Meet the team: Julia Healey

Jules recently returned to Time Out following a spell working in London. Here she tells us about her heroes, her goals and making the most of life in Melbourne

Jules, what’s your perfect Melbourne day?
No Melbourne day would be perfect without brunch. I’m a big believer in starting the day in a positive way, and what could be better than a side of halloumi? Grub, Top Paddock, Sir Charles and Proud Mary’s are my go-tos. Ideally, the rest of the day would feature exercise; either yoga or a walk around Carlton Gardens, followed by a treat (I’m a sucker for Shortstop’s Australian honey and seasalt donut) and a green juice for balance. My afternoon would be spent sipping spritzes on an inner-city rooftop bar (some faves include the Imperial Rooftop, Good Heavens, the Rooftop at QT and Madame Brussels) followed by a stroll down Flinders Lane to eat at either Kisume, Supernormal, Coda (if I’m splurging) or Pastuso. To wrap things up, a perfect day needs cocktails – probably a Paloma or Negroni at the Black Pearl, the Everleigh, Garden State or Heartbreaker.

What brought you back from London?
Etihad… bad joke. Melbourne (the seven-time most livable city winner), career opportunity (I used to work at Time Out Melbourne and they wanted me back!), family and my dogs Max and Smellie. I learned a lot while I was away, formed incredible friendships and had enriching experiences, but it was impossible not to compare the two cities and I wanted a chance to share the insights learned from our bigger, busier cousins in London.

What do you think Melbourne can learn from London?
While both cities are diverse, creative and filled with people open to trying new things, I don’t feel Melburnians embrace the city’s offerings as well as Londoners do. Here’s what I think London’s doing better (at this stage…):

  1. Parks: I lived a stone’s throw from Holland Park and Kensington Gardens. No matter how cold it got, local parks were a hive of activity filled with group exercise, children’s sport, uni students, dog walkers, readers, coffee drinkers and more. As the weather warmed up, herds of London locals ditched the after-work rush hour for their local grassy patch and a sunset, prosecco-filled picnic. My favourite park in Melbourne is Carlton Gardens. I love its beauty and its proximity to Melbourne Museum and the Exhibition building. My first day at work saw me meeting with Melbourne Museum, which included an exclusive peek at their latest exhibition, Bug Lab. It was great!
  2. Public transport: I’m still amazed when I get on a tram or train at peak hour and can get a spot with ease. While I enjoy the lack of personal space invasion, it is a constant reminder that Melburnians are not making the most of our PT network. With the night network, buses and tram line updates, PTV are nailing it, so stop driving and get on board.
  3. Pups: Dogs are everywhere in London. They’re at the hairdresser, inside cafés and pubs and running free in the park. It is truly a pooch-lover’s dream. I’ll definitely be hitting up the Dog Lovers Show and the Dachshund Race now that I’m home.

Who are your Melbourne heroes?
I have a collection of family, friends and colleagues who are my heroes. What these people have in common is that they’re working tirelessly to build something of their own. They’re all great humans who stare down their fears, bet on themselves and now, I’m watching them succeed – this is what inspires me to be better! A shout-out to these legends:

  • Michelle Coppolino, who launched an epic online fashion store, The Con-nection, with her sister Nadia Bartel.
  • Emilia Wojcik, the creator and owner of Health Enthusiast Co – delicious and nutritious protein balls.
  • Nancy Coffee, creator and owner of Doro clothing – relaxed staple pieces with a twist.
  • Em Winter, the creator and owner of Derby & Power handcrafted leather headpieces that will complete your Spring Carnival look.
  • Elise Bucholtz, Client Services Director at Time Out; she’s my manager and the hardest-working person I know. I can only hope her positivity, skill and can-do attitude rub off on me.

What was the last bit of culture you loved in Melbourne?
Last week I was lucky enough to experience a private tour of ACCA’s Greater Together exhibition. My favourite installation was ‘Letters to the Land’ – it’s inspired by a great red dust storm that hit Melbourne in the ’80s and features audio letters played through pale blue wooden daybeds. The letters offer the professional and personal perspectives of seven Aussie thinkers (a traditional owner, a writer, a philosopher, a legal expert, an educator, a scientist and a rhetorician). This artwork is both experiential and aesthetically striking; it encourages visitors to lie down on the beds and listen to the letters while visually, the tonnes of red sand and contrasting slatted blue beds enhance the power of the experience.

Do you have a personal motto?
‘Make hay while the sun’s shining.’ Loving your job or lifestyle doesn’t make you immune to stress, sleep deprivation or the odd challenge but I’m a believer in value of cracking on with things because obstacles are often temporary and that final push is the difference between success and failure – opportunities don’t wait.

Why Time Out?
Why not Time Out? I’ve landed a job that employs me to research and experience the things I love. I can’t tell you how many times my Dad has tried recruit me to his local kayaking club out of my supposed “lack of hobbies”. I’d always tell Dad that dining, boozing, event-going, and generally just enjoying Melbourne were my hobbies. He’s since come around.

A good Time Out campaign should…
inspire readers to trial, and then advocate their experience. That’s why we’re in this business, we’re passionate about making the most of Melbourne and getting others to as well.

What’s floating your boat right now?
To be honest, I’m really enjoying rediscovering Melbourne; restaurants, galleries, cinema, parks, pubs, bars and more! This, Stormzy’s latest album and my invisibobble hair tie – I tell anyone who’ll listen about this.

Plans this weekend?
Friday – In the evening I’m heading down to see The House of Dior at NGV. Kate Miller-Heidke is also performing so that’s a bonus. Saturday –  I’ll go for brunch at House of Lu Lu White (bottomless Mimosas!) but desperately need to squeeze in some life admin before heading out for drinks with friends at Rupert on RupertSunday – I’m visiting my parents and the dogs in Daylesford – no doubt there’ll be lots of walking, eating and wine drinking. We love the Lakehouse for a long family lunch.

Julia Healey is Time Out Melbourne’s Account Executive. You can reach Jules on 03 8415 8005 or julia.healey@au.timeout.com, and connect with her on LinkedIn.