This Abundant Life
18: It’s the final podcast

18: It’s the final podcast

May 24, 2020

This is the last This Abundant Life podcast.  Kirsti has gone onto other projects, and Serina has now launched a solo The Joyful Frugalista podcast.  Thank you all for listening and sharing the good times:)

17:  Michelle, Frugality and Freedom talks about semi-retirement, travel - and cats

17: Michelle, Frugality and Freedom talks about semi-retirement, travel - and cats

March 1, 2020

In this episode, Serina and Kirsti talk with blogger Michelle, Frugality and Freedom about her love of travel - including how she saves money on accommodation through house sitting.

Hailing from Adelaide SA, Michelle semi-retired two years ago at age 33. She splits her time between slow travel and seasonal work in organising events and festivals. She recently finished a year exploring USA from mid-2018 to mid-2019, visiting 20 states on USD55 / AUD75 a day and connecting with other financial independence bloggers and enthusiasts along the way. She writes about her experiences at FrugalityandFreedom.com and also enjoys sharing other Aussie financial independence stories in her Australian FI Weekly newsletter.

Social media
Website: www.frugalityandfreedom.com
Instagram: @frugalityandfreedom
Twitter: @FrugalityFreedm
Facebook: www.facebook.com/frugalityandfreedom

16:  Living the good life: Paul and Chloe Howorth talk about their tree change to New Zealand

16: Living the good life: Paul and Chloe Howorth talk about their tree change to New Zealand

January 20, 2020

Ever thought about what it would be like to give up living in suburbia and live off the land instead?  Chloe and Paul Howorth did just that, moving from Canberra to Nelson, New Zealand to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle for a year.

Chloe loves permaculture and urban planning and worked in a senior role in the ACT government, before taking leave without pay for a year to make a tree change.  Paul is an entrepreneur, lawyer and strategist with more than 20 years experience in business operations and advisory consulting in development-related fields.

Shownotes

Goodopoly

We have ruined childhood, Kim Brooks, The New York Times, 17 August 2019

15:  Kelly Doust talks about vintage fashion and women in their power age

15: Kelly Doust talks about vintage fashion and women in their power age

December 21, 2019

Kelly Doust is an author, publisher and fashionista. In this episode, Kelly chats with Serina about why she chose to focus on celebrating the amazing stories of older women in her new book The Power Age: A Celebration of Life's Second Act.

14:  Leilani Bin-juda PSM talks about community and life on Thursday Island

14: Leilani Bin-juda PSM talks about community and life on Thursday Island

December 20, 2019

In this episode, Kirsti and Serina chat with Leilani Bin-Juda PSM about life on Thursday Island, about the resilience of women in her Indigenous community, and the cost of a loaf of bread (and blueberries).

Since this interview was recorded, the Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Honourable Ken Wyatt MP, has announced her appointment as the Torres Strait Regional Authority’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  She is the first woman to be appointed to this role.  Congratulations Leilani!

In 2019, Ms Bin-Juda was awarded a Public Service Medal for promoting Indigenous heritage in Australia’s cultural and foreign policies.

She is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has previously served overseas as First Secretary (Political/Gender/Sports Diplomacy), Papua New Guinea; Adviser (Economic Governance) to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands; and Manager of Australia’s Cultural Program at the Shanghai World Expo 2010. She is currently the Treaty Liaison Officer on Thursday Island and is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the Australia-Papua New Guinea Torres Strait Treaty. Ms Bin-Juda holds degrees in Business, Cultural Heritage, Public Policy and International Relations.

Show notes:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Diplomacy at ANU

 

 

 

13:  Aussie Firebug talks about his financial independence retire early journey

13: Aussie Firebug talks about his financial independence retire early journey

December 17, 2019

Two years ago, Serina (then known as Ms Frugal Ears) had a chat on Aussie Firebug's podcast.  Kirsti listened to it, googled Serina and decided to get in contact.  Now Serina and Kirsti are chatting with Mr Aussie Firebug about his Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) journey.  What motivated him to start and stay on track?  What does Mrs Firebug think of this journey?  How have they managed the tension between You Only Live Once (YOLO) and FIRE?  And what are some of the really embarrassing #frugalfail things that he has done? (Hint: they are really funny.)

12:  Amanda Whitley from HerCanberra on forging your own path

12: Amanda Whitley from HerCanberra on forging your own path

December 12, 2019

Serina and Kirsti talk to Amanda Whitley, founder and director of HerCanberra, about living life on your own terms.  After her second daughter was born very prematurely, Amanda was not able to return to her job.  The solution? She started her own business.  In this episode, Amanda talks frankly about having the courage to start her own business, the power of being aligned with her passion, and being a 'Dance Mum' to her two girls.

 

11:  Juanita Flett talks about homelessness and women

11: Juanita Flett talks about homelessness and women

December 9, 2019

In this episode, Serina chats to Juanita Flett, President of the National Council of Women ACT, about the hidden problem of homeless women and an innovative short-term solution for a Sleep Bus.  And we talk about sustainable fashion, op-shopping and sewing!

Homeless Women's Sleepbus for Canberra

 

10.  Travis Shakespeare talks about his personal FIRE journey

10. Travis Shakespeare talks about his personal FIRE journey

November 28, 2019

Can you be a Hollywood executive and still be frugal?  Is there pressure to drive an expensive car and be seen at all the right places?  What do you do if your friends aren't on the FIRE path?  In our second interview with Travis Shakespeare, director of Playing with FIRE, he talks about how he reached Financial Independence, and how he still works and saves.

Playing with FIRE: how far would you go for financial freedom premiered a week ago, reaching No 2 on iTunes.  

9.  Director of Playing with FIRE, Travis Shakespeare talks about the Financial Independence Retire Early movement

9. Director of Playing with FIRE, Travis Shakespeare talks about the Financial Independence Retire Early movement

November 16, 2019

Kirsti and Serina go international, chatting with Los Angeles-based Director of the Playing with FIRE documentary Travis Shakespeare.  Why are so many young people in the US, and increasingly elsewhere, turning to the Financial Independence Retire Early movement?  Is Australia the lucky country that has the life/work balance right? How much of a problem is student debt?  Tune in to find out.

Playing with FIRE launches in the US on Tuesday, 19 November.