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Episode 6 – Julie | My Body. My Story PODCAST| 45 Over 45 chapter

Updated: Jun 27, 2022

In this episode (LISTEN TO THE EPISODE), Julie gives a sneak peek of her book she is writing, a romantic comedy about a girl in her late 40s, who is getting creative with her dates during the lockdown.

She also talks about her passion for Eurovision and uncovers the backstage of getting to the Eurovision show and creative ways to get tickets when you are not in Europe.

Julie also talks about her meaningful work for health services, helping people, her personal challenges that come with age, her health, her Bucket List, her greatest accomplishments, and what it means for her to look good and feel good.


10 Facts About Julie

(at the time of the project)

1. 50 years old

2. Julie studied for a communications degree, but always wanted to do something where she would help other people.

3. She works in health services. Julie started out as a receptionist and worked her way up to manager with a lot of work in project management in between.

4. Julie really likes writing and now she is part of a writing group. During the COVID lockdown she started writing a romantic comedy that starts at the end of 2019 and ends at the beginning of June 2020.

5. Apart from writing, Julie is really passionate about all of the arts. So, a couple of times each year she and her friends go out to the ballet. They always go for dinner beforehand and to the Guylian Cafe after the ballet for a coffee and dessert while they wait for all the cars to collapse from the Opera House car park.

6. Julie also loves music and Eurovision. And she has actually been in to see it four times. The first time it took her the whole year to work out How to buy tickets when you're in Australia.

7. Julie traveled a lot. She always really liked the Vikings, so she traveled to Scandinavia and she’s been to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Iceland. She’s also ticked New York, where she bought some jewelry at Tiffany’s, visited the Statue of Liberty and Central Park. She also visited England and Majorca. And dreaming of going to Japan and Peru.

8. Julies says: “I guess my greatest accomplishment is just being where I am now”.

9. Biggest challenge at this age – “Probably Health, which is really annoying. So you do everything that you can to try and stay healthy. And then you kind of get to the situation where there's just one thing after another, that just impacts on you trying to do what you want to do”

10. Positive change with age – “I think probably the most positive change is that you just don't care anymore. You just think, oh, whatever, you don't really care about what other people think of you or what they're doing.”

Watch Julie's VIDEO interview HERE




INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT (auto-generated):

Hi, you are listening to My Body My Story podcast,

I guess just yeah, just keep doing the things that you want to do. set your own goals and go out and achieve them. Don't define yourself in terms of other people. But just keep your own identity, which was something that was interesting because you know, being married, you find that people tend to relate to you.

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Let's talk about you. So tell us a little bit about yourself.

Okay, great. Oh, where to start? So my name is Julie Osborne. 50 years old, just turned 50 last year and born and bred in the Sutherland Shire. So I work in health services. So at the moment, I manage a small health service. So I guess that's been something ever achieved in my life. So I've started out as the receptionist and worked my way up to manager with a lot of work in project management in between. So it's been quite an interesting journey.

What company is that?

So it's with Southeast Sydney Local Health District. So I've worked with local health districts also at the Commonwealth level in health. And at the state level in health, for New South Wales Health as well. Yeah,

What made you get into that field? What inspired you originally?

So I guess always wanted to do something where you would help other people. So I studied a communications degree. And I thought, I don't want to come out of this. And then just working on something like advertising where you're really just, you know, making more money for people with already a lot of money, I thought I want to do something a bit more meaningful. So I wanted to work in health promotion. So to get a foot in the door with that, I started working just in the office in one health service, which was great, because it gave me an opportunity to learn about how the district worked. So at least then I could apply for other positions. And when people said, what sort of initiatives would you do at least I could say how, how I could implement things that could work across a whole health district and just know how that's structured. So that all worked really well. So yeah, worked on some interesting projects. I started out in BreastScreen, which was great. Such a lovely programme that does a lot of work for a lot of people something that's come under scrutiny. So lately,

What is it?

So that's the free breast screening mammogram. So yes, interestingly enough, I started working for that in my 20s. And now I'm off the age that I can actually go. So I have actually been.Yeah. And now I know just how uncomfortable it really is.

Is it painful or just uncomfortable? I've never had it done.

Yeah, just uncomfortable. Not really painful. I guess if you're really large, it could be a bit painful. Not something you'd go to for fun, that's for sure. Yeah, sure. Yeah. But that was a really fun job. And it was very immediate. So I'd be walking down the street and then a woman who had been to a talk that that I'd been to, I gave a lot talks in the community about breast screening and encouraging people to go and one woman came up to me said, Oh, you came spoke to my group the other day, and we were all encouraged and one of the women went along and she found she had breast cancer. I just thought, Oh, my God, that's so terrible. But was it No, it was good. It was like you said they found it really early. And now she's fine. So she's so happy she went along.

That's right. See was had to you know, like, that's exactly what it's meant to do. Yeah. And it actually caught it early. That's great.

Yeah. So that was very rewarding to think, well, at least you can have that really immediate impact on people where she could have gone for, you know, another 10 years before she found it, then that might have been a bit too late.

And so huge impact. Exactly, yeah. Life and death kind of impact.

Yeah, I think our family be happy with that. Worked on other projects taking, building small health services in small country towns that had like a hospital in a nursing home where neither of them were doing very well. So you'd bring them both together in the bond buildings, so they can share admin staff, nursing staff. And that's a programme that's still going now,

Did you have to win? How involved would you be in that? Like, do you have to move to that town to get it started to, you know, to make those changes? Or, or that doesn't work like that? It's all virtual?

Well, we were based in the city, but did a lot of visits to the local community. Yeah.

What about hobbies. Do you have any hobbies?

Yep. I really like writing. Uh huh. So that's something else that I do. I guess I've always, always been a writer from when I was little, I was always running stories and poems. And now I'm part of a writing group, which is great to talk to other people who are really interested in writing. And

Would you write a book? Where have you thought of actually writing and publishing your book?

Yep. So with COVID One day, I was thinking, the world is like a disaster movie. This shouldn't be a romantic comedy, is disaster movie. And then I thought, Well, why don't I write the romantic comedy? That's right. So I've written written over half the novel now. So I'm really hoping that I can finish it, maybe around the middle of this year. And it's actually yeah, a romantic comedy setting. So it actually starts at the end of 2019, with the drought just before the bushfires hit. And then we go through all the bushfires, and we think that's great, then there seems to be a bit of news about this disease that's in China or anything will, will be important will not be important. And then there's, of course, we see it, it blows out of control. But it's really a story about how it affects people at the local level. So it's about this girl who's late 40s and single. Really nothing like me. And starts off that her friend wants to set her up with this guy. And they're going to go to this New Year's Eve party down the south coast of New South Wales. So of course, that doesn't. Because the character pulls out thinking, ooh, this could be dangerous. So yeah, the friend and the love interest get evacuated. So of course, that one doesn't work like yeah, bushfires rule, bomber on the on the dating front. And then she starts to get interested in this guy at work. And I have this Oh, no, we can't do it. It's too complicated. Because we're colleagues and they think yeah, okay, well, we'll get together, we'll go out. We'll go out next weekend. And of course, the Monday that's when everything shuts for COVID. Right, right. I like this. So yeah, so then they end up having to be a bit more creative. So they think well, the only thing we can do is that two people can go walking together at 1.5 metres distance. So it's all a bit like, you know, back to the days of Pride and Prejudice. Everybody goes wandering around in the garden, but everyone has to stay this distance from each other. Yeah. Yeah. So it kind of it kind of goes back to that. And like, how do you relate to that in the modern day, when you're just so used to having all these freedoms? That's Sure.

Have you? Have you thought of the ending? I like good endings. Happy, happy endings?

Well, the happy ending, so that it ends at the beginning of June 2020, which was the first end of lockdown. So they actually go on their first date, and they have their first kiss. And then they decided that hmm, maybe we might need to self isolate together.


Juicy. But of course, there's nothing for the whole book. It's just that building up of Yeah, yeah. But the tension.

That's right. It gets your imagination going, right?

Yeah. Yes. 16th I'm like, hello. It's about COVID. Of course, there are six scenes that aren't even out

there will be at the end,

they will be at the end. Just

and have you thought of a name for this book?

Not really. Yes. Still thinking of a few.

Okay, because I'll need to find it. You know, you're gonna have totell us what it's called.

I want to know what I missed out on during COVID.

Yeah, it's such goes through a lot of the simple things as well like shopping and how much of a drama that was during COVID Just how stressed everybody felt just doing really ordinary things. And then half the things you wanted to buy you couldn't even buy.

Yeah, like toilet paper.

Yeah, going through that can't buy toilet paper. I can't buy pasta. I can't buy flour.

I'm still, I'm still confused about the whole toilet paper bit.

It's very weird.

I understand the flour. I understand rice. But toilet paper?

Absolutely no sense at all.

If aside from writing, maybe there is something else that what are you most passionate about? Or what else are you passionate about?

Apart from writing, really passionate about all of the arts. So a couple of friends and myself, we go out to the ballet a couple of times each year. So that's nice. We've got our own little system set up where we go for dinner beforehand, they miss it the ballet, and then we've realised that to get out of the Opera House carpark. There's such a huge queue. So then we have to go to the Guylian Cafe and have coffee and dessert while we wait for all the cars to collapse. That's a nice excuse.

I like that cafe. I’ve been there a couple of times. It is beautiful.

So hard to decide what to have. Yes, yes. So that's a nice little routine. Yeah, like getting up to Sydney Theatre as well. Like going into the art gallery when they've got different exhibitions on

At all with the same group of people like a same same little pri