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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, 14 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.

    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
    Elle Halliwell // Lessons on Leukaemia, lifestyle and love

    Elle Halliwell // Lessons on Leukaemia, lifestyle and love

    I'm sure I'm not the only one who has been experiencing a lot of ups and downs with the uncertainty and chaos of this year so far and I can't think of anyone better to give us some perspective and guidance on getting through adversity than the divine Elle Halliwell. Hers is a story I can never hear too many times that brings forth every ounce of emotion I have in admiration and awe and I'm so grateful she has shared it again today for the yay-borhood.

    Elle began in the world of journalism applying her incredible work ethic to climbing from making coffees to becoming a fashion editor at The Sunday Telegraph at just 21. She worked herself to the bone for almost a decade until just after her 30th birthday when her and her husband starting to think about having children. In the course of some preparatory blood tests, despite having no symptoms, Elle was diagnosed with a rare form of incurable Leukaemia. And, within the same 48 hours, she also discovered that she was pregnant leaving her with an impossible and unimaginable choice - to terminate and pursue treatment or continue with her pregnancy but risk not making it through.

    Rest assured, Elle's story has a very happy and heart-warming ending - her beautiful boy Tor is now three and Elle is absolutely thriving with a glow that belies what she's been through. She has since completely changed her life and direction and has also just started her first business, Auricle, which you'll hear all about shortly. Elle speaks so eloquently about what her experience has taught her about uncertainty, self-belief and strength and I think we can all take so many lessons from her wisdom. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Dr Kieran Kennedy // Men's health, mental health and life in medicine

    Dr Kieran Kennedy // Men's health, mental health and life in medicine

    You might know that this week is Men's Health Week and while, of course everyone's health is equally important, I really support the particular focus this week on the unique challenges faced by men in both their physical and mental health. As you'll hear, men's health outcomes often fall far behind those of women and they still face a lot of stigma around the perceived "weakness" of seeking help, so I think this is a wonderful way to remind men they're not alone and to help women too understand how we can help change the dialogue for our partners, brothers, sons and friends.

    Men's mental health statistics in particular always come as a shock to me and if you haven't listened to our chats with Osher Günsberg and Jake Edwards, they share some honest and personal insights on their mental health journey that are well worth a listen. For this episode, I thought we'd get a medical expert's perspective and who better to join us than medical doctor, psychiatry resident and mental health advocate, Dr Kieran Kennedy.

    You might have seen Dr Kieran on the latest cover of Men's Health Magazine dedicated to the incredible efforts of healthcare workers through the COVID19 pandemic and that's just one of the many challenges he generously opens up about in our chat. From humble, idyllic beginnings in rural New Zealand (you'll hear ALL about the joys of what's called Calf Club), Kieran is the embodiment of persistence and grit working his way through a Bachelor of Science into medical studies and is now six months off finishing his specialisation in Psychiatry AND fits his passion for fitness and a bodybuilding career in on the side.

    He is self-deprecating in a way that belies his success and he gives us such powerful insights into men's struggles with societal views on manliness, hardening up and even on how much more widespread men's battles with body image is and valuing themselves on how they look. This conversation opened my eyes up to so much and I hope it does the same for you too.

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Jasmine Smith // The Swisse-pirational people person

    Jasmine Smith // The Swisse-pirational people person

    It's been a little while since our last INTRApreneurial guest, but I'm delighted to have one of the best with us today - Jasmine Smith, Director of People and Culture from Swisse Wellness. You know I love a good non-linear way to yay, so I found Jasmine's story captivating from her nomadic and adventurous childhood to make up artistry, then a late entry to tertiary studies in behavioural science after her first child, a successful career in retail and sales and only after seven years at each of Mecca and T2, an eventual pivot into HR where she is working wellness wonders for the workforce at Swisse. She represents everything I love to share about life unravelling in chapters, the importance of self awareness and the shapeshifting nature of what your yay looks like over time.

    I think HR or, as it is known at Swisse, People and Culture, is another one of those areas of work that can absolutely make or break a business but that many of us barely understand and take for granted. You'll hear that Jasmine herself didn't know it was even a job she could do until years later, and those are the areas I LOVE to delve into - I learnt so much from this chat! I was reminded all about the many tools Swisse and other businesses use to help identify employees' strengths, weaknesses and passions - I tend to forget you don't have to learn everything on the fly, so if you're wondering how to figure out what your yay is, Jasmine shares a HEAP of useful hacks along with so much other wisdom about igniting human potential! Hope you enjoy as much as I did!

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Nicole Liu // Next of Kin Fertility

    Nicole Liu // Next of Kin Fertility

    This week, we've got another way to yay full of twists and turns ending up nowhere our guest thought she'd be but exactly where she was meant to be. Nicole Liu started out on the very conventional "finance-y" pathway, climbing, (much like me) a ladder she thought she was genuinely passionate about.

    That was until a misdiagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome and the similarly inaccurate news that she was necessarily infertile threw her world upside down and opened her eyes to the difficulty of wading through information on women's health and how alone many of us feel trying to navigate it. Her experience led her to leave corporate to start her wonderful business, Kin Fertility, with the goal of raising standards for women's reproductive health and opening up the heavily stigmatised conversation around fertility.

    I am continually baffled by how even a chronic oversharer of a modern woman like me can have lasted as long as I did without knowing much at all about my cycle or the fundamentals of hormones and fertility (especially being adopted!!) and loved chatting to Nicole about blazing a trail in the industry and opening up the dialogue. As the first of many services that Kin will offer, they currently run Australia's first pill prescription service with the contraceptive pill being delivered to your door, letting you ditch the in-person doctor's appointment, without compromising quality healthcare. I'm so excited for what else is to come and also loved her advice (which I have thus far been unable to offer anecdotally) on getting immigrant parents on board with a big move away from the stability of a corporate career, so for those asking, Nicole's got your answer! Hope you enjoy!

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

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

    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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    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

SydneyAW ,

Loving this podcast!

I love this idea of finding our “yay!” 🙌🏻 outside of work, daily responsibilities and the grind! Thank you for such an awesome podcast and fun conversations to listen to. Excited to keep tuning in!

JasLu ,

Refreshing and enjoyable

Sarah is refreshing and enjoyable to listen and also well spoken (very important for me when I listen to a podcast). She also manages to build a quick rapport and connection with her guests. I look forward to listening to her and her guests every week

@tatianasoash ,

Love every bit!

Such an amazing podcast for inspiration and tips for creative and all entrepreneurs! I love hearing all the guests make it happen stories and Sarah’s energy is amazing! So uplifting! 5 stars for sure!!

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