(So)(Co) Sit Down with Julianne Whitcomb

I'm excited to share this week's (So)(Co) Sit Down with you! Julianne (or as I call her, Julzie) Whitcomb and I met while working on the client loyalty team together at Buddy Media in 2011. She is one of the most outgoing, optimistic and uplifting people I know. She makes friends with everyone you can possibly imagine (walk into a bodega, everyone there knows her) and her sense of humor always comes in handy. She comes from a big Italian family of truly kindhearted, wonderful people that go out of their way to make you feel at home on any occasion (including sending me home with a mason jar of homemade pesto).

One of my favorite things about majority of my past jobs has been that I've walked away with lifelong friends - Julzie being one of them. She's extremely passionate about the food industry and is one of my favorite people to cook with. She's always accommodated and embraced my selective eating habits and we've developed some delicious meals together.


READ ON TO LEARN MORE ABOUT julianne whitcomb.

How do you spend your days?

During the week – work, eat, sleep, repeat. Weekends I let loose and try to cram as much fun in as I can which usually makes me a very tired person the following week.

What are three things you are grateful for?

My family (which also includes my friends and boyfriend), my sense of humility/humor, and massive hair. It's really hard to choose just three! I am grateful for a lot!

Explain your lifestyle in 5 words or less.

Wine, activity/sports, food, fun, travel. In no order. Kind of.

If you were to attend a potluck dinner, what would you bring?

That’s so hard to answer. Depends on whose house it is! If it was at Harper's house probably something pesto related. Possibly a homemade hummus (I made a red pepper one recently, omg).

If you could gift everyone you meet with one book, what would it be and why?

To Kill a Mockingbird! I just reread it recently (I am on an “I need to reread all the classics” kick). I was too young and immature to understand all of the underlying themes when I first read it. As an adult I appreciate how incredible of a writer Harper Lee is. And it’s not only because her name is Harper.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Cry that I have to wake up. Just kidding, I walk Charlie, our dog and hope that Rob makes coffee when I get back inside. It’s actually really nice to be outside first thing in the morning. At this time I also check the progress on my herb/vegetable garden while Charlie eats the cilantro. He fits in with our family rather well.

If you could change one thing in your daily routine, what would it be? What would it take for you to make that change?

If we are being unrealistic, I would love to only have to sleep about four hours a night and have it be a healthy thing. I never feel like there is enough time to do it all AND get a good night sleep. And really I just want to improve how much time I get to spend with my loved ones. Which brings me to my realistic change – get more sleep.

Since I have gotten pass the admittance part, I have been trying to give myself a bed curfew. It’s about 50% effective. Progress!

What does being healthy mean to you?

Balanced eating (notice I didn’t use the word diet – I loathe that word), exercise, sleep, constant learning, and relaxation. I really feel learning new things helps keep excitement high and keeps your brain healthy.  

Have you ever been faced with health concerns that pushed you to change your lifestyle? Explain.

Yep.  I have had plenty of GI issues, and still do, which remind me to be more cautious of how and what I eat. This is why being balanced is so important to me. I try not to eat too much of one thing and limit the things that can cause me issues (fried things, acidic things, etc.). I still eat these things, just in moderation. Also, I used to overeat and limiting that has helped tremendously. Forget just dinner, but even breakfast! I used to eat a full breakfast even if I wasn’t hungry because everyone and their uncle say, “EAT BREAKFAST”. Don’t get me wrong breakfast is incredibly important, especially for kids. I just don’t get hungry in the morning. Once I started to eat when I was hungry rather than when I "should" or when I was bored I started to feel the difference. This was a huge physical and psychological transformation though, as I love food.

What song can immediately change your mood in the best way possible?

Probably anything by the Spice Girls or the Doobie Brothers. I would say someone indie and cool like Bon Iver because Harper is interviewing me BUT I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE SPICE GIRLS.

What is one piece of advice someone has given you that shifted your way of thinking?

My manger in my current job is a great person but also a great mentor/team player. I, like many of us, can get overwhelmed and start to get anxious when things might not work out but he will say to me, “it’s just water off a duck.” When he first said this I laughed because I thought of a wet duck, but it really can apply to everything in life. And it has made me so much happier. If we treated all of our problems like water rolling right off a duck we would all be so much happier. He still says it to me to calm me down and I still laugh.

What article of clothing/outfit do you feel most empowered wearing?

A great pair of patterned pants (the crazier the color and/or pattern the better) cute top and heels. This has become my uniform. I used to think it was a dress, which I still love to wear, but in a business meeting I don’t want to think about whether or not people can see my underwear. Always ankle length hem with heels. Being a short stack in business is actually tough so heels are a must for me. I have actually had people pass things over my head once in a meeting when I was wearing flats. I am happy we are comfortable with me but I am RIGHT HERE!

Complete this sentence: “In order to be happy, I need to….”

As much as I don’t want to admit it “…sleep more”. And travel. I am overdue for some serious culture shock.

Julianne grew up on Long Island and went to college at the University of Rhode Island. She has dabbled in multiple industries and keeps landing back in the restaurant business where her heart lies. Working in sales at a restaurant supply company, she helps out many of New York City's most popular bars and restaurants. Her passions include but are not limited to all things that involve food, drinking wine, traveling as often as possible, puppies, and human interaction on all levels.