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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
    • 5.0 • 5 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.

    Blair James // A small town boy building a self-tan world

    Blair James // A small town boy building a self-tan world

    While last week Farah spoke of faraway places, this week's guest is homegrown but has exported the Aussie experience through a booming business described as Aussie Made, Globally Loved. Blair James co-founded self-tanning disrupter Bondi Sands in 2012 to capture everything that makes Aussie summers iconic through what has grown to over 50 products in a whopping 30,000 retailers worldwide.

    Of course the business' huge success, continual innovation and championing of sun safety and sustainability are incredible impressive and Blair shares many useful tips on brand building and scaling that had me furiously taking down notes. But, unsurprisingly if you're a regular listener, I was more thrilled to explore his lesser known earlier years including his very small country hometown called - wait for it - YEA (pronounced "yay") - and that he didn't excel in VCE nor did he finish university neither of which have hindered where he ended up. As always, there's some hilarious fun facts in between - nothing humanises a person more than hearing them laugh especially about the joys of iso haircuts! As a businesswoman but also as a human, I love exploring the brains behind beloved brands and hope you do too.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Farah Mohamed // On identity, impact and international leadership

    Farah Mohamed // On identity, impact and international leadership

    While last week's episode was one of those chats you know I love that show a different side of someone you've probably already heard of, I equally love introducing you to people and stories you might not already know. And while sometimes, that's because our guest is early on in their journey or in a niche, behind the scenes area, for Farah Mohamed it's more the opposite playing on a global, life-changing scale beyond most of our day to day lives.

    We met during our incredible trip to Necker Island with Business Chicks last year where I first heard her story and was absolutely captivated by her every word as I'm sure you'll be. You don't often expect the guest speaker to then sit down with you for a chat afterwards, but Farah is humble and attentive in a way that belies the incredible way she is shaping our world for the better. She is interesting in so many ways from her own experience as a Ugandan refugee of Indian heritage and Muslim faith who fled to Canada in early life to serving as CEO of the Malala Fund, inspired by Malala Yousafzai, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban for going to school and became the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

    And she LOVES to laugh which left us in stitches many times in a beautiful, heart wrenching and warming blend of the serious and the silly. There's so much in between but I won't reveal any more here - hope you enjoy as much as I did.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ashy Bines // Busting old narratives, building resilience and boosting your baseline

    Ashy Bines // Busting old narratives, building resilience and boosting your baseline

    I'm excited to be back this week with another incredible guest whose name I'm sure you've heard before but who, like many of our guests, has so much more depth than their surface level media portrayal might suggest. You know I love peeling back the layers of a well-known name to explore the lesser known parts of who they are underneath and Ashy Bines got right on board for a juicy, thought provoking chat.

    Ashy's huge success in the health and fitness world with a community of millions and now several businesses under her belt belies her humble beginnings on dairy farms the same way that her energetic positivity and confidence belies the negativity and narratives thrust upon her earlier in life. Having followed her for many years, I'd heard some of her story but she is stronger and more resilient than I ever knew and so generous in sharing her experiences with trolling, body image and motherhood so that others might feel less alone and better equipped for their own journey. I'll let her tell you the rest and we cover A LOT of ground with so many nuggets that I hope you find as useful as I did. We recorded this before the restrictions in Victoria eased a bit so ignore those references as that's all I could talk about back then!

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    The FIRST ANNIVERSARY episode

    The FIRST ANNIVERSARY episode

    Our last Q&A episode for the year to mark our first anniversary as Mr and Mrs Davidson (or should I say, YAY-vidson). Thank you all so much for your questions and for giving us a reason to sit down and reflect on what has been a tumultuous but transformative year.

    We got through as many as we could with a healthy dose of bagging each other out, soppy love dedications and lots of chuckles along the way. I always get a bit of a vulnerability hangover after these ones without the buffer of a new third party guest to take most of the spotlight, but I also love how they force me to reflect on questions I don't always otherwise make time for so I hope you enjoyed getting to know us a little better.

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    • 47 min
    Justine Cullen // The blood, sweat, tears and facial oil of (out)living your dreams

    Justine Cullen // The blood, sweat, tears and facial oil of (out)living your dreams

    Few people actually end up living out their childhood dreams, either because the dream changes or life does. But, enchanted by the glossy pages of the first fashion magazines she ever read, Justine Cullen made it her mission to conquer the extremely competitive, coveted and convoluted ladder of the publishing world and ultimately landed her dream job as Editor in Chief at Elle Magazine. Her journey reinforces everything I love to say about being open to whatever pathway might get you to your dream and being patient with the steps along the way. But, it's her journey from there and into her new role as Editor-in-Chief of Jones Magazine that I found most interesting in how it forced her to untangle her identity from the prestige, title and everything that satisfied her former self to build the next chapter for the new person she had become.

    As well as the existential crisis of success and the beauty of being a beginner, she also dishes up some juicy stuff that we all love to hear about how Editor life isn't just swanning about and definitely isn't always easy - I was a tiny bit satisfied by that. And as a Mum of four, she is more than qualified to share some words on priorities, balance and humility. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did!

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    • 58 min
    Tim Diamond // Foundations, fatherhood and forging your future

    Tim Diamond // Foundations, fatherhood and forging your future

    I hope you enjoyed our little throwback re-release last week and I promise the guest we had to postpone will be well worth the wait in a few weeks. As for today's guest, if you haven't heard of him personally, you will definitely know of some of his incredible work through one of the world's great examples of using business success for good.

    And that in itself is one of the cleverest things about the Cotton On Foundation - that so many of you could have made a positive impact by shopping as you might have anyway and that it makes a philanthropist out of us all combing the power of all our purchases so we can make an impact without having millions of dollars. And Tim Diamond is the Foundation's General Manager who has been there since its establishment and helped grow it to the incredible vehicle for change it has become today.

    You'll be able to hear how Tim has absolutely found his purpose and see his own growth interweave with the foundation's growth over the years. But like always, he didn't just land there one day and I LOVE that there's a signature right place, right time sliding doors moment in the mix as well. You'll also hear how despite his very impressive role, he's still a Torquay boy and a chiller dad at heart! I'll let Tim tell you the rest and hope you are as inspired as I was.

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    • 57 min

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The Healthy Nurse ,

Inspirational, funny & authentic

Love listening to this! Sarah is very smart & thought provoking. She’s kind to her guests and always generates great conversation that makes you want to strive for the best in your own life!
10/10 recommend 💛

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