer than I could here.

    Best known as the author of ground-breaking NY Times Best Seller, The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, I once mistook Mark's refreshingly anti-self-help approach to life to be the opposite of seizing the yay. In fact, it's not that he thinks we should give no f***s at all, but choose our f***s more carefully and it's no surprise that his witty, no b******t delivery has taken the world by storm. Like all our guests, however, Mark's way to yay has been anything but predictable going from feeling misplaced in his Texan hometown, getting a compete ego breakdown at music school, starting his working life as a pick up artist all before becoming an author was even on the table. And yet, he's now sold over 10 million books, changed millions of lives AND has been trusted with writing the autobiography and first ever full account of the life of Will Smith!!!

    Mark is a personality of so many contrast and facets and is open about every one of them including WAY more than I probably needed to know about his bodily functions. I dare you to listen without laughing, you can definitely tell we both lost our marbles more than a few times. In between the hilarity though, there are so many deep, insightful reflections on life that I hope are as groundbreaking to you as they were to me!

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    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
671 Ratings

671 Ratings

Kahwalabi ,

Love love love!

From day dot, Sarah has remained true to herself and the integrity of the podcast.

I love listening because you bring such great positive energy and I love the plethora of guests. Each week it’s a new story.

There’s nothing worse than every Australian podcast having the same influencer interview, and while yes you have covered them too I feel that Sarah switches it up, a lot. I love podcasts about real people in real jobs - that’s the gold, the sweet spot. Those who took a linear path! But also love those that didn’t too.

Keep doing great things Sarah, you’re amazing!

Busy uni student ,

Forever inspiring and motivating!

Sarah has absolutely nailed the podcast game by creating such a well thought out poddy filled to the brim with pearls of wisdom, motivational stories and quotes and so many laughs. I’ve listened to so so SO many that I’ve found genuinely so inspiring, motivating, humbling and relatable and from such an incredible variety of people. You have to add this podcast to your faves trust me! Thank you Sarah you’re amazing xx

Oihdzoihvezoibzevlbesf ,

My favourite podcast

As a long time listener who I think has listened to every episode this podcast never fails to deliver. The incredibly diverse range of guests makes for an insightful, fun, deep and thought provoking collection of conversations that are so important!

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