May 24, 2020
Joanne Holbrook and her family have had eight postings and are about to go on their ninth. Born in South Africa, she is married to a US army officer and, together with their two children, they have lived in five countries. In her book, Your Passport to Parenting, Joanne shares some of the lessons she has learnt from raising their children in different cultures. In this podcast, Serina chats with Joanne about how she met her husband, how not to raise an 'asshole', how her family survived with limited 'stuff', and her illuminating tip for saving energy in the house. (Note: It's a unique one, which I think I might do at home.)
May 18, 2020
Jennie Roberts is a radiologist, a mother of three, a lover of the outdoors, and of team sports. She is married to psychiatrist husband Kailas Roberts, who has a book coming out next year on dementia. Jennie's life changed when she received confirmation of a medical diagnosis she had always feared.
Serina met Jennie through The Joyful Frugalista after Jennie bought several copies for herself, family and friends. Jennie wants to achieve Financial Independence Retire Early so that she can do more. "Only thing is, I'm not that frugal, so I have to learn. I'm getting better."
May 3, 2020
Joel Gibson is a former reporter and editor at the Sydney Morning Herald, a keen movie fan and the face of One Big Switch, and author of Kill Bills!. In this podcast, he chats with Serina about negotiating styles, and tips for saving money on household bills. And for those interested in energy savings, there is this website: https://www.energymadeeasy.gov.au/
May 2, 2020
Are you worried about money during these difficult times? Serina chats with Michael Miller, a certified financial planner at Wealth Markets Northbourne. Michael has some great, practical advice about how to manage your finances in uncertain times, including how to forecast your expenses and cash flow. And he's got some great advice about how to stop stressing about your finances and instead build financial resilience.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Canberra and a Masters of Business from Charles Sturt University. He has lectured and tutored at the University of Canberra in financial planning and economics, and in 2010 launched the Zoe Miller Award for Women in Financial Planning (www.zoemiller.info) to encourage more women to join the financial planning industry.
April 26, 2020
What happens if your dreams of financial independence retire early (F.I.R.E.) suddenly disappear? This was the reality for Leanne Elliott, who retired just after she turned 50 only to lose half her wealth in an unexpected and unforeseen change of events. Leanne is a principal consultant with interaction, which experience in helping organisations manage change. In this podcast, she chats with Serina about the resilience she showed in managing her own life change and provides a message of hope for those giving through difficult times. Leanne and Serina are both members of Zonta, an international service organization committed to advancing the status of women.
April 19, 2020
Have you ever wondered about the cost of commuting? I'm not just talking about the petrol in your car, but the millions of dollars that go into public infrastructure to support 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday office working days. In this podcast, Rachel Smith chats with Serina about how working from home can boost productivity and be a gift to time-poor people. We also explore whether the current economic situation will lead to long term changes in how we view communities and consumption.
Rachel Smith is author of Underspent: how I broke my shopping addiction and buying habit without dramatically changing my life. She is a freelance writer and consultant, with expertise in big picture thinking regarding transport infrastructure.
To join in the conversation about working from home, join me on The Joyful Frugalista Facebook Group.
April 13, 2020
Did you ever wonder about the story behind the man who is the voiceover guy on The Joyful Frugalista? Or why he insists on being called Lord? Well, I did wonder about the Lord bit so I asked him (spoiler: I'm not yet convinced). But what I am sure of is that he holds a Guinness World Record in archery, he is the Canberra - and Queanbeyan - Town Crier, and he was MC at our wedding reception. If you're sick of doom and gloom news and reporting, pour yourself a glass of wine (or coffee, or tea, or even water) and enjoy this podcast.
April 6, 2020
In this episode, Serina chats with Sandie Parks, co-owner of The Green Shed. The Green Shed is a Canberra-based reuse facility that is committed to reducing landfill. In addition to operating two locations at resource management centres, The Green Shed also has two shops in the Canberra CBD that sells interesting bric-a-brac. Ever wondered what people throw out? Sandie brought along a basket with some fascinating historical items for show and tell. This podcast will reshape how you think about the 'stuff' we collect in our life, with Sandie providing insights about what is truly valuable in our lives.
If you want to see more photos, see a blog post with photos from our podcasting recording session, and an earlier blog post where I met Sandie at the Lego House.
To join in the conversation about the meaning of stuff, join me on The Joyful Frugalista Facebook Group.